Beginning in the futuristic cityscapes of Astana, join us on this exploration through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. From the space port of Baikonur to the ancient city of Turkistan, the Silk Road portals of Sayram and Otrar, and the majestic, surreal landscapes of Altyn-Emel National Park and Charyon Canyon. Take in the tranquil landscape of Son-Kol Lake; watch for wild boar and deer around Chychkan Gorge; see Solomon's Throne in historic Osh; and get your fill of mosques and museums in Samarkand. Abounding with ancient culture, divine natural beauty and intriguing relics this is a journey that will leave you eager to discover more of Central Asia.

Highlights

Central Asia is a fascinating and unique mix of ancient Silk Road culture, Soviet influence and striving to redefine nations post independence. Geographically and for a time historically, it is the real centre of Asia.

Kazakhstan is truly off the beaten track and sees few travellers, especially outside Astana and Almaty, and for much of this trip you will truly feel the remoteness of Central Asia.

Explore Baikonur, nick named 'Star City,' where the Russian Cosmodrome is located and unveil the mysteries of space explorations.

Discover the history and architecture of the Silk Road, visiting ancient mausoleums and mosques on guided tours in the cities of Turkistan, Sayram and Otrar.

Travel alongside locals and admire wild, sweeping vistas on epic train rides across the Kazakh steppe.

Surround yourself with the surreal landscapes of the Altyn-Emel National Park, including the mysterious singing sand dunes the visit Grand Canyon's little brother, Charyn Canyon.

Kyrgyzstans mountains are its monuments and its majesty. The landscapes here will stay with you long after the journey is over.

Marvel at the beautiful Song Kol Lake, where in mid-summer you may see flocks of sheep, goats and herds of horses watched over by nomadic herdsmen and their families.

Stay overnight in a yurt lakeside and live like the locals have for centuries in these portable, felt lined traditional tents.

Reflect on the important role horses have played in the traditional Kyrgyz nomadic life style while witnessing horseback sports like odarysh (wrestling on horseback), tiyin-enish (where riders try to pick up coins at full gallop) or kok-baru (goat polo).

The much-photographed Registan in Samarkand is one of the true pinnacles of Islamic architecture. You'll be wowed by the scale, grandeur and beauty of the monuments to iconic figures such as Tamerlane and the Persian influenced madressas, mosques and mausoleums.

Experience for yourself the legend that is Central Asian hospitality – there's really nothing like being welcomed into a local home or yurt for a meal, chatting with stall holders at bazaars or simply marvelling at the sights alongside locals