From  £3570
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Visit Independence Square in Tashkent
  • Discover Khiva's Jumma Mosque
  • Drive through the Kyzyl-Kum desert
  • Explore Bukhara's Poi-Kalan complex
  • Take an overnight train to Turkestan
  • Shop for souvenirs at Osh Bazaar
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Central Asia Explored

19 Day Tour, from £3570 per person

Central Asia is perfect for those wanting an adventure into the historical Silk Road lands, where Europe meets Asia. This new individual itinerary links the three Central Asia countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Over 19-days explore the must-see sights of Samarkand as well as the often overlooked capital of Tashkent, drive through Uzbekistan's Kyzyl-Kum desert to the mausoleums and madrassahs of Bukhara, take the overnight train to Kazakhstan to explore Turkestan and Almaty, and discover the alpine meadows and flowing brooks of Kyrgyzstan's Ala Archa Valley National Park.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO TASHKENT
FLY TO TASHKENT
Fly to Tashkent.
DAY 2
TASHKENT
TASHKENT
Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy a half day walking tour of Tashkent, taking in the Old City, Brak-Khan Madrassah, Yunus-Khan mausoleum, Museum of Applied Art, Independence Square, Friendship People's Square and the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet. (B)
DAY 3
TASHKENT TO KHIVA
TASHKENT TO KHIVA
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Urgench. On arrival transfer to Khiva and check in to the hotel for two nights. (B)
DAY 4
KHIVA
KHIVA
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Khiva including Ichan-Kala, Mohammed-Amin Khan Madrassah, Kunya Ark, Paklavan Mahmud complex, Islam Khoja Madrassah and the Jumma Mosque. (B)
DAY 5
KHIVA TO BUKHARA
KHIVA TO BUKHARA
Drive through the Kyzyl-Kum desert to Bukhara, which takes around 7 hours. En route stop on the banks of the Amu Darya River, which hugs the Uzbek-Turkmen border. Arrive in Bukhara and transfer to the hotel for three nights. (B)
DAY 6
BUKHARA
BUKHARA
Enjoy a full day tour of Bukhara including the main highlights: Samanids Mausoleum; Chashma Ayub Mazar; Poi-Kalan complex; Ulugbek Madrassah; Lyabi-Hauz complex; Bolo Khauz Mosque and the Ark Citadel. (B)
DAY 7
BUKHARA
BUKHARA
Continue sightseeing in the ancient city of Bukhara. (B)
DAY 8
BUKHARA TO SAMARKAND
BUKHARA TO SAMARKAND
Depart from Bukhara to Samarkand (a journey of around 5 hours) stopping en route in Shakhrisabz, once a major city of Central Asia and primarily known today as the birthplace of the 14th century conqueror Timur. Arrive in Samarkand, transfer to the hotel and check in for two nights. (B)
DAY 9
SAMARKAND
SAMARKAND
Full day tour of Samarkand including the Guri-Emir Mausoleum, Rukhabad Necropolis and the Registan Complex, Ulugbek Observatory, Bibi-Khanum Cathedral Mosque, Shakhi Zinda Mausoleum and the bazaar. (B)
DAY 10
SAMARKAND TO TURKESTAN
SAMARKAND TO TURKESTAN
Free morning in Samarkand before the transfer to Tashkent and the overnight train from Tashkent to Turkestan in Kazakhstan (please note that there are trains on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays). (B)
DAY 11
TURKESTAN
TURKESTAN
Arrive in Turkestan and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy a tour of Turkestan, an important stop on the Silk Road, which was founded over fifteen centuries ago. The Hodja Ahmed Yasavi Mausoleum in Turkestan is a place of pilgrimage for Central Asian Muslims. (B)
DAY 12
TURKESTAN TO TARAZ
TURKESTAN TO TARAZ
Take the morning excursion to the ghost city of Otrar, an ancient town on the Silk Road near the current town of Karatau in Kazakhstan. Otrar was destroyed by Genghis Khan in 1219 on one of his many vicious rampages. After a brief stop in Chimkent continue journey to Taraz. Overnight stay in Taraz. (B)
DAY 13
TARAZ TO ALMATY
TARAZ TO ALMATY
This morning transfer across the Kazakh steppe to the former capital of Kazakhstan; Almaty. On arrival check in to the hotel for three nights. (B)
DAY 14
ALMATY
ALMATY
Full day tour of Almaty including the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, see the golden armour of a Scythian warrior, Zenkov Cathedral and the Museum of National Musical Instruments. In the afternoon visit the Medeo Ice Skating Rink high in the mountains overlooking Almaty. (B)
DAY 15
CHARYN CANYON
CHARYN CANYON
Take a day excursion to Charyn Canyon, one of Kazakhstan's finest natural wonders. Here, walk in the valley with its extraordinary Grand Canyon-style rock sculptures and multi-coloured gorges.(B)
DAY 16
ALMATY TO BISHKEK
ALMATY TO BISHKEK
In the morning visit the Green Bazaar, which not only offers all manner of food produce, it is an excellent place to purchase any last minute souvenirs. In the afternoon transfer to Bishkek and on arrival transfer to the hotel and check in for two nights. (B)
DAY 17
ALA ARCHA NATIONAL PARK
ALA ARCHA NATIONAL PARK
Spend the day at Ala Archa Valley National Park. This stunning national park with its alpine meadows and flowing brooks, is located some 35 kilometres from Bishkek. (B)
DAY 18
BISHKEK
BISHKEK
Enjoy a morning city tour of Bishkek including the National Historical Museum and Ala-Too Square. Spend some free time in the afternoon and perhaps visit Osh Bazaar - the biggest, brightest and busiest of the city's markets and a true taste of Central Asia. (B)
DAY 19
FLY TO THE UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK (B)

Pricing Information

19 day tour, from £3570 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights with Turkish Airlines from London Heathrow via Istanbul
  • All airport taxes
  • Accommodation in three/four-star hotels with breakfast
  • Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation throughout
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide as specified
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours

Price Excludes

  • Uzbek, Kazakh and Kyrgyz visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

Price Notes

Single Room Supplement £375

Tour Route Map


  1. Uzbekistan, Tashkent
  2. Uzbekistan, Khiva
  3. Uzbekistan, Bukhara
  4. Uzbekistan, Shakhrisabz
  5. Uzbekistan, Samarkand
  6. Kazakhstan, Turkestan
  7. Kazakhstan, Taraz
  8. Kazakhstan, Almaty
  9. Kazakhstan, Charyn Canyon
  10. Kyrgyzstan, Ala Archa National Park
  11. Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek

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