Central Silk Route

Ashgabat - Bishkek

30 days through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan
FROM: $3455 USD + 1,000 USD Kitty
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Russian Bus
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 10 nights
Camping without facilities 2 nights
Basic Hotel 5 nights
Yurt Camp 3 nights
Homestay 5 nights
Wild Camp 4 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 26, Lunches x 9, Dinners x 12
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
AKY
Deposit:
$290 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

If there are two, must see Central Asian countries on the Silk Route, they are Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan; two very different destinations with a mutual history stretching from antiquity to the days of the Soviet Union.

Uzbekistan is the more visited of the two, because of its fabulous culture and Islamic architectural splendour. The cities of Khiva, Bukhara and fabled Samarkand are really unrivalled. Each has its own unique flavour, history and monuments. The sheer grandeur and colour of Samarkand make it peerless, whereas the quiet beauty of Bukhara and the tranquillity of Khiva make both unmissable.

Kyrgyzstan is about the vast mountains, valleys and lakes of the Tian Shan Mountains and the nomadic horsemen that live there, who become our hosts and guides. It's a wonderful place for hiking and riding. Add in the deserts of Turkmenistan and the bizarre Darvaza Crater and you have an epic journey.

Explore the unique Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour
Wild camp near the 'Door to Hell' Darvaza Crater
Overland in to the Karakum desert
Explore the ruined city of Kunye Urgench
Guided tour of the ancient and beautiful city of Khiva
3 nights in Bukhara with guided tour of the many unique sites
Overnight in the Kyzylkum Desert staying in yurts
Guided tour of the historic city of Samarkand and surrounding area

An easy relaxed pace with plenty of hotels, yurt home stays and beautiful wild camps. Off the beaten track travel, day hikes and horse riding mixed with city and cultural tours to make this a well balanced and fascinating journey.

Explore the unique and bizarre Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour of the city

See the bizarre and incredible burning gas crater at Darvaza popularly known as the 'Door to Hell'

Overland into the green Oxus Valley to the ancient ruined city of Kunye Urgench

Guided City Tour of Khiva
Explore the incredibly photogenic blue palace of Tash Khovli in Khiva
Day 1 - Ashgabat (18th April 2021)

Border Information: if joining in Ashgabat, you will most likely enter Turkmenistan at Ashgabat International Airport (IATA code: ASB).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting.

After the meeting we will have an included tour of the city of Ashgabat using local minibuses.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Ashgabat before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Ashgabat. If arriving at Ashgabat airport you will also need to have a confirmed arrival transfer and representative from our local supplier to meet you at the airport. Please contact your sales agent for prices and to book.

*Important note - any tobacco products are practically illegal in Turkmenistan, so please do not bring them or use them in Turkmenistan. Also please do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the unique and bizarre Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour of the city
Included
Day 2 - Darvaza (19th April 2021)
Day 3 - Kunye Urgench (20th April 2021)
Day 4 - Khiva (21st April 2021)
Day 5 - Khiva (22nd April 2021)
Day 6 - Bukhara (23rd April 2021)
Day 7 - Bukhara (24th April 2021)
Day 8 - Bukhara (25th April 2021)
Day 9 - Kyzylkhum Desert (26th April 2021)
Day 10 - Samarkand (27th April 2021)
Day 11 - Samarkand (28th April 2021)
Day 12 - Samarkand (29th April 2021)
Day 13 - Tashkent (30th April 2021)
Day 14 - Tashkent (1st May 2021)
Day 15 - Tashkent (2nd May 2021)
Day 16 - Fergana Valley (3rd May 2021)
Day 17 - Arslanbob (4th May 2021)
Day 18 - Arslanbob (5th May 2021)
Day 19 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (6th May 2021)
Day 20 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (7th May 2021)
Day 21 - Son-Kol Lake (8th May 2021)
Day 22 - Son-Kol Lake (9th May 2021)
Day 23 - Kochkor (10th May 2021)
Day 24 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (11th May 2021)
Day 25 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (12th May 2021)
Day 26 - Karakol (13th May 2021)
Day 27 - Chong Kemin Valley (14th May 2021)
Day 28 - Chong Kemin Valley (15th May 2021)
Day 29 - Bishkek (16th May 2021)
Day 30 - Bishkek (17th May 2021)

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18 Apr 21 Ashgabat
17 May 21 Bishkek

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