Silk Route of Central Asia (Bishkek to Istanbul)

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Silk Route of Central Asia (Bishkek to Istanbul) - Dragoman Overland
Silk Route of Central Asia (Bishkek to Istanbul) - Dragoman Overland
+28 Destinations
Silk Road


  • Go through the National Parks of Kyrgyzstan
  • Trek into the Jeti-Oguz Gorge
  • Stay at a traditional rural Kyrgyz village
  • Learn about how Kyrgyz carpets are made
  • See demonstration from a traditional eagle hunter
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Hostel, Hotel, Home-stay, Camping
Max Group Size
Overland Truck, Ferry
Travel style
Adventure, Overland Truck
Dragoman Overland
Start in Bishkek and end in Istanbul! With the adventure tour Silk Route of Central Asia (Bishkek to Istanbul), you have a 54 day tour package taking you through Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and 29 other destinations. Silk Route of Central Asia (Bishkek to Istanbul) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.


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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Bishkek
  2. Days 2 to 3: Ala Archa-Chong Kemin Valley
  3. Day 4: Karakol-Cholpon Ata
  4. Days 5 to 6: Jeti Oguz Valley
  5. Day 7: Kochkor
  6. Days 8 to 9: Song Köl Lake
  7. Days 10 to 12: Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  8. Day 13: Arslanbob
  9. Day 14: Fergana Valley-Fergana City
  10. Day 15: Tashkent
  11. Day 16: Tashkent
  12. Day 17: Samarkand
  13. Days 18 to 19: Samarkand
  14. Day 20: Nurata
  15. Day 21: Bukhara
  16. Days 22 to 23: Bukhara
  17. Days 24 to 25: Khiva
  18. Day 26: Kunye Urgench
  19. Day 27: Darvaza
  20. Day 28: Ashgabat
  21. Day 29: Ashgabat
  22. Day 30: Ashgabat
  23. Day 31: Ashgabat-Geok Tepe
  24. Days 32 to 33: Turkmenbashi
  25. Day 34: Caspian Sea
  26. Days 35 to 36: Baku
  27. Day 37: Gobustan
  28. Day 38: Sheki
  29. Day 39: Lagodekhi
  30. Day 40: Telavi
  31. Day 41: Telavi
  32. Day 42: Tbilisi
  33. Day 43: Tbilisi
  34. Day 44: Stepantsminda
  35. Day 45: Stepantsminda-Mtskheta
  36. Day 46: Kutaisi-Gori
  37. Day 47: Batumi
  38. Day 48: Sumela
  39. Day 49: Zara
  40. Day 50: Göreme
  41. Days 51 to 52: Göreme
  42. Day 53: Istanbul
  43. Day 54: Istanbul

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  • Accommodation

  • Guide

  • Transport

  • Additional Services

  • Optional Extras

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  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Additional Services

  • Jihong Jin's review about another Dragoman Overland tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    It is my good fortune and privilege to travel with a group of fine individuals, to know everyone, and to make friends with everyone. This is a very special trip to me, it is the journey not just the destination, I learned and accomplishd a lot. Tanja,... Read more

  • CarolineMilne's review about another Dragoman Overland tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was my second trip with Dragoman and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The organisation is great and the staff make the trip super special. It's a great way to see countries from a slightly different perspective as well as visiting the main sights. I've been to... Read more

  • PaulSpears's review about another Dragoman Overland tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    Was a perfect mix of weird (Turkmenistan), culture (Uzbekistan) and nature (Kyrgyzstan) all in a month. Just as you thought you’d seen enough minarets and ancient cities the trip switched to mountains and lakes. It was also a good balance of included... Read more

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

  • What is the kitty payment?

    Dragoman's Kitty for Silk Route between Istanbul and Bishkek (from Bishkek to Istanbul) is a group fund for this tour. The group fund pays for camping, hotels, food while camping, activities the group does as a whole (based on the itinerary mentioned above and in the brochure).

    The Kitty allows the group to be flexible as the hotels and campsites are not pre booked and booked by the crew while travelling which makes the whole itinerary more adabtable than the traditional tours. Sometimes you can stay an extra night at one location due to a special activity happening at the location, based on the groups wishes. All of these costs are paid at cost price and Dragoman makes no money out of it. Therefore, if money is left over in the Kitty after the tour, it will be paid back to the group members.

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  • Overlanding Kyrgyzstan
  • Dragoman Wild Camping
  • Snippet Kyrgyzstan - Russian Truck
  • Snippet Turkmenistan - Darvaza Crater
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Silk Route of Central Asia (Bishkek to Istanbul)

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About the countries

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Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan

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Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and TurkeyUzbekistanTurkmenistan


Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.


These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Recommended for Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Recommended for Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Recommended for Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Kyrgyzstan. Ideally 10 days before travel.


Bishkek is the starting point and Istanbul is the endpoint.
Your money is safe with TourRadar, as we only pay the tour operator after your tour has departed.
For any tour departing before 18 September 2019 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 18 September 2019, a minimum payment of $99 is required to confirm your booking with Dragoman Overland. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
Cancellation policy
TourRadar is an authorised Agent of Dragoman Overland. Please familiarise yourself with the Dragoman Overland payment, cancellation and refund conditions.
Some departure dates and prices may vary and Dragoman Overland will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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Covering a total distance of approx 5,764 km.
  • Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 26 km
  • Ala Archa National Park (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 125 km
  • Chong-Kemin National Park (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 89 km
  • Cholpon-Ata (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 109 km
  • Karakol (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 220 km
  • Kochkor (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 64 km
  • Song Kol Lake (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 325 km
  • Fergana (Uzbekistan)
  • 238 km
  • Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
  • 264 km
  • Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
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