14 days in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan Itinerary

14 days in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan Itinerary

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14 days in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
5
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Newark, United States

2
nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Kazakhstan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque. On your second day here, enjoy some diversion at Sport Complex Kazakhstan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, then walk around City Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nur-Sultan day trip planning app .

Newark, USA to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Newark to Nur-Sultan due to the time zone difference. In September, Nur-Sultan is slightly colder than Newark - with highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Fun & Games
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, nature, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kok-Tobe Hill, see the interesting displays at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, enjoy some diversion at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, and walk around First President's Park.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Almaty trip app .

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in September, expect Almaty to be somewhat warmer, temps between 77°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Almaty

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

2
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, don't miss a visit to Registan, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Ulugbek Madrasah, look and learn at Ulugh Beg Observatory, deepen your understanding at Tillya Kori Madrasah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally delve into the distant past at Afrasiab.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Samarkand trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Almaty to Samarkand in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Alma-Ata Time to Uzbekistan Time is minus 1 hour. In September, Samarkand is somewhat warmer than Almaty - with highs of 85°F and lows of 59°F. Finish up 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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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.
On the 3rd (Thu), make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Bukhara Emirs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, then delve into the distant past at Mir-i Arab Madrasah, and finally don't miss a visit to Trading Domes.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bukhara travel site .

Take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Bukhara Emirs
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Samanid Mausoleum ©
Samanid Mausoleum

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
On the 5th (Sat), admire the striking features of Wedding Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, and finally explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality, then examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ashgabat trip maker .

Traveling by car from Bukhara to Ashgabat takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Bukhara in October, Ashgabat is a bit warmer at night with lows of 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Kow Ata Underground Lake ©
Kow Ata Underground Lake
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument

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