19 days in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan Itinerary

19 days in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
5
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Rakhat, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h
9
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h
End: Dubai, 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, steep yourself in history at Samanid Mausoleum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Minaret of the Kalon, then contemplate the long history of Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, and finally don't miss a visit to Chor-Minor. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, admire the landmark architecture of Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Avicenna Museum, Afsona, and finally see the interesting displays at History of Bukhara Puppet Theatre.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bukhara using our trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Bukhara is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Bukhara due to the time zone difference. In March, Bukhara is colder than Dubai - with highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

2
nights
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 15th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Central Bazaar, make a trip to Registan, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Chorsu Art Galery, explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum, contemplate the long history of Shah-i-Zinda, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Gallery Happy Bird, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally gain insight at Tillya Kori Madrasah.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Samarkand route planner.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

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 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), then admire the landmark architecture of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and finally explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, steep yourself in history at Kalta Minor Minaret, steep yourself in history at Ota Darvoza, then explore the historical opulence of Citadel Kunya-ark, and finally explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli).

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Khiva road trip site.

Getting from Samarkand to Khiva by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Tashkent.

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)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Uzbekistan, then hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Chimgon and then get outside with Lake Charvak.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tashkent vacation maker.

You can fly from Khiva to Tashkent in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Kukeldash Madrasah ©
Kukeldash Madrasah
Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Borborduk Mosque, and then explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge. On the next day, get into the urban bustle at Asanbay Center, explore the galleries of Exhibition Hall of Union of Artists, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bishkek sightseeing site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tashkent to Bishkek takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tashkent to Bishkek due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Shopping Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar
Asanbay Center ©
Asanbay Center

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Get in touch with nature at Kok-Tobe Hill and Shymbulak Ski Resort. Get some historical perspective at Ascension Cathedral and Baiken Mosque. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, take in the exciting artwork at Arvest Art Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Zhambyl Zhabayev, and have fun at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Almaty holiday website.

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. When traveling from Bishkek in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Almaty, with highs around 12°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

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

2
nights
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kolsai Lake. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Saty trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Almaty to Saty in 4.5 hours. You'll set off for Rakhat on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Saty

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

1
night
Rakhat, Kazakhstan

Rakhat ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Charyn National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rakhat online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Saty to Rakhat takes 2.5 hours. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Rakhat

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Charyn National Park
Highlights from your plan
Charyn National Park ©
Charyn National Park

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.
On the 29th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, then buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Kazakhstan. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and then explore the striking landscape of Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nur-Sultan attractions planning app.

Explore your travel options from Rakhat to Nur-Sultan with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in March, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

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