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Yurts in the foothills and mountains of Kyrgyzstan
Alaudin lake in Fann mountains, Tajikistan
Charyn Canyon, South East Kazakhstan
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Charyn Canyon
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Best of The Stans

Operated by TripADeal
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan & Uzbekistan
Discover the wonders of the ancient Silk Road on a small group tour
Enjoy an overnight stay in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt camp
Dates: 18 Apr - 10 Oct 2024
Earn & Use Qantas Points
Return international full-service flights
16 nights quality hotel accommodation
1-night in a traditional Kyrgyz Yurt
Enjoy daily breakfast and dinner


A bucket list destination three thousand years in the making, the Silk Road is one of the true icons of Central Asia. Follow the footsteps of the incredible discoverer Marco Polo as you cross vast deserts and towering mountain ranges, weave through exotic cities and remote villages untouched by the passage of time, every inch of this ancient trade route is potentially more beautiful than the last. Isn’t it time you experienced its wonders for yourself?

This 20 day tour is a chance to take in the historic cities and landscapes of four countries along the Silk Road - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan with the educated guidance of English speaking local tour leaders and guides. Enjoy two full days in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan; witness dramatic rock formations in Charyn Canyon; go horse riding (optional) and make bread with a local family at a traditional Kyrgyz yurt camp; and admire the Russian-influenced architecture of Karakol on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul. Journey to the iconic city of Samarkand, home to the exquisite Registan Square; ignite your senses with a stroll through colourful Osh Bazaar; see Poi Kalon and Kalon Minaret on a city tour of Bukhara; travel to the ancient city of Shakhrisabz; visit the Museum of Antiquities in Dushanbe - plus a whole lot more!

Package includes return international flights, 16 nights quality hotel accommodation, one night in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt camp, English speaking local tour leader, guides and more.

Want more? Add extra days to your itinerary with Arrive Early in Almaty, Kazakhstan, or Stay Behind in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in the checkout section.

Tour Inclusions

  • Discover 4 countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
  • Explore the historic cities and villages of the Silk Road
  • See beautiful wooden Russian buildings on a city tour of Almaty
  • Visit the unique Museum of Musical Instruments
  • Enjoy a free day at leisure in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan
  • Witness dramatic rock formations in Charyn Canyon
  • Cook ‘Lagman’ a traditional Uighur dish with an Uighur family
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Karakol, a city backdropped by alpine peaks
  • See the red sandstone rock formations of Jeti-Oguz Gorge
  • Travel along the beautiful Issyk-Kul Lake
  • Go horse riding (optional) and make national bread Boorsok at a Kyrgyz yurt camp in Bokonbayevo
  • Visit Burana Tower, a 9th century minaret built by the Karakhanids
  • Explore Bishkek, ‘the greenest city in Central Asia’
  • Visit Ala-Too Square, the main square of Bishkek
  • Experience a demonstration of traditional Kyrgyz instruments and techniques
  • Tour historic Osh, the oldest city in Kyrgyzstan
  • Discover the colourful Osh Bazaar and Historical Museum
  • Learn the cooking techniques of Central Asia’s most famous meals with an Uzbek family
  • Visit the workshop of Zakir Aka, maker of handmade knives for almost 60 years
  • Marvel at the centuries-old Sheikh Muslihiddin Mausoleum in Khujand
  • Visit the city of Istaravshan, founded by Persian King Cyrus the Great in the 7th century
  • Travel along the picturesque Varzob Gorge in Tajikistan
  • Visit the Museum of Antiquities in Dushanbe, home to the UNESCO protected reclining Buddha
  • Take in the excavation site of old Penjikent and Rudaki Museum
  • Visit the fabled city of Samarkand, an icon of the Silk Road
  • Explore Registan, the heart of the ancient Samarkand
  • See Gur Emir, Ulug-Bek Madrasah and more
  • Visit Shakhrisabz, one of most ancient cities in Central Asia
  • See Poi Kalon and Kalon Minaret on a city tour of Bukhara
  • Witness a folklore show in Nadir Divan Begi Madrasah
  • Enjoy a discovery tour through Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan
  • Visit Khast-Imam Square, beautiful Barak Khan Madrasah and more
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/*BNE/*ADL/*PER/AKL
  • 1 x internal flight in Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek to Osh
  • 16 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • 1 night in a traditional Kyrgyz Yurt
  • Enjoy 32 meals including 2 traditional dinners with local families
  • English speaking tour leaders and guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers
Day 1 Depart Australia (or New Zealand)

