Legends and Empires


Experience a Central Asian Odyssey on this epic 26 day journey exploring the ancient lands and medieval cities of the fabled Silk Route

Explore the Legends and Empires that are the Five ‘Stans’ of Central Asia. The backdrop to our tour is one of incredible diversity, both scenic and cultural, experience incredible history, fabulous local hospitality aswell as the cosmopolitan cities of today.

Tucked between India, Russia and China and comprised of  mountains, steppe grassland and desert, they were once a mix of feudal khanates and nomadic people and later formed republics under Stalin's rule. Amongst this varied landscape are traditional villages and ancient towns reflecting the glories of the passing Greek and Persian armies, the marauding Mongolian hordes, the traders who would sell their wares along the Silk Road, and the philosophers and astronomers that trod these roads in bygone times. Perhaps amongst some of the world’s least visited and least well-known destinations, making this trip a true journey of discovery.

Discover the architectural wonders of Uzbekistan’s Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Travel into the countryside of Kazakhstan where tulips stretch across the steppe and edge clear blue lakes. Explore Kyrgyzstan’s stunning mountains and discover its nomadic horse-riding culture. Step into mountainous Tajikistan filled with wild flowers with its wonderfully simple way of life, and finally Turkmenistan’s breath-taking sights, including Merv, a desert city stacked by Genghis Khan, the sandy Kopet Dag mountains and the famed Akhal-Teke horses.


  • Day 1  - London / Almaty
  • Day 2  - Almaty
  • Day 3  - Almaty / Kolsai Lakes
  • Day 4  - Kolsai Lakes / Almaty
  • Day 5  - Almaty / Bishkek
  • Day 6  - Bishkek / Issyk-Kul Lake
  • Day 7  - Kajlsay / Karakol
  • Day 8  - Karakol
  • Day 9  - Karakol / Bishkek
  • Day 10  - Bishkek / Osh / Fergana Valley
  • Day 11  - Fergana Valley
  • Day 12  - Fergana Valley / Tashkent
  • Day 13  - Tashkent / Khujand
  • Day 14  - Khujand / Iskanderkul
  • Day 15  - Iskanderkul / Samarkand
  • Day 16  - Samarkand
  • Day 17  - Samarkand / Bukhara
  • Day 18  - Bukhara
  • Day 19  - Bukhara / Mary
  • Day 20  - Mary / Merv / Ashgabat
  • Day 21  - Ashgabat
  • Day 22  - Ashgabat / Dashoguz / Khiva
  • Day 23  - Khiva
  • Day 24  - Khiva / Khorezm / Nukus
  • Day 25  - Nukus / Tashkent
  • Day 26  - Return flight
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  • Most Meals Included
  • Jules Verne Representative
  • Local Expert Guides
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Experience a Central Asian Odyssey on this epic 26 day journey exploring the ancient lands and medieval cities of the fabled Silk Route


Hotels in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are simple and unpretentious but well-located with a restaurant, bar and air-conditioned rooms with private facilities and satellite TV. There may be water and electricity shortages and, on occasion, alternative hotels may be used. WiFi (free) is available at all tour hotels although it can be intermittent.

Food is nutritious, based on fresh local produce but can be repetitive and the provision of special dietary requirements may be limited.

Travel between the cities by road, whilst being the classic way to experience the country, involves some long journeys, some on uneven roads with only limited opportunities for comfort breaks.

Porters are unavailable at some hotels and during border crossings.

The order of sightseeing may vary in accordance with local conditions.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin room
Turkish Airlines from Heathrow

There are currently no departure dates available for this tour. 

Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 24 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 22 lunches and 24 dinners, itinerary as described, services of a UK Tour Manager and expert local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • Single Supplement
  • £1950
Flight Options
  • Turkish Airlines Business class
  • On request, please call
  • Regional UK airports available
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