13 days in Central Asia Itinerary

13 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Fly to Turkmenabad, Taxi to Bukhara
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, then see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Ashgabat trip itinerary site.

Los Angeles, USA to Ashgabat is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Turkmenistan Standard Time, which is usually a 13 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect Ashgabat to be a bit warmer, temps between 98°F and 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Bukhara.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan — 2 nights

Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Minaret of the Kalon, and then contemplate the long history of Ark of Bukhara. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, then steep yourself in history at Samanid Mausoleum, then take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), and finally stroll the grounds of Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ashgabat to Bukhara in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ashgabat in June since evenings lows in Bukhara dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train to Samarkand.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan — 2 nights

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum, engage your brain at Ulugh Beg Observatory, then steep yourself in history at Shah-i-Zinda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Gur Emir Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Hazrat Khizr Mosque, don't miss a visit to Registan, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tillya Kori Madrasah.

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Getting from Bukhara to Samarkand by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Bukhara in June, you will find days in Samarkand are little chillier (92°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dushanbe.
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Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan — 2 nights

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.
On the 8th (Wed), explore the galleries of National Museum of Tajikistan, then stroll around Rudaki Park, and then explore and take pictures at Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ismoil Somoni, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St.Nicholas Orthodox Church, and then appreciate the views at Yagnob Valley.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dushanbe trip planning app.

Getting from Samarkand to Dushanbe by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Samarkand in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Dushanbe, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Tashkent.
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan — 1 night

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar.

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You can fly from Dushanbe to Tashkent in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Bishkek.
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Shopping · Museums
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — 3 nights

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.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then steep yourself in history at Ala-Too Square, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bishkek online visit planner.

Getting from Tashkent to Bishkek by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tashkent to Bishkek due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 59°F. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Parks · Nature · Spas · Shopping
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Turkmenistan travel guide

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Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.
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Uzbekistan travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Although it only gained full independence in 1991, Uzbekistan boasts a rich history filled with legendary conquests by the likes of Tamerlane and Alexander the Great. Major tourist attractions in Uzbekistan include centuries-old cities (once oases along the Silk Road), seemingly endless deserts, soaring mountains that serve as popular ecotourism playgrounds, and ancient fortresses untouched by the passage of time. Visitors flock to this landlocked Central Asian country to hike, ski, bird-watch, and stay in traditional yurt camps. Consider beginning your tour of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, where modern glass-fronted office buildings stand in stark contrast to decaying Soviet-era apartment blocks.
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Tajikistan travel guide

3.9
Tourist Spots · Parks · Museums
Caravans loaded with goods passed through Tajikistan when the ancient Silk Road ran through this country; today, it is one of the world's poorest and least explored nations. Devastated by the civil war of the 1990s, Tajikistan tourism has recently bounced back, as the country's unspoiled mountain landscapes attract a growing number of daring climbers and adventurous travelers. Picturesque highland villages welcome foreign explorers searching for an authentic Central Asian experience in a place seemingly frozen in time. Roads are practically nonexistent in many places and public transport unreliable, but the hospitable Tajiks treat visitors with such warmth and kindness you're not likely to mind the lack of amenities and modern distractions.
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Kyrgyzstan travel guide

4.1
Bodies of Water · National Parks · Spas & Wellness
A landlocked country of soaring mountains and sprawling steppes, Kyrgyzstan only became independent in 1991, after several decades as one of the Soviet Union's republics. Today, the country represents a growingly popular tourist destination, enticing visitors to come with its rolling pastures and unspoiled mountain landscapes. A trip to Kyrgyzstan reveals a mostly rural land, where it's still possible to witness the lifestyle of the semi-nomadic shepherds living in portable yurts--simple dwellings made of wood and animal skins. You'd be hard-pressed to find many urban attractions here, but the hospitality of the natives and the stunning natural scenery will more than make up for any lack of modern amenities.
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