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane*, Adelaide*, Perth* or Auckland for Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Please note: Due to limited flights between Australia and Kazakhstan, customers may require a layover. Scheduled transits over 6 hours will receive one lounge pass. Scheduled transits over 12 hours will receive one night at an airport hotel. This will be covered at no extra cost. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents, issued 4-6 weeks prior to departure.

Please note: Some flights may depart early on Day 2 and arrive Day 2.

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Arrive Almaty, Kazakhstan

Welcome to Kazakhstan. Upon arrival in Almaty this evening you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Plaza Hotel or similar, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 3 Almaty Sightseeing Tour

This morning set out on a city tour of Almaty, the southern capital of Kazakhstan and largest city in the country. During the city tour you will see beautiful wooden Russian buildings - Zenkov Cathedral, the ex-assembly house of Czar officers and an apparel shop (1903-1908). You will visit the 28 Panfilov’s Guardsmen Park, Zenkov Cathedral, Museum of History and Republic Square.

In the afternoon continue onwards to the Museum of Musical Instruments, one of the most unique musical museums which opened in 1981. The museum showcases the national musical instruments of the Kazakh people, along with the musical culture of over 50 countries.

This evening you will experience a Sunkar show where you will learn about birds of prey - how they are used for hunting, their history, lifestyle and organic traits. Five to seven species of birds take part in the show.

Afterwards, enjoy dinner and return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Plaza Hotel or similar, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 4 Almaty Free Day

Today enjoy the day at leisure to either relax or explore Almaty. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to join an optional activity (not included).

Optional Activity: Half Day Medeo Gorge & Kok-Tobe Tour - $165 per person
Travel to picturesque Medeo Gorge, which is located 25km from Almaty and has an altitude of over 2000m. It hosts the highest mountain skate ring in the world, as well as the largest skiing resort of the region. On the way stop by a dam which protects the city from avalanches and mudslides, which have been known to cascade from the slopes. Take a cable car trip to the top to enjoy an amazing panorama of Tien-Shan Mountains. Later return to Almaty to enjoy a cable car trip at Kok-Tobe recreational area to witness a panorama of Almaty and surroundings.

Overnight: Plaza Hotel or similar, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Almaty - Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan - Karakol, Kyrgyzstan (approx. 400km day)

This morning head towards the amazing Charyn Canyon, often described as the Grand Canyon of Kazakhstan. The dramatic erosion made by the river Charyn has created an impressive landscape of red-coloured rocky formations that resemble castles, leading the canyon to be nicknamed the Valley of Castles. It’s spectacular during the day, as well as under a star-lit sky.

Afterwards cross the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border. After all border procedures, continue on to Karakol via the scenic Karkara Valley, famous for its mountain flowers that attract many bee-keepers. Tonight enjoy dinner with an ethnic Uighur family to taste the national cuisine of Lagman. Lagman is a traditional Uighur dish made of pulled noodles, meat and vegetables. You will be able to see and help with the process of making and cooking Lagman.

Afterwards transfer to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Green Yard or similar, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 6 Karakol City Tour - Bokonbayevo (approx. 130km day)

A visit to Karakol town is like stepping back in time a hundred years to an age of Tsarist Russia. This morning head out on a city tour to visit old Russian style houses (1870–1910), Russian Orthodox Church (1886) and Dungan Mosque (1899) made out of wood with no nails.

After the tour, transfer to Jeti-Oguz Gorge. Here you will have an opportunity to admire fantastic rock formations made of red sandstone, as well as local pastures which have long been used by shepherds to graze flocks of sheep and herds of horses.

