38 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

38 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Train
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Xi'an, China
— 1 night
Fly
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Lanzhou, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Xiahe County, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Lanzhou, China
Train
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Dunhuang, China
— 2 nights
Train to Guazhou station, Train to Turpan
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Turpan, China
— 2 nights
Drive
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Urumqi, China
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kashgar, China
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive
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Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Margilan, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Drive
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan
Drive
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Qarshi, Uzbekistan
Drive
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dasoguz Province, Turkmenistan
Drive
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China — 3 nights

As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
On the 3rd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, admire the striking features of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and then contemplate the long history of Bell and Drum Towers. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dong Yue Miao (Dongyue Temple), get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), then steep yourself in history at Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju), and finally get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing driving holiday planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Beijing is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Christchurch to Beijing. Traveling from Christchurch in September, expect nights in Beijing to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly to Xi'an.
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Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

Xi'an, China — 1 night

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Shanxi Art Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, and then delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Xi'an sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lanzhou.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Lanzhou, China — 1 night

Once a major stop-off on the ancient Silk Road trading route, Lanzhou today acts as an important place to rest up for Silk Road tourists and trekkers.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Gansu Provincial Museum, steep yourself in history at Lanzhou Shuiche Park, and then take in the views from Iron Bridge of Yellow River.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lanzhou road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Lanzhou takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Xi'an in September, with highs in Lanzhou at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Xiahe County.
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

Xiahe County, China — 1 night

On the 8th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Labrang Monastery (Labuleng Si).

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Xiahe County sightseeing website.

You can drive from Lanzhou to Xiahe County in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Lanzhou.
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Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:
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Lanzhou, China

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lanzhou tour planner.

Traveling by car from Xiahe County to Lanzhou takes 4 hours. You'll set off for Dunhuang on the 8th (Fri).
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Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:

Dunhuang, China — 2 nights

Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mogao Caves and Dunhuang Museum. Xijin Tomb and Yumen Pass will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, take in the natural beauty of Crescent Moon Pool, and examine the collection at Dunhuang Folk Museum.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dunhuang sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Lanzhou to Dunhuang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Turpan.
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Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Turpan, China — 2 nights

Hometown of Grapes

Situated below sea level, the city of Turpan boasts a rich history as an ancient trade center, and its dramatic climate brings cold, harsh winters and boiling hot summers.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta), explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Gaochang (Kharakhoja), and then take in the dramatic natural features at Huoyan Mountain. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Karez System and then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto).

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Turpan holiday planner.

You can take a train from Dunhuang to Turpan in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Urumqi.
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Urumqi, China — 2 nights

As one of China's fastest-growing cities, Urumqi is a melting pot of international people and cultures set against a mountainous backdrop.
Discover how to plan a Urumqi trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Turpan to Urumqi by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Kashgar.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Kashgar, China — 2 nights

Kashi remains a melting pot of Central Asian cultures and boasts one of the most important Islamic old towns in the region.
On the 15th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Abakh Hoja Tomb and then stroll the grounds of Appak Hoja Mosleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Idkah Mosque, and then steep yourself in history at Gaotai Ancient Homes.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kashgar road trip planner.

You can fly from Urumqi to Kashgar in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Naryn.
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Naryn, Kyrgyzstan — 1 night

Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the activities along Song Kol Lake.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Naryn trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Kashgar to Naryn with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Kyrgyzstan Time (KGT) is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cholpon Ata.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:
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Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan — 2 nights

A well-established resort town, Cholpon Ata lies on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, backed by the alpine peaks of the Tian Shan range.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Ferris Wheel, explore the different monuments and memorials at Oluya Cholpon Ata Mausoleum, don't miss a visit to Abandoned Runway, then contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get into the urban bustle at Ruh Ordo Cultural Center, pause for some photo ops at Lenin Statue, see the interesting displays at Museum of Petroglyphs, then examine the collection at Historical Museum, and finally ponder the design of Cholpon Fountain.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cholpon Ata online holiday planner.

Getting from Naryn to Cholpon Ata by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Bishkek.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — 2 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.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bishkek trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cholpon Ata to Bishkek takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Bishkek sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Margilan.
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Margilan, Uzbekistan — 1 night

Margilan is a city in Fergana Region in eastern Uzbekistan. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get some fabulous bargains at Yodgorlik Silk Factory.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Margilan route planner.

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Margilan takes 10.5 hours. The time zone changes from Kyrgyzstan Time (KGT) to Uzbekistan Standard Time (UZT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Margilan when traveling from Bishkek in September, with lows around 18°C. You will leave for Tashkent on the 23rd (Sat).
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:
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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.
On the 23rd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Teleshayakh Mosque.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tashkent road trip planning app.

You can drive from Margilan to Tashkent in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Samarkand.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Samarkand, Uzbekistan — 2 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 25th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Registan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tillya Kori Madrasah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque Koraboy Oksokol. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gur Emir Mausoleum, gain insight at Sher Dor Madrasah, pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, then see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hazrat Khizr Mosque.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Samarkand tour planner.

Take a train from Tashkent to Samarkand in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Samarkand, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shahrisabz.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan

Shakhrisabz, is a city in Qashqadaryo Region in southern Uzbekistan located approximately 80 km south of Samarkand with a population of 100,300 . Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): steep yourself in history at The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray, then make a trip to Dorut Tilovat, then don't miss a visit to Dor Us-Siyodat, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Amir Timur.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Shahrisabz road trip planning tool.

Drive from Samarkand to Shahrisabz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Shahrisabz, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Qarshi.
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

Qarshi, Uzbekistan

Qarshi is a city in southern Uzbekistan. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): make a trip to Kok-Gumbaz Mosque.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Qarshi online route planner.

You can drive from Shahrisabz to Qarshi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bukhara.
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan — 2 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.
On the 28th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, steep yourself in history at Ark of Bukhara, then steep yourself in history at Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Balyand Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Samanid Mausoleum.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bukhara visit planner.

Traveling by car from Qarshi to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Bukhara, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Khiva.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

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.
On the 29th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Khiva trip maker app.

Explore your travel options from Bukhara to Khiva with the Route module. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bukhara in September since evenings lows in Khiva dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Dasoguz Province.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

Dasoguz Province, Turkmenistan

Your day by day itinerary now includes Il Arslan Mausoleum, Kutlug Timur Minaret and Kunya-Urgench - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench - UNESCO World Heritage Site, contemplate the long history of Il Arslan Mausoleum, and then contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dasoguz Province attractions planner.

You can drive from Khiva to Dasoguz Province in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ashgabat.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan — 2 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 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, then explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, and finally don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ashgabat trip planner.

Drive from Dasoguz Province to Ashgabat in 5.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ashgabat can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Baku.
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Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Baku, Azerbaijan — 2 nights

The City of Eternal Flames, the City of Winds

A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
On the 3rd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Baku Old City and then take in the pleasant sights at Baku Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Alley of Martyrs, make a trip to Flame Towers, then examine the collection at Museum of Miniature Books, then see the interesting displays at Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, and finally examine the collection at Heydar Aliyev Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Baku road trip planner.

You can fly from Ashgabat to Baku in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT) to Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Ashgabat in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Baku: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.
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Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Visit Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Galata Tower, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, and enjoy breathtaking views from KIz Kulesi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary tool.

Getting from Baku to Istanbul by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Baku in October, things will get a bit warmer in Istanbul: highs are around 28°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Issyk Kul Province travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums · Canyons

Fergana Province travel guide

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History Museums · Factory Outlets · Sacred & Religious Sites