5 independent reviews for Silk Road holidays, Central Asia

Reviews for Silk Road holidays, Central Asia

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review 27 Aug 2017

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

I note that it is hard to answer this question because the 20 day duration of this small group tour was experientially rich; but, if I were to identify one or two highlights this would have to be the rebuilding of a road in the Afghan Wakhan Corridor on the return journey to Ishkashim and the impromptu singing and dancing after our evening meal in Goz Khan, Afghanistan.

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

Anyone interested in joining this small group tour organised by this holiday provider requires an open mind so that participants are able to embrace attitudes and cultures that may be very different to what they are accustomed to. Approaching this Afghanistan and Tajikistan adventure with a spirit of anything could happen will allow for a truly rich and memorable small group travel adventure.

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

Yes, during one part of the trip the group visited a Pamri handicraft outlet in Khorog, Tajikistan; the local office of the Wildlife Conservation Society in Qala ePanj, Afghanistan; a women's handicraft development project in Khandud, Afghanistan and a local elementary school catering for over 200 children in the Wakhan Corridor.

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

I have travelled with this holiday provider on several occasions. I comment that the Wakhan Pamir Adventure, Tajikistan and Afghanistan small group tour was the most challenging and culturally rich travel experience I have had to date. I came away from this journey impressed with the generosity and profound life spirit of the local guides, van drivers and inhabitants that I was privileged to encounter during my 20 days in Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

review 22 Aug 2017

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

Travelling the mountains of Tajikistan and the homestay there.

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

Enjoy. Do not bring so many things: it is not so cold, you do not need a slipping bag nor the sheet, nor gloves. All the stays, even yurts, are warm. 8Bring comfortable shoes for walking and a pair of slippers.

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 Oct 2008

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

It has to be Kyrgyzstan. The landscape, the people, sleeping in yurts - even the food. All fantastic. That said, I enjoyed Uzbekistan too - the old Islamic architecture is fabulous - but the great outdoors are hard to beat. The big surprise for me was Tashkent - I had two days there on my own at the end of the trip and it was great. The trip should have at least a day there, particularly at a couple of the museums and galleries which provide great background/context for what will be seen later in the trip. Also enjoyed the company of my fellow travellers - very interesting and well travelled people around the right age-group!

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

Hopefully anyone booking this holiday will have some experience in remote locations so will be well prepared. Most people on the trip were sick in Kyrgyzstan (I think I was one of two who wasn't) I think everyone needs to be warned to be a bit more cautious about food and water/drink. We were much more cavalier about these things (I ate and drank everything put in front of me!) than I would be when somewhere like India.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I think tourism is really important to both economies - especially Kyrgyzstan. Many local people benefited directly because we tended to stay in small yurt camps run by locals and spent money in local restaurants and shops (where they existed). I believe our impact on the environment was negligible - we were certainly more conscious about disposing of our rubbish etc than many of the locals (sadly).

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

It was very good. Certainly in my top 10.

review 17 Aug 2008

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

Seeing the breathtaking mountain views in Kyrgyzstan was the most memorable part of this holiday.

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

Be prepared for long days driving - often on very bumpy roads. However, nature's spectacles compensate for the travelling inconveniences. Sleeping in a yurt was a new adventure for me.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes.

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

I am glad I booked it. This holiday gave me insight about the people and the way they live.

review 3 Sep 2007

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

The yurt stay in Son Kul and Tash Rabat and Samarkand

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

Except in China the food was not great. Bring plenty of energy bars.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes

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

10 out of 10

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