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Kalpak Travel’s Best of Central Asia Tour combines the cultural highlights and natural beauty of five different countries in one epic journey.

In each of the Central Asian republics you’ll visit the modern and historic capitals, and see firsthand the cultural treasures and traditions of both the nomadic people who have crossed this region for centuries, and also the people who have settled in its cities.

The eclectic contemporary architecture of Nur-Sultan and Ashgabat contrasts with the sprawling Soviet-styled cities of Almaty, Bishkek, and Dushanbe, and nothing can prepare you for the impact of the great Silk Road cities, where flourishing Islamic culture and the medieval Timurid Empire left a lasting architectural legacy.

Travel across the five ‘Stans with us to experience the very best of Central Asian hospitality on an unforgettable adventure.

Book With Confidence

We fully appreciate that we all need to be flexible in the world of travel right now. You can book with us with complete confidence that you have the flexibility to change your plans if needed.

All bookings made this year can be changed or postponed free of charge. If you cancel your trip up to 16 days before the departure, we will hold your deposit as a credit towards an alternative trip in the future with Kalpak Travel.

Good to know

  • Signature in-depth cultural immersion into the Five 'Stans
  • Fully escorted multi-lingual guide
  • Small groups (max 12)
  • Flexible rebookings: change dates at no cost

What's included

  • Included Ground transfers
  • Included Internal flights
  • Included Some meals
  • Included Accommodation
  • Included Guided excursions
Days

22

Starting from

€4,580 pp

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Destinations
Central Asia
Activity
Active, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Solo Travel
Tour Type
Small group tour, Private guided tour

Journey highlights

Key moments and experiences on this trip

Take a guided tour of Samarkand
Samarkand

Take a guided tour of Samarkand

Probably the most-famous of the Silk Road cities, known for its historic mausoleums, ancient architecture and fascinating heritage. Visit prominent landmarks such as the Gur-e-Amir mausoleum, Bibi-Khanum Mosque and the Registan.

Khiva city tour
Khiva

Khiva city tour

Discover Khiva, an enclosed museum city and a UNESCO world heritage site that is home to a labyrinth of mud-brick alleyways and carefully restored historical sites.

Camp at the Darvaza Gas Crater
Darvaza

Camp at the Darvaza Gas Crater

Spend the night in a yurt beside this famed natural gas crater, known as the “gateway to hell,” in the depths of the Karakum Desert. Its blazing flames can be seen for miles around.

Visit Kyzylkum Desert ruins
Uzbekistan

Visit Kyzylkum Desert ruins

Tour the ruined fortresses of Toprak Kala and Ayaz Kala, found in the heart of the Red Desert.

Detailed itinerary

What you'll see and do

Nur-Sultan City Tour

Welcome to Central Asia! Most of the flights to Nur-Sultan arrive early in the morning, so you can have a rest and breakfast after the long flight.

Please note: If you have time, we recommend arriving a day early to have some rest and get used to the time difference. We can book an extra night at the hotel for you.

You will meet your fellow travelers and your guide at 10:00 AM in the hotel lobby to start the city tour. Nur-Sultan is Central Asia’s youngest capital and a showpiece for 21st century Kazakhstan. We will visit the National Museum of Kazakhstan, walk to Independence Square, and in the afternoon enjoy the panoramic city view from the top of Baiterek Tower. We will walk along Nurzhol Boulevard, designed by celebrity architect Kisho Kurokawa, to the Khan Shatyr, the giant, tent-like shopping center designed by the equally famous Norman Foster. Finally, you will see the venue for Expo 2017, where the impressive Kazakh pavilion has a unique spherical shape.

Included meals: Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hilton Garden Inn Astana

Hilton Garden Inn Astana

Nur-Sultan – Bishkek (flight) – Burana – Kochkor / Chon Kemin

This morning we need to get up early to catch our flight to Bishkek, departing at 8:00 AM with Air Astana. The flight to the Kyrgyz capital takes less than two hours, and your Kyrgyz guide will meet you at the airport for the transfer to the city center. You will have a short city tour in what is one of the most charming and greenest cities in Central Asia. After lunch, we depart to the mountain valley of Chon Kemin (May and October departures) OR the village of Kochkor (June, July, August, September departures). Our first stop is at Burana Tower, about 80 km to the east of Bishkek. This minaret was built in the 11th century in the medieval city of Balasagun, capital of the mighty Karakhanid Empire. You can climb up the minaret’s winding staircase to enjoy a wide view of the scenic Chuy Valley. There is also an open-air museum here featuring a collection of ancient balbals, carved stone figures often found around ancient burial mounds.

