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Journey through Central Asia

28 days Fully Inclusive Go Beyond Group Tour

Journey through Central Asia

Travel from Bishkek to Ashgabat on this 28 day 'Five Stan' cultural experience. This in depth tour will see you visiting the Silk Road gems of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, the quirky Turkmenistan, colourful markets, fascinating villages and Swiss Alps type scenery. Retrace the footsteps of Marco Polo and Alexander the Great on this unforgettable Central Asian journey.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 25 , Lunches: 24 , Dinners: 25
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
  • Physical Rating 4
    A good level of fitness is required as you can expect to be walking, or taking part in a physical activity like cycling, for longer periods of time on several days throughout the tour, and may be required to tackle some more challenging terrain.
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    Extended walking. Physical activities on challenging terrain.
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Bishkek (2N) - Chon-Kemin (1N) - Bokonbayevo (1N) - Karakol (2N) - Almaty (2N) - Dushanbe (2N) - Khujand (1N) - Tashkent (2N) - Samarkand (2N) - Bukhara (3N) - Khiva (2N) - Ashgabat (2N+2N) - Mary (1N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Journey through Central Asia tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Bishkek (2N) - Chon-Kemin (1N) - Bokonbayevo (1N) - Karakol (2N) - Almaty (2N) - Dushanbe (2N) - Khujand (1N) - Tashkent (2N) - Samarkand (2N) - Bukhara (3N) - Khiva (2N) - Ashgabat (2N+2N) - Mary (1N)
  • Days 1-2
    Fly Overnight To Kyrgyzstan
    Dinner
    DAYS 1-2: Fly Overnight To Kyrgyzstan

    Fly overnight to the city of Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan. The rest of the days is yours to relax before dinner.

    Dinner
  • Day 3
    Ala Archa National Park
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 3: Ala Archa National Park

    Start the day with a city tour visiting Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people. Walk around Ala Too Square and Old Parliament Square before transferring to Victory Square. Drive to Ala Archa National Park for a leisurely hike, enjoying the picturesque scenery of snow-capped mountains and freshwater rivers. Return to Bishkek for an afternoon at leisure.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Chong Kemin National Park
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 4: Chong Kemin National Park

    Travel to Chong Kemin National Park, where you will have the chance to walk through the foothills as well as experience local village life.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Eagle Hunting
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 5: Eagle Hunting

    Today we drive to Kochkor village , the centre of Kyrgyz national felt handicrafts. Here you will be able to see how the traditional Kygyz wool carpets, called ‘shyrdak’, are made. Continue driving to Bokonbayevo village and watch a demonstration of Eagle Hunting.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    Barskoon Gorge
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 6: Barskoon Gorge

    Visit Skazka Canyon followed by and Barskoon Gorge to take a light hike to a waterfall named ‘Tears of Leopard’. Arrive in Karakol late this afternoon.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Karakol
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 7: Karakol

    Visit the Przhevalsky Museum and see the striking Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. In the afternoon, travel to the Valley of the Flowers and Jety-Orguz where you can enjoy a light hike through the magnificent canyon of red sandstone.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Sunday Market
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 8: Sunday Market

    Rise early for the bustling Karakol Sunday Animal Market. In the afternoon, drive through breathtaking scenery to visit magnificent Charyn Canyon and its Valley of the Castles, before crossing the border into Kazahkstan, finishing the day in the countries largest city of Almaty.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Almaty
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 9: Almaty

    This morning, discover the Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, dedicated to the Panfilov heroes of an Alma-Ata Infantry as well as the Ascension Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church made entirely of wood. In the afternoon, explore the Ili Alatau mountains and Medeu, an outdoor speed skating and bandy rink, located at the height of 1,690 metres. Go on to visit Shymbulak, a mountain resort located 2,260 metres above sea level. Continue to Kok Tobe, before taking a ride on a cable car for magnificent panoramic views of the city. You will return to your hotel afterwards, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Fly To Dushanbe
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 10: Fly To Dushanbe

