23 days in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

23 days in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

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23 days in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

Start: Nashville, United States
Fly:  29​h
1
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Suusamyr, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
5
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h 45​min
7
Nurek, Tajikistan
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 15​min
8
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
9
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
taxi + train:  10​h 30​min
10
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Nashville, United States

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ala-Too Square and Holy Resurrection Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Ala-Archa Gorge and Bir-Bulak Gorge. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Ak-Sai Glacier, explore the stunning scenery at Konorchek Canyons, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alamedin Gorge, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sokuluk Gorge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Bishkek trip itinerary planner .

Nashville, USA to Bishkek is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Nashville to Bishkek. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nashville in April, with highs in Bishkek at 67°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Suusamyr.

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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
Ak-Sai Glacier ©
Ak-Sai Glacier

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Suusamyr, Kyrgyzstan

Suusamyr ©
On the 9th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Suusamyr Valley.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Suusamyr trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Suusamyr takes 3 hours. In April in Suusamyr, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Arslanbob.

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Suusamyr Valley ©
Suusamyr Valley

1
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Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan

Arslanbob ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the activities along Arslanbob Waterfalls and then delve into the lush surroundings at Arslanbob Walnut Forest.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Arslanbob tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Suusamyr to Arslanbob in 7.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osh.

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Arslanbob Walnut Forest ©
Arslanbob Walnut Forest
Arslanbob Waterfalls ©
Arslanbob Waterfalls

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Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Osh ©
Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
On the 11th (Thu), admire the verdant scenery at Alay Valley, trek along Kyrgyz Ata National Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain Sulaiman-Too, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum Sulaiman Too. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Kulunatin National Reserve.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Osh trip planner .

You can drive from Arslanbob to Osh in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Naryn.

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Kyrgyz Ata National Park ©
Kyrgyz Ata National Park
Mountain Sulaiman-Too ©
Mountain Sulaiman-Too
Alay Valley ©
Alay Valley

1
night
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

Naryn ©
Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Ala Myshyk Caves, take a peaceful walk through Naryn National Reserve, and then hike along Kok-Kiya Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of 33 Parrots Waterfall, then take in breathtaking views at Moldo-Ashu Pass, and then explore the striking landscape at Eki-Naryn Valley.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Naryn trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Osh to Naryn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Karakol.

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Moldo-Ashu Pass ©
Moldo-Ashu Pass

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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol ©
Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts.
Get in touch with nature at Issyk-Kul Lake and Sary-Jaz Valley. On the 16th (Tue), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Przewalski Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Karakol Gorge, identify plant and animal life at Jengish Peak, and look for gifts at Issyk Kul Brand Shop.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Karakol trip planning site .

Getting from Naryn to Karakol by car takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nurek.

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Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan

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Nurek, Tajikistan

Nurek ©
On the 18th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Lenin Statue, then admire the landmark architecture of Tunnel Khalton, then pause for some photo ops at Stele to Constructors of Nurek Hydroelectric Power Plant, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nurek Dam.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nurek online road trip planner .

You can drive from Karakol to Nurek in 23.5 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone difference moving from Kirgizstan Time to Tajikistan Time is minus 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Nurek can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Nurek

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Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam

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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 19th (Fri): admire the striking features of Gur Emir Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Registan, then delve into the distant past at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sher Dor Madrasah, admire the landmark architecture of Ulugbek Madrasah, then delve into the distant past at Afrasiab, then explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Settlement, and finally get curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory.

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You can drive from Nurek to Samarkand in 9 hours. April in Samarkand sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

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Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Registan ©
Registan

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Great Minaret of the Kalon and Poi Kalyan Mosque. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ismail Samanid Mausoleum and Mir-i Arab Madrasah. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Ark Fortress, stroll the grounds of Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum, make a trip to Trading Domes, and take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bukhara online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Bukhara sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Bukhara

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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Ismail Samanid Mausoleum ©
Ismail Samanid Mausoleum
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

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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.
On the 24th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, contemplate the long history of Kalta Minor Minaret, then explore the historical opulence of Citadel Kunya-ark, then delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, and finally explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli). On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Nurullaboy Saroyi, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque, make a trip to Pahlovon Mahmud Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, and finally admire the striking features of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Khiva journey planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Bukhara to Khiva takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Khiva

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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque ©
Friday Mosque
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark

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