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Two possible itineraries, feedback appreciated!

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:37 am
by stevesayskanpai
Hmm, I'm really not sure about the route for 7 days in Uzbekistan. I'm trying to use the train times to plan (https://www.seat61.com/Uzbekistan.htm) and basically have to decide between:

1. Tashkent - train - Bukhara - train - Samarkand - overnight train - Urgench - overnight train - Tashkent

1 Tashkent to Bukhara (08.00-11.47), half day in Bukhara
2 Bukhara full day
3 Bukhara to Samarkand (08.05-11.27), half day in Samarkand
4 Samarkand full day
5 Samarkand full day 2 (too much time?), overnight train to Khiva (23.51-13.05)
6 Khiva half day after arriving
7 Khiva half day, overnight train to Tashkent (15.20 - 10.28)
8 A few hours rest, then onto another train! Tashkent to Almaty (15.10 - 09.31)

2. Tashkent - overnight train - Urgench - bus/taxi - Bukhara - train - Samarkand - train - Tashkent

1 Day in Tashkent, Tashkent to Urgench (19.30-13.05)
2 Khiva half day after arriving
3 Khiva to Bukhara by taxi/bus (5 hours?), Bukhara half day
4 Bukhara full day
5 Bukhara to Samarkand (8.05-11.27 OR 15.21-17.00), Samarkand half day (if early train)
6 Samarkand full day
7 Samarkand to Tashkent (11.27-14.45), half day in Tashkent
8 Tashkent to Almaty (15.10 - 09.31)

As you can see, 1. involves hardly any time in Tashkent, and two overnight trains next to each other. 2 looks better I think but I'd appreciate any feedback! Thanks.

Re: Two possible itineraries, feedback appreciated!

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:03 pm
by steven
Hi Steve,

the train times on Seat61 are not up to date, though. Try one of the sites we recommend on the Uzbek train page: http://caravanistan.com/transport/train/uzbekistan/ I am using Tutu a lot recently.

Also, not quite sure when you are going but train times might change if you are planning 6 months out.

My general suggestion is always Tashkent - Bukhara - Samarkand - Urgench - Tashkent or vice versa. if you want to do it all by train. But if you don't mind the long taxi ride to Bukhara, I would agree plan 2 looks pretty solid. You need to spend a little bit of time in Tashkent, and driving through the desert is an interesting experience as well. Make sure you leave early in the morning.

BTW, I just wrote a full guide to Tashkent, have a look, especially the 3 walks I think would be very helpful. http://caravanistan.com/uzbekistan/center/tashkent/

Re: Two possible itineraries, feedback appreciated!

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:40 pm
by stevesayskanpai
Fantastic, thanks a lot for your help - the walks look excellent.