36 days in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan Itinerary

36 days in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan Itinerary

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Start: Ankara, Turkey
Fly:  16 h
1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h
8
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
9
Darvaza, Turkmenistan
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Kunya-Urgench, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
11
Mary, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
12
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 7 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Ankara, Turkey

4
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Step out of Almaty with an excursion to Lake Issyk in Esik--about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, get in on the family fun at Almaty Central Park, enjoy some diversion at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, and stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Almaty road trip planner.

Ankara, Turkey to Almaty is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Ankara to Almaty due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ankara in July, expect nights in Almaty to be slightly colder, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Issyk
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake

3
nights
Oskemen, Kazakhstan

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Oskemen is known for parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, walk around Zhambyl Zhabayev Park, explore the stunning scenery at Kiin Kirish Canyon, and see the interesting displays at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Oskemen online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Oskemen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Oskemen is little chillier than Almaty - with highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Boris  Alexandrov Sports Palace ©
Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace

3
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.
Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Bayterek Tower, tour or see a game at Sport Complex Kazakhstan, browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nur-Sultan day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Oskemen to Nur-Sultan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

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

3
nights
Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Make the 13th (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at Qarqaraly National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, see the interesting displays at Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, make a trip to Statue of Abai Kunanbayev, and pause for some photo ops at Monument Nurken Abdirov.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Karaganda day trip app.

Getting from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Karaganda when traveling from Nur-Sultan in July, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Qarqaraly National Park, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park
St. Joseph's Cathedral ©
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima ©

3
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Step out of Tashkent with an excursion to Charvak Reservoir in Yusufhona--about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah, make a trip to Amir Temur Square, and head outdoors with Lake Charvak.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tashkent vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Karaganda to Tashkent by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from East Kazakhstan Time to Uzbekistan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Tashkent

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Charvak Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak
Charvak Reservoir ©
Charvak Reservoir
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

3
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.
Bukhara is known for historic sites, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Minaret of the Kalon, contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, and get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa).

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bukhara trip website.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Bukhara, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Bukhara Emirs
Highlights from your plan
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum

3
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
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, explore the world behind art at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulugbek Madrasah, and appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Samarkand day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. While traveling from Bukhara, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Samarkand, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens 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 25th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Nurullaboy Saroyi, then explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala, then step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, and finally explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Ota Darvoza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, then contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and finally contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum.

For ratings and tourist information, read Khiva tour planning website.

Getting from Samarkand to Khiva by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Khiva are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Darvaza.

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
day
Darvaza, Turkmenistan

Darvaza ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater and then stroll through Darvaza Gas Crater.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Darvaza itinerary planner.

Drive from Khiva to Darvaza in 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Darvaza

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Darvaza Gas Crater ©
Darvaza Gas Crater
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater

1
night
Kunya-Urgench, Turkmenistan

Kunya-Urgench ©
Konye-Urgench, also known as Kunya-Urgench, Old Urgench or Urganj, is a municipality of about 30,000 inhabitants in north Turkmenistan, just south from its border with Uzbekistan. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench, contemplate the long history of Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, make a trip to Kutlug Timur Minaret, then explore the ancient world of Il Arslan Mausoleum, and finally don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kunya-Urgench trip website.

Traveling by car from Darvaza to Kunya-Urgench takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mary.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Kunya-Urgench ©
Kunya-Urgench
Konye Urgenc ©
Konye Urgenc

1
night
Mary, Turkmenistan

Mary ©
Prosperous thanks to its successful cotton growing and processing industry, Mary retains much of the Soviet-era sensibility once prevalent in this part of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): make a trip to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church, and finally delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Mary day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kunya-Urgench to Mary takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 45°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gyaur Kala ©
Gyaur Kala
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque ©
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque
National History and Ethnology Museum ©
National History and Ethnology Museum

7
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, and take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Ashgabat fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Mary to Ashgabat takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Ashgabat can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. You will leave for home on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Fun & Games Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

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