Silk Road: The Five 'Stans of Central Asia (Almaty - Ashgabat)

Silk Road: The Five 'Stans of Central Asia (Almaty - Ashgabat)

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Silk Road: The Five 'Stans of Central Asia (Almaty - Ashgabat)

29 Days

Visiting: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan

Tour operator:

Wild Frontiers

Tour code:

FIV

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Interests:

Cultural

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NB: Prices correct on 27-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

The five ‘stans of Central Asia - Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan – must rank amongst some of the world’s least visited and least well-known destinations, making this trip a true journey of discovery.



Offering an incredible diversity of both scenery and culture - from the architectural wonders of Uzbekistan’s Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva to the epic scenery of the Tien Shan ‘Mountains of Heaven’ - we’ll cross vast deserts and mighty rivers and experience local hospitality in homestays in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. For much of the time we’ll be following ancient trade routes and discovering the remains of a bygone age but we will also experience the Central Asia of today from the bizarre white-marble city of Ashgabat to the cosmopolitan cities of Tashkent and Almaty.



This is the perfect trip for anyone who has ever looked at a map and wondered exactly what the area described by Colin Thubron as being The Lost Heart Of Asia was really like. Come and discover it for yourself.



Please note that this tour runs from west to east (Ashgabat to Almaty) in May and June, and east to west (Almaty to Ashgabat) in August and September. For the correct day by day itinerary for your departure, please choose your specific date of travel, and then review the detailed itinerary.

Highlights

  • Discover the contrasts between five fascinating Central Asian countries

  • Learn about the process of silk-weaving and other Silk Road trades

  • Enjoy local hospitality at homestays in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

  • Marvel at atmospheric Silk Road cities and UNESCO sites in Uzbekistan

  • Discover the ancient sites of Gonur Depe and Merv, hidden in the Turkmen desert

  • Walk amongst beautiful lakes, mountains, rivers and forests in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

Itinerary

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Day 1: Tour Starts In Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Accommodation: Kazzhol Hotel Almaty or similar

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Today, after checking-in to our hotel in Almaty, the cultural capital of Kazakhstan (the first of our five ‘stans), we’ll have a gentle introduction which will include a visit to nearby Sunkar to learn about the old tradition of falconry – hunting with birds of prey, before returning to Almaty for dinner.

Day 2: Almaty

Accommodation: Kazzhol Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a morning visit to Republic Square to see the Independent Monument and the State History Museum we’ll drive up to Medeo gorge, taking a funicular up to Chimbulak for some great views out over the highest ice-skating rink in the world. Later we’ll return to the city to see the Holy Ascension Cathedral, which is made entirely of wood. We’ll also head out to Kok Tobe Hill for panoramic views over the city.

Day 3: Almaty - Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

Accommodation: B Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we enter our second ‘stan, Kyrgyzstan. Depending on border formalities we should arrive in Bishkek, one of the world’s more relaxed capitals, in time for a visit to the main square, Parliament building and Lenin statue.

Day 4: Bishkek

Accommodation: B Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we’ll head to Ala-Archa, a grand, rugged but very accessible gorge situated about an hour's drive from Bishkek. In the Kyrgyz language, Ala-Archa means bright juniper and it grows in abundance here over the mountain slopes. Now converted into a national park, it also offers some good walking possibilities and is a favourite place with the citizens of Bishkek, who like to relax and enjoy picnics here.

Day 5: Bishkek - Chyckan Gorge

Accommodation: Oson Guesthouse or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the capital today, it is not long before we get into the mountain scenery for which Kyrgyzstan is so rightly famed. Our route will take us over two mountain passes - the dramatic Tuu Ashuu (3586m) and the Ala Bel (3184m) which in Kyrgyz means “colourful pass”. As we travel through the Suusamyr Valley we will make several stops for some short acclimatisation walks and opportunities hopefully to meet some of the nomads who are often found here. We should be able to see their traditional yurts, observe mare milking and see how they control their huge flocks of sheep. This is a great introduction to the life of the nomadic shepherd. Upon arrival at Chychkan Gorge there should be time to explore some of the surrounding area.

Day 6: Chychkan Gorge - Sary Chelek

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

With an early departure from Chychkan, we aim to arrive by mid-afternoon at Sary Chelek, which was included in the list of UNESCO Protected Biosphere Reserves in 1978. This is one of Kyrgyzstan’s least visited but most striking locations. Centred around a spectacular lake, which sits at an altitude of 1873m, Sary Chelek is almost alpine in appearance and provides some of the finest scenery in Central Asia.We base ourselves here for two nights.

Day 7: Sary Chelek

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we plan to head out with a picnic lunch and take an easy but exhilarating walk between and around two of the lakes of Sary Chelek. Being home to over 1000 species of plant, 160 species of bird and 34 different types of mammal we can never be sure of exactly what we might see, but the views all around are spectacular.

