36 days in Uzbekistan & Turkey Itinerary

36 days in Uzbekistan & Turkey Itinerary

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36 days in Uzbekistan & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Rome, Italy
Fly:  6​h
1
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  6​h 30​min
3
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
4
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Edirne, Turkey
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  7​h 45​min
7
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Selcuk, Turkey
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
9
Guzelyurt, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Urgup, Turkey
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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.
On the 6th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, then hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Teleshayakh Mosque.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tashkent trip planner .

Rome, Italy to Tashkent is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Uzbekistan Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Teleshayakh Mosque ©
Teleshayakh Mosque

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Itchan Kala. Kalta Minor Minaret and Citadel Kunya-ark are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) and Ota Darvoza will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, examine the collection at Shirgazi Khan Madrasah, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque).

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Khiva online visit planner .

Getting from Tashkent to Khiva by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Kalta Minor Minaret ©
Kalta Minor Minaret
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

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 10th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Water Tower Shukhova and then don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Minaret of the Kalon, and finally contemplate the long history of Mir-i Arab Madrasah.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bukhara online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Khiva to Bukhara by combination of train and taxi takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

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

4
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Shah-i-Zinda and Afrasiyab Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ulugh Beg Observatory and Imam Bokhari Mausoleum. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Registan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tillya Kori Madrasah, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Gallery Happy Bird, and gain insight at Ulugbek Madrasah.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Samarkand holiday maker website .

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. March in Samarkand sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

7
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Galata Tower are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Bosphorus Strait and Bentler Tabiat Parki. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, and admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul attractions planner .

Getting from Samarkand to Istanbul by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Uzbekistan Time to Eastern European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Samarkand in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Edirne.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Edirne, Turkey

Edirne ©
Edirne is a city in the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne in the region of East Thrace, close to Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Get some cultural insight at Selimiye Mosque and Beyazit II Mosque Complex. Museum-lovers will get to explore Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum and Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi. Take a break from Edirne with a short trip to Dupnisa Cave in Kirklareli, about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami, snap pictures at Meric River Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Makedon Kulesi, and contemplate the long history of Kum Kasri Hamami.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Edirne online travel planner .

You can drive from Istanbul to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dupnisa Cave
Highlights from your plan
Selimiye Mosque ©
Selimiye Mosque
Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum ©
Beyazit II Mosque Complex ©
Beyazit II Mosque Complex

3
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Step out of the city life by going to Hierapolis and Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Byzantine Church and Anatolia Cemetery. Go for a jaunt from Pamukkale to Geyre to see Aphrodisias about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip planner .

Getting from Edirne to Pamukkale by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Denizli, Aphrodisias
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

5
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ancient City of Ephesus and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Do some cultural sightseeing at Bibliotheque de Celsus and Public Latrine. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, get engrossed in the history at Turkish Bath Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica of Saint John, and make a trip to Curetes Street.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Selcuk are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
Guzelyurt, Turkey

Guzelyurt ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilise Camii, admire the verdant scenery at Ihlara Valley, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Selime Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Nigde Museum, then delve into the distant past at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, and then contemplate the long history of Guzelyurt Valley Monastery.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Guzelyurt trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Selcuk to Guzelyurt with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Urgup.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nigde Museum, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Highlights from your plan
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

4
nights
Urgup, Turkey

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and Cappadocia Art & History Museum. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, admire the masterpieces at Guray Museum, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Urgup trip planner .

Getting from Guzelyurt to Urgup by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Uchisar, Guray Museum
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

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