The Five Stans of The Silk Road

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  • duration 21 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-36122
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Ends Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Fann Mountains - Walk amongst wild mountain scenery
  • The Silk Road - Discover the ancient cities of Khiva, Bokhara and Samarkand
  • Darvaza - Peer into the the cavern that's been aflame since 1971
Start in Bishkek and end in Ashgabat, the trip "The Five Stans Of The Silk Road" is a guided city sightseeing trip that takes 21 days. You will visit Karakol, Bukhara, Bishkek and 10 other destinations in 5 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.

Traverse mountains pocketed with turquoise alpine lakes, drive through lush fertile valleys and zip across dry and dusty desert plains by high-speed train. This is an all-encompassing, ever-changing journey through the 5 'Stans of Central Asia.

Fann Mountains - Walk amongst wild mountain scenery and snap the picture-perfect 'Seven Lakes'

The Silk Road - Travel along ancient routes and discover the intricate architecture of Khiva, Bokhara and Samarkand

Darvaza - Peer into the 'Door to Hell', the underground cavern that's been aflame since 1971
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  • Day 1 : Join trip in Bishkek and have an afternoon exploring the city
  • Day 2 : Drive to Burana Tower and visit a stadium for horse games. Drive onto Chon Kemin
  • Day 3 : Learn how to make Kyrgyz fried bread. Then drive onto Lake Issyk Kul to sleep in a yurt
  • Day 4 : Explore Skazka Canyon on foot and then drive onto Karakol for a city tour
  • Day 5 : Cross the border into Kazakhstan and explore Charyn Canyon before driving to Almaty
  • Day 6 : Tour the wide boulevards and green parks of Almaty
  • Day 7 : Morning flight to Dushanbe. Afternoon orientation tour of the city
  • Day 8 : Further exploration of Dushanbe including Navruz Palace and the market
  • Day 9 : Full day drive into the Fann Mountains. Picnic stop for a scenic lunch and walk to a waterfall
  • Day 10 : Drive to the 'Seven Lakes' for a half day walk among the picturesque lakes
  • Day 11 : Drive to historic Samarkand to discover Registan Square and Gur Emir Mausoleum
  • Day 12 : More highlights of Samarkand and free time in the afternoon
  • Day 13 : Morning train to Bukhara, discover blue-tiled domes and minarets; learn about the city's history
  • Day 14 : Another day exploring Bukhara
  • Day 15 : Drive from Bukhara to Khiva
  • Day 16 : A full day wandering the narrow streets of the 'Open Air Museum' of Khiva
  • Day 17 : Drive west to the outpost of Nukus, stopping at the Savitsky Museum en route
  • Day 18 : Cross the border into Turkmenistan and drive onto Darvaza to camp by the flaming crater
  • Day 19 : Continue onto Ashgabat, stopping via the Erbent Desert community
  • Day 20 : In Ashgabat, visit Nisa Fortress and Gypjak Mosque
  • Day 21 : Trip ends in Ashgabat
  • 20 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • B Hotel Bishkek (1 night)
  • Kemin Guesthouse (1 night)
  • Sonun Yurt Camp (1 night)
  • Reina Kench Guesthouse (1 night)
  • Kazzhol Hotel (2 nights)
  • Shumon Hotel (2 nights)
  • Hotel Umarion (2 nights)
  • Hotel Registon Saroy (2 nights)
  • Hotel Sasha & Son (2 nights)
  • Orient Star Khiva (2 nights)
  • Hotel Jipek Joli (1 night)
  • Darvaza Camp (1 night)
  • Hotel Sport (2 nights)
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • Flight
  • Train
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Local Guide(s)
  • 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:
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Five Stans of The Silk Road tour. You can cancel the tour up to 63 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 62 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 10 August 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 10 August 2023, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 62 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.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be either fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure or have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR)  within 72 hours of departure.
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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