Two Week Uzbekistan Itinerary

Updated in 2020: A complete two week Uzbekistan itinerary. With so much to see in this quintessential Silk Road destination, planning can become tricky. To ease your planning process, I’ve crafted this two weeks in Uzbekistan itinerary so you don’t miss any of Uzbekistan’s highlights.

 

Visa update 2019: Uzbekistan is increasingly realizing its tourist potential, and has made it much easier to obtain a visa. Check out the MFA website to see if you can get an e-visa, or if you’re one of the lucky people who can enter the country 30-days visa-free.

 

From the opulent Registan in Samarkand to the twisting alleys of Khiva’s old town, Uzbekistan is a land of onion domes, grand archways, and towering minarets.

… needless to say, it’s an architecture buff’s wet dream.

But the country offers more than just drool-worthy architecture. From bazaars in Tashkent dishing out horse sausages and homemade cream, to the Ferghana Valley that spawned the founder of the Mughal Empire, to the desolate destruction of the Aral Sea region, Uzbekistan is a country with many faces. Luckily, for we tourists the faces are almost all smiling; Uzbeks are some of the friendliest people in Central Asia.

 

Considering traveling to beautiful Uzbekistan in Central Asia? From stunning Islamic architecture to colorful silk bazaars to smiling Central Asian people, Uzbekistan is sure to be a delight for any kind of traveler. Read on for a comprehensive two-week Uzbekistan travel itinerary, complete with photos, travel times, tips on where to stay, and what to see.

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Complete two week Uzbekistan itinerary

Below you can find my recommendations for two weeks in Uzbekistan. This Uzbekistan itinerary will guide you to many of the highlights, but of course I also recommend some alternative destinations to get away from tourist crowds.

Pick and choose where you want to go, or you add some alternative destinations for a longer trip in Uzbekistan. You can also check out my overland itinerary for Uzbekistan and Tajikistan for more inspiration.

This itinerary also includes a guide to traveling in Uzbekistan, including information about money, transport, accommodation, and everything else you need to know for an epic trip to Uzbekistan.

Two weeks in Uzbekistan itinerary

Alternative destinations in Uzbekistan

Guide to travel in Uzbekistan

 

Days 1-2: Tashkent

Meat and dairy market in Chorsu bazaar

The meat and dairy market in Chorsu Bazaar

For most, Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, is a rather underwhelming introduction to the country.

The city isn’t blessed with the jaw-dropping architecture that brings tourists to Uzbekistan (though you won’t know that… yet), and the sights available don’t exactly make up for that.

Regardless, it’s pleasantly tree-filled and easy to navigate, and this is where most people will start their visit to the country. There are still plenty of things to see in Tashkent.

 

A treelined boulevard in central Tashkent

A boulevard in central Tashkent

Top things to see in Tashkent

  • Tashkent Metro: A stunning remnant of the Soviet Era—and still expanding every year—some of the capital’s metro stations are works of art. I particularly enjoyed Alisher Navoi and Kosmonatavlar.
  • Chorsu Bazaar: Tashkent’s main bazaar is a lively affair, with vendors selling everything from clothing to spices and vegetables.
  • Amir Timur Museum: Museum dedicated to the warlord Amir Timur, who conquered most of Central Asia. A good stop for people interested in the man behind some of the most monumental buildings in the region, and founder of the Timurid empire.
  • Hotel Uzbekistan: Not far from the Amir Timur Museum is Uzbekistan’s most famous hotel: the Hotel Uzbekistan. Not everyone’s cup of tea, this brutalist building is a dream for photographers who favor austere architecture.
  • Kukeldash Madrasah: This madrasah (Islamic school) is by no means comparable with the ones in Samarkand or Bukhara. Regardless, it’s nice enough to warrant a visit, as it’s not far from Chorsu bazaar, and has a beautiful collection of old Korans in a building in the center of the complex.
  • Plov Center: The place to eat plov, Uzbekistan’s favorite national food, in Tashkent.

