• 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
• Explore the Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve in Kazakhstan
• 26 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Ashgabat and finish in Bishkek
• 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 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.
Explore the oldest nature reserve in Kazakhstan. In Kyrgyzstan explore Lake Issyk-Kul and hike in the stunning mountains - an extension of the Tien Shan Range surrounding Bishkek. Explore Bishkek, the capital city and visit the site of ancient stone gods, which still remain a mystery.
Visit the historic cities of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, which evoke 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 and monuments.
In Tajikistan, visit Khojand to visit the local Museum of Antiquities and explore the local market.
Crossing the border into Turkmenistan we explore an area with hundreds of dinosaur prints dating back 150 million years. We explore Margush (5,000 BC) and Merv, consisting of 4 ancient cities, which moved over the centuries as the river moved. Our journey leads us to Ashgabat, the splendid capital built predominantly of white marble.
has guaranteed departures
Comfortable accommodations with private bathrooms. Basic accommodation in Sentyab and at the dinosaur site. Quad accommodation on the train. No single accommodation available in Sentyab or on the train.
Some rough roads, long drives.
Arrival in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Ashgabat/Nissa fly to Mary
Margush, Bronze Age Civilizations
Merv, Erk Kala, Sultan Sonjar Mausoleum - Turkmenabad
Turkmenabad to Koytendag
Koytendag: Kryrk-Gyz Gorge and Cave, Dinosaur site
Koytendag - Turkmenabad. Fly to Ashgabat
Fly to Dashoguz: Konye Urgench to Khiva Uzbekistan
Khiva sight seeing - overnight train to Bukhara
The ancient city of Bukhara
Bukhara to Samarkand
Samarkand to Sentyab
Sentyab to Tashkent
Tashkent to Khojand
Khojand to Tashkent
Tashkent, Uzbekistan to Turkestan, Kazakhstan
Turkestan to Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve
Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve to Taraz
Taraz Kazakhstan to Chong Kemin Valley- Kyrgyzstan
Chong Kemin Valley - Kyrgyzstan
Cholpon Ata Lake Issyk-Kul Boat Cruise
Lake Issyk-Kul, Karakol
Lake Issyk-kul to Bishkek
Day trip to Al Archa Park
Departure from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan