Kalpak Travel

Small group tours of Central Asia

Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
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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

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

Key information

Destinations Central Asia
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Overlanding, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Culture, Archaeology, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, 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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Pat H
11/05/2022

We loved our tour of Uzbekistan! From the start of the process Luca was very helpful and provided lots of information, then when we had to reschedule twice because of the pandemic he moved the booking on and kept the price the same. As we got closer to actually going we had lots of questions which Luca answered very comprehensively. The organisation of the tour was excellent and our guide Umid was exceptional. Uzbekistan was a long time coming because of the pandemic but it fully lived up to our expectations and Kalpak was a big part of that. Would recommend highly.

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Lydia D
19/10/2022

We booked an 8 day Best of Uzbekistan trip and added 3 nights so we could fly direct from the UK. Luca was absolutely brilliant with suggestions for places to go and sites to visit to make best use of the time, he arranged drivers, guides, meals and hotels and they were all excellent. We visited Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakrisabz and Tashkent, each very different from one another but all really interesting, welcoming and as photographers offered great shots. In Samarkand we had dinner in a local property and a plov cooking demonstration, great fun and as the lone vegetarian, I can put my hand on my heart and say I had an excellent meal!

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Dirk W
12/10/2022

Nothing is ever too much for Luca to make sure your trip runs like clockwork. He prepares the itinerary meticulously and adjusts to your specific preferences. He will answer emails or whatsapp immediately, no matter the day or time (does the man ever sleep ?!). I covered Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in 33 days and saw the very best of Central Asia. Luca organized the complex logistics of this trip, with comfortable rides (cars, trains, planes) and local guides at every location. Luca and his team are not only super professional, they are also easy and friendly to work with. Simply could not be better ! There's only 1 option when you visit "The Stans" : talk to KALPAK.

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Wally C
08/11/2022

My trip with Kalpak to Central was phenomenal. It far exceeded my expectations. Everything was top quality including the accommodations, food, sights, itinerary and outstanding guides in each country. It was an excellent quality tour for the money. Great quality value. I would highly recommend the trip to anyone considering going. Central Asia is the best kept secret that one doesn’t hear much about.

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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 €5,360 Group tour
Destinations Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Activity Active, Walking, Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, 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 €4,740 Group tour
Destinations Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Activity Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Solo Travel
Tour Type Small group tour, Private guided tour
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Highlights of Kazakhstan

Tour Kazakhstan's history in one week

10 days From €2,160 Group tour
Destinations Nur-Sultan (Astana), Charyn Canyon, Aktau, Ustyurt Plateau, Almaty
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Overlanding, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, 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 €2,890 Group tour
Destinations Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, Termez, Derbent, Fergana Valley
Activity Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, 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 €3,680 Group tour
Destinations Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Archaeology, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, 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 Adventure, Backpacking, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Culture, 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 €1,840 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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Kyrgyzstan Trekking Tour

Explore the home of Kyrgyz nomads on foot

12 days From €2,180 Group tour
Destinations Kyrgyzstan
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Nature & Wildlife, Culture
Tour Type Small group tour, Private guided tour
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Kazakhstan Explorer

Kazakhstan’s dramatic landscapes and diverse cities

7 days From €1,580 Group tour
Destinations Kazakhstan
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Cities, Solo Travel
Tour Type Small group tour, Private guided tour
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Best of Kyrgyzstan

Experience the cultural and natural highlights of Kyrgyzstan

8 days From €1,780 Group tour
Destinations Kyrgyzstan
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Museums & Galleries
Tour Type Small group tour, Private guided tour
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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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