 

The exterior of the Amir Timur museum

The Amir Timur Museum

Where to stay in Tashkent

 

Plov cooking at the Plov Center in Tashkent

Plov a-cookin’ at the creatively named Plov Center

Getting around in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent Metro

Tashkent has a convenient and cheap metro system, although using it might seem daunting at first. Your bags are usually scanned before entering the metro station, and there are plenty of police around. Rest assured, they aren’t there to hassle you; just make sure no one misbehaves. Note that as of 2018, taking pictures of the metro stations is allowed.

  • A useful map of the main metro lines can be found here
  • Tickets cost 1,200 som (US$0.15) regardless of destination

Taxis in Tashkent

Any car in Tashkent can be a taxi. Stand on the side of the road and hold your hand out, and a car will usually stop within minutes. If the driver is heading your way or feels like heading there, you can hop in. Make sure to agree on a price beforehand.

The driver will usually want you to make the first offer. If your offer is fair most drivers will agree with the price quickly. Ask your hotel or a friendly local what a reasonable price should be for your intended destination.

 

Two men walking in front of the Kukeldash madrassa

Kukeldash madrasah at sunset

Transportation from Tashkent

  • Train from Tashkent to Samarkand: 2-4 hours
  • Plane from Tashkent to Samarkand: 1 hour
  • Shared taxi from Tashkent to Samarkand: 4 hours

 

Days 3-5: Samarkand

The Registan in Samarkand

The magnificent Registan at sunrise

Samarkand is a definitive highlight of any trip to Uzbekistan. The first time you see the Registan is a moment you won’t soon forget! I highly recommend you visit the Registan at sunrise.

Although the city can feel a bit crowded and touristy at times, it’s easy to retreat to the winding back alleyways to get away from it all.

Men exiting the Shah i Zinda necropolis in Samarkand, Uzbekistan during Eid

Men walking through the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis after morning prayers during Eid

Top things to see in Samarkand

  • Registan: The three madrasahs that make up the Registan are a sight to behold. Hands down they’re some of the most incredible buildings in Central Asia. Just writing about them still gives me goosebumps. The magnificence of the Registan is best sampled at dawn, as the souvenir shops during the day take away some of its appeal. There’s also a light show in the evening every once in a while; hang out a bit after sunset to see if it’s on.
  • Gur-e-Amir: The mausoleum to Tamerlane (Timur) is built in a distinctly Timurid fashion, with blue onion domes and plenty of elaborate tile work. Fun fact: Timur’s grave is actually buried in a vault deep below the main mausoleum.
  • Shah-i-Zinda: Necropolis for many a ruler and their offspring. Visit in the late afternoon, when it’s least busy. It’s possible to enter for free, using one of the entranceways to the adjoining cemetery. The cemetery also offers a nice vantage point into the necropolis.
  • Bibi Khanym Mosque: Once one of the largest mosques in the world, large parts of it were destroyed over time. Restoration efforts have given it some of its shine back, though, and it’s still a sight to behold.
  • Siyob Bazaar: The largest bazaar in the country is easily found right next to the Bibi Khanym mosque. It’s a great place to wander, whether you’re on the hunt for fresh produce (a rarity in Uzbek restaurants) or just want to bask in the bustle.
  • Afrasiyab ruins: Ruins of an ancient city to the north of modern-day Samarkand. You’ll need your imagination, but it’s not every day you can wander freely through civilization ruins more than a thousand years old.

There are many more sights in Samarkand, too many to mention here. I recommend exploring Samarkand leisurely, to really soak in one of the grandest cities of the Silk Road.

