Caravan of Cultures

The ‘Five ‘Stans” of Central Asia Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are laced together with traces of the old Silk Road. These great trade routes were the conduit for the silks and spices that gave the world some of its brilliance and flavor, but also for ideas, art, architecture and spiritual beliefs.

Why Travel with MIR to Central Asia
  • Over 25 years of Central Asia travel experience
  • The first American travel company to open an accredited office in Uzbekistan
  • Travel programs such as Vassar, Dartmouth and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Central Asia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth"
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
Signature Experiences

We regularly garner raves from our travelers for the inspired opportunities we provide to help them get to know the local people. MIR gets you out of the box and into peoples’ lives.

  • Meet Uzbek artisans in their workshops
    Learn about the life and work of Uzbek silk and ceramic artisans during visits to their workshops in the rural Fergana Valley. ...
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    Meet Uzbek artisans in their workshops

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    Various locations, Uzbekistan

    Learn about the life and work of Uzbek silk and ceramic artisans during visits to their workshops in the rural Fergana Valley.

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  • Pay a visit to a family of weavers in Nohur Village
    Explore the mountain village of Nohur and pay a visit to the home of a family that has been weaving the special patterns of the Nohur people for generations...
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    Pay a visit to a family of weavers in Nohur Village

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    Nohur, Turkmenistan

    Explore the mountain village of Nohur and pay a visit to the home of a family that has been weaving the special patterns of the Nohur people for generations.

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  • Enjoy a traditional Tajik meal in a private home
    Get to know a Tajik family, conversing and breaking bread during a  meal in their home...
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    Enjoy a traditional Tajik meal in a private home

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    Various locations, Tajikistan

    Get to know a Tajik family, conversing and breaking bread during a  meal in their home.

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  • Learn how the Kyrgyz set up their traditional yurts
    Learn how the Kyrgyz set up their traditional yurts, the round collapsible homes that nomads have lived in for thousands of years....
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    Learn how the Kyrgyz set up their traditional yurts

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    Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan

    Learn how the Kyrgyz set up their traditional yurts, the round collapsible homes that nomads have lived in for thousands of years.

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Ways to Travel to Central Asia with MIR

We have a deep and long-standing bond with the amazing countries of Central Asia.  We want you to experience the beauty of the arched mosques and mudbrick minarets as well as the fabulous bazaars piled with pomegranates and vivid handloomed carpets. And we want to introduce you to the amiable people who live among these treasures.

Take a look at your options, from small group escorted tours to independent trips, from luxury rail journeys to custom and private travel:

Small Group Tours
Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans

Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans

A Classic Silk Road Survey

Travels to: Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

21 Days / Departures in April, August, September, October 2015

Small Group land tour from $7,795, plus $300 internal air

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Once Forbidden Lands of Central Asia & Iran

Once Forbidden Lands of Central Asia & Iran

From Tashkent To Tehran via Turkmenistan

Travels to: Central Asia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

20 Days / Departures in April, November 2015

Small Group land tour from $7,195, plus $250 internal air

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Central Asian Epic Overland Adventure

Central Asian Epic Overland Adventure

An Expedition from Bishkek to Bukhara

Travels to: Central Asia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan

17 Days / Departures in May, August 2015

Small Group land tour from $5,795, plus $100 internal air

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Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia

Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia

The Silk Road Through Western China and the Five ‘Stans

Travels to: Central Asia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

24 Days / Departures in May, August 2015

Small Group land tour from $7,695, plus $900 internal air

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Silk Route Odyssey: Caravan Across Uzbekistan

Silk Route Odyssey: Caravan Across Uzbekistan

Valleys, Deserts, Bazaars, and Oases

Travels to: Central Asia, Uzbekistan

15 Days / Departures in May, September 2015

Small Group land tour from $4,495, plus $160 internal air

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The Pamir Highway & Across Fabled Frontiers

The Pamir Highway & Across Fabled Frontiers

The Silk Road Less Traveled from Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan

Travels to: Central Asia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

18 Days / Departures in July 2015

Small Group land tour from $7,495

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Specialty Tours
Inside the Russian Space Program

Inside the Russian Space Program

From Star City to the Baikonur Cosmodrome

Travels to: Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Western Russia

9 Days / Departures in August 2015

Small Group land tour from $14,295

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Rail Journeys by Private Train
Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Eastbound

Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Eastbound

Budapest to Tehran Aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Travels to: Bulgaria, Central and East Europe, Central Asia, Hungary, Iran, Romania, Turkey

15 Days / Departures in March, September, October, November 2015

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $13,595

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Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Westbound

Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Westbound

Tehran to Budapest Aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Travels to: Bulgaria, Central and East Europe, Central Asia, Hungary, Iran, Romania, Turkey

15 Days / Departures in April, September, October, November 2015

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $14,695

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The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

Moscow to Beijing via Central Asia Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Central Asia, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Western Russia

21 Days / Departures in September 2015

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $24,595

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The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

Moscow to Almaty Across Central Asia Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Western Russia

13 Days / Departures in September 2015

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $16,995

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The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

Beijing to Moscow via Central Asia Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Central Asia, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Western Russia

21 Days / Departures in September 2015

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $24,595

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The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

Almaty to Moscow Across Central Asia Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Western Russia

13 Days / Departures in October 2015

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $16,995

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Caspian Odyssey by Private Train: Eastbound

Caspian Odyssey by Private Train: Eastbound

South Caucasus to Central Asia Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, South Caucasus, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

16 Days / Departures in October 2015

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $21,495

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Custom and private travel is our specialty. We’ve been designing unforgettable custom itineraries along the Silk Road for over 25 years; a majority of our guests travel on custom itineraries.

For ideas, peruse one of our Regional Travel Planners, a roundup of the must-sees from our savvy staff.

View our suggested Private Journeys for this region or read more about how to design your own trip. Also, consider this: You can customize one of our small group Central Asia tours to match your preferred dates of travel.

Design Your Own Custom Trip

Traveling privately on a custom program means flexibility:

  • You set the dates, the focus and the level of accommodations.
  • You are met on arrival and seen off at the end of your trip.
  • Your in-country transportation is pre-arranged hassle-free.
  • Your own expert local guides ensure that you get the most out of your visit.
  • And the best part? You travel at your own pace on an itinerary exclusive to you.

Check out just a handful of our Central Asia signature experiences below and then get in touch with a MIR Private Journey Specialist to craft an itinerary that suits your travel goals, budget and style. Or get started planning now.

Suggested Itineraries for Private Travel

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip with all the highlights or something a little roomier with some of the extras, MIR offers itineraries that are available on a private departure basis with your choice of dates. They can also serve as inspiration for your own custom itinerary.

Our itinerary, your dates – great for solo travelers, couples or small groups.

Essential Central Asia

Essential Central Asia

Markets and Minarets of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

Travels to: Central Asia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Departures in March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November 2015

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Essential Kazakhstan

Essential Kazakhstan

From the New Capital to the Old

Travels to: Central Asia, Kazakhstan

Departures in April, May, June, July, August, September, October 2015

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Essential Kyrgyzstan

Essential Kyrgyzstan

Nomadic Traditions and Village Culture

Travels to: Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan

Departures in April, May, June, October, September, August, July 2015

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Essential Tajikistan

Essential Tajikistan

Mountains & Markets

Travels to: Central Asia, Tajikistan

Departures in April, May, June, July, August, September, October 2015

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Essential Turkmenistan

Essential Turkmenistan

From the Capital to the Caspian

Travels to: Central Asia, Turkmenistan

Departures in March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November 2015

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Essential Uzbekistan

Essential Uzbekistan

Uzbek Oases of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva

Travels to: Central Asia, Uzbekistan

Departures in March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November 2015

This itinerary available as a private journey

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