Day 8: Sary Chelek - Arslanbob

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Sary Chelek this morning we head south towards Arslanbob village. Considered to be one of the country’s most attractive villages, it not only sits in the middle of a vast walnut forest, but it is also interestingly predominantly inhabited by ethnic Uzbeks. On arrival we will visit the local bazaar and settle in to our community-based homestay, where we stay for the next two nights.

Day 9: Arslanbob

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will have the whole day to explore on foot the surrounds of Arslanbob and to see its famous walnut forests, as well as some of the waterfalls and streams which dot the region. The walnut forests are believed to pre-date the 11th century and may even date back to the times of Alexander the Great. In fact legend has it that Alexander brought back large quantities of the nuts from Central Asia, but had to give them up once he reached Greece as payment to the boatmen who transported his troops. While this may just be the stuff of legend, what is certainly true is that Central Asian walnuts regularly formed part of the goods that were transported along the Silk Road, branches of which ran close to Arslanbob. Those preferring a less active day can take shorter walks and relax amidst the beautiful scenery of this small village.

Day 10: Arslanbob - Osh

Accommodation: Imenjon Guesthouse or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Driving by way of the 12th century Uzgen minaret, our night stop will be the ancient Silk Road town of Osh. Reputed to be 3000 years old, Osh is a place steeped in history and dominated by Solomon’s Throne which looms over the town.We plan to stay with our old friend, Imenjon and his family.

Day 11: Osh - Kokand (Uzbekistan)

Accommodation: Khudayarkhan Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we say goodbye to our Kyrgyz team and cross the border into Uzbekistan (our third ‘stan), where we drive through the Fergana Valley. This incredibly fertile region was the breadbasket of the Central Asian USSR and is still one of the wealthiest parts of the whole region. Our first stop today will be in the town of Margilon, centre of the still thriving silk trade in the area. Here we hope to see the entire silk-weaving process from cocoon to end product. We will also visit nearby Rishton,renowned for its blue and green ceramics. We continue to Kokand to spend the night.

Day 12: Kokand - Khodjent (Tajikistan)

Accommodation: Khujand Sugdiyon Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Most traffic these days now leaves the Fergana Valley via a new route to Tashkent. However, we plan to stick as close as possible to the original Silk Road route by following the famous Syr Darya River into Tajikistan. After a picnic lunch by the beautiful Kairakum reservoir, we continue to the Silk Road town of Khodjent, which once played host to Alexander the Great’s armies. We check in to our homestay and have dinner in the shady courtyard, prepared by our hospitable host Hussein.

Day 13: Khodjent - Fan Mountains

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a look around Khodjent we will continue on one of the most spectacular days of the trip as we drive over the Shakristan Pass (3378m) to arrive in the Fan Mountains, an area of outstanding natural beauty lying to the south of the Zarafshan River.

Day 14: Fan Mountains

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We’ll have a full day to explore the famed alpine scenery of this rarely visited part of Central Asia. Abounding in deep blue lakes and sporadically inhabited by Tajik pastoralists, the area is still relatively undiscovered and allows for a fascinating insight into this gem of a country.

Day 15: Fan Mountains - Dushanbe

Accommodation: Avesto Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Heading south, we plan to arrive in Tajikistan’s relaxed capital by mid-afternoon. The rest of the day will be free to stroll along Rudaki, the main street or just to relax and enjoy a few home comforts.

Day 16: Dushanbe - Termez (Uzbekistan)

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Dushanbe this morning we cross back into Uzbekistan and drive on to Termez*, a city whose ancient heart dates back to the 4th Century BC. Built on the banks of the Amu-Darya River, the old city was located at the intersection of many Great Silk Road routes and has a long, rich history. There should be time this afternoon to visit various sites including the impressive Fayaz Tepa Buddhist Complex.

Day 17: Termez - Samarkand

Accommodation: Malika Prime or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we’ll visit some of the city’s other notable sites including the Archaeological Museum and the Sultan Saodat Complex, before heading north to most famous of all of Silk Road cities, Samarkand.

Day 18: Samarkand

Accommodation: Malika Prime or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We’ll enjoy a full day wandering through this incredible city, taking in such sights as the Bibi Khanym mosque, Tamerlane’s tomb and, of course, a full guided visit to the magnificent Registan.

Day 19: Samarkand - Tashkent

Accommodation: City Palace Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today there will be more time to explore some of Samarkand’s greatest sites including Ulug-Beg’s extraordinary observatory, built in 1437 whereby he calculated the length of a year to within 1 minute of what we now know it to be. The rest of the day will be free for personal exploration before we take our late afternoon train to Tashkent.

