33 days in Mongolia & Central Asia Itinerary

33 days in Mongolia & Central Asia Itinerary

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 6 nights
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Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 1 day
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

— 6 nights
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Genghis Khan Statue Complex, get engrossed in the history at Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia, don't miss a visit to Zaisan Memorial, and admire the striking features of Gandantegchenling Monastery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ulaanbaatar online route maker.

Riga, Latvia to Ulaanbaatar is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Riga in May, plan for little chillier nights in Ulaanbaatar, with lows around 2°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Oskemen.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Museums · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 9 — 15:

Oskemen, Kazakhstan

— 1 night
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists, then walk around Zhastar Park, then examine the collection at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve, and finally make a trip to Holy Trinity Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): walk around Zhambyl Zhabayev Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, then get outside with Slavskogo Embankment, and finally don't miss a visit to Victory Memorial.

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

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ulaanbaatar to Oskemen. The time zone difference moving from Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in May, expect nights in Oskemen to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

— 2 nights
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
On the 18th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Flagpole with the Flag of Kazakhstan Republic, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, don't miss a visit to Zashhitnikov Otechestva Square, see the interesting displays at Saken Seifullin Museum, then stroll around City Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Kazakhstan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Oskemen to Nur-Sultan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 4 nights
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: take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, examine the collection at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, and stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Almaty trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Nur-Sultan to Almaty takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Almaty when traveling from Nur-Sultan in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 19 — 23:

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.
For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bishkek trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Almaty to Bishkek by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bishkek are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You'll set off for Tashkent on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

— 3 nights

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
When in Tashkent, make a side trip to see Charvak Reservoir in Yusufhona, approximately Yusufhona away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), get outside with Lake Charvak, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tashkent trip site.

Traveling by flight from Bishkek to Tashkent takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bishkek to Tashkent, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan, walk around Rudaki Park, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, and finally don't miss a visit to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dushanbe road trip planner.

Fly from Tashkent to Dushanbe in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Dushanbe are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Samarkand.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

— 3 nights

Rome of the East

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: make a trip to Registan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sher Dor Madrasah, delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, and gain insight at Ulugbek Madrasah.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Samarkand attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Dushanbe to Samarkand takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Samarkand are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

— 4 nights

City of Museums

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, make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bukhara trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Samarkand in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bukhara: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:

Khiva, Uzbekistan

— 2 nights
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.
Khiva is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, don't miss a visit to Ota Darvoza, and step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli).

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Khiva trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Bukhara to Khiva with the Route module. In June, daily temperatures in Khiva can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

— 3 nights
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 8th (Wed): pick up some local products at Russian Bazaar, make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, then explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, then examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and finally examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Wedding Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, and finally find something for the whole family at World of Turkmenbashi Tales.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat road trip planner.

You can drive from Khiva to Ashgabat in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Khiva in June since evenings lows in Ashgabat dip to 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:

Mongolia travel guide

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Monuments · National Parks · History Museums
Land of the Blue Sky
An active outdoor vacation in Mongolia lets you get away from the modern world and explore a lifestyle long forgotten almost everywhere else on the planet. This sprawling "Land of the Blue Sky" extends between Russia and China, with a vast steppe populated by a just few hardy nomadic tribes. Remote and isolated for most of the 20th century, Mongolia now represents one of the world's burgeoning travel destinations, appealing to hikers, campers, and nature lovers of all ages. Used to the nomadic life, locals easily bond with foreign visitors and proudly gush about their country's awe-inspiring landscapes of steppes, mountains, and lakes, all with a wealth of wildlife and exotic plants.