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The Five Stans of the Silk Road

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  • Booking Type Instant booking
  • duration 26 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-18975
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Ends Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Embark on the ultimate road trip across 5 countries in central Asia.
  • Browse the stalls of markets and local shops.
  • Stay overnight in traditional yurts and camps.
  • Camp under the stars near the Darvaza crater and witness the gates of Hell.
  • Traverse mountains–forests and desert.
Starting in Bishkek and ending in Ashgabat, the trip "The Five Stans Of The Silk Road" is a guided city sightseeing trip that takes 26 days. You will visit Ashgabat, Tamga Village, Song Kul and 7 other destinations in 4 different countries. "The Five Stans Of The Silk Road" is a small group trip which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. See below for further details.

See all the 'stans (well, most of them) on this comprehensive 26-day tour through Central Asia. Learn about nomadic life in Song Köl, explore natural landscapes like Kaindy Lake's sunken forest, and witness the hustle and bustle of capital cities and their bazaars, cathedrals, and historical sites. Along the way, you'll sleep like the locals do in homestays and yurts to get even closer to this underexplored destination.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Bishkek
  • Day 2: Bishkek/Chong-Kemin
  • Day 3: Chong-Kemin/Song Kul
  • Day 4: Song Kul/Tamga
  • Day 5: Tamga/Jety-Oguz
  • Day 6: Jety-Oguz/Karakol
  • Day 7: Karakol/Saty Village
  • Day 8: Saty Village/Almaty
  • Day 9: Almaty/Dushanbe
  • Day 10: Dushanbe/Kuli Iskandarkul
  • Day 11: Kuli Iskandarkul
  • Day 12: Kuli Iskandarkul/Khujand
  • Day 13: Khujand/Tashkent
  • Day 14: Tashkent
  • Day 15: Tashkent/Samarkand
  • Day 16: Samarkand
  • Day 17: Samarkand/Aydar Kŭl Camp
  • Day 18: Aydar Kŭl Camp/Bukhara
  • Day 19: Bukhara
  • Day 20: Bukhara/Khiva
  • Day 21: Khiva
  • Day 22: Khiva/Dashoguz
  • Day 23: Dashoguz/Darvaza
  • Day 24: Darvaza/Ashgabat
  • Day 25: Ashgabat
  • Day 26: Ashgabat
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Standard hotels/guesthouses (20 nts), yurts (4 nts), homestay (1 nt).
Meals
  • 25 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 9 dinners
    Note: Allow USD490-640 for meals not included.
Transport
  • Private vehicles, plane, walking.
Guide
  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.
Included activities
  • Your G for Good Moment: Yurt Building Demonstration
  • Barskoon
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Bishkek
  • Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in a Yurt
  • Song Köl
  • Your Local Living Moment: Tamga Village Stay
  • Tamga
  • Your Local Living Moment: Community Homestay
  • Kuli Iskandarkul
  • Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in a Yurt
  • Aydar Kŭl Camp
  • Half-day city tour (Bishkek)
  • Burana Tower visit (Bishkek)
  • Przhevalsky Museum visit (Karakol)
  • Yurt building presentation (Kizil Tuu)
  • Saty village stay
  • City tour (Almaty)
  • Charyn Canyon Visit
  • City tour (Dushanbe)
  • Waterfall hike (Kŭli Iskandarkŭl)
  • City tour (Khujand)
  • Mug Yepe Visit (Istaravshan)
  • Market visit (Khujand)
  • City tour (Samarkand)
  • Walking tour (Bukhara)
  • Chashma Complex and Holy Spring Visit (Nurata)
  • Fortress of Alexander the Great visit (Nurata)
  • City tour (Bukhara)
  • Khiva Ancient City tour
  • City tour (Tashkent)
  • Felt-making workshop visit
  • Hikes and picnic lunch
  • Daravaz gas crater ("Door to Hell") visit
  • Erbent visit
  • City tour (Ashgabat)
  • Internal flight
  • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Bishkek and from Ashgabat 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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REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
  • Personal Itinerary can be tweaked and customized.
  • Protected Travel within your own bubble.
  • Professional Access our Travel Specialists' insider knowledge.
  • Privacy Enjoy a tour focused solely on you or your travel group.
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CANCELLATION

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.

Payment

For any tour departures within 13 October 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 13 October 2022, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 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.

Visa

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.

Age Requirement

minimum 12 years old

Does this trip suit me?
  • 1. Trip Type : Small Group Group trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip.
  • 2. Travel Style : Classic All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • 3. Service Level : Standard Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
  • 4. Physical Grading : 3 - Average Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
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.
  • Elevated hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
  • This tour requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before your departure day or have a negative PCR test within 96 hours before your departure day.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • Is Asia open for tourists?

    Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.

    As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.

     

  • What is the best time of year to go to Turkmenistan?

    The best time to visit Turkmenistan is between March and June, when the weather is mild and pleasant, and most areas of the country are open and accessible, or between October and December, when the summer heat tapers off and the fall weather sets in, making it pleasant for outdoor exploration. The weather in Turkmenistan between July and September is often extremely hot, making it difficult to engage in any outdoor activities. The other low season is between December and March, when the winter sets in, but if you don’t mind the winter cold, you can still visit the country during this period.

  • How to plan an Asia tour?

    Asia is a relatively large continent, so there are a wide variety of destinations to explore. Therefore, if you are planning a multi-country trip to Asia, the first thing you need to prepare is the list of countries you are interested in along with your starting and ending points. You would also need to decide on the best time for your trip depending on seasonal variations that affect each country. 

    After finalizing when and where to travel in Asia, you should make arrangements for all the necessary travel documents. These would include visas, insurances, Covid-19 test reports, vaccine cards, and so on.

     

  • Which countries should I visit in Asia?

    Asia has more than enough destinations to meet every traveler’s needs and desires. If you are into adventure, look no further than the mighty Himalayas. Go on an exhilarating hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, or head for the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh instead. Thailand, with its blend of dazzling nightlife, rich history, and striking monuments, is the perfect destination not just for those who wish to let their hair down but also for travelers looking forward to being part of a memorable cultural experience. 

    Go on a tour to Cambodia, home to the monumental Angkor Wat, if you are into off-the-beaten-path destinations, or choose a Japan tour if you wish to discover how traditions and modernity can be seamlessly blended. The Maldives, with its numerous islands and beaches, is sure to provide you with countless opportunities to kick back on sandy stretches, swim in turquoise waters, and go island-hopping, while the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. 

     

  • What country in Asia is fluent in English?

    English is a widely spoken language in Asia, which means that you would not have much difficulty conversing with locals during your trip. Singapore ranks the highest in terms of its proficiency in the English language. The Philippines comes second, followed by Malaysia. Other countries where you will not face much trouble if you can speak English are South Korea, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia. 

    You will find that English is part of life of a section of the population in all these countries. They have road signs in English (along with those in their native languages) as well as English newspapers. Public announcements are often translated into English in these countries, and it is not difficult to come across store banners and product labels written in the language. In addition to all this, locals are also accustomed to tourists, which means they can at least carry out basic conversations in the language. 

    However, please keep in mind that it is the urban population in the continent that has had the most exposure to the language and is better at communicating in it. The more you travel to the countryside, the fewer English speakers you will meet.  

     

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