5 Stans of Central Asia Tour

Itinerary

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

Day 1 & 2:  Departure from JFK to Almaty

Overnight flight to Almaty, Kazakhstan via Istanbul, Turkey.

Day 3:  Arrive Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Welcome to Central Asia! Upon arrival to Almaty International Airport, we will meet you and transfer to hotel for rest after flight. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at our hotel in Almaty.

Day 4:  Almaty (Kazakhstan)  [B,L,D]

Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing in Almaty: visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov (wooden constructed) Cathedral, St. Nicholas Cathedral, National Musical Instruments Museum, Central State Museum, Almaty’s Green Bazaar, Panoramic view from Kok Tobe. Overnight at hotel in Almaty.

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

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

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

After breakfast, you drive to Karakol 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 till Karakol town. On the way stop in yurt makers village Kyzy 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. Arrival and accommodation at our hotel.

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 to a very pretty 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 visit is to the Museum of Nikolay M. Prjevalskiy, the outstanding Russian Explorer of The Asian Continent. Drive to Cholpon Ata City, 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. Accommodation at our hotel.

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

Breakfast at hotel. 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. Continue drive to Bishkek, Manas Airport to take flight to Tashkent at 18.40 HY 780. Upon arrival immigration and customs clearance. Meet outside of arrival hall. Transfer to hotel and overnight.

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

Breakfast at hotel. Full day 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 VII Century, Chorsu Bazaar, Kukeldash Madrasah. Afternoon visit Independence (Mustakillik) Square with governmental buildings, A. Navoi Theater Square, A. Temur Museum and Square. Overnight at hotel in Tashkent.

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

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to railway station for the bullet train AFROSIAB 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 at hotel in Samarkand.

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

Breakfast at hotel. 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 at hotel in Samarkand.

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

Breakfast at hotel. Start driving to Bukhara via Gizjduvan. En 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 Abdulazizkhan, Kosh Madrasah, Trade Domes, Lyabi Hauz Complex, Madrasah Chor – Minor. Overnight at hotel in Bukhara.

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

Breakfast at hotel. 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 Bahautdin Nakshband, place of locals to worship, visit Samanid Dynasty Mausoleum, Ark Fortress. Overnight at hotel in Bukhara.

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

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Farab. Border formalities on both sides, crossing the border. Transfer to Mary via Turkmenabat and Merv (350 km/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. Dinner and overnight in Mary.

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

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Ashgabat. Visit Ashgabat famous Oriental Bazaar, Hippodrome of Ashgabat, Arch of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Gulistan Bazaar, Monument of Lenin, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, National Museum of History & Ethnography Excursion to Nissa (Visit Old Nisa Ruins), discover Kopet Dag Mountains, Carpet Museum, Turkmenbashy Spiritual Mosque. Afternoon sightseeing of Monument of Independence and Ruhnama. Overnight at hotel in Ashgabat.

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

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, transfer to the airport for flight to Dashoguz. Arrival to Dashoguz, transfer to Kunya-Urgench (120km/1.5h). Sightseeing tour in Kunya Urgench: visit Portal of Caravansarai, Mamur Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. After sightseeing, return to Dashoguz and transfer to border check point. Border formalities on both sides. Enter Uzbekistan and transfer to Nukus, in route visit oldest Necropolis Mizdakhan and remains of Gaur Kala Fort. Continue to Nukus, check in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Nukus.

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

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 C.E. 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 hotel and overnight.

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

Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing of Khiva: visit Ichan Qala Fortress – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where monuments Allakulikhan Madrasah, Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islom Khoja Minaret, Juma Mosque, Toshhovli and other monuments are located. Evening transfer to Airport in Urgench for the flight to Tashkent as per timetable. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in and overnight.

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

After early breakfast at the hotel in Tashkent today we’ll head on to a 2 day excursion of Tajikistan. We’ll drive to the border check point Oybek and after border crossing formalities we’ll continue on to city 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 program. We’ll overnight in Khujand.

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

After breakfast at the hotel, we‘ll continue sightseeing of Khujand: visit ancient part of Khujand, Timurmalik 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 and Resporation. We’ll have lunch at the local restaurant and in the afternoon transfer back to Tashkent. Once back to Uzbekistan, we’ll have a rest at the hotel before making a long way back home. We’ll have a farewell dinner followed by a show program and return to hotel for overnight in Tashkent.

Day 21: Tashkent (Uzbekistan)  [B]

Today, is the last day of the tour. We’ll have breakfast at the hotel and arrange 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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Tour review scores and score breakdown

9 / 10

Based on 6 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of 5 Stans of Central Asia Tour.

Overall
9   
Accommodation
9   
Transport
9   
Meals
9   
Guide
9   
Value for money
9   
Program accuracy
8   

Guest reviews

  • Alisa Antonova
    2016-12-23

    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
    2016-12-19

    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
    2016-12-08

    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
    2016-12-08

    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
    2016-12-05

    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
    2015-04-23

    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

2017 Departure Dates  
Departure-Return DatePrice
(Per person in Double room)
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Availability
Apr 6 - Apr 26$6,695$1,495BOOK NOW
May 4 - May 24$7,695$1,695BOOK NOW
Jun 1 - Jun 21$7,695$1,695BOOK NOW
Sep 7 - Sep 27$7,695$1,695BOOK NOW
Oct 5 - Oct 25$7,695$1,695BOOK NOW
Nov 2 - Nov 22$6,695$1,495BOOK NOW

2018 Departure Dates  
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Apr 5 - Apr 25$6,695$1,495BOOK NOW
May 3 - May 23$7,695$1,695BOOK NOW
May 31 - Jun 20$7,695$1,695BOOK NOW
Sep 6 - Sep 26$7,695$1,695BOOK NOW
Oct 4 - Oct 24$7,695$1,695BOOK NOW
Nov 1 - Nov 21$6,695$1,495BOOK NOW

Inclusions

  • 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 lt per person per day)
  • All arrival and departure transfers with A/C Motorcoach
  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Letter Of Invitations for Uzbekistan ,Turkmenistan visa application
  • Electronic visa for Tajikistan
  • All entrance Fees
  • Flo Tours travel documents kit

Exclusions

  • 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
  • Trip Insurance

Hotels

Kazakhstan:

  • Almaty - Rixos Almaty or similar

Kyrgyzstan:

  • Bishkek - Hyatt Regency Bishkek or similar
  • Karakol - Green Yard Hotel or similar
  • Cholpan Ata - Raguda Hotel or similar

Uzbekistan:

  • Tashkent - Hyatt Regency Hotel or similar
  • Samarkand - Registan Plaza or similar
  • Bukhara - Asia Bukhara or similar
  • Khiva - Asia Khiva Hotel or similar

Turkmenistan:

  • Mary - Mary Hotel or similar
  • Ashgabat - Oguskent Hotel or similar

Tajikistan:

  • Khujand - Grand Khujant 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.
  • Uzbekistan: Visa required. Obtained from the Uzbekistan Embassy in Washington, DC. Cost is $160. Please find details about application here
  • Turkmenistan: Visa required. E-Visa is pre-approved by our Tashkent office. Cost is $110 payable at the Turkmen border to the immigration officer.
  • Tajikistan: Visa required. E-Visa is obtained by our Tashkent office. Cost of e-visa is $50.
  • Kyrgyzstan: No visa required.