The Five Stans of the Silk Road

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4.9 Based on 10 Reviews
  • duration 23 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-10781
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
  • Ends Almaty, Kazakhstan
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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
Start in Ashgabat and end in Almaty, the tour "Five Stans Of The Silk Road" is a guided local culture tour that takes 23 days. You will visit Shakhrisabz, Dushanbe, Kyzyl Oi and 12 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. Among 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 wares along the Silk Road, philosophers, astronomers, Communist experiments and post-Soviet eccentrics. Journey past giant burning gas pits, intricately 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.

Looking to travel in September 2024?We have very limited space on this trip in September. We currently have some space remaining on these alternative Central Asia trips:The Silk Road (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan)- 18/19 September
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  • Day 1: Start Ashgabat
  • Day 2: Ashgabat to Darvaza Crater
  • Day 3: Nisa and Ashgabat
  • Day 4: To Mary
  • Day 5: Merv and to Bukhara, Uzbekistan
  • Day 6: Bukhara
  • Day 7: Bukhara to Samarkand
  • Day 8: Full day sightseeing in Samarkand
  • Day 9: Shakhrisabz and Boysun.
  • Day 10: Boysun and Sangardak Waterfall
  • Day 11: Cross into Tajikistan; on to Dushanbe.
  • Day 12: Into the Fann Mountains and Iskanderkul Lake.
  • Day 13: Istravashan and Khujand
  • Day 14: Fergana Valley in Uzbekistan
  • Day 15: To Osh and Arslan Bob in Kyrgyzstan
  • Day 16: Full day in Arslanbob
  • Day 17: Chychkn Gorge
  • Day 18: Kyzyl Oi Village
  • Day 19 - 20: To Son Kul Lake
  • Day 21: Bishkek
  • Day 22: Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Day 23: End Almaty
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, three lunches and eight dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Arrival transfers for any flight, departure transfers for group flights only
  • Western tour leader throughout (plus a local guide in each country)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
4.9 - 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
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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 93 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 92 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 23 May 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 23 May 2024, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 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.


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.
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