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.
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
• 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
GROUP TOUR from £1426 for 10 days