22 days in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

22 days in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

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22 days in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
2
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
5
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
7
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
8
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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.
You've added Park of Lovers, Kulanshi, Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Assumption Cathedral and Zhanibek and Kerei Monument. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Baiterek Tower, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Soldiers of World War II.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Astana route planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Astana is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Alma-Ata Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Parks Museums
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Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
City Park ©
City Park

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts and Kazakhstan National Science Academy. Step out of Almaty with an excursion to Turgen Waterfalls in Turgen--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Almaty attractions planning site .

Getting from Astana to Almaty by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Astana in July; daily highs in Almaty reach 36°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Turgen Waterfalls
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

4
nights
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
You've now added Kolsai Lake to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the activities along Kolsai Lake. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Charyn National Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Saty trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Astana to Saty takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Saty

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Charyn National Park
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Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Charyn National Park ©
Charyn National Park
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

4
nights
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol ©
Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Altyn Arashan and Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal. Go for a jaunt from Karakol to Cholpon Ata to see Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum, make a trip to Monument N.M. Przhevalsky, stop by Issyk Kul Brand Shop, and explore the galleries of Saimaluu-Tash Reserve Museum.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Karakol tour planner.

Traveling by car from Saty to Karakol takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata
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Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum ©
Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum

1
night
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek ©
Wandering the grid-like, tree-lined streets of Bishkek, you'll discover the friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and Soviet-era architecture of the country's political center.
On the 5th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bishkek tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Bishkek takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Bishkek sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bishkek

Nature Parks
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge

2
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Charvak Reservoir and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tashkent trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bishkek to Tashkent in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Kirgizstan Time (KGT) to Uzbekistan Time (UZT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trip

Charvak Reservoir
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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Charvak Reservoir ©
Charvak Reservoir

1
night
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 7th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Regional Studies Museum, don't miss a visit to Madrasa Ulugh Beg, Madrasa Tilla Kari, Madrasa Sher Dor, and then don't miss a visit to Registan. On the next day, admire the striking features of Gur Emir Mausoleum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, then contemplate the long history of Shah-i-Zinda, and finally admire the masterpieces at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Samarkand online tour itinerary builder .

You can fly from Tashkent to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. August in Samarkand sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums
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Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Imam Bokhari Mausoleum ©
Imam Bokhari Mausoleum

1
night
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
On the 9th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication History and then hit the slopes at Chimgon.

Before you visit Tashkent, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Samarkand to Tashkent takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tashkent

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Chimgon ©
Chimgon

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