More than 2,000 years ago, the great trade routes that linked Europe and China opened Central Asia to foreign cultures, customs and religions. Join a modern-day caravan on an epic journey to five of these exotic countries – Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

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More than 2,000 years ago, the great trade routes that linked Europe and China opened Central Asia to foreign cultures, customs and religions. Join a modern-day caravan on an epic journey to five of these exotic countries – Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

During this tailormade tour in the Caucasus regions you will have the unique chance to explore beautiful mountain landscapes, meet local people and venture off the beaten track always escorted by professional local guides.

Highlights of the trip:

  • Ashgabat – city of love
  • Merv – the oldest and best-preserved of the oasis cities along the Silk Route in Central Asia
  • Holy Bukhara – city of minarets, mosques and madrassas
  • Samarkand – pearl of the East
  • Tashkent – the largest city in Central Asia
  • Khujand – homeland of famous astronomers, mathematicians, doctors, historians, poets and musicians
  • Osh – the largest city in the Ferghana Valley
  • Burana – monument of the reign of the Karakhanids
  • Issyk Kol – «hot lake» that never freezes
  • Son Kol – lake in the heart of the Inner Tien Shan
  • Three nights in traditional yurts under the stars
  • Kok Tobe hill – the highest point in Almaty
  • Charyn -Grand Canyon of Central Asia
Angela
Trip offered by Angela Spoken languages: Italian, English, Russian Travel expert in Turkmenistan

Trip summary

  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Departure Ashgabat
  • End Almaty
  • Countries
    • Turkmenistan
    • Uzbekistan
    • Tajikistan
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Kazakhstan
  • City
    • Ashgabat
    • Mary
    • Bukhara
    • Samarkand
    • Tashkent
    • Khujand
    • Osh
    • Bishkek
    • Chong-Kemin
    • Karakol
    • Tamga
    • Kochkor
    • Tash Rabat Caravanserai
    • Song-Kul lake
    • Almaty
    • Altyn Emel
  • Theme Meeting local people
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Airport – Ashgabat
    Day 1 Transfer by car

    Arrival at Ashgabat airport where our team will pick you up and drive you to hotel situated in the capital.
    After rest and breakfast at the hotel the day is dedicated to visit the capital Ashgabat (city of love), founded in 1818. We visit of the Independence Park, the Arch of Neutrality and the National Museum of History.
    After lunch in a local restaurant, we continue to visit Nisa site 18 km away from Ashgabat located in Bagir village and visit the Mausoleum - Turkmenbashi Mosque in Kipchak.
    Overnight in the hotel.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Ak Altyn or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Ashgabat
  • 2
    Ashgabat – Mary
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    Early morning airport transfer to Mary at 09:35 - 10:15.
    Arrival at Mary and transfer to the east of Mary to visit Merv (UNESCO heritage site).
    Back to Mary. Visit of the History Museum and the Russian Orthodox Church.
    Overnight in the hotel.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Mary or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Ashgabat
    • Mary
  • 3
    Mary – Farap – Bukhara
    Day 3 Transfer by car

    Departure in the morning at 07:00, direct route to Farap border post (ca. 4 h).
    Upon arrival and border formalities, you will meet the driver and guide. Transfer to the city of Bukhara (ca. 1,5-2 h).
    On arrival you will have a short sightseeing tour. 
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Amulet or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Mary
    • Bukhara
  • 4
    Bukhara – Samarkand
    Day 4 Transfer by train

    After breakfast we visit the former palace of the former emirs of Bukhara.
    We continue our visit to the Poi Kalon Complex with the Karakhanid Minaret Kalon, Kalon Mosque and Miri Arab Medrese, which has been in operation since the 16th century. Finally visit Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Medresses.
    On the road, we will see the old trading vaults and hammam as well. Then we will reach the Labi Hauz complex with three buildings. Old Jewish synagogue and doll workshop are also recommended.
    In the afternoon you will be taken to the train station, where you will take a train to Samarkand.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Zilol Baxt or similar)

    Visited places:
    • Bukhara
    • Samarkand
  • 5
    Samarkand
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    After breakfast, we start the sightseeing tour from the mausoleum of Amir Timur or Tamerlane, where he and his family are buried. Then we go to the famous Registan Square with three madrasses from the 15th and 17th century. This is a landmark of Samarkand. 
    We continue our visits to the Bibi Khanum Mosque from Timur's reign with the bazaar and the necropolis of Shachi Zinda, where the mausoleum of Kusam ibn Abbas from the 10th century is located, as well as the mausoleums from Timur's and Ulugbek's reign.
    Then we drive to the Ulugbek Observatory.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Zilol Baxt or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Samarkand
  • 6
    Samarkand – Tashkent
    Day 6 Transfer by train

