CA3 THE FIVE STANS TOURSEARCH TOUR
Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic & Kazakhstan
Tashkent Old City tour; Khiva: World Heritage Site; Ashgabat: City Tour; Visiting all '5 Stans'; Scenic Lake Issyk-Kul
- DATES & PRICES
- FULL ITINERARY
- MAP & HOTELS
- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Sat 23 Sep 2017||Fri 13 Oct 2017||$5120 USD||FULL: Wait-list Only|
|Sat 30 Sep 2017||Fri 20 Oct 2017||$5120 USD|
|Sat 24 Mar 2018||Fri 13 Apr 2018||$5120 USD|
|Sat 22 Sep 2018||Fri 12 Oct 2018||$5120 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $636 USD (number of singles limited).
Barbara S. (Monroeville, PA, US)
The drive through the Pamir Mountains was beautiful and the tunnels made it exciting! Turkmenistan was a revelation! All the guides were excellent, Deyla,Fred-Chris,Jabbar,Farhud and of course our tour leader Chris Tripodi. The buses were very nice and comfortable. Chris is well suited to being a tour guide. He is friendly, outgoing, very concerned about meeting our expectations, always available to help with anything and very organized. He made the over all trip very enjoyable.
Barbara T. (Thornhill, CA)
I was always interested in Marco Polo's adventures and when I heard that The Silk Road was now an adventure tour I had to find out who was offering it. I found out through a friend who had mentioned was told about it by another friend. And especially a Canadian company!! That was so nice.Jonathan is an exceptional tour leader. He is so knowledgeable, pleasant, funny and ever so sweet. I thought he was one of the best tour leader I ever encountered. I just loved him. We were lucky to have him.
Bruce F. (Needham, MA, US)
'Twas all pretty spectacular, for me the three biggies in Uzbekistan were the best: Khiva, Samarkand and Bokhara. The mountains in Tajikistan were also superb. The local guides were simply superb, full of knowledge and willing to answer all sorts of questions. Their information delivery was timed well and full of interesting detail...depth of knowledge was amazing. Good food, the soups were particularly good. Our tour leader was just super: patient, helpful, kept us on time and excited about what we were doing now, and next! The hotels were excellent. Wonderful.
Charles E. (Tucson, AZ, US)
We have made over 35 international guided tours and found Jonathan to be one of the very best. Knowledgeable, quick to handle problems and very personable.
Charles M. (Miami Beach, US)
I enjoyed the diversity of this travel experience. There are obviously "highlights" to be seen but it was the total experience that made a lasting impression.
Claude G. (Mesa, AZ, CA)
I loved Khiva, Samarkand, astabad, and just seeing the countryside. The local guides were great. Transportation was great. Good drivers throughout. Hotels were very good. A really great tour and the group was terrific. Much due to the excellent leadership of our tour leader.
Deborah C. (Cedar Rapids, US)
I most enjoyed visiting with the locals - at markets and on the streets. They were absolutely fantastic. Loved to photograph all the weddings - would have loved to be able to stop and look at the agriculture better. I liked knowing that basically every evening meal was part of the program. They were pretty darn good. Jonathan worked his butt off getting them arranged and as "on time" (5 Stan's time!) as he could. At first I thought "he's not from here, he won't know what's going on." WELL, I was wrong. We had the local guides too, but Jonathan really earned his keep. This is not an easy part of the world to cross borders in, get food ordered and in good time, get flights arranged--just lots of details. It was particularly WONDERFUL that he acted as banker for us too. With all the different currancies, it was hard to have just the right amount of money.
Diana W. (VALLE CRUCIS, NC, US)
Khiva was wonderful. Nissa was fascinating. Our guide Jabbar was amazing in Turkmenistan. Chris has an absolutely wonderful sense of humor, is extremely patient and kind and knowledgeable. He was the very best tour leader I have had. This was the best tour I have taken!
Frederick (Lititz, PA, US)
I love the way that the tour leader and the local guides briefed us on the sights. I think all the local guides were great. Excellent transportation! On time, easy, perfect!! It was a good chance to try the local foods. I love it!! Our tour leader had a good sense of humor and great timing. Wish I knew half as much as he does!! He has done his homework and obviously loves his job and being a guide. We look forward to traveling with him in the future. A+++++++
Jean S. (Bolton, CA)
We have nothing but praise for this trip - enjoyed every minute and all the sights, places visited etc. It is the first non Europe trip we have done for two years due to medical problems and everything went well. We were the only UK travellers in the group and this was great. We learned a lot about Canada and places in the US, had some excellent travelling companions and feel we made several very good friends.
Linda S. (Calgary, CA)
I found this trip to be very interesting and there were many memorable experiences. Many of the tourist sites in Uzbekistan are centralized, so we were able to do a lot of walking tours. This is definitely my favourite way to see the sites. The land border crossings would not normally be called sightseeing, but they proved to be some of the most interesting parts of the trip - experiences we would not normally have. All of the excursions provided were enjoyable.Acelle (local guide) rates as the best local guide I have ever had on any trip. She is knowledgeable and covers important information thoroughly. She will be hard to beat! This trip included transportation by planes, coaches, vans and even a boat ride. All transportation provided was comfortable and spacious. The vans we had to take to get through no-man's land between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan were very entertaining and gave us lots of conversation for days! Jonathan (Tour Leader) is very calm and measured in his dealings with guests, guides and locals - whether in restaurants, hotels, border crossings or anywhere else.Shoppers were handled really well - shopping was not allowed while we toured a site, but time was always allowed after the "official" tour was finished so those that were interested had time to shop and the rest of us had time to go on our own and take photos or look at sites more closely. Jonathan handled this the best of all the tour leaders that I have had.