In June, July, August & September: Kochkor

From Burana we will continue driving about two hours to the mountain village of Kochkor, where we will arrive just in time for dinner. After dinner, you can see a demonstration of how shyrdak, traditional felt carpets, are made. Kochkor is located at an altitude of almost 1,800 meters, and you can get some acclimatization for the ascent to lake Song Kul on the following day.

Overnight in hotel Nomad Lodge or similar

In May & October: Chon Kemin

From Burana, we will drive further on into the mountains to our guesthouse in the beautiful Chon Kemin Valley. After less than two hours’ ride, we will arrive just in time for dinner. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kochkor – Song Kul / Chon Kemin – Kochkor

In the summer months, we will drive up to Lake Song Kul. In May and October Song Kul is not accessible due to snow and it is replaced with the mountain valley of Chon Kemin. See below the different itineraries for today, depending on your selected departure.

In June, July, August & September: Kochkor – Song-Kul

In the morning we learn how boorsok (deep-fried bread, a specialty of Kyrgyzstan) is made and will taste it for breakfast. After breakfast, we start our ascent towards mountain lake Song Kul. The lake is not very far from Kochkor, but due to bad road conditions, it will still be a quite long and bumpy ride to the lake (c. 4 hours). Lake Song Kul is a mountainous lake at an altitude of 3016 meters above sea level. The nomads pass their summer on the “jailoo” (summer pasture) with their animals. We will arrive in time for lunch, which will be served in the yurt camp. Free time in the afternoon to go on a walk to the shore or horse ride and observe nomadic life. The yurt camp is located about 3 kilometers from the shore of the lake. We will also watch a match of Kok Boru – a traditional spectacle of horsemanship.

Overnight in a yurt (2 people in a yurt, shared western toilets outside, simple shower)

In May & October: Chon Kemin – Kochkor

In the morning we learn how boorsok (deep fried bread, a speciality of Kyrgyzstan) is made and will taste it for breakfast. After breakfast, you can walk into the village, observe the life of the local people; or opt for a short horse ride into the surrounding hills. We will also have a chance to watch a match of Kok Boru – a traditional spectacle of horsemanship. After lunch, we drive about two hours through the mountains to the village of Kochkor. Before dinner, you can see a demonstration of how shyrdak, traditional felt carpets, are made. Dinner in a family guesthouse and overnight in a simple hotel.

Overnight in hotel Nomad Lodge or similar

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Song Kul / Kochkor – Tamga

After breakfast, we will drive to Issyk Kul, “the pearl of Kyrgyzstan” and the second-largest mountain lake in the world. At an altitude of 1,600 meters, it is warm enough in summer for swimming and a popular beach destination for the Kyrgyz and Kazakh people. The way down to Kochkor is the same road again. It’s only a short distance on from Kochkor to Issyk Kul, but we will have several interesting stops along the way. Our first stop is in the village of Kyzyl Tuu, where we will meet a yurt maker and learn more about this traditional nomadic dwelling. Many people in this village are involved in yurt making business. Near Bokonbayevo, we will meet an eagle hunter, who will show us his eagle and give a short demonstration for us. At Skazka (Fairytale) Canyon, which derives its name from its bizarre landscape made of fabulous rock formations, we will walk for around one hour. From here, it is then just half an hour to reach our destination, a yurt camp near the shore of Issyk Kul. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.

Overnight in yurt camp (2 people in a yurt, shared bathroom facilities)

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tamga – Jety Oguz - Karakol-Tepke (ca. 150km, 4-5h)

Today we will drive further east along Issyk Kul’s southern shore towards the town of Karakol. En route we will take a diversion into the side valley of Jety Oguz, famous for its two red rock formations called “Seven Bulls” and “The Broken Heart”. You will see these rocks and our guide will tell you the legends behind their interesting names.

In Karakol, we will have lunch with a local Uighur family, and a short sightseeing tour of the town’s most interesting sights. These include the Dungan Mosque, built in 1904; and the wooden Russian Orthodox Church, which has been standing since 1869. From Karakol, it is another 30km drive north to the village of Tepke, where we will spend the night in the welcoming guesthouse of a family who breed Kyrgyz horses.

