27 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

27 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
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Minsk, Belarus
— 5 nights
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan — 2 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.
Step out of Dushanbe to go to Nurek and see Nurek Dam, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Rudaki Park, don't miss a visit to Ismaili Centre, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Antiquities, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Nicholas Orthodox Church.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dushanbe holiday maker app.

New Delhi, India to Dushanbe is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Dushanbe. Traveling from New Delhi in July, plan for little chillier nights in Dushanbe, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Samarkand.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan — 2 nights

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah, then make a trip to Registan, and then view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Happy Bird. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Ulugh Beg Observatory, appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gur Emir Mausoleum.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Samarkand driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Dushanbe to Samarkand takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Dushanbe in July, you will find days in Samarkand are slightly colder (40°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Moscow.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

Moscow, Russia — 4 nights

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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uspensky Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, and stroll around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory).

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Traveling by flight from Samarkand to Moscow takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Samarkand to Moscow, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Samarkand, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Moscow, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to St. Petersburg.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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St. Petersburg, Russia — 6 nights

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: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, take in nature's colorful creations at Summer Garden, and admire the striking features of Peter and Paul Fortress.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg day trip tool.

Getting from Moscow to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Minsk.
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Minsk, Belarus — 5 nights

As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minsk: Mound of Glory (in Slabada) and Mir Castle (in Mir). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, stroll around Victory Park, examine the collection at Museum Strana Mini, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Simon and Helena.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Minsk day trip planning website.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Minsk in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Nur-Sultan.
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan — 2 nights

First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nur-Astana Mosque, and then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral, then buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, then admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan holiday builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Minsk to Nur-Sultan takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) is 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Nur-Sultan can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to fly to Bishkek.
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Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — 3 nights

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.
When in Bishkek, make a side trip to see Burana Tower in Tokmok, approximately Tokmok away. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Ala-Archa Gorge. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bishkek trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Nur-Sultan to Bishkek by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nur-Sultan in August; daily highs in Bishkek reach 37°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Almaty.
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Almaty, Kazakhstan — 2 nights

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): walk around First President's Park, get in on the family fun at Gorky Central Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, and finally stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill and then don't miss a visit to Big Almaty Lake.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Almaty tour itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Bishkek to Almaty in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Almaty, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Tajikistan travel guide

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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.
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Uzbekistan travel guide

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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.
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Russia travel guide

4.7
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.
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Belarus travel guide

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Landmarks · Monuments · Churches
Explore the idyllic cornflower fields, vast forests, and charming villages of , a country that blends modern progress with its rich history. Tour the financially prosperous and socially progressive capital city, traipse through national parks, and catch sight of the continent's largest mammal, the European bison. Visit ancient castles, and view demonstrations of ceramic making and blacksmithing. Learn how World War II impacted this Eastern European nation by visiting one of the many monuments and memorials that pay homage to those who served. Because of its isolation from the rest of the region, visitors to the country are often approached with curiosity, but warmly greeted by the locals. Known for its rich cultural heritage, the nation hosts a plethora of festivals throughout the year, allowing visitors and locals alike to enjoy the arts.
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Kazakhstan travel guide

4.1
Lookouts · Parks · Observation Decks
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.
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Kyrgyzstan travel guide

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Bodies of Water · National Parks · Spas & Wellness
A landlocked country of soaring mountains and sprawling steppes, Kyrgyzstan only became independent in 1991, after several decades as one of the Soviet Union's republics. Today, the country represents a growingly popular tourist destination, enticing visitors to come with its rolling pastures and unspoiled mountain landscapes. A trip to Kyrgyzstan reveals a mostly rural land, where it's still possible to witness the lifestyle of the semi-nomadic shepherds living in portable yurts--simple dwellings made of wood and animal skins. You'd be hard-pressed to find many urban attractions here, but the hospitality of the natives and the stunning natural scenery will more than make up for any lack of modern amenities.
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