Continue along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. The lake sits in a hollow surrounded by the snowcapped peaks of Terskei and Kungei Ala-Tau Mountain ranges at an altitude of 1600m. Issyk-Kul Lake is 180km long, 60km wide and 700m deep. One hundred and thirty four streams and rivers flow into the lake but none flow out due to underwater tectonic activity.

Tonight arrive at a semi-nomadic yurt camp where you can experience horseback riding and, in the evening, take part in a baking class to make famous Kyrgyz flat bread followed by a traditional dinner. Tonight you will sleep in a traditional Yurt home. All yurts are brightly decorated and sleep four to five people - toilet and shower facilities are outside of the yurts. A traditional yurt (as it’s known in Turkic languages) is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia.

Please note:
- As yurt accommodation is on a shared basis (4-5 people per Yurt) private rooms are not provided. This applies to both twin share and solo travellers.
- All yurts have been designed in the traditional nomadic way with mattresses on wool carpeted floors (there are no bed frames).

Overnight: Almaluu Traditional Yurt Camp, Bokonbaevo, Kyrgyzstan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 7 Bokonbayevo - Burana Tower - Bishkek - Sightseeing Tour (approx. 300km day)

Today travel onwards to the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek. On the way stop at Burana Tower, a 11th century minaret built by the Turkish Karakhanids dynasty. Nowadays it’s a museum complex which includes the tower itself, reconstructions of mausoleums found onsite, remains of the citadel, a collection of balbals (grave stones used by nomadic Turkic peoples), and petroglyphs (stone carvings), as well as a small museum.

Afterwards continue to Bishkek, the capital and largest city in Kyrgyzstan. Located at the foothill of magnificent Kyrgyz Ala-Tau mountain range, Bishkek is a city of many green parks and marble-faced public buildings, combined with numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks and thousands of smaller privately built houses. It’s laid out on a grid pattern, with most streets flanked on both sides by narrow irrigation channels that water the innumerable trees which provide shade during hot summers.

The city is believed to be the greenest in Central Asia with more trees per head of population than any other. Upon arrival enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit Ala-Too Square, the main square of the city. The square serves as a place for state events and celebrations and includes many monuments, open-air picture gallery, famous Oak Park, marble government buildings and theatres. Your evening in Bishkek will culminate in a delightful dinner and folklore show, where artists will demonstrate their national musical instruments and techniques of playing.

Overnight: Hotel Garden or similar, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 8 Bishkek - Osh - Sightseeing Tour

This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Osh (approx. 1 hour). Osh is the oldest city in Kyrgyzstan (estimated to be over 3000 years old) and the second largest in the country. The town is situated at the crossroads of the ancient trading routes that became known as the Silk Road.

The age of the city can be judged by the rock drawings and inscriptions found on the northern slope of the Sulayman Mountain, a distinctive monument in the centre of Osh. The UNESCO listed mountain, also known as Sulayman Throne, is a popular place of pilgrimage for local Muslims, with stairs leading up to the highest peak with a small mosque originally built in 1510.

Visit the brightly coloured Osh Bazaar, Historical Museum, and a local bread bakery. Get hands on with a local baker to learn how lepyoshka (also known as tandyr nan) is made, including preparing the dough, shaping and decorating the circular loaves and placing them in the tandyr oven.

Afterwards visit the workshop of Zakir Aka, who has been making handmade knives for almost 60 years. This evening enjoy dinner with an Uzbek family. Your hosts will demonstrate and explain all the tricks of cooking some of Central Asia's most famous meals – such as Plov (or Pilaf).

