Central Asia Overland Tour

Central Asia Overland Tour

Central Asia Overland Tour

Prices

From $3,875USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, guesthouses, camps, homestays

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Highlights

Spend 25 days exploring the ancient Silk Road landscape

Explore the landscape along the ancient Silk Road trading route.

Take in the natural beauty of Altyn Emel State National Park.

Discover the rich history of ancient fortifications, such as those at Khujand and Istaravshan.

Visit the Darvaza Gas Crater, also known as “The Gates of Hell”.

This combined tour of five Central Asian countries along the ancient Silk Road trading route is based on the picturesque landscapes and historic highlights of Silk Road destinations. Experience the rich culture of Kazakhstan, the natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan, the intriguing archaeology of Turkmenistan, the pristine terrain of Tajikistan, and the historical heritage of Uzbekistan.

Spanning a 25-day period, this action-packed tour itinerary will ensure that travelers never face a dull moment. Become one of few international visitors to have experienced these 5 ‘stan countries!

Central Asia Overland Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Almaty, Kazakhstan

After your arrival at the international airport in Almaty, you will transfer to your hotel for an early check in. After taking some time to rest and enjoy breakfast, you will set out on an excursion in Almaty to visit the State History Museum (closed on Tuesday) and the Republican Square. Walk around Panfilov’s Park to see Zenkov’s Orthodox Cathedral, the Great Patriotic War Memorial, and the Green Bazaar.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Almaty
Meals
Breakfast

Day 2 Transfer to Altyn Emel State Natural Park

With an early morning start, you will transfer to Altyn Emel State Natural Park and the Singing Sand Dunes for an interesting hike. In the afternoon, you will drive into the Aktau and Katutau mountains (possible only for individuals of 1-2 pax who take a 4WD). Afterward, you will once again drive to Bashi village, where you will enjoy a nice dinner and an overnight stay in the guesthouse.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Bashi Village
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Charyn Canyons and Kolsai Lakes

After another early morning, you will begin making your way to Charyn Canyons. The Canyon itself is approximately 150 km long and up to 300 meters deep. Here, you can walk around canyons and then continue on your way to Kolsai lakes. Upon arrival in the evening, you will enjoy dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Kolsai National Park
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Kolsai Lakes Full Day

Today you will spend a full day of leisure at Kolsai Lakes, enjoying the beautiful scenery and activities on offer there.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Kolsai National Park
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Drive to Karakol of Kyrgyzstan

After breakfast, you will make the drive to Karakol via the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border (Kegen). In the afternoon, you will reach Karakol town, where you will be able to rest at your hotel accommodations.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Karakol
Meals
Breakfast, lunch

Day 6 Drive to Son Kul Lake via Dzhety Oguz

After a good night’s rest, you will awake in the morning for a drive to Son Kul Lake via the rugged terrain of Dzhety Oguz gorge and Skazka canyon. Upon arrival at Son Kul, you will find your accommodation and lunch in a yurt camp.

Overnight Location
Camping in Son Kul
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 7 Drive to Kazarman

After breakfast on day 7, you will drive to Kazarman. Here, you will spend the night in a local family’s house, sharing an unforgettable experience while taking in their culture and hospitality.

Overnight Location
Homestay in Kazarman
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Drive to Osh

This morning you will enjoy breakfast and make the scenic drive to Osh via Uzgen town, which are situated 50 km apart. Upon your arrival in Osh, you will find your accommodation in a hotel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kazarman
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Drive to Margilan, Uzbekistan

After breakfast, you will undertake an excursion in Osh, where you will visit Suleyman Too (meaning “Suleyman’s mountain”). You will then experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Osh bazaar, which was once a fixture of the Silk Road. Afterwards, you will drive to the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, change vehicles and guides, and continue driving to Margilan.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Margilan
Meals
Breakfast

Day 10 Excursion in Margilan and Drive to Kokand

After breakfast, you will undertake an excursion in Margilan, which will include the “Yodgorlik Silk Factory”, Adras workshop, Said Akhmad-Khoja madrasa, and complex Mir Siddiq. After a fairly short 50km drive to Rashtan, you will visit a local Kyrgyz family where wool weaving crafts are made, as well as a ceramicist’s house (Master Mr. Said) to watch and participate in making ceramic products. Another drive to Kokand will allow you to visit the Khudayar Khan’s Palace and “Dahmai Shahon” (Royal Cemetery).