    In the early morning you will be taken to the train station, where you will take a train to Tashkent.
    Upon arrival, we begin the sightseeing tour. 
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Shodlik or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Samarkand
    • Tashkent
  • 7
    Tashkent – Oybek – Khujand
    Day 7 Transfer by car

    In the morning after breakfast we drive to the Uzbek-Tajik border Oybek (ca. 2 h).
    Upon arrival and border formalities, you will be welcomed by the driver and guide and transferred to the city of Khujand (ca. 2,5-3 h), the second largest city in Tajikistan.
    Short city tour. We can visit Khujand fortress and Syr Darya river and mosque.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Firuz or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Tashkent
    • Khujand
  • 8
    Khujand – Guliston – Osh
    Day 8 Transfer by car

    Early breakfast and at 08:00 we drive to Kyrgyzstan. In 2-2,5 hours arrival to Guliston border.
    Then we drive towards Osh (ca. 4-5 h), one of the largest cities in the Ferghana Valley, the second largest city and the universally recognized second (southern) capital of Kyrgyzstan.
    Arrival in Osh in the evening, transfer to hotel.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Silk Way or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Khujand
    • Osh
  • 9
    Osh – Bishkek
    Day 9 Transfer by airplane

    Breakfast at the hotel. Then we start our city tour in Osh.
    We visit Sulaiman-Too. Mount Sulaiman Too is one of the main attractions of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. In 2009 the mountain became the first historical and architectural object of Kyrgyzstan, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. 
    We can also visit the local bazaar.
    In the afternoon transfer to airport (between 15:00 and 18:00) for the flight to Bishkek.
    Arrival in Bishkek, transfer to hotel.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (My Hotel or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Osh
    • Bishkek
  • 10
    Bishkek – Burana – Chon Kemin
    Day 10 Transfer by car

    After breakfast, the city tour in Bishkek is planned. We will visit sights such as Ala Too central square with its monuments and Oak park.
    Then we drive towards Burana Tower. The Burana Tower is an ancient minaret in the Chuy Valley in the northern part of Kyrgyzstan.
    Lunch on the road in a café orguest house.
    We will continue towards Chon Kemin gorge, a unique place thanks to its rich diversity of fauna and flora. You will have the opportunity to hike in the gorge and enjoy the beautiful alpine views.
    Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Guesthouse (Kemin or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Bishkek
    • Chong-Kemin
  • 11
    Chon Kemin – Semenovskoe gorge – Karakol
    Day 11

    After breakfast we visit the Semenovskoe gorge. This place is considered as one of the most famous attractions of the Issyk Kul region. You can go for a walk, enjoy the wild nature around you and spend a nice time in this beautiful place.
    Picnic or lunch in the café on the road.
    After arrival in Karakol, we visit its famous sights such as the Orthodox Church and the Dungan Mosque.
    Dinner in the local restaurant and rest in the hotel.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Nomad or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Chong-Kemin
    • Karakol
  • 12
    Karakol – Jety Oguz – Barskoon – Tamga
    Day 12 Transfer by car

    After breakfast, we go Jety Oguz valley. Its name means “Seven bulls”. The name is symbolic, because there are seven huge red-brown rocks resembling ranked furious bulls standing together.
    Visit Barskoon Gorge. At the foot of the mountain, you can also enjoy the beautiful Barskoon River. During the summertime, people build yurts here, so you can try the Kyrgyz traditional drink Kymys and enjoy the beauty of the landscape.
    In the evening, you will try a real Russian sauna in Tamga.
    Meals included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Guesthouse (U Pavla or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Karakol
    • Tamga
  • 13
    Tamga – Skazka – Bokonbaevo – Kochko
    Day 13 Transfer by car

    In the morning, we will travel to Kochkor town on the south shore of the lake; we will visit Skazka canyons, meaning Fairytale. 
    In Bokonbaevo you will meet the eagle hunter with his bird of prey (option).
    In Kochkor, the Kyrgyz women will show you the process of producing traditional objects made of felt (option).
    We will listen to national music and folk instruments (option).
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Guesthouse (Mira or similar)
    Option: Eagle hunting (70 $), felt show (35 $), folk show (50 $).

