Central Silk Route

Bishkek - Ashgabat

30 days through Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
FROM: $3370 USD + 1,000 USD Kitty
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Russian Bus
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 10 nights
Wild Camp 7 nights
Basic Hotel 5 nights
Homestay 2 nights
Yurt Camp 3 nights
Camping without facilities 2 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 26, Lunches x 9, Dinners x 12
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
AKY
Deposit:
$290 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

If there are two, must see Central Asian countries on the Silk Route, they are Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan; two very different destinations with a mutual history stretching from antiquity to the days of the Soviet Union.

Uzbekistan is the more visited of the two, because of its fabulous culture and Islamic architectural splendour. The cities of Khiva, Bukhara and fabled Samarkand are really unrivalled. Each has its own unique flavour, history and monuments. The sheer grandeur and colour of Samarkand make it peerless, whereas the quiet beauty of Bukhara and the tranquillity of Khiva make both unmissable.

Kyrgyzstan is about the vast mountains, valleys and lakes of the Tian Shan Mountains and the nomadic horsemen that live there, who become our hosts and guides. It's a wonderful place for hiking and riding. Add in the deserts of Turkmenistan and the bizarre Darvaza Crater and you have an epic journey.

Overland through Uzbekistan's Fergana Valley in local transport
See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley
Stay in traditional felt yurts at the incredible Song Köl Lake
Experience the daily life of the Kyrgyz mountain shepherds
See a demonstration from a traditional eagle hunter near Kochkor
Learn how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made
Trek into the wilds of the Jeti-Oghuz Gorge
Walk around the incredible scenery of the Chong Kemin valley
Relax in the picturesque city of Bishkek

An easy relaxed pace with plenty of hotels, yurt home stays and beautiful wild camps. Off the beaten track travel, day hikes and horse riding mixed with city and cultural tours to make this a well balanced and fascinating journey.

See an incredible demonstration from a traditional eagle hunter near Kochkor

See the traditional felt workshops or Kochkor and learn about how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made here

See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley at the Yodgorlik Silk Factory

Explore the stunning plaza of The Registan a world-famous and iconic symbol of Central Asia

Learn about the area's scientific heritage with a visit to the 15th-century Ulug Beg Observatory once the finest observatory in the Islamic world

Day 1 - Bishkek (24th August 2020)

Border Information: if joining in Bishkek, you will most likely enter Kyrgyzstan at Bishkek Manas International Airport (IATA code: FRU).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas at this initial meeting.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore this relaxed and atmospheric city.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Bishkek before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Bishkek.

*Important note - do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

*Another important note - please be aware that all itineraries in Kyrgyzstan are highly weather-dependent. The itinerary described in these notes are a statement of best intention, but we must approach each trip in Kyrgyzstan with a large degree of flexibility, as our leaders and local guides will have to 'play things by ear' according to the local conditions and weather. In low season certain routes become impossible and it may become far too cold to camp - in all cases there are fantastic and well-tried alternatives in place which means we can always run an excellent and comprehensive trip here, but please do not treat the exact details of the itinerary listed here as gospel - thanks for your understanding!*


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Daily Activities

Optional Activities

Freely explore the vast Osh Bazaar Bishkek's largest market

Entrance: Free

Explore Bishkek\'s past at the State Historical Museum on Ala-Too Square

Entrance: 150 KGS

Day 2 - Chong Kemin Valley (25th August 2020)
Day 3 - Chong Kemin Valley (26th August 2020)
Day 4 - Karakol (27th August 2020)
Day 5 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (28th August 2020)
Day 6 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (29th August 2020)
Day 7 - Kochkor (30th August 2020)
Day 8 - Son-Kol Lake (31st August 2020)
Day 9 - Son-Kol Lake (1st September 2020)
Day 10 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (2nd September 2020)
Day 11 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (3rd September 2020)
Day 12 - Arslanbob (4th September 2020)
Day 13 - Arslanbob (5th September 2020)
Day 14 - Fergana Valley (6th September 2020)
Day 15 - Tashkent (7th September 2020)
Day 16 - Tashkent (8th September 2020)
Day 17 - Samarkand (9th September 2020)
Day 18 - Samarkand (10th September 2020)
Day 19 - Samarkand (11th September 2020)
Day 20 - Kyzylkhum Desert (12th September 2020)
Day 21 - Bukhara (13th September 2020)
Day 22 - Bukhara (14th September 2020)
Day 23 - Bukhara (15th September 2020)
Day 24 - Khiva (16th September 2020)
Day 25 - Khiva (17th September 2020)
Day 26 - Kunye Urgench (18th September 2020)
Day 27 - Darvaza (19th September 2020)
Day 28 - Ashgabat (20th September 2020)
Day 29 - Ashgabat (21st September 2020)
Day 30 - Ashgabat (22nd September 2020)

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