Day 20: Tashkent - Khiva

Accommodation: Khiva Madrassa or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We’ll have much of the day to explore Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s vibrant capital which sat at the heart of the old Central Asian trading routes, gaining prominence under the Mongols and the Shabanids, before finally being absorbed by the expansionist policies of the Russian empire during the 19th century. Flattened by a devastating earthquake in the mid 1960s, the city was reinvented by the Kremlin to represent the very epitome of the socialist ideal. Today a prestigious working madrasah overlooks the sprawling Chorsu bazaar and nearby is the modern complex of the Khast Imam Mosque, which contains the oldest known copy of the Koran dating from 655. Tashkent is a colourful mixture of history and culture which we shall have a taste of today, including visiting the Museum of Fine Art to give an insight of regional decorative styles. Later we’ll take an evening flight to Urgench, a short drive from Khiva’s UNESCO-protected old town.

Day 21: Khiva

Accommodation: Orient Star Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

There’ll be ample time to soak up the atmosphere of Khiva today. We’ll visit some of the most colourful and sumptuous sites, including the Kukhna Arc and the Mohammed Khan Madrassa. In addition, there’ll be the opportunity to climb up the Kalta Minor minaret, explore the Jama Majid mosque with its amazing wooden pillars and the Alloquli Khan Madrassa, bazaar and caravanserai.

Day 22: Khiva - Bukhara

Accommodation: Sasha & Sons or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we follow the southerly course of the Amu Darya (Oxus River) crossing the red sands of the Kyzylkum Desert to the legendary city of Bukhara, which can trace its ancestry back 2500 years. Bukhara is important for its urban planning and architecture, which began with the Persian Sheibanid dynasty and remains the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia.

Day 23: Bukhara

Accommodation: Sasha & Sons or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning we visit the famous Arc – or town citadel – in front of which the British officers Connelly and Stoddard lost their heads in what was one of the most infamous events of the Great Game. We’ll also visit the Kolan Minaret – or Tower of Death, from which Amir Nasirulla Khan threw his enemies – as well as the rest of the beautiful old town. The rest of the day is free to explore Bukhara at your leisure, with opportunities to wander through the bazaar and maybe do a little souvenir shopping.

Day 24: Bukhara

Accommodation: Sasha & Sons or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

With a second full-day in Bukhara, we’ll spend the morning visiting the Sitorai Mokhi Hosa, the impressive summer residence of last Emir of Bukhara. Once more the afternoon has been left free for personal exploration of this endlessly fascinating place, which remains for many, the most evocative of all the Silk Road towns.

Day 25: Bukhara - Mary (Turkmenistan)

Accommodation: Mary Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

An early start today to drive to the Uzbek border and enter Turkmenistan, the fifth and last of our five ‘stans. After customs formalities followed by the thrill of crossing the great Oxus (Amu Darya) River again, we will have lunch in Turkmenabat before continuing on to Mary, our base for the next two nights. Arriving in Mary late afternoon will give us time to relax and prepare ourselves for tomorrow’s adventure, and our first familiarisation with the life and culture of the Land of Turkmen.

Day 26: Mary

Accommodation: Mary Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast we drive northeast from Mary to ancient Margush and the archaeological site of Gonur Depe (40km off-road). Fertile silt brought by waters of the Murgab River delta and a moderate climate created favourable conditions for Bronze Age settlements known as the Margiana Oasis deep in the desert. This is an amazing site said to be the fifth great civilisation of ancient times where, it is believed, the Zoroastrian culture was born. We’ll return to Mary in the afternoon.

Day 27: Mary - Ashgabat

Accommodation: Divan Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we’ll drive out to Ancient Merv to see remaining traces of the glorious “Maru Shahu Jahan” – “Queen of Cities”. Due to its size and historical importance, Merv is one of the most significant sites in Turkmenistan, indeed in all of Central Asia. It consists of a series of towns each succeeded by another throughout the course of history. We’ll see the remains of several sites including the Erk Kala (6th C BC) with its citadel and the Mausoleum of Muhammed Ibn Zeid (12th C AD) before later returning to Mary to visit the local history museum, presenting a wide array of archaeological finds (dating back to the 3rd millennium BC through to the late 19th century) from both Ancient Merv and the Bronze Age sites of Margush, which we saw yesterday. Later we’ll take a flight to Ashgabat the rather bizarre “white-marble capital” of Turkmenistan.

Day 28: Ashgabat

Accommodation: Divan Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

With a full day to explore the city and its surrounds, we will travel out to Nissa, the 3rd Century BC capital of the Parthians, and visit the famous site of Geo Tepe where the Turkmens made their last stand against the Russians. We’ll also visit a nearby stud farm to see some of the beautiful pure-bred Akhel Teke, or ‘heavenly’ horses’, the Chinese desire for which gave birth to the original impetus for the Silk Road. Later we’ll visit the largest mosque in Central Asia and the mausoleum of the first Turkmen President “Turkmenbashy”. We plan to take dinner at a stunning rooftop restaurant back in the city.