Overnight at Reina Kench Guesthouse (single/twin room with shower and toilet in the room)

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Reina Kench Guesthouse Karakol

Reina Kench Guesthouse Karakol

Visit Charyn Canyon

It is time to leave Kyrgyzstan behind and cross the mountains into Kazakhstan, driving to Almaty, Kazakhstan’s former capital and its largest city. It is a very long ride and partly on bad roads.It is a very long ride and partly on bad roads. About halfway between Karakol and Almaty, we will stop for a picnic lunch at one of the most famous natural sights in Kazakhstan, Charyn Canyon.

The canyon is often compared to the Grand Canyon, although it is much smaller in size with a total length of 80-90km. The part of the canyon you will visit is known as the Valley of Castles for its unusual rock formations. It is 3km long and 100m deep. We will walk these 3km down to the river, and have our lunch in a scenic spot there. We will arrive in Almaty in time for dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Kazzhol Almaty

Hotel Kazzhol Almaty

Almaty City Tour

Almaty was Kazakhstan’s capital until 1997 and it remains the country’s business and educational center. The roads are wide and tree-lined, and there are good views of the Zailisky Ala-Tau Mountains which form a backdrop to the city. The name Almaty means “the place with apples” and it is believed that this is where apples originated from.

In Almaty we will visit Panfilov Park to see the city’s most famous sight, Zenkov Cathedral. In the same park is the impressive Soviet Glory Memorial, a tribute to 28 men who, as the story goes, repelled 50 German tanks from the outskirts of Moscow during World War II. At Green Bazaar, you will get the chance to explore local Kazakh culture as you shop for fresh fruits and vegetables. There will be some free time in the afternoon to explore the city on your own, or to relax at the hotel. Your guide will be available to help and happy to suggest places to go and things to see or do.

In the evening, we will meet again in the hotel lobby and take the cable car to Kok Tobe, a hill overlooking the city from which there are panoramic views. We will then have dinner together before returning to the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Kazzhol Almaty

Hotel Kazzhol Almaty

Fly to Dushanbe

After a leisurely breakfast, we will transfer to Almaty Airport to catch the Air Astana flight to Dushanbe, departing at 11:10 AM. It is under two hours flying time.

Originally, Dushanbe was a small village centred on a market that took place every Monday. The Persian word Dushanbe means “Monday”, so this is how the city got its name. It was during the Soviet Union that Dushanbe became the industrial centre of Tajikistan and the capital city it is today.

Arriving in Dushanbe you will meet your Tajik guide and have lunch in the city. We will visit the Museum of Antiquities with its 13m-long Sleeping Buddha, then walk in the shade of the trees in the Botanical Garden or tour the marvellous modern Navruz Palace (sometimes closed on Sundays). Together we will visit the Ismail Samani statue. This large gold and marble monument commemorates the 1,100th anniversary of the Samanid State, a Golden Age of the Tajik nation when science and arts flourished. From there we will walk across to Rudaki Park, dedicated to great Persian poet Rudaki, who lived under the Samanids during the 10th century. By then it will be time for a delicious dinner in a Tajik restaurant.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Atlas Hotel Dushanbe

Atlas Hotel Dushanbe

Iskander Kul Lake

Today after an early breakfast we will drive to Iskander Kul, a mountain lake named after Alexander the Great. Triangular in shape, it is considered one of the most exquisitely beautiful lakes in all the former Soviet Union nations. It is nestled in the Fann Mountains at an altitude of 2,200m. The route is a delightful one, through rugged mountain scenery. On the shore of the lake we will have lunch, then take a short hike to a nearby waterfall. It is then a four-hour drive on to reach the town of Panjakent, where we arrive just in time for dinner and will stay for overnight in a hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Umarion Panjakent

Hotel Umarion Panjakent

Seven Lakes Day Trip

Our day trip will start with a bumpy ride into the mountains to explore the area of the Seven Lakes. This mountain valley is not far from Panjakent, but due to the terrible road conditions, this trip takes a full day. Near the fourth lake, there is a guesthouse. If you want to, you can stay there after lunch and relax, otherwise, we will drive further up the valley to the sixth lake. It is then a short and easy hike of about two hours (both ways) to the seventh and highest lake, Hazorchashma. There will be time to enjoy the scenery and wander along the lake shore before hiking back down to the sixth lake and returning by road to Panjakent.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Umarion Panjakent

Hotel Umarion Panjakent

Penjikent to Khujand

From Penjikent we will drive north first to Istarafshan and finally to Khujand. The road to Istarafshan is very scenic, crossing the Shahriston Pass. Istarafshan was founded by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC and recently celebrated its 2,500th anniversary. In the 14th century, the Timurids called Istarafshan Ura-Tube, and the city’s artisans were highly regarded across Central Asia. Istarafshan is still well known in Tajikistan for its blacksmiths, who hand-craft knives of particularly high quality. We will visit the blacksmiths’ workshops near the entrance to the city’s market.

