From (AUD)$13,295
Days27
Airfares included
Traditional villages, ancient towns and modern bazaars await on this small group tour along the renowned Silk Road. Delve into the history that dates back thousands of years, be surrounded by stunning and diverse scenery, and learn traditions and culture direct from the locals when you visit Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Group Size — Max 20
Tips — Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $370pp pre-paid
Transport — Cable Car, Coach, Plane, Train & Van
No Hidden Extras

In Kyrgyzstan, travel to the village of Bokonbaevo to attend an eagle hunting show and learn about the impressive native species.

Delve deep into the history and life of the Tajik people with a visit to the monument of Ismoili Somoni, which is richly decorated in gold.

Discover Registan Square in Samarkand, a monument of medieval architecture located in the heart of the city.

Explore the sites of Ashgabat including the Ertuğrul Gazi Mosque, the Carpet Museum and the Russian Bazaar.

Special Experiences

Take part in a papermaking workshop at Meros Paper Mill in Konigil Village.
Watch amazing horseman skills while attending the nomadic horse games, a traditional sport in Kyrgyzstan.
Learn about the local culture of the Kyzyl Tuu Village during a yurt building workshop and boorsok (fried dough) cooking class.

Itinerary 5-Stans

Itinerary

Day

Inclusions 5-Stans

Inclusions

Sightseeing

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Explore ancient ruins, the Silk Road and great monuments of Turkmenistan 

  • Tour the city of Ashgabat, including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of the Parthian Fortress of Nisa. Other highlights include Ertuğrul Gazi Mosque, the Carpet Museum and the Russian Bazaar.
  • Explore the surrounds of Ashgabat, visiting Arkadash Stud Farm and Gypjak Mosque.

Observe ancient Islamic architecture, ancient cities, and Silk Road history in amazing Uzbekistan

  • Discover the walled city of Khiva on foot, including the truncated Kalta Minor Minaret, Kunya Ark and Madrassah Rakhimkhon. Other highlights include the Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud and Islam Khodja minaret.
  • See the amazing decorated ceiling of the Tashauli Palace and visit the Friday Mosque with its beautifully carved wooden pillars.
  • Visit Lyabi-Khauz ensemble, Khanaga Magoki Attori Mosque and the stunning Madrassah Aziz Khan in Bukhara.
  • See some local arts at the Hunarmand UNDP Assisted Workshop, including block printing and gold embroidery.
  • Visit the summer residence of the last emir of Bukhara the Sitorai Mokhi Khosa.
  • Explore the Bahauddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and learn about the great theologian of the XIV century founder of the Sufi Order.
  • Witness the process of making hand-made ceramics while observing day to day life of the locals in Gijduvan.
  • Experience an in depth look at the city of Samarkand including the heart of the city - Registan Square; visit the three madrasahs of Ulug-Bek, Tillya-Kori and Sher-Dor and visit the Gur Emir - the Mausoleum of Great Tamerlane.
  • Visit one of the most significant mosques of Samarkand - Bibi-Khanym, followed by the Silk Road Bazaar and Shah-i-Zinda necropolis.
  • Travel outside of Samarkand to visit the Ulugh Beg Observatory built in 1420 by the Astronomer Ulugh Beg.
  • Travel to Konigil Village and visit a paper-making workshop while participating in some of the processes involved in hand-making paper production.
  • Travel on one of the fastest trains in Uzbekistan, the AFROSIYOB Express Train to Tashkent.
  • Explore the capital of Uzbekistan on a full day of sightseeing. Visit the Barak Khana Seminary, Tillya Sheikh Mosque, the Chorsu Bazaar, Museum of Applied Arts, the famous Tashkent Metro and Amir Temur Square.

Explore Tajikistan with its culturally rich history dating back to 4th Millennium BCE

  • Discover one of the oldest cities in Central Asia, Khujand, and stroll through Kamoli Khujandi Square.
  • See Timur Malik's Fortress and learn about the history of Khujand at the Sughd Museum.
  • Learn about the famous poet and ruler of Khujand of the XII Century - Sheikh Muslihiddin and stroll through the colourful Panjshanbe Bazaar (Khujand's Central Market).
  • Visit the Arbob Cultural Palace, the former headquarters of a Soviet collective farm built in the 1950's.
  • Travel via minibus to the mountain lake of Iskanderkul and learn of its glacial origin.
  • Travel to Dushanbe and delve further into the history and life of the Tajik people.
  • Visit the monument of Ismoili Somoni richly decorated in gold and walk through Rudaki Park with its beautiful canopy of mature trees. Explore the local Bazaar and Botanical Gardens.
  • Visit the cultural palace of Kokhi Navruz and witness the traditional architecture of the Tajik people.
  • Stop at Hisor Town and visit the ancient fortress of Hisor.
  • Browse the Medrassah Kuhna & Museum of Tajik Way of Life.
  • Visit the Museum of National Antiquities.

