23D Central Asia ~ Multi-Stan Adventure

23D Central Asia Multi-Stan Adventure
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, UzbekistanCulture, Landscapes

Classic adventure from USD $3,099 per person
Trip prices DO NOT include international airfare & airport taxes.

With their reputation for welcoming visitors and their unique cultural footprint, the countries of Central Asia will remind you why you travel. This comprehensive 23-day tour will take you through all the 'Stans we visit, offering a fascinating glimpse at a beautiful part of the world most travellers miss. Stay at unique homestays, sleep in traditional yurts, discover the breathtaking mountain and desert scenery, enjoy free time in the Uzbek city of Tashkent, and roam gorgeous buildings built centuries ago.

See Central Asia with a group of like-minded adventurers and an expert Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and cross off an entire and unexpected region of the world from your must-see list.

23 Days
From USD 3,099Per Person

Trip Itinerary

Arrive at any time.

Take a city tour of Almaty including the the historical centre, the Zenkov Cathedral and the Monument of Independence. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Opt to climb green hill for a panoramic view or visit the local market.

Meals included: Breakfast

Drive via scenic Charyn Canyon to take in more of the Kazakh landscape. Reach the border and cross into Kyrgyzstan. Enjoy an evening in Karakol.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Visit the Prejevalskiy Museum then drive to Kizil Tuu. Stop en route for a swim in the lake. In Kizil Tuu learn how to built a yurt before continuing on to Kochkor.

Meals included: Breakfast

Visit a felt-making workshop to learn more about this typical Kyrgyz craft. Opt to pick up a carpet or two. Continue on to the scenic Song Kul area and stay overnight in a traditional yurt for a true cultural experience.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Spend a full day soaking in this beautiful area. Opt to head out for some hiking or horseback riding. Enjoy another night in a yurt.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Continue on into the scenic valley of Chong-Kemin. Stay in the local CBT (community based tourism) houses and explore the village. Soak in the stunning scenery.

Meals included: Breakfast

Depart Chong-Kemin and stop at one of Kyrgyzstan's oldest sights, the Burana Tower. Learn more about the ancient structure (rare in a nomadic culture) before continuing on to the capital city of Bishkek for an afternoon city tour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Spend the morning in Bishkek to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Enjoy an evening in the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Visit some sights in the capital city of Dushanbe, including museums, monuments and the main mosque. After lunch, drive through the valleys and mountains of the area for an overnight in local homes in the stunningly beautiful Iskanderkul area. Meet the locals and explore this gorgeous landscape in the Fann Mountains.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Spend a full day exploring. Opt to hike in the mountains to an impressive waterfall. After a picnic lunch, return to Sarytag village.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Continue on to Istaravshan and visit an ancient settlement in Ura-Tube. Enjoy an optional lunch in a local chaikhana (teahouse) before driving to Khujand. Explore the city in the afternoon, visiting the museum and a mausoleum.

Meals included: Breakfast

Visit the Khujand market (largest in Tajikistan) before continuing on to the border. Cross into Uzbekistan and drive to the capital city of Tashkent. Enjoy a short orientation walk in the evening before an optional dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore.

Travel on to Samarkand. Take an orientation walk and opt to visit the Amir Timur Mausoleum.

Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a city tour and visit to the Registan. Opt to check out the Guri Amir Mausoleum, Tomb of the Prophet Daniel, and the Registan minarets. Use some free time to wander the bazaar or visit more sights before indulging in dinner with a local family, complete with a plov-making demo.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Travel out into the desert to visit the Nurata Shrine and remains of the Alexander the Great fortress. Continue on for an evening in a local yurt camp. Opt to ride a camel or enjoy an evening Kazakh singing show.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Travel to Bukhara, one of the most charming cities in the country. Opt to visit the old city bazaars, have dinner with a local family, or visit a traditional hammam (bathhouse).

Meals included: Breakfast

Take a half-day guided walk around the beautifully restored mosques, madrassas, and covered markets that make up the Old City.

Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a full day's travel through the desert to reach UNESCO-listed Khiva. Get to know the place on a late afternoon walking tour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a guided tour of the city with free time to experience the local life. Opt to browse the shops, wander the lanes, examine handmade silk rugs, or sit in a café in this ancient historical town. Later, take an overnight train to Tashkent, travelling alongside the locals.

Meals included: Breakfast

Arrive back in Tashkent and enjoy a city tour or explore on your own with some free time.

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style Classic
All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level Standard
Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating Average
Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type Small Group
Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12.

Age requirement 12+
All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Trip Cost

Price per person in USD dollars

  • USD $3,099 ~ Adult Twin

Inclusions

  • City tour (Almaty)
  • Charyn Canyon stop
  • Karakol city tour (half-day)
  • Yurt building presentation (Kizil Tuu)
  • Felt-making workshop visit
  • Yurt stay (Song Kul)
  • Community-based tourism (CBT) stay
  • Burana Tower visit
  • Half-day city tour (Bishkek)
  • Dushanbe city tour
  • Local home stay (Iskanderkul, 2 nts)
  • Hikes and picnic lunch
  • Mug Teppe settlement visit (Ura-Tube)
  • City tour (Khujand)
  • Khujand market visit
  • City tour (Tashkent)
  • Orientation walk (Samarkand)
  • City tour including a Registan visit
  • Plov-making demonstration and dinner with a local family
  • Nurata Shrine visit
  • Alexander the Great fortress visit
  • Desert yurt stay (Aydar Kŭl)
  • Guided walking tour (half-day, Bukhara)
  • Walking tours (Khiva)
  • Internal flight
  • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodations: Standard hotels/guesthouses (15 nights), yurts (3 nights), CBT homestays (3 nights), sleeper train (1 night).
  • Meals: 20 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners. Allow USD $345-450 for meals not included.
  • Transportation: Private vehicles, plane, train, walking.
  • Staff & experts: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

Trip Dates

  • Tue, 17 May - Wed, 08 Jun, 2016
  • Tue, 07 Jun - Wed, 29 Jun
  • Tue, 21 Jun - Wed, 13 Jul
  • Tue, 05 Jul - Wed, 27 Jul
  • Tue, 05 Jul - Wed, 27 Jul
  • Tue, 19 Jul - Wed, 10 Aug
  • Tue, 09 Aug - Wed, 31 Aug
  • Tue, 23 Aug - Wed, 14 Sep
  • Tue, 06 Sep - Wed, 28 Sep
  • Tue, 20 Sep - Wed, 12 Oct, 2016

Trip Map

Trip map for 23D Central Asia ~ Multi-Stan Adventure

Trip map for 23D Central Asia ~ Multi-Stan Adventure

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