60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Ashgabat
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dasoguz Province, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Drive to Urgench Airport, Fly to Bukhara
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 6 nights
Train
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 5 nights
Fly
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 7 nights
Drive
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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 7 nights
Fly to Astana, Train to Karaganda
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Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 7 nights
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan — 3 nights

A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and Gypjak Mosque. Do some cultural sightseeing at Turkmen Carpet Museum and Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next up on the itinerary: have fun at Ashgabat hippodrome, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, don't miss a visit to Geokdepe, and see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ashgabat trip planner.

New York City, USA to Ashgabat is an approximately 22-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Turkmenistan Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in December, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dasoguz Province.
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Dasoguz Province, Turkmenistan — 3 nights

Your inner history buff will appreciate Kutlug Timur Minaret and Turabek Khanum Mausoleum.

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Traveling by car from Ashgabat to Dasoguz Province takes 5.5 hours. On the 8th (Wed), you'll travel to Khiva.
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Khiva, Uzbekistan — 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fortress Toprak Kala and Stone Palace (Tash Khauli). Discover out-of-the-way places like Citadel Kunya-ark and Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, and explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Khiva trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Dasoguz Province to Khiva by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daytime highs in Khiva are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bukhara.
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan — 6 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.
Visit Poi Kalyan Mosque and Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi and Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, admire the landmark architecture of Ulugbek Medressa, and get engrossed in the history at Fayzulla Khujayev House.

For ratings and other tourist information, use the Bukhara journey maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Khiva to Bukhara. When traveling from Khiva in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Bukhara, with highs around 47°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Samarkand.
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan — 5 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Explore hidden gems such as Tillya Kori Madrasah and Ulugbek Madrasah. Sher Dor Madrasah and Imam Bokhari Mausoleum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Samarkand to Shahrisabz to see Tahtakaracha Pass about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gur Emir Mausoleum, pause for some photo ops at Saint Daniel's Tomb, engage your brain at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Registan.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Samarkand trip planning app.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dushanbe.
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan — 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hisor Fortress and National Museum of Antiquities. Escape the urban bustle at Nurek Dam and Delfin Aquapark. Explore Dushanbe's surroundings by going to Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve (in Hisor) and Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, don't miss a visit to Haji Yaqub Mosque, stop by Noor Art Gallery, and walk around Rudaki Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dushanbe road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Samarkand to Dushanbe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Almaty.
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Almaty, Kazakhstan — 7 nights

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Explore hidden gems such as Turan Asia and Archeology Museum. Ascension Cathedral and St. Nicholas Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 2nd (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: get all the equipment you need at Shymbulak Mountain Resort, browse the fresh offerings at Zeleny Bazar, explore the world behind art at A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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You can fly from Dushanbe to Almaty in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dushanbe to Almaty is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dushanbe in December: high temperatures in Almaty hover around 36°F and lows are around 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Karakol.
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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan — 4 nights

Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal and Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum. Visiting Jyrgalan Valley and Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: boost your wellbeing at Ak-Suu Hot Spring, get engrossed in the history at Karakol Historical Museum, make a trip to Dungan Mosque, and look for gifts at Issyk Kul Brand Shop.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Karakol visit planning tool.

You can drive from Almaty to Karakol in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kochkor.
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Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan — 1 night

Kochkor is a village in northern Naryn Region of Kyrgyzstan. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): cruise along Kyzart Pass and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochkor trip builder website.

You can drive from Karakol to Kochkor in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bishkek.
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — 7 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.
Get outdoors at Kashka-Suu Ski Resort and Iron Horse Nomads. Burana Tower and Holy Resurrection Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Bishkek with an excursion to Kegety Gorge in Tokmok--about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring nature at Ala-Archa Gorge. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the stunning scenery at Konorchek Canyons, walk around Panfilov Park, and hit the slopes at Ski resort Too-Ashuu.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bishkek online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Kochkor to Bishkek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Karaganda.
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Karaganda, Kazakhstan — 5 nights

Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima and KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement. Get some cultural insight at Karaganda Regional Museum and Temple of the Icon of Our Lady Skoroposlushnitsa. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Independence Stele, don't miss a visit to Regional Central Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, and take in the awesome beauty at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Karaganda road trip planning website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Bishkek to Karaganda in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bishkek in January, you will find days in Karaganda are colder (14°F), and nights are little chillier (-3°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Nur-Sultan.
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan — 7 nights

First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Explore hidden gems such as Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism and Ailand. Your inner history buff will appreciate Assumption Cathedral and Hazret Sultan Mosque. There's still lots to do: listen to music at Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, stop by Astana Allee, take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, and learn about all things military at National Museum of Kazakhstan.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nur-Sultan trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nur-Sultan are 12°F, while nighttime lows are -4°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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