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Program #18766RJ
19 Days | 18 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Joe Weber Nov 13, 2014 at 05:12 PM

I arrived two days earlier, the local RS rep was waiting for me and brought me to the hotel. Had to pay for the transport myself though, which is understandable. Spent the two days wandering through Almaty, including some sights our short stay with RS itself did not cover: up to the Republic Square, the Zhibek Zholy pedestrianized area, Central Mosque, Panfilov Park, etc. Easy and safe to walk and get acclimatized.
Richard Richard Nov 15, 2014 at 08:07 AM

Thanks for the information, Joe. Our program begins Bishkek, but I assume the same RS assistance will be on hand. We'll break the flight in half as well. Our tour is in April.

Richard Richard Nov 13, 2014 at 01:07 PM

Did anyone arrive a day early? Helpful? Did RS make getting through customs, arriving at hotel easier, etc.?
Catherine Cloud Nov 13, 2014 at 01:18 PM

We arrived a day early so as to be better rested for our excellent adventure, were met at the airport around midnight by the local RS rep and conducted to our hotel along with one other fellow traveller. The three of us spent the following day on our own in Almaty and I was glad for the extra rest, then again, I believe the others managed just fine.
Judith Shannon Nov 13, 2014 at 03:07 PM

I stopped overnight in Frankfurt which ensured that I arrived rested with minimal jet lag. It was easy to overnight in Europe in more familiar territory!

Leanne Kennedy Oct 03, 2014 at 05:30 PM

Dana, just returned, are you talking about the road being built by the Germans and South Koreans. If so the Germans are done, South Koreans not. The first leg of road to Khiva is still bumpy.
Danna Moore Nov 06, 2014 at 03:27 PM

Well, I don't know who was building it, but they weren't doing a very good job where were there. I couldn't see how it would be finished in 2014!! ~

Leanne Kennedy Oct 03, 2014 at 05:27 PM

Is there anyone who is going on the Oct 23rd trip that would be willing to take a small package to Jama, our guide. He was our guide and he will be yours and he is excellent. Knowledgeable, personable , great sense of humor and tireless in meeting the groups needs. We live in Tacoma but would be happy to mail it to you. It not large nor heavy.

Margaret Marshall Sep 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I am thinking of signing up for the Silk Road/Iran trip next Spring. Can anyone comment about the safety of going to Iran. I figure if there is a tour going there there shouldn't be any problem.
olga werchola Sep 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I will try to post comments after I return from the November 17th trip.
Danna Moore Sep 26, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Look at a map and make your own decision re what is happening in that part of the world!
Danna Moore Sep 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Olga, please do post. Also I want to know if the road is finished... you will know which road if it isn't!! I was there 2 years ago and I suspect the road isn't finished!!
olga werchola Sep 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

The paperwork I just received seems to indicate that all border crossings have an asphalt pavement. Hope that is true.
Danna Moore Sep 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Probably the border crossings do have some pavement or gravel, I was talking about the highway through the Kuzil Kum Desert - from Bukara to Khiva.
olga werchola Sep 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Ah. That I haven't got a clue about. However, looking forward to seeing the Kyzil Kum Desert. Been on my bucket list for years.

Danna Moore Sep 04, 2014 at 02:44 PM

This is what RS posted on Facebook today:
Today, a Road Scholar group crossed the border from Turkmenistan into Iran. It’s our first learning adventure into the land of Persia! Our group is spending seven nights learning about the history, culture and people of this fascinating country.
Pat Kavanaugh Sep 04, 2014 at 03:32 PM

Rebecca Evans Aug 31, 2014 at 05:35 PM

Does anybody know if it will be OK for me to wear capri pants as opposed to long pants?
Danna Moore Aug 31, 2014 at 05:44 PM

When are you going? The picture I have of our group in early Nov we all have on coats and hats. But others have said that it is going to be hot. I don't think there will be a cultural tabu against capri pants.
Lise Matthews Aug 31, 2014 at 07:29 PM

I was surprised by the western wear for both the men and the women. Capri pants should be no problem at all. It is far more important to dress in a manner that accommodates the heat. I wore light weight linen skirts and was so very glad that I did. Pants would have been too hot.
Rebecca Evans Aug 31, 2014 at 10:22 PM

thank you. just what I needed to hear. we are going on th
Rebecca Evans Aug 31, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Rebecca Evans Aug 31, 2014 at 10:24 PM

sept. 3!
Catherine Cloud Aug 31, 2014 at 11:46 PM

There was a gal on our trip who wore shorts with tights or leggings underneath, otherwise everyone wore long pants. Women in these countries do not expose skin but that said, they were gracious and understanding of guests in all ways.

Joe Weber Aug 14, 2014 at 05:58 PM

I am registered for the Stans trip leaving on Sep 3 and will also do the Iran extension. While I live in Ferndale WA, I will depart for this trip from London UK, and will arrive in Almaty already at 2:00 am on 9/3, thus have 2 extra days in Almaty. I have noticed posts from fellow travellers Kathleen Steinle and Marilee Wells on this fantastic discussion board, would love to hear from more participants. Anybody also getting into Almaty earlier than the group arrival at 11:56 on 9/4 that would be interested to spend some hours in Almaty together with me on 9/3 and 9/4?

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