Group Size: min. 1 person, max. 8 people
Price: 3190 USD per person, 3580 USD solo travelers
Central Asia is a land so vast and varied that words fail to do it justice – while a mutual, vibrant Turkic culture weaves them all together, the nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan each hold history, landscapes and experiences distinctly their own. Luckily for visitors, visa regulations and travel between these former Soviet nations has become much easier than in decades past.
The Central Asia Group Tour is one of our most unique tours, a 2-week trip that takes you to each of the 5 Central Asian ‘Stan’ countries to see, taste and experience the best that each country has to offer. Through our small group tours, Central Asia can be explored in a well-planned, hassle free trip. From yurt building in Kyrgyzstan to the marbled capital of Turkmenistan, from the mountains and canyons of Tajikistan and Kazakhstan to the blue-tiled madrassahs and lively bazaars of Uzbekistan, this all-encompassing tour is simply unforgettable.
Return to Almaty late afternoon. Overnight in the hotel.
Meals: breakfast, picnic, lunch
Transfer to Don Aryk village for lunch at the home of a local Kyrgyz family. After lunch, watch a demonstration and explanation of a yurt construction by local women. You can even take part in the demonstration if you wish! Return to Bishkek. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Travel to Ala-Archa National Park (40 km). Hike this alpine gorge, flanked by snow-covered peaks, to Ak-Sai waterfall and the banks of the Ala-Archa River.
Drive back to Bishkek for your evening flight to Tashkent. Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to your hotel for the night.
Meals: breakfast, picnic, lunch
Optional Activity: Visit Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theater. Tickets are around 10 USD and should be purchased directly at the theater (website: gabt.uz).
- Gur Emir, the mausoleum of Tamerlane and Mirzo Ulugbek.
- Spectacular Registan Square with its three Madrasahs (15th -17th centuries). This was the center of Samarkand for centuries.
- Bibi Khanum Mosque
- Shakhi-Zinda, a 15th century burial complex. Climb the imposing walkway and explore its blue-domed tombs.
- End your day with a drive to Konigil Village to learn firsthand how Samarkand’s famous mulberry bark paper is produced.
After passing through customs and passport control, your local Tajik guide and driver will meet you on the Tajikistan side to drive you to Seven Lakes (90 km, app 2 h), located in the Fann Mountains. Each lake has its own color, varying from turquoise to purple. Have lunch at the guest house next to the fourth lake, where you’ll also stay overnight.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
In old Panjakent you’ll get to see the foundations of houses, a citadel with Zoroastrian fire temples, the remains of the city bazaar and other excavated ruins in the old city.
In the newer part of Panjakent, visit a local bazaar, mosque, and the Rudaki Museum.
Drive to the Jartepa border crossing (30 km, 40 min) via Sarazm, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 4th century BC. After crossing the border, you’ll continue your group tour in Uzbekistan, with your driver meeting you at the border to take you to your hotel in Samarkand. Overnight at the hotel.
Optional Activity: Visit the Samarkand Khovrenko Winery, which is over 150 years old and today continues to produce a range of wines, brandy and vodka. The tour includes a wine museum and a special wine tasting room. Approximate price: 15 USD.
Visit the Emir's Summer Residence at Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa (19th century) near Bukhara. This is a unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. (No English-speaking guide provided here). Check-in to the hotel in Bukhara.
Optional Activity: Immerse yourself, literally, in centuries-old traditions at the Bozori Kord Hammam, a traditional Turkic bathhouse. Opened in the 14th century, it’s been in operation ever since. Price: 25 USD.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
- Poi Kalyan Ensemble, (including the Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah);
- Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrasahs;
- Ark Fortress and museum;
- Bolo-Khauz Mosque;
- Mausoleum of the Samanids.
Optional Activity: The National Show at the Nadir Divan-begi Madrasah, which starts at 18:00. Price for show and dinner is 15 USD per person.
Optional Activity: In the evening, take a masterclass on cooking tukhumbarak (egg dumplings) a classic Khivan cuisine. Dinner is included. Price is 20 USD per person, with a minimum of 4 persons required.
- Kalta Minor Tower, the tallest minaret in Central Asia;
- Muhammad Amin-Khan, the biggest medieval madrasah in Khiva;
- Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah;
- Juma Mosque, with 212 wooden columns and a minaret 32.5 m high;
- Tash-Hauli Palace (Stone Courtyard Palace) with its high battlements, towers and fortified gates;
- Necropolis of Pahlavan Mahmud, the cultic center of Ichan-Qala;
- Residence of Islam Khodja, vizier of the last khan. Ensemble consists of minaret with the highest observation point in town.
In the afternoon drive to Darvaza Gas Crater, located in the middle of the Karakum Desert (270 km, 4 h). Set up camp and enjoy the enormous ring of fire by night, (app. 80 m in diameter and 30 m in depth). Enjoy a fire-cooked meal for dinner near the burning gas crater. Overnight in tents.
Meals: breakfast, picnic, lunch, camp style BBQ dinner
Arrive to Ashgabat for a sightseeing tour of the capital, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as having more white marble buildings than any other city in the world. Explore the archaeological site of Old Nissa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Spiritual Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Central Asia. Visit the National Museum of History, the Monument of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and the recently built Independence Park. Farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: breakfast, farewell dinner
- Accommodation in bed and breakfast or budget-option hotels, based on double/twin room sharing, with all breakfasts included (14 nights);
- Trekking tent in Darvaza (includes sleeping mat, sleeping bag and pillow, 1 night);
- Transfers except day 1: 1-2 persons in sedan, 3-8 persons in minivan, 4WD in Darvaza;
- Local English-speaking escort guide on days 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 14, 15;
- Local English-speaking guide for the city tours in Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva;
- Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
- Yurt construction show in village and Ulak Tartysh game on day 4;
- Visa support letter for Turkmenistan tourist visa, Registration and Travel Pass;
- Economy-class tickets for flights from Almaty to Bishkek and Bishkek to Tashkent;
- Economy-class tickets for trains from Tashkent-Samarkand and Bukhara-Khiva;
- Meals as designated in the program;
- 1L bottle of water per person per day.
Price doesn’t include:
- Tour leader to accompany the group for the whole duration of the tour;
- Lunches and dinners not indicated in the program;
- Hotel charges for additional services;
- Consular fees for Turkmenistan tourist visas and migration tax;
- Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa at Tashkent International Airport;
- Visa support for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan tourist visas;
- Personal travel insurance;
- International flight tickets before and after the tour;
- Tajikistan tourist e-visa;
- Visa support letter for Uzbekistan tourist double-entry visa or Uzbekistan tourist e-visa;
- All services not indicated in the list above.
Dates and prices
|Apr 12, Sun||Apr 27, Mon||Apr 10||Available||US$ 3,190|
|May 10, Sun||May 25, Mon||May 8||Available||US$ 3,190|
|Jun 7, Sun||Jun 22, Mon||Jun 5||Available||US$ 3,190|
|Aug 23, Sun||Sep 7, Mon||Aug 21||Available||US$ 3,190|
|Sep 20, Sun||Oct 5, Mon||Sep 18||Available||US$ 3,190|
|Oct 11, Sun||Oct 26, Mon||Oct 9||Available||US$ 3,190|