17 days in Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

17 days in Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

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17 days in Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

Start: Port Louis, Mauritius
Drive + Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Train:  20​h 30​min
2
Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Train:  19​h 15​min
3
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Bus:  5​h
4
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  15​h 15​min
6
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  11​h 45​min
7
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
8
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  24​h
End: Port Louis, Mauritius

2
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Central State Museum of Kazakhstan and Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Kok-Tobe Hill and Big Almaty Lake will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baiken Mosque, and examine the collection at D.A. Kunayev Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Almaty attractions planner .

Port Louis, Mauritius to Almaty is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Mauritius Time (MUT) to Alma-Ata Time (ALMT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Port Louis in December; daily highs in Almaty reach 2°C and lows reach -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

2
nights
Oskemen, Kazakhstan

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): hit the slopes at Altaiskiye Alpy, see the interesting displays at Regional Local Lore and History Museum, examine the collection at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve, make a trip to Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, then get outside with Slavskogo Embankment, and finally make a trip to Victory Memorial.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Oskemen trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Almaty to Oskemen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Almaty in December, with highs in Oskemen at -4°C and lows at -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Oskemen

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Holy Trinity Monastery ©
Holy Trinity Monastery

1
night
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 26th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, appreciate the history behind Bayterek Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nur-Astana Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Kazakhstan, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kulanshi.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nur-Sultan online holiday planner .

Fly from Oskemen to Nur-Sultan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nur-Sultan can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan

1
night
Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, then Head underground at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, then see the interesting displays at Karaganda Regional Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Karaganda journey app .

You can drive from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Karaganda are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Karaganda

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bektau-Ata Mountain Area

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Minor Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Teleshayakh Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), then get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tashkent trip planner.

You can fly from Karaganda to Tashkent in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Alma-Ata Time to Uzbekistan Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Tashkent

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Teleshayakh Mosque ©
Teleshayakh Mosque
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum

2
nights
Khiva, Uzbekistan

Khiva ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalta Minor Minaret, contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), then admire the striking features of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, and finally explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Khiva online trip builder .

Getting from Tashkent to Khiva by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. December in Khiva sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -4°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

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 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Registan, get curious 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 stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Samarkand road trip planner.

Fly from Khiva to Samarkand in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Khiva in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Samarkand: temperatures range from 10°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum ©
Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Fayzulla Khujayev House, steep yourself in history at Samanid Mausoleum, pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque, then get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, then contemplate the long history of Mir-i Arab Madrasah, and finally don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Chor-Minor, see the interesting displays at Avicenna Museum, Afsona, get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), steep yourself in history at Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, then delve into the distant past at Chor-Bakr necropolis, and finally examine the collection at Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs.

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Traveling by train from Samarkand to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Bukhara sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs
Highlights from your plan
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

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