33 days in Asia Itinerary

33 days in Asia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark, United States
Fly + Drive:  21 h 45 min
1
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
5
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
6
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
7
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
8
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
9
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Newark, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, then admire the landmark architecture of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), and finally don't miss a visit to Matpana Baya Madrassah. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ota Darvoza, admire the striking features of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex, then step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, and finally explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli).

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Khiva trip website.

Newark, USA to Khiva is an approximately 22- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark to Khiva, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in November, expect Khiva to be slightly colder, temps between 49°F and 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

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

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Registan, see the interesting displays at Regional Studies Museum, stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, and see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Samarkand vacation planning tool.

You can fly from Khiva to Samarkand in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Khiva in November, expect Samarkand to be a bit warmer, temps between 56°F and 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:
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Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

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, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, delve into the distant past at Chor-Bakr necropolis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, and examine the collection at Avicenna Museum, Afsona.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Bukhara road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Samarkand to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Bukhara are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

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, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Minor Mosque.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tashkent travel route website.

Traveling by flight from Bukhara to Tashkent takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Independence Square (Mustakillik Square) ©
Independence Square (Mustakillik Square)

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dushanbe: Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob), Nurek (Nurek Dam & Stele to Constructors of Nurek Hydroelectric Power Plant) and Rope Bridge (in Vahdat). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, make a trip to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, cruise along Karatag Gorge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haji Yaqub Mosque.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dushanbe trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Dushanbe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Dushanbe can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nurek, Hisor Fortress, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara, Rope Bridge
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan

4
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.
Step out of Bishkek to go to Tokmok and see Burana Tower, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge, hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar, admire the verdant scenery at Ak-Sai Glacier, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bishkek day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Dushanbe to Bishkek in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. 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 a bit cooler, temps between 52°F and 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Burana Tower
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Karakol: Barskoon (Monument to Yuriy Gagarin & Barskoon Waterfall). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan, walk around River Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake, and examine the collection at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Karakol online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Karakol takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Barskoon
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Baiken Mosque, walk around First President's Park, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Almaty online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Karakol to Almaty by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

3
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.
Karaganda is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, appreciate the history behind Statue of Abai Kunanbayev, and don't miss a visit to Eternal Flame.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Karaganda trip builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Almaty to Karaganda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, Karaganda is little chillier than Almaty - with highs of 29°F and lows of 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Eternal Flame ©
Eternal Flame
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Statue of Abai Kunanbayev ©
Statue of Abai Kunanbayev

3
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.
Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Kazakhstan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nur-Sultan day trip planning app.

Getting from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Nur-Sultan are 28°F, while nighttime lows are 16°F. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan

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