5 Stans of Central Asia Tour


Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan: Discover The 5 Stans of Central Asia on this 21-day itinerary, departing from JFK Airport.

5 Stans tour 2020 Itinerary         5 Stans tour 2021 Itinerary

2019 Itinerary

Day 1 & 2:  Departure from JFK to Almaty

Flight to Almaty, Kazakhstan via Istanbul, Turkey.

Day 3:  Arrive Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Welcome to Central Asia! Upon arrival to Almaty International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure!! Overnight in Almaty.

Day 4:  Almaty (Kazakhstan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, a full day of sightseeing in Almaty: visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov (wooden constructed) Cathedral, St. Nicholas Cathedral, National Musical Instruments Museum, Central State Museum, Almaty Green Bazaar, Panoramic view from Kok Tobe. Overnight in Almaty.

Day 5:  Almaty – Bishkek (Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, we depart from Almaty and drive to Bishkek via a newly built highway. In route watch the natural landscapes. Afternoon arrival at Bishkek. Check into the hotel. In the afternoon sightseeing of Bishkek: visit State History Museum (museum is closed for reconstruction), Independence Square, Philharmonic Square, University Boulevard, and TSUM. Overnight in Bishkek.

Day 6:  Bishkek – Issyk Kul – Karakol  (Kyrgyzstan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, we drive to Karakol, a town situated in the east of the lake area, at the foot of the most picturesque mountains of Tian Shan. The way passes along the south shore of Issyk Kul. Follow the way along the shore of Issyk Kul until the town of Karakol. On the way stop in yurt maker’s village Kyzyl Tuu and visit yurt masters home. Visit Djety Oguz canyon on the way. Djety Oguz in Kyrgyz means “Seven Bulls”. This picturesque gorge is named so because of the red rocky sand formations covered with forests of Tien Shan Spruces. Overnight in Karakol.

Day 7:  Karakol – Cholpon Ata (Kyrgyzstan) [B,L,D]

After breakfast, you start city-tour in Karakol: visit the wooden Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral. It was completed in 1895 and used as an officers’ club during Soviet Times; it is now restored and in use again as a church. There is also a small section of Russian Colonial ‘gingerbread’ style residential buildings. Also, you visit a wooden mosque, built entirely without nails by Chinese Artisans between 1907 and 1910 for the local Dungans (Muslims of Chinese origin who fled China during the aftermath of the XIX Century Hui Minorities’ War). Next, we visit is to the Museum of Nikolay M. Prjevalskiy, the outstanding Russian Explorer of The Asian Continent. Drive to the city of Cholpon Ata, situated in the Northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. Upon arrival to Cholpon Ata, visit a Petroglyphs site, the temple in the open air of Scythians and Hungsuns civilizations in VIII to IX Century B.C. until, III to IV Century A.D. Overnight in Cholpon Ata.

Day 8:  Cholpon Ata – Bishkek – Tashkent (Kyrgyzstan/Uzbekistan)   [B,L,D]

After breakfast we transfer back to Bishkek. En route visit Burana Tower historical complex in Tokmok District, which used to be center of Karakhanid Kingdom Culture. Lunch on the way in local restaurant or local family. We continue driving to Bishkek, Manas Airport to take flight to Tashkent. Upon arrival immigration and customs clearance. Meet outside of arrival hall. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 9:  Tashkent (Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, a full day of sightseeing in Tashkent, visit the old part of the city – Khast Imam Complex as well as possessing a rich Islamic Library with immense Osman Koran of the VII Century, Chorsu Bazaar, Kukeldash Madrasah. Afternoon visit Independence (Mustakillik) Square with governmental buildings, A. Navoi Theater Square, A. Temur Museum and Square. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 10: Tashkent – Samarkand (Uzbekistan) [B,L,D]

After breakfast, we transfer to the railway station for the bullet train AFROSIYOB to Samarkand. Upon arrival to Samarkand start tour of “Rome of the East” visiting: Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum, Bibi – Khanum Mosque and Central Bazaar in Samarkand, Afrosiyob Museum, and Museum of Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis. Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 11:  Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand (Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, we transfer to Shakhrisabz, hometown of Great Tamerlane, arrival to Shakhrisabz: visit remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Kok-Gumbaz Mosque, Khazrati Imom Ensemble. After sightseeing Shakhrisabz, depart back to Samarkand and visit Paper Mills. Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 12:  Samarkand – Bukhara (Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, we drive to Bukhara via Gijduvan. In route visit remains of Caravanserai and Sardoba, a water reservoir. Excursion to Gijduvan – famous pottery house. Arrival to Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Sightseeing tour in Bukhara: Kalon ensemble, Madrasah Miri-Arab, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chashma-Ayub, Madrasah Ulugbek and Abdulaziz Khan, Kosh Madrasah, Trade Domes, Lyabi Hauz Complex, Madrasah Chor – Minor. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 13:  Bukhara (Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, we continue sightseeing of Bukhara: summer palace of Bukhara, Emirs Sitora-i-Mokhi Khosa, Necropolis Chor Bark, burial of Sheikhs and Royal family members, Complex of Baha-ud-Din Naqshband, place of locals to worship, visit Samanid Dynasty Mausoleum, Ark Fortress. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 14:  Bukhara – Turkmenabat – Mary (Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan)   [B,L,D]

After breakfast, we depart Bukhara and drive to Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan border point in Farab. Border formalities on both sides, crossing the border. Transfer to Mary via Turkmenabat and Merv (4.5 hrs.). Upon arrival tour of Merv which was located at the crossroads of Great Silk Road and quickly became one of most important and biggest cities of the Ancient World. Sightseeing will include: Gyz Gala and Oglan Gala, Complex of Askhabs, Gyaur Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum, Ibn Zeid Mausoleum. Overnight in Mary.

Day 15:  Mary – Ashgabat  (Turkmenistan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for your flight to Ashgabat. Visit Ashgabat famous Oriental Bazaar, Hippodrome of Ashgabat, Arch of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Gulistan Bazaar, Monument of Lenin, Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, National Museum of History & Ethnography Excursion to Nisa (Visit Old Nisa Ruins), discover Kopet Dag Mountains, Turkmenbashi Spiritual Mosque. Afternoon sightseeing of Monument of Independence and Ruhnama. Overnight in Ashgabat.

Day 16:  Ashgabat – Dashoguz – Kunya – Urgench – Nukus (Turkmenistan -Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for flight to Dashoguz. Arrival in Dashoguz, transfer to Kunya-Urgench (120 km/1.5 hrs.). Sightseeing tour in Kunya Urgench: visit Portal of Caravanserai, Mamur Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Khorezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. After sightseeing, return to Dashoguz and transfer to border checkpoint. Border formalities on both sides. Enter Uzbekistan and transfer to Nukus, in route visit oldest Necropolis Mizda Khan and remains of Gaur Kala Fort. Overnight in Nukus.

Day 17:  Nukus – Kala – Khiva  (Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, a morning tour in Nukus, capital of Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan, visit the Savitskiy State Museum, a collection of over 95,000 pieces including fine arts, applied Karakalpak Folk Art, and ancient art from the region of Khorezm. After lunch drive to the ruins of Toprak Kala from the Kushan period, built in the II and III Centuries. Next, stop is Kizil Kala, a frontier fortress from the Kang Kuyi period. Last will be Ayaz Kala, the Fort of Wind, built in early A.D. Continue to Khiva, upon arrival check into your hotel. Overnight in Khiva.

Day 18:  Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent (Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, a full day sightseeing of Khiva: visit Ichan Qala Fortress – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where monuments Alla Kuli Khan Madrassah, Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islam Khoja Minaret, Juma Mosque, Tosh Hovli and other monuments are located. Evening transfer to the airport in Urgench for your flight to Tashkent. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 19: Tashkent – Khujand (Uzbekistan/Tajikistan)  [B,L,D]

After early breakfast, today we’ll head on to a 2-day excursion of Tajikistan. We’ll drive to the border checkpoint Oybek and after border crossing formalities, we’ll continue on to the city of Khujand. Khujand – the country’s second largest city – situated in the north of Tajikistan and is one of its most ancient, founded about 2,300 years ago during the time of Alexander the Great. Standing in a favorable location in the Ferghana Valley, Khujand prospered for a long time, becoming rich and building palaces, mosques, and citadels. In the XIII Century, it was conquered and destroyed by the Genghis Khan’s Army. We’ll have a close city tour in second part of the day, and end the day with dinner at a local restaurant followed by a show. Overnight in Khujand.

Day 20: Khujand – Oybek – Tashkent (Tajikistan/Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, we’ll continue our sightseeing of Khujand: visit ancient part of Khujand, Timur Malik Fortress, Archaeology, History Museums, and Orient Bazaar Panjshanbe – famous Panjshanbe City Market is one of the most interesting sights of Khujand. Near the market, we’ll stop by Sheikh Muslihiddin Mosque and Mausoleum, Museum of Archaeology. We’ll then have lunch at the local restaurant and in the afternoon transfer back to Tashkent.  We’ll have a farewell dinner followed by a show and return to the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 21: Tashkent (Uzbekistan)  [B]

We’ll have breakfast at the hotel and arrange for your transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Stretching from the Caspian Sea to the borders of western China, the ‘Stans’ of Central Asia encompass a vast expanse of land, cultures and history. Lying at the crossroads of an intricate web of trading routes, this region has witnessed the movement of goods, people and ideas between Europe and Asia for centuries.This incredible journey takes you from Turkmenistan and across the Asian steppes to the mountains of Kazakhstan, passing through the homelands of the Uzbeks, the Tajiks and the Kyrgyz along the way. You’ll follow part of the old Silk Road, taking in the ancient ruins of Merv and the almost legendary cities of Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent as you cross the Kyzylkum Desert towards Termez.Passing through some of Central Asia’s most beautiful landscapes, you’ll gaze upon some of the world’s highest peaks and spend time amongst the Fan Mountains and the fertile Ferghana Valley, before ending your adventure in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s most important city.

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Based on 6 reviews

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  • Alisa Antonova

    My grandparents and I visited the 5 stans when I was younger and I always remembered how amazing the food was and how incredible our journey was. My wife and I just got back from Flo Tours 5 Stans of Central Asia tour about a week ago,. The food, the people, the history, everything was just as I remembered it but better. The hotels (especially the last one we stayed at) were like a very comfortable and upscale home. When we went to Temur Museum at Tashkent, I realized when I came years ago, I did not get to see how beautiful this whole country was when I camep many years ago. Thank you, Flo Tours, for helping me visit my old memories.

  • Delia McKenzie

    5 Stans of Central Asia Tour was everything we expected and more. So many years we had plans to go, and at last, we did. Flo Tours made it easy. They obtained our visas, all we had to do is mail our passports and one photo. It was one of the main reasons we originally selected Flo Tours, and we are glad that we did. Every guide who worked with us was a master of their job. We had a lot of laughs and fun while learning a lot of new information. From the moment tour started and until the very end, every day was special. Registan square took our breath away with it is size and beauty. Local people were friendly and hospitable, we didn't feel like visitors, we left like friends. If we knew how good this tour was going to be, it would have been on top of our list. Flo Tours' 5 Stans of Central Asia tour was least expensive with most inclusions. We will go to the Caucasus next year. Thank you Flo Tours.

  • Bahir Moolas

    I have never been to Central Asia before and I must say it was much more developed and modern than I had expected. It still had the gorgeous history, landmarks and the best ethnic foods but was also very comfortable to get to places from our hotels. The hotels that were chosen for us had great breakfast buffets. I am very glad I got to taste a different breakfast than my regular along with the other meals we have tried. My wife was very happy to see that the natives of the countries were not as oppressive as shed thought they’d be. Everyone was lovely and tried their best to be good hosts. I enjoyed my trip and will go again.

  • Angela Maple

    Our trip to the 5 Stans of Central Asia was incredible. I have never known how beautiful it was over there. The food in Kazakhstan was my favorite and our guide always made sure we went to the best spots. The first hotel we stayed at was very quiet and comforting. After the long journey, it felt amazing to just relax before our trip started. Our tour guide was Rxxxxx Txxxx and he was very welcoming and had a great sense of humor. One of the ladies in my group had travelled to Iran with Flo Tours in 2015 and she absolutely loved it. In 2017, Iran will be on my to-go list and I will chose one of the many options Flo Tours provides. My partner and I loved our time in the Stans and looking forward to travelling with Flo Tours again.

