16 days in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan & Mongolia Itinerary

16 days in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan & Mongolia Itinerary

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16 days in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan & Mongolia Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
3
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
6
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Singapore, Singapore

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 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Tillya Kori Madrasah, make a trip to Registan, and then admire the striking features of Gur Emir Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, then get curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory, then appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Samarkand day trip tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Samarkand is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Singapore to Samarkand. Traveling from Singapore in January, things will get much colder in Samarkand: highs are around 10°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

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.
On the 8th (Wed), make a trip to Chor-Minor, make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, then pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, and finally make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Chor-Bakr necropolis, contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, then take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, and finally admire the striking features of Ulugbek Medressa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bukhara trip planner.

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Bukhara are 9°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Chasma Ayub Mausoleum ©
Chasma Ayub Mausoleum

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.
Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, nightlife, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral, and learn about all things military at National Museum of Kazakhstan.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan vacation planner .

You can fly from Bukhara to Nur-Sultan in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bukhara to Nur-Sultan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Bukhara in January; daily highs in Nur-Sultan reach -13°C and lows reach -23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Fun & Games
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Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, nature, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kok-Tobe Hill, have fun at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Kazakhstan National Science Academy.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Almaty trip planner .

Fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Nur-Sultan in January, plan for much hotter days in Almaty, with highs around 0°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort ©
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

1
night
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
On the 16th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Saty trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Almaty to Saty in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Saty

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

3
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Ulaanbaatar is known for museums, nature, shopping, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, appreciate the history behind Silk Road Complex Monument [Migration], get engrossed in the history at National History Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Gandantegchenling Monastery.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Ulaanbaatar trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Saty to Ulaanbaatar. The time zone difference moving from Alma-Ata Time to Ulaanbaatar Time is 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -17°C, and evening lows to -36°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Genghis Khan Statue Complex ©
Genghis Khan Statue Complex
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square

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