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The Five Stans of the Silk Road

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5.0 Based on 10 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Hiking
  • Local culture
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 23 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
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  • Starts Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
  • Ends Almaty, Kazakhstan
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  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date prior to 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • ‘Door to Hell’ giant burning gas pit in Turkmenistan
  • Islamic architecture and  ruins along the great Silk Road
  • Villages and lakes of the Fann and Tien Shan Mountains
  • Post Soviet grand monuments
  • History of traders, preachers and invaders
Starting in Ashgabat and ending in Almaty, the trip "The Five Stans Of The Silk Road" is a guided local culture tour that takes 23 days. You will visit Mary, Ferghana Valley, Almaty and 10 other destinations in 6 different countries. "The Five Stans Of The Silk Road" is a small group trip which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. See below for further details.

Vast deserts, rolling steppe, fertile valleys and majestic mountains form the backdrop to the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia which are commonly known as the five Stans. Amongst this changing and varied landscape are traditional villages, ancient towns and modern cities which tell a tale of advancing Greek and Persian armies, marauding Mongolian hordes, traders selling their wares along the Silk Road, philosophers, astronomers, Communist experiments and post-Soviet eccentrics. Journey past giant burning gas pits, intrinsically tiled mosques, alpine lakes bordered by yurt camps, grand monuments, rural villages and colourful markets on this epic trip through the heart of Central Asia.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 10 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 06 2019
5 - Excellent
Amazing, Extensive, Exhausting Trip
If you want to see classic Silk Road architecture then go to Uzbekistan.If you want to see amazing mountain scenery then go to Kyrgyzstan.If you want to see both of the above plus three other countries in Central Asia, whilst... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 05 2019
5 - Excellent
A long and varied road
This amazing trip was like several holidays rolled into one. From the surreal weirdness of Ashghabat and Darvaza, through ancient archaeological sites to the stunning monuments in Bukhara and Samarkand, through the desert to the... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 08 2019
5 - Excellent
Leave the West Behind
If you want to leave the west behind until the last city on this incredible journey, then welcome to the former Soviet States that make up the silk road. This trip has everything, religion, wildlife, nomad living and amazing... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 26 2019
5 - Excellent
The Five Stans - A journey through history and the Central Asian Republice
A great holiday with plenty of superb sites and stunning scenery. One reason for calling this the Silk Road was that silk was used to pay people. It started with the Chinese needing horses to fight the nomads from the north. By... Read more
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Start Ashgabat
  • Day 2: Explore Ashgabat
  • Day 3: The fortress of Nisa and the Door to Hell at Darvaza
  • Day 4: Anau Mosque, Abiverd and Mary
  • Day 5: Explore Merv before crossing into Uzbekistan and on to Bukhara.
  • Day 6: Full day exploring Bukhara
  • Day 7: Discover more of Bukhara before continuing to Samarkand.
  • Day 8: Full day sightseeing in Samarkand
  • Day 9: Visit Shakhrisabz and Termez.
  • Day 10: Termez city tour.
  • Day 11: Cross into Tajikistan; on to Dushanbe.
  • Day 12: Into the Fann Mountains and Iskanderkul Lake.
  • Day 13: Istravashan and Khujand
  • Day 14: To the Ferghana Valley in Uzbekistan.
  • Day 15: To Osh and Arslan Bob in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Day 16: Full day in Arslan Bob
  • Day 17: Chychkn Gorge.
  • Day 18: Kyzyl Oi Village
  • Day 19-20: Son Kul Lake.
  • Day 21: Bishkek
  • Day 22: Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Day 23: End Almaty
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
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Meals
  • Western tour leader throughout (plus a local guide in each country)All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 8 dinners
Transport
  • All transport and listed activities
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes
CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Five Stans of the Silk Road tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 29 July 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 29 July 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Five Stans of the Silk Road tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this The Five Stans of the Silk Road tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • Is Asia open for tourists?

    Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.

    As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.

     

  • How to plan an Asia tour?

    Asia is a relatively large continent, so there are a wide variety of destinations to explore. Therefore, if you are planning a multi-country trip to Asia, the first thing you need to prepare is the list of countries you are interested in along with your starting and ending points. You would also need to decide on the best time for your trip depending on seasonal variations that affect each country. 

    After finalizing when and where to travel in Asia, you should make arrangements for all the necessary travel documents. These would include visas, insurances, Covid-19 test reports, vaccine cards, and so on.

     

  • Which countries should I visit in Asia?

    Asia has more than enough destinations to meet every traveler’s needs and desires. If you are into adventure, look no further than the mighty Himalayas. Go on an exhilarating hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, or head for the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh instead. Thailand, with its blend of dazzling nightlife, rich history, and striking monuments, is the perfect destination not just for those who wish to let their hair down but also for travelers looking forward to being part of a memorable cultural experience. 

    Go on a tour to Cambodia, home to the monumental Angkor Wat, if you are into off-the-beaten-path destinations, or choose a Japan tour if you wish to discover how traditions and modernity can be seamlessly blended. The Maldives, with its numerous islands and beaches, is sure to provide you with countless opportunities to kick back on sandy stretches, swim in turquoise waters, and go island-hopping, while the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. 

     

  • What country in Asia is fluent in English?

    English is a widely spoken language in Asia, which means that you would not have much difficulty conversing with locals during your trip. Singapore ranks the highest in terms of its proficiency in the English language. The Philippines comes second, followed by Malaysia. Other countries where you will not face much trouble if you can speak English are South Korea, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia. 

    You will find that English is part of life of a section of the population in all these countries. They have road signs in English (along with those in their native languages) as well as English newspapers. Public announcements are often translated into English in these countries, and it is not difficult to come across store banners and product labels written in the language. In addition to all this, locals are also accustomed to tourists, which means they can at least carry out basic conversations in the language. 

    However, please keep in mind that it is the urban population in the continent that has had the most exposure to the language and is better at communicating in it. The more you travel to the countryside, the fewer English speakers you will meet.  

     

  • How much does an Asia tour cost? What is the cheapest country to travel to in Asia?

    There are several factors that determine the amount of money you will spend during your Asia tour. These include the countries you wish to visit, the length of your trip, the type of tour you have chosen (group, private, luxury and budget) as well as other expenses like insurance, visas, and transportation. 

    Laos is probably the cheapest destination in Asia, with an average daily expense of USD 23 per person. India is yet another budget-friendly destination in the region when it comes to foreigners. Expect to spend between USD 35 to USD 40 per person, per day if you are a mid-range traveler. The average daily expense in Cambodia is slightly higher, at USD 50 per person. Japan and Singapore, on the other hand, are some of the most expensive destinations on the planet. On average, travelers should expect to shell out USD 130 dollars per person, per day while in these countries.    

     

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