36 days in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan Itinerary

36 days in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan Itinerary

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36 days in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan Itinerary

Start: Ankara, Turkey
bus + Fly:  16​h
1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
3
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
4
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
7
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
9
Darvaza, Turkmenistan
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Kunya-Urgench, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
11
Mary, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
12
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Ankara, Turkey

4
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 some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, and hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Almaty route planning tool .

Ankara, Turkey to Almaty is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Ankara to Almaty due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Ankara, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Almaty, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Almaty

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

3
nights
Oskemen, Kazakhstan

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Oskemen is known for parks, museums, historic sites, fun & games, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Slavskogo Embankment, examine the collection at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Heroes of the Soviet Union.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Oskemen day trip planning app .

Getting from Almaty to Oskemen by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, Oskemen is a bit cooler than Almaty - with highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Astana.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Boris  Alexandrov Sports Palace ©
Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace

3
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.
Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to The Baiterek Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral, have fun at Sport Complex Kazakhstan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Astana trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Oskemen to Astana in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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City Park ©
City Park
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

3
nights
Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Go for a jaunt from Karaganda to Temirtau to see Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum about 54 minutes away. On the 13th (Sat), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Qarqaraly National Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to Eternal Flame, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, examine the collection at Karaganda Regional Museum, and appreciate the history behind Monument Nurken Abdirov.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Karaganda trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Astana to Karaganda in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Astana in July since evenings lows in Karaganda dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, Qarqaraly National Park
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Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park
Eternal Flame ©
Eternal Flame
St. Joseph's Cathedral ©
St. Joseph's Cathedral

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.
Tashkent is known for museums, shopping, historic sites, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, and take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tashkent tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Karaganda to Tashkent in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Alma-Ata Time to Uzbekistan Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Tashkent

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Charvak Reservoir
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Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

3
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.
Bukhara is known for historic sites, museums, spas, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Poi Kalyan Mosque, don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, and take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bukhara trip planning app .

You can fly from Tashkent to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July in Bukhara, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Samarkand.

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
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

3
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for historic sites, childrens museums, shopping, museums, and baths. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Registan, soak in style at Turkish baths, explore the world behind art at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, and admire the striking features of Ulugbek Madrasah.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Samarkand travel planning website .

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Bukhara in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Samarkand: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Nurullaboy Saroyi, then explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala, then step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, and finally steep yourself in history at Stone Palace (Tash Khauli). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Ota Darvoza, make a trip to Pahlovon Mahmud Mausoleum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque, don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, then steep yourself in history at Kalta Minor Minaret, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mohammed Amin Madrassah.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Khiva route planner.

Traveling by flight from Samarkand to Khiva takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Khiva are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Darvaza.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque ©
Friday Mosque
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

1
day
Darvaza, Turkmenistan

Darvaza ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Darvaza Water Crater and then don't miss a visit to "Door to Hell" Gas Deposit.

Plan a trip to Darvaza easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Khiva to Darvaza takes 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kunya-Urgench.
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©
"Door to Hell" Gas Deposit
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench, steep yourself in history at Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret, then steep yourself in history at Il Arslan Mausoleum, and finally don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kunya-Urgench holiday planner .

You can drive from Darvaza to Kunya-Urgench in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. July in Kunya-Urgench sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Mary.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites
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Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Kunya-Urgench ©
Kunya-Urgench
Konye Urgenc ©
Konye Urgenc

1
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.
On the 29th (Mon), make a trip to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pokrovskaya Church, and finally explore the ancient world of Gyaur Kala.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mary trip planner .

Getting from Kunya-Urgench to Mary by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Mary can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to 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
National History and Ethnology Museum ©

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nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, casinos, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe, and appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Ashgabat day trip planning app .

You can fly from Mary to Ashgabat in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 45°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Fun & Games Theme Parks
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Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

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