Five Golden Stans

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  • Explorer
  • Overland Journeys
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  • duration 29 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 12+ years old
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Ends Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • +20
Starting in Astana and ending in Tashkent, the "Five Golden Stans " tour is a guided explorer trip that takes 29 days. You will visit Darvaza, Karakol, Tashkent and 19 other destinations in 5 different countries. "Five Golden Stans " is a small group tour which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. See below for further details.

This incredible journey will take you through the five “Stans” of Central Asia, across mountains and steppes, treading in the footsteps of those who travelled the ancient Silk Road with their caravans winding trails through the deserts, exchanging their wares and ideas, which has led to the extraordinary melting pot of cultures that exists in the region today.
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Based on 1 review
  • Jenny Carter
  • From Australia
  • On Nov 14 2019
5 - Excellent
Well done Sundowners!
“Just back from the Five Golden Stans trip. Great group of travellers and Anya was a fantastic guide. The trip was exciting, challenging, invigorating, educational and culturally different. Would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about a part of the world which is unknown to Westerners. Be prepared to experience wonderful culture, great food and the friendliest and most hospitable people. Previously, The Persian Caravan was my favorite journey, but the Five Golden Stans may just beat it! Well done Sundowners!”
  • Day 1: Nur-Sultan
  • Day 2: Nur-Sultan and to Almaty
  • Day 3: Almaty
  • Day 4: To Karakol Via Charyn Canyon
  • Day 5: Karakol
  • Day 6: Lake Issyk Kul and to Chon Kemin
  • Day 7: To Bishkek
  • Day 8: Bishkek - Ala Archa National Park
  • Day 9: Toktogul
  • Day 10: To Osh
  • Day 11: Kyzyl Bel Border to Khujand
  • Day 12: Khujand
  • Day 13: Khujand to Dushanbe
  • Day 14: Dushanbe
  • Day 15: Iskanderkul Lake and Penjikent
  • Day 16: To Samarkand
  • Day 17: Samarkand
  • Day 18: Bukhara
  • Day 19: Bukhara
  • Day 20: Bukhara
  • Day 21: Welcome to Turkmenistan
  • Day 22: To Ashgabat via Merv
  • Day 23: Ashgabat
  • Day 24: To Darvaza Crater
  • Day 25: to Khiva via Shavat Border
  • Day 26: Khiva
  • Day 27: Overnight train to Tashkent
  • Day 28: Tashkent
  • Day 29: Tashkent
  • 25 hotel / guesthouse (twin share) 1 tent2 train Optional single supplement available for hotel stays on this journey – prices available on request.
  • 27 breakfasts 4 lunches 8 dinners
  • All transfers including to and from the airport.
  • Comprehensive schedule of sightseeing with certified Local Guides. You’ll have a generous sprinkling of free time to relax or explore on your own.
  • An experienced Tour Leader accompanies the whole journey to keep your adventure on track. Local Guides are native to each destination and as certified professionals will share their immense knowledge with you. 24/7 support is available in the office and on the ground.
  • Any international flights to Astana and from Tashkent 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 Five Golden Stans 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 Five Golden Stans tour. You can cancel the tour up to 78 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 77 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 04 December 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 04 December 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 77 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Five Golden Stans 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 Five Golden Stans 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.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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