Explore the fabled Silk Road as you journey through Central Asia’s Five ’Stans: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.

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 The Registan complex, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
 The Sher Dor Madrassah, Registan Square Ensemble, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
 Cupola of the Sher Dor Madrassah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
 Cupola of Bibi Khanum Mosque, detail, Samarkand
 Bukhara Palace, Uzbekistan
 The Shah i Zinda, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
 Dried fruit and spices at Siab Bazaar near Bibi-Khanum, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
 Statue of Magtymguly, Independence Monument, Ashkhabat, Turkmenistan
 The Mausoleum of Turkmenbashi, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
 Vendor selling traditional bread at Panjshanbe Bazaar, Khujand, Tajikistan
 Zenkov Cathedral (detail), Almaty, Kazakhstan
 Zenkov Cathedral, Almaty, Kazakhstan
 Falconer in Kazakhstan

The Silk Road: A Journey to Central Asia

Featuring the Five “Stans” of Turkmenistan*, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan

17 days from $8,495

Explore the fabled Silk Road as you journey through Central Asia’s Five ’Stans: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.

or Call 855-330-1542

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A fascinating tour in a fascinating world. Don't miss it.

- Bechir R.

Our trip to the Silk Road cities of days of yore was a fascinating journey into the past. Ancient cities like Bukhara and Samarkand took on a modern cast after our fabulous Smithsonian trip there.

- Adrienne D.

Central Asia with Smithsonian Journeys was an eye-opening experience to a little-known part of the world. One of the most memorable trips I have ever taken.

- Janice S.

Our trip to the Five Stans with Smithsonian Journeys was extraordinary. Exploring the Silk Road fulfilled a lifelong dream—particularly Samarkand with some of the most magnificent Islamic architecture on the planet.

- Laura G.


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Hotel Oguzkent

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Elegant yet traditional, the Oguzkent Hotel is situated in Ashkabad's city center, across from Neutrality Park.  Designed for comfort and convenience, rooms come with a minibar, safe, air conditioning and WiFi.  Three restaurants, a spa and mall are also located within the hotel. 

Number of nights: 2

Jipek Joli Hotel

Nukus, Uzbekistan

The Jipek Joli, or “Silk Road,” hotel is decorated in the traditional Karakalpak national style. The bright rooms feature wooden beds, handmade silk curtains, and ornamental carpets, and include air conditioning and flat-screen cable TV. The non-smoking hotel features a spacious dining area serving international cuisine.

Number of nights: 1

Asia Hotel Khiva

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Located just outside of Ichon Qala and a two-minute walk from the city wall, Hotel Asia Khiva offers a beautiful lobby, a restaurant with its own bakery, bar, conference hall, Internet, pool and sauna.  All rooms have air-conditioning, satellite TV, phone and minibar.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Suzangaron

Bukhara , Uzbekistan

Hotel Suzangaron combines the modern comforts of a new accommodation (completed in March 2020) with a prime location, in the heart of the city between Lyabi-Hauz Plaza and the Ark Citadel. Each of the 20 en suite guestrooms comes with individually controlled air conditioning and heating, a hairdryer, satellite TV, a safe, and free Wi-Fi. An atrium fills the hotel’s interior with light, and the rooftop terrace provides panoramic views of the Old Town. The restaurant serves breakfast as well as an eclectic menu of international cuisine.

Number of nights: 2

Emir Han

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Located only a mile from Samarkand's historic center, the Emir Han hotel features two restaurants, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a Finnish sauna and a Turkish bath. Rooms come furnished with a flat-screen satellite TV, minibar, in-room safe, air-conditioning, and complimentary WiFi.

Number of nights: 3

Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Located in the heart of the city, the updated Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace re-opened in 2013.  The elegant hotel features two restaurants, one of them on the rooftop, serving regional and international cuisine.  A piano bar, fitness center, outdoor pool, sauna and spa services round out the amenities.  Rooms include deluxe beds, air conditioning, WiFi, satellite TV, minibar and hairdryer.

Number of nights: 1

Hotel Plaza Bishkek

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Located in the city center within walking distance of the main square, the four star Plaza Hotel features a gourmet restaurant and bar, as well as a fitness center with lap pool and sauna. Rooms include satellite TV, minifridge, in-room safe, WiFi and coffeemaker.

Number of nights: 2

InterContinental Almaty Hotel

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Located in downtown Almaty, the five-star Intercontinental is beautifully appointed with a grand atrium entryway.  Rooms have a minibar, air conditioning and satellite TV.  Multiple restaurants on the property serve everything from Chinese to Turkish cuisine and the French-inspired Belvedere Grill with its rooftop-dining terrace is known as one of the best restaurants in the city.  A Turkish bath is available at the onsite spa along with an indoor pool, tennis courts and golf courses.

Number of nights: 2

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