Trip reference number: 230

Trip Operator: Oasis Overland

Ashgabat To Bishkek (20 Days) Silk Road Highlights

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Follow one of the world’s most well renowned highways; the Silk Road. In a challenging expedition which takes you through some of the oldest cities in the world, discover the ancient trading routes through the ‘Stan’s’ including a stop in the Turkmenistan capital, Ashgabat, which holds the Guinness world record for the most white marble on Earth. We’ll also stop off in splendored Old Registan in Uzbekistan. Once we reach Tajikistan there will be the chance to hike in the Fann Mountains and visit the tallest waterfall in the country. Our tour ends in the City of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. Day 1 Turkmenistan

Ashgabat – Free time and City Tour

Days 2 to 3 Turkmenistan

Kara-Kum Desert – drive€ross the barren desert

Darvaza Gas Craters – the ‘Door to Hell’, a result of Soviet-era gas exploration.

Kunye Ugench - see the 60mtr high minaret

Days 4 to 13 Uzbekistan

Aral Sea - ships marooned in the desert

Khiva - explore the ancient medressas, mausoleums and museums.

Bukhara - an important stop on the Silk Rd of old & home to over 350 mosques & 100 Islamic colleges.

Kyzylkum Desert - beauty & harshness in one.

Samarkand - as old as Babylon, view the beauty of the Registan, medressas & mosques.

Tajikistan

Drive south towards Tajikistan border.

Stop off in the unesco Town of Shahrisabz (time allowing).

Dushanbe – Tajikistan’s Capital.

Days 14 to 19 Fann Mountains – 5000 mtr + peaks.

Iskanderkul Lake and Tajikistan’s highest waterfall.

Khujand – an important city on the old Silk Road.

Kyrgyzstan

Fergana Valley – the home of silk and where the great route started from.

Osh – home to oldest bazaar in Central Asia.

Stunning mountains and lakes

Bishkek - the Kyrgyzstan capital.  Soviet built city with tree lined boulevards and parks.  A chance to let our hair down, relax and maybe remind our taste buds about western food!

Day 20 Your trip ends after breakfast. 20 Days - Central Asia & South East Asia - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website

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