Boy sitting at the Bibi Khanym mosque in Samarkand

An Uzbek schoolboy casually chilling on the Bibi Khanym mosque

Where to stay in Samarkand

 

Salad vendor cleaning vegetables at the Siyob Bazaar in Samarkand

A salad vendor peddling her wares at the Siyob Bazaar

Transportation from Samarkand

  • Train from Samarkand to Tashkent: 2-4 hours
  • Train from Samarkand to Bukhara: 2-3 hours
  • Shared taxi from Samarkand to Bukhara: 4 hours
  • Bus from Samarkand to Bukhara: 5-6 hours
  • Train from Samarkand to Khiva: 12 hours

 

Days 6-8: Bukhara

A boy Looking through doors to the Kaylan mosque in Bukhara

Looking out over the Kaylan Mosque

Bukhara is a perfect place to get lost in; I recommend just that. Though Samarkand is the grandest of Uzbekistan’s cities, Bukhara is the more historically significant of the two; it was the hub of art and science in Central Asia during the Silk Road era.

Most tourists stick to the main sights, but the back alleys are full of surprises and make for a great afternoon of leisurely exploration. Wander for a while, occasionally refuel with a cold beer and some pumpkin manti (dumplings with pumpkin), and you’ll be good to go again.

The small Chor Minor mosque in Bukhara

The charming Chor Minor

Top things to see in Bukhara

  • Po-i-Kalyan: One of Uzbekistan’s greatest architectural ensembles, the Po-i-Kaylan houses the Kaylan Minaret, the Kaylan Mosque, Miri-Arab Madrasah, and Amir-Allimkhan Madrasah. Though I’m not one for tourist restaurants, Chasmai Mirob is a rooftop restaurant with a stunning view over the complex (that also offers pumpkin manty!).
  • Chor Minor: Meaning “four minarets”, this charming little former madrasah gatehouse now houses a souvenir stall.
  • Ark of Bukhara:  A massive fort, of which a small part is open to the public. Though not as impressive and surprisingly lacking in views despite the high vantage point, it houses some interesting exhibitions that will give you a bit of background context into Uzbekistan’s history.
  • Lyab-i-Hauz: Though a bit touristy, Bukhara’s main square houses some exquisite buildings and is a perfect place for an afternoon ice cream or drink as you people watch.
  • Bolo Hauz Mosque: A stunning mosque with exquisitely decorated wooden ceiling panels and columns.

You could see Bukhara in two days, but since getting there can take some time I recommend at least three days. One of Uzbekistan’s joys is wandering about the back alleys of the cities, away from tour bus crowds; Bukhara is perfect for exactly that.

 Wooden fractal ceiling of the Bolo Hauz mosque in Bukhara

One of the many stunning ceiling panels of the wooden Bolo Hauz mosque near the ark.

Where to stay in Bukhara

Bukhara has the greatest concentration of guesthouses and homestays in the country. It pays to look around the internet to see what strikes your fancy—Booking.com is a good place to find accommodation in Bukhara. English isn’t always spoken in budget places, but considering how friendly everyone is, this hardly matters!

 

Boy and his mother sitting in a back alleys of Bukhara

Taking a break in Bukhara’s back alleys

Transportation from Bukhara

Note that previously Bukhara was not connected to Khiva by train… but as of 2018, there’s now a train line connecting the two cities!

  • Train from Bukhara to Samarkand: 2-3 hours
  • Shared taxi from Bukhara to Samarkand: 4 hours
  • Bus from Bukhara to Samarkand: 5-6 hours
  • Train from Bukhara to Tashkent: 6.5 hours
  • Train from Bukhara to Khiva: 6 hours
  • Bus from Bukhara to Khiva: 8 hours
  • Shared taxi from Bukhara to Urgench (Khiva): 7 hours

 

Days 9-11: Khiva

 Tura Murad Minaret in Khiva

The Tura Murad Minaret. You can scale this beaut for epic views over Khiva.

Khiva, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a unique town in Uzbekistan. It’s so well preserved, it’s almost museum-like! The old town is one huge historic playground and a photographer’s dream.

