Budget Central Asia Group Tour 2023-2024

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan

Central Asia is a mesmerizing land, with a rich tapestry of diverse cultures, each distinct yet woven together by a common Turkic heritage. The nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan are steeped in history and boast breathtaking landscapes and one-of-a-kind experiences. Traveling between these former Soviet states has become much simpler, thanks to relaxed visa regulations.
The Central Asia Group Tour is a truly exceptional adventure, a two-week journey that takes you to each of the four Central Asian countries to experience their best offerings. With our small group tours, you can explore Central Asia with ease and without any hassle. From demonstration of building of the yurts in Kyrgyzstan to marveling at the mountains and canyons of Tajikistan and Kazakhstan, visiting the stunning blue-tiled madrassas and vibrant bazaars of Uzbekistan, this all-encompassing tour promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Upon arrival in Almaty, check into the hotel at noon. After your flight, take some time to rest and recharge before embarking on your fourteen-day Central Asia Group Tour. Spend the night at the hotel.
Optional Activity: Visit the Abay Opera and Ballet Theater. Tickets can be purchased directly from the theater or on their website, gatob.kz Ticket prices start around 10USD.
Meals: none
Start your second day on the Central Asia Small Group Tour with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Your tour guide and driver will be waiting to meet you at your hotel in Almaty. Leave Almaty and make your way to Charyn Canyon, taking in the breathtaking views of the Altai Mountains and quaint villages en route (220 km, 3-4 hours). Arrive at Charyn Canyon in time for a scenic picnic lunch. Take a hike through this stunning canyon, characterized by towering mountains reaching up to 300 meters and the picturesque "Valley of Castles" stretching over 2 kilometers. Return to Almaty in the late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: breakfast, picnic-lunch
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will meet you in the lobby for a sightseeing tour of Almaty. Visit Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, where you’ll learn more about the city’s history and see one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, Zenkov Cathedral. Visit the Memorial of Glory and the Eternal Flame, dedicated to the soldiers who died for the country’s independence. Continue to Republic Square and Almaty City Museum. Shop for sweets and souvenirs at the famed Green Bazaar. Lunch.
Depart Almaty and drive to Bishkek via a newly built highway enjoying the nature landscapes on the way (250 km, 4 h.). Pass border control and arrive in Bishkek, then transfer to hotel. Overnight in Bishkek your Central Asia Group Tour third night.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Breakfast at the hotel on the fourth day of your Central Asia Group Tour. Begin your day with a city tour of Bishkek’s impressive examples of Soviet urban planning and architecture: Oak Park, Ala Too Square, Manas Statue, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Philharmonic Hall, and Victory Monument.
Transfer to Don Aryk village for lunch with local Kyrgyz family at their home. After lunch, local women will demonstrate the construction of a yurt, and you can even take part in it! Then drive to Burana Tower, part of the ancient city of Balasagun (11-13th centuries) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Bishkek. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Your Central Asia small group tour continues with a scenic drive to the stunning Ala-Archa National Park. After a delicious breakfast, your guide will meet you and take you to this breathtaking alpine gorge. Hike through the park, admiring the snow-capped peaks as you make your way to Ak-Sai Waterfall and the banks of the Ala-Archa River. After an energizing picnic lunch, return to Bishkek for your late afternoon flight to Tashkent. Upon arrival in Tashkent, you'll be transferred to your hotel for a comfortable and well-earned night's rest.
Meals: breakfast, picnic-lunch
Day six of your Central Asia Small Group. Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel to begin Tashkent city tour. Your private tour will include: Excursion to the Old City, including the architectural complex Hast-Imam (15th century), which holds the oldest known Quran in the world. Visit to Chorsu Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in Central Asia, where you can sample or buy sweets, fruits and souvenirs. Take a ride on the Tashkent Metro. Each station is decorated with ceramic tiles and murals depicting a unique theme. Walk through Amir Timur Square and Independence Square, admiring the paintings for sale on ‘Broadway’ Drive. Drive to Sacred Heart Cathedral. Visit the Museum of Applied Arts, an informative collection of Uzbekistan's finest handicrafts housed in an ornately decorated villa. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: breakfast
