24 Day Silk Road & Stans Adventure dep Tashkent

Women Only

Max group 12

Lifetime Deposit

Special Note: We also have aBishkek to Tashkentversion (same trip, but in reverse).

Each ‘Stan’ is special and unique, with distinct languages, cultural traditions and landscapes. You’ll be blown away. Add to that the magic of the Silk Road history and you’ve really got an adventure.

Our concept is simple – a small group of like-minded women seeing the sights, cities, villages, deserts, and mountains worth seeing – and avoiding the tourist traps.

We’ll also make time to stop and just take it all in, and you’ll enjoy the freedom to enjoy things your way.

This trip is for genuine adventurers only. This trip does go way off the beaten path; there will be moments where you’ll be miles away from comfortable Western infrastructure. If you bring an explorer spirit, you’ll love it.

Highlights

Kyrgyzstan: Multiple hikes through jaw-dropping mountains scenery

Tajikistan: Meet masters of Tajikistan handicrafts at the Dushanbe crafts centre

Kazakhstan: Explore the city of Almaty and its rich heritage

Uzbekistan: Take in the highlights of the Silk Road and learn the history & stories

Trip Details

Price

2024 Dates – $9,944 AUD (per person twin share)

  • $1,900 AUD deposit.
  • 2-week cooling-off period applies.
  • Lifetime Deposit. If you need to cancel, your deposit is transferable to other trips.
  • Twin Share: we’ll match you with a roomie if you’re travelling solo.
  • 2024 Dates – Private supplement available: $2,026 AUD (2 spots)
  • Tip Kitty: $200 USD

Trip length

24 days, 23 nights


Dates

April 2024

Starts: Tashkent, 14 April 2024

Finishes: Bishkek, 7 May 2024

Booked Out


Starts: Tashkent, 21 April 2024

Finishes: Bishkek, 14 May 2024

Booked Out


May 2024

Starts: Tashkent, 5 May 2024

Finishes: Bishkek, 28 May 2024

Booked Out


Meeting point

Mirzo Hotel, Tashkent


Ending point

Hotel Navat, Bishkek


Group size

Maximum 12


Participation requirements

Please see our “Is this trip right for you?” section to see the participation requirements


Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation: All trains, private vehicles
  • Dushanbe-Almaty
  • English speaking trip leader
  • All meals
  • All listed activities and entrance fees, and accommodation

Not included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Any visas required
  • Late check-out at hotels
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks with included lunches and dinners
  • Tip kitty
  • Personal expenditure

Our accommodation

Every step of the way, we’ve sought out fun, unique accommodation wherever possible. We’ve also got a few stops in Western-style hotels for you to refresh and regroup for the next adventure.

You’ll sleep in:

  • a Kyrgyz yurt camp
  • a Tajik community guesthouse
  • a comfortable 4 star hotel in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The majority of the accommodation – especially in Uzbekistan – is simple, comfortable 3 star hotels. In all cases we’ve worked hard to find the right balance of comfort and keeping the price reasonable. Just remember that when you get off the tourist trail, that means there isn’t much in the way of actual tourist infrastructure. We think that’s a good thing, but it’s not without its drawbacks…. the ‘best’ place in some of these towns can have its faults. Just come prepared!

What our Silk Road Patchies say


Why Choose This Tour?

See the biggest highlights of the Silk Road and get a feel for what it was like to travel this route centuries ago

One trip leader for all countries, with local guides who speak the language in each destination!

Lots of chances to get under the tourist layer and meet real people, have genuine interactions, and eat traditional local food

Click the tabs to find out more
DAY 1: TASHKENT

All amazing adventures begin somewhere. For you, that’s Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The best way to arrive is to fly via Dubai; no matter when you arrive you’ll be met at the airport by a welcoming face who will drive you to your accommodation.

Meet the group in the hotel before heading for lunch, followed by a gentle walking tour of Tashkent city. The group welcome dinner will be in one of our favourite local restaurants.

Accommodation: Mirzo Hotel (or similar)
Included: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2: TASHKENT CITY TOUR

Tashkent has a different vibe to most Central Asian cities, due to a huge earthquake in 1966. The city was rebuilt in the Soviet-style, as a result, designed to be a reflection of the best of Soviet town planning and architecture.  Not all buildings were ruined in the quake; some did survive and the group will visit some highlights today, before taking a ride on the famous Tashkent Metro – one of the most beautiful in the world. If you thought metro stations had to be dirty and boring, well, the Uzbeks would like to have a word with you!

