Central Asia is so jam-packed with historical and natural sights that it would literally take years to explore it all. We guess that you are rather short on time, but still want to see as much as possible. That’s why we’ve put together this 14-day trip across five countries to offer the most to travelers. The best Central Asia Group Tour 2023-2024 with fixed dates is the best way to see the most interesting places in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. If you want to prolong your trip, we are happy to offer an extension with the Small Group Tour to the South Caucasus.
Experience the urban charm of Almaty or the serene beauty of Kolsay Lakes and Charyn Canyon through tailored pre-tours in Kazakhstan.
Participants need to be in good health, be able to walk 4-6 hours every day at moderate speed, climb stairs and hills, and be able to carry their own luggage for up to 1km across borders.
Note: Today's accommodation, a homestay with a local family, will have quite basic facilities. Hot water, while normally available, is not 100% reliable. The toilet and showers are outside and shared. You may need to share a room with others in your group (especially during high season), with separate bedrooms for men and women. In return, you'll have a unique opportunity to learn about the Tajik culture and the area from the locals' perspective as you share the family's traditional meals and experience their day-to-day life.
Note: At Darvaza camp you will be provided with sleeping bags, pillows, and 1- or 2-person tents. There is also an option to share a yurt with 3-5 other group members. In both cases, toilets and basic washing facilities are outside.
- All transfers: 3-7 pax on minivan/van, 8-16 pax by 20 seat bus;
- Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
- Sightseeing tour program with English speaking local guides in each country;
- Tour leader to accompany groups of 6 and more travelers in each country;
- Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
- Economy class tickets for flights: Bishkek-Tashkent, Mary-Ashgabat, Urgench-Tashkent;
- Economy-class tickets for trains: Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace this with the most-comfortable class of regular train);
- Visa support for Uzbekistan triple entry visa;
- Visa support for Turkmenistan tourist visa;
- Tajikistan e-visa and Uzbekistan e-visa;
- National folklore show in Bukhara on Day 9;
- Meals: welcome lunch in Almaty on Day 2, lunch at home of a local family in Don-Aryk on Day 4, lunch and dinner at Seven Lakes on Day 6, lunch in Mary on Day 10, camp style dinner at Darvaza on Day 11, dinner in Khiva on Day 13;
- Tips to local drivers and guides.
- Surcharge for staying in a single room;
- Full board (lunches and dinners);
- Hotel charges for additional services;
- A tax of 2 USD per night in Turkmenistan, paid to the hotel upon check out;
- Consular fees for Turkmenistan tourist visas (80 USD) and migration tax (14 USD);
- Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa at Tashkent International Airport (60-80 USD);
- Visa support for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan tourist visas (60 USD);
- Personal travel insurance;
- Tips to the Tour Leader;
- International flight tickets before and after the tour.
Dates & Prices
100% guaranteed departures – even if there is only 1 traveler.
Group size: 1-16 persons
Please note that itinerary and prices are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.
We strongly recommend NOT to purchase airline tickets for 2024 tours without discussing it with your travel consultant.
Central Asia Group Tour Reviews
One point; Kyrgistan was for me after all too short, I would suggest an evening flight or a second night at the hotel. As well, I was with the breakfast in Sofia Int. (Bishkek) not so happy. They shall provide more fresh food/bread options.
All guides and driver were reliable, helpful, knowledgeable and very kind!
Turkmenistan, border entering & exit was quite interesting, to be frankly. But it went well.
Thank you very much as well for all the information, specially about bordering Turkmenistan.
Date of experience: 13 May, 2019
Thank you, Advantour, for a well organized 14 day tour, it went smoothly.
Samarkand was the highlight for me. Tajikistan scenery was beautiful.
Guides were good, Alex had the best English and managed the group timings etc best; shame we had to change guides, but Sanjar had good information!
Glad to have seen the 5 Stans, but Uzbekistan is where I highly recommend to come.
Thanks again for your professional arrangement of this tour!
Date of experience: 13 May, 2019
Thanks for a wonderful vacation.
We had a great time.
We enjoyed having a smaller group and our guides Alex and Sanjar, were awesome.
All of the local guides and drivers were excellent.
Thanks again for a wonderful adventure.
Debbie & Yeral P.
Date of experience: 22 April, 2019
Thank you, Advantour, for arranging the tour. We found your communications were excellent, timely and quick.
Regarding the trip.
Almaty, the hotel was ok, bit disorganized was not able to cope with the Chinese group at breakfast time.
Bishkek, the guide is ok, interesting and worth having it.
Tashkent, good flight, city tour bit short and rushed, a lot of spare time before catching the train, we were struggling to kill the time.
Train to Samarkand, good experience, the hotel was ok. The city tour was fine and the visit to all the sites, good learning and experience.
Tajikistan, the best part of the tour, very scenic and very interesting country and people,
Bukhara tour of the old city and sites were good, the show was good.
Ashgabat, what an experience, somewhat unique city, the hotel was excellent, the food was very good, site seeing was very good. Drive to Darwaza was comfortable and better than we expected.
Camping was comfortable and viewing the gas crater was an experience.
Drive through the Karakum was interesting and speed at which we had gone through was surprising (guide here was very helpful)
Khiva - very good sightseeing tour, best guide of the tour as he was very knowledgeable which made the tour very interesting.
Thank you again for arranging our trip!
ZIYA & SOPHIE
Date of experience: 08 April, 2019
I enjoyed the trip a lot and signed up for this tour based on the great experience I had last year when I used Advantour to go to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia and what people on that tour had said about the `Stan tour. The hotels (great locations, clean and friendly staff), transportation (comfortable and on time), guides and itinerary were very good overall. The guide in Turkmenistan was the best, she spoke great English, was energetic and very informative.
