16 days in Central Asia Itinerary

16 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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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.
Bring the kids along to Khamid Alimdjan and Amir Temur Square. Explore Tashkent's surroundings by going to Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan) and Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona). And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tashkent trip itinerary planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Tashkent is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Auckland to Tashkent. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Tashkent

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Pulatkhan Plateau, Charvak Reservoir
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Charvak Reservoir ©
Charvak Reservoir
Lokomotiv Amusement Park ©
Lokomotiv Amusement Park
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

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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 23rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, admire the striking features of Samanid Mausoleum, thenmake a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, and finally admire the striking features of Chor-Minor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, thendon't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Water Tower Shukhova.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bukhara journey maker app.

Getting from Tashkent to Bukhara by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Bukhara can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz

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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 25th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, thencontemplate the long history of Shah-i-Zinda, thenget curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and finally don't miss a visit to Registan. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Tillya Kori Madrasah, stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sher Dor Madrasah, thendelve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Afrasiyab Museum.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Samarkand trip planner.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Samarkand, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Registan ©
Registan
Ulugh Beg Observatory ©
Ulugh Beg Observatory
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda

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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.
Bring the kids along to Bayterek Tower and Khan Shatyr. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral, and walk around City Park.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan road trip app.

You can fly from Samarkand to Nur-Sultan in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Uzbekistan Standard Time (UZT) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) is 1 hour. In September, Nur-Sultan is slightly colder than Samarkand - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

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

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kok-Tobe Hill and Big Almaty Lake. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Government House of Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, and find something for the whole family at Almaty Central Park.

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You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, Almaty is somewhat warmer than Nur-Sultan - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Theme Parks Nature
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Almaty Central Park ©
Almaty Central Park
Almaty Zoo ©
Almaty Zoo