CA3 The Five Stans

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Tashkent's Old City tour; Khiva: World Heritage Site; Exotic Shakhrisabz, birthplace of Tamerlane; Ashgabat: City Tour; Visiting all '5 Stans'; Scenic Lake Issyk-Kul

Trip Information


Inclusions

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 arriving / departing on tour dates.

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees ($700-800), 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.

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. The tour is not strenuous though it is busy; you must be steady on your feet and be able to endure some heat and long days. 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.

Accommodation

Most accommodation is of a 3-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.

Group Size

10-21 (plus Tour Leader)