Travel the Central Silk Road from Turkmenistan to Kyrgyzstan.

Follow the central Silk Road through Turkmenistan’s harshly beautiful deserts, Uzbekistan’s soaring mountain ranges and Kyrgyzstan’s sublime lakes. Travel to a land once home to brutal yet sophisticated khans and sultans, as well as the furthest reaches of the USSR. Offering the bold traveller a startling vision of Central Asian culture, from the futuristic Ashgabat to the relaxed charm of Bishkek, the central Silk Road journey is an enlightening experience full of memories to last a lifetime.

Start
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Finish
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Countries
Kyrgyzstan,
Turkmenistan,
Uzbekistan
Themes
Overland
Code
KDOXC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 19
Carbon offset
1 230kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Visit the wilds of Chong Kemin National Park
  • Be amazed by the ferocity of Darvaza Gas Crater
  • Walk the lively streets of Ashgabat
  • Uncover Soviet memorabilia in Chorsu Bazaar
  • Practise your echoes in the canyons of Djety Oguz

Itinerary

Start your Samarkand and Tamerlane’s Testament adventure among the futuristic architecture of Ashgabat. Spy the world's largest hand-woven rug or learn about the city's traumatic history at the Earthquake Museum.
Sleep under the stars in the Karakum Desert. See the spectacular fires of the Darvaza Gas Crater.
Continue the Overland journey through the Karakum Desert, and take in the parched landscape of Asia's hottest desert.
Gaze up at the ancient walls surrounding Khiva and imagine how they once provided sanctuary for weary Silk Road travellers. Explore the historic and perfectly preserved Old Town, beautifully decorated in classic turquoise tiles.
Get to know Central Asia's holiest city, where the combination of buildings spanning a thousand years and a thoroughly lived-in Old Town help create the awe-inspiring atmosphere.
Spend a night in a yurt camp with the local nomads, sleeping among the dunes of the Kyzylkhum Desert.
Travel to one of Central Asia's most magical cities, Uzbekistan’s Samarkand. Discover the romance of the Silk Road in this perfectly preserved city full of exotic architecture and majestic buildings.
End your adventure in the most modern of Uzbekistan’s cities. Visit Tashkent’s thriving Chorsu Bazaar to pick up Soviet-style souvenirs and admire the ornately decorated Kukeldash Medressa.
Enter the Fergana Valley and see the palace of the former Khan of Kokand.
Make tracks across the Ferghana Valley into Kyrgyzstan.
Take a leisurely three day journey through the stunning mountains and national parks of Kyrgyzstan's Fergana Valley.
Spend the night in a yurt near Song-Kol Lake and join in a game of ulak-tartysh.
Mingle with friendly locals and relish Kyrgyz hospitality while enjoying a homestay in Kochkor.
Admire the lofty sandstone cliffs in Djety Oguz Valley.
Discover the remote, picturesque town of Karakol, complete with quaint tree-lined streets and colonial houses.
Set off on a leisurely hike along Chong Kemin River - or if feeling adventurous, perhaps tackle one of the tough 4000 m passes.
Relax on the final days in Bishek. Why not stroll through the city's markets and haggle for bargains. Alternatively, relaxing in an Oak Park cafe and reflecting on the adventure is another good option!
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (9 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (15 nights), Yurt (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Animal market
  • Ashgabat - Sunday Market
  • Bukhara - Ark Fortress
  • Bukhara - Guided walking tour
  • Bukhara - Ismail Samani Mausoleum
  • Bukhara - Kalon Mosque & Death Tower
  • Bukhara - Zindon Prison
  • Jeti-Oghuz - Hiking
  • Khiva - Guided city tour
  • Kochkor - Regional Museum
  • Kochkor - Women's Felt Co-op
  • Kokand - Khan's Palace & Mosque
  • Konye-Urgench - Ancient City ruins
  • Samarkand - Bibi Khanum Mosque
  • Samarkand - Guided city tour
  • Samarkand - Guri Amir Mausoleum
  • Samarkand - Registan
  • Samarkand - Shakh-I-Zinda Mausoleum Complex

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Important notes

1. This trip visits multiple countries for which visas can be difficult and time consuming to obtain. Please ensure that you have enough time to apply for all visas you require before booking this trip.
2. Some destinations visited on this trip do not have consulates in Australia and New Zealand. We recommend that travellers from these countries book the WESTBOUND itinerary of this trip where some visas can be obtained en route.
3. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
4. Combination trip. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for more details.

Trip notes

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