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kokand
Meals
Breakfast

Day 11 Drive to Tashkent and City Tour

In the morning, you will make the drive to Tashkent, where you will set out on a tour to visit the oriental Chorsu bazaar, Hasti Imam Complex (Barakhan Medresha, Tillya Sheikh Mosque and Muyi Muborak Library with famous Holy Osman Koran), Applied Art Museum, Tashkent Metro Stations (Underground which is famous for its cleanliness and unique architectural designs), Amir Temur Square, Independence Square, Alisher Navoi Theatre Square.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Tashkent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 12 Drive to Khujand of Tajikistan

A 110km morning drive will bring guests to the Uzbek-Tajik border “Oybek”. Here, you will once again change vehicles and guides, before continuing on another 60km to Khujand. Upon arrival, you will visit Panchshanbe bazaar, the Rudaki monument, Ismail Samaniy Monument, Mausoleum of Sheikh Muslihiddin, Kyarakkum (Tajik Sea), and the Arbob Cultural Palace.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Khujand
Meals
Breakfast

Day 13 Visit to Khujand Historical Places and Drive to Penjikent

After breakfast, you will be able to enjoy an excursion in Khujand, where you will visit the Khujand Historical Museum and Temurmalik Castle – also known as Khujand Fortress. Afterwards, you will drive to Penjikent, stopping off along the way to visit Istaravshan castle. Upon your arrival in Penjikent, you can visit Saramz (ancient town), before settling in for the night at your Hotel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Penjikent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 14 Exploring the Famous 7 Lakes

After a morning transfer to Haf Kul, you can experience the seven lakes of different colors in the mountains of Tajikistan. Here, you will have the opportunity for a short stay to enjoy some snacks & tea on the lakeshore while soaking up the views. Return to Penjikent for an overnight stay in a hotel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Penjikent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 15 Drive to Samarkand of Uzbekistan

After spending some time sightseeing in Penjikent – including the Rudaki Museum, local Bazaar, and mosque – you will visit the ancient town, which is located within 5 minutes drive. This was a major Sogdian city dating back to the 5th century and was destroyed by Arab conquerors in the VIII century.

In the afternoon, you will drive to the Tajik-Uzbek border “Jartepa”, change vehicles and guides, and drive to Samarkand, where you will find your hotel accommodations.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Samarkand
Meals
Breakfast

Day 16 Enjoying Samarkand

Day 16 of the tour will begin with breakfast at the hotel before setting out on a full-day excursion in Samarkand. As part of the itinerary, you will visit Afrosiyob Museum, the Observatory of Ulugbek, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Bibi-Khanum Mosque – the largest mosque in Central Asia, the oriental bazaar Siyab, Konigil Silk-paper making center, Registan Square (Sherdor Madrasah, Tilla Kari Madrassah and Ulugbek Madrassah) and the Guri-Emir mausoleum.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Samarkand
Meals
Breakfast

Day 17 Drive to Bukhara by Gijduvan

After breakfast, guests will drive to Bukhara, stopping along the way to visit the Rabat Malik caravansary and Sardoba water reservoir from the ancient Silk Road. You will also stop in Gijduvan to visit the mausoleum of Abdulkholik Gijduvani, Ulugbek’s madrasah, and Vabkent Minaret (XI c.) in Vabkent. Upon your arrival in Bukhara, you will transfer to your hotel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Bukhara
Meals
Breakfast

Day 18 Enjoying Bukhara

On day 18, you will enjoy another full-day excursion in Bukhara that includes Samanids’ Mausoleum, Chashmai Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khovuz mosque, Ark Fortress, and the Poi-Kalyon complex (Kalyan mosque and minaret, Miri Arab madrasa). You will also visit the Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrassas, the Magoki Attori mosque, Trade Domes (Toki-Zargaron, Toki-Telpakifurushon and Toki-Sarrofon), and the Labi Khovuz complex.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Bukhara
Meals
Breakfast

Day 19 Drive to Khiva

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Khiva through the Kizil-Kum Desert. Along the way, you will stop near the Amudarya River to take some beautifully scenic landscape photos. Upon your arrival in Khiva, you will transfer to your hotel and spend the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Khiva
Meals
Breakfast

Day 20 Enjoying Khiva

Today you will have another action-packed day of sightseeing, this time exploring all of the highlights in Khiva, including the Mausoleum of Pahlavan Makhmud, Tosh-Hovli Palace (Harem), Kunya-Ark Fortress, Kalta-Minor Minaret, Medrese of Shergazi-Khan, and the Complex of Alla-Kuli Khan. You will also explore the Juma Mosque and Minaret, Karavan-Saray, Minaret and Mosque of Khodja-Islam, Tim of Alakulikhan, Medrese of Abdulla-Khan, Mausoleum of Said Alautdin, Medrese of Mukhamad Amin-Khan, Walls of Ichan-Kala, and the impressive Palvan-Darvaza Gate. Overnight accommodation will be in a hotel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Khiva
Meals
Breakfast

Day 21 Drive to Darwaza of Turkmenistan

After breakfast, you will drive to the Uzbek-Turkmen border, once again changing vehicles and guides before continuing on your journey.

Arriving at your destination, you will be able to discover the Ancient Kunya Urgench UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit a number of historic and cultural highlights including the mausoleum of Nadjmetdin-Kubra, mausoleum of Mongol princess Torebeg-Khanum, Kutlug-Timur minaret, Kyrk-Mollah mausoleum, Il-Arslan mausoleum, Dashmechet, and the Mamun minaret – depending on time.

In the afternoon, you will drive to the infamous Darvaza Gas Crater through theKarakum desert. Enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner near the crater before spending the night in tents.

Overnight Location
Camping in Darwaza
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 22 Drive to Ashgabat and the City Tour

In the morning, you will drive to Ashgabat for a city tour that will take you to the Neutrality Arch, Independence Park, and Earthquake Memorial Complex, Ertogrul Gazi mosque, President Palace and Carpet museum.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Ashgabat
Meals
Breakfast

Day 23 Drive to Mary

After an early breakfast, guests will make the drive to Mary,visiting the ruins of the Anau Mosque and the Abiverd Silk Road Town along the way. Upon arrival in Mary, you will be able to explore the museum in the late afternoon.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Mary
Meals
Breakfast

Day 24 Excursion in Mary and Flight Back to Ashgabat

Day 24 of the tour will include a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Ancient Merv to uncover the rich history that can be found there. Afterwards, you will transfer to the domestic airport for a flight to Ashgabat.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Ashgabat
Meals
Breakfast

Day 25 Transfer to Ashgabat Airport and Departure

On the final day of your adventure, you will have an early morning transfer to Ashgabat Airport for a departure flight, waving goodbye to Central Asia and the impressive landscape of the ancient Silk Road.

Overnight Location
None
Meals
None

Central Asia Overland Tour Price and Dates

Pricing for this guided sightseeing tour in Central Asia depends on the number of people traveling in your party.

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided group of 2: $5,850USD per person
  • Guided group of 3: $5,195USD per person
  • Guided group of 4: $4,450USD per person
  • Guided group of 5: $4,095USD per person
  • Guided group of 6: $3,875USD per person
  • Guided group of 7+: On request
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Accommodation on the Central Asia Overland Tour

This tour is based in hotels, guesthouses, camping tents, and homestays. Hotels on this trip are 3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. The accommodation in mountain lodges and mountain huts is more rustic and, in some cases, you’ll be staying in a dormitory-type accommodation where you’ll share your living space with other travellers.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $650USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Please note that single rooms are only available in hotels.

Night 1-24

Hotels, guesthouses, tents in Central Asia Overland Tour

The accommodation on this tour will range from hotels in central cities and towns to guesthouses and tents as you travel from country to country.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Central Asia Overland Tour?

Meals

24 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 24 nights plus early check-in are included.

Transportation during the Tour

There are various suggested types of vehicles depending on your group size. Luxury cars are available upon request too. Vehicles and guides are changed per country as you travel. Pickup from and drop-off to the airport is included. Airfare from Mary to Ashgabat on Day 24 is not included but can be booked during the booking process (priced at 70 USD per person, subject to change).

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide in each country
  • Entrance fees to sights and museums per program
  • Mineral water 1L per person
  • Turkmen visa support
  • All applicable taxes in each country

Not included

  • Photo or video fees at museums
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • All types of personal expenses
  • PCR tests in each country (if required)
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not previously mentioned
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades where available
  • Luxury vehicle upgrades where available

Frequenty Asked Questions about Central Asia Overland Tour

How hard is the Central Asia Overland Tour?

We rate this tour as a 1/5. This is a generally relaxed sightseeing tour with only daily walking required.

When is the best time to travel to the “Stan” Countries for this tour?

Due to the itinerary including Son Kul, the best time to set out on this adventure is from the 20th of May until 20th of September each year. This is due to the cold temperatures in Son Kul during other months. Expect hot weather in July and August.

Do I need a visa to travel to Central Asian countries?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government. Turkmen visa support is included.

Are meals included on the Central Asia Overland Tour?

24 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip.

How do I get to Almaty to start this tour?

Fly into Almaty International Airport (ALA) from where you will be transferred to a hotel.

Is the Central Asia Overland Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking. In each country you will be led by different guides.

Where does the Central Asia Overland Tour end?

The tour ends in Ashgabat where you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Central Asian countries?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Central Asian countries?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

Oasis International Travel is an Uzbek tour operator and a travel company located in Tashkent with reliable representatives in other Central Asian countries along the Great Silk Road. This company consists of a qualified team with more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry.

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Prices

From $3,875USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, guesthouses, camps, homestays

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 1/5. This is a generally relaxed sightseeing tour with only daily walking required.


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