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Central Asia Gay Tour

Five Stans Adventure

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan gay tour

The 5 Stans of Central Asia
Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan Gay Tour

Bishkek, Lake Issyk-Kul, Almaty, Dushanbe, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Nukus, Tashauz, Ashgabat, Merv, and more!

20 Days from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

May 3 – 22, 2024

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan gay group tourThe Five Stans gay group tour will take you to the route of the Silk Road and will introduce you cities of beautiful architecture and unforgettable beauty of nature. You will dive into the culture and history of these five Central Asian countries visiting Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and will learn what has been connecting nations of those countries for centuries.

Central Asia stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to China in the east and from Afghanistan in the south to Russia in the north. It is also colloquially referred to as "the -stans" as the countries generally considered to be within the region all have names ending with the Persian suffix "-stan", meaning "land of".


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The 5 Stans of Central Asia Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 0 - Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Depart the USA, Canada
Depart the USA, Canada on any regularly scheduled flight to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (FRU).
We do want everyone to enter Bishkek and depart Ashgabat on the same flights, using Turkish Airlines. Please book Turkish Airlines 348 from Istanbul (IST) to Bishkek (FRU). Turkish Airlines flights from the USA will connect in Istanbul. We will arrive in Bishkek as a group on May 3. The departure flight will be from Ashgabat (ASB) – Turkish 325 which should connect with your flight back to the USA, Canada, or Europe in Istanbul.


Day 1 - Friday, May 3, 2024
Arrive in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan gay tour - BishkekArrive Bishkek and clear customs & immigration. We will be met outside baggage claim and transferred to our hotel – The Hyatt Regency. Rooms have been reserved for immediate occupancy. Remainder of the morning to rest after the long flight. Lunch will be in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon tour Bishkek, seeing the President’s House, with the changing of the guards, Alatoo Square, and the street painters of Oak Park. Overnight in Bishkek.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Bishkek, Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), 5*
Room: Deluxe Room


Day 2 - Saturday, May 4, 2024
Bishkek to Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan gay tour - Lake Issyk-KulWe depart early this morning to Issykul. En route we visit the ruins of a caravan town. See the Burana Tower, dating from the 10th-12th centuries, one of the only remaining watchtowers from the Silk Road. We stop for lunch in the village of Tamchi.

We arrive the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul by early evening. Lake Issyk-Kul is the world’s second-highest altitude high-lake in the world after Lake Titicaca. It is at an altitude of 5279 feet. Dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Karven Four Seasons Resort Hotel, Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan), 4*
Room: Standard King/Twin


Day 3 - Sunday, May 5, 2024
Lake Issyk-Kul - Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan gay tour - KarakolWe take an excursion to Karakol, the fourth largest city in Kyrgyzstan, located just 93 miles from the border with China. See the impressive Russian Orthodox Church and the Dungan Mosque, built in traditional Chinese style for the Chinese Muslims who migrated here during the 1930s & 1950s. Lunch is at a Dungan family home. Our last stop is the Historical Museum and Monument. Return to Issykul for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Karven Four Seasons Resort Hotel, Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan), 4*
Room: Standard


Day 4 - Monday, May 6, 2024
Issyk-Kul / Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan / Almaty, Kazakhstan
Central Asia gay tour - Almaty, KazakhstanAfter breakfast we visit the petroglyphs thought to date to the Neolithic Age (3rd BC). Lunch is in Bishek.

We visit the Osh bazaar before going to the airport for our flight to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Fly to Almaty. Transfer to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: InterContinental Almaty Hotel, Almaty (Kazakhstan), 5*
Room: Deluxe Room


Day 5 - Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Almaty, Kazakhstan gay tourOur visit of Almaty, built on the site of an old Silk Road oasis town, includes highlights of the city such as Panfilov Park which contains Zenkov Cathedral, a wooden Orthodox church built at the turn of the 20th century. The Central State Museum features exhibits that detail the development of Kazakhstan.

