Travel to Central Asia and see some of the worlds least visited countries! From Turkmenistan with its marble clad capital and flaming gas crater, to historical Uzbekistan, modern Kazakhstan and mountainous and scenic duo of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

 

After our popular 2018 3 week tour, we'll be running the longer trip again in 2019 with an Afghanistan side option! For security reasons the Afghan side trip is not detailed on this page, email us for info.

 





Sunday July 28th

Arrive at Ashgabat airport early morning and transfer to the city centre to begin our tour. Visit the square and parks to see the huge monuments and statues of the leaders as well as Ertogrul Ghazi mosque.

We will then drive on to visit the Turkmenbashy mosque and mausoleum

In the afternoon we will drive to the incredible Darvaza Gas crater. En route we stop off for supplies in the desert village of Erbent. We then turn off road and drive across desert dunes.

Arrive at Darvaza early evening when the light is fading and all you can see for miles around is the glow of the crater.

Our guide will set up camp in tents at a safe distance from the crater before cooking dinner while you relax and stare in awe at the Gas crater.

Monday July 29th

After breakfast we leave Darvaza and drive North to Konye Urgench historical site. It is a UNESCO heritage site and contains the remains of the capital of Khwarezm, part of the Achaemenid empire.

In the afternoon we will drive onwards to the city of Dashoguz. check into our  hotel and then take a tour of the city in the afternoon. Rest of the evening at leisure.

Tuesday July 30th

After breakfast we drive onto the border crossing and pass through into Uzbekistan. Our Uzbek guide will meet us here and drive to Khiva where we will check into our hotel. After lunch and some free time we will take a walking tour of the city visiting the Ichan Kala fortress with its minarets, madrassah, mosque and mausoleums. After a group dinner there will be free time in the city.

Wednesday July 31st

After a bit of free time for any last minute sightseeing we will depart on the 7 hour drive to Bukhara across the desert. We will have a packed lunch during the journey and also make a stop at a dest Chai Khanah (Tea house) in the early afternoon for tea and kebabs.


On arrival to Bukhara we will check into our hotel and after dinner have free time to enjoy the atmosphere around the Lyabi Hauz pool.

Thursday August 1st

In the morning we will take a half day sightseeing tour of Bukhara, visiting Samanids mausoleum, Ark fortress, Polkalon complex, trading domes, the Lyabi Hauz complex and Chor Minor.

After lunch we will have free time in the city to explore the Jewish quarter and the cities covered shopping areas. Overnight in Bukhara.

Friday August 2nd

After some free time in the morning we well take a 5-6 hour drive to the ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand!

Saturday August 3rd

Today we tour the historical city of Samarkand, taking in the Registan square, Gur Emir mausoleum, Slab bazaar, Ulugbek observatory, Afrasiab museum wall paintings and the Meros handicraft centre.

Sunday August 4th

Today we have free time in Samarkand to explore the city and it's surrounds. We'll have dinner in Samarkand before departing on the 22:00 overnight train to Termez.

Monday August 5th

Arrive into Termez at 9:30 and drop our luggage off at our hotel before starting a full day tour. We will visit the archaeological museum, Sultan Saadat complex, Kirk Kiz hanaka and Fayaztepa Buddhist monastery.

After a farewell dinner with our Uzbek guide, spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Tuesday August 6th

At 9:00 we depart for the Sariosiyo border crossing. Pass the border and meet our Tajik guides.

En route to Dushanbe we will visit Hisor town to visit the Hisor fortress, one of the most important historical sites in Tajikistan. We will also visit the nearby 16th Century Kunha Medrassah, Museum of Tajik Life and the mausoleum of the Sufi Saint, Mahdumi Azam.

On arrival into Dushanbe we will visit the Museum of National Antiquities before checking into our hotel and spending the rest of the evening at leisure.

Wednesday August 7th

Today is a free day in Dushanbe.

Thursday August 8th

Today we depart Dushanbe and head up through the Anzob pass enroute to the beautiful Iskenderkul lake. We'll drive through the 5km 'Tunnel of Death' before reaching the lake where there will be free time to swim, hike to the waterfall or go on speed boats rides around the lake ($10 a person). We'll then head to the next valley to spend a night at a local homestay.

Friday August 9th

After breakfast we drive to Khujand.

