30 days in Asia Itinerary

30 days in Asia Itinerary

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30 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
2
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
3
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
6
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
7
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
9
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
10
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
11
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Doha, Qatar

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, then take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, then learn about all things military at National Museum of Kazakhstan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral, stroll around City Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Nur-Astana Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, and finally appreciate the history behind Zhanibek and Kerei Monument.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan driving holiday planner.

Doha, Qatar to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Doha to Nur-Sultan, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Doha in May: high temperatures in Nur-Sultan hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Saty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

1
day
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
On the 17th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Saty trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Nur-Sultan to Saty by combination of flight and taxi takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Karakol.

Things to do in Saty

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal, then take in the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan, and then look for gifts at Issyk Kul Brand Shop. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Karakol attractions planner.

Getting from Saty to Karakol by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Karakol

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, nature, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Kok-Tobe Hill, get in on the family fun at Almaty Central Park, appreciate the history behind Monument to Zhambyl Zhabayev, and hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Almaty route maker website .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Almaty takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In May, daytime highs in Almaty are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

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.
Go for a jaunt from Bishkek to Tokmok to see Burana Tower about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Ala-Archa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Boom Gorge, stroll around Panfilov Park, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Bishkek route website .

You can drive from Almaty to Bishkek in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In May in Bishkek, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Burana Tower
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower
Boom Gorge ©
Boom Gorge

3
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Dushanbe: Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob) and Nurek Dam (in Nurek). And it doesn't end there: walk around Rudaki Park, get your game on at Kokhi Navruz, take a memorable drive along Karatag Gorge, and make a trip to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dushanbe trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Bishkek to Dushanbe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bishkek to Dushanbe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bishkek in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dushanbe: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nurek Dam, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara
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Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan

3
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Tashkent is known for museums, shopping, historic sites, winter sports, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tashkent route tool .

You can fly from Dushanbe to Tashkent in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

3
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.
Bukhara is known for historic sites, museums, spas, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bukhara online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Samanid Mausoleum ©
Samanid Mausoleum

3
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for historic sites, childrens museums, shopping, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Registan, admire the striking features of Ulugbek Madrasah, admire the masterpieces at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, and get curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Samarkand trip planner .

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Bukhara in June, expect nights in Samarkand to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

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.
On the 7th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), then contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and finally explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), steep yourself in history at Citadel Kunya-ark, then contemplate the long history of Ota Darvoza, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, and finally don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Khiva trip site .

Traveling by flight from Samarkand to Khiva takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

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nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, casinos, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Kow Ata Underground Lake, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, and delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ashgabat trip planner.

Getting from Khiva to Ashgabat by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Khiva in June, Ashgabat is a bit warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Kow Ata Underground Lake ©
Kow Ata Underground Lake
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument

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