The Five Stans of the Silk Road

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  • duration 23 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
  • Ends Almaty, Kazakhstan
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  • ‘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 in Ashgabat and end in Almaty, the tour The Five Stans Of The Silk Road is a guided local culture tour that takes 23 days. You will visit Ferghana Valley, Bukhara, Samarkand 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 [1] 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.[1] taxonomy/term/156
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“I did the first one back around 2002. It was fantastic. I had a great time. I shared my accom with a Scot from Glasgow, who was an interesting character, I'll leave it at that. We started in Vilnius and ended in Tallinn. By the look of the 2016 course guide it looks similar to 2002, just in reverse. There were only 5 of us, including Paulius our local leader from Klaepedia. The scenery was great. Lots of stone cottages, stone walls and roosting storks on farmhouse chimneys. The pace was nice and easy, no big hills to negotiate although a few long gradual climbs, that got the cardio system pumping. Back then you needed a separate visa to enter Latvia, but not the other 2 countries. This may have changed, if not don't think you can wing it at the border. It cost me a lost day in Vilnius, Lithuania while I negotiated with the Latvian embassy to get a visa after paying "an emergency process fee" in USD to the official who finally issued my visa.”
  • 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
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • 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 Ashgabat and from Almaty 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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No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Five Stans of the Silk Road tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


A deposit of 628 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 03 August 2020 full payment is required.

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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.

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