From Istarafshan, it is one and a half hours’ drive to Khujand, the second-largest city in Tajikistan. We will check-in at the hotel and have dinner in the city.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Khujand Grand Hotel

Khujand Grand Hotel

Explore Khujand

Khujand is situated in the Fergana Valley on the Syr Darya River. It is another ancient city with history dating back to Cyrus the Great and Alexander the Great. Khujand’s main market, Panjshanbe Bazaar, is the largest in Tajikistan. Our city tour includes the bazaar and the adjacent Maslihaddin Mosque, the Historical Museum of Khujand, and the curious Arbob Cultural Palace, which was built in the 1950s and inspired by the Peterhof in St. Petersburg.

In the afternoon, around 3:00 PM, we will depart from Khujand for Tashkent. We will cross the Oybek border point on foot and meet our Uzbek driver and bus on the other side. It will take approximately two hours to reach Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan and the largest city in Central Asia.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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City Palace Hotel Tashkent

City Palace Hotel Tashkent

Tashkent City

After breakfast at the hotel we will visit Tashkent’s Old City, where you will find the Khast Imom Complex. The library here displays the Quran of Caliph Osman, thought to be the oldest Quran in the world. We’ll take a ride on Tashkent’s famous Soviet-era metro system, which like Moscow’s features some of the most ornately decorated stations in the world. Exiting at Amir Timur Square, we will view the statue of the great conqueror, and continue to the nearby Independence Square. In the afternoon we will have free time, or you can opt to visit one of several national museums, or the bustling Chorsu Bazaar.

In the evening we will take the Afrosiyob high-speed train to Samarkand (6:50 PM – 9:00 PM), and on arrival transfer to the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Rabat
Classic

Hotel Rabat

Samarkand City Tour

Sublime Samarkand was the capital of the Timurid Empire; Timur was one of history’s greatest conquerors. His vast empire rivalled any, stretching across the Eurasian steppe. Much of the architectural heritage from this period has been preserved, allowing us to see how the city might have been at the peak of Timur’s power.

We will start the city tour with a visit to the Gur-e-Amir, the gilded mausoleum where Timur is buried. We will hear stories from his life and how he began the construction of Samarkand. Then, we will go to the Registan, the most famous landmark in all of Uzbekistan. This square was the focal point of medieval Samarkand and is framed by three beautiful madrassas (religious schools), Ulugbek, Sherdor, and Tillya Kori. After lunch, we will stroll through the spacious courtyard of the Bibi-Khanum Mosque, a structure that legend says was gifted to Timur by one of his wives. We will have time to explore the Siyob Bazaar before checking in at the hotel and having dinner in the city centre.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Hotel Rabat
Classic

Hotel Rabat

Visit the Konigil Paper Mill

After breakfast, we will visit the Konigil Paper Mill. At the paper mill, you will see the same process of paper production from mulberry tree bark which was used in 8th century Samarkand. We will then continue our tour to the Shah-i Zinda necropolis to see the magnificent mosaic tile work and turquoise and blue domes.

After lunch, you can have some free time or visit Ulugbek’s Observatory and the Afrasiyab Museum. The museum explores the ancient history of Samarkand – then known as Afrasiyab – before was destroyed by the Mongols in the early 13th century. Dinner will be in the city centre.

After dinner, we will transfer to the train station to catch the Afrosiyob high-speed train to Bukhara, departing at 9:00 PM and arriving at 10:40 PM. We will transfer to the hotel and check-in for two nights.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Hotel Safiya
Classic

Hotel Safiya

Bukhara Walking City Tour

After breakfast, we will start our walking tour of Bukhara, one of the most important trading hubs on the Great Silk Road, as well as a respected centre of religious learning. The Old City has been well preserved and is crammed full of minarets, mosques, and madrassas. Its once-notorious canals and pools, the source of many an epidemic, have now been drained, but the most famous, Lyabi-Hauz, is still there, an oasis shaded by mulberry trees in the heart of the city.

