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The Five Stans Of The Silk Road


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5 countries, 3 weeks, 1 epic trip through Central Asia's Silk Road


Start Ashgabat

Explore Ashgabat

The fortress of Nisa and the Door to Hell at Darvaza

Anau Mosque, Abiverd and Mary

Explore Merv before crossing into Uzbekistan and on to Bukhara.

Full day exploring Bukhara

Discover more of Bukhara before continuing to Samarkand.

Full day sightseeing in Samarkand

Visit Shakhrisabz and Termez.

Termez city tour.

Cross into Tajikistan; on to Dushanbe.

Into the Fann Mountains and Iskanderkul Lake.

Istravashan and Khujand

To the Ferghana Valley in Uzbekistan.

To Osh and Arslan Bob in Kyrgyzstan.

Full day in Arslan Bob

Chychkn Gorge.

Kyzyl Oi Village

Son Kul Lake.


Almaty, Kazakhstan

End Almaty

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Vast deserts, rolling steppe, fertile valleys and majestic mountains form the backdrop to the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia which are commonly known as the five Stans. Amongst this changing and varied landscape are traditional villages, ancient towns and modern cities which tell a tale of advancing Greek and Persian armies, marauding Mongolian hordes, traders selling their wares along the Silk Road, philosophers, astronomers, Communist experiments and post-Soviet eccentrics. Journey past giant burning gas pits, intrinsically tiled mosques, alpine lakes bordered by yurt camps, grand monuments, rural villages and colourful markets on this epic trip through the heart of Central Asia.

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