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.

 

Below is the itinerary for our September 2018 tour.

 





Sunday September 2nd

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 September 3rd

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 September 4th

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 September 5th

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 September 6th

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 drive onwards to Samarkand where we will check into our hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Friday September 7th

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.

Saturday September 8th

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.

Sunday September 9th

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 the 5 star Sheraton and spending the rest of the evening at leisure.

Monday September 10th

After breakfast we drive to Khujand, passing through the 5km Anzob 'tunnel of death' en route.

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.

Tuesday September 11th

After breakfast we take a further tour of Khujand visiting the ancient city fortress. We'll have lunch afterwards before driving to the border and then onwards to the Kyrgyz city of Osh.

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

Wednesday September 12th

We have an early start today as we begin the longest drive of the journey - a 12 hour journey North up to the capital of Bishkek (an alternative flight option is available on request). This road rivals the Pamir Highway for the most beautiful and scenic journey in Central Asia. We pass huge mountains, canyons and valleys throughout the whole journey as well as crossing a host of different climatic zones and vegetation levels as we pass the natural and cultural divide of the country through the Fergana valley and Tien Shan mountain range.

We at Lupine are very passionate about the scenery during this long drive, but, we decided to poll all our clients who have taken this journey to help you make the decision of whether to fly or not. Scroll to the bottom of this itinerary for info**.

After arriving in Bishkek early evening, we will check into our hostel before going out for optional meal and beers!

Thursday September 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.

Friday September 14th

In the morning we will drive out to visit Ala Archa; a beautiful alpine National Park situated in the Tian Shan mountain range. The day is free to spend hiking or relaxing around the region before returning to Bishkek in the early evening.

Tonight is the final day of the 4 Stans tour before departure the following day.

Saturday September 15th

Today you can depart for your flight home or take an optional extension up into Kazakhstan. For those taking the extension, we will take a 5 hour journey up across the border and into the Kazakh city of Almaty. We will check into our hotel before taking an afternoon tour of the City.

Evening at leisure.

Sunday September 16th

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 £1599 (£1688 with Kazakh extension). 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
- Four nights 3 star hotel accommodation, one night each in Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and 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
- One night 5 star hotel in Dushanbe, one nights 3 star hotel in Khujand
- Full board; breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
- All transport
- English speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees at all sites

 

Kyrgyzstan

- Visa support (if required)
- One night 2 star hotel accommodation in Osh (twin room)

- Three nights hostel accommodation in Bishkek (twin room)
- All transport
- National park entrance fees
- Entrance fees at all sites

 

Kazakhstan (£89 surcharge payable for this extension)

- Visa support (if required)
- One 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 £330 for 4 Stans or £355 for 5 Stans.

 

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.




**75% of people who took the drive considered the scenery to be a highlight of the tour, 17% felt the drive was OK and 8% wished they had flown. Some comments on the drive...

"The views were unbelievable, I would definitely recommend taking the drive. It isn't the most comfortable but it's worth it."

"The scenery was a real highlight of the tour. To be honest when I booked, I thought of it as sleep/reading time - I didn't end up doing any of that - looked out of the window and chatted to the group the whole time! I'd highly recommend it unless you're especially car sick!"