I recommend staying in Khiva at least two days to make sure you can soak up sights at a leisurely pace and perhaps go for a foray into some of the nearby villages. Most sights can be entered on a combined entrance ticket, sold at the main entrance to the old town.

Green noodles

Tip: Don’t miss a chance to try shivut oshi (green noodles), a local specialty made with dill-infused dough. The color’s a bit disconcerting, I know, but never fear, they’re delicious. And that’s coming from someone who despises dill.

 

The sun breaking through the clouds over Khiva

An epic sunset over Khiva’s old city.

Top things to see in Khiva

  • Itchan-Kala: Khiva’s historic old town, and the place you’ll spend most of your time. Basically an open-air museum. Make sure to get up early one day to see the sunrise from the city wall.
  • Muhammad Aminkhan Madrasah: The largest madrasah in Central Asia now houses a luxury hotel, but is still a sight to behold.
  • Kalta Minor Minaret: Unfortunately it’s not possible to enter this unfinished minaret next to the Muhammad Aminkhan Madrasah anymore. Regardless, it’s synonymous with Khiva, and you can’t miss it.
  • Tura Murad Minaret: A towering minaret in one of the corners of the Old City, which you can climb for 5,000 som (separate from the general old city entry ticket).
  • Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum: Another one of the few sights in Khiva ticketed separately, this mausoleum is an interesting stop.

 

Khiva old town at sunset

What’s the point in trying to describe views like this?

Where to stay in Khiva

 

Boy walking on the walls of Khiva's old city during sunrise

The extensive walls around Khiva’s old city are free to climb, and are a perfect spot to catch some epic sunrises!

Transportation from Khiva

  • Flight from Khiva to Tashkent: 1.5 hours
  • Train from Khiva to Bukhara: 6 hours
  • Train from Khiva to Tashkent: 16 hours
  • Train from Khiva to Samarkand: 12 hours
  • Shared taxi to Nukus: 3 hours

 

Days 12-13: Nukus

Nukus bazaar by Flickr user Mr Hicks 46

Nukus bazaar by mrhicks46

Nukus, home to the Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum, is a bit of an oddity. It’s the capital of the autonomous Karakalpakstan region, a little-visited part of Uzbekistan. There is not so much to do in Nukus, but art lovers cannot miss the museum, which houses one of the finest art collections in Central Asia.

The Midakhan necropolis near Nukus

The Mizdakhan necropolis by kvitlauk

Top things to see in Nukus

  • Nukus Museum of Art: An art museum founded by The Russian painter, archeologist, and collector, Igor Savitsky. It houses one of the finest art collections in the entire region.
  • Mizdakhan Necropolis: An ancient cemetery outside of Nukus with a mixture of Islamic and Zoroastrian influences.
  • Moynaq: An abandoned fishing village outside of Nukus, along the dried-up Aral Sea. More about it in the “Alternative destinations” section below.

 

 A local Uzbek family praying in the Mizdakhan necropolis near Nukus

A family praying in the Mizdakhan necropolis by Ismael Alonzo

Places to stay in Nukus

 

A bus stop in the desert near Nukus

The desert near Nukus

Transportation from Nukus

Nukus could theoretically be done as a day trip from Khiva, but only if you hire a private taxi. Shared taxis tend to fill up slowly.

  • Shared taxi from Nukus to Khiva: 3 hours
  • Flight to Tashkent: About 2 hours

Day 14: Travel day

Since traveling in Uzbekistan can take more time than you’d think, I left one day open in this two week Uzbekistan itinerary.

If you end up in Nukus and need to head back to Tashkent quickly, the best option is to fly back from Khiva. Otherwise, an overnight train from Khiva to Tashkent will do the trick.

If you want to travel to other Central Asian countries, I highly recommend traveling over land into neighboring Tajikistan for an epic mountain adventure. Crossing overland has gotten significantly easier in recent years, and Tajikistan is a dream. You can find more on how to cross from Uzbekistan into Tajikistan from Samarkand in my Uzbekistan-Tajikistan itinerary.

