60 days in Azerbaijan & Central Asia Itinerary

60 days in Azerbaijan & Central Asia Itinerary

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60 days in Azerbaijan & Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
4
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
5
Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
6
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
11
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
12
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
13
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
14
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku ©
The capital of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus' largest city, Baku brings the old and the new, the East and the West colliding together in a particularly diverse and changing city.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mud Volcanoes and H.Z. Taghiyev History Museum. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Baku Boulevard, take in panoramic vistas at Flame Towers, see the interesting displays at Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, and don't miss a visit to Fountain Square.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Baku travel route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Baku is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Melbourne to Baku due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect Baku to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Mud Volcanoes
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Baku Boulevard ©
Baku Boulevard
Baku Old City ©
Baku Old City
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center ©
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center

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 7th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Monument Arch of Neutrality, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and finally examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kow Ata Underground Lake.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ashgabat trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Baku to Ashgabat takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Baku to Ashgabat is 1 hour. Traveling from Baku in August, you will find days in Ashgabat are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums
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Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument

4
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Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima and KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement. Step out of Karaganda to go to Temirtau and see Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Qarqaraly National Park, identify plant and animal life at Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Cathedral, and take in the dramatic natural features at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area.

For photos and more tourist information, use the Karaganda trip planner.

You can fly from Ashgabat to Karaganda in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Ashgabat to Karaganda is 1 hour. Traveling from Ashgabat in August, things will get much colder in Karaganda: highs are around 29°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Karagandy, Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
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5
nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Museum of Kazakhstan and Family Rest Center Ailand. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, walk around City Park, explore the striking landscape of Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nur-Sultan trip planner .

Traveling by car from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nur-Sultan when traveling from Karaganda in August, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park ©
Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower

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nights
Oskemen, Kazakhstan

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zhastar Park and Slavskogo Embankment. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Kiin Kirish Canyon, make a trip to Muhamadi City Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Heroes of the Soviet Union, and stroll around Sauletai Recreation Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oskemen travel route planner.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Oskemen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Oskemen, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saty.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Holy Trinity Monastery ©
Holy Trinity Monastery

1
night
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy and then explore the activities along Kolsai Lake.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saty trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Oskemen to Saty in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Karakol.

Things to do in Saty

Parks Nature
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Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Altyn Arashan and Dungan Mosque. Change things up with a short trip to Canyon Skazka in Tosor (about 2 hours away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Ala Kul Lake, take in breathtaking views at Merzbacher Lake, appreciate the history behind Lenin Statue, and look for gifts at Issyk Kul Brand Shop.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Karakol trip planner .

Getting from Saty to Karakol by car takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Naryn.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Canyon Skazka
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Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Naryn Historical Museum of Ethnography and then contemplate the waterfront views at Song Kol Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Ala Myshyk Caves and then explore the striking landscape of National Park Salkyn-Tor.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Naryn trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Naryn takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks Nature Trails
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Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake
National Park Salkyn-Tor ©
National Park Salkyn-Tor

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Osh Bazaar. Step out of Bishkek to go to Tokmok and see Burana Tower, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ala-Archa Gorge, pause for some photo ops at Kurmanzhan Datka Statue, appreciate the views at Too-Ashu Pass, and walk around Panfilov Park.

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Getting from Naryn to Bishkek by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Burana Tower
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Issyk and Iversky Seraphimovskiy Nunnery. Step out of Almaty with an excursion to Turgen Waterfalls in Turgen--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, admire the striking features of Kazakhstan National Science Academy, enjoy some diversion at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, and fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Almaty trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Almaty takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Bishkek in September, expect nights in Almaty to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Turgen Waterfalls
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Lake Issyk ©
Lake Issyk
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iskanderkul Lake and Hisor Fortress. Get out of town with these interesting Dushanbe side-trips: Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob) and Nurek Dam (in Nurek). There's much more to do: walk around Rudaki Park, take in the awesome beauty at Fann Mountains, make a trip to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, and explore the activities along Varzob.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Dushanbe vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Dushanbe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Almaty to Dushanbe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Almaty in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dushanbe: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nurek Dam, Iskanderkul Lake, Hisor Fortress, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara
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Iskanderkul Lake ©
Iskanderkul Lake
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress

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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 Poi Kalyan Mosque and Mir-i Arab Madrasah. When in Bukhara, make a side trip to see Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs in Gijduvan, approximately 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, admire the landmark architecture of Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi, get engrossed in the history at Fayzulla Khujayev House, and stroll the grounds of Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bukhara journey tool .

Traveling by flight from Dushanbe to Bukhara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. In September, daily temperatures in Bukhara can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs, Palace of Bukhara Emirs
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque
Mir-i Arab Madrasah ©
Mir-i Arab Madrasah

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Imam Bokhari Mausoleum and Tillya Kori Madrasah. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Registan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, deepen your understanding at Sher Dor Madrasah, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Bazaar.

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

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Registan ©
Registan
Imam Bokhari Mausoleum ©
Imam Bokhari Mausoleum

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Explore hidden gems such as Minor Mosque and TV Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Chimgan (Pulatkhan Plateau & Chimgan Ski Resort). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Barak-Khan Madrassah, get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, and examine the collection at Museum of Communication History.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tashkent trip maker site .

You can fly from Samarkand to Tashkent in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tashkent

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Chimgan
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Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak
Minor Mosque ©
Minor Mosque
Barak-Khan Madrassah ©
Barak-Khan Madrassah

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