    You have the day at leisure before flying late this afternoon to Dushanbe, Tajikistan's capital.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Dushanbe
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 11: Dushanbe

    Today vist the famous Museum of National Antiquities. Walk through the botanical gardens, Rudaki Park and stop at the Ismoili Somoni monument. After lunch visit the historical Fortress of Hissor, the Medrassah Kuhna and the Museum of Tajik Way of life

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Iskanderkul Lake
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 12: Iskanderkul Lake

    Visit the breathtaking Lake Iskander Kul on the way to Khujand.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13
    Khujand
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 13: Khujand

    Enjoy a tour of Khujand, visiting Pushkin Square, Timur Malik's Fortress and the atmospheric Panjshanbe Bazaar. Travel to Tashkent this afternoon.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14
    Tashkent
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 14: Tashkent

    Take a step back in time in the old town and explore the Tila Shaikh mosque, home to rare copies of the Koran. Stop at Chorsu Bazaar. Visit the ceramic workshop of Akbar and Alisher Rakhimov, and explore the history of ceramics. Admire the opulently decorated Tashkent Metro.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15
    Arrive In Samarkand
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 15: Arrive In Samarkand

    Drive to Samarkand, where after checking into your hotel you will visit the iconic Registan Square, the heartbeat of Samarkand. Admire the three beautiful madrassahs on the square's perimeter.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16
    Samarkand
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 16: Samarkand

    This morning, see Gur-e-Amir, the mausoleum of conqueror Tamerlane. Next continue to Bibi-Khanum Friday Mosque and Shah-I-Zinda before visiting Ulugh Beg Observatory. Later see the ancient settlement of Afrosiab.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17
    Shakhrisabz
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 17: Shakhrisabz

    Head out of Samarkand to the town of Shakhrisabz where you will explore the remains of Ak-Sarai Palace, Dorus Tilavat Cemetery and KokGumbas Mosque. Continue your journey this afternoon as you make your way to Bukhara.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 18
    Bukhara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 18: Bukhara

    Explore one of the most famous spots on the Silk Road. Visit sites including Nadir Devanbegi Madrassah, Poi Kalon Minaret and Mosque and the Ark of Bukhara.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 19
    Bukhara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 19: Bukhara

    Head out of Bukhara to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa, the summer residence of the former Emir of Bukhara. Visit Bahauddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum, a famous Sufi spiritual leader of this region in the 14th century. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 20
    Journey To Khiva
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 20: Journey To Khiva

    Journey across the Kyzyl Kum Desert, to the fabulous Silk Road city of Khiva, unrivalled by its 10th century city walls. You will stop at Amudarya river bank before continuing to Khiva.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 21
    Walled City Of Khiva
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 21: Walled City Of Khiva

    Explore ancient Khiva, discovering the sights of the UNESCO World Heritage inner-walled city of Itchan Kala including the mighty Kuhna Ark and the turquoise-tiled Islam-Khodja. In the afternoon see the Friday Mosque and Tash Hauli Palace

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 22
    Explore Kunya-Urgench
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 22: Explore Kunya-Urgench

    Transfer overland to Kunya-Urgench, the once-glorious capital of the Khorezm Empire in and now UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore its magnificent mausoleums, the Kutlug Timur minaret and the fabled al-Mamun's Academy of Sciences. Fly to Ashgabat this evening, the nation's capital.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 23
    Explore Ashgabat
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 23: Explore Ashgabat

    This morning is free to relax before a visit to a local stud farm to learn about beautiful Akhal Tekes horses. Visit the Kipchak complex, the largest mosque in Turkmenistan then learn about the country's unique history at the National Museum of History and Ethnography.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 24
    Ancient City Of Merv
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 24: Ancient City Of Merv

    Rise early for your flight to Mary. From the airport you will transfer overland to the ancient city of Merv; a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous archaeological sites in Central Asia. Return to Mary after to visit the local History Museum.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 25
    Darvaza Gas Crater
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 25: Darvaza Gas Crater