Your guide will show you the city’s unmissable sights, and you can soak up the atmosphere wandering through Bukhara’s labyrinthine alleyways. Key sites on today’s tour itinerary include the 10th-century Samanid Mausoleum, Poi Kalon, Ark Fortress, Bolo Hauz Mosque, and the historic trading domes, which still house market stalls. Dinner will be in the city center.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Hotel Safiya
Classic

Hotel Safiya

Transfer to Khiva

We will check out from the hotel after breakfast and depart around 9:00 AM to Khiva. It is a long but scenic ride through the Kyzylkum Desert, but the roads are shaky in places. On the way, we will stop for lunch in a small restaurant, and also have time to stretch our legs. At the end of this arduous drive, we will be rewarded with the magnificence of Khiva. We will arrive in the evening, just in time for dinner in the Old City, and check-in at the hotel for the night.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Khiva Walking City Tour

Our walking tour of Khiva will begin after breakfast. Khiva is bursting with historical sites and today you will get a chance to see them all. We will visit the walled inner-city section of Khiva called the Ichan-Kala. This old section of the city contains more than 50 historic monuments and hundreds of centuries-old houses. The entire citadel is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As you walk through the enormous city gates, you will be confronted by a glistening beacon of Islamic design, the Kalta Minor. Our tour delves deep into all of Khiva’s sites, and ends with panoramic views from the top of the Kunya-Ark Citadel. During dinner tonight there will be a performance by local dancers and singers, immersing you in Khorezmian culture.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the Darwaza Gas Crater

In Turkmenistan, you will meet your Turkmen guide and driver and transfer to Kunya Urgench (100 km, 2 h.). Here you will visit the most important mausoleums and see the Kutlug Timur Minaret. In the afternoon, we will drive on to the Darwaza Gas Crater, located in the middle of the Karakum Desert (270km, 4-5 h.). Together we’ll enjoy a delicious fire-cooked meal for dinner, then sleep overnight at the yurt camp.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sightseeing in Ashgabat

After a light breakfast at the yurt camp, we will drive to Ashgabat via the water crater and the Erbent desert community. Arrival in Ashgabat will be around noon, so we will check-in and have lunch at the hotel.

In the afternoon, we will have a short sightseeing tour of Ashgabat. The capital of Turkmenistan has experienced a boom in marble architecture in the 30 years since independence. The tour includes visits to the National Museum of History, the Arch of Neutrality, and the newly-built Independence Park. The tour will end with dinner at Terrace, a restaurant on the seventh floor, with views of Independence Park and the surrounding buildings. Our after-dinner drive through the New City area of Ashgabat will enable you to see the city’s nighttime illuminations.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Old Nisa Fortress Visit

Today we have another busy day. After breakfast, we will drive to Old Nisa Fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the earliest of the Parthian Empire’s capitals. It is located atop a hill at the foot of the Kopet-Dag Mountains. 14 hectares in size, the fort incorporates two semi-excavated complexes from the Parthian period (III c. BC – III c. AD), which have been identified as a royal residence and a temple complex. From Nisa, we will continue to the Spiritual Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia, and then drive back to Ashgabat, stopping en route at the Halk Hakydasy national memorial complex with its WWII and earthquake memorials. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon we will visit a farm in Goekdepe, about 50km west of Ashgabat. Here you will see Turkmenistan’s famous Akhal Teke horses. Then we will drive back to Ashgabat to share a farewell dinner together at the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departure Day

Transfer to Ashgabat Airport for your flight back home, or to begin a private extension trip.

Included meals: Breakfast

  • Nur-Sultan (Astana)

    Nur-Sultan (Astana)

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  • Kochkor

    Kochkor

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  • Song Kul

    Song Kul

    Located in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, Song Kul is a high-altitude, alpine lake perfect for hiking and horseback riding, although the area is covered in snow for the majority of the year...
  • Issyk-Kul

    Issyk-Kul

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  • Karakol

    Karakol

    Karakol, on the eastern side of Lake Issyk-Kul, is a traveler’s favourite...
  • Charyn Canyon

    Charyn Canyon

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  • Almaty

    Almaty

    The most populated city in Kazakhstan and former capital, Almaty is surrounded by mountains, with streets lined by trees and parks scattered across the city...
  • Dushanbe

