9 days in Bukhara, Samarkand & Khiva Itinerary

9 days in Bukhara, Samarkand & Khiva Itinerary

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9 days in Bukhara, Samarkand & Khiva Itinerary

Start: Kabul
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Kabul


Bukhara ©
Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs and Art Museum Kamoliddin Behzod will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum and Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah. Step out of Bukhara to go to Gijduvan and see Ulugbek Madrasah, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Fayzulla Khujayev House, see the interesting displays at History of Bukhara Puppet Theatre, contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, and admire the landmark architecture of Balyand Mosque.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bukhara travel app .

Kabul, Afghanistan to Bukhara is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gijduvan, Palace of Bukhara Emirs
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Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum ©
Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum
Fayzulla Khujayev House ©
Fayzulla Khujayev House
Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah ©
Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah


Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 4th (Tue), look and learn at Ulugh Beg Observatory, soak in style at Turkish baths, then take an in-depth tour of Regional Studies Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Gur Emir Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, admire the masterpieces at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, then indulge your taste buds at Siab Bazaar, then explore the galleries of Art Gallery Happy Bird, and finally appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Samarkand trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Bukhara in June, you will find days in Samarkand are little chillier (39°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

Museums Historic Sites Baths
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Regional Studies Museum ©
Regional Studies Museum
Imam Bokhari Mausoleum ©
Imam Bokhari Mausoleum
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum


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 6th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque, steep yourself in history at Kalta Minor Minaret, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, and finally admire the striking features of Mohammed Amin Madrassah.

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Getting from Samarkand to Khiva by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train. June in Khiva sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Kalta Minor Minaret ©
Kalta Minor Minaret
Tomb of Sayid Allauddin ©
Tomb of Sayid Allauddin
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