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AZKU - Central Asia Multi-Stan Adventure

With their reputation for welcoming visitors and their unique cultural footprint, the countries of Central Asia will remind you why you travel. This comprehensive 23-day tour will take you through all the 'Stans we visit, offering a fascinating glimpse at a beautiful part of the world most travellers miss. Stay at unique homestays, sleep in traditional yurts, discover the breathtaking mountain and desert scenery, enjoy free time in the Uzbek city of Tashkent, and roam gorgeous buildings built centuries ago. See Central Asia with a group of like-minded adventurers and an expert Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and cross off an entire and unexpected region of the world from your must-see list.

Inclusions

Local Living: Overnight in a Yurt, Song K l Local Living: CBT Homestay, Chong-Kemin Local Living: Community Homestay, Kuli Iskandarkul Local Living: Overnight in a Yurt, Aydar Kul Camp
City tour (Almaty)
Charyn Canyon stop
Karakol city tour (half-day)
Yurt building presentation (Kizil Tuu)
Felt-making workshop visit
Community-based tourism (CBT) stay
Burana Tower visit
Half-day city tour (Bishkek)
Dushanbe city tour
Hikes and picnic lunch
Mug Teppe settlement visit (Ura-Tube)
City tour (Khujand)
Khujand market visit
City tour (Tashkent)
Orientation walk (Samarkand)
City tour including a Registan visit
Nurata Shrine visit
Alexander the Great fortress visit
Desert yurt stay (Aydar Kul)
Guided walking tour (half-day, Bukhara)
Walking tours (Khiva)
Internal flight
Transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
23
Price From
AUD $0
Start Location
Almaty, Kazakhstan
End Location
Tashkent, Kazakhstan
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 May 201929 May 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
14 May 201905 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
21 May 201912 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
28 May 201919 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
04 Jun 201926 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
11 Jun 201903 Jul 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
18 Jun 201910 Jul 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
25 Jun 201917 Jul 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
02 Jul 201924 Jul 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
09 Jul 201931 Jul 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
16 Jul 201907 Aug 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
23 Jul 201914 Aug 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
30 Jul 201921 Aug 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
06 Aug 201928 Aug 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
13 Aug 201904 Sep 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
20 Aug 201911 Sep 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
27 Aug 201918 Sep 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
03 Sep 201925 Sep 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
10 Sep 201902 Oct 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
17 Sep 201909 Oct 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
24 Sep 201916 Oct 2019Fully BookedAUD $0 
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Almaty
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 - Almaty
Take a city tour of Almaty including the historical centre, the Zenkov Cathedral and the Monument of Independence. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Opt to climb green hill for a panoramic view or visit the local market.
Day 3 - Almaty/Karakol
Drive via scenic Charyn Canyon to take in more of the Kazakh landscape. Reach the border and cross into Kyrgyzstan. Enjoy an evening in Karakol.
Day 4 - Karakol/Kochkor
Visit the Prejevalskiy Museum then drive to Kizil Tuu. Stop en route for a swim in the lake. In Kizil Tuu learn how to built a yurt before continuing on to Kochkor.
Day 5 - Kochkor/Song Kul
Visit a felt-making workshop to learn more about this typical Kyrgyz craft. Opt to pick up a carpet or two. Continue on to the scenic Song Kul area and stay overnight in a traditional yurt for a true cultural experience.
Day 6 - Song Kul
Spend a full day soaking in this beautiful area. Opt to head out for some hiking or horseback riding. Enjoy another night in a yurt.
Day 7 - Song Kul/Chong-Kemin
Continue on into the scenic valley of Chong-Kemin. Stay in the local CBT (community based tourism) houses and explore the village. Soak in the stunning scenery.
Day 8 - Chong-Kemin/Almaty
Depart Chong-Kemin and stop at one of Kyrgyzstan's oldest sights, the Burana Tower. Learn more about the ancient structure (rare in a nomadic culture) before continuing on to the capital city of Bishkek for an afternoon city tour. Board an evening flight to Almaty.
Day 9 - Almaty/Dushanbe
In the morning, transfer to Almaty airport and board a flight to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Enjoy an evening in the city.
Day 10 - Dushanbe/Kuli Iskandarkul
Visit some sights in the capital city of Dushanbe, including museums, monuments and the main mosque. After lunch, drive through the valleys and mountains of the area for an overnight in local homes in the stunningly beautiful Iskanderkul area. Meet the locals and explore this gorgeous landscape in the Fann Mountains.
Day 11 - Kuli Iskandarkul
Spend a full day exploring. Hike in the mountains to an impressive waterfall. After a picnic lunch, return to Sarytag village.
Day 21 - Khiva/Tashkent
Enjoy a guided tour of the city with free time to experience the local life. Opt to browse the shops, wander the lanes, examine handmade silk rugs, or sit in a caf in this ancient historical town. Later, take an overnight train to Tashkent, travelling alongside the locals.
Day 20 - Bukhara/Khiva
Enjoy a full day's travel through the desert to reach UNESCO-listed Khiva. Get to know the place on a late afternoon walking tour.
Day 19 - Bukhara
Take a half-day guided walk around the beautifully restored mosques, madrassas, and covered markets that make up the Old City.
Day 18 - Aydar Kul Camp/Bukhara
Travel to Bukhara, one of the most charming cities in the country. Opt to visit the old city bazaars, have dinner with a local family, or visit a traditional hammam (bathhouse).
Day 17 - Samarkand/Aydar Kul Camp
Travel out into the desert to visit the Nurata Shrine and remains of the Alexander the Great fortress. Continue on for an evening in a local yurt camp. Opt to ride a camel or enjoy an evening Kazakh singing show.
Day 12 - Kuli Iskandarkul/Khujand
Continue on to Istaravshan and visit an ancient settlement in Ura-Tube. Enjoy an optional lunch in a local chaikhana (teahouse) before driving to Khujand. Explore the city in the afternoon, visiting the museum and a mausoleum.
Day 15 - Tashkent/Samarkand
Travel on to Samarkand. Take an orientation walk and opt to visit the Amir Timur Mausoleum.
Day 14 - Tashkent
Enjoy a free day to explore.
Day 13 - Khujand/Tashkent
Visit the Khujand market (largest in Tajikistan) before continuing on to the border. Cross into Uzbekistan and drive to the capital city of Tashkent. Enjoy a short orientation walk in the evening before an optional dinner.
Day 22 - Tashkent
Arrive back in Tashkent and enjoy a city tour or explore on your own with some free time.
Day 16 - Samarkand
Enjoy a city tour and visit to the Registan. Opt to check out the Guri Amir Mausoleum, Tomb of the Prophet Daniel, and the Registan minarets. Use some free time to wander the bazaar or visit more sights.
Day 23 - Tashkent
Depart at any time.