24 days in Asia Itinerary

24 days in Asia Itinerary

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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Train
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly to Urgench Airport, Drive to Khiva
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights

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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan — 2 nights

First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): experience the emotional art of opera at Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ailand, and finally browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nur-Astana Mosque, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, then explore the world behind art at National Museum of Kazakhstan, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan road trip app.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport and Nur-Sultan. September in Nur-Sultan sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Almaty.
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Historic Sites · Nightlife · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Almaty, Kazakhstan — 2 nights

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
On the 7th (Wed), get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake, and then walk around First President's Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, and finally find something for the whole family at Gorky Central Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Almaty online day trip planner.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nur-Sultan in September: high temperatures in Almaty hover around 29°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly to Bishkek.
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Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — 2 nights

Wandering the grid-like, tree-lined streets of Bishkek, you'll discover the friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and Soviet-era architecture of the country's political center.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, steep yourself in history at Ala-Too Square, then stroll around Panfilov Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bishkek sightseeing planner.

Fly from Almaty to Bishkek in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Almaty in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bishkek: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Dushanbe.
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Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Dushanbe, Tajikistan — 3 nights

Little more than a small town at the turn of the 20th century, Dushanbe grew rapidly during the Soviet era and now serves as the national capital and home to nearly 800,000 people.
Step out of Dushanbe with an excursion to Hisor Fortress in Hisor--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll around Rudaki Park, don't miss a visit to National Library, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ismoil Somoni, and look for gifts at Noor Art Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Dushanbe trip planner.

Getting from Bishkek to Dushanbe by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Dushanbe. When traveling from Bishkek in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Dushanbe, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can fly to Tashkent.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Tashkent, Uzbekistan — 1 night

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
On the 14th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, then don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), then don't miss a visit to Amir Temur Square, and finally admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, and then hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Tashkent day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Dushanbe to Tashkent in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Samarkand.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Samarkand, Uzbekistan — 2 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gur Emir Mausoleum, don't miss a visit to Registan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sher Dor Madrasah.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Samarkand trip planner.

Getting from Tashkent to Samarkand by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Bukhara.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Bukhara, Uzbekistan — 3 nights

City of Museums

Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
Bukhara is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, don't miss a visit to Chor-Minor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, and pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bukhara trip planner.

Getting from Samarkand to Bukhara by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. September in Bukhara sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Khiva.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Khiva, Uzbekistan — 2 nights

With an illustrious history as a main stop along the Great Silk Road, Khiva boasts remarkably well-preserved cultural attractions and a beautiful historic core.
On the 21st (Wed), steep yourself in history at Juma-Mosque Minaret, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), then admire the striking features of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, and finally explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Khiva driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bukhara to Khiva. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bukhara in September since evenings lows in Khiva dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ashgabat.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan — 3 nights

A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, then examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Yimpas Shopping Center, then see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, then explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, and finally make a trip to Gypjak Mosque.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ashgabat trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Khiva to Ashgabat in 10 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Khiva in September, with highs in Ashgabat at 38°C and lows at 22°C. On the 25th (Sun), you're off to Baku.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

Baku, Azerbaijan — 3 nights

The City of Eternal Flames, the City of Winds

A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
When in Baku, make a side trip to see Gobustan State Reserve in Gobustan, approximately Gobustan away. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Baku Boulevard, examine the collection at Heydar Aliyev Center, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Girl on Bench, and don't miss a visit to Flame Towers.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Baku attractions app.

Traveling by flight from Ashgabat to Baku takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT) to Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Ashgabat in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Baku: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 22°C at night.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28: