8 days in Uzbekistan Itinerary

8 days in Uzbekistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Uzbekistan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Samarkand
— 2 nights
Train
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Bukhara
— 2 nights
Fly to Urgench Airport, Drive to Khiva
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Khiva
— 1 night
Fly
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Tashkent
— 2 nights
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Samarkand

— 2 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 16th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, get curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory, pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gur Emir Mausoleum. On your second day here, gain insight at Sher Dor Madrasah, then don't miss a visit to Registan, then steep yourself in history at Tillya Kori Madrasah, and finally don't miss a visit to Madrasa Ulugh Beg, Madrasa Tilla Kari, Madrasa Sher Dor.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Samarkand trip maker site.

Kannur, India to Samarkand is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Uzbekistan Standard Time (UZT), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Bukhara

— 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 18th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, then don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, and finally admire the striking features of Chor-Minor. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), don't miss a visit to Trading Domes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Minaret of the Kalon, and finally don't miss a visit to Ark of Bukhara.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bukhara driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Bukhara sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Museums

Khiva

— 1 night
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 20th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala, and then step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Khiva trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Bukhara to Khiva with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Tashkent.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites

Tashkent

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, pause for some photo ops at World War II Memorial, then admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, and finally don't miss a visit to Amir Temur Square.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tashkent day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Khiva to Tashkent in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping

Uzbekistan travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious 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.