If you have more time for travel in Uzbekistan, read on for more off the beaten track places in Uzbekistan that might be of interest.

 

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Alternative destinations for your Uzbekistan itinerary

Ladies buying and selling fabrix at the colorful Sunday bazaar in Andijan

The colorful bazaar of Andijan

Andijan

Andijan, capital city of the Ferghana Valley, lacks any must-see tourist sights. It has a nice bazaar, a decent Friday Mosque, and a destroyed mosque with an incredibly intricate ceiling… but none of these will blow you away.

Andijan does, however, houses some of the friendliest people in the country. Walk around town and you’ll see grinning faces, students trying to up their English game, and a friendly stranger or two who’ll invite you for dinner (and maybe a homestay, but alas, not allowed). Andijan is also a decent base from which to explore the rest of the Ferghana Valley.

Note: Due to government concerns, you’ll need an accommodation slip for each night you stay in the valley. Couchsurfing or camping is not recommended here.

A man walking with hike vike at the Eski bazaar in Andijan

The food-filled Eski bazaar

Top things to see in Andijan

  • Jama Mosque: If you visited any of the places mentioned in the main itinerary, Andijan’s Jama Mosque is probably a letdown. Regardless, the gatekeeper is friendly, and more than willing to tell you about the mosque’s history.
  • Nameless mosque: Not far from the Jama mosque (to the right, if you’re facing it) and across from the Eski Bazaar, is something that looks like a construction site. It has a debilitated minaret, and you wouldn’t normally walk over. I implore you to do so, though—the ceiling won’t disappoint!
  • Andijan bazaar: Every Sunday and Thursday Andijan’s bazaar springs to life. It’s a great place to wander around and chat with some local people.
 Nameless mosque ceiling in Andijan

The epic ceiling of the nameless mosque

Where to stay in Andijan

  • Budget/mid-range: Andijan Hotel. It’s hard to find info online, but it’s centrally located, and all taxi drivers will know it. Don’t be deterred by the stateliness of it, budget travelers—it’s reasonably priced, especially for Uzbekistan.
  • Luxury: Bogishamol Hotel – Check out Bogishamol Hotel now
Entrance to Andijan's Jama Mosque

Andijan’s towering Jama Mosque

Transportation from Andijan

It used to only be possible to travel from Andijan to Tashkent by shared taxi, but that has changed with the arrival of a new train station and train line.

  • Shared taxi to Tashkent: 4-5 hours (see how to get from Andijan to Tashkent by shared taxi at the end of this post)
  • Train to Tashkent: 6 hours

 

Termez

Like Andijan, Termez doesn’t have any must-see sights inside the city. It does have some places of interest nearby—such as ruins of an ancient Buddhist stupa—and you can see Afghanistan from parts of the city. Not many tourists make it there, and Termez has a Wild West feel to it.

Only recommended if you have time to spare, or if you’re heading to Afghanistan. John B Around the World has a great guide to Termez.

Two glasses of beer at a cafe in Termez

My last beer at a streetside barbecue joint in Termez before heading to dry Afghanistan.

Top things to see in Termez

  • Mausoleum of Al Hakim At-Termizi: Nowhere near as impressive as other mausoleum’s in the country, it’s still an interesting place to visit.
  • Kirk Kiz Fortress: A little out of town, this fortress is fun to rummage around in for a bit.
  • Sultan Saodat Ensemble: Not as grand as the ensemble in Samarkand, but still quite beautiful and definitely worth a visit when in Termez.
  • Fayaz Teppa – Kara Tepa – Zurmala Stupa: Some of the last remaining Buddhist holy places in the area.
Khakim-at-Termezi complex near Termez

Khakim-at-Termezi complex near Termez

Where to stay in Termez

  • Budget: Surhan Atlantic
  • Mid-range/top-end: Meridian Termez
Fayoz-Tepe near Termez, Uzbekistan by Arian Zwegers

Fayoz-Tepe by Arian Zwegers

Transportation from Termez

  • Train to Tashkent: 14 hours
  • Train to Samarkand: 10-11 hours
  • Shared taxi to Samarkand: 6 hours

If you’re going to Afghanistan, check out my Uzbekistan – Afghanistan border crossing report here.

