5 days in Ashgabat & Samarkand Itinerary

5 days in Ashgabat & Samarkand Itinerary

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5 days in Ashgabat & Samarkand Itinerary

Start: Munich, Germany
Fly:  15​h 15​min
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 day
Drive:  13​h 45​min
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Munich, Germany

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
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

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Kow Ata Underground Lake ©
Kow Ata Underground Lake
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts ©
Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
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.

To see maps and tourist information, refer to the Samarkand route planning app .

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

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum ©
Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Regional Studies Museum ©
Regional Studies Museum
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