The Stans of Central Asia

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• Experience Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Tajik, Turkmen and Russian cultures
• Walk through the Silk Road cities of Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva
• Explore the ancient cities of Margush, Merv and Nissa
• Marvel at the giant gas crater of Darwaza in the middle of the Karakum Desert
• Enjoy one of Asia's largest bazaars
• Visit remote regions with stunning mountains and valleys

Fact File

• 27 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Almaty, Kazakhstan and finish in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
• All meals included
• Includes 5 internal flights
• Activity Level: 2


The Stans of Central Asia - for thousands of years, these lands were sought after and conquered by some of the world's greatest leaders from Alexander, Attila, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Babur, Cyrus, and Darius of ancient Persia. Today it is the world's greatest adventure seekers who are drawn to these exotic lands of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Lands filled with harsh deserts, towering snow-capped peaks, ancient cities and fortresses with exotic cultures.

In Kyrgyzstan explore Lake Issyk-Kul and hike in stunning mountains. Explore Bishkek, the capital city and visit the ancient stone gods, which still remain a mystery. In Osh, visit one of the biggest bazaars in Central Asia and Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain (UNESCO).

Enjoy the stunning scenery of Tajikistan. In Khujand, we visit the Citadel, Mausoleum, Madrassah, mosque and bazaar. Explore Istarafshan, one of the oldest cities in Tajikistan, with 2,500 years of history.

Visit the historic cities of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva in Uzbekistan, evoking images of caravans traveling across deserts and over mountains linking the worlds of East and West. These open-air museums are beautifully preserved Silk Road wonders filled with mosques, tombs, monuments and bazaars.

Crossing the border into Turkmenistan we will camp in the Karakum Desert overlooking a giant gas crater, one of the most unusual sights in the world. Explore Bronze Age Margush (2,500 - 1,500 B.C.) and Merv, a collection of 5 ancient cities that moved over the centuries as the river changed its course. Our journey leads us to Ashgabat, the splendid capital of Turkmenistan, built predominantly of white marble.

FROM: $9595 USD


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Comfortable accommodations with private bathrooms. 1 night camping in basic accommodation (yurts) with shared facilities at giant gas crater of Darwaza.

Comfort notes

Some rough roads, long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Almaty
Day 2: Almaty
Day 3: To Chong Kemin Valley, Kyrgyzstan
Day 4: Chong Kemin Valley
Day 5: Chong Kemin Valley to Lake Issyk-Kul
Day 6: To Karakol
Day 7: To Bishkek
Day 8: Day Trip to Al Archa Park
Day 9: To Osh, Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain
Day 10: To Khujand, Tajikistan
Day 11: To Istarafshan
Day 12: To Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Day 13: Tashkent, to Samarkand
Day 14: Samarkand
Day 15: To Bukhara
Day 16: Bukhara
Day 17: To Khiva
Day 18: Khiva
Day 19: To Darwaza
Day 20: To Ashgabat
Day 21: Ashgabat, Archaeological Site of Nissa
Day 22: To Mary and Ancient Merv
Day 23: Margush - Bronze Age of Civilizations, to Ashgabat
Day 24: Ashgabat Surroundings, to Turkmenbashi and Awaza
Day 25: Canyons of Yangikala
Day 26: To Ashgabat
Day 27: Departure from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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