 

Abandoned boats on the Aral Sea near Moynaq in Uzbekistan

Abandoned boats on the dried-up Aral Sea by kvitlauk

Aral Sea

The Aral Sea is a testament to how human greed and poor planning can destroy the environment in a nearly irreversible way, and many people visit Uzbekistan just to see it.

Uzbekistan’s huge cotton industry has bled the sea, which the country shares with Kazakhstan, nearly dry. Kazakhstan is trying to fill the sea back up, but the water coming in is siphoned off again to the cotton fields of Uzbekistan. A saddening, but eye-opening, trip.

Moynaq, a small fishing village that used to be on the edge of the sea, is the easiest place to witness the current state of things. It’s best done as a day trip from Nukus, as it’s only a 3-hour drive away.

 

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A fat stack of Uzbek som

$100 in Uzbek som back in 2016. Luckily, things have changed since then!

Money in Uzbekistan

Traveling to Uzbekistan comes with some quirks. It’s a cash-only economy, meaning your cards are often useless except in high-end hotels.

Money used to be a nightmare; you had to carry around huge stacks of bills and change foreign currency on the black market for the best rates. Luckily, the Uzbek government has done away with its restrictive currency policies, effectively killing the black market for money. It also printed large denomination notes; you no longer need a backpack just to carry around your Uzbek som!

Money can now be changed at market rates at Uzbek banks and exchanges. ATMs are more widely available in Tashkent and Samarkand, and should convert money at market rates. I still advise bringing cash when you visit Uzbekistan; ATMs can run out of money quickly.

Unless you’re going with a tour that has arranged everything for you (doubtful if you’re reading this), you’ll have to bring cash. Cold hard US dollars are the currency of choice—make sure they’re in somewhat good condition—but other currencies are accepted, too.

For more information on the money situation and how to exchange money in Uzbekistan, check out my post on how much it costs to go backpacking in Uzbekistan.

A taxi driving a man in Ubzekistan

A shared taxi in Uzbekistan

Transportation in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan isn’t huge, but getting around can be time-consuming. The most common means of transportation between cities are trains and shared taxis.

Shared taxis in Uzbekistan

Shared taxis have set places of departure, and leave when full.  To find shared taxis, ask your guesthouse where the shared taxi for your destination leaves from, though regular taxi drivers usually know, too.

In some cases, bargaining for a shared taxi is straightforward. Ask your guesthouse what the going rate is, and offer that to the taxi driver. They usually agree quickly if the price is fair.

Tip: Sometimes, shared taxi drivers will rush you to leave before their car is full, then make you pay for all the seats, not just yours. If it seems your taxi driver is trying to take advantage of you, simply put your bags in the car then stand outside the car until it’s clear that it’s full with other passengers.

Routes to less-visited places, such as Termez and Andijan, however, can have very stubborn drivers who refuse to give you a good price. Your best bet is to wait for locals to arrive and have them help you negotiate a price. Make sure to pay attention: drivers will sometimes ask them to overstate the price so they can charge you more.

Drivers will usually drop you off in front of your guesthouse or your desired destination.

Trains in Uzbekistan

Trains are more comfortable than shared taxis, and are definitely the way to go for long distances.

Uzbekistan has fast trains and slow trains. The fast trains, which only run during the day, are modern affairs, priced accordingly. Slow trains, which also run overnight, consist of old Soviet rolling stock. Uzbekistan recently introduced the Afrosiyob high-speed rail, which runs between Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara. It’s the most expensive, but by far the fastest transportation option.

