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
The trip The Five Stans Of The Silk Road starts from Ashgabat and ends in Almaty. This is a local culture trip that takes 23 days. You will travel through Dushanbe, Arslanbob, Termez and 10 other destinations visiting Tanzania, Kazakhstan and 4 more countries. This is a guided small group tour. The trip includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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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Based on 4279 reviews
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“A true trip of discovery and adventure. Made exceptional by the quality of the guides, welcome of local people and beautiful, varied scenery of the volcano hikes.  Not to mention the opportunity to visit unspoilt, isolated regions in this beautiful country.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“A fantastic trip with wonderful views of mountains in the Everest region.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“The trip is titled snow shoeing in Turkey but owing to the effects of global warming (?) there was no snow around Cappadocia for the first few days. Not that this deterred our guide, Tulga, who was exceptionally thorough, professional and well prepared. He had a Plan B for every eventuality and hence we had a most rewarding time walking, exploring and learning about the stunning region and rock chimneys.
On to the Taurus mountains where we really did have snow and it made for some quite spectacular walking and scenery. A lovely unspoilt locale and we were so privileged to be able to visit it. The expeditions were reasonably demanding and hence rewarding; neither was the activity of snowshoeing unduly technical.
With respect to the organisation, accommodation and food I have already commented on the exceptionally detailed organisation. Accommodation was mediocre in Goreme; better in the mountains with a wonderful climbing hut for communal eating and socialising; and finished off with a rather idiosyncratic but very comfortable hotel in Kyseri. Food was plentiful and wholesome; booze expensive relative to the food - but that probably reflects the lesser importance of alcohol in this part of Turkey.
In summary, a quite wonderful holiday experience enhanced by the most congenial company of fellow travellers.”
  • 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 565 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 29 April 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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