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  • Panjakent

    Panjakent

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    Panjakent

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  • Khujand

    Khujand

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    Khujand

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  • Tashkent

    Tashkent

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  • Samarkand

    Samarkand

    A rebuilt 14th-century city, Samarkand in Uzbekistan is a striking place to visit with mosques covered in ceramic tiles and sand coloured buildings...
  • Samarkand

    Samarkand

    A rebuilt 14th-century city, Samarkand in Uzbekistan is a striking place to visit with mosques covered in ceramic tiles and sand coloured buildings...
  • Bukhara

    Bukhara

    Bukhara is over 2,000 years old, built on the site of a former Buddhist monastery, it has hundreds of minarets, mosques and madrassas with key sites being the Kalyan minaret, that's tower is a prominent landmark of the city, the Ismail Samani mausoleum and Bolo Haouz Mosque, one of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city...
  • Khiva

    Khiva

    The walled city of Khiva is made up of mud-brick buildings and has over 50 historic monuments meaning you will need a few days to explore the city...
  • Khiva

    Khiva

    The walled city of Khiva is made up of mud-brick buildings and has over 50 historic monuments meaning you will need a few days to explore the city...
  • Darvaza

    Darvaza

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  • Ashgabat

    Ashgabat

    Ashgabat is a wonder, in that it is a huge, richly decorated, marble clad capital city that’s streets are largely empty of people...
  • Ashgabat

    Ashgabat

    Ashgabat is a wonder, in that it is a huge, richly decorated, marble clad capital city that’s streets are largely empty of people...
  • Ashgabat

    Ashgabat

    Ashgabat is a wonder, in that it is a huge, richly decorated, marble clad capital city that’s streets are largely empty of people...

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Sten-Enok, Norway
01/11/2018

I got a tip to visit the webpage for Kalpak and have not regretted since. They arrange trips to Central Asia and do it really well. They are professional, respond to inquiries instantly, are very flexible and know the region well. I was in contact with Luca for a combination of mountain biking and trekking in the Fann mountains in Tajikistan. My experience is solely positive; truly professional and passionate about the region.

Mind you, Kalpak uses local resources and is responsible tourism. I really recommend Kalpak Travel! They make astonishing trips to Central Asia and are professional, serious and responsible.

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Spencer, Australia
01/07/2018

We had a fabulous 13-day tour of Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan - in May/June. Luca, the owner of Kalpak Travel, has been very reliable and committed to giving excellent service. He was constantly keeping in touch during our trip to ensure that everything was running smoothly.

The guides in each city spoke excellent English and were extremely informative on all aspects of Central Asia. In Almaty, we were invited to have dinner at our tour guide's home. The food was fabulous and we had a wonderful evening….

We were very lucky to have Kalpak Travel as our tour company which exceeded our expectations with flying colours. We highly recommend Kalpak Travel if you are planning a hassle-free tour of Central Asia.

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Rebecca, USA
01/07/2018

We had a wonderful 3.5 week trip through the 5 Stans. I feel like I've seen the highlights in case I don't get the opportunity to return, but I most certainly DO want to return and see more. These are the warmest and most welcoming people I have every encountered.

My regret is that Kalpak does not arrange trips for other parts of the world, as I truly enjoyed every minute of working with them, and would love to do so again. SUPERLATIVE service.

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What's included

Included Ground transfers

All road transport, rail tickets and airport/hotel transfers.

Included Internal flights

Internal/domestic flights are included in the price.

Included Some meals

Full board; 22 breakfasts, 21 lunches and 21 dinners.

Included Accommodation

18 nights in carefully-selected, quality assured hotels of at least three or four star equivalent, one night in a guesthouse and three nights in yurt camps.

Included Guided excursions

Expertly-guided tours and excursions with some of the best tour guides in Central Asia.

How to book

We aim to provide absolute peace of mind when booking with us. A €500 per person deposit is required at the time of booking, and you may cancel or re-book your dates up to 15 days prior to departure.

All group departures have a maximum group size of 12 guests. All departure dates are guaranteed.

You can also opt to book the whole itinerary as a private tour. We can arrange extra nights before or after the trip, and suggest private tour extensions.

We can advise and take care of any required visas. Citizens of most countries are eligible for an e-visa for Tajikistan, and a visa on arrival for Turkmenistan, with a letter of invitation pre-arranged by us. Other countries are visa-free for most nationalities. Contact us for advice.

We are happy to advise on your international flights, please contact us for more assistance.

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