    Fly back to Ashgabat to explore both ancient and modern sides of the city visiting Independence Square and the Turkmenistan Independence Monument to see the Ertoghrul Ghazi mosque. Drive to the Darvaza Gas Crater to walk around the crater as dusk approaches. Enjoy a nomad-inspired dinner under the stars, with a spectacular view of the crater and its glowing flames. Return to Ashgabat.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 26
    Ashgabat
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 26: Ashgabat

    Visit the Old Nisa Fortress; the former residence of the Parthian Empire. After lunch you will continue the fun at the colourful Russian Bazaar. Later, continue to the National Carpet Museum

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 27-28
    Fly Ashgabat To Australia
    Breakfast
    DAYS 27-28: Fly Ashgabat To Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the following day.

    Breakfast
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City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Almaty
  • -8
    1
    -4
  • 34
  • Ashgabat
  • 0
    9
    4
  • 20
  • Bishkek
  • -7
    3
    -2
  • 26
  • Dushanbe
  • -2
    8
    3
  • 66
  • Karakol
  • -19
    -7
    -13
  • 9
  • Khiva
  • -7
    2
    -2
  • 9
  • Khujand
  • -3
    4
    0
  • 15
  • Mary
  • -2
    9
    4
  • 24
  • Samarkand
  • -2
    7
    3
  • 41
  • Tashkent
  • -2
    7
    3
  • 58
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Almaty
  • -7
    2
    -2
  • 43
  • Ashgabat
  • 1
    11
    6
  • 24
  • Bishkek
  • -5
    5
    0
  • 35
  • Dushanbe
  • 0
    10
    5
  • 75
  • Karakol
  • -17
    -6
    -12
  • 10
  • Khiva
  • -6
    5
    0
  • 8
  • Khujand
  • -2
    6
    2
  • 15
  • Mary
  • 0
    11
    6
  • 19
  • Samarkand
  • 0
    9
    4
  • 46
  • Tashkent
  • 0
    9
    5
  • 57
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Almaty
  • -1
    9
    4
  • 75
  • Ashgabat
  • 6
    16
    11
  • 41
  • Bishkek
  • 0
    11
    6
  • 55
  • Dushanbe
  • 4
    15
    10
  • 108
  • Karakol
  • -9
    2
    -4
  • 19
  • Khiva
  • 1
    13
    7
  • 18
  • Khujand
  • 4
    14
    9
  • 25
  • Mary
  • 5
    17
    11
  • 28
  • Samarkand
  • 4
    14
    9
  • 69
  • Tashkent
  • 5
    15
    10
  • 65
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Almaty
  • 6
    17
    12
  • 107
  • Ashgabat
  • 12
    24
    18
  • 32
  • Bishkek
  • 6
    18
    12
  • 67
  • Dushanbe
  • 9
    22
    16
  • 105
  • Karakol
  • -1
    11
    5
  • 35
  • Khiva
  • 9
    22
    16
  • 18
  • Khujand
  • 11
    22
    16
  • 27
  • Mary
  • 12
    25
    18
  • 25
  • Samarkand
  • 9
    21
    15
  • 60
  • Tashkent
  • 10
    22
    16
  • 60
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Almaty
  • 11
    22
    17
  • 106
  • Ashgabat
  • 17
    30
    23
  • 21
  • Bishkek
  • 11
    24
    17
  • 61
  • Dushanbe
  • 13
    27
    20
  • 66
  • Karakol
  • 4
    16
    10
  • 51
  • Khiva
  • 15
    30
    22
  • 11
  • Khujand
  • 16
    29
    22
  • 20
  • Mary
  • 16
    32
    24
  • 11
  • Samarkand
  • 14
    26
    20
  • 36
  • Tashkent
  • 14
    28
    21
  • 41
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Almaty
