28 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 4 nights
Nurek, Tajikistan
— 1 night
Drive to Qurghonteppa International Airport, Fly to St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Moscow, Russia
— 6 nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights


Tashkent, Uzbekistan — 2 nights

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Go for a jaunt from Tashkent to Chimgan to see Pulatkhan Plateau about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Charvak Reservoir, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, and admire the masterpieces at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Tashkent is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Tashkent due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Samarkand.
Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan — 2 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): look and learn at Ulugh Beg Observatory, appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Happy Bird, then walk around Alisher Navoi Central Recreation Park, and finally admire the striking features of Samarkand Train Station. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Registan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Gur Emir Mausoleum.

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Getting from Tashkent to Samarkand by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Samarkand sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Dushanbe.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan — 4 nights

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 out of town with these interesting Dushanbe side-trips: Safed Dara (in Tagob) and Hisor (Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve & Hisor Fortress). On the 8th (Thu), spend a fun day at Delfin Aquapark. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Iskanderkul Lake, don't miss a visit to New Mosque, stroll around Rudaki Park, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan.

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Getting from Samarkand to Dushanbe by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nurek.
Outdoors · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Parks
Side Trips
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Nurek, Tajikistan — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Nurek Dam.

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Getting from Dushanbe to Nurek by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Nurek can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.
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St. Petersburg, Russia — 5 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Yusupov Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Fortress, and explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nurek to St. Petersburg. The time zone changes from Tajikistan Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Nurek in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg: temperatures range from 1°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Moscow.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
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Moscow, Russia — 6 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Red Square, stroll around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin.

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Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Moscow are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Almaty.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Almaty, Kazakhstan — 4 nights

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for sightseeing, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Mountain Resort, walk around First President's Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, and make a trip to Iversky Seraphimovskiy Nunnery.

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Fly from Moscow to Almaty in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Moscow to Almaty due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in December: highs in Almaty hover around 2°C, while lows dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Ashgabat.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan — 3 nights

A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
On the 26th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Inspiration Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality, and finally explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Geokdepe, then identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque.

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You can fly from Almaty to Ashgabat in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Almaty to Ashgabat. Traveling from Almaty in December, things will get a bit warmer in Ashgabat: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
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Uzbekistan travel guide

Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Although it only gained full independence in 1991, Uzbekistan boasts a rich history filled with legendary conquests by the likes of Tamerlane and Alexander the Great. Major tourist attractions in Uzbekistan include centuries-old cities (once oases along the Silk Road), seemingly endless deserts, soaring mountains that serve as popular ecotourism playgrounds, and ancient fortresses untouched by the passage of time. Visitors flock to this landlocked Central Asian country to hike, ski, bird-watch, and stay in traditional yurt camps. Consider beginning your tour of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, where modern glass-fronted office buildings stand in stark contrast to decaying Soviet-era apartment blocks.

Tajikistan travel guide

Landmarks · Parks · History Museums
Caravans loaded with goods passed through Tajikistan when the ancient Silk Road ran through this country; today, it is one of the world's poorest and least explored nations. Devastated by the civil war of the 1990s, Tajikistan tourism has recently bounced back, as the country's unspoiled mountain landscapes attract a growing number of daring climbers and adventurous travelers. Picturesque highland villages welcome foreign explorers searching for an authentic Central Asian experience in a place seemingly frozen in time. Roads are practically nonexistent in many places and public transport unreliable, but the hospitable Tajiks treat visitors with such warmth and kindness you're not likely to mind the lack of amenities and modern distractions.

Russia travel guide

Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Kazakhstan travel guide

Lookouts · Parks · Bodies of Water
The world's biggest landlocked country, Kazakhstan boasts a thriving economy resting almost entirely on huge reserves of natural gas and oil. While some travelers find its seemingly endless and largely featureless steppe unappealing, others take a trip to Kazakhstan precisely because of these unspoiled stretches. If you wanted, you could certainly spend your entire vacation in Kazakhstan completely alone, exploring the sprawling, empty horizons. If you want a little company, mingle with the highly urbanized locals in Almaty or Astana, two big cities featuring broad tree-lined avenues, hip cafes, giant malls, and many innovative buildings that seem plucked right out of a science fiction novel.

Turkmenistan travel guide

Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.