60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
3
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
4
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
6
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
7
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
8
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
11
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
13
Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
14
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
15
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
16
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Step off the beaten path and head to Charvak Reservoir and Barak-Khan Madrassah. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tashkent: Chimgan (Chimgan Ski Resort & Pulatkhan Plateau). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Chimgon, examine the collection at Railway Museum, don't miss a visit to Amir Temur Square, and explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tashkent tour itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tashkent is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Tashkent. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osh.

Things to do in Tashkent

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chimgan, Charvak Reservoir
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Teleshayakh Mosque ©
Teleshayakh Mosque
Charvak Reservoir ©
Charvak Reservoir
Chimgon ©
Chimgon

3
nights
Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Osh ©
Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
Explore hidden gems such as Mountain Sulaiman-Too and Uzgen Archaeological-Architectural Museum Complex. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lenin Peak, contemplate the long history of Dom Babura Mosque, hike along Kyrgyz Ata National Park, and explore the world behind art at Osh Regional Museum of Fine Arts of Sadykov.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Osh online trip planner .

Getting from Tashkent to Osh by combination of flight and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Uzbekistan Time to Kirgizstan Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Osh

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Uzgen Archaeological-Architectural Museum Complex
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Mountain Sulaiman-Too ©
Mountain Sulaiman-Too
Lenin Peak ©
Lenin Peak
Abshir Ata Falls ©
Abshir Ata Falls

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gypjak Mosque and Turkmen Carpet Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, make a trip to Geokdepe, take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ashgabat travel tool .

You can fly from Osh to Ashgabat in 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Osh to Ashgabat. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Gypjak Mosque ©
Gypjak Mosque
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Citadel Kunya-ark and Kalta Minor Minaret. Change things up with a short trip to Urgench Youth Lake Complex in Urgench (about 50 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque, and don't miss a visit to Pahlovon Mahmud Mausoleum.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Khiva visit planning site .

Drive from Ashgabat to Khiva in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ashgabat in November: highs in Khiva hover around 11°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Urgench Youth Lake Complex
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Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum ©
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

4
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Explore hidden gems such as Ulugbek Madrasah and Tillya Kori Madrasah. Venture out of the city with trips to Chor-Chinor Garden (in Urgut) and Shahrisabz (Dorut Tilovat & Statue of Amir Timur). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Registan, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Happy Bird, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and admire the striking features of Gur Emir Mausoleum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Samarkand journey planner .

You can fly from Khiva to Samarkand in 5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Khiva in November, expect Samarkand to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shahrisabz, Chor-Chinor Garden
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Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Ulugbek Madrasah ©
Ulugbek Madrasah

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 Poi Kalyan Mosque. Go for a jaunt from Bukhara to Gijduvan to see Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, admire the striking features of Nodir Devon Begi Xonaqosi, and steep yourself in history at Ismail Samanid Mausoleum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bukhara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Bukhara are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rudaki Park and Ismaili Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dushanbe: Hisor Fortress (in Hisor), Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob) and Nurek Dam (in Nurek). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Varzob gorge, contemplate the waterfront views at Varzob, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, and appreciate the views at Yagnob Valley.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dushanbe day trip planner .

You can fly from Bukhara to Dushanbe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Bukhara in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dushanbe: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara, Nurek Dam, Iskanderkul Lake, Hisor Fortress, Sacred Spring Chiluchor Chashma
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Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
Varzob gorge ©
Varzob gorge
Iskanderkul Lake ©
Iskanderkul Lake

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Burana Tower and Victory Square. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge, hike along Alamedin Gorge, take in breathtaking views at Issyk-Ata Gorge, and appreciate the views at Boom Gorge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bishkek trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Dushanbe to Bishkek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dushanbe to Bishkek. Traveling from Dushanbe in November, expect Bishkek to be little chillier, temps between 13°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kochkor.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Burana Tower
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower
Issyk-Ata Gorge ©
Issyk-Ata Gorge

2
nights
Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan

Kochkor ©
Kochkor is a village in northern Naryn Region of Kyrgyzstan. On the 3rd (Tue), look for gifts at Altyn Kol, then explore the activities along Kol-Ukok Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Orto-Tokoy Water Reservoir. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Jailoo Kilemche and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kochkor road trip planning website .

You can drive from Bishkek to Kochkor in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Naryn.

Things to do in Kochkor

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kol-Ukok Lake ©
Kol-Ukok Lake
Horseback Riding Tours
Orto-Tokoy Water Reservoir ©
Orto-Tokoy Water Reservoir

2
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.
On the 5th (Thu), hike along Kok-Kiya Valley and then explore the activities along Song Kol Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Salkyn-Tor and then explore the striking landscape at Torugart Pass.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Naryn trip planner .

You can drive from Kochkor to Naryn in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake
Torugart Pass ©
Torugart Pass
National Park Salkyn-Tor ©
National Park Salkyn-Tor

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Altyn Arashan and Ala Kul Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Karakol: Tosor (Canyon Skazka & Canyon Fairy Tale). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), make a trip to Dungan Mosque, see the interesting displays at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum, and get outside with Merzbacher Lake.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Karakol day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Naryn to Karakol takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Saty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Tosor, Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
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Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake
Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) ©

1
night
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Kaindy and then explore the activities along Kolsai Lake.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Saty sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Saty takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Saty

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

3
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 Altaiskiye Alpy. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve, don't miss a visit to Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Heroes of the Soviet Union, and stroll around Sauletai Recreation Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oskemen trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Saty to Oskemen takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to -4°C, and evening lows to -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nur-Astana Mosque and Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, appreciate the history behind Monument Kazakh Eli, browse the different shops at MEGA Silk Way, and ponder the design of Fountain Circus.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nur-Sultan trip website .

Fly from Oskemen to Nur-Sultan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
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City Park ©
City Park
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque

4
nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima and Independence Stele. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Regional Central Mosque, see the interesting displays at KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement, take a peaceful walk through Qarqaraly National Park, and appreciate the history behind Monument Mining Glory.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Karaganda route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Karaganda are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Karagandy, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum
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Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park
Independence Stele ©
Independence Stele

5
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and St. Nicholas Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Almaty side-trips: Tamgaly Tas (in Kapchagay) and Plateau Assy (in Batan). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kok-Tobe Hill, have fun at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, laugh and play at Almaty Central Park, and get all the equipment you need at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Almaty tour itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Karaganda to Almaty in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Almaty is somewhat warmer than Karaganda - with highs of 2°C and lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tamgaly Tas, Plateau Assy
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Food Tours
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake