From  £5075
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore Tashkent's largest bazaar
  • Visit the flaming gas crater at Darvaza
  • See one of Central Asia's tallest minarets
  • Spend the night in the Karakum desert
  • Tour the runins of Khorezm
  • Discover Ala-Archa Natural Park
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Complete Central Asia

29 Day Tour, from £5075 per person

Travel from Uzbekistan, to Turkmenistan and onwards to Tajikistan along the Pamir Highway to Kyrgyzstan on this tailor-made complete Central Asia tour. For the dedicated traveller why not extend your stay and continue to Kazakhstan

This 29-day itinerary is generally available from June to September and two further days can be added at the end to explore the incredible city of Almaty. Speak to a Regent Central Asia Specialist for more details.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO TASHKENT
Fly to Tashkent from London Heathrow.
DAY 2
TASHKENT
TASHKENT
Arrive in Uzbekistan's eccentric capital and embark upon a full day tour of the city and the Old Town. Discover mosques and old medressas including Kulkedush medressa - Tashkent's biggest mosque. Spend time at Khast Imom Square and enjoy a guided walk around the Chorsu Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Tashkent brimming with fragrant spices. Overnight in a first class (local 4-star) hotel.
DAY 3
TASHKENT TO KHIVA
TASHKENT TO KHIVA
Transfer to the airport and fly to Urgench, located in western Uzbekistan, before driving to Khiva. Spend the day touring the town of Khiva with its mighty city walls and the Itchan Kala, the inner fortess. Visit the turquoise-tiled Kalta Minor Minaret and the Juma Mosque with 218 wooden columns supporting its roof. Overnight in a first class (local 4-star) hotel. (B)
DAY 4
KHIVA TO KONYE-URGENCH
KHIVA TO KONYE-URGENCH
Transfer to the Uzbek-Turkmen border-point Shavat and then drive to Konye-Urgench via Dashoguz*. After lunch embark on a sightseeing tour of the ruins from one of the mightiest cities in the 12 century - Khorezm. Visit the many mausoleums and admire Kutlug Timur Minaret, one of the tallest minarets in Central Asia. Transfer to Dashoguz and check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)*Passports with 2 coloured photos will be required for registration at the CTB in Dashoguz on the way to Konye-Urgench
DAY 5
DASHOGUZ TO DARVAZA
DASHOGUZ TO DARVAZA
Travel to Darvaza, approximately 300km across the Karakum desert via Yzmukshir and Shasenem Gala Fortresses - two of the most impressive Medieval ruins in Turkmenistan. Spend time at Darvaza with its flaming gas crater lighting the dark sky of the Karakum desert. Spend the night in tent (B)
DAY 6
DARVAZA TO ASHGABAT
DARVAZA TO ASHGABAT
Transfer to Ashgabat and en route visit the Kekirdek nomadic village, surrounded with rippled dunes of Karakum desert. In the afternoon transfer to the capital of Ashgabat. Check in to a first class (local 4-star) hotel for three nights. (B)
DAY 7
ASHGABAT
ASHGABAT
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Ashgabat, a recent entry into the Guinness Book of Records as the most white marble city in the world. Discover lavish marble palaces, gleaming gold domes and vast expanses of manicured parks complete with coloured fountains. Highlights include the Arch of Neutrality, the 12 metre high polished-gold statue of the former president Niyazov , the golden-domed Palace of Turkmenbashi and the Earthquake memorial, with its bronze rendering of a bull and child. In the afternoon visit the UNESCO listed city of Nissa, the ancient capital of the Parthian Empire. After dinner enjoy a tour along the main avenues of Ashgabat. (B)
DAY 8
ASHGABAT
ASHGABAT
Today continue the sightseeing tour in Ashgabat. Visit the monuments of Oguz Khan whcih is surrounded by 27 computerised fountains and explore the bustling Tolkuchka bazaar, where it seems the entire country comes together to trade on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Watch as locals trade anything and everything from camels and sheep, try on traditional Turkmen hats and haggle over brightly coloured rugs. In the afternoon visit the National Museum of History, one of the best museums in Central Asia, and take a short walk in Independence Park. (B)
DAY 9
ASHGABAT TO MARY
ASHGABAT TO MARY
Transfer to Ashgabat airport and fly to Mary stopping at the old city of Merv en route to visit the fortress of Giaur Kala and the citadel of Sultan Kala, a well-preserved fort with corrugated walls. In the afternoon arrive in the city of Mary and visit the white-marbled palace of the National Regional Museum and orthodox Pokrovskaya Church. Overnight in a first class (local 4-star) hotel. (B)
DAY 10
MARY TO BUKHARA
MARY TO BUKHARA
Travel to Bukhara via Farab-Alat Border Pass and the floating bridge of Amadarya which stretches over the greatest river of Central Asia - Syr Darya. Stop for lunch in Turkmenabat before crossing into Uzbekistan, Check in to the hotel in Bukhara for two nights. (B)
DAY 11
BUKHARA
BUKHARA
Awake in Bukhara, Central Asia’s holiest city located in the middle of the Kyzyl-Kum desert. Embark on a sightseeing tour of the old city and discover the Kalot Minaret, one of the defining symbols of Bukhara. Explore the domed bazaars, its many mosques and the Ark fortress, a real town-within-a-town and Bukhara’s oldest structure. (B)
DAY 12
BUKHARA TO SAMARKAND
BUKHARA TO SAMARKAND
Transfer to Samarkand (300km) stopping at Gijduvan along the way to visit some ceramic workshops. Once in Samarkand take a tour to Registan Square, the centrepiece of the city, surrounded by the world’s three oldest medressas: Ulugbek, Sher Dor and Tilla-Kari with its intricate gold decorations. Visit the memorial complex of Imam Al-Bukhari, one of Islam’s holiest spots. Check in to a first class (local 4-star) hotel in Samarkand for two nights. (B)