Following lunch, a special treat as you visit the craftsmen section of the city and meet a local artisan family, the Rahimovs. They’ll show you the inner workings of their ceramics business. A viewing of architecture and decorative arts by Uzbekistan folk artisans at the Museum of Fine Arts ends today’s exploration.

Accommodation: Mirzo Hotel (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: KHIVA

An early morning departure as you head to Tashkent airport and fly our to the next adventure: two nights in the historic city of Khiva. Khiva is a UNESCO destination and a favourite of many Silk Road travellers. Smaller in scale, with just 80,000 people, it has an exceptional atmosphere that obscures its dark history.

You’ll love Khiva; a labyrinth of alleyways, blue mosaics and the standout Kalta-minor Minaret. As magical as it is today, the Khiva of old was a local slave market hub. This is a reminder that the Silk Road may be magical today, but it hides many skeletons in its shadows.

Dinner tonight with a beautiful sunset view does its best to ensure you’ll remember this day for a very long time to come.

Accommodation: Hotel Asia (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: KHIVA CITY TOUR

Yesterday was an introduction to the Silk Road ‘oasis’ of Khiva. Today you’ll explore it fully! Stroll the entire exterior of the citadel before walking along the citadel walls themselves – an opportunity to observe the bustle in the city quarter below. 

Visit a local house to prepare traditional Shivit Ashi with the women there… and voila! Lunch is prepared. The afternoon is yours to do as you wish… maybe sit in the shade by the minaret sipping tea or hunt down some handmade souvenirs.  

Tonight’s dinner in a madrassa will be paired with a folklore performance.

Accommodation: Hotel Asia (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO BUKHARA

Drive through the Kyzylkum desert to Bukhara, with a lunch stop on the way.

This 5-hour journey is a relaxed way to zoom through the Uzbek countryside before arriving in the early evening to our destination. Just so you know, the major cities of the Silk Road – Samarkand, Bukhara and to a lesser extent Khiva are very much discovered. The Silk Road is quite popular! We’ll do our best to time our visits to avoid crowds but just be aware that we’re not going to be the only show in these towns.

Bukhara is home for the next two nights.

(Note: today is planned as a road trip, however be aware that if we have the possibility to take a plane or train then we’ll do so. The 2024 flight and train schedules are not yet available at the time of publishing).

Accommodation: Hotel Alexia Suite (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: BUKHARA CITY TOUR

Bukhara is one of the crown jewels of the Silk Road trade route. A UNESCO-listed city, it is a zigzag of backstreets, bustling bazaars and historical monuments.

Today, you’ll view famous landmarks such as the Samanid Mausoleum (one of the most important monuments in Central Asia), the Bolo Hauz Mosque and a visit with a local Master Painter of miniature artworks.

Next, an absolute highlight that will make you wonder whether you’re actually there or dreaming it – the Poikalon Complex with the Kalon Mosque, Minaret and the Mir-i-Arab Madrassa. This open-air plaza is teeming with merchants and local vendors. 

After dinner, we’ll meet with Makshuma Niyazova, a local historian and archaeologist who received her PhD in 2007. During a short walk and over dinner, she’ll explain the rituals and history of this ancient Silk Road city. Feel free to ask her any question you like – about history, yes, but also about what life is like for a professional woman in modern Uzbekistan.

Accommodation: Hotel Alexia Suite (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: BUKHARA TO SAMARKAND

After breakfast today we visit Ark Citadel – Bukhara’s original fortress and a symbol of power – quite possibly more than 2,000 years old. Before lunch, we’ll meet up with Rahman, a famous 6th-generation embroidery artist. 

Next, a private room awaits us in a local restaurant where we’ll be entertained by a special treat of live song and dance… so it’s more like a festive celebration than a standard lunch!

In the afternoon we hitch a ride on the comfy high-speed train to Samarkand and arrive in plenty of time for dinner in the city. On the way back from dinner, we’ll get our first glimpse of Registan Square.

Settle in now, because Samarkind is our home for the next 2 nights!

Accommodation: Hotel Sangzor (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: SAMARKAND CITY TOUR

Samarkand is one of the most popular cities of the Silk Road. Conquered by both Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan, this key trading post is dripping with history.

First you’ll visit the Gur-Emir Mausoleum, the burial place of Timur the nomadic conqueror, who built Samarkind as the capital of his empire. It will enable you to view the city through his eyes and appreciate the many surviving architectural examples from his era.  