Lunch is with a traditional Kazakh welcome is included. We will also stop at Zeelyoni (Green) Bazaar which is filled with fruits, meats, cheeses and about anything else you can think of.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: InterContinental Almaty Hotel, Almaty (Kazakhstan), 5*
Room: Deluxe Room


Day 6 - Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Fly Almaty, Khazakhstan to Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Central Asia gay tour - Dushanbe, TajikistanTransfer to the airport after breakfast for our flight to Dushanbe, Tajikstan.

Dushanbe, which means “Monday” in Tajik, developed on the site of a Monday marketplace village. Following the Red Army victory in Central Asia the village was upgraded to town in 1925. The Soviets transformed the area into a center for cotton and silk production, but the city was badly damaged as a result of the Civil War in Tajikistan (1992-1997) that sprang up in the nation shortly after its independence. However, resurgences in the Tajik economy have transformed Dushanbe into a rapidly growing commercial, cultural and industrial center. We will tour the principal sites which include Hissor Fortress, the Madrassah and the village market. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Hotel, Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
Room: Deluxe Room


Day 7 - Thursday, May 9, 2024
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Dushanbe, Tajikistan gay tourWe continue our sightseeing of Dushanbe with visits to the Museum of Antiquities, the Tajik Cultural House (Museum) and Ismail Samanid monument.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue touring in the afternoon. Dinner is at a local restaurant this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Hotel, Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
Room: Deluxe Room


Day 8 - Friday, May 10, 2024
Fly Dushanbe, Tajikisan to Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan gay tour - TashkentFly from Dushanbe, Tajikisan to Tashkent, Uzbekistan this morning.

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for check in. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Tashkent Hotel, Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Room: Deluxe


Day 9 - Saturday, May 11, 2024
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan gay tourWe tour Tashkent, stopping at the Tillya Sheikh Mosque to view the Uthman Koran, considered by Sunni Muslims to be the oldest Koran in the world. It is believed to have been written 19 years after the death of Mohammed. It is inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

Continue to the Old City, Hast Imam Complex & Barak Khana. After lunch, visit Mustaqlik Square, the Museum of Applied Arts, & Amir Timur Square.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Tashkent Hotel, Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Room: Deluxe


Day 10 - Sunday, May 12, 2024
Fast train from Tashkent to Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Samarkand gay tourAfter an early breakfast, transfer to the train station to catch the high-speed train “Afrosiyob” to Samarkand at 08:00 (2 hours). Transfer to the hotel for where early check-in has been arranged.

We begin exploring the “Crossroad of Culture” as Samarkand, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is called. Registan, Central Asia’s noblest squares, is the centrepiece of Samarkand. The three restored emblematic madrassahs frame the square. Also see Gur-Emir Mausoleum, the resting place of Tamerlane. Lunch with a local family where we enjoy a cooking demonstration of Uzbeks’ main meal, pilov. Dinner is in a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Grand Samarkand Superior Hotel, Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
Room: Standard


Day 11 - Monday, May 13, 2024
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Samarkand, Uzbekistan gay tourOur sightseeing begins with Registan, Central Asia’s most authentic square. Registan is the centrepiece of Samarkand. The three emblematic madrassahs frame the square, and loom over the empty space in the center. It was this central space that originally gave the place its name, for “registan” simply means “place of sand.” This sandy place was at the center of ancient Samarkand and was a public square and marketplace before the Ulug Bek, Tillya-Kori, and Shir Dor madrassahs were built. In its reconstruction by the Soviets, the square maintains the majesty that it has radiated through the ages. Lunch at local restaurant.

Visit Gur-Emir Mausoleum, the final resting place of Tamerlane, but originally built for his grandson after the latter’s death, at the turn of the 15th century. The interior of the mausoleum has been restored and is brilliant in gold leaf and fresh tile. The heavily gilded central dome opens over the set of tombmarkers resembling sarcophagi (the bodies are located well below, but are on site). All are marble, with the exception of Tamerlane’s, which is a slab of solid jade reportedly from Mongolia.

