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The Five Stans of the Silk Road

From £3349 for 23 days
Trip Overview

Vast deserts, rolling steppe, fertile valleys and majestic mountains form the backdrop to the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia which are commonly known as the five Stans. Amongst this changing and varied landscape are traditional villages, ancient towns and modern cities which tell a tale of advancing Greek and Persian armies, marauding Mongolian hordes, traders selling their wares along the Silk Road, philosophers, astronomers, Communist experiments and post-Soviet eccentrics. Journey past giant burning gas pits, intrinsically tiled mosques, alpine lakes bordered by yurt camps, grand monuments, rural villages and colourful markets on this epic trip through the heart of Central Asia.

Essential Info
Starts: Ashgabat
Ends: Almaty
Ages: Min 16
Theme: Discovery, Expedition
Trip Code: EAXK
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan
What's Included


All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 8 dinners includedCommon dishes in the region include shish-kebabs and plov which you’ll probably see plenty of


23 days land only / flight inclusive Travel by minibus


Trip Highlights

•   Stand face-to-face with the ‘Door to Hell’, Turkmenistan's giant burning gas pit

•   See Islamic architecture and ruins along the great Silk Road

•   Visit the villages and lakes of the Fann and Tien Shan Mountains

•   Learn the history of traders, preachers and invaders along the Silk Road

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Departing: 1st Jun 2019
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Itinerary & Notes
Arrive at Ashgabat at any time. The group flights usually arrive very late at night (around 2 am). Please note that it is obligatory by Turkmen law for tourists to have an arrival transfer booked from the airport. If you are not joining the group transfer you will, therefore, need to pre-book a private arrival transfer. *Hotel Ak Altyn or similar*  
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