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CENTRAL ASIA: THE 5 'STANS TOUR


Our 5 Stans tour brings together most of the highlights of the region at the lowest possible price and has become one of our most popular tours.

We have condensed the tour into 2 weeks to enable it to fit better into people's holiday schedules so you're not using up all your annual leave in one go.

We think this tour is a great taster to the region and we hope it will give you the chance to see which countries you like the most and hopefully come back to explore them in more depth in the future.


Please note that some sections of these tours travel to areas where the British FCO advises against all travel to.

We research the security of our destinations highly and safety is a priority for us, however, we advise ytou to do your own research too to ensure you are comfortable with your trip.

Please note these travel warnings may also affect travel insurance for these regions, please contact us for advice on this.


We run multiple 5 Stans tours each year, starting in Ashgabat and the option of finishing in Bishkek or Almaty.

Only Turkmenistan has a lengthy visa process. For most nationalities, e-visas are available for Tajikistan and visa on arrival for Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

We advise early booking for these tours as they tend to book up very quickly.

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2019 TOURS

Our 2019 upcoming group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.


TOUR DATESTOUR NAMETotal DaysPRICE
Central Asiatour-closed2019-09-292019-10-135 'Stans141699500dynamic0September

2020 TOURS

Our current 2020 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.


TOUR DATESTOUR NAMETotal DaysPRICE
Central Asiatour-open2020-04-122020-04-265 'Stans141789500dynamic6April
Central Asiatour-open2020-05-172020-05-315 'Stans141789500dynamic6May
Central Asiatour-open2020-06-142020-06-285 'Stans141789500dynamic6June
Central Asiatour-open2020-07-192020-08-025 'Stans141789500dynamic6July
Central Asiatour-open2020-07-262020-08-16Summer long 5 or 6 'Stans w/ Afghan212645500dynamic6July
Central Asiatour-open2020-10-042020-10-185 'Stans141789500dynamic6October

TOUR ITINERARY


Day 1 - Arrive in Ashgabat


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.


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Day 2 - Darvaza - Konye Urgench


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.


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Day 3 - Cross to Uzbekistan


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.


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Day 4 - Bukhara, Uzbekistan


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.


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Day 5 - Bukhara-Samarkand


In the morning we will take a half day tour of Bukhara, visiting Samanids mausoleum, Ark fortress, Polkalon complex, trading domes, the Lyabi Hauz complex and Chor Minor. After lunch we will drive onwards to Samarkand where we will check into our hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.


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Day 6 - Samarkand


Today we tour the historical city of Samarkand, taking in Registan square, Gur Emir mausoleum, Slab bazaar, Ulugbek observatory, Afrasiab museum wall paintings and the Meros handicraft centre. We have dinner in Samarkand before departing on the 22:00 overnight train to Termez.


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Day 7 - Termez


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.


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Day 8 - Hisor fortress, Tajikistan



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Day 9 - Tunnel of Death



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Day 10 - Tour of Khujand



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Day 11 - Fergana valley and Tien Shan mountain range



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Day 12 - Rest Day



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Day 13 - Ala Archa



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Day 14 - Journey up to Kazakhstan



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Day 15 - Tour Ends



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Day 16 - Tour Ends



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Day 17 - Tour Ends



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Day 18 - Tour Ends



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Day 19 - Tour Ends



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Day 20 - Tour Ends



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Day 21 - Tour Ends



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Day 22 - Tour Ends



DETAILS

Includes:


- Turkmenistan letter of invitation
- Entry pass
- Registration
- 4 and 3 star hotel accommodation (twin or double room)
- Breakfast each day
- Air conditioned transport
- English speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees at all sites and museums
- Dinner at Darvaza
- Camping gear on visit to Darvaza (tent, sleeping bag, mat, cooking equipment and eating utensils)


Excludes:


- Visa fee
- Immigration duty (14 USD p/p)
- Flights
- Camera fees at sites
- Tips
- Some lunch and dinner costs
- Other personal expenses
- Single room supplement (we can allocate someone to share with on a group tour if you prefer to avoid this cost)