Silk Road tour, cities of the Silk Road

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06 May 2017
£ 2795
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03 Jun 2017
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02 Sep 2017
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30 Sep 2017
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Small group cultural tours

Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends it's good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as experiencing new cultures.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Silk Road tour, cities of the Silk Road

Environment

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation who work with hundreds of organisations to measure their carbon footprint and reduce their carbon emissions. We also support several NGOs around the world, all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

Community

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.

We also support several NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

Reviews of Silk Road tour, cities of the Silk Road

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 24 May 2015 by

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


1. The mausoleums in Samarkand
2. Crossing the Oxus
3. Desert flowers I am still trying to identify!
4. The market in Samarkand
5. The museums in Nuccus
5. The museums in Mary and Ashgabat


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


1. Take as many $1 bills as possible as photo fees etc all require small denominations.
2. Try and miss the Sunday market in Ashgabat
3. Do not miss the museums in Mary and Ashgabat


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


In Uzbekistan, where tourism is an integral part of the economy, the only town where I felt we made a valuable impact was Nuccus which, despite its fascinating art museum, seemed to be in greater need of tourists than the more well known towns. Neither country encourages home stays, which I feel means money goes more directly to locals, but if this could be included, it would be great. Turkmenistan certainly needs tourists to encourage conservation- unlike Uzbekistan no local tourism seemed to be happening. I appreciated using restaurants/ eating houses slightly off the beaten track so that the tourism dollar was spread around as much as possible.

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


Excellent. Our tour leader, Jude, was knowledgeable, unflappable and always encouraging and helpful. She really made the holiday.
The only slight downsides were the border crossings (of which the worst was the first one- 11 checks of passports, searing heat and insane distances between buildings etc), the Sunday market in Ashgabat which is disappointing and a waste of time, and our driver who took us to the gas crater and then North- not a word or a smile, no consideration for passengers and used his mobile while
driving! Murad was our best local guide and Izzat the least impressive. Finally, if at all possible, a direct flight to Tashkent at the end of the holiday would be preferable.

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2012 by

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


Seeing the Darvaza gas crater at night.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with an open mind and remember you are travelling as part of a group. That means you must consider the other peole in the group. It is rude to always keep your fellow travellers waiting.

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


Not particularly.

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


A good trip to an interesting part of the world.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Simon for your kind and very useful review of our trip.
In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities. Wherever possible we are happy for our clients to visit these projects to see for themselves where and how this money is being spent. This is a very exciting development for us and something we hope in time will become a major part of our organisation.

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