16 days in Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

16 days in Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Riga, Latvia
Fly:  15 h
1
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h
4
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h
End: Riga, Latvia

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palace of Peace and Reconciliation as well as Sky Beach Club. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, don't miss a visit to Quay Astana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque.

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Riga, Latvia to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 15- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time is 4 hours. May in Nur-Sultan sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. You will leave for Almaty on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Palace of Peace and Reconciliation ©
Palace of Peace and Reconciliation

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes First President's Park, Almaty Television Tower and Central State Museum of Kazakhstan. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, and find something for the whole family at Almaty Central Park.

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Traveling by flight from Nur-Sultan to Almaty takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in May, Almaty is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Almaty

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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
First President's Park ©
First President's Park

3
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Amir Timur Museum has been added to your itinerary. On the 18th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, then make a trip to Amir Temur Square, and then don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square).

Before you visit Tashkent, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Almaty to Tashkent by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from East Kazakhstan Time to Uzbekistan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. You will leave for Bukhara on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Tashkent

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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
TV Tower ©
TV Tower
Independence Square (Mustakillik Square) ©
Independence Square (Mustakillik Square)

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 20th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa) and then don't miss a visit to Chor-Minor. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, then don't miss a visit to Trading Domes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Minaret of the Kalon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mir-i-Arab Madrasa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bukhara travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Bukhara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You'll set off for Samarkand on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Bukhara

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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Chor-Minor ©
Chor-Minor

1
night
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum and then deepen your understanding at Sher Dor Madrasah. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your understanding at Tillya Kori Madrasah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, then engage your brain at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and finally delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Samarkand trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Bukhara in May, you will find days in Samarkand are a bit cooler (33°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Ulugh Beg Observatory ©
Ulugh Beg Observatory

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