5 days in Samarkand & Dushanbe Itinerary

5 days in Samarkand & Dushanbe Itinerary

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5 days in Samarkand & Dushanbe Itinerary

Start: Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 7th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Mosque Namozgokh, appreciate the history behind Khodja Abdi Darun Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, then view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Happy Bird, and finally don't miss a visit to Madrasa Ulugh Beg, Madrasa Tilla Kari, Madrasa Sher Dor. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Armenian Apostolic Church, get engrossed in the history at Regional Studies Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Bibi Khanym Mausoleum, explore the ancient world of Mausoleum of Ishrat-khona, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mausoleum Rukhabad, and finally delve into the distant past at Khwaja Khadir Mosque.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Samarkand online road trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Samarkand Airport. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Mausoleum Rukhabad ©
Mausoleum Rukhabad
Afrasiyab Settlement ©
Afrasiyab Settlement
Hazrat Khizr Mosque ©
Hazrat Khizr Mosque

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe ©
Little more than a small town at the turn of the 20th century, Dushanbe grew rapidly during the Soviet era and now serves as the national capital and home to nearly 800,000 people.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St.Nicholas Orthodox Church and then take a memorable drive along Karatag Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dushanbe day trip planning site .

You can drive from Samarkand to Dushanbe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. July in Dushanbe sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara, Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve
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Karatag Gorge ©
Karatag Gorge
St.Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St.Nicholas Orthodox Church
Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve ©