17 days in Asia Itinerary

17 days in Asia Itinerary

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17 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Darvaza, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
car:  6​h
5
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
6
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
7
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
8
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— Few hours
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Singapore, Singapore

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: stroll through Kok-Tobe Hill, appreciate the history behind Monument to Zhambyl Zhabayev, make a trip to Kazakhstan National Science Academy, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Almaty trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Almaty is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Alma-Ata Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Singapore in May, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Almaty: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ashgabat.

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

1
night
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
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 20th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, then appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, and finally see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum.

Make your Ashgabat itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Almaty to Ashgabat in 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Alma-Ata Time to Turkmenistan Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Almaty, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ashgabat, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Darvaza.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums Historic Sites
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Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument

1
night
Darvaza, Turkmenistan

Darvaza ©
On the 21st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Darvaza Water Crater and then don't miss a visit to "Door to Hell" Gas Deposit.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Darvaza planner .

You can drive from Ashgabat to Darvaza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Khiva.
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"Door to Hell" Gas Deposit
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Mohammed Amin Madrassah, steep yourself in history at Kalta Minor Minaret, admire the striking features of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque, and finally contemplate the long history of Citadel Kunya-ark.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Khiva vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Darvaza to Khiva takes 7 hours. In May, daytime highs in Khiva are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Khiva

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mir-i Arab Madrasah, then get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, then admire the landmark architecture of Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, and finally don't miss a visit to Trading Domes. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, admire the landmark architecture of Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, and finally explore the ancient world of Maghak-i 'Attari Mosque.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bukhara vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Khiva to Bukhara takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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
Ismail Samanid Mausoleum ©
Ismail Samanid Mausoleum

2
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 26th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Registan. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, look and learn at Ulugh Beg Observatory, then appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, then delve into the distant past at Afrasiab, and finally contemplate the long history of Saint Daniel's Tomb.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Samarkand travel route planner.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Bukhara in May, plan for slightly colder days in Samarkand, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

1
night
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tashkent online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Samarkand to Tashkent by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping
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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan

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.
Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Ala-Archa Gorge. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, steep yourself in history at Ala-Too Square, take an in-depth tour of State History Museum, and walk around Panfilov Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bishkek trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tashkent to Bishkek takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tashkent to Bishkek due to the time zone difference. In May in Bishkek, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square

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hours
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty
For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Almaty trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Almaty takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Bishkek in June, expect nights in Almaty to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Tours
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