Registan Square is the focal point of ancient Samarkand framed by three beautiful madrassas (religious schools) – Ulugbek, Sherdor and Tillya Kori. Today will be full of exploration of this and other important local sites, accompanied by your local expert guide.

Dinner is a highlight as we join the family of Farida Apa, a local primary school teacher. She’ll teach the group how to make the local dish ‘Plov’ before we eat with her family and enjoy the evening with them.

Back in the city once more, we’ll go to bed with hearts and bellies content.

Accommodation: Hotel Sangzor (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: MYSTERY DAY

At Patch, we like to think that not every detail needs to be listed in an itinerary.

That’s why today is going to be a mystery day. Yes, there’ll be more exploration of Samarkand. You’ll see the most beautiful tilework in Uzbekistan, meet a local family, and try some local food, too. That’s all you need to know, for now.

This is the last day in Uzbekistan and after just a week, the distractions of the West will feel like a world away.

Accommodation: Mirzo Hotel (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: KHUJAND

Your time in Uzbekistan may be over, but that can only mean one thing: another Stan awaits! 

This morning, your group will drive across the border of Tajikistan – a country that has been described as ‘mountains upon mountains upon mountains’; you simply will not forget this!

The next hour is a scenic drive through the Fergana Valley to Khujand – a city with an ancient history dating back to Persia’s first emperor Cyrus and Alexander the Great – arriving just in time for lunch.

After our hotel check-in we’ll visit The Guest House Anora Museum. It is one of the few remaining places in Khujand to experience a pre-soviet era, traditionally-designed Tajiki house. You’ll share a traditional Tajik dinner together with the hosting family too, after you’ve rolled your sleeves up for a Tajiki-style cooking masterclass.

It’s been a long day with lots of driving, so this evening will be relatively relaxed. Unwind, check your emails, and send some photos to friends and family.

Accommodation: Hotel Firuz (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: KHUJAND CITY TOUR 

Today’s city tour is easy going, taking in Panjshanbe Bazaar (Tajikistan’s biggest market), Maslihaddin Mosque, the historical  Museum of Khujand within the old fortress and Arbob Cultural Palace – all central to the town. 

By now you’ll have become accustomed to the mass of colours, textures, sights, sounds – and hopefully, tastes(!) associated with the Silk Road bazaars. And surely no less amazed. 

We will also visit the Arts School where the students will perform their traditional Tajik musical and dance performance.

Accommodation: Hotel Firuz (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: ISTARAFSHAN & ISKANDERKUL LAKE

It’s Day 12 and you’re half way through the tour. So many memories already… but still so many more in front of you!

This morning the group heads south towards the mountains to our first stop, Istarafshan, a town founded by Cyrus the Great more than 2500 years ago. The place has been well-known for its artisans since the 14th century and you’ll get to visit the workshops of blacksmiths who specialise in hand-crafted knives, and do lunch with Mr Usto Sodiq and his family – a comb maker.

Next, it’s a scenic drive through Shahriston Pass – itself a major highlight – as we wind our way through the rugged valleys and mountains of Tajikistan. We’re headed to Iskanderkul Lake (named after Alexander the Great) for a leisurely afternoon after checking into our simple lakeside accommodation.  

Enjoy the mountain scenery, stretch those legs and take a short walk to a nearby waterfall, ending the day with a boat ride on the lake. Tonight’s dinner is at the cottages.

Accommodation: Simple cottages with private bathrooms
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: ISKANDERLUK LAKE TO DUSHANBE

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning before heading off to explore a nearby mountain village, until your tummy reminds you it’s lunchtime. A special lunch today hosted at a family-run guesthouse; meet some locals and experience true Tajik hospitality.

Leaving the lake behind, continue on for a couple of hours through another winding, scenic mountain pass that this time leads to Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital. Dushanbe is a treasure of a city with just 800,000 people and a relaxed vibe stemming from its origins as a market village. 

Dinner in a local restaurant tonight is lively, filled with music and dance. 

Accommodation: Hotel Rumi (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: DUSHANBE CITY TOUR

A local expert guide will join the group to visit Rudaki Park and a few other sights on a city tour. 

Amongst the stops, the highlight for the morning is Navruz Palace. It was conceived of as a spectacular tea house, but the owners got carried away and ended up with a monument of total excess. Described by one person as ‘opulence gone wild’, it became the Presidential Palace of Tajikistan. 

After lunch, you’ll meet with masters of various handicrafts at the Dushanbe crafts centre. Then, a visit to a small museum of musical instruments, mostly from Tajikistan’s Pamir region. The collector and founder – Gurminj – has around 100  instruments on exhibit. Usually his son Iqbol is there to play some of them for us!

Accommodation: Hotel Rumi (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15: FLIGHT TO ALMATY

As you fly out of Tajikistan you’ll have full apprecatiation for Tajikistan’s rapidly growing fame for its magnificent mountain scenery. 

However, the group’s flight to Almaty doesn’t depart until the afternoon, so you’ll still get to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing today, starting with a visit to the National Museum of Antiquities with its famous Sleeping Buddha.

Use the opportunity to buy some dried fruits or souvenirs as we make a pitstop at Dushanbe’s main market.   

After this it’s time to fly to Almaty, Kazakhstan, in order to spend a few days in this country.

Accommodation: Hotel Kazzhol Park (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16: ALMATY CITY TOUR

Almaty is the cultural and business capital of Kazakhstan. In the morning, you’ll take a tour of the city, visiting Panfilov Park and the unique Zenkov Cathedral. This is a more relaxed day and this afternoon you’ll get to meet a local artistic guide who will give you a hands-on demonstration of Kazakh quilt-making.

Then later, perhaps you might buy some fresh fruit and veggies at the Green Bazaar. By the way, Almaty means ‘the place with apples’ (it’s thought that apples originate from here)!

In each country, we will have a local expert guide in addition to our trip leader. This means that every step of the way, you’ll have someone with you who can translate any of your questions and help you understand the local culture more deeply.

Accommodation: Hotel Kazzhol Park (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17: CHARYN CANYON

Kazakhstan is the largest country by area of the Silk Road, and while it has a reputation for broad open spaces, you’ll be travelling in the picturesque mountain region of the South East. 

A big road trip today through unique scenery including beautiful rock formations.

The highlight for today is a stop at Charyn Canyon – ‘Red Castles Valley’. This place makes for a great picnic lunch following a 3-km walk down to the river, before we hit the road again driving through the Kazakh steppe eastward to the border with Kyrgyzstan – the end of a very quick visit to Kazakhstan; necessarily so in order to maximise the group’s time in the final Stan of your trip.

Once you’ve crossed the border and the group is acquainted with your Kyrgyz guide and driver it’s about two hours until we reach the town of Karakol. 

After a long day on the road you’ll be so happy for tonight’s dinner, in Dastorkon restaurant, and then bed.

Accommodation: Green Yard Hotel (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18: KARAKOL & JETY OGUY

There’s lots to see this morning starting in Karakol, including the wooden Russian Orthodox Church which has been standing since 1885. It’s the fourth largest city in Kyrgyzstan and has a true multicultural experience.

You’ll then visit Yrdyk village and learn about Dungan culture, an ethnic Chinese diaspora, and have lunch with a Dungan family in their home.

On the way back to Karakol 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’, to hear the legends behind their interesting names. 

Meet up with a small producer of local honey, then enjoy a dip in a hot spring before dinner! Tonight, you’ll dine with a Uighur family. All in all, a very interesting day!

Accommodation: Green Yard Hotel (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19: TAMGA, ISSYK KUL

As you travel across Central Asia you’ll notice the gradual change of cultures. Kyrgyzstan is where this becomes especially noticeable, as many consider it to be the Stan that retains the strongest cultural connection to its past. A large percentage of the Kyrgyz people are still nomadic, living in yurt camps under open skies, an experience you will share over the next couple of nights. This Yurt camp has a few more mod cons, with a hot shower available.

Issyk Kul is the second largest mountain lake in the world, and that’s where you’re headed tonight. The afternoon has a few surprises in store as you explore the beautiful Kyrgyz countryside on the way to the lake.

The hustle and bustle of the West will feel like a different universe as you contemplate the spectacular countryside, miles away from any distraction.

Accommodation: Yurt Camp (one toilet and shower per yurt, outside)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20: TAMGA

After breakfast, a short trip to Skazka (meaning ‘fairytale’) Canyons is on the cards. This unusual rocky landscape has been shaped by nature into quirky sculptures and formations. Here you’ll have the good fortune of meeting the ‘eagle hunter’, and his eagle.

The afternoon will be spent in Kaji-Sai having lunch with a local family, then getting your art on at a little museum, followed by a folkloric performance. Oh, and bring your swimsuit if you’re up for a pleasant surprise afterwards! 

