Central Asia highlights tour

A chance to journey through five of central Asia's 'Stans', this is a jam-packed tour of history, culture and architecture all wrapped up in the intriguing story of the Silk Road.
Turkmenistan Kazakhstan Uzbekistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Ashgabat Anau Mary Merv Bukhara Gijduvan Samarkand Termez Dushanbe Iskandar Kol Istarafshan Khojand Kanibadam Ferghana Tashkent Bishkek Son Kul Ala Arch National Park Almaty
Price
£4995 excluding flights
Duration
25 Days
Countries
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Type
Tailor made
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Please note the prices shown above are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin or double room
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Description of Central Asia highlights tour

Price information

£4995 excluding flights
Please note the prices shown above are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin or double room
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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Vacation information

Our top tip:
Good walking shoes will be your best friend.
Trip type:
Tailor made to your budget and preferences.
Activity level:
Leisurely/Moderate.
Accomm:
25 nights 3*-4* hotels and guesthouses.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available at hotels with surcharge.
Meals:
25 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, private transport, transfers, entrance fees, guide.
Pricing:
The currency converter above works on today’s interbank exchange rate. We do take bookings in a variety of currencies, but the rates are often set months in advance and may therefore differ from those shown above which are for guidance purposes only. Please inquire for details.

Reviews

1 Reviews of Central Asia highlights tour

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We did. Trek over Ton Prival pass, approximately 4,100m high, through the
snow, for 9 hours. It was an exhilarating day, with the most amazing views. The
view from the top was great, but every corner on the way it just got better and
better. That was a definite highlight!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Have as much time as you can to spare. We managed 31 days, which allowed
lots of time for visiting cities as well as hiking, which was the primary point of
our trip. Don't overlook places like Bishtek or Turkmenistan; when planning the
itenarary they were not high on my list of must dos, but they turned out to be
highlights as well.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We interacted with many local people, used local shops, market stalls to try and
make a positive impact. I am not sure how successful we were, but many people
earned more money from us coming, which must be a good thing.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Absolutely excellent. The diversity was amazing. Yet, even with 31 days, there is
still so much we need to see. Next time the Pamir Highway just cannot be
missed! And maybe Lenin Peak!

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the fragile eco-structure of the desert is not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote. In each area we employ and develop close relationships with drivers and guides. We feel the interaction between our friends and our clients offers both parties a valuable understanding between cultures.

We also support several NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

People

we use local ground handlers who in turn book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and local guides at the sites – our clients are taken to local family run restaurants. This means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy.

In Central Asia we have developed unique relationships with many of the semi-nomadic peoples of the region and through our form of interactive, socially conscience tourism have helped them adapt to the modern, changing world by providing important income opportunities. With Sogan Bai, an eagle hunter from the shores of Lake Issyk Kul, or Noorgul, a shepherdess from the pristine Son Kul, or Nazira and her family at Tash Rabat, we have been responsible for introducing them to the homestay market, helping them to provide good, clean and interesting accommodation which in term allows them to educate their children, improve their standard of living and look after their ill.

We also support several NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

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