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The Silk Road of Central Asia

history • 17 days, 16 nights

The Silk Road of Central Asia

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Road Trip
from $5,680 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Join us on an epic, two-week, four-country road trip as we wind through Kazakh bazaars, wade in Kyrgyzstan’s glassy Issyk-kul lake, discover Soviet relics, explore a former Soviet military base in Tajikistan, and wander through Uzbekistan’s ancient Silk Road cities. As we make our overland journey, we’ll cover over 2,000 miles; a dazzling diversity of art, music, and architecture; and over two millennia of history.


  • Immerse yourself in the local culture across four countries
  • Explore picturesque mountain villages
  • Wander through some of Central Asia's most famous bazaars
  • Take in Soviet relics, and Socialist Modernist architecture, mosaics and monuments
  • Breath in the air across spectacular mountain landscapes and glacial lakes


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan

Trip Leader

Gianluca [dʒanˈluka] was born and raised in a sunny seaside town in Tuscany. After eternal years gone by in the sweet languor of seemingly endless summers he moved north to study Slavic Languages in Berlin and Photojournalism in London. He spent the best time of his university years traveling and photographing around four continents and more than 70 countries. During his journeys, Gianluca fell hopelessly in love with the complex geopolitical and cultural heritage of a vanished land that used to be called Soviet Union. After many a trip to the region, he is now loosely based between Berlin and the Caucasus, where he spends most of his time engaging in photographic, linguistic, and gastronomic discoveries.

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The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $690. When booking, please select the single room package option.


Throughout the trip, we'll be staying in comfortable accommodations with standard amenities. In cities, we’ll be in centrally located hotels (three-to-four-star equivalent), while in smaller towns we’ll be in traditional guest houses. In Song Kol, we'll spend one night in comfortable, clean yurts close to the lake.


We’ll be covering a lot of ground over the course of our two weeks across four countries. Most of this transport will take place in a private, air-conditioned minibus, with driving hours per day ranging widely; most days will involve at least a few hours on the road, while our longest day will be around eight hours of driving altogether, with plenty of breaks along the way.

Arrival & Departure

Note that this trip begins and ends in two different locations. You should plan to arrive in Almaty, Kazakhstan by 5 p.m. on Day 1, and to depart from Bukhara, Uzbekistan anytime on Day 17. (Note that your departure airport is Bukhara International Airport*.) 

*If your flight requires a transfer at Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport (TAS), please note that it is quite large and you should give yourself 4-5hrs to transfer from the domestic to the international terminal (you can use an airport taxi to get from one building to another).  You might prefer to give yourself a buffer day in Tashkent (which has lots to explore), in which case we can help you arrange for transportation from Tashkent at the end of the tour.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable hotels and guesthouses
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip, including arrival and departure airport transfers
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • Transportation and flights to Almaty, Kazakhstan, and from Bukhara, Uzbekistan
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader
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Trip FAQ

For US and most other nationalities, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan do not require visas. Currently, for many nationalities Uzbekistan asks for easy to obtain electronic visas (eVisas). The eVisa is valid for 90 days from when it is issued. Visa policies are subject to change on short notice and we'll keep you up to date as the trip approaches.

It's important that you check your specific passport to see what is required.

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