Per Person (US dollars)
23-day Trip
(Twin-share)
US$ 9385 less discounts (see below)
Tip Kitty US$ 345
Visas US$ 285
Note: Single space is available. The Single Supplement is US$ 2495. This guarantees that you will have your own room throughout the entire tour.
Discounts Per-person (US dollars)
Book before June 15, 2018 subtract US$ 500
Alumni discount: For those who have previously been on one of our Private Journeys subtract US$ 200
Payments Required

Due at time of booking - Deposit 1 - US$ 3000
Due January 15, 2019 - Deposit 2 - US$ 3000
Due June 15, 2019 - Tour Balance

Pre-tour hotel price for extra nights prior to start of tour (including breakfast, taxes and hotel fees)

US$ 260 (Double Room)
US$ 210 (Single Room)
Subject to change once new hotel rates are determined.

What's Included?

General

Some parts of Central Asia can present significant challenges when it comes to getting things done, finding good food and getting around, so we take this into account when planning what to include as we proceed along the Silk Road.
We include all transfers, transportation, hotels, guides and drivers and driver's helpers, group luggage-handlers, group activities, all site visits and the assistance of our own staff along the way. This approach gives our guests a more carefree experience and reduces the hassle factor considerably.

Meals

When we first ran this trip, we included all meals; however, we realized that there may be several days when our guests would rather choose their own restaurant for a few of the lunches and dinners. Consequently, we have now made sure that there are some opportunities for our guests to enjoy eating whenever and wherever they prefer.

Breakfasts: All breakfasts are included. You will wake up each morning to a feast including breads, rolls, pastries, yogurt, fruit, cereals, eggs, meats and many Asian dishes.

Lunches and Dinners: There will be a selection of Asian and Western foods offered throughout the trip, with an emphasis on Asian. Some restaurants will be simple and some will very nice indeed.
All but 2 lunches and 11 dinners are included during the journey. (We may make small changes to this as we finalize all enroute events). Most lunches served in this part of the world are substantial, so we suspect there may be several dinners you will choose to skip.

Transportation

We include all transportation whenever the group moves from one place to another. This includes our comfortable coaches, vans, trains and more.
We also include the four internal flights during the trip

  • Almaty-Dushanbe
  • Dashoguz-Ashgabat
  • Ashgabat-Mary
  • Mary-Ashgabat
Transfers

Unlike many other travel companies, we include all transfers during the trip including arrival transfers from the Bishkek airport to the hotel and final departure transfers from the hotel to Ashgabat airport on the last day of your trip.

Private Guides and Drivers

In all locations we will be accompanied by a professional local guide and drivers.

Hotel accommodation in all locations

We include a wonderful selection of hotels and resorts along the way. To see details of our hotels, click "Our Hotels" on the previous webpage.

Entrance fees, park fees and other fees for all sites included in the tour.

This tour includes a relatively large number of historical, cultural and religious sites, each of which charges for admission. These costs are included in the tour price.
If you were to travel through this region on your own, you would be paying significant amounts for each of these items, separately on the spot, every single day.

TrailFinders Documentation

We include a comprehensive Trip Planning Guide which is distributed about five months prior to departure.
We also provide a pre-departure package containing detailed instructions for your arrival, a comprehensive packing list, contact numbers and more.
As well, along the way, we issue scores of local maps and related information.
Plus we include the full support of the TrailFinders' Tour Leader and a few surprises along the way.

Pre-Paid Extras

The payment of group tips is administered by TrailFinders staff during the journey on behalf of our guests, thereby freeing them from the hassles of reaching in their pocket every few hours to tip guides, drivers, train crews, assistants, facilitators, hotel staff and so on. The tip amounts are collected from our guests at time of booking and while they are not technically "included in the tour price" they are collected ahead of time to avoid inconveniencing our guests during the trip.

We also collect the cost of the visas for the difficult countries of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Our staff handles the entire process of procuring these visas on your behalf.

What's not included?

We do not include the following specific items in the price of our land tour.

  • International air between Canada and Central Asia. We are experts in international airfares to this region and can help you decide which routing and airline would be best for you. Please call us at 613-789-1900 or 888-765-7662 and we can discuss current options with you. If you are arranging your own air transportation, please check with us first.
  • Travel Insurance premiums
  • Visit to a Travel Medicine clinic and any prescribed vaccines or tablets
  • As on any trip, you will of course be expected to pay on the spot for your own personal expenses such as any meals that are not included, drinks, laundry, souvenirs and so on.

We have estimated extra costs. Please click on the button below.

If you have any questions at all concerning trip costs, please call us. We strive for absolute accuracy and honesty.

International Air Recommendations

We are well aware of all airlines and all routings between Canada and Central Asia and are available to assist you in determining your best option. This will include flights through one of the standard European and Asian hubs such as Istanbul, the Gulf, Delhi, Urumxi or Moscow. If you are planning to book your own air tickets, please speak with us first.
For those of you who are planning to use Aeroplan points to book air seats, we recommend that you do this well in advance. Points seats are severely limited on each aircraft and they go fast, especially if you are looking for Business Class seats. Again, please speak with us first.
We are always available to arrange your international air tickets according to your preferences. Please call us at 613-789-1900 or 888-765-7662.