2 independent reviews for Central Asia overland tour, the stans

Reviews for Central Asia overland tour, the stans

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review 7 Oct 2018

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

Spending time with nomads in Kyrgyzstan and seeing the wonderful architecture of Uzbekistan.

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

Take practical luggage with wheels as there is a lot of carrying bags over considerable distances when crossing borders. Don't book Turkish Airlines as they were a disaster on the routing London - Istanbul - Tashkent. Book the direct service!

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

Only to a small degree. The group felt that there was little to distinguish us from any other tour group doing pretty much the same itinerary. I only felt that we made some contribution in Kyrgyzstan.

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

It was very fast-paced with little leisure time. However, I did feel that it was a trip of a lifetime and it was clear that we saw so much. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wanted to gain a comprehensive overview of the region.
Q3 chased jim for response - chris k 29/11/18

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your trip. Were pleased that you enjoyed travelling through Central Asia - its a fascinating region. You mentioned that the responsible travel aspect of this trip could perhaps be improved upon, and so that is something that well be taking into account when next reviewing our itineraries. Much of the trip is city based - Central Asia is of course well renowned for its incredible Silk Road cities and it is perhaps a little harder to emphasise this element of the trip in countries such as Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan than it is in places such as Kyrgyzstan, where a strong community based tourism programme is in place, and many of the highlights are based around smaller, more rural areas. However we are always keen to make improvements to our trips where we can, and our Central Asia team will be looking at how we can include some additional activities into this tour, with a focus on learning a little more about local life and ensuring that they benefit the communities that we travel through. Thanks again for your feedback - this is always very helpful and assists us to continually review our trips. We hope to see you on one of our tours again in the future.

review 29 Sep 2018

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

Kyrgystan was the highlight for me. Our guide was the best and I really felt we were participating in responsible travel more than on other parts of the trip. The culture, food and activities were the best. Bermet added four or five excursions which for a small additional cost, added to the experience. Experiencing yurts, and local culture, family home stays and home prepared food were all great.

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

Be open to everything!

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

Not really aside from Kyrgyzstan. I think Native Eye could have done better with the restaurants we used and the excursions that benefited local people. In general we visited government sites and dined at tourist establishments. I would have liked to see more excursions that visited local people to learn about their culture, crafts and food preparation.

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

The trip was great, just feel a few more small additions would have made it even more meaningful. Group size was great and accommodations for the most part were really great. Food, except in Kyrgyzstan was quite boring and repetitive. Uzbekistan was just sites, with no cultural additions. I was disappointed not to learn more about carpets and Suzani.
chased jim for response - chris k 29/11/18

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your trip. Were pleased that you enjoyed travelling through Central Asia - its a fascinating region. You mentioned that the responsible travel aspect of this trip could perhaps be improved upon, and so that is something that well be taking into account when next reviewing our itineraries. Much of the trip is city based - Central Asia is of course well renowned for its incredible Silk Road cities and it is perhaps a little harder to emphasise this element of the trip in countries such as Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan than it is in places such as Kyrgyzstan, where a strong community based tourism programme is in place, and many of the highlights are based around smaller, more rural areas. However we are always keen to make improvements to our trips where we can, and our Central Asia team will be looking at how we can include some additional activities into this tour, with a focus on learning a little more about local life and ensuring that they benefit the communities that we travel through. Thanks again for your feedback - this is always very helpful and assists us to continually review our trips. We hope to see you on one of our tours again in the future.

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