On arrival to Khujand we will visit the Shikh Muslihiddin mosque, Oriental bazaar (the biggest in Central Asia), the Arbob palace and the Lenin monument. Check into our hotel and have dinner at a local restaurant before spending the rest of the evening at leisure.

Saturday August 10th

After breakfast we'll drive to the border and then onwards to the Kyrgyz city of Osh.

Arrive in Osh and check into our hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Sunday August 11th

In the morning we will have time in Osh to visit Sulayman mountain before departing to drive north towards Bishkek. Overnight enroute to Bishkek.

Monday August 12th

After breakfast we will continue our drive through the beautiful scenery of Kyrgyzstan arriving in Bishkek in the afternoon. Evening at leisure and overnight in the city.

Tuesday August 13th

We have a well earned day of rest today with the chance to spend your day at leisure around the capital, checking out the great Soviet architecture and monuments.

Wednesday August 14th

After breakfast we will depart Bishkek for Issyk Kul, stopping enroute to visit the Burana tower. We will continue up in to the mountains and see Issyk-Kul, the 10th largest lake in the world where we'll have time for a swim. Overnight in Yurts in Jeti-Oguz gorge.

Thursday August 15th

Today will be a free morning at the Yurt Camp where your tour leader can assist to arrange excursions such as hikes or horse riding ($10 an hour or so). We then drive to Karakol for lunch and short tour of the cities Chinese style mosque and Orthodox church. Overnight in Karakol.

Friday August 16th

After breakfast we will depart Karakol and head to the Kazakh border. After crossing we will make a visit to the spectacular Charyn Canyon taking the 30-40 min walk in to and out of the canyon (Local transport in the gorge is $3 a person). We'll have a chance to paddle in the Charyn river before continuing the drive on to Almaty. Overnight in Almaty.

Saturday August 17th

Today we will take a tour of Almaty taking in sights such as the Ascension Cathedral, ice rink, WWII monument and the cities squares plus the quriky Beatles statue. Overnight in Almaty.

Sunday August 18th

Today the tour ends but you are welcome to add extra nights on request.




 

16 places are available on this tour for a price of £2549/$3375. This includes:

Turkmenistan

- letter of invitation
- Entry pass
- Registration
- One night hotel accommodation (3 star), one nights camping at Darvaza
- Breakfast each day
- Air conditioned transport
- Dinner on day 1
- English speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees at all sites
- Camping gear on visit to Darvaza (tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment and eating utensils

 

Uzbekistan

- Letter of invitation
- Six nights 3 star hotel accommodation, one night in Khiva, two in Bukhara, two in Samarkand and one in Termez
- Full board; breakfasts, lunches and dinners each day
- All transportation, including overnight train (4 berth)
- English speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees at all sites
- Mineral water provided each day

 

Tajikistan

- Visa support
- Two nights 4 star hotel in Dushanbe, one night home stay near the lake and one nights 3 star hotel in Khujand
- Full board in Tajikistan, exclduing the free day in Dushanbe
- All transport
- English speaking guide throughout, excluding free time in Dushanbe
- Entrance fees at all sites

 

Kyrgyzstan

- Visa support (if required)
- One night 3 star hotel accommodation in Osh (twin room)

- One night 2 star hotel accommodation enroute from Osh to Bishkek (twin room) - Two nights 3 start accommodation in Bishkek (twin room)
- One nights yurt accommodation in Jeti-Oguz gorge (quad yurts, single supplment not available)
- One night 3 start hotel in Karakol (twin room)
- All transport
- National park entrance fees
- Entrance fees at all sites

 

Kazakhstan

- Visa support (if required)
- Two nights hotel accommodation in Almaty (twin room)
- All transport
- Entrance fees and tour guide






The price doesn't include:

- Visa fees
- Turkmenistan Immigration duty (14 USD )
- International Flights
- Tips
- lunches in Turkmenistan, all meals in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan
- Other personal expenses
- single room supplement (we can allocate someone to share with on a group tour if you prefer to avoid this cost)

Single supplement price is £525.

 

If you prefer to arrive a day earlier in Turkmenistan then there is a £40 p/p surcharge for an additional night (place in twin room) and £15 for transfer cost.

 

For those of you who have already taken our Turkmenistan tour; it is possible to miss this section and meet us in Uzbekistan for a £280 reduction in tour cost.

 

Most nationalities require visas for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan but for several nations (including UK), Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are visa free. Other nationalities should check with us for current status, but we can offer support if visas are required.