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per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore Tashkent's largest bazaar
  • 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

24 Day Tour, from £5950 per person

Travel from Turkmenistan through Uzbekistan, Tajkistan and Kazakhstan before finishing in Kyrgyzstan on this tailor-made complete Central Asia tour. 

This 24-day itinerary is generally available from June to September but can be amended to suit your preferred interests and style of travel. Speak to a Regent Central Asia Specialist for more details.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO ASHGABAT

Fly to Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan via Istanbul.

DAY 2
ASHGABAT
ASHGABAT

Arriving in Ashgabat early this morning you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After a rest at your hotel head out this afternoon on a city tour with your guide. Take in the Independence Park with its monuments and statues of prominent Turkmen as well as the Arch of Neutrality and the busy Gulustan Bazaar. (B)

DAY 3
ASHGABAT TO MARY VIA MERV AND GONOR DEPE
ASHGABAT TO MARY VIA MERV AND GONOR DEPE

This morning transfer to the airport for your short flight to Mary, on arrival you will visit Ancient Merv, a major site on the Silk Road. Home to several cities over the years it was at one stage the largest city in the world. After exploring the ruins head in to the desert to the archaeological site of Gonor Depe, a bronze age site with the remains of the citadel in low mud brick walls. (B)

DAY 4
MARY TO DARVAZA VIA ASHGABAT
MARY TO DARVAZA VIA ASHGABAT

An early flight takes you back to Ashgabat where you will head to the National Museum, which takes you through the history of the country as well as having a room dedicated to the president and his achievements. Also visit the Turkmenbashy Mosque - the largest in the country. After lunch in the city you will drive out in to the desert to Darvaza, a gas engineering accident it is now a burning pit in the middle of the desert. Sleep out in tents tonight. (B,D)

DAY 5
DARVAZA TO KHIVA VIA KONYE URGENCH
DARVAZA TO KHIVA VIA KONYE URGENCH

Wake up to the desert skies before striking camp and driving on to the town of Dashogus and the nearby Silk Road site of Konye Urgench, once an important trading post in the desert. Explore the remaining minarets and mausoleums before heading for the Uzbek border and the city of Khiva. (B)

DAY 6
KHIVA
KHIVA

The ancient city of Khiva has been renovated and provides a beautiful network of alleyways threading between medieval palaces, mosques and madrassahs all surrounded by thick city walls of mud brick dating back thousands of years. A walking tour with your guide takes you through the history of the city. (B)

DAY 7
KHIVA TO BUKHARA
KHIVA TO BUKHARA

Today you drive through the desert to the city of Bukhara. The drive takes you across the Amu Darya and will take around seven hours. (B,L)

DAY 8
BUKHARA
BUKHARA

The old city of Bukhara is littered with medieval monuments - visit the madrassahs, mosques and minarets of the old city along with the Ark fortress and the trading domes now home to handicraft sellers. (B)

DAY 9
BUKHARA TO SAMARKAND
BUKHARA TO SAMARKAND

This morning head out of the city to the former Emir's Summer Palace, a blend of architectural styles including traditional Russian and Oriental. After lunch transfer to the railway station to take the train to Samarkand, Tamerlane's 14h century capital and the most famous of the Silk Road cities in Uzbekistan. (B)

DAY 10
SAMARKAND
SAMARKAND

A full day in this epic city takes you to the tomb of Tamerlane himself lying beneath a fluted turquoise dome and then on to the Registan Square fronted on three sides by large madrassahs each decorated intricately with mosaic tiles. Move on to the Shah I Zinda Necropolis a long series of tombs varying in size and stature. Nearby visit the Bibi Khanum Mosque, built for Tamerlane's favourite wife but the victim of earthquakes and now in a state of disrepair. (B)

DAY 11
SAMARKAND TO TASHKENT
SAMARKAND TO TASHKENT

This morning visit Ulug Beg's observatory with its array of instruments for calculating the calendar and watching the night skies as well as Afrosiab - the ancient ruins of Samarkand before you board the fast train to Tashkent this afternoon. (B)

DAY 12
TASHKENT
TASHKENT

Uzbekistan's capital is a blend of new and old, glass offices are appearing amongst the Soviet structures and in the old city you will visit the mosques and madrassahs still standing and now housing historic religious artefacts as well as some handicraft stalls. Elsewhere in the city visit the Museum of Applied Arts and Amir Timur Square. (B)

