16 days in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan & Kazakhstan Itinerary

16 days in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan & Kazakhstan Itinerary

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16 days in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan & Kazakhstan Itinerary

Start: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Taraz, Kazakhstan
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
2
Turkestan, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
4
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
5
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Mary, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
7
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Darvaza, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Kunya-Urgench, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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Taraz, Kazakhstan

Taraz ©
One of the oldest cities in the country, Taraz has changed hands many times since it became one of the wealthiest stops on the old Silk Road trade route.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Aisha Bibi Mausoleum and then make a trip to Akyrtas Palace Complex.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taraz visit planner.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria to Taraz is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Plovdiv to Taraz is 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Taraz when traveling from Plovdiv in August, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turkestan.
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Akyrtas Palace Complex ©
Akyrtas Palace Complex
Aisha Bibi Mausoleum ©
Aisha Bibi Mausoleum

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Turkestan, Kazakhstan

Turkestan ©
A small and historic city, Turkistan has become a major place of pilgrimage, with thousands of Muslims arriving each year to visit its main religious monument.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): delve into the distant past at The Intimate Ruins of Sauran, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Culture Ethnographic Center, and then admire the landmark architecture of The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Turkestan trip planner.

Drive from Taraz to Turkestan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Turkestan

Historic Sites Museums
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The Intimate Ruins of Sauran ©
The Intimate Ruins of Sauran
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi ©

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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 30th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah and then fly down the slopes at Chimgon. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, then get outside with Lake Charvak, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Mirabadskiy (Gospitalny) Market.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tashkent tour planner .

Drive from Turkestan to Tashkent in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Turkestan to Tashkent, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Tashkent

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Chimgon ©
Chimgon
Kukeldash Madrasah ©
Kukeldash Madrasah
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art ©

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nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, and then don't miss a visit to Registan. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Ulugbek Madrasah, look and learn at Ulugh Beg Observatory, deepen your understanding at Tillya Kori Madrasah, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally delve into the distant past at Afrasiab.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Samarkand visit app .

You can fly from Tashkent to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum ©
Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, make a trip to Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, admire the landmark architecture of Samanids Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Mir-i Arab Madrasah, then get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, and finally explore the ancient world of Chor-Bakr necropolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), admire the striking features of Chor-Minor, don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, then pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Chasma Ayub Mausoleum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Bukhara sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Mary.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
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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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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Gyaur Kala, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church, then get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum, and finally make a trip to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mary tour app .

You can drive from Bukhara to Mary in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites Museums
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Gyaur Kala ©
Gyaur Kala
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque ©
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): delve into the mystery of Kow Ata Underground Lake, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, and then explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ashgabat trip website .

Traveling by flight from Mary to Ashgabat takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Darvaza.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Kow Ata Underground Lake ©
Kow Ata Underground Lake
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa

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Darvaza, Turkmenistan

Darvaza ©
On the 7th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Darvaza Water Crater and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Darvaza Gas Crater.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Darvaza trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Ashgabat to Darvaza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Darvaza

Parks Nature
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Darvaza Gas Crater ©
Darvaza Gas Crater
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater

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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. Kunya-Urgench has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Gate of the Caravanserai, make a trip to Il Arslan Mausoleum, steep yourself in history at Kutlug Timur Minaret, then steep yourself in history at Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench, and finally contemplate the long history of Seyit Ahmet.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kunya-Urgench attractions planner.

You can drive from Darvaza to Kunya-Urgench in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. September in Kunya-Urgench sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites
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Kunya-Urgench ©
Kunya-Urgench
Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Turabek Khanum Mausoleum ©
Turabek Khanum Mausoleum

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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.
On the 9th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), then admire the striking features of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and finally contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nurullaboy Saroyi, explore the historical opulence of Citadel Kunya-ark, don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, then don't miss a visit to Kalta Minor Minaret, then contemplate the long history of Ota Darvoza, and finally explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli).

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Khiva visit planner.

Getting from Kunya-Urgench to Khiva by car takes about 3 hours. September in Khiva sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark

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