On your 7th day of Central Asia Small Group Tour, your driver will transfer you to the railway station in the morning for a train journey to the stunning city of Samarkand. You will visit Gur Emir, and the impressive Registan Square, with its three Madrasahs dating back to the 15th to 17th centuries. Take in the beauty of Bibi Khanum Mosque and stroll through the multi-level complex of Siab Bazaar, where you can find souvenirs and sample local sweets, fruits, and the famous Samarkand bread. Explore the impressive Shakhi-Zinda, a 15th-century burial complex, and walk the imposing pathway to see its blue-domed tombs. End the day with a visit to the Ulugbek Observatory, where you can view the remains of a 14th-15th-century sextant and tour the Ulugbek Museum. After a full day of exploration, rest and relax at your hotel. This is just one of many exciting experiences you'll have on your Central Asia Small Group Tour.
Meals: breakfast
Begin your 8th day on your Central Asia Group Tour with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border crossing at Jartepa (50km). After passing through customs and passport control, your local Tajik guide and driver will be waiting for you on the Tajikistan side to take you to the breathtaking Seven Lakes (90km). Located in the Fann Mountains, each of the Seven Lakes boasts its own unique color, ranging from turquoise to purple. Take in the natural beauty of this special place and enjoy your lunch at a guest house near the fourth lake. Continue your journey to the charming city of Penjikent, where you'll spend the night at a hotel. Embark on an exciting and unforgettable journey through Central Asia with this group tour.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Have breakfast and start a tour to ancient Penjikent, the ruins of a town founded by the Sogdians in the 5th century and abandoned by Arabs in the 8th century. In old Penjikent 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 newer part of Penjikent, 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.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Group tour of Central Asia continues with a drive from Samarkand to Bukhara ceramic center and pottery master-class, before having lunch.
Visit the Emir's Summer Residence at Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa (19th century) near Bukhara. This is a unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture (please note that 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
Begin the morning with a city walking tour led by your local guide. Your private tour will include the Lyabi-Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque and the Trade Domes (15-16th centuries) that serve today as a tourist bazaar. Continue your excursion to Poi Kalyan Ensemble, including the Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah. Visit Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrasahs. Discover the Ark Fortress and museum in Bukhara. Next site is Bolo-Khauz Mosque with a pond. Last site is the mausoleum of Ismail Samani. Finish your walking city tour of Central Asia Small Group Tour. Tour duration: 6-7 hours. Free time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Bukhara.
Optional Activity: The National Show at the Nadir Divan-begi Madrasah, which starts at 18:00. Price for show and dinner is 20 USD per person.
Meals: breakfast
Breakfast. In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Khiva (480 km, 7-8 h*). Today we will have an overland transfer from Bukhara to Khiva through Kyzylkum desert. Caravans on the Great Silk Road carrying porcelain and spices used the same route for hundreds of years. Arrival in Khiva, the "museum under the open sky" late in the afternoon. After check-in, free time to discover Khiva during your Central Asia Small Group Tour. Overnight in a hotel located inside or near Ichan-Kala, the historical center of Khiva and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
*As the cafés and restaurants on the way are basic and offer limited menus, you may wish to take a packed lunch on this trip.
Optional Activity: In the evening, take a masterclass on cooking “tukhumbarak” (egg dumplings) a classic Khivan cuisine. Dinner is included. Price is 25 USD per person, with a minimum of 4 persons required.
Meals: breakfast
After breakfast at the hotel, take a walking tour around Itchan-Kala with a local guide in your Central Asia Small Group Tour. Start with Kunya-Ark Khan's castle and the inner citadel of Ichan Kala, before continuing to the following sites: Kalta Minor Tower, the tallest minaret in Central Asia; Muhammad Amin-Khan, the biggest medieval madrasah in Khiva and Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah; Juma Mosque, with 212 wooden columns and a minaret 32.5 m high; Tash-Hauli with its high battlements, towers and fortified gates; Necropolis of Pahlavan Mahmud, the cultic center of Ichan Kala; residence of Islam Khodja, vizier of the last khan.
In the late afternoon you will be transferred to Urgench airport (35 km, 45 min) for a flight to Tashkent (1093 km, 1 h 40 min). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: breakfast
Free morning before hotel check-out by noon. Your driver will take you to the airport for your flight home. End of the Central Asia small Group Tour 2023 - 2024.

