37 days in Central Asia Itinerary

37 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Asia journey maker

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Drive
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Drive to Urgench Airport, Fly to Bukhara
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Train
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tosor, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 day
Drive
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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
Drive to Issyk-Kul International Airport, Fly to Nur-Sultan
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

— 1 night
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Kick 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 take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, and finally explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ashgabat Train Station, pause for some serene contemplation at Hezreti Osman Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ashgabat trip itinerary planner.

Montevideo, Uruguay to Ashgabat is an approximately 33-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Montevideo to Ashgabat. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Montevideo in August; daily highs in Ashgabat reach 43°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:

Khiva, Uzbekistan

— 1 night
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): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, steep yourself in history at Alla Kuki Khan Madrasah, contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), and finally step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nurullaboy Saroyi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalta Minor Minaret, make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), and finally explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Khiva trip planner.

You can drive from Ashgabat to Khiva in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ashgabat in August; daily highs in Khiva reach 39°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Poi Kalyan Mosque and Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi. Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah and Samanid Mausoleum will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), contemplate the long history of Zindan, take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, and make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bukhara travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Khiva to Bukhara. August in Bukhara sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

— 4 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tillya Kori Madrasah and Gur Emir Mausoleum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ulugbek Madrasah and Madrasa Ulugh Beg, Madrasa Tilla Kari, Madrasa Sher Dor. Venture out of the city with trips to Shahrisabz (The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray & Dorut Tilovat). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum, appreciate the history behind Saint Daniel's Tomb, and contemplate the long history of Shah-i-Zinda.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Samarkand online attractions planner.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Almaty.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:

Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 4 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Get outdoors at Lake Issyk and Kok-Tobe Hill. Popular historic sites such as St. Nicholas Cathedral and Ascension Cathedral are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Almaty: Turgen Waterfalls (in Turgen) and Kolsai Lake (in Saty). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa, hit the slopes at Shymbulak Mountain Resort, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Alakol, and explore and take pictures at Big Almaty Lake.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Almaty day trip planning website.

Fly from Samarkand to Almaty in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Uzbekistan Standard Time (UZT) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Samarkand in September: high temperatures in Almaty hover around 29°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tosor.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 8:

Tosor, Kyrgyzstan

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Monument to Yuriy Gagarin, take in the dramatic scenery at Barskoon Waterfall, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Barskoon Gorge, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Canyon Fairy Tale.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tosor trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Almaty to Tosor in 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Karakol.

Things to do in Tosor

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Altyn Arashan and Ala Kul Lake. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal and Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), make a trip to Dungan Mosque, appreciate the history behind Monument N.M. Przhevalsky, and admire the majestic nature at Karakol Peak.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Karakol trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Tosor to Karakol takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cholpon Ata.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:

Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan

— 2 nights
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, head outdoors with Ruh Ordo Cultural Center, then take in panoramic vistas at Ferris Wheel, then appreciate the history behind Lenin Statue, and finally take an unorthodox tour of Abandoned Runway. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Historical Museum, then take an unorthodox tour of Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata, then admire the landmark architecture of Oluya Cholpon Ata Mausoleum, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Grigorevskoye Canyon.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Cholpon Ata trip itinerary site.

Getting from Karakol to Cholpon Ata by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Naryn.

Things to do in Cholpon Ata

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

— 4 nights
Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.
Explore hidden gems such as Song Kol Lake and Koshoy Korgon. Get in touch with nature at Tash Rabat and Eki-Naryn Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Kol-Ukok Lake (in Kochkor) and Chatyr-Kul Lake (in At-Bashi). Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at National Park Salkyn-Tor.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Naryn trip planner.

Getting from Cholpon Ata to Naryn by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

— 3 nights
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Get outdoors at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park and Arai. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Assumption Cathedral and Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, stroll around City Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan journey maker website.

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

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24: