Bishkek to Ashgabat

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Run by: Intrepid

Reference number: KFSRC

From: £3430.00

Be entranced by the beauty and the wonder of Central Asia on this overland journey from the capital of Kyrgyzstan through the heartland of Uzbekistan to the forgotten yet futuristic Ashgabat. Take in the tranquil landscape of Son-Kol Lake, watch for wild boar and deer around Chychkan Gorge, hike up the sacred Sulumain-too Mountain in historic Osh, and get your fill of mosques and museums in Samarkand. Venture into the mysterious Turkmenistan, camp out by the 'gate of hell', and explore Ashgabat with architectures from a scifi movie.Abounding with ancient culture, divine natural beauty, intriguing relics, and heart warming people, this is a journey that will leave you eager to discover more of Central Asia. Highlights/r/n
  • Central Asia is a fascinating and unique mix of ancient Silk Road culture, post-soviet culture and striving to redefine nations post independence. Geographically and for a time historically, it is the real centre of Asia
  • The much-photographed Registan in Samarkand is one of the true pinnacles of Islamic architecture. You'll be wowed by the scale, grandeur and beauty of the monuments to iconic figures such as Tamerlane and the Persian influenced madressas, mosques and mausoleums
  • Experience for yourself the legend that is Central Asian hospitality - there's really nothing like being welcomed into a local home or yurt for a meal, chatting with stall holders at bazaars or simply marvelling at the sights alongside locals
  • Kyrgyzstans mountains are its monuments and its majesty. The landscapes here will stay with you long after the journey is over
  • Marvel at the beautiful Son-Kol Lake, where in mid-summer you may see flocks of sheep, goats and herds of horses watched over by nomadic herdsmen and their families
  • Stay overnight in a yurt lakeside and live like the locals have for centuries in these portable, felt lined traditional tents
  • Reflect on the important role horses have played in the traditional Kyrgyz nomadic life style while witnessing horseback sports like odarysh (wrestling on horseback), tiyin-enish (where riders try to pick up coins at full gallop) or kok-baru (goat polo)
  • Explore sprawling ruins of Mary, Merv and others with a local guide and contemplate these remnants of empires that once ruled this vast land
  • Witness the eternal flames of the Darvaza Crater, aka the 'Door to Hell' as you camp nearby – one of the strangest, most mesmerising geological oddities on earth
  • Ashgabat rose from the devastation of an earthquake in 1948 and has enjoyed a surreal and futuristic makeover

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
04/06/2019 29/06/2019 Sold out £3430.00
11/06/2019 06/07/2019 Sold out £3430.00
18/06/2019 13/07/2019 Sold out £3430.00
13/08/2019 07/09/2019 8 £3430.00
03/09/2019 28/09/2019 Sold out £3430.00
17/09/2019 12/10/2019 Sold out £3430.00
01/10/2019 26/10/2019 6 £3430.00
02/06/2020 27/06/2020 12 £3430.00
09/06/2020 04/07/2020 12 £3430.00
16/06/2020 11/07/2020 12 £3430.00
11/08/2020 05/09/2020 12 £3430.00
01/09/2020 26/09/2020 12 £3430.00
15/09/2020 10/10/2020 12 £3430.00
29/09/2020 24/10/2020 12 £3430.00

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