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The Five Stans Of Central Asia

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  • See the highlights of Central Asia in 15 days
  • Explore the cities of Almaty, Ashgabat, Bishkek & Tashkent
  • Take a trip to the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Merv
  • Spend an evening in the Darvaza gas crater
Welcome to Central Asia, the land of magnificent cities and the Silk Road. Join us on this guided adventure of a lifetime and explore one of the least visited region on the planet. This 15-day tour will take you through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, collectively known as the "five stan" countries.

From ancient cities like Samarkand, Bukhara and Merv, which were unrivalled in the world at their helm, to the modern-day metropolis of Almaty, with its eye-popping architecture, this journey will at once allow you to traverse the history of this region from antiquity to modern times and acquaint you with its culture.

Also on the itinerary are the natural landmarks that have come to define this place, Darvaza gas crater and Issyk-Kul Lake, among others. Included in the tour price is entrance fees to museums and parks mentioned on the itinerary. For more details, please scroll down.
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We will pick you up from the airport and drive you to your hotel for check-in. Meet your local guide and head for Nohur, a village located in the Kopetdag Mountains. Take a detour en route to visit the Turkmenbashi Mosque and Kow-Ata Lake, which lies underground. On reaching Nohur, we will visit a tribal cemetery first. Then we will meet local craftsmen specializing in weaving silk. Return to Ashgabat in the evening.
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  • Breakfast & Dinner
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Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Ashgabat after breakfast. Visit the National Museum of Turkmenistan and see the ancient fortress of Nissa (a Unesco World Heritage site). Independence Park and Neutrality Arch are also on the list of places you will see.

Then transfer to the most unique site in Central Asia - the Darvaza gas crater. Arrival at Darvaza before sunset and enjoy great views of the crater. Return to Ashgabat as the night falls. Reach your hotel at around midnight.
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  • Breakfast
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Head for the airport after breakfast for your flight to Merv. Explore the ancinet city of Merv on arrival. Time to cross the border into Uzbekistan. Meet your Uzbek team of guide and driver and drive to Bukhara. Stay overnight in the city.
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  • Breakfast
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After breakfast, head out for a guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara. The sights that you will see today include the mausoleums of Ismail Samani and Chashma Ayub as well as the Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan complex, Ulugbek Madrasa and Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasa.

In the afternoon, you will see the architectural ensemble of Lyab-i Hauz as well as the madrasas of
Kukeldash and Nadir Divan-Begi. Return to your hotel in the evening.
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  • Breakfast
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Transfer to Samarkand after breakfast. The journey takes around five hours. Start the sightseeing tour of Samarkand on arrival. Visit the pride of the city, Registan Square, probably the most famous square in Central Asia. Also see some of the city's most famous madrasa as well as the Gur-e Amir Mausoleum, Tamerlane’s final resting place.

Check into your hotel late in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Samarkand.
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Meet your tour guide after breakfast and continue with the city sightseeing tour. Visit the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis and Ulugbek Observatory. The sights you will see in the afternoon include the Afrosiab museum and settlement, Saint Daniel’s tomb and a silk paper-making workshop. Return to your hotel in the evening.
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  • Breakfast
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Take a day trip to Tajikistan today and explore the ancient region of Sogdiana. Transfer to Tajikistan by road and meet your Tajik guide and driver after the border formalities are over. Drive to the region of the seven lakes, located in the west of the Fann Mountains.

Each of the seven lakes are unique and have their own color. Drive to Penjikent in the afternoon. Your sightseeing tour of Penjikent includes the Rudaki Museum as well as the local bazaar and mosque.

Explore the older parts of Penjikent and learn more about the history of the city when it was a major Sogdian city before being destroyed during an Arab conquest. We will cross the border again and return to Samarkand by evening.
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Time to leave Samarkand. Your journey to Tashkent starts after breakfast. Start exploring the capital city of Uzbekistan on arrival. Visit Independence Square and Amir Timur Square. See the Tashkent Metro. Check into your hotel in the evening.
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  • Breakfast
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Take the train to Kokand (modern carriages, normal speed, seats available) after breakfast. Start exploring Kokand on arrival. This ancient city in the Fergana Valley has a lot to see. Visit the palace of Khudayar Khan and see the mausoleum of Modari Khan as well as the Juma Mosque.

Cross the border into Kyrgyzstan after breakfast and meet your Kyrgyz team of guide and driver on the other side. Transfer to Osh and check into your hotel on arrival.
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  • Breakfast
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Meet your guide after breakfast and start the city tour in Osh. Visit Suleiman Mount, a major Islamic shrine. You will also get the chance to visit the museum located in the main cave. After that, walk up the hill to see the small mosque of Babur, The founder of the Mongol dynasty, and enjoy a bird eye’s view of the city.

After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bishkek. There is a short sightseeing tour of the city on arrival after which you transfer to your hotel.
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  • Breakfast
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Meet your guide and driver after breakfast and drive to the second largest alpine lake in the world, Issyk-Kul Lake. See the ruins of the ancient city of Balasagyn as well as Burana Tower en route. Check into your accommodation on arrival.
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  • Breakfast
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Your journey to Karakol starts after breakfast. Visit the museum of petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata as well as another museum dedicated to the famous Russian explorer NM Prjevalsky. There is a city tour of Karakol on arrival.

The highlights of this city include a unique mosque built in Chinese style with no nails used and a Russian Orthodox cathedral built out of wood. Walk around the central bazaar to feel the real life of the city. Accommodation at the hotel.
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  • Breakfast
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Leave Karakol at around 08:00 am and head for the border. You are off to Kazakhstan after the border formalities are over. Your final destination of the day is Almaty. Visit the spectacular Charyn Canyon en route.

Often described as the Grand Canyon’s little brother, this canyon is located in Charyn National Park about 215 km east of Almaty (approximately three hour's drive away). It is approximately 150 km long and, in places, up to 300 meters deep.

Arrival in Almaty by evening and check onto your hotel. Stay overnight in the city.
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  • Breakfast
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Your ten-hour sightseeing tour of Almaty starts after breakfast. Visit the following places: the Green Bazaar, Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral and the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. Head for Kok-Tobe Hill, home to the tallest TV tower in the world.

A short overhead gondola ride from the top of the hill will take you to the centre of the city. Then there is a flacon show en route to Almaty Lake, located outside the city. Explore its surroundings by foot. Transfer back to your hotel in the city.
Meals
  • Breakfast
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We will transfer you to the international airport in Almaty for your flight home.
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  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Meals: 10 breakfast & 1 dinner
  • Accommodation at the hotels on twin-share basis
  • Pickup and drop-off. Land transport provided by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles (sedan cars or minibuses, depending on the number of travelers in a group)
  • Domestic flight tickets: Ashgabat – Merv & Osh – Bishkek
  • Railway tickets from Tashkent to Kokand (modern carriages, normal speed, seats available)
  • Services of English-speaking local tour guides (different guides in each country)
  • Entrance fees to museums and parks mentioned on the itinerary
  • Mineral water on each day of the tour
  • Visa documents to Turkmenistan, including letter of invitation, state registration and travel pass (obligatory for all foreigners);
  • Early check-in at the hotel in Ashgabat on Day 1
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Single supplement
what's excluded
  • International flight tickets
  • Invitation letters to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan (if necessary)
  • Visa fees to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
  • Single supplement for solo travelers
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses that are personal in nature, like phone calls and laundry
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A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationPlease carry only USD cash for your local expenses in Central Asia. Euros and credit cards are not accepted in these countries. However, you might be able to draw money from your credit card in Almaty and Bishkek.
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