Overnight: Hotel Osh Nuru or similar, Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 9 Osh, Kyrgyzstan - Khujand, Tajikistan - Sightseeing Tour (approx. 370km day)

Today travel to Tajikistan (border crossing at Kyzyl-Bel). Upon arrival into Khujand, the country’s second largest city, visit the mausoleum of Sheikh Muslihiddin - the 12th century poet and ruler of Khujand; and the Historical Museum, which is located in a citadel, and the largest bazaar in Tajikistan - Payshanba. Afterwards enjoy dinner (included) and an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Firuz or similar, Khujand, Tajikstan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 10 Khujand - Istaravshan - Dushanbe (approx. 310km day)

Today drive onwards to the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, via the Varzob Gorge and the Istiklol Tunnel. On the way you will enjoy majestic views of the Fan Mountain ranges. Stop in the ancient city of Istaravshan, founded by Persian King Cyrus the Great in the 6th century. You will visit the old town with its mosque of Shohi-Zinda and Mug Teppe, where a gigantic fortress once stood. Next travel on to Dushanbe with a couple of stops in local villages along the way. You will get the chance to be acquainted with the local people and see the day-to-day life of local farmers.

Overnight: Hotel Atlas or similar, Dushanbe, Tajikstan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 11 Dushanbe Sightseeing Tour

In the Tajik language, the name of Dushanbe is translated as “Monday”. It was so named as it originally had a popular market on Mondays. Areas around Dushanbe were known as a centre of cotton and silk production during the Soviet period. Though the name of the city is rather new, its historical past dates as far back as three thousand years. Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of Greek-Bactrian settlements, a settlement from the Kushan period, a Shishi Khon village and other medieval settlements.

The tour in Dushanbe will include the Museum of Antiquities, home to the UNESCO protected reclining Buddha, the largest statue of Buddha in Central Asia; the main mosque; old synagogue; Russian Orthodox Church; Rudaki Park; and the Shah-Mansur Bazaar. You will also take a trip to the 18th century Hissar Fortress, a former palace from the Emirate of Bukhara.

Overnight: Hotel Atlas or similar, Dushanbe, Tajikstan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 12 Dushanbe - Penjikent - Sightseeing Tour (approx. 230km day)

Your destination today is Penjikent, a town that is very famous in tourist circles for its architectural monuments, as well as a wonderful recreation area on the coast of the Zaravshan River. Penjikent is one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia, the venerable age of which is 5500 years. The name of the city in Russian is translated as Five Villages. After arrival in Penjikent, visit the excavation site of Old Penjikent, the 5th century ‘Pompeii of Central Asia’, with its former palaces and necropolises. Also visit the elegant Rudaki Museum, known for its display of textiles and costumes.

Overnight: Hotel Sughd or similar, Penjikent, Tajikstan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 13 Penjikent, Tajikstan - Bukhara, Uzbekistan - Sightseeing Tour (approx. 400km day)

Today depart along the ancient silk road enroute to the city of Bukhara. The history of Bukhara stretches back millennia. Humans have inhabited the region around Bukhara for at least five millennia, though the city has existed for only half that time. Located on the Silk Road, it has long served as a centre of trade, scholarship, culture, and religion. The city is also known as an open-air museum of mosques, madrasah and minarets. It was the first oasis that caught the eyes of invading Arab armies. In its 2500 year history it has constantly changed hands from one ruler to another. Enjoy a guided tour and visit sites such as the architectural complex Poi Kalon with the Kalon Minaret, Kalon Mosque and Mir-Arab Madrasah, Toki Zargaron trade-domes and Magoki Attori Mosque.

Overnight: Hotel Malika or similar, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 14 Bukhara Sightseeing Tour

In the morning we visit an oriental bazaar full of traditional colors and oriental smells. We continue our walk through Bukhara with the most beautiful architectural ensembles of mosques and madrasahs, visiting the Ark Citadel, the Mausoleum of the Samanid, Chor Minor Madrassah, Lyabi-Khauz Square, the Mausoleum Chashma Ayub, Bolo Hauz Mosque, Nugai Caravanserai in Bukhara and Akhmadjon Caravanserai. Afterwards enjoy a folklore show in Nadir Divan Begi Madrasah which includes a short puppet master performance along with explanation of long and careful process of these puppets production.

