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
• Hike among 150 million-year-old dinosaur footprints
• 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, Kazakstan and finish in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
• All meals included
• Includes 3 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 worlds greatest leaders from Alexander, Attila, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Babur, Cyrus and Darius of ancient Persia. Today it is the worlds 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. Visit 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 travelling 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, walk amongst hundreds of dinosaur footprints dating back 150 million years. 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: $7695


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Comfortable accommodations with private bathrooms. Basic accommodation with outdoor bathrooms at Koytentag, the dinosaur site. Quad accommodation on the train. No single accommodation available on the train.

Comfort notes

Some rough roads, long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Almaty
Day 2: Almaty
Day 3: To Chong Kemin Valley
Day 4: Chong Kemin Valley to Lake Issyk-Kul
Day 5: To Karakol
Day 6: Lake Issyk-Kul to Bishkek
Day 7: Day Trip to Al Archa Park
Day 8: To Osh
Day 9: 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: Bukhara, Train to Khiva
Day 18: Khiva
Day 19: To Konya Urgench & Ashgabat
Day 20: Ashgabat, Archeological Site of Nissa
Day 21: To Koytendag, Astana Baba Mausoleum
Day 22: 150 Million Year Old Dinosaur Footprints
Day 23: To Turkmenabat
Day 24: Ancient Merv
Day 25: Margush - Bronze Age of Civilisations
Day 26: Ashgabat - City of White Marble
Day 27: Departure from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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