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Silk Road Cities of Central Asia

from $4,945 USD per person for 16 days, 15 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Road Trip
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Trip Overview
Overview

Just outside of Khujand, Tajikistan, a gargantuan stone likeness of Lenin gazes purposefully across the horizon. Dismantled and removed from the center of what was once his namesake city (Leninabad), it now sits in the middle of a quaint, grassy field, with all but a few cows to call comrades. In Tajikistan and across much of Central Asia, these Soviet relics are everywhere—some have been abandoned while others stand prominently alongside ancient architecture and majestic mosques. Join us on an epic, two-week, four-country road trip as we wind through Kazakh bazaars, wade in Kyrgyzstan’s glassy Issyk-kul lake, explore a former Soviet military base in Tajikistan, and wander through Uzbekistan’s ancient Silk Road cities. As we make our overland journey, passing a few forlorn-looking Lenin busts as we go, we’ll cover over 2,000 miles; a dazzling diversity of art, music, and architecture; and over two millennia of history.

Highlights
  • Ancient Silk Road hubs with a post-Soviet flair
  • Spectacular mountain landscapes and glacial lakes
  • Socialist Modernist architecture, mosaics, and monuments
  • Local bazaars and traditional markets
  • Scenic drives and immersive visits across four countries

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $4,945. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $420. Please contact us to request a single room.

Accommodations

Throughout the trip, we'll be staying in comfortable accommodations with standard amenities. In cities, we’ll be in centrally located hotels (three-to-four-star equivalent), while in smaller towns we’ll be in traditional guest houses.

Transportation

We’ll be covering a lot of ground over the course of our two weeks across four countries. Most of this transport will take place in a private, air-conditioned minibus, with driving hours per day ranging widely; most days will involve at least a few hours on the road, while our longest day will be around eight hours of driving altogether, with plenty of breaks along the way.

Arrival & Departure

Note that this trip begins and ends in two different locations. You should plan to arrive in Almaty, Kazakhstan by 5 p.m. on May 31, and to depart from Khiva, Uzbekistan anytime on June 15. We’re happy to connect you to our flight agents if you’d like assistance booking your airfare.

Included
  • Accommodation in comfortable hotels and guesthouses throughout the trip.
  • All breakfasts and lunches for the duration of the trip.
  • Transport throughout the region in a private minibus.
  • Airport transfers.
  • All activities and entry fees as listed in the itinerary.
Excluded
  • International flights into Almaty, Kazakhstan and out of Khiva, Uzbekistan.
  • Most dinners during the trip, as well as additional snacks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
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Trip FAQ

The countries where we'll be traveling do not require visas in advance for travelers of most nationalities. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan all grant visas upon arrival, while Tajikistan requires an e-visa that costs $50 and has a quick, two-day turnaround. We'll provide additional information on visas leading up to the trip.

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Upcoming Departures

  • May 31–Jun 15, 2020
    from $4,945 per person
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