Lunch and dinner are at local restaurants. Overnight in Samarkand.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Grand Samarkand Superior Hotel, Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
Room: Standard


Day 12 - Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Drive Samarkand to Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan gay tour - BukharaOur drive this morning to Bukhara and begins with a stop at Rabat Malik caravansarai ruins and Gijduvan where we visit pottery works and enjoy lunch at the studio. Visit of Sitora-i-Mokhikhosa, the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara. There is a unique collection of Suzzane embroidery.

Continue our drive to Bukhara (about 4 hours.) Check in and dinner at a restaurant. Overnight in Bhukara.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Asia Bukhara Hotel, Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
Room: Standard


Day 13 - Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Bukhara, Uzbekistan gay tourWe spend our day exploring Central Asia’s most ancient living city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is a treasure trove of beautiful, historic buildings and ancient sites. We explore on foot and by coach and, among stops we will make, are: Bolo Hauz Mosque, Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashmai Ayub and Ark Citadel.

In the afternoon, visit the Magokki Attori Mosque , the Trading Domes and Ulugbeg and Abdulazizkhan madrassahs. Stop at a tea-house for a tea-ceremony and oriental sweets tasting during the day. Dinner and overnight in Bhukara.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Asia Bukhara Hotel, Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
Room: Standard


Day 14 - Thursday, May 16, 2024
Bukhara / Kyzyl-Kum (Red Sand Desert) / Khiva, Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan gay tour - Kyzyl-KumWe travel through the Kizilkum desert by the new Fast Train to Khiva today with lunch on board the train. This same route was taken by loaded Silk Road camel caravans.

Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Asia Khiva Hotel, Khiva (Uzbekistan)
Room: Standard


Day 15 - Friday, May 17, 2024
Khiva, Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan gay tour - KhivaKhiva is believed to have been founded at the place where Shem, son of Noah, discovered water in the desert. Shem’s joyful shout of “Hey va!” gave Khiva its name. This museum town is a walk through life as it was led hundreds of years ago.

Our tour includes the monuments of the UNESCO-listed Old Town (Ichon Qala). We will see a city very much as it was viewed by the caravans on the Silk Road.

We enjoy the sunset and the amazing views of Khiva from the city walls platform before dinner. Overnight in Khiva.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Asia Khiva Hotel, Khiva (Uzbekistan)
Room: Standard


Day 16 - Saturday, May 18, 2024
Khiva / Nukus, Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan gay tour - NukusMorning drive to Nukus, Uzbekistan, making stops at the ancient fortresses Ayas-Kala and Torak-Kala.

On, arrival in Nukus, we have lunch and then visit Igor Savitsky museum – the richest collection of Russian avant-garde art outside of the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

Dinner a restaurant. Overnight in Nukus.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Jipek Joli Hotel, Nukus (Uzbekistan), or similar
Room: Standard


Day 17 - Sunday, May 19, 2024
Drive from Nukus to Tashauz, Turkmenistan, Fly Tashauz to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Turkemenistan gay tour - Kunya UrgenchMorning transfer to the border of Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan. Again, border crossing formalities may try our patience. Drive to Khunya-Urgench, the ancient capital of Khorezm, razed by Genghis Khan and Tamerlane. Nearby is the UNESCO-listed 11th-century Kutlug-Timur Minaret.

Drive to Tashauz and see the local market for going to the airport for our evening flight to Ashgabat. Flight T5-106 departing Tashauz at 19h30 and arriving Ashgabat at 20h20. Lunch is in Dashoguz; dinner is in Ashgabat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Oguzkent Hotel, Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), or similar
Room: Standard


Day 18 - Monday, May 20, 2024
Fly Ashgabat to Mary (Merv). Return flight Mary to Ashgabat
Turkemenistan gay tour - MervWe take a morning flight (this may be an early start) to Mary and continue to Merv (ancient Marghiana), one of the main cities along the ancient Silk Road and believed at one time to be the largest city in the world. The entire ancient city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its beautiful monuments bear witness to glorious days passed. The most famous is the Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, dating to the 12th century. Other places of interest include the important archaeological site of Kyz Kala. On return to Mary, time-permitting, visit a museum before an evening flight to the Turkmen capital Ashgabat. Dinner in the city. Overnight in Ashgabat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Oguzkent Hotel, Ashgabat (Turkemenistan), or similar
Room: Standard


Day 19 - Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Ashgabat, Turkemenistan gay tourWe plan to visit the $100 million dollar Kipchak Mosque (local scheduling permitting) before lunch. Then Russian Bazaar in the afternoon. Take some time rest and prepare for departures home.