  • Charles Green

    Hi future travelers, I highly recommend this agency, we just returned from 5 stans an easy and smooth tour to enjoy the best of both worlds. It depends on what you prefer. Also, note you may need visas to enter depending on where you are from. Let them plan your tour and they will help you with all the information about visas that you need to have and give you the best service that you need to enjoy your vacations.

  • Erick Vanderson

    We used Flo Tours and it was a trip of a life time - amazing! When I was originally planning our trip our group of 4 knew there was one thing we would be looking for in tour package in order to ensure a great trip, at this point we prefer to have a fixed schedule and know exactly when and where we are going, how we are getting there where we will be staying etc. Being that we no longer enjoy “backpacking” we now prefer organization. We were aware that this may cost more but it would be worth it. Flo Tours tour was perfect in every way - great itinerary, they would take care of all the visas, at a fair price, and answer emails and phone calls promptly even during busy seasons we never encountered any issues and we all were able to enjoy our trip and the tour guides were great they where informative about each country and never stumbled to answer our thousands of questions. Central Asia has so much to offer and there so much more we would like to see, so until next time we will reminisce with our friends about our outstanding experience over pictures we took of wonderful local shops, restaurants, Islamic architecture, and wonderful hotels and museums. Wonderful experience I can live over and over again!

Tour type: Small Group Tour

Group size: 8-16 passengers


2019 Departure Dates  
Departure-Return DatePrice
(Per person in Double room)
Apr 4 - Apr 24$7,195$1,495BOOK NOW
May 2 - May 22$7,695$1,695BOOK NOW
May 30 - Jun 19$7,695$1,695BOOK NOW
Sep 5 - Sep 25$7,695$1,695BOOK NOW
Oct 3 - Oct 23$7,695$1,695BOOK NOW
Oct 31 - Nov 20$7,195$1,495BOOK NOW


  • International flights from JFK with Turkish Airlines
  • All internal flights
  • All airport taxes
  • Hotel accommodation at very comfortable centrally located 5 star or best available hotels (double room sharing)
  • All meals as specified at the day by day itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Bottled water (1 liter per person per day)
  • All arrival and departure transfers on a air conditioned motorcoach
  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Letter of Invitations for Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan Visa assistance
  • All entrance Fees
  • Flo Tours travel documents kit


  • Visa Consular Fee and Visa Processing Fee
  • Tips at the hotels, tour guides and drivers
  • Any extra expenses at the hotels
  • Video and photo camera charges at the museums or sites
  • Travel Insurance



  • Almaty - Rixos Almaty or similar


  • Bishkek - Hyatt Regency Bishkek or similar
  • Karakol - Green Yard Hotel or similar
  • Issyk Kul - Karven Hotel or similar


  • Tashkent - Lotte City Hotel or similar
  • Samarkand - Registan Plaza or similar
  • Bukhara - Asia Bukhara or similar
  • Khiva - Asia Khiva Hotel or similar
  • Nukus - Jipek Joli Hotel or similar


  • Mary - Mary Hotel or similar
  • Ashgabat - Oguzkent Hotel or similar


  • Khujand - Grand Khujand Hotel or similar


Visa Info

US citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the period of intended travel dates. Below visa requirements are for US Citizens only.

  • Kazakhstan: No visa required for trips shorter than 30 days
  • Kyrgyzstan: No visa required
  • Uzbekistan: Visa is required and obtained online at e-visa.gov.uz/application or by mail from the Uzbekistan Embassy in Washington, DC or NYC. Cost is $160 plus shipping for all 3 entries. Please find details about application here
  • Turkmenistan: Visa is required. E-Visa is pre-approved by our Tashkent office. Cost is $73 USD payable at the Turkmenistan border to the immigration officer.
  • Tajikistan: Visa is required. Cost of e-visa online is $50 at www.evisa.tj