22 days in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

22 days in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

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Fly to Urgench Airport, Drive to Khiva
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive to Urgench Airport, Fly to Bukhara
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
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Khiva, Uzbekistan

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Wed): explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Mohammed Amin Madrassah and then don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Khiva route planner.

Riga, Latvia to Khiva is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Riga to Khiva. When traveling from Riga in June, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Khiva: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, and then steep yourself in history at Ark of Bukhara. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, and then steep yourself in history at Samanid Mausoleum.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bukhara vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Khiva to Bukhara. In June in Bukhara, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shahrisabz.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Museums

Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan

— 2 nights
Shakhrisabz, is a city in Qashqadaryo Region in southern Uzbekistan located approximately 80 km south of Samarkand with a population of 100,300 . Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Crypt of Tamerlan, don't miss a visit to Dor Us-Siyodat, then make a trip to Dorut Tilovat, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Amir Timur, and finally admire the striking features of The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tahtakaracha Pass.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Shahrisabz travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bukhara to Shahrisabz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. While traveling from Bukhara, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Shahrisabz, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Samarkand.

Things to do in Shahrisabz

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

— 3 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for historic sites, childrens museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Registan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Koraboy Oksokol, stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, and appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Samarkand online visit planner.

Drive from Shahrisabz to Samarkand in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Samarkand sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tashkent.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

— 2 nights

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
On the 2nd (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, then make a trip to Amir Temur Square, then take in panoramic vistas at TV Tower, and finally explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah, then make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), and finally appreciate the history behind World War II Memorial.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tashkent trip itinerary site.

Getting from Samarkand to Tashkent by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

— 3 nights
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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, and appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan online travel planner.

Getting from Tashkent to Nur-Sultan by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or drive. Traveling from Tashkent to Nur-Sultan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July in Nur-Sultan, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Bishkek.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, then walk around Panfilov Park, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bishkek tour itinerary maker site.

Fly from Nur-Sultan to Bishkek in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nur-Sultan in July: high temperatures in Bishkek hover around 38°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 5 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Go for a jaunt from Almaty to Esik to see Lake Issyk about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Kok-Tobe Hill, walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, examine the collection at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Almaty trip planner.

You can fly from Bishkek to Almaty in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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.

Kazakhstan travel guide

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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.

Kyrgyzstan travel guide

4.2
Bodies of Water · National Parks · Mountains
A landlocked country of soaring mountains and sprawling steppes, Kyrgyzstan only became independent in 1991, after several decades as one of the Soviet Union's republics. Today, the country represents a growingly popular tourist destination, enticing visitors to come with its rolling pastures and unspoiled mountain landscapes. A trip to Kyrgyzstan reveals a mostly rural land, where it's still possible to witness the lifestyle of the semi-nomadic shepherds living in portable yurts--simple dwellings made of wood and animal skins. You'd be hard-pressed to find many urban attractions here, but the hospitality of the natives and the stunning natural scenery will more than make up for any lack of modern amenities.