15 days in Central Asia Itinerary

15 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
2
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
4
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights

2
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
On the 7th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Monument of Friendship of Peoples, buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, thentake in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to Aliya Moldagulova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Zhanibek and Kerei Monument, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, appreciate the history behind Monument to Zhayau Muse, thenlearn about all things military at National Museum of Kazakhstan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan day trip planner.

Charlotte, USA to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) is 11 hours. In April, Nur-Sultan is slightly colder than Charlotte - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

4
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, find something for the whole family at Almaty Central Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Almaty route builder site.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, Almaty is a bit warmer than Nur-Sultan - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 13th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Gur Emir Mausoleum, don't miss a visit to Registan, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tillya Kori Madrasah. On the next day, look and learn at Ulugh Beg Observatory, explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum, get engrossed in the history at Afrasiyab Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Shah-i-Zinda, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sher Dor Madrasah.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Samarkand attractions planner.

You can fly from Almaty to Samarkand in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Almaty to Samarkand is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Almaty in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Samarkand, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

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 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Minaret of the Kalon, admire the striking features of Samanid Mausoleum, thenmake a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, and finally don't miss a visit to Chor-Minor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, thendon't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, thentake in panoramic vistas at Water Tower Shukhova, and finally steep yourself in history at Chasma Ayub Mausoleum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bukhara journey planner.

Take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April in Bukhara, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Chor-Minor ©
Chor-Minor

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.
On the 17th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Yunus Rajabi House Museum, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, thendon't miss a visit to Amir Temur Square, and finally take in panoramic vistas at TV Tower.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tashkent tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bukhara to Tashkent in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Independence Square (Mustakillik Square) ©
Independence Square (Mustakillik Square)