Advantour is a great company and I will recommend your tours to anyone. Thank you for all your coordination and support ensure this was a great tour.
Date of experience: 18 March, 2019
First of all, it was just such a WONDERFUL trip! I had a great time and really enjoyed the tour :-)
Thanks to the amazing effort and organization of Advantour. It was a very diverse and good program with all important destinations which were worth to see in such partly big countries.
All in all I can say, a very very well organized tour! I was very impressed, that everything went so well, we never had to wait for our transportation, it was there always on time. Very good local guides, super main tour leader, nice people in the office who organized the visas and everything in the background like the hotel bookings, transfers etc.
A very good itinerary, diverse and interesting, with the highlights of each countries. A nice mix of culture, cities and nature but as well with museum visits.
I also found it very sweet, that we got from every tour guide (I think) a little present from the country that we visited with him. So we have from every country a typical souvenir which is a really nice gesture.
THANK YOU FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!
Date of experience: 18 March, 2019
I`ve traveled already 140 countries and Central Asia really surprised me. Not knowing much about it, the countries are so diverse and beautiful and have so much history. I really enjoyed the trip.
Having worked with over 1000 tour guides in my professional career, I have to say Zahid is awesome. He was so well organised, but still flexible, looking after all of us. He gave great information and was always there. Bravo. All other tour guides in the countries were also very professional and informative.
Whoever designed the itinerary did a fabulous job. I loved the diversity of it. It was nicely paced. Very very well done. Amazing.
All in all, I had a fabulous time and really enjoyed my trip to Central Asia. I have posted my pictures and some friends are interested.
Thank you for all your organization, I am very glad that I booked kind of last minute and traveled to these amazing countries.
Date of experience: 18 March, 2019
I just loved our tour in the “5-stans”!!!! We were so lucky with the weather, our tour leader Zokhid was just great! All the local guides were very good and all the hotels/accommodations were superb: I loved both the Tajikistan mountain homestay and the yurts with the beautiful variation of nice hotels!
All in all, I was very impressed with the tour company and will be happy to travel with you again!
Date of experience: 18 March, 2019
I want to say thanks to all the team of Advantour for the wonderful trip.
All was perfectly organised by Advantour and I will never forget this part of the world. A special thanks to Zokhid, my tour guide, he is so nice and so professional, I learned a lot with him because he had really feel the spirit of everyone of us in the group and he just gave us the best and the very interesting things of all these countries. He gave all the group so many attentions, I was sad to leave him. In those countries, people are so nice, everywhere I smell the taste of the great history off this part of the world, it`s so important, it was very great, thank you. The group was perfect, we all had a good feeling all together and had a lot of laughs.
plan you big was day for day 8/9 in Bukhara they do a great job at the hotel and you pay by weight.
as someone else mentioned go out at night in Bishkek - its probably on of the more fun cities on the tour.
take some small bags (I used the fabric recyclable shopping bags - as the pack small) to use for the trip to the lakes and Turkmenistan when you will want to go light (you leave the big luggage at the hotel or they sent it to the next destination)
the food is great the whole trip and you can tend to over eat so be warned most meals have three courses
you will buy things on the tour so dont over pack leave some room
many solo trailers do this trip so dint be afraid to travel solo on this one.
Advantour is an amazing company. If you are looking to travel to Uzbekistan and its neighboring countries, I highly recommend you to travel with them. I spent 2 weeks borders crossing the 5 Stans and this is definitely my most rewarding journey ever, so far!
I would like to thank Mr. Davron who made this trip a reality. Everything went very smoothly, from the conception of the trip till day one started.
We were 6 people of different citizenships and we were led by an amazing Tour Leader, Mr. Zokhid. He is a very smart person, not only he is textbook smart, but he is also very very streetwise. Crossing borders and custom checks felt really seamless with him. He speaks in a very crisp and clear voice. He is very patient and understanding. I learned a lot from you, Mr. Zokhid.
The itinerary was also systematically placed to make sure that we were all engaged. I felt like a kid (or a student) again because everything was so interesting and new. My favorite place is Khiva (contrary to popular choice, which is Bukhara). My best experience in Khiva was probably climbing the minaret to take bird view pictures of the walled city.
The hotels that Advantour provided for the whole trip were amazing. Some are very modern, some are homey and authentic. Breakfast was always scrumptious and the rooms were always clean and tidy.
Foods were also great, Advantour managed to cater us, 6 people from different backgrounds beautifully. Everyday I craved for more of what to eat next.
Transportations were amazing and comfortable, smooth sailing till the end. I felt safe and steady everyday.
To summarize it all, I can`t think of other company to choose other than Advantour. Surely, I had made comparisons with other companies on the internet, but, from the itineraries, prices, and facilities, Advantour thrived in every category. You know you are in a good hand if you travel with them.
Overall it was a wonderful trip; I really enjoyed it and the itinerary was fantastic - a great opportunity to see many interesting places. I looked at many options to try to visit as many of the 5 stans as possible within the 2 weeks I was able to take off work, and Advantour offered the most affordable option.
The main improvement I would recommend is to devote less time to guided tours/lectures and more free to allow us to wander around and explore an area on our own.
The Central Asia Group tour with Advantour was quite interesting and we saw some historical places such as Samarkand and Bukhara.
The sightseeings which were included were good and the local guide at each place and the overall guide were helpful and knowledgeable. The drivers at each place were skillful. We had interesting fellow travellers and overall the experience was good.