DAY 13
SAMARKAND
SAMARKAND
Continue sightseeing in the Silk Road city of Samarkand. Visit Bibi-Khanym mosque and Gur-e-Amir mausoleum, known to be the tomb of Tamerlane and his descendants. (B)
DAY 14
SAMARKAND TO TASHKENT
SAMARKAND TO TASHKENT
Take a day trip to Shakhrisabz, the motherland of Tamerlane, via Takhta-Karacha mountain pass. Visit the remnants of Ak-Saray palace and its many mosques and mausoleums. Return to Samarkand and take the train ‘Afrosiab’ to Tashkent. Overnight in a first class (local 4-star) hotel. (B)
DAY 15
TASHKENT TO ISTARAVSHAN
TASHKENT TO ISTARAVSHAN
Drive to the Uzbek-Tajik border crossing at Oibek and en route visit the large city of Khujand, founded by Alexander The Great as his easternmost outpost. Explore the fortress by the river Syr-Darya and the Panchshanbe bazaar, one of the best-stocked markets in Central Asia. Transfer to Istaravshan for overnight in guesthouse here. (B)
DAY 16
ISTARAVSHAN TO DUSHANBE
ISTARAVSHAN TO DUSHANBE
Take a tour of Istaravshan, where you can find the oldest and most intact Islamic buildings in Tajikistan. Visit Kok Gumbaz, named the ‘Blue dome’ after its turquoise Timurid dome, and Chor Gumbaz with its four tin cupolas. Transfer to Dushanbe and check in to a first class (local 4-star) hotel for two nights. (B)
DAY 17
DUSHANBE
DUSHANBE
Spend the day exploring Dushanbe with its tree-lined avenues and pastel-hued neoclassical buildings. Visit the National Museum of Antiquities featuring artifacts from Tajikistan’s Islamic and pre-Islamic history. Explore the old town of Hissar and view its ancient fortress. (B)
DAY 18
DUSHANBE TO KALA-I-KHUM
DUSHANBE TO KALA-I-KHUM
Transfer to Kala-I-Khum following the road hugging the Afghan border to a small village on the Pamir Highway. Here, people are Pamirs, not Tajiks, a number of separate tribal groups with their own languages. Overnight in a Guest house in Kala-I-Khum. (B,L,D)
DAY 19
KALA-I-KHUM TO KHOROG
KALA-I-KHUM TO KHOROG
Drive to Khorog, capital of the autonomous Gorno-Badahshan region. Spend time wandering around this small mountain-valley town, where the Regional Museum is well worth a visit. Visit the second highest botanical garden in the world. Overnight in a guesthouse. (B,L, D)
DAY 20
KHOROG TO MURGAB
KHOROG TO MURGAB
Travel along the Pamir Highway from Khorog to Murgab over the Kotali Kok Teze Pass and through the picturesque Alichur valley. The drive takes a whole day along this remote mountain way through Tibetan-like high plateaux populated with yurts and yaks. On the way view the spectacular Muztag peak, one of the highest mountains of Central Asia. Overnight in homestay in Murgab. (B,L,D)
DAY 21
MURGAB TO SARY-TASH
MURGAB TO SARY-TASH
Today pass over Tajikistan’s highest section of road at Ak-Baital Pass and drive to Karakul Lake. Reach Kyzyl-Art border point and transfer to Sary-Tash. Overnight in a Guest House. (B)
DAY 22
SARY-TASH TO OSH
SARY-TASH TO OSH
Drive to Osh, the southern capital of Kyrgyzstan, located in the fertile Fergana Valley near the border of Uzbekistan. Take a tour of Kyrgyzstan’s oldest city and walk through Jayma Bazaar, the biggest open market in Central Asia. View the jagged rock of King Solomon’s throne, a sacred Muslim site, and visit the Historical Cultural Museum. Overnight in a first class (local 4-star) hotel. (B)
DAY 23
OSH TO KAZARMAN
OSH TO KAZARMAN
Transfer to Kazarman and en route stop to visit the old city of Uzgen, located 55km northeast of Osh. Explore Uzgen historical complex with its three mausoleums of the 11-12th century and minaret. Drive to Kazarman via Jalal-Abad and spend the night in a guest house. (B)
DAY 24
KAZARMAN TO NARYN
KAZARMAN TO NARYN
Drive to Naryn, a small town located along the milky-blue Naryn River. Take the rest of the day to relax or explore the town at leisure. (B)
DAY 25
NARYN TO CHOLPON-ATA
NARYN TO CHOLPON-ATA
Transfer to Cholpon-Ata via the northern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. En route it may be possible to stop in Kochkor and see how traditional carpets are made at the Women’s Co-operative. In Cholpon-Ata visit the Open Air Petroglyphs Museum and in the afternoon arrive in Cholpon-Ata for overnight stay in a hotel. Take an evening walk along the lakeshore of Issyk-Kul Lake. (B)
DAY 26
CHOLPON-ATA TO KARAKOL
CHOLPON-ATA TO KARAKOL
Transfer to the city of Karakol and en route visit Przhevalsky Museum and Memorial. Once in Karakol take a short tour of this delightful town and visit Dungan Mosque and the attractive Russian Orthodox Church built in 1907. Overnight in a Guest House. (B)
DAY 27
KARAKOL TO BISHKEK
KARAKOL TO BISHKEK
Drive to Bishkek and en route visit Jety-Oguz gorge, famous for its red sandstone bluffs—so called ‘Seven Bulls’. There is the possibility to hike to the top of the mountain (20min) for a panorama view and, upon request, it may be possible to see an eagle hunting show. Check in to hotel in Bishkek for 2 nights. (B)
DAY 28
BISHKEK TO ALA-ARCHA NATURAL PARK
BISHKEK TO ALA-ARCHA NATURAL PARK
Today enjoy a full day tour of Bishkek and its environs. Walk through the central square Ala-too and visit the State Historical Museum with its mural-like shrine to Lenin and the Revolution. Enjoy Victory Square with its immense yurt-shaped monument and take a look at the ZUM department store. In the afternoon visit the Ala-Archa Natural Park, established in 1976 and located approximately 40km south of Bishkek and includes the gorge of the Ala-Archa River and the mountains surrounding it. (B)
DAY 29
FLY TO UK
Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK or continue to the fifth country in Central Asia—Kazakhstan. (B)

