Ancient Silk Road Cities – The Five Stans

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    Discover the five former Soviet Republics of Central Asia


    • Spring & Autumn departures provide optimal comfort & experience
    • Take in the ancient Persian era fortress of Nisa
    • Journey through the central Tian Shan Mountains to the Chychkan Gorge
    • Immerse yourself in the important historic sites of Shakhrisabz
    • Drive spectacular mountain scenery & visit Bishkek
    • Uncover the history and culture of the fabled Silk Road cities, Samarkand and Bukhara
    • Marvel at Darvaza – one of the world’s more unusual sites in the Karakum Desert
    • Enjoy a visit to the ancient settlement of Kampyr-Tepe, the oldest site in Uzbekistan
    • Visit Merv, Turkmenistan’s most important UNESCO site
    • Enjoy the area around Iskanderkul Lake in the Fann Mountains
    • Experience the warm hospitality of the locals staying at genuine homestays

    Explore the lands that attracted Alexander the Great, boasting truly astonishing cultural, architectural and natural heritage. Surrounded by mystical deserts and towering mountains, discover the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia, the Five Stans. We begin our journey in the white marble adorned capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat. From here we venture out into the surrounding deserts to the ancient Persian era fortress of Nisa, the gas crater known as the “Door to Hell” at Darvaza and Merv, the site of a once grand oasis city on the ancient Silk Route. Uncover the fascinating medieval city of Bukhara, Uzbekistan and marvel at the ornate mosques and mausoleums of world famous Samarkand. In Tajikistan visit the impressive Ak-Saray Palace in Shakhrisabz and the southern town of Termez before heading north to the capital Dushanbe then retreating up into the cool of the Fann Mountains. Explore the rich and fertile Fergana Valley and gaze upon crystal clear alpine lakes in Kyrgyzstan before ending in Kazakhstan’s former capital, Almaty which lies in the foothills of the dramatic Trans-Lli Alatau, the northernmost mountain range of Tian Shan. Throughout the trip you’ll have the opportunity to spend time with the local people, learning about their history, age old traditions and ways of life. From the Silk Road cities and arid deserts to the towering mountain ranges and fertile valleys, this is an all encompassing journey for the ages. Our spring and autumn departures are set to provide the most comfortable travel experience, missing the intense summer heat.


    • 22 breakfasts and 6 dinners
    • Well located hotels on a twinshare basis
    • Local sightseeing and entrance fees as listed in itinerary
    • Comfortable local homestays/ guesthouses on a multi-share basis
    • Private air conditioned vehicle
    • Arrival & departure airport transfers
    • Expert bilingual guide (different in each country)

    Watch Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure | The Afrasiab Museum of Samarkand | ITV

    Contact us for a full day-by-day itinerary. 


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