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Active Uzbekistan Tour
TOUR CODE: XUZB
Countries Visited: 1 Activity Level: 3 Tour Style: Active
HIGHLIGHT: City walking tours of the famous Silk Road cities – Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand; Tashkent touring; Exploring rural Uzbekistan by foot; Mosques,…
TOUR START: Tashkent
TOUR END: Tashkent
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Pakistan - The Himalaya, Karakoram & Hindu Kush Tour
TOUR CODE: JHPK
Countries Visited: 1 Activity Level: 3 Tour Style: Cultural
HIGHLIGHT: A thorough exploration of Northern Pakistan where three empires meet, with stops in Islamabad, Gilgit, Hunza, Khunjerab Pass, Skardu, Shigar, Khapulu…
TOUR START: Islamabad
TOUR END: Lahore
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21 Day 5 Stans Tour
TOUR CODE: CA3
Countries Visited: 5 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural
HIGHLIGHT: Tashkent Old City tour; Khiva: World Heritage Site; Ashgabat: City Tour; Visiting all '5 Stans'; Scenic Lake Issyk-Kul
TOUR START: Tashkent
TOUR END: Bishkek
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21 Day Central Asia Tour
TOUR CODE: ST4
Countries Visited: 4 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural
HIGHLIGHT: Travel what was once a part of the greatest trade route in the world, a collection of countries with outstanding history, sprawling landscapes, and…
TOUR START: Tashkent
TOUR END: Bishkek
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Tour Leaders
Tour Leaders for Small Group Central Asia Tours
Your expert Adventures Abroad tour leaders will guide you through realms of antiquity in the Five Stans, where you will experience ancient cultures, visit walled cities that have survived for millennia and browse a maze of markets. All tours are limited to just 18 participants. Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.
Chris Tripodi Chris travels because it is the most interesting thing he can think of doing between meals. Anyone can buy a plane ticket, but helping a country come alive through its people, sights, culture, cuisine and customs is what Adventures Abroad is all about. Chris enjoys the inevitable challenges, the unforgettable moments, the warm people, the stories shared, the memories made, and every single morsel of each tour. Read More
Jonathan Hodgson Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography. Read More
Pam Schewe Pam spent many years working in radio broadcasting in Vancouver but decided that instead of working in order to travel, she would be much happier traveling for work. The only real difference between the two careers is that now she can tell immediately when her jokes are not funny. “Is this mic on…??” Read More
Martin Charlton "Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by. Read More
Victor Romagnoli I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey. Read More
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Tour Leaders Small Group Central Asia
Your expert Adventures Abroad tour leaders will guide you through realms of antiquity in the Five Stans, where you will experience ancient cultures, visit walled cities that have survived for millennia and browse a maze of markets. All tours are limited to just 18 participants. Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.
Chris Tripodi Chris travels because it is the most interesting thing he can think of doing between meals. Anyone can buy a plane ticket, but helping a country come alive through its people, sights, culture, cuisine and customs is what Adventures Abroad is all about. Chris enjoys the inevitable challenges, the unforgettable moments, the warm people, the stories shared, the memories made, and every single morsel of each tour. Read More
Jonathan Hodgson Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography. Read More
Pam Schewe Pam spent many years working in radio broadcasting in Vancouver but decided that instead of working in order to travel, she would be much happier traveling for work. The only real difference between the two careers is that now she can tell immediately when her jokes are not funny. “Is this mic on…??” Read More
Martin Charlton "Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by. Read More
Victor Romagnoli I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey. Read More
Where to Go
Where To Go on Small Group Central Asia Tours
Weave through walled city streets beneath towering archways and cerulean domed architecture that once housed some of the greatest centres of learning in antiquity. Discover the ancient dynasties that once ruled this land and its people who continue practicing traditional crafts in vibrant open markets. You will lose yourself gazing into labyrinthine mosaics of unmatched beauty in old city quarters that survived in the shadow of domineering Soviet-era architecture and monuments.
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01. When was the Silk Road made?
The Silk Road was made approximately 2,150 years ago, during 130 BCE.
02. How long is the Silk Road?
The Silk Road is not technically a single road. It is more accurately a network of “Silk Routes” connecting Asia to other parts of the ancient world in commerce. It’s approximately 7,000 miles long.
03. How to travel the Silk Road?
Many former Silk Road stopovers and locations continue to exist today, however, historical routes used along the Silk Road fell into disuse centuries ago. The Five Stans feature many locations that were once heavily used for Silk Road commerce and are accessible by modern travel.
04. What are the Stans?
“The Stans” is a region in Central Asia consisting of the nations Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. All were once Soviet Republics and are referred to as “The Stans” because each name ends with the suffix “stan.” Pakistan and Afghanistan round out the other two “stans” in the region.
“Stan” generally means “land of.”
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