Day 29: Tour Ends In Ashgabat

Meals Included: Breakfast

The tour ends in the early hours of this morning. Those on the suggested group flights will transfer to the airport in time for their early morning departure.

What's Included

  • MEALS

    28 x Breakfasts28 x Lunches25 x Dinners

  • TRANSPORT

    On this tour we will use minibuses, train and domestic flights.

  • GROUP SIZE

    Maximum: 12

  • CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

    Contributions to climate and community projects for all bookings

  • EXPERT TEAM

    The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

  • ENTRANCE FEES

    All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

  • ACCOMMODATION

    All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

  • FITNESS RATING

    Low / Moderate

What's Not Included

  • We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tourationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatoryTips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documentsInternational .Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UKAirport .Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights.Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

  • We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tourationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatoryTips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documentsInternational Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UKAirport Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flightsBeverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

Visas

VISAS

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact a reputable visa agency. More details can be found here - https://www.wildfrontierstravel.com/visa

For this tour, UK passport holders currently require visas for Turkmenistan and Tajikistan but NOT for Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan.

Passports should ideally be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the end of your tour.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

VACCINATIONS & ADDITIONAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for travellers to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.

For all destinations, please make sure you are up-to-date with any standard vaccinations (e.g. MMR, Hepatitis A, Tetanus) as recommended by your local health care provider. 

For the most up-to-date information on all vaccination requirements and the most suitable anti-malarial tablets, we strongly suggest that you seek advice from your local travel centre or consult an official travel health website such as www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk or www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

Covid Testing: Mandatory testing is currently required for vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers on entry to Turkmenistan.

If necessary further details will be sent out to you upon booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas & vaccinations are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Responsible Travel

With local people, culture and eco-systems in mind, responsible travel and sustainable tourism are at the core of Wild Frontiers. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our travellers but also benefits the people and places we visit.

When designing our tours, we actively seek out experiences that have a positive impact on the communities and precious environments we visit - from supporting social enterprises; resting our heads in rural homestays; and eating at locally owned restaurants; to helping fund conservation projects that protect wildlife and their habitats. 

Visit the Responsible Travel area of our website to read more, including the work of the Wild Frontiers Foundation through which we fundraise to aid community empowerment and education projects.

Travelling Solo and single supplements

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour except in the homestays, where you may be required to share more than 2 to a room and use shared bathroom facilities.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

Insurance

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

This tour offers an incredible variety of experiences and scenery as we travel through five very distinct countries. However with the exception perhaps though of Uzbekistan, this should not be considered as an in-depth tour of any of the individual countries, as it offers more of an ‘overview’ of the region.



Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour, especially as all walks are optional. Bear in mind, though, that the sheer length of the tour and distance covered means that it can be tiring and there are some long drives involved.



Please note that in certain places you will be staying in homestays so you should be prepared for basic facilities for part of the trip. We think that what you will be witnessing will easily make up for any discomfort!

 

Key Aspects to Consider

This tour offers an incredible variety of experiences and scenery as we travel through five very distinct countries. However with the exception perhaps though of Uzbekistan, this should not be considered as an in-depth tour of any of the individual countries, as it offers more of an ‘overview’ of the region.

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour, especially as all walks are optional. Bear in mind, though, that the sheer length of the tour and distance covered means that it can be tiring and there are some long drives involved.

Please note that in certain places you will be staying in homestays so you should be prepared for very basic facilities for part of the trip. We think that what you will be witnessing will easily make up for any discomfort!

Please be advised that on this trip vegetarians can be catered for, but the selection and variety is likely to be limited.
 

Check out our Q&As

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have a complete Covid-19 hub here: https://www.wildfrontierstravel.com/en_GB/covid-hub

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 70% of passengers on our group tours are solo adventurers. Unlike many tour operators, we don’t believe in charging solo travellers a premium, so if you are happy to share a room with a fellow traveller of the same sex, you will pay exactly the same as a couple..Occasionally you may even end up with your own room. You can travel as a single traveller on any of our holidays, from our escorte

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2002

  • Do I need to be double-vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel with you?

    In most cases, yes. Not only are many destinations making double-vaccination a requirement of entry to the country and/or access to restaurants, museums etc., but additionally on all our group tours for the foreseeable future, for everyone’s peace of mind, we are asking that all clients be double vaccinated.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Bob Atkinson  

Bob Atkinson

If you are looking for an introduction to the Five

If you are looking for an introduction to the Five Stans then this is a great tour to open the doors for you. From stunning mountain scenery to vast desert plains, ancient history to modern architecture not seen in the West.

Rory Cosgrave  

Rory Cosgrave

Great trip, well organised and brilliantly run on

Great trip, well organised and brilliantly run on the ground. I couldn't be happier with Wild Frontiers - my first trip with them and I will definitely travel with them again.

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