The Five Stans of the Silk Road

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 23 days
  • tour type Group Tour
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
  • Ends Ashgabat , Turkmenistan
  • ‘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
Start and end in Ashgabat, the tour The Five Stans Of The Silk Road is a guided local culture tour that takes 23 days. You will visit Mary, Arslanbob, Bukhara and 10 other destinations in 6 different countries. The Five Stans Of The Silk Road is a small group tour 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.
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5 - Excellent
“This was the first Exodus trip I've done and I can honestly say it's one of the best holidays I've ever had. Our tour guide, Alessandro, was EXCELLENT, so helpful, hard working, knowledgable and friendly. Nothing was too much bother, he really did go the extra mile to ensure we all had a great holiday sharing all his local knowledge and taking us to some fantastic places. If you like mountainous national parks, stunning coast lines, amazing food and some golden sun then this is the tour for you! The only thing I would say is that there are definitely some steep ascents involved so if you're not feeling 100% energetic an e-bike might be a good option for you (as I opted for & highly appreciated - although all the others in my group who opted for a normal bike seemed fine with this option too so just a personal preference at the end of the day). I should also say, Raffaele, our driver was GREAT too. A fantastic trip - highly recommend and a big thank you to Alessandro, Raffaele and all at Exodus!!!!”
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“the trails are rough and tough, but the views are stunning . And make the
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5 - Excellent
“This trek coupled with excellent weather and brilliant company, ranks as one of the most enjoyable adventure tours we have undertaken in the past 10 years. It was challenging at times, and the days were usually long, but that first ice cold beer never tasted better. Constantly changing scenery, beautiful flowers and butterflies makes for a photographer’s paradise. Our advice if you love walking in stunning scenery is to do the trip while you can, the sense of achievement for us was as satisfying as completing Kilimanjaro.”
  • 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
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  • 15 nights hotels, 3 nights home stays, 2 nights yurts, 1 night cottage and 1 night guest house , All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 8 dinners included , All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 8 dinners
  • 23 days land only / flight inclusive
  • Travel by minibus
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Arrival transfers for any flight, departure transfers for group flights only
  • Single supplement available
  • Western tour leader throughout (plus a local guide in each country)
  • Any international flights to/from Ashgabat are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this The Five Stans of the Silk Road tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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A deposit of 300 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 0 days before departure. For any departures within 12 November 2019 full payment is required.

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.


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 travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CANCELLATION No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Five Stans of the Silk Road tour. You can cancel the tour up to 1 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 0 days of departure.
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