This evening we gather for a Farewell dinner to celebrate this epic journey through the ‘Stans.”

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Oguzkent Hotel, Ashgabat (Turkemenistan), or similar
Room: Standard


Day 20 - Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan / Departure
Transfer to the airport for the Turkish Airlines 325 flight departing at 2h55 to Istanbul, arriving at 5h10A. Connect in Istanbul for flights back home.

Meals: Breakfast


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What's Included:

• Deluxe, 1st Class & Tourist Class (5*/ 4*/ 3*) accommodations as outlined in the itinerary, standard rooms:
- 1 night at Hyatt Regency Bishkek in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan);
- 2 nights at Karven Four Seasons Resort Hotel in Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan);
- 2 nights at InterContinental Almaty Hotel in Almaty (Kazakhstan);
- 2 nights at Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Hotel in Dushanbe (Tajikistan);
- 2 nights at Hyatt Regency Tashkent Hotel in Tashkent (Uzbekistan);
- 2 nights at Grand Samarkand Superior Hotel in Samarkand (Uzbekistan);
- 2 nights at Asia Bukhara Hotel in Bukhara (Uzbekistan);
- 2 nights at Asia Khiva Hotel in Khiva (Uzbekistan);
- 1 night at Jipek Joli Hotel in Nukus (Uzbekistan);
- 3 nights at Oguzkent Hotel in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan);
• Most meals as outlined in the itinerary
• Land transfers as required by the itinerary
• Complete itinerary of activities and sightseeing as outlined
• Professional English-speaking local guides
• Coda Representative based on minimum participation
• Complete pre-departure support and assistance and package of final documents portfolio


Not Included:

• International airfare, related taxes and baggage fees;
• Intra-tour airfare (coach class approx. $ 900)
• Visa and passport fees (if applicable).
• Trip cancellation and interruption insurance (highly recommended);
• Personal meals, beverages and other expenses such as laundry, telephone and internet, etc.;
• Gratuities for guides, drivers, Tour Manager, etc.


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Tour Hotels

Hyatt Regency Bishkek, Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

Hyatt Regency Bishkek HotelLocated just 10 minutes' walk from Bishkek city centre with Ala-Too Square, Hyatt Regency Bishkek Hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool and a gym. You can also use free Wi-Fi in the rooms.

Each room at Hyatt Regency includes air conditioning and modern design, including a flat-screen TV and ironing facilities. Slippers are provided in the bathroom.

Hyatt Regency Bishkek Hotel roomMediterranean cuisine is served in the Crostini Restaurant, while grilled specialties are offered in the poolside Breeze Restaurant. You can also enjoy relaxing cocktails at Bar@191 and Opera Lounge.

Hyatt's Club Olympus provides diverse fitness and spa facilities including an outdoor swimming pool. A sauna can be found on site.


Karven Four Seasons Resort Hotel, Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan)

Karven Four Seasons Resort Hotel, Issyk-Kul Offering a spa centre and hot tub, Hotel Resort Karven Four Seasons is situated in Sary-Oy. The hotel has an outdoor pool and sauna, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. You will find a hairdresser's at the property.

This hotel has a private beach area and bike hire is available. Guests can enjoy various activities in the surroundings, including cycling and hiking.

Karven Four Seasons Resort Hotel roomEvery room includes a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units have a seating area for your convenience. You will find a kettle in the room. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and free toiletries.

This property is also rated for the best value in Chon-Sary-Oy!