Discover the arts and natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan

  • Explore the capital of Kyrgyzstan and visit Pobeda Square, Duboviy Park, Central Ala-Too Square and the Asian Bazaar.
  • Visit the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Kyrgyz State Philharmonic Hall.
  • Discover the incredibly diverse Ala Archa National Park, rich in flora and fauna.
  • Travel to the 7th deepest lake in the world, Issyk-Kul Lake and witness the surrounds of this epic lake while on a boat cruise.
  • Visit the Burana Tower and learn about the ancient city of Balasagun.
  • Witness the eerie Balbal statues.
  • Watch amazing horseman skills while attending the nomadic horse games, a traditional sport in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Enjoy a morning boat cruise on Issyk-Kul Lake
  • Discover ancient stone inscriptions dating back to 800 B.C.
  • View the Dungan Mosque in Karakol, established by Chinese Muslims who fled persecution in the 1800's.
  • See the amazing ‘Fairy Tale’ landscapes of the Skazka Canyon and Barskaun Gorge.
  • Attend an eagle-hunting show in Bokanbaevo
  • Stop at Kyzyl Tuu Village and participate in a yurt workshop and cooking class, baking flatbread in a traditional yurt oven.
  • Meet with the locals of Bishkek and learn how national felt carpets are made while being able to make our own carpet.
  • Visit a small handicraft museum with displays of silver decorations, horse saddle decorations, carpets and more.

Visit the economic powerhouse of Central Asia, Kazakhstan

  • Discover Kazakhstan on a city sightseeing tour of Almaty including the Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen and the Central State Historical Museum.
  • Take a cable-car ride to the top of Kok-Tobe Hill with breathtaking views of Almaty below.
  • Immerse yourself into the life of nomads and the customs of Kazakh people at the Ethnographic recreation centre "Huns".
  • Travel to Medeu, the highest mountainous ice-skating sports complex in the world and stop at Medeu Dam which protects the city from destructive mudflows.

Travel

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  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Central Asia. Taxes included.
  • 4 economy-class flights within Central Asia.
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour.
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Express train from Samarkand to Tashkent.
  • Tipping Made Easy, $370pp pre-paid.

Accommodation

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  • 19 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 1 night in a traditional yurt with shared bathroom facilities
  • 2 nights in local guest houses with private bathroom facilities

Properties include:

  • Archabil Hotel, Ashgabat
  • Malika Kheivak, Khiva
  • Zaragon Plaza, Bukhara
  • Emirhan, Samarkand
  • Lotte City Hotel, Tashkent
  • Khujand Deluxe Hotel, Khujand
  • Hilton Dushanbe, Dushanbe
  • Plaza Hotel, Bishkek
  • Karagat, Karakol
  • Guest House, Tamga
  • Karven Four Seasons, Cholpon Ata
  • Nomad's Dream Yurt Camp, Sonkul
  • Novotel Almaty City Centre, Almaty

Hotels listed are an indication, and are subject to change without notice.

Meals

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  • 23 breakfasts, 21 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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  • English-speaking locally based Uzbek national guide throughout
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

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  • Porterage included where available

Some things to note

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Please note:

  • On day 12 we travel by train to Tashkent and will need to pack a day bag for the journey. Our luggage will be transported separately to Tashkent and will be at our hotel upon arrival.
  • On day 15, time and weather permitting, there will be an opportunity to stop and swim in the thermal springs at Khoja Obi Garm. Please remember to pack your bathers.

Optional Excursions:

  • Bunnik Tours has a small number of optional excursions that may be available to you on your small group tour. These are based on special-interest activities that don’t always appeal to everyone, meaning they’re truly optional. To view our optional excursions in Asia click here.

Information 5-Stans

Information

Let's Talk Fitness

 In the itinerary, this symbol indicates 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity.

At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.

We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.

At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.

Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:

  1. Generous amounts of free time
  2. Lots of walking
  3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:

  1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
  2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
  3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
  4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:

  1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
  2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
  3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
  4. Carry their own luggage
  5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

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Dates & Prices 5-Stans

Dates & Prices
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*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

Start Date End Date Tour Price
Per person
twin share
Status    
07 Aug 21
02 Sep 21
$13,295
On Request
04 Sep 21
30 Sep 21
$13,295
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Additional Information

Tipping
Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $370pp pre-paid
Single Supplement
From $1,525
Visa Information

You may need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details. For Australian passport holders you may wish to visit our Passports and Visas page here for indicative information on what may be required.

Terms & Conditions

All prices shown are per person based on twin share. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Taxes
Total cost includes air taxes

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