The Five Stans of The Silk Road

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  • duration 21 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Ends Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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The tour "The Five Stans Of The Silk Road" starts from Bishkek and ends in Ashgabat. This is a city sightseeing tour that takes 21 days. You will travel through Kochkor, Khiva, Penjikent and 11 other destinations visiting Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and 3 more countries. This is a guided small group tour. The tour includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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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  • On Jul 02 2020
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  • Day 1 : Join trip in Bishkek and have an afternoon exploring the city
  • Day 2 : Morning visit to Osh Bazaar before driving out to Ala Archa National Park
  • Day 3 : Drive to Burana Tower and visit a stadium for horse games. Drive onto Kochkor
  • Day 4 : Learn how to make Kyrgyz fried bread. Then drive onto Lake Issyk Kul to sleep in a yurt
  • Day 5 : Explore Jet Oguz gorge on foot and then drive onto Karakol for a city tour
  • Day 6 : Cross the border into Kazakhstan and explore Charyn Canyon before driving to Almaty
  • Day 7 : Tour the wide boulevards and green parks of Almaty
  • Day 8 : Morning flight to Dushanbe. Afternoon orientation tour of the city
  • Day 9 : Further exploration of Dushanbe including Navruz Palace and the market
  • Day 10 : Full day drive into the Fann Mountains. Picnic stop for a scenic lunch and walk to a waterfall
  • Day 11 : Drive to the 'Seven Lakes' for a half day walk among the picturesque lakes
  • Day 12 : Drive to historic Samarkand to discover Registan Square and Gur Emir Mausoleum
  • Day 13 : A further morning to explore Samarkand before catching the high speed train to Bokhara
  • Day 14 : In Bokhara, discover blue-tiled domes and minarets; learn about the city's history
  • Day 15 : Another morning of exploring Bokhara before taking the high-speed train to Khiva
  • Day 16 : A full day to wander 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, 5 Dinners
  • B Hotel Bishkek (2 nights)
  • Nomad Lodge (1 night)
  • Tamga Yurt Camp (1 night)
  • Reina Kench Guesthouse (1 night)
  • Kazzhol Hotel (2 nights)
  • Hotel Atlas (2 nights)
  • Hotel Umarion (2 nights)
  • Hotel Malika Classic (1 night)
  • Hotel Sasha & Son (2 nights)
  • Orient Star Khiva (2 nights)
  • Hotel Jipek Joli (1 night)
  • Darvaza Camp (1 night)
  • Grand Turkmen Hotel (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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No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Five Stans of The Silk Road tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 18 December 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 18 December 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 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 travelling 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.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Various COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this trip to ensure the safety of each traveller.
  • This tour has implemented COVID-19 protocols that are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations. It amongst others take into account personal protection, extensive disinfecting and social distancing measures.
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