Silk Road Through the Stans

from€4795
for 18 nights

Follow in the footsteps of ancient Silk Road merchants through Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan on this fantastic 18 night escorted tour.

What's Included
  • Flights from Dublin to Kyrgyzstan
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • 18 nights accommodation in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Tours each day, outlined in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites on the itinerary
  • Ground transport with driver
  • Train tickets
  • Domestic flights
  • Flights from Turkmenistan to Dublin
  • Services of English speaking guide and local representatives
  • Taxes, charges & 20kg check-in bag per person

Follow in the footsteps of ancient Silk Road merchants through the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Behold its crystal-clear lakes, ancient caravanserais, ubiquitous Lenin statues and traditional felt and yurt-making. In Uzbekistan, explore the majestic Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Wander through impressive mausoleums and fortresses, observe skillful craftsman and traverse the salt flats of the Kizil Kum Desert along the Oxus River.

Cross into Turkmenistan, one of the most mysterious countries in the world, to visit ancient Kunya-Urgench (Tamarlane’s inspiration), the ancient settlements of Merv and the crumbling fortress of Old Nisa. Finally, spend some time in the surreal marble-and-gold capital of Ashgabat.

Tour Highlights

  • Sublime beauty of Issy Kul Lake
  • Prehistoric art of Cholpan Ata
  • The sublime architecture of the UNESCO-listed city of Samarkand
  • The twin madrassas of Aziz Khan and Ulug Beg
  • Gur Emir, Timur (a.k.a. Tamerlane)’s beautiful tomb
  • The arid Kizil Kum Desert landscape
  • The UNESCO heritage city of Bukhara
  • Unique and sublime tilework of Shah i Zinda mausoleum
  • The twin madrassahs of Aziz Khan and Ulug Beg
  • UNESCO-listed Ichin Kala in Khiva
  • Historic monuments in Kunya-Urgench
  • The old fortress of Nisa
  • The historic oasis city of Mary
Accommodation
The Plaza Hotel, Bishkek
Khan Tengri Hotel, Naryn
The Green Yard Hotel
Kalmak-Ashu Guesthouse
Hotel Platan
Zargaron Hotel
Malika Khiva Hotel
Grand Turkmen Hotel
Hotel Mary
Prices
Dates Price
18 Sep 2019 €4795 Book Now
22 Apr 2020 €4795 Book Now
16 Sep 2020 €4795 Book Now
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Booking Remarks
Inclusive of taxes as indicated
Single supplement from €835
Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit 15%
Full payment due on confirmation
Optional Insurance available (call for details)
Taxes, fees or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price
These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking
Itinerary
Day 1

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Arrival into Bishkek airport where you will be met by a Travel Escapes representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Bishkek.

Overnight in Hotel Plaza, Bishkek

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

Depart Bishkek and travel to Naryn. Overnight in Naryn.

Overnight in Khan-Tengri Hotel, Naryn

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 3

Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Make an excursion to Tash-Rabat. Return to Naryn for overnight.

Overnight in Green Yard Hotel, Karakol

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 4

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Travel to Karakol along the Issy Kul Lake, stopping en route in Kochkor village. Overnight in Karakol.

Overnight in Green Yard Hotel, Karakol

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 5

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Take a tour of Karakol, highlights will include a visit to the Orthodox Cathedral, Dungan mosque and Jety-Oguz gorge. Overnight in Karakol.

Overnight in Green Yard Hotel, Karakol

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 6

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan

Visit the Nikolai Przhevalskii museum before stopping to see the Petrogylphs and ethnographic museum in Cholpan Ata. It is possible to do a yacht ride on Issy Kul Lake. Overnight in Ashu.

Overnight in Kalmak-Ashu Guesthouse, Ashu

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 7

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Travel to take a tour of Bishkek, stopping en route at the Burana Tower. Highlights in Bishkek will include Osh Bazaar and the Eternal Fire. Overnight in Bishkek.

Overnight in Hotel Plaza, Bishkek

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 8

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Transfer to Bishkek Airport and fly to Tashkent. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city. Highlights will include visiting Chorsu Bazaar, Kukeldash Madrasah and the Applied Art Museum. Overnight stay in Tashkent.

Overnight in Hotel Lotte City , Tashkent

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 9

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Travel to the train station to catch your train to Samarkand. On arrival you will spend the rest of the day exploring the city. Highlights will include a visit to Registan Square, Gur Emir and Bibi Khanum mosque. Overnight in Samarkand.

Overnight in Hotel Platan, Samarkand

Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner

Day 10

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Visit the Ulug Beg Observatory, Afrosiab and the Shah i Zinda Necropolis before travelling to Bukhara. Stopping en route in Gijduvon. Overnight stay in Bukhara.

Overnight in Zargaron Hotel, Bukhara

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 11

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Visit key sights in Bukhara, including the Lab-i-Khauz Ensemble, Mogaki Attari Mosque and Poi Kalon minaret and mosque. Also explore the Ulugbek and Aziz Khan Madrassahs. Visit Ark Fortress & Zindan, Balakhauz mosque, the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani and Chashma Ayub. Travel to the Hunarmand UNDP-assisted workshops. Overnight in Bukhara.

Overnight in Zargaron Hotel, Bukhara

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 12

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Travel to the Sitora-i-Mokhikhosa before a visit to Bahuaddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum. Overnight stay in Bukhara.

Overnight in Zargaron Hotel, Bukhara

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 13

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Depart Bukhara, driving through the Kizil Kum desert to Khiva. Stop en route at the scenic banks of the Oxus river. Overnight stay in Khiva.

Overnight in Malika Khiva Hotel, Khiva

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 14

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Spend the day exploring Khiva, including the sights of Ichin Kala, the Friday Mosque and Tashauli Palace. Enjoy a demonstration at a UNESCO silk workshop, where you will also have the opportunity to weave your own silk pieces. Overnight stay in Khiva.

Overnight in Malika Khiva Hotel, Khiva

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 15

Dashoguz, Uzbekistan

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Depart Uzbekistan and enter Turkmenistan at the Dashoguz border. Travel to the UNESCO site and museum of Kunya-Urgench. Return to Dashoguz for a flight to Ashgabat. Overnight in Ashgabat.

Overnight in Grand Turkmen Hotel, Ashgabat

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 16

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Visit the Old Nisa fortress near Ashgabat. Later return to Ashgabat to visit the National Museum of History and Ethnography (closed Tues), Independence Square, the Arch of Neutrality and the Earthquake Memorial. Overnight in Ashgabat.

Overnight in Grand Turkmen Hotel, Ashgabat

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 17

Mary, Turkmenistan

Travel to Mary, stopping at the fortress of Nadir-Shah. Overnight in Mary.

Overnight in Hotel Mary, Mary

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 18

Mary, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Travel to ancient Merv, before visiting the History Museum in Mary. Later, transfer to the airport for flight to Ashgabat. Overnight in Ashgabat.

Overnight in Grand Turkmen Hotel, Ashgabat

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 19

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Transfer to the airport in Ashgabat, where you will catch your departure flight and make your onward journey back to Ireland.

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