Overnight: Hotel Malika or similar, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 15 Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand (approx 350km day)

Today depart along the ancient silk road en route to the fabled city of Samarkand, one of the most important sites of the Silk Road. On the way visit Shakhrisabz, one of most ancient cities in Central Asia. Founded over 2700 years ago, it is the hometown of Tamerlane (Timur), a Turco-Mongol Persianate conqueror. Here you will enjoy a tour of this city along with a visit to the famous Koba Caravanserai. Afterwards continue onwards to Samarkand and check into your hotel where you may enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Registon or similar, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 16 Samarkand Sightseeing Tour

Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Samarkand. Visit Registan Square, which was for many centuries the heart of Samarkand. See three beautiful madrasahs: the Ulug-Bek Madrasah built in the 15th century; the Tillya-Kori Madrasah built in the 17th century and the Sher-Dor Madrasah, also built in the 17th century. Visit Gur Emir, a mausoleum of the Great Tamerlane. Dinner tonight will be at the National House of Shakhnoza. A visit to the National House will plunge you into an atmosphere of local flavours where you will find real traditional Uzbek cuisine.

Overnight: Hotel Registon or similar, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 17 Samarkand - Tashkent (approx 300km day)

This morning continue your sightseeing of Samarkand with a visit to Ulugbek Observatory - a historical monument and one of the outstanding observatories of the Middle Ages. Afterwards visit Shohi-Zinda Necropolis - one of the outstanding ancient architectural ensembles of Samarkand, located on the southeastern slope of Afrosiab Mountain. The ensemble includes mausoleums and other religious buildings of the XI, XIV and XIX centuries and silk paper manufacture which was used for many Arabic manuscripts. After the sightseeing tour we continue onwards to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. Upon arrival check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Rakat Plaza or similar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 18 Tashkent Sightseeing Tour

Today head out on a sightseeing tour of Tashkent. This wonderful city is a real embodiment of the modern elegance that is inherent in many world capitals. At the same time it remains an oriental city. Enjoy a discovery tour which will take you to ancient squares and buildings, as well as the modern part of the 2,000 year old city. Visit Kukeldash Madrasah, which still serves as a Koran School, the Khast-Imam Square with the beautiful Barak Khan Madrasah, the Tillya Sheikh Mosque and the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum made of simple brickwork. Here you can also take a look at the Koran written by the third Caliph Osman (644-656). Take a stroll through the huge Chorsu bazaar, letting you experience the everyday life with all your senses. In the afternoon, visit an interesting Museum of Applied Art. Afterwards transfer to the hotel for dinner, and an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Rakat Plaza or similar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 19 Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Australia (or New Zealand)

Today check out of the hotel and you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home after the trip of a lifetime!

Please note: Due to limited flights between Australia and Uzbekistan, customers may require a layover. Scheduled transits over 6 hours will receive one lounge pass. Scheduled transits over 12 hours will receive one night at an airport hotel. This will be covered at no extra cost. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents, issued 4-6 weeks prior to departure.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 20 Arrive Australia (or New Zealand)

Arrive back in Australia (or New Zealand).

Please note some flights may arrive +1 days.

Important Info

Booking information

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete the Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase.

Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

On purchasing this Travel Offer, you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions and the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.

Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead-up to and immediately before travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return.

Cancellation policy

Qantas Tours packages are non-refundable. If your Qantas Tour package is affected by Covid-19 related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other Qantas Tour or package available via the TripADeal website.

Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the tour operator you are due to stay with.

We recommend you consider purchasing travel insurance with Covid-19 protection. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel because you have tested positive for Covid-19.

Please note: All additional charges are payable in AUD (unless otherwise stated).