DAY 13
TASHKENT TO KHOJAND
TASHKENT TO KHOJAND

Drive south from Tashkent this morning to the border with Tajikistan where you will cross over and drive on to Khojand, Tajikistan's second largest city. On arrival explore the city visiting the main squares, the fortress and the thriving bazaar. (B)

DAY 14
KHOJAND TO PENJIKENT VIA ISTARAFSHAN
KHOJAND TO PENJIKENT VIA ISTARAFSHAN

Head in to the mountains today to Penjikent stopping along the way at the fortress, mosques and mausoleums of Istarafshan. Penjikent is a bustling mountain town and close to the ruins of an ancient Sogdian city for you to visit on arrival. (B)

DAY 15
PENJIKENT TO DUSHANBE
PENJIKENT TO DUSHANBE

Drive on through the Fan Mountains stopping at Iskanderkul Lake, a mountain lake of turquoise water surrounded by peaks. Continue on through this breath-taking countryside to the capital city of Dushanbe. (B)

DAY 16
DUSHANBE
DUSHANBE

Spend this morning exploring this green city with its leafy boulevards and wide parks. Stroll through Rudaki Park and admire the statues of the nation's poet. Visit the antiquities museum home to a 17m sleeping Buddha, the largest in Central Asia and take a walk through the busy bazaar. (B)

DAY 17
DUSHANBE TO ALMATY
DUSHANBE TO ALMATY

Transfer to the airport this morning for your Air Astana flight to Almaty, on arrival transfer to your hotel, this afternoon perhaps take a walk around Kazakhstan's former capital. (B)

DAY 18
ALMATY
ALMATY

Visit the city sights this morning including Panfilov Park and the Zenkov Cathedral constructed from wood without the use of nails. Visit the Central Historical Museum, a walk through of Kazakh history, also visit Kok Tobe Hill to get a panoramic view of the city and see the Beatles statue before you head to Medeo Gorge, a picturesque valley in which you can ride the cable car up the mountains to the ski resort. (B,L)

DAY 19
ALMATY TO CHON KEMIN
ALMATY TO CHON KEMIN

After breakfast leave for Kyrgyzstan, after crossing the border you will drive to the Chon Kemin valley a unique natural environment and home to a national park reaching heights of 2800m. Along the way stop at the 11th century Burana Tower. On arrival at the guesthouse have lunch and then head out on a hike or perhaps a horse ride to explore the beautiful gorge. (B,L,D)

DAY 20
CHON KEMIN VALLEY TO SON KUL LAKE
CHON KEMIN VALLEY TO SON KUL LAKE

Drive south this morning to Son Kul Lake, set at 3016m above sea level the fresh water lake is ringed by mountains and the pastures provide summer grazing for the nomads of the area. Arrive at your yurt camp and the afternoon is free to relax, go for a walk or perhaps a horse ride. (The yurt camp accommodation is basic with shared outside facilities). (B,L,D)

DAY 21
SON KUL LAKE
SON KUL LAKE

Today is free for you to explore the area whether it be on foot or by horse back with local nomads. (B,L,D)

DAY 22
SON KUL LAKE TO BISHKEK
SON KUL LAKE TO BISHKEK

Leave your yurt camp this morning and drive to Kochkor, a village with a wealth of traditional handicrafts, have lunch with a local family before driving on to Bishkek. (B,L,D)

DAY 23
BISHKEK
BISHKEK

This morning explore the capital city including the colourful Osh Bazaar where anything and everything is on sale, Victory Square and Ala-Too Square and the open air art gallery in Dubovy Park. In the afternoon head out to Ala Archa National Park, a stunning area of alpine meadows and flowing brooks where you can take a walk before returning to the capital. (B,L,D)

DAY 24
DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

Pricing Information

24 day tour, from £5950 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.

Price Notes

Cost per person based on two travelling together in shared room


Tour Route Map


  1. Turkmenistan, Ashgabat
  2. Turkmenistan, Mary
  3. Turkmenistan, Ashgabat
  4. Turkmenistan, Darvaza
  5. Turkmenistan, Konye Urgench
  6. Uzbekistan, Khiva
  7. Uzbekistan, Bukhara
  8. Uzbekistan, Samarkand
  9. Uzbekistan, Tashkent
  10. Tajikistan, Khojand
  11. Tajikistan, Istravshan
  12. Tajikistan, Dushanbe
  13. Kazakhstan, Almaty
  14. Kyrgyzstan, Issyk-Kul Lake
  15. Kyrgyzstan, Son-Kul lake
  16. Kyrgyzstan, Kochkor
  17. Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek

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