Lynne D. (Hanover, MA, US)
I enjoyed all of the excursions. Guides Delia in Uzbekistan and Jabbar in Turkmenistan were outstanding. Transportation was great throughout the trip. Chris is one of the best tour leaders I have ever had. I would love to travel with him again.
Martha L. (Surrey, GB)
Excursions were informative and the local guides were excellent. Chris, our tour leader, was a very caring person and made sure that everyone was taken care of.
Michael H. (Stoughton, MA, US)
I have traveled extensively over plus 20 years and never met anyone better than [Tour Leader] Jonathan!
Pierre M. (Montreal, QC, CA)
The pace of the tour was good. Excellent Transportation. Bus was spacious. Drivers very pleasant. Cars were comfortable. Air travel was no hassle at all. Chris, our tour leader, was as good as you can expect. Good sense of humour,lots of tact and diplomacy and extremely competent in organizing things. Everything went as planned,no surprise,no snafu. Good knowledge of the areas visited and he is a very good communicator. Generally travel on my own. This tour impressed me enough that I will consider others. Met all my expectations and more.
Samuel B. (Burke, VA, US)
Jonathan, to us, is the ultimate tour leader. He is resourceful, helpful, friendly and a just plain nice guy.
Stephen M. (Scottsdale, AZ, US)
I enjoyed all the excursions. All the local guides were excellent and I had no problems with any of them. The buses and vehicles were wonderful and I never felt cramped for space. Chris is the type of person that is excited about travel and you have to be to be a tour leader. He had many suggestions for optional things to try if one felt like it and was always up for an adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed travelling with Chris. I would definitely travel with Chris on another trip as he helped to make it more interesting and exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would travel with Adventures Abroad again.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Well situated facing Panfilov Park, the Otrar dates from Soviet times but stands up very well. It has spick-and-span rooms ... air-con and satellite TV, a fitness room, sauna and a good help-yourself breakfast.
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An exceptional relaxing atmosphere, luxurious rooms and elegant restaurants await you at the Best Hotel of the Year 2005 in ... Rooms feature: Direct telephone, minibar, electronic safe, Internet connection (free, broadband, wireless connections), TV,
air conditioning, hair dryer.
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Hotel Malika Khiva
Malika Khiva, Malika Kheivak and Malika Khorezm are three modern hotels built in national style represent famous chain of Malika ... in Uzbekistan.
Malika Khiva Hotel opened in May, 2004. It is situated directly opposite the main Ata Darvaza gates of the Ichan Qala. It has the indisputably best view in all of Khiva!
Malika Kheivak is a new hotel, built in 2008. The hotel is located in the center of Ichan Qala, the historical fortress of Khiva, next to the Islam Khoja Minaret. The perfect location, rooms in national style and very great service from the hotel's staff makes it the perfect place to stay while visiting Khiva.
Malika Khorezm Hotel is located one block from the gates of the ancient old town of Khiva near the Art Museum. The decor of each hotel is classic Uzbek and cozy. The authentic Uzbek and European cuisine is unforgettable.
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Hotel Four-Points Sheraton Ak Altin Plaza
Contemporary hotel located 5 minutes from city center & 3 km from Carpet Museum & Independence Monument
This newly built private hotel presents the finest Uzbek woodcraft. Hotel Malika features 26 guest rooms. There is a small ... in the hotel with Uzbek national sitting benches - "supa", where you can have breakfast or relax and have a cup of tea. Rooms: Air conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, mini bar, shower. Property amenities: Restaurant, internet, bar, laundry, souvenir shop.
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Silk Road Lodge
The Silk Road Lodge was built in 2000 in the centre of the capital, next to the Central Park and ... a few minutes walk from the White house and Bishkek's popular restaurants. In-house bar-restaurant offers a wide range of international and local meals. Hotel also has facilities for a leisure: heated indoor pool with two saunas. All rooms have en suite bathrooms with bath and heated floors, tea/coffee making facilities and taps that are equipped with water filters.
Breakfast and dinner (at local restaurants and some hotels) are included daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers.
Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas* and locally paid departure taxes.
At present this tour will require THREE visas, two of which we will acquire for you. You will need to supply us with some documentation, passport photos, and a fee which will be listed separately on your invoice. Uzbekistan requires a visa in advance which you must acquire yourself with our assistance.
***** You will be without your passport for 4-6 weeks prior to departure
Seasonality and Weather
In October and April, average low temperature is 57 F / 10 C; average high is 71 F / 20 C. Average number of rain days, 4. These are the two best times to visit this extreme climate where summers are unbearably hot and winters bitterly cold.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Road transport throughout via private bus. Domestic flights via scheduled local carriers.
Our difficulty rating of "2" on this trip relates to the overall ambitious nature of the itinerary, long travel days, early starts, and the possibility of heat which can cause fatigue. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces. Porters are available at hotels but you must be able to manage with your baggage, especially at airports.
Travellers with very specific dietary requirements, or those with pre-existing medical conditions should be aware that we visit some remote locales where services, cuisines / foods, and the possibility of medical attention, are limited.
Most accommodation is of a 3-4 star standard, though accommodation may be simpler in remote locations. All are heated / air-conditioned as conditions warrant, and all feature private bath. Most passengers are pleasantly surprised at the overall comfort and level of service.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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