Offer essentials

This travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 10th October 2024.
This travel offer is priced per person based on a twin share. 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement of $850 applies. 
Departure Dates
April: 27
May: 4, 11
June: 1, 8
July: 13^
August: 17, 24, 31
September: 7, 14^
October 5^, 12
April: ^18
May: 2, 16, 30
June: 6, *27
July: *11, ^25
August: 8, 22
September: ^5, *19
October: 3, 10
Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability.
Please note: 
• dates/months with a ^ incur a high season surcharge of $400 per person.
• dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $750 per person.
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane*, Adelaide*, Perth*, Auckland
Departure City Surcharges
Adelaide & Brisbane: $300 per person
Perth: $500 per person


Full-Service Airline(s) Used
• Cabin Class: Economy Class
• Airlines: Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Finnair, Cathay Pacific, All Nippon Airways, Air France, KLM, British Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and airline partners (subject to availability).
Please note: One-way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 
Arrive early in Almaty, Kazakhstan
$250 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
• This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
• Arrivals prior to your selected departure date are only able to be booked up to one month prior upon check-out. Should you wish to arrive earlier, please contact TripADeal to request availability. *Additional costs may apply.
• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.
• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
• Blackout dates apply to flights departing between the below date ranges:
• 31st March - 30th April 2023
• 16th June - 22nd July 2023
• 15th September - 14th October 2023
• 20 March 2024 - 10 May 2024
• 10 June 2024 - 10 August 2024
• 10 September 2024 - 10 October 2024
• 10 November 2024 - 28 February 2025
Stay behind in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
$250 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
• This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
• A stay behind is only able to be booked up to one month after your package end date upon check-out. Should you wish to stay later, please contact TripADeal to request availability. *Additional costs may apply.
• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.
• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
• Blackout dates apply to flights departing between the below date ranges:
• 31st March - 30th April 2023
• 16th June - 22nd July 2023
• 15th September - 14th October 2023
• 20 March 2024 - 10 May 2024
• 10 June 2024 - 10 August 2024
• 10 September 2024 - 10 October 2024
• 10 November 2024 - 28 February 2025
Stopover Packages
Not available
Flight Class Upgrades
• Business Class (international sector only): For pricing, please refer to the payment cart upon checkout
Please note: 
• All Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfil your request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
Domestic Flight Information
Baggage allowance per person
15kg of checked baggage with extra charged at $4USD per kg
Combined carry-on weight: Max 8kg


Accommodation Used
3-4 Star (self-rated)
Almaty: Plaza Hotel or similar 
Karakol: Hotel Green Yard or similar
Bishkek: Hotel Garden or similar
Osh: Hotel Osh Nuru or similar
Khujand: Hotel Firuz or similar
Dushanbe: Atlas Hotel or similar
Penjikent: Sughd Hotel or similar
Bukhara: Hotel Malika-Bukhara or similar
Samarkand: Hotel Registon or similar
Tashkent: Hotel Rakat Plaza or similar
No Star Rating
Bokonbaevo: Almaluu Traditional Yurt Camp or similar
Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed no later than two weeks prior to travel.
Extra Nights
Not available at check-out. 
Please note: If you are interested in booking additional nights of accommodation pre or post tour, please wait until you receive your travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure for the confirmed list of hotels. If booking your own additional accommodation directly with the hotel please be aware that you may be required to change rooms at the start/end of your tour. 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
Child Policy
• No child discounts. The full price applies to all children travelling with their parents.
• Valid for Children 16 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.
Triple Share
Not available
Bedding Configuration
2 x Singles or 1 x Queen (subject to availability).
Adjoining/Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotel's discretion. Please inquire upon booking if you require this option.

General information

Minimum group size 8, maximum group size 20 per vehicle.
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 4: Half Day Madeo Gorge & Kok-Tobe Tour - $165 per person
Please note:
• The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability) 
• Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.


• Visa fees and requirements 
• Domestic transfers and flights not stated in the deal offer
• Meals/beverages not stated in the deal offer
• Recommended gratuities/tipping 
• Kazakhstan tourism tax (approximately $12 USD total per person, payable on check-in)
• Optional activities/tours 
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance

Other important information

Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on the history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides at each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however, they are not required to have specific knowledge of art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Almaty is situated in a mountainous area which has an influence on the climate in this city. Almaty has a warm continental climate with more rainfall than in the rest of the country. Especially in spring and early summer months there is a lot more rain. Summers are pleasant and make it a perfect time to visit. The winters are soft and pleasant. most precipitation will be snow. During the months of May, June, July, August and September you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures. October will be slightly cooler.
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
The capital Bishkek is located in the north, in the valley of the river Chuy, at an altitude ranging between 650 and 950m. Here the climate is continental, with cold winters and hot summers, in which the days can be scorching, often around 35-36°C, but with dry air and lively breezes in the afternoon. Precipitation is moderate, the annual total being around 450mm, with a summer minimum (when only rare showers occur to interrupt the sunny days), and a maximum in spring, between March and May.
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
In Dushanbe the climate is continental as well; winters are quite cold, though not freezing, with an average in January of 3°C, while summers are hot and sunny: highs in July and August are around 35°C, but with peaks of 40°C. In winter the temperature often drops below freezing at night, but it remains quite mild during the day; however, even here cold waves may occur, with lows around -10°C, though less intense than in the rest of the country, because the mountains in the north partly protect the city. It receives about 600mm of rain or snow per year, most of which between November and May, with a maximum in March and April, of about 110mm per month, distributed in about 10 days per month, and a summer minimum (even here, from July to September it virtually never rains).
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Tashkent features a Mediterranean climate with strong continental climate influences. As a result, Tashkent experiences cold and often snowy winters not typically associated with most Mediterranean climates and long, hot and dry summers. The city experiences two peaks of precipitation in the early winter and spring. The slightly unusual precipitation pattern is partially due to its 500m altitude. Summers are long in Tashkent, usually lasting from May to September. Tashkent can be extremely hot during the months of July and August. The city also sees very little precipitation during the summer, particularly from June through September.
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At Qantas Tours we do not arrange seat selection. It is essential to highlight that some airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the airline once you have your flight information.
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 45 days prior to the departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the booking. In this instance, customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
Some meals in total are included in the package. For meals not included, the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify Qantas Tours of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note: We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so, unfortunately, our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: A basic level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.
It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is $5 USD (approx. $7 AUD) per person per day. This covers the guide/leader and the driver and will be collected whilst on tour. 
Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however, please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, may be adjusted or a similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan
Australian passport holders can travel to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan for up to 60 days without a visa.
Uzbekistan has introduced a visa-free regime for a period of 30 days for citizens of Australia & New Zealand.
Australians can enter Tajikistan under a new visa-free arrangement. The arrangement covers single-entry stays of up to 30 days.
South Korea (Only applicable if flight transits through Seoul with a layover)
Australian & New Zealand travellers no longer need to apply for a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA), under a temporary exemption being put in place from 1 April 2023 until 31 Dec 2024.
Please note: this is only applicable if your flight transits via Seoul 
Visa rules may have changed since Covid-19. 
Some countries and airlines may also require you to obtain an additional visa prior to arrival. Please check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must also check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.
It is also important to note that some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.
Schedule of fees

Voluntary Changes

This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

• Changes - $100.00 per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error

• If the incorrect name has been provided, charges of $100.00 per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.

Supplier Fees

In the event the Qantas Tour you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Qantas Tour due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event we are unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee.

Important information

You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.

To earn Qantas Points with Qantas Tours, Members will be required to provide a valid Frequent Flyer number and last name at checkout. Only the lead traveller, the primary contact for the booking, will earn 3 Qantas Points per AU$1 spent (including GST) on eligible holiday packages. Qantas Points will not be earned and cannot be redeemed on any amounts payable directly to the hotel. Conditions apply. Qantas Points will be credited to a member's account up to 8 weeks after tour completion. Qantas Points will not be earned on cancelled bookings.

In addition to the 3 Qantas Points per AU$1 spent, each Frequent Flyer member who enters their Qantas Frequent Flyer number into the booking will also earn Status Credits and Qantas Points on the flight component of the package. The amount you earn depends on your flights, the operating airline, fare class and member status. Find out how many Qantas Points you could earn on your next Qantas Tours flights with our online Points Calculator. Terms and conditions apply.


Points Plus Pay allows you to choose the number of Qantas Points you redeem above the minimum level of 4,000 and pay for the remainder of the booking value with an accepted payment method. TripADeal booking terms and conditions apply.