You may also want to warm up your vocal chords for this evening as we return to the camp for dinner….

Accommodation: Yurt Camp (one toilet and shower per yurt, outside)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21: FELT CARPETS OF KOCHKOR

Indigenous arts are flourishing in Kochkor, famous for its traditional Kyrgyz felt carpets or ‘shyrdaks’ – a sustainable souvenir. Today is a special treat as we meet the artisans behind the craft – a local women’s cooperative. Learn how these special carpets are made; they’ll even insist that you make your own to take home (no added cost)! 

But first, a stop at the village of Kyzyl-Tuu, a yurt-making hub! Over a tasty lunch, a local yurt-building family will share some of their secrets with us.

Dinner and overnight at a family guesthouse, with some local stories to boot.

Accommodation: Nomad Lodge Hotel (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 22: BURANA AND BISHKEK

It’s now day 22 of the Silk Road trip, and today is the final day in the Kyrgyz countryside as the group travels towards Bishkek. On the way to Bishkek we’ll stop at the medieval Burana Tower – the last remnant of the historic Silk Road city of Balasagun, once the capital of the mighty Karakhanid empire.

After lunching with a local family near Burana you’re off to see a centuries-old tradition of skilled sports’ horsemanship, in a game that resembles polo. Meet the horses after the event and have a chance to snap a photo or two with them.

The final hotel of the trip will be one of the most comfortable – Hotel Navat.

Accommodation: Hotel Navat (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 23: BISHKEK

Bishkek is our final city and a great way to finish as the group engages in a walking exploration of the local highlights and strolls around the beautiful greenery of Bishkek’s boulevards and parks.

We will also visit the central market of Bishkek, Osh Bazaar, to get the full sensory experience and do any final shopping.

In the evening is the farewell dinner. What an epic trip, and now time to reflect on memories and recall the highlights together as a group.

Accommodation: Hotel Navat (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 24: FAREWELL, FRIENDS

Kyrgyz yurts. Kazakh steppes. Tajik mountains. Uzbek history. You’ve lived it for yourself and now have dozens of stories to tell. You will have witnessed each country’s precious culture, rich history and unique heritage.

And, just like Marco Polo, you are now an official veteran traveller of the Silk Road.

Many hugs and tears will most likely ensue as the group says goodbye and exchanges email addresses for the sharing of photos and organising of future trips.

And of course, if you’d like an extra night in Bishkek, we can easily sort that out for you.

Included: Breakfast
Transfer to the airport.

Trip Map
Hiking & Fitness

Fitness

You’ll need a reasonable fitness level to participate in this trip, regardless of whether to choose to hike.

If you can walk for 4-5 hours – ie 10-14km – at a moderate pace on undulating terrain, you’ll be fine. All activities are optional, meaning that if you don’t feel like it, you can skip it but it will be impossible to enjoy this trip if you’re not able to do a walking tour that lasts for a full afternoon, for example. (better to be honest!)

The longest hiking day involves 5.5 hours of walking. It’s not a race, though, and we’ll take as long as needed. If you’re not confident with your fitness, we’d recommend doing training hikes in your local area so you come to this trip ready to rock!

Frequently Asked Questions

Prior to the payment of your full balance, the final price may change if there is significant variation in the AUD:EUR exchange rate. Our trip pricing is determined by what the exchange rates are at the time of publishing the trip.

The pricing on these trips is based on the following exchange rates:

14 April 2024 departure: 1 AUD:0.66 USD

21 April 2024 departure: 1 AUD:0.66 USD

5 May 2024 departure: 1 AUD:0.66 USD

A deposit of $1,900 is required to hold your spot. Payment can be made by credit card (fees apply) or bank deposit.

There is a cooling-off period of 2 weeks.

We have implemented a ‘lifetime deposit’ guarantee. Deposits are not refundable, but they are transferable at any time, right up until the first day of the trip.

The final balance of the trip is required 95 days in advance of the departure date. Our suppliers require upfront payment well in advance to guarantee availability.

Please refer to the full terms and conditions for further information.

This is the most frequently asked question we get!

Nearly everyone is in their 50s and 60s, with some people above and below (but of course, everyone is welcome!)

Most Patchies come alone and are matched with a room-mate. Remember, you don’t need to pay for a single supplement if you come solo. We will place you with a similarly-aged roommate.

The typical Patchie has travelled a LOT, is a well-seasoned adventurer, and is not easily thrown by small things. However, many Patchies tell us that this is their first ever group tour. Many of our guests have avoided tours to this point as they’re not attracted to being herded around in large groups.

