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Sandwiched between the Middle East and China, Central Asia is a land of bloody history where warlords like Genghis Khan and Tamerlane ruled and rampaged. Made up of five former Soviet states ‒ Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan ‒ it's best known for being the central artery of the ancient silk route connecting China with Europe.


Uzbekistan is the cultural highlight, home to glittering silk road cities like Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva, with their mosaic-laden madrasas, cobalt-domed mosques and souks thronging with traders. Elsewhere, it’s about experiencing untouched landscapes and the people who've lived in them for generations. Try the snow-capped Pamir and Tian Shan mountain ranges of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, where traditional herding communities ride horses, sleep in traditional yurts and hunt with birds of prey.

The Five Stans

How to plan your trip to Central Asia

  • Kazakhstan

    Kazakhstan

    A land for wanderers
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  • Nur-Sultan (Astana)

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  • Astana

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  • Charyn Canyon

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  • Altyn Emel National Park

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  • Turkestan

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  • Kyrgyzstan

    Kyrgyzstan

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  • Bishkek

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  • Issyk-Kul

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  • Song Kul

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  • Karakol

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  • Tajikistan

    Tajikistan

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  • Yagnob Valley

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  • Dushanbe

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  • Fann Mountains

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  • Turkmenistan

    Turkmenistan

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  • Ashgabat

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  • Darvaza

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  • Uzbekistan

    Uzbekistan

    Mosques, mausoleums and madrasahs
    Central Asia’s showstopper, Uzbekistan is synonymous with the famed Silk Road which weaved its way through much of this historic country...
  • Khiva

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  • Bukhara

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  • Samarkand

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  • Tashkent

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  • Termez

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  • Derbent

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  • Fergana

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Places to go in Central Asia

Central Asia Tours

Highlights of the "Five Stans"

Explore the heart of the Silk Road

22 daysFrom €4,580
Destinations Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Tour Type Small group tour
Activity Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Cities

In Depth Uzbekistan

Guided tour of Uzbekistan's historical highlights

14 daysFrom €2,590
Destinations Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, Termez, Derbent
Tour Type Small group tour
Activity Culture

Historical cities of the Silk Road

In the footsteps of Marco Polo

15 daysFrom €4,060
Destinations Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Tour Type Small group tour
Activity Culture, Cities

Best of Uzbekistan

Where the ancient and modern world collide

8 daysFrom €1,540
Destinations Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent
Tour Type Small group tour
Activity Culture

Explore Kazakhstan

Overland through the giant of Central Asia

8 daysFrom €1,590
Destinations Nur-Sultan (Astana), Astana, Charyn Canyon, Altyn Emel National Park, Turkestan
Tour Type Small group tour
Activity Nature & Wildlife, Culture

Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan

Land of nomads and Silk Road traders

15 daysFrom €2,480
Destinations Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Tour Type Small group tour
Activity Nature & Wildlife, Culture

Central Asia Travel Companies

Kalpak Travel

Small group tours of Central Asia
Destinations Central Asia
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour
Activity Active, Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Solo Travel

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