31 days in Asia Itinerary

31 days in Asia Itinerary

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Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  10 h
2
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
6
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Athens, Greece

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Parthian Settlement of Nisa and Hezreti Osman Mosque. Get a sense of the local culture at Turkmen Carpet Museum and Ashgabat National Museum of History. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, have fun at Ashgabat hippodrome, explore the different monuments and memorials at Seyit Jemaletdin Mosque, and see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ashgabat tour website.

Athens, Greece to Ashgabat is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Athens to Ashgabat, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Athens in March since evenings lows in Ashgabat dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Ashgabat

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), explore the historical opulence of Citadel Kunya-ark, make a trip to Ota Darvoza, thendelve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalta Minor Minaret, and finally contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nurullaboy Saroyi, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, thendon't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, and finally see the interesting displays at Shirgazi Khan Madrasah.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Khiva trip planner.

Drive from Ashgabat to Khiva in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Ashgabat in March, things will get slightly colder in Khiva: highs are around 15°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Museums
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark

4
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Get some historical perspective at Shah-i-Zinda and Tillya Kori Madrasah. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ulugh Beg Observatory and Regional Studies Museum. Step out of Samarkand to go to Shahrisabz and see Dorut Tilovat, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Registan, stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, admire the masterpieces at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, and see the interesting displays at House Museum of Sadriddin Ayni.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Samarkand planner.

Fly from Khiva to Samarkand in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. March in Samarkand sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Dorut Tilovat
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Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Registan ©
Registan

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.
Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa) and History of Bukhara Puppet Theatre will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Mir-i-Arab Madrasa and Samanid Mausoleum are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Bukhara side-trips: Gijduvan (Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs & Ulugbek Madrasah). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, and delve into the distant past at Chor-Bakr necropolis.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bukhara online visit planner.

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Bukhara are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Gijduvan
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Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

4
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Visit Minor Mosque and Palace of the Romanovs for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Amir Timur Museum and Museum of Communication History. Explore Tashkent's surroundings by going to Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan) and Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, see the interesting displays at Railway Museum, admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, and get engrossed in the history at Yunus Rajabi House Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tashkent trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Bukhara to Tashkent takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pulatkhan Plateau, Charvak Reservoir
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art ©
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hisor Fortress and National Museum of Tajikistan. Let the collections at Museum Bibikhonum and NOOR ART GALLERY capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dushanbe: Nurek Dam (in Nurek), Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob) and Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve (in Hisor). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fann Mountains, get outside with Varzob gorge, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Botanical Garden and Zoo, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dushanbe trip planning tool.

Getting from Tashkent to Dushanbe by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Dushanbe are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hisor, Museum Bibikhonum, Nurek Dam, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara, Iskanderkul Lake
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Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress

4
nights
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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.
State History Museum and Mikhail Frunze Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Ala-Too Square and Burana Tower are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take a memorable drive along Too-Ashu Pass, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bishkek online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Dushanbe to Bishkek in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Dushanbe to Bishkek, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Bishkek are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Burana Tower
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Spas & Wellness
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower

5
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Ascension Cathedral and Yesentai Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Central State Museum of Kazakhstan and Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Almaty with a short trip to Issyk State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum in Rakhat, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, enjoy some diversion at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and stroll around Kok-Tobe Hill.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Almaty online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Almaty takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Bishkek, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Almaty, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Issyk State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum
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Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill

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