- Experience the highlights of all five of the Central Asian Stans
- Explore the city of Almaty, former capital of Kazakhstan
- Discover the world of intrigue that was the Great Game
- Visit the colourful bazaars and architectural wonders of Samarkand and Bukhara
Travelling through Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, this is a journey full of remarkable contrasts to a region that is still largely undiscovered and explored. Each 'stan' is quite different both in its physical geography, each has its own character, and this tour will allow you to discover this. Mountains and markets, sights and sounds, people and personal encounters make this journey a mosaic of experiences.
Central Asia is an important crossroads of trading routes. Begin in Bishkek, settled in the shadows of the imposing Tien Shan Mountains. Continue into Almaty, Kazakhstan's trading and cultural hub. From here, fly to Dushanbe, situated on the Varzob River, is the capital of Tajikistan, also visit Khujand, one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. Next, cross into Uzbekistan, with its stunning architecture and hospitable people, this is sure to be a highlight of your journey. Finish the trip in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, known for its white marble buildings and magnificent national monuments.
Why should I join this Central Asia group tour?
Our group tour to Central Asia has been created to allow you to see the highlights of each of the five countries visited. For the geographer, this region offers everything from congregations of mountains, steppe grasslands and deserts. There will also be the opportunity to meet the local nomadic peoples, who call this region home.
In addition, you will be accompanied throughout by group tour expert, Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi who is a Research Associate in the Department of the History of Art at SOAS, University of London. She has been leading group tours over central Asia, India, Pakistan and Lebanon for over three years and will be a great addition to this group tour.
Is this group tour suitable for solo travellers?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a tour expert.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
What is the accommodation like in Central Asia?
Accommodation will vary along the route. There are a couple of smaller guesthouses, with private bathrooms, through to larger more sophisticated 4-star hotels in the major towns and cities.
What is the food like in Central Asia?
Meals will vary throughout and will include western-style breakfasts and local cuisine in all countries for lunch and dinner. Therefore, you will not need to worry about the 'extreme' dishes you may have read about.
What are the roads like in Central Asia?
Generally, good tarmac roads throughout but there may be times where roads are slightly bumpy.
Is there a dress code in Central Asia?
No, there is no dress code for any of the countries visited. You should be prepared for possible colder weather when crossing the mountains. You should dress for comfort taking some additional clothes so these can be layered. Good, worn-in shoes are advised.
Can I extend my stay in Central Asia?
Yes, this can easily be arranged at the end or the beginning of the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing. Speak to one of our experts for possible suggestions on what extensions would complement this tour.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.