Central Silk Route

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  • duration 30 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 24
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Ends Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • +15
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Overland through Uzbekistan's Fergana Valley in local transport
  • See the silkweavers of the Fergana Valley
  • Stay in traditional felt yurts at the incredible Song Köl Lake
  • Experience the daily life of the Kyrgyz mountain shepherds
Starting and ending in Bishkek, the Central Silk Route trip is a guided adventure tour that takes 30 days. You will be touring through Karakol, Chong Kemin, Jeti Oguz and 14 other destinations in Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Central Silk Route is a group trip which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please check the package includes section for more details.

If there are two, must see Central Asian countries on the Silk Route, they are Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan; two very different destinations with a mutual history stretching from antiquity to the days of the Soviet Union.

Uzbekistan is the more visited of the two, because of its fabulous culture and Islamic architectural splendour. The cities of Khiva, Bukhara and fabled Samarkand are really unrivalled. Each has its own unique flavour, history and monuments. The sheer grandeur and colour of Samarkand make it peerless, whereas the quiet beauty of Bukhara and the tranquillity of Khiva make both unmissable.

Kyrgyzstan is about the vast mountains, valleys and lakes of the Tian Shan Mountains and the nomadic horsemen that live there, who become our hosts and guides. It's a wonderful place for hiking and riding. Add in the deserts of Turkmenistan and the bizarre Darvaza Crater and you have an epic journey.

5 - Excellent
Based on 16 reviews
Very Good
4 - Very Good
  • Judith H
  • On Oct 08 2018
“Great trip - enjoyed Kyrgyzstan”
5 - Excellent
  • Nitish U
  • On Aug 22 2018
“A fantastic trip overall with the most incredible facilitation through some magical locations. Well paced sections of the trip, lots to experience and a great time on Helena. Kyrgyzstan was stunning, especially the bush camping locations which were out of this world. The itinerary was well paced and allowed equal amounts of rest and active time which was much appreciated given the physical exertions on tour. Song Kol and Issy Kol locations were magical but also really enjoyed the hotel in Samarkand for a breather!”
5 - Excellent
  • Deborah H
  • On Aug 08 2018
“Yet again loved the trip. Particularly enjoyed Samarkand and the remoteness of Kyrgyzstan esecially Song Kul lake.”
5 - Excellent
  • David C
  • On Jul 08 2018
“Travelling through Kyrgyzstan was by far the most scenic and interesting.”
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  • Day 1: Bishkek
  • Day 2: Chong Kemin Valley
  • Day 3: Chong Kemin Valley
  • Day 4: Karakol
  • Day 5: Jeti-Oguz Valley
  • Day 6: Jeti-Oguz Valley
  • Day 7: Kochkor
  • Day 8: Son-Kol Lake
  • Day 9: Son-Kol Lake
  • Day 10: Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  • Day 11: Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  • Day 12: Arslanbob
  • Day 13: Arslanbob
  • Day 14: Fergana Valley
  • Day 15: Tashkent
  • Day 16: Tashkent
  • Day 17: Samarkand
  • Day 18: Samarkand
  • Day 19: Samarkand
  • Day 20: Kyzylkhum Desert
  • Day 21: Bukhara
  • Day 22: Bukhara
  • Day 23: Bukhara
  • Day 24: Khiva
  • Day 25: Khiva
  • Day 26: Kunye Urgench
  • Day 27: Darvaza
  • Day 28: Ashgabat
  • Day 29: Ashgabat
  • Day 30: Ashgabat
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Russian Bus
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
  • Comfortable Hotel 10 nights
  • Wild Camp 7 nights
  • Basic Hotel 5 nights
  • Homestay 2 nights
  • Yurt Camp 3 nights
  • Camping without facilities 2 nights
  • 52 Breakfasts
  • 18 Lunches
  • 24 Dinners
  • Any international flights to/from Bishkek 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 Central Silk Route 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 Central Silk Route tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 21 June 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 21 June 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Central Silk Route 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 Central Silk Route 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.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

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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