Custom TRIPS TO CENTRAL ASIA
Custom isn't complicated: in fact over 70% of our travelers experience Asia while on a Custom Journey. And here's the beauty, a custom trip to Central Asia departs on dates of your choosing and you travel only in the company of loved ones to destinations entirely up to you. You determine the trip length and focus. The type of Central Asia hotels are likewise up to you, as are included meals. All trips are accompanied by expert private local guides and drivers, all for about the price of a group departure (or if you choose, the sky is of course the limit).
To get started, view our Central Asia sample itinerary below or customize one of our signature Small Group Trips to suit your travel dates.
Your Journey, Your Way
Contact a Central Asia Travel Expert or call 1-800-642-2742 to begin creating your unique Central Asia journey.
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS
- Explore ancient ruins and UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Marvel at the sublime architecture and impossible shades of blue tile in Samarkand
- Find yourself in the footsteps of history in the walled city of Khiva
- Visit the birthplace and tomb of Tamerlane, the great 14th century conqueror
- Sip tea at the historic pool in the center of Bukhara
- View women making shyrdak, traditional Kyrgyz felt carpets
- Savor an authentic dinner with a local family at an Uzbek home
- Meet with nomadic peoples near the shores of Kyrgyzstan's Lake Issyk-Kol
- Listen to the ancient dutar, the traditional two-stringed guitar of the Turkmen
OASES OF CENTRAL ASIA | 16 DAYS
This is a sketch of what your Custom Journey to Central Asia might look like. Keep in mind these are merely suggestions. We can create a custom Central Asia tour package entirely from scratch, based on your available time, interests, budget, and preferred pace.
Fly from the US to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Enjoy exploring this booming capital city situated between the Kara Kum desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range. Ashgabat is home to some of the most impressive museums in Central Asia and some of the region’s most puzzling and expensive buildings and monuments.
Fly to Uzbekistan to spend time in Khiva, an oasis city that has been in existence for at least four millennia and possibly as long as six, playing host to Arabs, Mongols, Tatars, Russians and Soviets. The entire inner city of Khiva was named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its dense collection of historic buildings.
Visit Bukhara, the great spiritual capital of Central Asia and, at nearly 25 centuries old, also one of its oldest surviving cities. Built around an oasis in the Kyzyl Kum desert, Bukhara rose to prominence as a great caravan city and today still stands as the most complete example of a medieval city in the region.
Travel overland from Bukhara to Samarkand, stopping en route in Shakhrisabz, Tamerlane’s hometown with ruins that evoke the grandeur of his vast empire. Magical Samarkand is one of the Central Asia’s oldest settlements, maintaining prominence even as it was successively conquered by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane and the Uzbek Shaybanids.
Explore a different side of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, the Soviet-built capital of the country and one of the urban hubs of contemporary Central Asia. The city began as a 1st-century oasis settlement and gained importance as a major caravan crossroads. After a serious earthquake in April of 1966 leveled large areas of the city, the Soviets rebuilt it into the sprawling, cosmopolitan center it is today.
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PERSONALIZED TRIP PLANNING
Tell us your vision. We'll pull together a dazzling, totally personalized itinerary that reflects all of your interests. We charge no upfront fees for this outstanding service.
We go beyond just preparing a day-by-day itinerary with watertight logistics. Our personal connections and in-depth knowledge mean the possibilities are endless and the experiences extraordinary. Is avant-garde art your passion? We can get you inside an artists' colony in Beijing, with a contemporary-art museum curator as your guide. Do you dream of seeing tigers in the wild? We can arrange for a private safari in search of the Bengal tiger with a biologist from the World Wildlife Fund in China.
THE FINE DETAILS
Custom Journeys also include internal airfare, daily activities and entry fees, ground transportation, private airport transfers and a customized Travel Guide, specific to your journey. We also provide comprehensive Emergency Evacuation and Emergency Medical travel insurance.
PRIVATE LOCAL GUIDES & DRIVERS
You will have your own private, local guide in each destination. Our guides are the best in the region–educated, friendly individuals who offer insights you can only get from a local. Your own private driver is also included for all tours and transfers.
ACCOMMODATIONS & CUISINE
Boutique and often very luxurious accommodations are included in a Custom Journey. From exquisite, restored maharajahs' palaces in China to a nomadic ger camp in Mongolia, we emphasize authentic local style–it's as much a door into a culture as any visit to a museum. Our dining picks likewise reflect our true-to-the-land obsession and appreciation of all things excellent.