The Five Stans of The Silk Road

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  • duration 21 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • 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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  • An epic 3 week journey through the Silk Road highlights of the fabled Five Stans
  • Walk amongst wild mountain scenery in the Fann Mountains
  • Discover the ancient cities of Khiva, Bokhara and Samarkand
The tour "The Five Stans Of The Silk Road" starts in Bishkek and ends in Ashgabat. This is a city sightseeing tour that takes 21 days. You will travel through Penjikent, Samarkand, Karakol and 10 other destinations visiting Tajikistan, Uzbekistan 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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  • 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 and learn how to make Kyrgyz fried bread
  • Day 3 : 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 : Free day in Khiva; Optional day trip to Nukus and the Savitsky Museum
  • 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, 4 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Freedom Hotel (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)
  • Hotel Asia Khiva (3 nights)
  • Darvaza Camp (1 night)
  • Sport 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. World Nomads' travel insurance has been designed by travelers for travelers.
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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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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 15 September 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 15 September 2024, 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. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


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.
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