37 days in Central Asia Itinerary

37 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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37 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Montevideo, Uruguay
Fly:  31​h
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 45​min
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
+2
taxi + train + taxi:  5​h 30​min
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  8​h
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Tosor, Kyrgyzstan
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
Astana, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Montevideo, Uruguay

1
night
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, and finally delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ashgabat Train Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hezreti Osman Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, and finally don't miss a visit to Geokdepe.

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Montevideo, Uruguay to Ashgabat is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Montevideo to Ashgabat, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Montevideo in August; daily highs in Ashgabat reach 43°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Khiva.

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#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

1
night
Khiva, Uzbekistan

Khiva ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pahlovon Mahmud Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, contemplate the long history of Alla Kuki Khan Madrasah, then contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Chodra Hovli, and finally contemplate the long history of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli). Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nurullaboy Saroyi, don't miss a visit to Kalta Minor Minaret, then make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque, and finally delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala.

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You can drive from Ashgabat to Khiva in 10 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Ashgabat in August, expect Khiva to be little chillier, temps between 39°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Bukhara.

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Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum ©
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum

4
nights
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara ©
Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mir-i Arab Madrasah and Moschea Bolo-khauz. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Poi Kalyan Mosque and Chor-Bakr necropolis. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi, don't miss a visit to Trading Domes, admire the striking features of Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, and take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Khiva to Bukhara in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Bukhara, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Samarkand.

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#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Spas
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Mir-i Arab Madrasah ©
Mir-i Arab Madrasah
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque
Moschea Bolo-khauz ©
Moschea Bolo-khauz

4
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Registan and Tillya Kori Madrasah. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sher Dor Madrasah and Ulugbek Madrasah. Venture out of the city with trips to Shakhrisabz (Palace Ak-Saray & Dorut Tilovat). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum, admire the masterpieces at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, and engage your brain at Ulugh Beg Observatory.

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Getting from Bukhara to Samarkand by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Samarkand are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Samarkand

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Shakhrisabz
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Registan ©
Registan
Tillya Kori Madrasah ©
Tillya Kori Madrasah
Sher Dor Madrasah ©
Sher Dor Madrasah

4
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ascension Cathedral and St. Nicholas Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kolsai Lakes and Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa. Step out of Almaty to go to Turgen and see Turgen Waterfalls, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Issyk, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Taras Shevchenko, admire the striking features of Kazakhstan National Science Academy, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Big Almaty Lake.

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Do a combination of train and flight from Samarkand to Almaty in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Samarkand to Almaty, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Samarkand in September, things will get slightly colder in Almaty: highs are around 29°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tosor.

Things to do in Almaty

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Almaty Province, Turgen Waterfalls
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Kolsai Lakes ©
Kolsai Lakes
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill

few
hours
Tosor, Kyrgyzstan

Tosor ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Monument to Yuriy Gagarin, identify plant and animal life at Barskoon Plateau, take in the dramatic scenery at Barskoon Waterfall, then identify plant and animal life at Barskoon Gorge, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Canyon Fairy Tale.

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Drive from Almaty to Tosor in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Tosor

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Barskoon
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Canyon Fairy Tale ©
Canyon Fairy Tale
Barskoon Gorge ©
Barskoon Gorge
Barskoon Waterfall ©
Barskoon Waterfall

5
nights
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Altyn Arashan and Ala Kul Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) and Issyk-Kul Lake. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal, stop by Issyk Kul Brand Shop, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Khan Tengri Peak, and tour the pleasant surroundings at River Park.

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Traveling by car from Tosor to Karakol takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Cholpon Ata.

Things to do in Karakol

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trip

Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
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Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) ©

2
nights
Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan

Cholpon Ata ©
A well-established resort town, Cholpon Ata lies on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, backed by the alpine peaks of the Tian Shan range.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of Petroglyphs, get outside with Ruh Ordo Cultural Center, then enjoy breathtaking views from Ferris Wheel, then appreciate the history behind Lenin Statue, and finally make a trip to Abandoned Runway. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Historical Museum, then make a trip to Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Oluya Cholpon Ata Mausoleum, and finally explore the activities along Grigorevskoye Canyon.

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Traveling by car from Karakol to Cholpon Ata takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Naryn.

Things to do in Cholpon Ata

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trips

Grigorevskoye Canyon, Ferris Wheel
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Ruh Ordo Cultural Center ©
Ruh Ordo Cultural Center
Museum of Petroglyphs ©
Museum of Petroglyphs
Historical Museum ©
Historical Museum

4
nights
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

Naryn ©
Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Song Kol Lake and Tash Rabat. Step out of the city life by going to Eki-Naryn Valley and Kok-Kiya Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Koshoy Korgon (in Kara-Suu), Chatyr-Kul Lake (in At-Bashi) and Kol-Ukok Lake (in Kochkor). Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at National Park Salkyn-Tor.

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You can drive from Cholpon Ata to Naryn in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Astana.

Things to do in Naryn

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Tash Rabat, Chatyr-Kul Lake, Kol-Ukok Lake, Koshoy Korgon
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Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake
Tash Rabat ©
Tash Rabat
National Park Salkyn-Tor ©
National Park Salkyn-Tor

3
nights
Astana, Kazakhstan

Astana ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nur-Astana Mosque and Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex. Do some cultural sightseeing at Assumption Cathedral and Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism. Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Arai. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to The Baiterek Tower, stroll through City Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Naryn to Astana. September in Astana sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Astana

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
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The Baiterek Tower ©
The Baiterek Tower
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque
Assumption Cathedral ©
Assumption Cathedral