Silk Road cultural vacation

“Discover two of Central Asia's most strikingly contrasting neighbours, swooping from wild nomad-trekked Kyrgzystan to the fabled Silk Road towns of Uzbekistan.”

Highlights

Biskhek | Son Kul | Yurts and ancient caravanserais | Bukhara | Samarkand | Khiva | Osh | Kokand | Fergana Valley | Margilon | Rishton | Kyzyl Kum Desert | Tien Shan mountains | Tashkent

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What this trip includes

Trips are on full board basis, and include transport as outlined in itinerary, twin-share accommodation, mineral water and entrance fees.

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Silk Road cultural vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

In Central Asia we have developed unique relationships with many of the semi-nomadic peoples of the region and through our form of interactive, socially conscience tourism have helped them adapt to the modern, changing world by providing important income opportunities. With Sogan Bai, an eagle hunter from the shores of Lake Issyk Kul, or Noorgul, a shepherdess from the pristine Son Kul, or Nazira and her family at Tash Rabat, we have been responsible for introducing them to the homestay market, helping them to provide good, clean and interesting accommodation which in term allows them to educate their children, improve their standard of living and look after their ill.

The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the nomads financially and us with the wonderful welcome and experience they give us. On our horse treks, we work exclusively with the fine horse-man Anar Bek, who along with his family and members of the local community, ensure that the horses we trek with are well treated, well fed and well looked after. Wherever possible we stay in locally owned accommodation, eat in locally owned establishments and purchase supplies from the local nomads.

3 Reviews of Silk Road cultural vacation

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Reviewed on 21 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Every day was different with a very well thought out balance between stunning scenery, fascinating cityscapes, modes of transport, levels of activity, types of accommodation and cuisine.
We were able to get a small sense of what the Silk Road merchants must have experienced, and also an insight into some pretty remote parts of Central Asia.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Read up on the history and cultures of the Silk Road countries before you go.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Reasonably.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Well planned and organised by the vacation providers and expertly led by Jude.

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


This was a vacation of two completely different parts: - Staying in a Yurt by Son Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan - beautiful, peaceful surroundings, lovely shepherds & their families, contented cows, horses, sheep & goats & then traveling across the mountains to see the amazing blue tiles of the mosques & minarets in the heat of Uzbekistan

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for basic conditions in the yurt camps - no washing facilities (& don't
mention the toilets)
Take head torch, plenty of wipes (!), gloves for horse riding or trekking in Kyrgyzstan.
Need to pack carefully for very cold & very hot conditions.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely in Kyrgyzstan - we were supporting the families in the yurt camps and the people in the homestays and supporting the way of life of the shepherds

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


One of the best trips I have been on !!

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Walking in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be flexible. Don't expect a 5 star beach vacation but it is a much more rewarding experience. Engage with local people. Read the vacation information before going. There is much good advice there, some of which is from previous travelers.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes to all three.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A series of memorable experiences that will continue to be thought about in the weeks and months to come.

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