Pricing Information

29 day tour, from £5075 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Turkish Airlines from Heathrow via Istanbul
  • All airport taxes
  • Accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and yurt camps with breakfast *
  • Meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide/driver
  • Please note that some of the guesthouses and yurts single rooms may not be available.

     

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Visas – we recommend getting visas in advance where possible. Visas are obtainable on arrival (for British passport holders) or in advance of departure please check with our visa specialists - CIBT http://cibtvisas.co.uk/tourkits.php. Tajik Visa is available at the border for 40USD per person
  • Border tax in Turkmenistan USD12 per person and Tourist tax  USD14 per person
  • Entrance fees payable in Turkmenistan locally. National Museum of History, National Museum of Ethnography, Flora & Fauna, National Museum of Fine Arts  (all closed on Tuesdays) USD10pp or USD20pp if local museum guide required  Museum of Turkmen Carpets USD12 or 24USD if  local museum guide required.

     

Price Notes

Cost per person:

when 2 persons travel: £5075
when 4 persons travel: £4245

Kazakhstan Add-on

when 2 persons travel: £600
when 4 persons travel: £430

Tour Route Map


  1. Uzbekistan, Tashkent
  2. Uzbekistan, Urgench
  3. Uzbekistan, Khiva
  4. Turkmenistan, Konye Urgench
  5. Turkmenistan, Dashoguz
  6. Turkmenistan, The Karakum Desert
  7. Turkmenistan, Darvaza
  8. Turkmenistan, Ashgabat
  9. Turkmenistan, Turkmenbashy
  10. Turkmenistan, Merv
  11. Turkmenistan, Mary
  12. Uzbekistan, Bukhara
  13. Uzbekistan, Samarkand
  14. Uzbekistan, Shakhrisabz
  15. Tajikistan, Istravshan
  16. Tajikistan, Dushanbe
  17. Tajikistan, Khorog
  18. Tajikistan, Murgab
  19. Tajikistan, Karakul Lake
  20. Kyrgyzstan, Sary-Tash
  21. Kyrgyzstan, Osh
  22. Kyrgyzstan, Uzgen
  23. Kyrgyzstan, Kazarman
  24. Kyrgyzstan, Naryn
  25. Kyrgyzstan, Cholpon Ata
  26. Kyrgyzstan, Issyk-Kul Lake
  27. Kyrgyzstan, Karakol
  28. Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
  29. Kyrgyzstan, Ala Archa National Park
  30. Kazakhstan, Almaty

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