Route & dates
5 days in Ashgabat & Samarkand Itinerary
Start: Munich, Germany
Fly: 15h 15min
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan— 1 day
Drive: 13h 45min
Samarkand, Uzbekistan— 1 night
Fly: 16h 45min
End: Munich, Germany
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 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, then delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, and then stroll through Kow Ata Underground Lake.
To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ashgabat trip itinerary planning tool .
Munich, Germany to Ashgabat is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Munich to Ashgabat. Traveling from Munich in September, you will find days in Ashgabat are much warmer (38°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Samarkand.
Things to do in Ashgabat
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Rome of the East
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.On the 22nd (Sun), delve into the distant past at Mausoleum of Ishrat-khona, delve into the distant past at Khwaja Khadir Mosque, delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Settlement, delve into the distant past at Afrasiab, then delve into the distant past at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sher Dor Madrasah. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Ulugh Beg Observatory, then appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, then take an in-depth tour of Regional Studies Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum.
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Traveling by car from Ashgabat to Samarkand takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ashgabat in September: high temperatures in Samarkand hover around 34°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Samarkand
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