    Visited places:
    • Tamga
    • Kochkor
  • 14
    Kochkor – Tash Rabat
    Day 14 Transfer by car

    The goal of the day is to reach the caravanserai of Tash Rabat.
    Tash Rabat is a historical monument founded by monks in the 10th century. During the Silk Road history, Tash Rabat has lost its religious significance and the main function of the monastery was providing a stay for caravans and travelers.
    Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Yurt camp.

    Visited places:
    • Kochkor
    • Tash Rabat Caravanserai
  • 15
    Tash Rabat – Son Kol
    Day 15 Transfer by car

    The goal of the day is to reach Son Kol lake, located at an altitude of 3 000 m.
    When we arrive in the yurt camp, you will experience the hospitality of the nomads, their lifestyle and their customs.
    Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Yurt camp.

    Visited places:
    • Tash Rabat Caravanserai
    • Song-Kul lake
  • 16
    Son Kol
    Day 16

    Breakfast in the yurt camp.
    Get in contact with the locals and learn what life as a nomad means. You can find out how local people still preserve their traditions, customs and culture. 
    On request you can rent a horse and ride (to be booked on site).
    Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Yurt camp
    Option: National horse games demonstration (190 $), horse riding (8 $ per person/1 hour).

    Visited places:
    • Song-Kul lake
  • 17
    Son Kol – Bishkek
    Day 17 Transfer by car

    We return to the capital after breakfast in the yurt.
    We will return to the civilization passing again by the Boom gorge.
    Lunch in a café on the road.
    As we get Bishkek we will have time to visit the local market to buy some presents.
    In the evening, we will have dinner at a traditional Kyrgyz restaurant.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (My Hotel or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Song-Kul lake
    • Bishkek
  • 18
    Bishkek – Almaty
    Day 18 Transfer by car

    After breakfast at the hotel, we travel towards Korday, the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border.
    We cross the border and reach Almaty (ca. 4 h).
    Lunch on the road.
    The tour in Almaty starts with the visit to the highest wooden building in the world, Zenkov Cathedral.
    Then we will take you to Medeo Gorge, where the largest high mountain skating rink in the world is located surrounding by wonderful mountains.
    After Medeo, we go to Kok-Tobe hill where the TV tower is located.
    Dinner in a restaurant.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Renion or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Bishkek
    • Almaty
  • 19
    Almaty – Altyn Emel
    Day 19 Transfer by car

    After breakfast we travel Altyn Emel national park, located in the valley of the Ili River in the territory of Almaty region. The park was founded on April 10, 1996 in order to preserve the unique natural complex, archaeological and historical-cultural monuments, rare and endangered species of plants and animals.
    Picnic in nature.
    We visit the Singing dune, located in one of the corners of the Altyn Emel National Park, between the mountains of Big and Small Kalkan. This sandy hill consists of very fine pure sand, which starts to "sing" in windy weather and its sound reminds the organ music.
    Overnight in the guesthouse.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Guesthouse (Altyn Emel or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Almaty
    • Altyn Emel
  • 20
    Altyn Emel – Charyn – Almaty
    Day 20 Transfer by car

    After breakfast, we are on our way to Charyn canyons that are often called "Valley of Castles". The length of the valley is more than 2 km, width is 20-80 meters. It looks like the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America.
    Here you will have time for walking among columns and towers made by nature.
    In the evening we return to Almaty.
    Meals included: breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Renion or similar).

    Visited places:
    • Altyn Emel
    • Almaty
  • 21
    Almaty – Airport – Departure
    Day 21 Transfer by car

    Transfer to airport. Departure.

    Visited places:
    • Almaty
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • All transfers in comfortable and air conditioned vehicle
    • Professional driver
    • English speaking guide
    • Accommodation described in the program in twin/double room/yurt
    • Breakfast
    • Visits described in the program
    • Mineral water 1L\person\day
    • *Domestic flight Ashgabat – Mary (day 2)
    • *Train Bukhara - Samarkand, Samarkand – Tashkent (day 4 & 6)
    • *Domestic flight Osh – Bishkek (day 9)
    Price does not include
    • International flights
    • Personal expenses
    • **Single room supplement – 500 USD
    • Insurance
    • Visa for Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan & Tajikistan
    • Migration tax of Turkmenistan (payable at the border)
    • Photo and video fees in historic parks and museums
    • Tips for guide, driver etc.
    • Early check in
    • Lunches & Dinners – 450 USD per person
    • Alcohol
    • Optional activities
    • Other items not mentioned as included

    *The train rides & domestic flights can be changed, and the program accordingly, after the time of your international flights will be exact
    **Single room supplement available only in hotels and guesthouses
    Per yurt – 4-6 people