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Program #18766RJ
19 Days | 18 Nights
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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?

Fred Gornick Aug 06, 2014 at 01:22 PM

Any info on electrical outlets in the Stans?
Carolyn Carlson Aug 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

You probably already have all the information you need, but we used a two-prong plug that was probably
Carolyn Carlson Aug 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Sorry, this didn't add all my comments. We used a dual voltage battery charger with the two-prong plug.

Sue Wilkins Aug 01, 2014 at 09:50 PM

cold? are you kidding me? it will be scorching hot.

Fred Gornick Aug 01, 2014 at 01:55 PM

I am going on the Silk Road trip on Aug.16. How cold can it possibly get that time year? Would be glad to hear from fellow travelers. Email is OK. Mine is
Carolyn Carlson Aug 01, 2014 at 09:01 PM

We went on the September 3rd trip last year and it was 90-95 degrees during most days, although cooler at night, but never more than sweater weather after the sun went down.
Marcia Atkins Aug 02, 2014 at 01:25 AM

I was there in Oct. and early Nov. It was still very warm with some days in the 90's. I doubt if you will need a sweater. This is an amazing tour

Cindy Jul 31, 2014 at 04:01 PM

I'm a Canadian on the October 30th tour and the extension to Iran. It's proving very complicated, and very expensive, to acquire the necessary visas, especially since I need my passport back in time for a mid-September trip to Europe. Any others in a similar situation??
Kathleen Steinle Jul 31, 2014 at 06:13 PM

Kathleen Steinle Jul 31, 2014 at 06:18 PM

I had trip latter June and go to Aisa Sept 3. The Visa company recommended by MIR arranged to get 2 Visas late May and 2 Visas in July. Call and arrange.

Kathleen Jul 24, 2014 at 10:34 PM

So jealous of you who are leaving now! Great discussion and help with preparation.

If there are any of you who went in late October/early November, how chilly was it?

I know layering is a good idea but will fleece + lightweight jacket be overkill? Not enough?

Catherine Cloud Jul 25, 2014 at 03:46 AM

The October/Nov trip was perfect, never too hot or too cold. I took a microfiber pullover, a light but very warm jacket, also synthetic and a gortex type rain jacket with hood, used them all. There were days where short sleeved travel shirts were fine. My advice is to be prepared for a wide range of situations with the lightest possible stuff.
crazyquilter Jul 25, 2014 at 08:32 AM

I was on the trip with Catherine in late October/early November and agree you need to bring some warm clothes. There was sleet for one border crossing, and the next was during a wind that made it feel much colder than it really was. After that it got warmer, and short sleeves were very comfortable. Just bring layers. Fleece plus a jacket are definatly not overkill; there are also some high elevations which will be cooler no matter what the season.
Kathleen Jul 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Thank you both for your quick and helpful replies. Doesn't make packing easier, but at least I now know what do to.
Danna Moore Aug 17, 2014 at 01:38 PM

I have a picture of our group made on Nov 6 and we all had on coats and some hats!

Martha Hull Jul 23, 2014 at 03:05 PM

If it doesn't take space might be nice.I think one or two hotels had pools. We didn't have much time. Full Days!!! Jama's favorite saying "Road Scholars is not a shopping trip!" Evenings were for rest and doing laundry etc.

Marilee Wells Jul 23, 2014 at 02:53 PM

Very helpful discussion!
I'm going on the trip Sept 3. I'm thinking of packing a swim suit for the hotels with pools. Did anyone in your RS group go swimming?
Carolyn Carlson Jul 23, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Several people in our group used the pools in three or four hotels. As noted, there isn't too much free time, but sometimes taking a dip before dinner was refreshing after a long day of travel as it was quite warm on our Sept. 3rd trip last year.

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