InterContinental Almaty Hotel, Almaty (Kazakhstan)

InterContinental Almaty Hotel Opposite the Presidential Palace in Almaty’s Republic Square, this grand, 11-storey hotel offers a wide selection of excellent international cuisine, a spa area and beautiful views of the Tian Shan Mountains.

Featuring a glass exterior and spacious lobby with palm trees, the InterContinental Almaty has stylish rooms with silk fabrics and marble bathrooms. All include a flat-screen cable TV, minibar and seating area with high-quality sofas.

InterContinental Almaty Hotel roomAs well as a delicious breakfast, guests can choose from an international buffet at the elegant Asian Café and French cuisine at the Belvedere Grill Room’s rooftop terrace. Turkish specialities are served at the Bosphorus Restaurant.

The Ankara Spa includes an indoor swimming pool, Turkish bath and massage treatments. Guests enjoy a fully equipped gym and tennis court.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Hotel, Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Hotel, DushanbeLocated on the shore of Lake Komsomol in the centre of Dushanbe, this 5-star luxury hotel is just a 10-minute drive from the airport and is close to all embassies, government offices, and ministries. It features a gourmet restaurant and a spa area with an indoor pool.

All rooms at the Hyatt Regency Dushanbe are very spacious and elegantly furnished. They offer lake and mountain views, air conditioning, a minibar, a safe, an LCD TV with satellite channels, a tea/coffee maker, and a modern bathroom.

Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Hotel roomIn the Foccacia Grill Restaurant, guests can enjoy Mediterranean and international cuisine. The Dushanbe Hyatt Regency also features a lounge, a bar, and a pastry shop.

The Sayohat Spa includes a steam bath, sauna, hot tub, cold plunge pool, relaxation area, and modern fitness centre. A wide range of spa and beauty treatments, as well as massages, is available.


Hyatt Regency Tashkent, Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Hyatt Regency Tashkent HotelHyatt Regency Tashkent Hotel offers accommodation in the heart of Tashkent. This luxury hotel offers a revolving restaurant, indoor swimming pool and free WiFi.

In the luxurious guest rooms, elegant furnishings and scenic views are offered. A seating area is featured in some rooms where guests can relax with a drink from the minibar while watching satellite TV.

Hyatt Regency Tashkent Hotel roomHyatt Regency’s spa and fitness centre has a modern gym. Spa services with a wide range of relaxing massages are also provided.

Mustaqillik Maydoni Metro Station is a 12-minute walk away. Tashkent International Airport is 7 km from the Hyatt Regency Tashkent.


Grand Samarkand Superior Hotel, Samarkand (Uzbekistan)

Grand Samarkand Superior HotelLocated in the centre of the ancient city of Samarkand, Grand Samarkand Superior Hotel features a rooftop swimming pool with a sun terrace and loungers, and free Wi-Fi.

The classic-style, air-conditioned rooms of this hotel offer elegant, warm-coloured interiors with white brick walls. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator and a private bathroom with bathrobes and slippers.

Grand Samarkand Superior Hotel roomGrand Samarkand Superior Restaurant is decorated with traditional Uzbek rugs and serves Uzbek and European cuisine. A wide range of wines and fine drinks is offered at the bar.

After a day of sightseeing guests can have a massage, relax in the Finnish sauna and swim in the indoor pool. A fitness centre is also available on site.


Oguzkent Hotel, Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)

Oguzkent Hotel, AshgabatLocated in the heart of Ashgabat city and surrounded with the amazing park ensembles, the shining and wonderful Oguzkent Hotel complex provides the primary access to all cultural and business sites of Turkmenistan capital and exceptional levels of a personalised service to its guests. Oguzkent Hotel was opened in 2010 on the crossroad of the niveous roads and became the significant destination of the capital of Turkmenistan. The exterior of the hotel is emanating the great modern energy while the interior nicely blends sparkling with luxury elegance and national style.

