19 days in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan & Kazakhstan Itinerary

19 days in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan & Kazakhstan Itinerary

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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 1 day
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Navoiy, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly to Tashkent, Train to Kokand
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Kokand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
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Margilan, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train to Tashkent South, Fly to Termiz
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Termiz, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 1 day
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, then make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Minaret of the Kalon, and finally admire the striking features of Chor-Minor.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bukhara trip builder tool.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Bukhara is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Bukhara. Traveling from Jakarta in August, plan for little chillier nights in Bukhara, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Navoiy.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites

Navoiy, Uzbekistan

— 1 night
Navoiy also spelled as Navoi is a city and the capital of Navoiy Region in the southwestern part of Uzbekistan. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the striking features of Mir-Sayid Bakhrom Mausoleum.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Navoiy attractions planning tool.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Navoiy in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Samarkand.

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 15th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, then make a trip to Registan, and finally admire the striking features of Gur Emir Mausoleum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sher Dor Madrasah, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tillya Kori Madrasah, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulugbek Madrasah, then delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, and finally see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Samarkand online itinerary planner.

Getting from Navoiy to Samarkand by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Khiva, Uzbekistan

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) and then explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala.

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You can fly from Samarkand to Khiva in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August in Khiva, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Kokand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites

Kokand, Uzbekistan

— 2 nights
During the 18th and 19th centuries, Kokand stood as the capital of the Kokand khanate, developing into an important religious and educational center, with many mosques and madrassas.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jami Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Norbut-Biya Madrasah, and then get engrossed in the history at Khan Palace.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kokand travel planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Khiva to Kokand in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. August in Kokand sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. You will leave for Margilan on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Kokand

Historic Sites · Museums
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Margilan, Uzbekistan

— 2 nights
Margilan is a city in Fergana Region in eastern Uzbekistan. For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Margilan travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Kokand to Margilan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Termiz.

Things to do in Margilan

Classes · Shopping
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Termiz, Uzbekistan

— 1 night
Termez is a city in the southernmost part of Uzbekistan near the Hairatan border crossing of Afghanistan. On the 21st (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Aleksandr Nevskiy, and then make a trip to Fayoztepa.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Termiz sightseeing planner.

Getting from Margilan to Termiz by combination of train and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Margilan in August, you will find days in Termiz are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Tashkent.

Things to do in Termiz

Historic Sites · Museums

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

— 1 night

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, then don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), then admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, and finally explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art.

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

Fly from Termiz to Tashkent in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Baku.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Baku, Azerbaijan

— 1 night

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 23rd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Heydar Aliyev Center, go for a walk through Baku Boulevard, then contemplate the long history of Baku Old City, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Shirvanshahs. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Flame Towers, enjoy breathtaking views from Maiden Tower, don't miss a visit to Fountains Square, then appreciate the history behind Sculpture Girl on Bench, and finally squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours.

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

You can fly from Tashkent to Baku in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tashkent to Baku due to the time zone difference. In August in Baku, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

— 1 day
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): learn about all things military at National Museum of Kazakhstan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, then browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nur-Sultan trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Baku to Nur-Sultan in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Baku in August, things will get a bit cooler in Nur-Sultan: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 4 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Family-friendly places like Kok-Tobe Hill and Ascension Cathedral will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake, stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, pick up some local products at Zeleny Bazar, and find something for the whole family at Gorky Central Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Almaty trip planner.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Almaty: highs are around 34°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Uzbekistan travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Although it only gained full independence in 1991, Uzbekistan boasts a rich history filled with legendary conquests by the likes of Tamerlane and Alexander the Great. Major tourist attractions in Uzbekistan include centuries-old cities (once oases along the Silk Road), seemingly endless deserts, soaring mountains that serve as popular ecotourism playgrounds, and ancient fortresses untouched by the passage of time. Visitors flock to this landlocked Central Asian country to hike, ski, bird-watch, and stay in traditional yurt camps. Consider beginning your tour of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, where modern glass-fronted office buildings stand in stark contrast to decaying Soviet-era apartment blocks.

Azerbaijan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Observation Decks
Land of Fire
A holiday in Azerbaijan allows intrepid travelers to discover a history-steeped country sitting at the crossroads of Southeastern Europe and Southwest Asia, an area once controlled by a succession of ancient empires. With its dual Eurasian character, Azerbaijan remains a highly intriguing destination, with tourism one of the top contributors to the country's booming economy. Many begin their tour of Azerbaijan in World Heritage-listed Baku, a cosmopolitan city boasting innovative architecture and a well-preserved historic core. A short drive out of this thriving capital, you can explore timeless villages surrounded by thick orchards and flanked by the majestic Caucasus Mountains.

Kazakhstan travel guide

4.1
Mountains · Parks · Observation Decks
The world's biggest landlocked country, Kazakhstan boasts a thriving economy resting almost entirely on huge reserves of natural gas and oil. While some travelers find its seemingly endless and largely featureless steppe unappealing, others take a trip to Kazakhstan precisely because of these unspoiled stretches. If you wanted, you could certainly spend your entire vacation in Kazakhstan completely alone, exploring the sprawling, empty horizons. If you want a little company, mingle with the highly urbanized locals in Almaty or Astana, two big cities featuring broad tree-lined avenues, hip cafes, giant malls, and many innovative buildings that seem plucked right out of a science fiction novel.