For the adventurous, the list of worthwhile destinations is long. Usually near the top of that list, is the Five Stans
Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
The five former USSR nations are rich in history dating back thousands of years and for centuries this region was part of the major trade routes from Asia to Europe.
The traditionally nomadic people retain much of their culture to this day. Cities with beautiful Islamic architecture mix with Soviet art museums that are in stark contrast to the vast wilderness of mountain ranges with locals living in yurts and sprawling deserts which are just some of the highlights in this far corner of the world.
A former resident, tour leader Jonathan Hodgson takes us along for the ride on his latest tour of the 5 stans
with these beautiful photos on his instagram.
For more information on our tours to the Stans, click here.