From (AUD)$12,595
Days27
Airfares included
From traditional villages, ancient towns and modern bazaars, experience a journey along the renowned Silk Road. Explore Ashgabat and Khiva. Delve into the history of Khujand. Discover the diverse Ala Archa National Park and be captivated by Almaty.
Group Size — Max 20
Tips — Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $370pp pre-paid
Transport — Cable Car, Coach, Plane, Train & Van
No Hidden Extras
Explore the sites of Ashgabat including the Ertuğrul Gazi Mosque, the Carpet Museum and the Russian Bazaar.
Discover Registan Square in Samarkand, a monument of medieval architecture located in the heart of the city.
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.

Visit the Kyzyl Tuu Village in Kyrgyzstan and assist in a yurt building workshop.

Special Experiences

Travel to Konigil Village to participate in a hand-made paper workshop.
Watch amazing horseman skills while attending the nomadic horse games, a traditional sport in Kyrgyzstan.
Participate in a yurt installation demonstration and learn about the art of cooking boorsok.
Meet with the locals and learn how felt carpets are made in Bishkek city. We’ll also have the opportunity to make our own carpet.

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

  • Explore the city of Ashgabat. Highlights include the Parthian Fortress of Nisa, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, and Independence Park with its towering monument. We’ll continue to Ertuğrul Gazi Mosque, the Carpet Museum and the Russian Bazaar.
  • Explore the surrounds of Ashgabat, starting with the Arkadash Stud Farm to witness the Akhal-Teke horses, then on to the Kipchak Mosque, believed to be the largest mosque in Central Asia and monument to Turkmenistan's first president. 

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.
  • Travel to Bukhara, a major medieval center for Islamic theology.  Witness amazing monuments, mosques and observe ancient decorating processes. Visit Lyabi-Khauz ensemble, Khanaga Magoki Attori Mosque and the stunning Madrassah Aziz Khan.
  • See some local arts at the Hunarmand UNDP Assisted Workshop, including block printing and gold embroidery.
  • Continue outside of Bukhara and visit the summer residence of the last emir of Bukhara the Sitorai Mokhi Khosa.  We then travel to the Bahauddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and learn about the great theologian of the XIV century founder of the Sufi Order.
  • Drive to Gijduvan and witness the process of making hand-made ceramics while observing day to day life of the locals.
  • 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. Continue to 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. Considered by scholars to have been one of the finest observatories in the Islamic World.
  • Travel to Konigil Village, outside of Samarkand 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 and Tillya Sheikh Mosque, known for its rare copies of the Koran. Our next stops are the Chorsu Bazaar, the Museum of Applied Arts, the famous Tashkent Metro and Amir Temur Square. 

Explore Tajikistan with it 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 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 "Kohi Navruz" while witnessing traditional architecture of the Tajik people.
  • Stop at Hisor Town and visit the ancient fortress of Hisor.
  • Brows the Medrassah Kuhna & Museum of Tajik Way of Life and delve deeper into the Islamic and pre-islamic history of Tajikistan at 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.
  • Examine the amazing arts of this region at 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 as well as some amazing landscapes.
  • 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 what little exists of the ancient city of Balasagun, established by the Karakhanids at the end of the 9th Century.
  • Witness the eerie Balbal statues believed to have been left by the GokTurks - nomadic confederation of Turkic people established before Islam.
  • Watch amazing horseman skills while attending the nomadic horse games, a traditional sport in Kyrgyzstan.
  • On the way to Karakol, discover ancient stone inscriptions dating back to 800 B.C., believed to have been made more than 2000 years ago by the Shamans.
  • Visit the Dungan Mosque in Karakol, established by Chinese Muslims who fled persecution in the 1800's.
  • See the amazing landscapes of the Skazka Canyon and Barskaun Gorge.
  • Attend an eagle-hunting show in Bokanbaevo and participate in the baking of flatbread in a traditional oven at a yurt.
  • Stop at Kyzyl Tuu Village and participate in a yurt workshop.
  • On return to Bishkek, meet with the locals 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 - a memorial for an Almaty infantry who died fighting Nazi German invaders outside of Moscow in World War II. Today also includes a the Central State Historical Museum with a broad range of history of Kazakhstan on display.
  • 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. On top of the dam, enjoy an amazing panorama view of the largest mountain skating ring in the world.

