- duration 30 days
- tour type Group
- tour_type Group tour
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 18+ years old
- age_requirement 18+ years old
- 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 KÃ¶l Lake
- Experience the daily life of the Kyrgyz mountain shepherds
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.
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.Payment
For any tour departures within 18 March 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 18 March 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.Visa
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.