The Five Stans of the Silk Road

10/23/2020 through 09/28/2022
10/23/2020 through 10/01/2022
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The Five Stans of the Silk Road
See all the ‘stans (well, most of them) on this comprehensive 26-day tour through Central Asia. Learn about nomadic life in Song Köl, explore natural landscapes like Kaindy Lake’s sunken forest, and witness the hustle and bustle of capital cities and their bazaars, cathedrals, and historical sites. Along the way, you’ll sleep like the locals do in homestays and yurts to get even closer to this underexplored destination.

Highlights
Explore the Soviet-esque capital of Bishkek, Witness how Kyrgyz felt is made, Marvel at Charyn Canyon, Browse the stalls of Khujand’s markets, Stay overnight in traditional yurts, Camp under the stars near Derweze crater, Take in the mountainous landscapes and the beauty of pristine lakes.

Accommodation
Standard hotels/guesthouses (20 nts), yurts (4 nts), homestay (1 nt).

Group Size Notes
Max 16, avg 12

Meals Included
25 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 9 dinners

What’s Included
Your G for Good Moment: Yurt Building Demonstration, Barskoon
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group, Bishkek
Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in a Yurt, Ozero Sonkël’
Your Local Living Moment: Tamga Village Stay, Tamga
Your Local Living Moment: Community Homestay, Kuli Iskandarkul
Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in a Yurt, Aydar Kul Camp. Half-day city tour (Bishkek). Burana Tower visit (Bishkek). Przhevalsky Museum visit (Karakol). Yurt building presentation (Kizil Tuu). Saty village stay. City tour (Almaty). Charyn Canyon Visit. City tour (Dushanbe). Waterfall hike (Kuli Iskandarkul). City tour (Khujand). Mug Yepe Visit (Istaravshan). Market visit (Khujand). City tour (Samarkand). Walking tour (Bukhara). Chashma Complex and Holy Spring Visit (Nurata). Fortress of Alexander the Great visit (Nurata). City tour (Bukhara). Khiva Ancient City tour. City tour (Tashkent). Felt-making workshop visit. Hikes and picnic lunch. Derweze (Door to Hell). Erbent visit. City tour (Ashgabat). Internal flight. Transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Day 1 Bishkek
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Day 2 Bishkek/Chong-Kemin
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Day 3 Chong-Kemin/Song Kul
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Day 4 Song Kul/Tamga
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Day 5 Tamga/Jety-Oguz
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Day 6 Jety-Oguz/Karakol
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Day 7 Karakol/Saty Village
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Day 8 Saty Village/Almaty
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Day 9 Almaty/Dushanbe
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Day 10 Dushanbe/Kuli Iskandarkul
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Day 11 Kuli Iskandarkul
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Day 12 Kuli Iskandarkul/Khujand
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Day 13 Khujand/Tashkent
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Day 14 Tashkent
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Day 15 Tashkent/Samarkand
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Day 16 Samarkand
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Day 17 Samarkand/Aydar Kul Camp
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Day 18 Aydar Kul Camp/Bukhara
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Day 19 Bukhara
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Day 20 Bukhara/Khiva
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Day 21 Khiva
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Day 22 Khiva/Dashoguz
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Day 23 Dashoguz/Darvaza
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Day 24 Darvaza/Ashgabat
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Day 25 Ashgabat
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Day 26 Ashgabat
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