Oh, and one last thing:

Patchies are warm, generous, and kind. We knew it would be like this, but we weren’t expecting it to be *quite* like this. We’re so blessed as a business to have the customers we do; we consider ourselves to be some of the luckiest people in the world.

Airfares are not included. We recommend reaching out to a local travel agent.

There are no Visas currently required for Australian and New Zealand passport holders to visit any of the Stan countries on this itinerary. 

Yes, there are two available. If you come by yourself, you will be matched with a roommate. Booking a private/single supplement is not necessary unless you want a private room.

Don’t try to bring local money. If you want to bring cash, don’t bring AUD; USD is preferred.

Our guide will assist you to change money while on the ground. In all major cities, there are ATMs where you can easily take money out! The exceptions is Tajikistan, but you’ll have ample opportunity to get cash before entering.

We’ll regularly communicate with you to let you know when you’re headed into an area without much money available.

 

Most of our trips have a tip kitty because many cultures have interesting and diverse rules when it comes to tips. We’ve found it to be the easiest way to combat over-tipping, under-tipping or having the tip fall into the wrong hands. Our goal is for guests to relax and know that the complexities of tipping are taken care of, on their behalf. On this trip you’ll visit four different countries with independent currencies, so for the sake of ease, we ask that you provide the amount in USD.

As your trip transitions on Day 10 to your second regional guide, we ask your contribution be:
– $110 USD given to your guide in Tashkent on Day 1
– $90 USD to your regional guide in Almaty on Day 14.

Private transport, specifically designed for Central Asia-like conditions, will be our primary mode of travel.

They are modern, spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned.

Our hand-picked local drivers are safe, experienced, and friendly.

So long as you have a general level of health and fitness, you’ll be fine. There’s no specific exercise planned for this trip, but there will be days where you’ll be walking and spending a lot of time on your feet. Daily activities may include city and countryside walks on uneven and undulating ground, as well as getting on and off various forms of transport.

All activities are optional, meaning that if you don’t feel like it, you can skip it but it will be impossible to enjoy your trip if you’re not able to do a walking tour for a full afternoon. Unfortunately, this tour cannot accommodate people requiring walking aids.

There’s no need to wear a hijab, but ladies are expected to obscure their hair when entering mosques. Please bring a lightweight scarf to loosely drape over your hair for those times. We also encourage you to dress a bit more conservatively in general. Our typical recommendation is to cover shoulders and knees. Tajikistan is more conservative than the other countries.

Feel free to bring your bathers, as there will be limited opportunities to swim.

Some days do involve long stretches of driving and you need to be the kind of person who enjoys road trips. Any such necessary long drives are offset by photo stops, picnic lunches, roadside pitstops, tea/coffee breaks, and of course seeing points of interest, leg-stretching walks.

Our vehicles are comfortable, well-maintained, and not prone to breaking down.

You’re visiting the Stans at the perfect time, with warm days and cool evenings. The potential for days over 30 is real, however, so be ready with layers. Rain showers are not uncommon; please come prepared.

On the long driving days, it’s recommended to wear blouses with long sleeves and pants for your comfort. For cool mornings and evenings, we recommend you bring at least one warm jacket or sweater, and a light sweater.

Comfortable hiking shoes are fine, no need for boots. Please be ready to dress conservatively in general but on hiking days, dress how you please.

Fixed Line Internet & Wi-Fi Internet access will be available in nearly all hotels. However, in Kyrgyzstan, it’ll be restricted to larger towns and villages which you will have the opportunity to pass through every few days. In the countryside, you’ll have little access. If you must stay in reach, speak with your guide about getting a local sim card.

YES! We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets no problems, or any variation of the above. Just let us know in advance. Note: this food is often very simple and may get repetitive. We cannot cater for those with severe nut allergies. Any other medical conditions get in touch.

We recommend flying through Dubai, both for arriving to Tashkent and leaving Bishkek. If you join the Iran trip, you’ll need to organise flights to Tehran.

In the unlikely event of a health or security related incident during a trip, we’ve engaged a local partner to assist. From our experience, there is not one framework that fits all, and every incident is unique and requires a different approach. With all trips, your guides are your day-to-day support. While behind the scenes, there is an active line of communication – between your guide, the on-ground support team, and Australian Ops.

Don’t See Your Question Here? Check Out Our FAQ Page!

Check Out Our Other Trips!