15 days in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan Itinerary

15 days in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h 30 min
5
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Train + Bus:  8 h 45 min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, then take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, and finally admire the striking features of Chor-Minor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, and finally delve into the distant past at Chor-Bakr necropolis.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bukhara trip itinerary planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Bukhara is an approximately 13- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Uzbekistan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in March, with highs in Bukhara at 19°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel 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
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum

2
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, make a trip to Registan, and then admire the landmark architecture of Gur Emir Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Afrasiyab Museum, delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sher Dor Madrasah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Samarkand road trip website.

Getting from Bukhara to Samarkand by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

2
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
On the 17th (Tue), browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, then take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, and then head outdoors with Lake Charvak.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Tashkent online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Samarkand to Tashkent takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osh.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak

1
night
Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Osh ©
Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): appreciate the views at Alay Valley, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain Sulaiman-Too, and then take in the awesome beauty at Lenin Peak.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Osh journey site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Tashkent to Osh in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Tashkent to Osh is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Osh

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Sulaiman-Too ©
Mountain Sulaiman-Too
Alay Valley ©
Alay Valley
Lenin Peak ©
Lenin Peak

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, then steep yourself in history at Ala-Too Square, and then don't miss a visit to Victory Square. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Kurmanzhan Datka Statue, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge, and then pause for some photo ops at Manas Statue.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Bishkek trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Osh to Bishkek takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of car and train. In March, daily temperatures in Bishkek can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
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, explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa, appreciate the history behind Monument to Zhambyl Zhabayev, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Almaty online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Almaty takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bishkek in March: highs in Almaty hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

2
nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
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 25th (Wed): browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Kazakhstan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, and finally walk around City Park.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nur-Sultan trip planner.

You can fly from Almaty to Nur-Sultan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Almaty, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Nur-Sultan, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

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