THE FIVE STANS

 

 

 Dates: 15th September - 12th October 2019

 

Kazakhstan

  • Visit Almaty’s ‘St Basil’s’ – the stunning Zenkov Cathedral – made entirely of wood with no iron nails
  • Enjoy an excursion to Kok Tube Hill for panoramic view of Almaty

Kyrgyzstan

  • Take an exhilarating water-raft ride on the Chon Kemin River
  • Experience the true nomadic lifestyle and traditional Kyrgyz cuisine at Chon Kemin
  • Enjoy a fantastic show of horsemanship including the traditional game ‘Buzkashi’
  • Dinner with a local Cossack family at Karakol
  • Enjoy an excursion to the striking red sandstone rock formations at Jeti Oguz Gorge
  • Superb BBQ lunch in the beautiful  Valley of the Flowers

Tajikistan

  • Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the oriental bazaar at Dushanbe
  • Enjoy a walking tour along the beautiful Karakul River
  • Enjoy lunch with a local family at Sary Tag village surrounded by the Fann Mountains
  • Visit the 8th century fortress at Khujand
  • See one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the world, Iskanderkul, in the Fann Mountains

Uzbekistan

  • Explore the extraordinary Uzbek city of Samarkand and its bustling market
  • Admire the exquisite architecture of Bibi Chanum mosque
  • Travel across the great Kyzyl Kum Desert on the legendary Silk Road route
  • Explore the great Ark Fortress of Bukhara
  • Enjoy a city tour of Bukhara including the superbly preserved Chasma-Ayub mausoleum
  • Visit Bukhara’s vibrant trading domes where traders sell local goods and handicrafts
  • Watch a magnificent Uzbek folk show
  • Stay one night in a madrassah in the heart of Khiva
  • Enjoy an extensive walking tour of the World Heritage-listed city of Khiva – the jewel in Uzbekistan’s crown

Turkmenistan

  • Overnight stay at the extraordinary Darvaza gas crater outside Ashgabat – known locally as ‘The Door to Hell’
  • Exclusive Travel Directors’ dinner at the Darvaza gas crater as the sun goes down
  • City tour of the fascinating capital, Ashgabat
  • Visit the World Heritage site of Nissa, the 2000-year-old capital of the Parthian Empire
  • Excursion to the famous golden horses – ‘Akhal Teke’ – of Turkmenistan

Inclusions

  • All flights between Australia and Kazakhstan/Turkmenistan and Australia (inc. domestic from your preferred capital city)
  • All internal flights
  • All accommodation (twin-share)
  • All transfers and ground transportation
  • All meals as specified
  • Travel Directors tour leader throughout
  • Expert local guides throughout
  • All entrance fees for specified sightseeing
  • All ticketable air taxes (NB. may be subject to change)
  • All visas and courier fees
  • All tips and gratuities

 

 Price per person based on twin share: $17,950

 

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