21 days in Asia Itinerary

21 days in Asia Itinerary

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21 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Manila, Philippines
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
5
Kashgar, China
— 1 night
6
Urumqi, China
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
7
Jiayuguan, China
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
8
Lanzhou, China
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Xi'an, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Manila, Philippines

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
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 31st (Fri): make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Tolkuchka-Basar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and finally examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Geokdepe, explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ashgabat trip itinerary builder .

Manila, Philippines to Ashgabat is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Turkmenistan Time (TMT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In January, Ashgabat is cooler than Manila - with highs of 9°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Ashgabat

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

2
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kukeldash Madrasah and Palace of the Romanovs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chorsu Bazaar and Museum of Communication History. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Uzbekistan, get outside with Lake Charvak, buy something for everyone on your list at Mega Planet, and take an in-depth tour of Yunus Rajabi House Museum.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tashkent online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Ashgabat to Tashkent by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Museums Outdoors
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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Kukeldash Madrasah ©
Kukeldash Madrasah
Art Gallery of Uzbekistan ©
Art Gallery of Uzbekistan

2
nights
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Hisor Fortress, then have some family-friendly fun at Kokhi Navruz, then view the masterpieces at NOOR ART GALLERY, and finally savor the flavors at Green Bazaar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, then view the masterpieces at Artists' Colony, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities.

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Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Dushanbe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hisor Fortress
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NOOR ART GALLERY ©
NOOR ART GALLERY
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan

3
nights
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek ©
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.
Head to Osh Bazaar and Exhibition Hall of Union of Artistsfor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galeria M and Church of the Holy Prince Vladimir. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge, buy something for everyone on your list at Madina, make a trip to Borborduk Mosque, and take a stroll around Asanbay Center.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Bishkek road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Dushanbe to Bishkek takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Dushanbe to Bishkek, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Dushanbe in February: highs in Bishkek hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kashgar.

Things to do in Bishkek

Shopping Nature Parks
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Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar
Detskiy Mir ©
Detskiy Mir
Madina ©
Madina

1
night
Kashgar, China

Kashgar ©
Kashi remains a melting pot of Central Asian cultures and boasts one of the most important Islamic old towns in the region.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Oytagh Glacier Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Gaotai Ancient Homes, pause for some photo ops at Hongqilafu Mountain Boundary Marker, then contemplate the long history of Ga Er Ancient City, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Handicraft Street, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Karakul Lake.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kashgar attractions app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bishkek to Kashgar. The time zone difference moving from Kirgizstan Time (KGT) to China Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bishkek in February: high temperatures in Kashgar hover around 5°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Urumqi.

Things to do in Kashgar

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Kala Kule Lake ©
Kala Kule Lake

1
night
Urumqi, China

Urumqi ©
As one of China's fastest-growing cities, Urumqi is a melting pot of international people and cultures set against a mountainous backdrop.
On the 12th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at The United States Shopping Mall, then see the interesting displays at Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan), and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Karakoram Highway.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Urumqi travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Kashgar to Urumqi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Kashgar in February, plan for much colder days in Urumqi, with highs around -7°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jiayuguan.

Things to do in Urumqi

Shopping Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Karakoram Highway
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Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan) ©

2
nights
Jiayuguan, China

Jiayuguan ©
The city of Jiayuguan has become particularly well known as the location of the Jiayu Pass, the best preserved and biggest of the passes of the Great Wall of China.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see Xuanbi Great Wall, explore the ancient world of Jiayuguan Cultural Relics Scenic Area, then admire the landmark architecture of East Barbican and West Barbican, then stroll the grounds of Xincheng Mural Tombs of Wei and Jin Dynasty, and finally stroll the grounds of Wei-Jin Tombs. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Jiuquan Park of West Han Dynasty, examine the collection at silk Route Museum, admire the striking features of Rouyuan Tower, then contemplate the long history of Inner City Wall, and finally contemplate the long history of West Wall.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jiayuguan trip planner.

Getting from Urumqi to Jiayuguan by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lanzhou.

Things to do in Jiayuguan

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Jiuquan
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Jiayuguan Cultural Relics Scenic Area ©
Xuanbi Great Wall ©
Xuanbi Great Wall
Jiuquan Park of West Han Dynasty ©
Jiuquan Park of West Han Dynasty

1
night
Lanzhou, China

Lanzhou ©
Once a major stop-off on the ancient Silk Road trading route, Lanzhou today acts as an important place to rest up for Silk Road tourists and trekkers.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): gain insight at Lanzhou University, take in panoramic vistas at Baiyi Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Gansu Provincial Museum, and finally walk around Lanzhou Yintan Wetland Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lanzhou online route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Jiayuguan to Lanzhou takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in February, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lanzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque ©
Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque
Gansu Provincial Museum ©
Gansu Provincial Museum
Lanzhou Yintan Wetland Park ©
Lanzhou Yintan Wetland Park

3
nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
For shopping fun, head to Muslim market or Paris spring department Store (Changan road). Your inner history buff will appreciate Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) and Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, explore the ancient world of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, make a trip to Xi'an Bell Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Eight Immortals (Ba Xian An).

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lanzhou to Xi'an takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lanzhou in February, with highs in Xi'an at 11°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Manila.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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