The times I mention in this itinerary (except the train to Termiz) are mostly for fast trains. Slow trains take at least twice as long.

I only used slow trains. They are much cheaper, and though the ride is long the conversations you’ll have with curious Uzbeks help to pass the time. They also help you save on accommodation costs, since fast trains don’t go overnight. Most slow trains offer three types of seating:

  1. Platzkart
  2. Kupe
  3. SV

Platzkart is an open wagon, with two beds to the side and four beds across from each other in each section. Kuppe has four-berth wagons and SV two-berth wagons. I preferred platzkart, as it’s cheap, comfortable enough, and a great place to meet locals.

You can (theoretically) book tickets online these days on the Uzbekistan Railways website, but I found it much easier to just go to the train station or a ticketing office a day before departure. Guesthouses can help with bookings, too. Seat 61 has a more extensive guide to trains in Uzbekistan.

Tip: If you take the train, make sure to arrive at the station at least half an hour before departure. You need to go through a security screening before reaching the platform.

 

Exterior of a hotel in Andijan

Soviet-style hotel in Andijan

Accommodation in Uzbekistan

Since Uzbekistan has a bit of an obsession with control, they like to make sure foreign visitors stay in official lodging. To enforce this, hotels, guest houses, and hostels are required to register with the government, report each foreign visitor that stays, and provide a registration slip as proof.

Theoretically, all tourists visiting Uzbekistan have to present all these registration slips upon departure from Uzbekistan. However, in recent years border officials have become more relaxed about seeing every. single. slip. Officially you need have at least one proof of registration for every three day period—meaning you could disappear for the other two days—but not all officials seem to care. The exception is the Fergana Valley, where you do need to register every day.

If you’re staying in a hotel, guest house, or hostel, everything will be arranged for you. Just make sure to keep all your registration slips in a safe place. Camping and Couchsurfing are much trickier propositions, which I don’t recommend since you can put both yourself and your host at risk of punishment. If you’re taking a night train, keep the ticket as proof of “accommodation.”

In my experience in 2019, border guards seem much more relaxed about the need to register and mostly wave tourists through. However, I still recommend you keep your registration slips, just in case. You never know when you’ll get a stickler at customs and immigration.

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33 thoughts on “Two Week Uzbekistan Itinerary

    Wow totally blown away by this post. Not only does Uzbekistan look incredible, but this post is full of inspiring photos and so much valuable information. It is refreshing to read about a not so popular destination for a change. I have no immediate plan to visit the “stans” but I have bookmarked this for when I do.

    Here’s hoping you get there soon 🙂

    Ellis Veen says:

    Another great post on your blog. I was planning to go when I heard about the plan to have a visa on arrival from the first of April this year, but unfortunately Uzbekistan postponed this plan to 2021.

    Yeah we’ve heard about these strange visa shenanigans… ah well. It’s a bit of paperwork and hassle, but definitely worth the effort to get a visa!

    Kiara Gallop says:

    I’ve been thinking about visiting one of the Stans for a while now, and this post has definitely inspired me to look into it a bit more seriously now. So many beautiful photos and useful pieces of info 🙂

    You must! If history or architecture is your thing, Uzbekistan is definitely the go-to ‘stan.

    WanderingRedHead says:

    This is making me drool. You are such a pioneer making these great guides fro the rest of us. I can’t wait to go here someday!

    We just want to inspire others to visit these countries, too! They’re not as far away or far-fetched as they might seem 😉

    Coralia Varga says:

    Very beautiful images. A full, comprehensive article which makes it easier for us to plan. Thank you.

    Glad it’s of some use! No point in making an itinerary if there’s not enough helpful information, right?

    Magdalena Eliza says:

    Great architecture, similar to Iran… Pinning it for later!

    Similar in style indeed! Persian architects and influence spread far and wide, thanks to the Silk Road and, of course, the fact that they were the best of the best 😉

    Uzbekistan’s architecture was stunning, but Iran’s is still our favorite!

