Central Asia

Central Asia

Kyrgyzstan - Kazakhstan - Tajikistan - Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan
An epic journey of discovery through the heart of Central Asia



29 captivating days


Tour at a Glance

Estimated Price: $17,700 per person, share twin
$2,200 single supplement
Tour Dates: 1 - 29 September, 2019
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Early Booking Discount: $300 per person, if you pay your full deposit by 28 May, 2019.
Tour Leader: Mandy Page
Inclusions: All airfares & taxes
Hotel day room in Dubai on the way to Central Asia
Accommodation in 3-star, 4-star hotel & 5-star hotels (plus Tourist Bungalows at Iskanderkul and Sughd Hotel in Penjikent)
26 breakfasts, 22 lunches & 18 dinners
Bottled water with meals and on the coach
Visas for Tajikistan and Turkmenistan
Touring by private coach
Train from Bukhara to Khiva
Group tipping
Services of a Tour manager for all five countries and local guides
This is the BIG one. Five Stans in four weeks.

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 exotic countries.

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  • Explore leafy Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan that is set against a backdrop of snow-clad mountains.
  • Glimpse the realities of life of Kyrgyz nomads as we watch a yurt being pitched.
  • Thrill to the spectacle of Kyrgyz horsemen taking part in their traditional ‘horse games’ and watch a demonstration of hunting using golden eagles.
  • Stroll through verdant Almaty, Kazakhstan’s cosmopolitan capital and pinch yourself that this is Central Asia and not Europe!
  • Observe traditional Kazakh falconry at a falcon farm outside of Almaty.
  • Drive to the spectacular 50-mile Charyn Canyon, a place of strange rock formations and colourful strata.
  • Explore a little of what is probably Central Asia’s least visited country: mountainous, remote Tajikistan.
  • Spend time in Tajikistan’s leafy and very pleasant capital Dushanbe as we admire the ancient treasures in its museums and check out the produce in its Mehrgon Bazaar.
  • Walk in the high, clear air (we’ll be over 7000 feet!) beside stunning Lake Iskanderkul set in the Fan Mountains.
  • Experience a taste of the former Soviet Union as we explore Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent with its collection of unique Soviet architecture and sculptures.
  • Go to the outdoor Chorsu bazaar in Tashkent with its breadsellers, fur hat vendors, tea shops and so much more!
  • Visit the world famous Registan Square in Samarkand with its trio of superb Islamic architecture.
  • Be entertained by one of Uzbekistan’s most innovative fashion designers.
  • Uncover the history of Central Asia’s most ancient living city – magic Bukhara – during a guided walking tour.
  • Travel by train to one of the best preserved cities along the Ancient Silk Route – Khiva.
  • Prepare to be gobsmacked by possibly the world’s most surreal capital city – Turkmenistan’s Ashgabat – the Las Vegas of the Central Asian steppes!
  • Watch one of the world’s oldest domesticated breed of horse, the beautiful Akhal-Teke, in action.

Fantastic, Mandy went out of her way every day to check up on everyone, was very inclusive and informative. An excellent leader, strong and direct.

Mandy an exceptional tour leader. A lovely caring personality. Always fun.

Mandy did a great job of meeting the needs of a disparate group. We enjoyed her roadside walks and ability to keep us amused with stories, jokes, crosswords, etc.

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