May 03 to May 24 – USD $8395.00
INTRA-TOUR AIRFARE: Bishkek/Almaty, Almaty/Dushanbe, Dushanbe/Tashkent Tashauz/Ashgabat – Ashgabat/Mary/Ashgabat: approx. $900 (coach class) Fares are subject to change until ticketed.
*Rates are based on current rates and currency exchange rates at the time of publishing the tour online. Rates are subject to change until final payment has been made. Rates are based on a minimum participation as shown.
Note: Single Occupancy rates can be avoided if you are willing to share. We are happy to match you with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.
All accommodations as stated in the itinerary
Most meals, as listed in the itinerary
Land transfers as required by the itinerary
English-speaking local guides
Coda Tours Representative with minimum participation
Pre-departure assistance and Information Portfolio from Coda Tours
International airfare and baggage fees
Intra-Tour airfare (quoted separately)
Passport or visa fees; No visa is required for American or Canadian passport holders
Trip cancellation and Interruption insurance (highly recommended)
Gratuities for local guides, escorts, Coda Tour Manager, driver, etc.
Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls, WiFi, etc.
Please book the following international air for arrival and departure in Central Asia. You may book whichever flight you wish from USA/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 ASHGABAT.
Turkish Airlines 348 from Istanbul (IST) to Bishek (FRU) – 930P/540A
Turkish Airlines 323 Ashgabat (ASB) to Istanbul (IST) – 255A/510A
We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.
Please contact Coda Tours if you wish us to quote you the best available fares for coach or business class. Coda Tours is available Monday-Friday from 10 AM – 6 PM (EST) or toll free at 1-888-677-2632.
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 4* hotels, such as Samarkand.
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.
A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date of travel. No visas are required for Kazakhstan or Kyrgystan.
At the time of writing, US passport holders require the following three visas:
UZBEK; TURKMEN and TAJIK
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. Please contact us with any questions you have about the visas.
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.
A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.
In the afternoon tour Bishek, seeing the President’s House, with the changing of the guards, Alatoo Square, and the street painters of Oak Park. Overnight in Bishek.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
47 Elizabeth Bay Road
Elizabeth Bay NSW
02 8667 3336