    Brigitte says:

    Gorgeous, Uzbekistan is so high on my bucket list! Would you recommend it for solo female travelers?

    Definitely. Uzbeks are generally respectful (you might get the occasional creeper, but nothing serious), it’s quite safe thanks to their love for police, and there are hostels in many places where you can meet other travelers if need be.

    Dariel Lim says:

    Didn’t know what to expect of Uzbekistan until I see this post, such beautiful architecture! Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for looking! It’s a stunning place but doesn’t get very much attention internationally…

    GirlAstray says:

    Beautiful architecture! I´m a bit bummed to hear that you don´t advice to camp or couchsurf as that is what we do literally all the time – I will have to have a closer look into what to do as our budget is not fit for hotels…

    Don’t know what your budget is, but we easily stayed under a budget of $25/day/person in Uzbekistan despite staying in (in our opinions) overpriced hostels most of the time. It’s not too expensive.

    GirlAstray says:

    Sounds manageable…it´s more because I love staying with locals, I prefer to meet them than other fellow travelers, although I don´t mind that either…

    Due to legal constrains, being hosted by locals is tricky. It’s technically illegal for them to do so, and even though there are people who host visitors, it could mean a lot of trouble for you and your host if they’re found out.

    But to be honest, outside of mongol rally season, Uzbekistan isn’t that busy with foreign tourists, and locals are more than happy to stop for a chat on the street.

    Kyla Hunter says:

    The pictures are stunning and the info is fantastic!! Thanks for sharing. I’m headed to Uzbek with my family (kids will be 5 &6) this summer, so this is incredibly helpful!!

    Awesome! Stay cool in the summer months 😉 We hope your kids will enjoy it, too. They’re sure to get plenty of attention from Uzbeks!

    Varun Bajaj says:

    Your blog is amazing and it reminds me of my 2 week long solo trip through Uzbekistan (pretty much where you went, except I didn’t do Termez and Andijan and did the Nurata Mountains instead) in 2013. I am also a twenty-something who has traveled a fair bit, and I truly think that was my best trip by far. The people were unexpectedly nice and warm, despite not speaking the same language and it was such a mix of cultures and influences. Can’t wait to explore the rest of Central Asia – Keep ’em posts coming and tempting more people like me!

    Thank you for the kind words. Uzbekistan really is an amazing place. Hope you get to see more of Central Asia soon. Cheers!

    Uzbekistan is a great experience. No doubt, Bukhara is one of my favourite places in Asia, if not the world – such a great place to wander and get lost, just like you suggested! Judging by your picture, I think I might have eaten at Chasmai Mirob too – what a view!

    We understand why. So much history and such a great place to get lost in.

    laura says:

    Heey,
    Its really nice to see your pictures about your holiday. I have read al your information. Its so lovely to see the people on the pictures. its olso nice to see pictures that you have taken in Uzbekistan. I can understand that you want to make this rice en this blog. It was fantastic to read.

    Sebastiaan says:

    Glad you like our blog. Thanks for tagging along for the ride!

    Arne Rosquist says:

    I recently discovered your blog and am enjoying your posts and the beautiful photos. I think your info is both thorough and focused; perfect after reviewing an area or country guidebook. Over the past 6 years I’very spent nearly 3 months in Uzbekistan. I volunteered to work with graduate students on English technical writing. I was based in Tashkent but also traveled around the country. It was all terrific and I actually had amazing adventures and experiences in the city. I met wonderful people through the students. I carried a fold-up wall map of the U.S. and a small photo album of my home state, Montana. I was always in a friendly conversation.

    Sebastiaan says:

    Really glad to hear that. And that must have been an amazing experience. Uzbeks are really friendly, so I’m sure you were treated well. And they really seemed to like Americans. Cheers!

    Eric Wilson says:

    We really missed your two week tour to uzbekistan. Nice have you visited us? ELITETRAVELS.CO.UK

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