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Swiss-based Kalpak Travel are the authorities in organising small group and private tours to Central Asia. Unlike most tour operators, Kalpak Travel focus exclusively on Central Asia, giving them unparalleled expertise and top-quality operations. The founders, Luca and Aijan, spend most of the year in the region; researching new routes, uncovering unique experiences for their guests, and quality checking every hotel and guesthouse. Their guests come from as far afield as Australia, North America, and beyond, to get a unique insight into the fascinating culture and history of the "Five Stans."

Good to know

  • Flexible rebookings: change dates at no cost
  • Small groups, max 12 people
  • The leading Central Asia specialists

Key information

Destinations Central Asia, Astana, Shymkent, Almaty, Song Kul Lake, Karakol, Arslanbob, The Pamir Highway, Ashgabat, The Karakum Desert, Uzbekistan, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Solo Travel
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour

Kalpak Travel Reviews

What people are saying about Kalpak Travel

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Sten-Enok, Norway
01/11/2018

I got a tip to visit the webpage for Kalpak and have not regretted since. They arrange trips to Central Asia and do it really well. They are professional, respond to inquiries instantly, are very flexible and know the region well. I was in contact with Luca for a combination of mountain biking and trekking in the Fann mountains in Tajikistan. My experience is solely positive; truly professional and passionate about the region.

Mind you, Kalpak uses local resources and is responsible tourism. I really recommend Kalpak Travel! They make astonishing trips to Central Asia and are professional, serious and responsible.

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Spencer, Australia
01/07/2018

We had a fabulous 13-day tour of Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan - in May/June. Luca, the owner of Kalpak Travel, has been very reliable and committed to giving excellent service. He was constantly keeping in touch during our trip to ensure that everything was running smoothly.

The guides in each city spoke excellent English and were extremely informative on all aspects of Central Asia. In Almaty, we were invited to have dinner at our tour guide's home. The food was fabulous and we had a wonderful evening….

We were very lucky to have Kalpak Travel as our tour company which exceeded our expectations with flying colours. We highly recommend Kalpak Travel if you are planning a hassle-free tour of Central Asia.

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Rebecca, USA
01/07/2018

We had a wonderful 3.5 week trip through the 5 Stans. I feel like I've seen the highlights in case I don't get the opportunity to return, but I most certainly DO want to return and see more. These are the warmest and most welcoming people I have every encountered.

My regret is that Kalpak does not arrange trips for other parts of the world, as I truly enjoyed every minute of working with them, and would love to do so again. SUPERLATIVE service.

Kalpak Travel tours

Best of Central Asia

Experience the people, history and nature of the 'Five Stans

22 days From €4,580 Group tour
Destinations Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Activity Active, Walking, Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Responsible Travel, Community-led Tourism, Solo Travel
Tour Type Small group tour, Private guided tour
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Historical Cities of Central Asia

Following in the footsteps of Marco Polo

15 days From €4,060 Group tour
Destinations Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Activity Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Responsible Travel, Community-led Tourism, Solo Travel
Tour Type Small group tour, Private guided tour
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Best of Uzbekistan

Explore Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva

8 days From €1,540 Group tour
Destinations Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent
Activity Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Responsible Travel, Community-led Tourism, Solo Travel
Tour Type Small group tour, Private guided tour
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Highlights of Kazakhstan

Explore Kazakhstan's epic landscapes

10 days From €2,190 Group tour
Destinations Nur-Sultan (Astana), Charyn Canyon, Aktau, Ustyurt Plateau, Almaty
Activity Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Responsible Travel, Community-led Tourism, Solo Travel
Tour Type Small group tour, Private guided tour
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Uzbekistan in Depth

Explore Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Termez and Fergana Valley

14 days From €2,590 Group tour
Destinations Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, Termez, Derbent, Fergana Valley
Activity Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Responsible Travel, Community-led Tourism, Solo Travel
Tour Type Small group tour, Private guided tour
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Best of Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan

Follow the footsteps of the Kyrgyz Nomads and ancient Silk Road traders

15 days From €3,160 Group tour
Destinations Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Activity Responsible Travel, Community-led Tourism, Solo Travel
Tour Type Small group tour, Private guided tour
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Tajikistan Trekking in the Fann Mountains

Guided hiking tour through the Fann Mountains

11 days From €1,960 Group tour
Destinations Dushanbe, Fann Mountains, Panjakent
Activity Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Responsible Travel, Community-led Tourism, Solo Travel
Tour Type Small group tour, Private guided tour
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Highlights of Tajikistan

Experience the cultural and natural highlights of Tajikistan

8 days From €1,590 Group tour
Destinations Dushanbe, Fann Mountains, Panjakent, Seven Lakes, Khujand, Iskanderkul, Nofin
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Cities, Indigenous Tourism, History, Solo Travel
Tour Type Small group tour, Private guided tour
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Preferred hotels

A small selection of Kalpak Travel's carefully-selected hotels. All hotels can be changed to suit your requirements and budget

City Palace Hotel Tashkent

City Palace Hotel Tashkent features an outdoor pool, indoor pool, and free WiFi.

A minibar, seating area, and refrigerator are provided in each room as well as a satellite TV. City Palace Hotel Tashkent extras include an electric kettle, towels, and linen.

A restaurant is on site, and luggage storage is offered at reception for added convenience. Free parking is provided.

Atlas Hotel Dushanbe

Nestled in the heart of Dushanbe, the hotel is connected to all the city’s business and top tourist destinations. The atmosphere in the hotel is warm and welcoming with an air of elegance and charm. Supermarkets are accessible to the hotel. Banks and foreign exchange facilities are within reach. The 24-hour staff will get you anything and everything you need, be it chocolates with your coffee or ticket for Opera ballet.

Hotel Kazzhol Almaty

A modern hotel, 25-minutes from Almaty International Airport, offering free Wi-Fi, indoor swimming pool, spa and traditional Kazakhstani cuisine.

All air-conditioned rooms at the Hotel Kazzhol Almaty feature satellite TV, minibar, safe and balcony, offering views of the city. Some rooms offer a flat-screen TV and bathrobes. Room service is also available.

A buffet breakfast is served in the Kazzhol’s elegant breakfast room every morning. The hotel restaurant also serves a variety of traditional food from the Almaty region. All meals are cooked with the eco produce.

Guests at the Hotel Kazzhol Almaty can enjoy use of the hotel’s massage and beauty salon. The Kazzhol also offers concierge, laundry and airport shuttle services.

The Plaza Hotel Bishkek

The Plaza Hotel Bishkek is the embodiment of aristocratic elegance and modern multi-functionality. Nine floors of luxury and impeccable style will make you feel part of the High Society.

Features a spa area with an indoor swimming pool, a well-equipped gym and Finnish sauna.

Superior

Wyndham Tashkent

A modern, 4* hotel with comfortable rooms, excellent service and convenient location.

What's included

All trips with Kalpak Travel include the following services. Get in touch to find out more.

Accommodation

Kalpak trips visit a combination of quality hotels, traditional Yurt camps, guesthouses, and camping (all equipment provided). Get in touch for more information.

Guided excursions

Expert, English-speaking guides accompany you throughout the entire trip, giving you unique insights into the local culture and history.

Ground transfers

All airport collections, hotel transfers and rail journeys are included.

All meals

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included in the price. You're not obliged to eat every meal with the group, and your guide will happily direct you to recommended local restaurants and markets if you prefer.

Internal flights

Domestic/internal flights are included where applicable.

Camping equipment

All equipment for overnight stays in Yurt camps is provided.

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