  • 16
    28
    22
  • 57
  • Ashgabat
  • 22
    36
    29
  • 6
  • Bishkek
  • 16
    29
    22
  • 34
  • Dushanbe
  • 16
    33
    25
  • 6
  • Karakol
  • 7
    20
    14
  • 56
  • Khiva
  • 19
    35
    27
  • 3
  • Khujand
  • 20
    34
    27
  • 9
  • Mary
  • 20
    37
    28
  • 0
  • Samarkand
  • 17
    32
    25
  • 6
  • Tashkent
  • 18
    33
    26
  • 11
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Almaty
  • 18
    30
    24
  • 47
  • Ashgabat
  • 24
    38
    31
  • 3
  • Bishkek
  • 18
    32
    25
  • 21
  • Dushanbe
  • 18
    36
    27
  • 3
  • Karakol
  • 9
    23
    16
  • 60
  • Khiva
  • 22
    37
    30
  • 3
  • Khujand
  • 21
    36
    28
  • 4
  • Mary
  • 23
    39
    31
  • 0
  • Samarkand
  • 19
    34
    26
  • 4
  • Tashkent
  • 20
    36
    28
  • 4
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Almaty
  • 17
    29
    23
  • 30
  • Ashgabat
  • 22
    37
    29
  • 2
  • Bishkek
  • 16
    31
    24
  • 13
  • Dushanbe
  • 16
    34
    25
  • 0
  • Karakol
  • 8
    22
    15
  • 53
  • Khiva
  • 19
    34
    26
  • 1
  • Khujand
  • 19
    32
    26
  • 1
  • Mary
  • 20
    36
    28
  • 0
  • Samarkand
  • 17
    33
    25
  • 1
  • Tashkent
  • 18
    35
    26
  • 2
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Almaty
  • 12
    24
    18
  • 27
  • Ashgabat
  • 16
    32
    24
  • 3
  • Bishkek
  • 11
    26
    18
  • 19
  • Dushanbe
  • 11
    31
    21
  • 3
  • Karakol
  • 4
    18
    11
  • 37
  • Khiva
  • 13
    29
    21
  • 1
  • Khujand
  • 14
    29
    21
  • 3
  • Mary
  • 14
    32
    23
  • 1
  • Samarkand
  • 13
    28
    20
  • 4
  • Tashkent
  • 13
    29
    21
  • 6
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Almaty
  • 5
    16
    10
  • 60
  • Ashgabat
  • 10
    24
    17
  • 10
  • Bishkek
  • 5
    18
    11
  • 45
  • Dushanbe
  • 7
    24
    15
  • 31
  • Karakol
  • -2
    10
    4
  • 25
  • Khiva
  • 5
    20
    12
  • 5
  • Khujand
  • 8
    21
    14
  • 15
  • Mary
  • 8
    24
    16
  • 5
  • Samarkand
  • 7
    22
    14
  • 17
  • Tashkent
  • 8
    22
    15
  • 29
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Almaty
  • -1
    8
    3
  • 56
  • Ashgabat
  • 5
    17
    11
  • 19
  • Bishkek
  • 0
    11
    5
  • 42
  • Dushanbe
  • 4
    17
    10
  • 45
  • Karakol
  • -10
    1
    -4
  • 16
  • Khiva
  • 1
    12
    6
  • 9
  • Khujand
  • 3
    12
    8
  • 16
  • Mary
  • 4
    17
    10
  • 12
  • Samarkand
  • 3
    15
    9
  • 34
  • Tashkent
  • 4
    15
    10
  • 41
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Almaty
  • -6
    2
    -2
  • 42
  • Ashgabat
  • 1
    10
    6
  • 20
  • Bishkek
  • -5
    5
    0
  • 35
  • Dushanbe
  • 1
    11
    6
  • 60
  • Karakol
  • -16
    -5
    -10
  • 11
  • Khiva
  • -4
    5
    0
  • 13
  • Khujand
  • 0
    6
    3
  • 17
  • Mary
  • 0
    11
    6
  • 20
  • Samarkand
  • 0
    9
    4
  • 47
  • Tashkent
  • 0
    9
    4
  • 54

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    • Customary tipping amount of approximately US$150pp (AU$224pp) is paid locally in Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan.
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