Central Asia Group Tours & Short Stay holidays

Central Asia Overview

Central Asia is home to fabled cities, market bazaars and striking architecture. It conjures images of mystery and intrigue, and traditions that have remained unchanged for centuries. Travelling through Central Asia offers travellers an historic journey along sections of the Silk Road, a trading route dating back to ancient civilisation. See the spectacular alpine scenery of Kyrgyzstan, contrast to the breathtaking ancient cities and classic Islamic architecture of Uzbekistan.

Kyrgyzstan

Time – Kyrgyzstan is 4 hours behind Australian EST

Language – The official national language is Kyrgy, however, English and Russian are widely spoken.

Entry Requirements – Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. For travellers to Kyrgyzstan, visas are not required for Australian passport holders for stays of up to 60 days. Visas are required for Australian travellers to Uzbekistan, the price of which is included in the fully inclusive price of our Road to Samarkand group tour for Australian passport holders (providing all applications are received by Wendy Wu Tours within the required visa processing time frame). We require all passports to be sent to our office 90 days prior to departure.

ISSY KUL

The landscape surrounding Issy Kul embraces amazing scenery. In the south it is possible to see trails of the ancient civilisations and caravanserais established along the Silk Road route, dating back to the 5th Century when the route passed between China’s Xinjiang Province and Bishkek.

BISHKEK

Located at the foot of the Alatau Mountains and part of the Tian Shan Range, Bishkek was originally established by Silk Road traders. Upon independence in 1991 it became the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

Uzbekistan

Time – Uzbekistan is 5 hours behind Australian EST

Language - The official national language is Uzbek, however, English and Russian are widely spoken.

Entry Requirements – Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. For travellers to Kyrgyzstan, visas are not required for Australian passport holders for stays of up to 60 days. Visas are required for Australian travellers to Uzbekistan, the price of which is included in the fully inclusive price of our Road to Samarkand group tour for Australian passport holders (providing all applications are received by Wendy Wu Tours within the required visa processing time frame). We require all passports to be sent to our office 90 days prior to departure.

BUKHARA

Central Asia’s holiest city has a history dating back more than 1,000 years. It is considered to be the cultural centre with the Old Town referred to as an architectural wonder, offering a glimpse of pre-Russian tradition with its many fortresses and medressahs.

TASHKENT

Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and dates back to the 3rd Century. The city’s Silk Road heritage is retained in the Chorsu Bazaar and museums, while the modern city has interesting Soviet relics, statues and architecture.

SAMARKAND

The city of Samarkand is one of Central Asia’s oldest settlements and has great significance to the Silk Road. Made famous by James Flecker’s poem, The Golden Road to Samarkand, no other city is more reminiscent of the Silk Road’s history.

Central Asia Group Tours

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Central Asia Short Stays

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