4 independent reviews for Silk Road adventure holiday

Reviews for Silk Road adventure holiday

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review 17 Oct 2018

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

Travelling along the Karakoram Highway.

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

Be prepared for lots of security checks, especially if the guides or drivers are Uyghur. As mentioned in the tour notes some activities may get cancelled at short notice.

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

Not really, apart from contributing to the local economy. Some of the Uyghur people we spoke to were grateful that Westerners were (a) aware and (b) sympatheic to their situation.

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

Very good, however given the situation in Xinjiang it would be beneficial if alternative arrangements were in place should activities in the itinerary have to be cancelled. The local guides didn't seem to have a Plan B. It was necessary for us to contact the UK office stating our concerns. Their response was excellent, no complaints at all but it would have been easier for all concerned if it could have been dealt with locally.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for the feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour. The local guides do have a large amount of autonomy to change things locally as required. We will be reiterating this to them and making sure that if alternative arrangements are required that they have the authority to do this. Thank you for raising this with us.

review 12 Jun 2017

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

Kasger sunday market

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

Explore less traveled world

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

Yes

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

very good

review 11 May 2017

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

I particularity enjoyed the added insight into every day life the guides were able to give us as they were all local. It was interesting to see the three different countries and travel through the countryside, mostly in minibuses with commentary by the guides.

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

We went in April/May and experienced really hot sunny weather, cold evenings -enough for warmish coats, strong cold winds and some rain, so pack for all eventualities. Be prepared for long days with some early starts and to be able to account for all your medicines, jewelry, and exact amount of money in all currencies at border posts. Also practice squatting and getting up again without using your hands as the toilets on the road are pretty grim. Bring tissues and hand gel.

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

Economically some local people benefited from our purchases and tips, but we had no real impact on environment apart from using minibuses, bottled water and air con!

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

I found the holiday really interesting with well chosen sites, hotels, local guides and itinerary. All the guides spoke good English and went out of their way to give us an outstanding experience. The second half with one night stays seemed a little hectic, so it may be better to add an extra night somewhere, for example in Dushambe as the hotel there was excellent.

review 21 Jun 2016

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

Mogao Caves

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

The local food is lovely - go with an open mind

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

Yes in that it put some money into local companies or people, but no for the transport required to get there and travel about

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

Very good

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