Oguzkent Hotel Ashgabat roomDesigned in the classical and contemporary styles 299 rooms with the stunning views over Ashgabat city will immerse you into the ambiance of a wealth and up-to-date technologies. Beautiful marble bathrooms are equipped with TV sets for you to enjoy your favorite programms while bathing.

Two-story Oguzkent's SPA provides all beauty and body treatments with a menu of the signature SPA rituals. The Fitness room, the sauna, the steam-room, the indoor swimming pool with hydro-massage and two outside swimming pools with heating will complement your serene relaxation to revitalise your soul and body power.


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Trip Notes

Is this tour right for you?
This extraordinary tour across the 5 Stans of Central Asia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But it may not be a trip for everyone. Firstly, accommodations in this part of the world will range from opulent 5*, like in Almaty, to comfortable 3* tourist class hotels, such as Samarkand. This is not a tour for those who get flustered by lack of basic facilities. All hotels advertise hot water and a/c or fans but we still may encounter some problems with those facilities. We will deal with the situation at hand when we encounter something.

Although our program minimizes long drives and overland border crossings, driving distances can long. Comfort stops are made as needed. Long lines and waits may also be encountered at border crossings. It is possible that we may have to walk with our own bags between border crossings. We will have some early morning departures.

If you are able and willing to experience these conditions in order to explore a fascinating region of the world, we look forward to traveling with you.

Restrictions on Prescription Drugs in Central Asia
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have especially strict regulations concerning the importation of pharmaceutical drugs. Other countries in Central Asia may also have restrictions. Baggage checks are infrequent but possible. You need to carry prescription medications in their original labeled packaging and carry a copy of the prescription from your doctor with them. Note that some pain relievers such as Tramadol and Hydrocodone that are common in the US are prohibited in Turkmenistan. If you have concerns about your medications, please ask us. Note that even if there is no customs check entering the country, you may be asked about your medications upon exiting the country as well.

Travel Documents
A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date of travel. US passport holders No visas are required for Kazakhstan or Kyrgystan. At the time of writing, US passport holders require the following three visas:

The estimate cost of obtaining the Uzbek and Turkmen visas is approximately $388. Exact costs may vary according to processing time, where you live, shipping costs etc. Visa fees are subject to change.

The Tajik visa is now an e-Visa which you will obtain on line and pay by credit card. It costs approximately $52, and you will not be required to mail your passport to a visa service or embassy/consulate. Coda will provide you with the link once you are registered for the program.

If you are flying through Turkey or Russia and plan to enter either of those countries, you will require a visa for that stay as well.

The processing time for obtaining the two visas (Uzbek & Turkmen) is usually 4-6 six weeks. You will be without your passport for the time required to obtain the visas. Visa Authorizations letters are required by Turkmenistan and hotel confirmations are required by Uzbekistan in order to the obtain visas. Coda Tours will obtain these for you.

This often takes quite a few weeks to accomplish. If you have travel plans before this trip, you may need to obtain a second passport or use expedited services, which costs more.


International Airfare
Please book the following international air for arrival and departure in Central Asia. You may book whichever flight you wish from Home/ISTANBUL and return; although, using Turkish Airlines will be the most cost effective. WE DO WANT ALL TRAVELERS TO ARRIVE TOGETHER IN BISHEK AND LEAVE TOGETHER IN ASGABAT.
Turkish Airlines 348 from Istanbul (IST) to Bishek (FRU)
Turkish Airlines 325 Ashgabat (ASB) to Istanbul (IST)


No immunizations are required for travel on this tour. However, the Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers make sure they are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.


All departures are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary. Rates are based on a minimum participation. For fewer participants, rates may be revised.


Pre-Departure Information
A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.


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The 5 Stans of Central Asia Gay Tour Prices

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Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy.
Intra-Tour Flights are additional approx. $900 pp. Rates are subject to change until ticketed.

$ 8,995

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy
Single Occupancy rates can be avoided if you wish to me matched with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.
Intra-Tour Flights are additional approx. $900 pp. Rates are subject to change until ticketed.

$ 10,995

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