Dates & prices

Departure End Deadline Status Price
Apr 9, Sun Apr 22, Sat Completed US$ 2,700
Apr 23, Sun May 6, Sat Completed US$ 2,700
May 7, Sun May 20, Sat Completed US$ 2,700
May 21, Sun Jun 3, Sat Completed US$ 2,700
Jun 4, Sun Jun 17, Sat Completed US$ 2,700
Jul 23, Sun Aug 5, Sat Completed US$ 2,700
Aug 6, Sun Aug 19, Sat Completed US$ 2,700
Aug 20, Sun Sep 2, Sat Completed US$ 2,700
Sep 3, Sun Sep 16, Sat Completed US$ 2,700
Sep 17, Sun Sep 30, Sat Ongoing US$ 2,700
Departure End Deadline Status Price
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, with breakfast, 13 nights;
  • All road transfers including airport and train station (1-2 persons in sedan, 3-8 persons in minivan);
  • Local English-speaking guide on days 2-5 and 8-9;
  • 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 Don Aryk village on day 4;
  • Gijduvan pottery master class on day 10;
  • Economy-class tickets for flights from Bishkek to Tashkent and from Urgench to Tashkent;
  • Economy-class tickets for Tashkent-Samarkand train;
  • Meals as designated in the program;
  • 1L bottle of water per person per day;
  • Your Central Asia Small Group Tour includes VAT tax 12%.
  • Tour leader to accompany the group for the whole duration of the tour;
  • Meals not indicated in the program;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • All visas, e-visas and visa support letters to Central Asia countries;
  • Tips are not included (driver, guide, porter);
  • All other charges and services not mentioned under “Inclusions”.

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Planning to travel to Central Asia is an exciting adventure and it's important to be well-informed before you go. Here are some key things to keep in mind for your Central Asia Small Group Tour:

  1. Passport and visa requirements: Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your trip and check the visa requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
  2. Health and safety: Consult with your doctor about any recommended vaccinations and carry a basic first aid kit. It's also important to familiarize yourself with the local customs and laws to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
  3. Climate: Central Asia has a diverse range of climates, from the hot and arid deserts to the cold and snowy mountain regions. Pack appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions you'll be facing.
  4. Currency: Research the currency of each country you'll be visiting and consider exchanging some cash or carrying a credit card for added convenience.
  5. Local culture: Central Asia is home to a rich and diverse cultural heritage, and it's important to be respectful of local customs and traditions. Familiarize yourself with basic etiquette and cultural norms to ensure a smooth and culturally immersive experience.

By keeping these key points in mind, you'll be well prepared for an unforgettable trip to Central Asia. So pack your bags and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Joining the Central Asia Small Group Tour requires every participant to have a valid travel insurance policy. To ensure a safe and worry-free experience, it's important to choose a reputable insurance provider that offers comprehensive coverage for the entire duration of the tour. This should include coverage for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation costs, lost luggage, and expenses related to cancellations or trip interruption. We strongly recommend using an insurance company based in your home country to make the claims process easier in case of an emergency.

Frequently Asked Questions on Central Asia Small Group Tour

The fastest and easiest way to arrange your tour to Central Asia, by booking a tour package Central Asia Small Group Tour with OREXCA. Going for a vacation to Central Asia countries means an opportunity to discover incredible UNESCO sights and come closer to the Silk Road history. Book your Budget Central Asia Group Tour with us and do not waste your time on researching, organizing, and planning. The tour includes trips to top travel destinations, you’ll also be able to visit some of the best attractions.
Your tour package to Central Asia includes everything you need for a fun and hassle-free time. Tour packages normally include reservations at recommended hotels in a central location, a travel plan including visits to top attractions with local guides, and the opportunity to add short tours, tickets, and activities to your daily itinerary.
Russian is commonly spoken as a second language throughout Central Asia. People in the service and tourism industries often speak English and other European languages.
The official languages in the region are Uzbek in Uzbekistan, Kazakh in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz in Kyrgyzstan, and Tajik in Tajikistan. All of these languages belong to the Turkish language group except Tajik that belongs to Farsi.
The voltage in the region is 220-250V. Most hotels have European-style sockets with two round pins. It may be useful to bring an adapter if your devices have a different plug type.
As a general rule, you can dress as you would in your home country. However, when visiting open mosques during sightseeing, it is advisable for women to cover their heads with a light scarf and to wear shorts that extend below the knee.
Wi-Fi is usually available at hotels. You can also use the internet at a local café. Ask your guide to get a local SIM card and use mobile internet anywhere.



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