Travel to Central Asia and see some of the worlds least visited countries! From Turkmenistan with its marble clad capital and flaming gas crater, to historical Uzbekistan and the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe.


Below is the itinerary for our July 2018, Turkmenistan, uzbekistan and Dushanbe long tour!


Sunday July 29th

Arrive at Ashgabat airport early morning and transfer to the city centre to begin our tour. Visit the square and parks to see the huge monuments and statues of the leaders as well as Ertogrul Ghazi mosque.

We will then drive on to visit the Turkmenbashy mosque and mausoleum

In the afternoon we will drive to the incredible Darvaza Gas crater. En route we stop off for supplies in the desert village of Erbent. We then turn off road and drive across desert dunes.

Arrive at Darvaza early evening when the light is fading and all you can see for miles around is the glow of the crater.

Our guide will set up camp in tents at a safe distance from the crater before cooking dinner while you relax and stare in awe at the Gas crater.

Monday July 30th

After breakfast we leave Darvaza and drive North to Konye Urgench historical site. It is a UNESCO heritage site and contains the remains of the capital of Khwarezm, part of the Achaemenid empire.

In the afternoon we will drive onwards to the city of Dashoguz. check into our  hotel and then take a tour of the city in the afternoon. Rest of the evening at leisure.

Tuesday July 31st

After breakfast we drive onto the border crossing and pass through into Uzbekistan. Our Uzbek guide will meet us here and drive to Khiva where we will check into our hotel. After lunch and some free time we will take a walking tour of the city visiting the Ichan Kala fortress with its minarets, madrassah, mosque and mausoleums. After a group dinner there will be free time in the city.

Wednesday August 1st

After a bit of free time for any last minute sightseeing we will depart on the 7 hour drive to Bukhara across the desert. We will have a packed lunch during the journey and also make a stop at a dest Chai Khanah (Tea house) in the early afternoon for tea and kebabs.

On arrival to Bukhara we will check into our hotel and after dinner have free time to enjoy the atmosphere around the Lyabi Hauz pool.

Thursday August 2nd

In the morning we will take a half day sightseeing tour of Bukhara, visiting Samanids mausoleum, Ark fortress, Polkalon complex, trading domes, the Lyabi Hauz complex and Chor Minor.

After lunch we will have free time in the city to explore the Jewish quarter and the cities covered shopping areas. Overnight in Bukhara.

Friday August 3rd

After some free time in the morning we well take a 5-6 hour drive to the ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand!

Saturday August 4th 28th

Today we tour the historical city of Samarkand, taking in the Registan square, Gur Emir mausoleum, Slab bazaar, Ulugbek observatory, Afrasiab museum wall paintings and the Meros handicraft centre.

Sunday August 5th

Today we have free time in Samarkand to explore the city and it's surrounds. We'll have dinner in Samarkand before departing on the 22:00 overnight train to Termez.

Monday August 6th

Arrive into Termez at 9:30 and drop our luggage off at our hotel before starting a full day tour. We will visit the archaeological museum, Sultan Saadat complex, Kirk Kiz hanaka and Fayaztepa Buddhist monastery.

After a farewell dinner with our Uzbek guide, spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Tuesday August 7th

At 9:00 we depart for the Sariosiyo border crossing. Pass the border and meet our Tajik guides.

En route to Dushanbe we will visit Hisor town to visit the Hisor fortress, one of the most important historical sites in Tajikistan. We will also visit the nearby 16th Century Kunha Medrassah, Museum of Tajik Life and the mausoleum of the Sufi Saint, Mahdumi Azam.

On arrival into Dushanbe we will visit the Museum of National Antiquities before checking into our hotel and spending the rest of the evening at leisure.

Wednesday August 8th

Today is the end of the tour, extra nights in Dushanbe can be added on at request or you can extend your trip up to Kazakhstan via Kyrgyztan by join our 3 week 5 'Stans tour!.


16 places are available on this tour for a price of £1469/$1945. This includes:


- letter of invitation
- Entry pass
- Registration
-One night hotel accommodation (3 star), one nights camping at Darvaza
- Breakfast each day
- Air conditioned transport
- Dinner on days 1 and 2
- English speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees at all sites
- Camping gear on visit to Darvaza (tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment and eating utensils



- Letter of invitation
- Six nights 3 star hotel accommodation, one night in Khiva, two in Bukhara, two in Samarkand and one in Termez
- Full board; breakfasts, lunches and dinners each day
- All transportation, including overnight train (4 berth)
- English speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees at all sites
- Mineral water provided each day



- Visa support
- One nights 4 star hotel in Dushanbe
- Dinner on arrival to Dushanbe and breakfast in the morning
- All transport
- English speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees at all sites

The price doesn't include:

- Visa fees
- Turkmenistan Immigration duty (14 USD )
- International Flights
- Tips
- lunches in Turkmenistan
- Other personal expenses
- single room supplement (we can allocate someone to share with on a group tour if you prefer to avoid this cost)

Single supplement price is £280.


If you prefer to arrive a day earlier in Turkmenistan then there is a £40 p/p surcharge for an additional night (place in twin room) and £15 for transfer cost.


For those of you who have already taken our Turkmenistan tour; it is possible to miss this section and meet us in Uzbekistan for a £280 reduction in tour cost.


Most nationalities require visas for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.