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 3-5 star hotels
  • 1 night in a traditional yurt with shared bathroom facilities
  • 2 nights in local guest houses with shared bathroom facilities

Meals

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  • 23 breakfasts, 21 lunches and 11 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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

Porterage

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  • Porterage included where available

Some things to note

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Bunnik Tours has a small number of optional extras that may be available to you on your small group tour. These optional extras 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.

Accommodation 5-Stans

Accommodation

Archabil Hotel

Turkmenistan flag Ashgabat

This luxurious hotel is located on the southern outskirts of Ashgabat, 10 km from the center of the city. All 152 rooms are furnished with high-end European furniture. The hotel provides a pool, restaurant and indoor sport ground. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; swimming pool; indoor sport ground; restaurant/bar 

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Malika Kheivak

Uzbekistan flag Khiva

This 22-room hotel in the heart of the Ichon-Qala. Built in 2008, the hotel is located near the historical fortress of Khiva and next to the Islam Khoja Minaret. The furnishing and fittings are stylish, with wooden floorboards, good bathrooms and comfortable mattresses. 

Facilities: free wifi; restaurant; cafe; air-conditioning; mini bar 

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Omar Khayyam

Uzbekistan flag Bukhara

Set in Bukhara, Omar Khayyam Hotel has a bar, a garden and a terrace. The hotel is located in a fantastic located, situated in walking distance of all ancient monuments. The hotel provides many facilities, including a restaurant, 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi.

Facilities: free wifi; restaurant; safe deposit box; outdoor furniture 

Omar Khayyam image

Sultan Hotel Boutique

Uzbekistan flag Samarkand

Sultan Hotel Boutique is located in Samarkand and offers a restaurant, a rooftop terrace with stunning views of the surroundings. The hotel is within a 30-minute walk from Samarkand city centre and Registan Square is only a 5-minute walk away.

Facilities: free wifi; restaurant; safe deposit box; room service; sun terrace 

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Lotte City Hotel

Uzbekistan flag Tashkent

Featuring an outdoor pool and a health club, this centrally located hotel offers air-conditioned rooms, and a roof top terrace. The classic-style rooms at Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace each feature satellite TV and a work desk. 

Facilities: free wifi; swimming pool; fitness centre; safe deposit box; restaurant 

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Khujand Deluxe Hotel

Tajikistan flag Khujand

Khujand Deluxe Hotel is a small five-storey hotel in the eastern part of Khujand. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. 

Facilities: free wifi; restaurant; air-conditioning 

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Hilton

Tajikistan flag Dushanbe

Located in Tajikistan’s capital city of Dushanbe, the Hilton is located 7 minutes from the airport and within easy reach of government offices, businesses and popular attractions. The hotel features spacious rooms and upscale amenities within walking distance of significant historical sites, beautiful monuments and tranquil gardens and parks. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; swimming pool; safe deposit box; restaurant 

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Plaza Hotel

Kyrgyzstan flag Bishkek

Plaza Hotel Bishkek is located in the city centre, within a 5-minute walk of the Bishkek White House and 1 km from Ala-Too Square. The hotel features a spa and wellness centre, indoor pool, sauna and gym. Free WiFi and free parking are available on site.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box; restaurant; swimming pool 

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Hotel Resort "Karven Four Season"

Kyrgyzstan flag Cholpon Ata

This stunning hotel resort is situated in Sary-Oy and has an outdoor pool and sauna. Guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. The hotel This hotel has a private beach area and bike hire is available. 

Facilities: safe deposit box; restaurant; swimming pool; sun terrace 

Hotel Resort "Karven Four Season" image

Nomad's Dream Yurt Camp

Kyrgyzstan flag Sonkul

This camp includes 15 authentic Kyrgyz yurts. Guests are provided with essential items and can use the restaurant available at the camp site. 

Facilities: heating, essential items (towels, bed sheets), hot water 

Nomad's Dream Yurt Camp image

Novotel Almaty City Center

Kazakhstan flag Almaty

Located in Almaty, Novotel Almaty City Center provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a bar.

Facilities: free wifi; restaurant; swimming pool; fitness centre 

Novotel Almaty City Center image

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    
05 Sep 20
01 Oct 20
$12,595
Limited Seats

Additional Information

Tipping
Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $370pp pre-paid
Taxes
Total cost includes - air taxes, $345
Single Supplement
From $1,525
Day/Date Variations
Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
Taxes & Fuel Costs
Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
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.

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