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

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 Bukhara Palace, Uzbekistan  The Shah i Zinda, Samarkand, Uzbekistan  The Sher Dor Madrassah, Registan Square Ensemble, Samarkand, Uzbekistan  Cupola of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Samarkand, Uzbekistan  Facade detail of the Sher Dor Madrassah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan  Dried fruit and spices at Siab Bazaar near Bibi-Khanum, Samarkand, Uzbekistan  Statue of Magtymguly, Independence Monument, Ashkhabad, 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  Cupola of the Sher Dor Madrassah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan  Traditional falconer with hawk

The Silk Road: A Journey to Central Asia

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

16 days from $7,595

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

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 Sasha & Son (2019 Departures Only)

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

This charming property is a boutique hotel decorated in the national style. Fashioned from several old Jewish merchant houses, it contains high ceilings, exposed beams, and beautifully decorated niches.  All rooms have private toilet and shower/bathing facilities, and are air-conditioned with satellite TV, WiFi and minibar.  The rooms surround a nice gardened courtyard.

This hotel is only for 2019 departures.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Devon Begi (2020 Departures Only)

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Located in the heart of Bukhara's Old Town, very near the Lyabi-Hauz Plaza, the boutique Devon Begi Heritage Hotel features a restaurant serving traditional Uzbek cuisine, as well as European dishes. Rooms include air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and hair dryer.

This hotel is only for 2020 departures.

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.

Note: 2019 departures will stay at this hotel for two nights. 2020 departures will stay at this hotel for three nights.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Sugd (2019 Departures Only)

Khujand, Tajikistan

The modern and comfortable Sugd Hotel is located about a 15-minute walk from the city center.  A lobby bar, shop and Internet access can be found in the public spaces, and rooms include TV, minifridge and hair dryer.

Number of nights: 1

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