Silk Road history tour, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan
US $17650 per accommodation
Description of Silk Road history tour, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
We are passionate about minimising the negative impacts that tourism may cause. A pillar of our travel philosophy is our belief in small group sizes. Our maximum capacity for this trip to Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan is just 16 travelers. Not only does this minimise the negative impacts on the destinations we visit, but it also provides a more immersive and intimate local travel experience.
Reducing use of Single-use plastics
All of our travelers to Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan are provided with cloth bags and reusable water bottles at the beginning of their trip to help them avoid single-use plastics such as plastic shopping bags and disposable water bottles. Further to this, we instruct our suppliers in both Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan, to provide large tanks of potable water for group vehicles. We also encourage the hotels and lodges that host our groups to provide safe and reliable water at refill stations. These simple but effective measures can have a considerable impact and drastically reduce the amount of waste generated during each expedition. It also has the added benefit of helping our local partners operate in a more sustainable manner.
PeopleTraveling with Respect
We travel to some of the most remote parts of Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan on this expedition. Much time is spent camping and, to ensure we do not leave any traces of our visit, we ensure all litter and waste is taken with us. We have designed this itinerary to include communities that are off the tourist trail, such as those in the rarely-visited Karakum Desert and Aral Sea region, allowing an injection of cash into areas that are often overlooked and in need of development.
Throughout our expedition, we bring in local experts such as local archaeologists and historians to further enrich our understanding of Central Asian culture and have curated special dining experiences that are prepared by the local community such as having a local chef preparing the traditional nomadic Turkmen meal called Ishlekli while we visit Gonur Depe.
We want to make sure that as much money as possible generated from our expeditions stays in Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan. We work with local guides and drivers and purchase from a range of local suppliers to ensure the economic benefits of travel are spread amongst the local communities in the destinations we visit.
We avoid using large international chain hotels when we can, although this is not always possible in these countries. For example, in Samarkand we stay at the locally run Hotel Sultan Boutique and throughout our expedition we stay in local guest houses and hotels, including a traditional yurt by the ruins of Gonur Depe. A large part of this expedition is camping, minimising our environmental impact and supporting local businesses who provide us with all of the camping gear and supplies.
Our experiences are also tailored to benefit local communities and provide meaningful connections with them – such as our experience in organising a local Buzkashi match, an ancient horse game with hundreds of local horseman, organised just for our group in the mountains around Shakhrisabz. Our walking tours of Samarkand and Tashkent takes in local markets, street vendors and restaurants – providing tourism dollars to establishments that rarely have access to tourists.
Restaurants used for lunches and dinners throughout the expedition are locally owned establishments serving authentic local food, which gives our travelers the chance to see how Central Asian people dine and feast. Food is commonly used by the people of this region to express their hospitality and generosity - mealtimes are more like a social event, with food representing communities. By ensuring we have these culinary experiences with local people we are fostering togetherness and cross-cultural understanding.