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Program #18766RJ
19 Days | 18 Nights
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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?

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.
olga werchola Aug 31, 2014 at 06:55 PM

Think it depends on what time of the year.

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.
Rebecca Evans Aug 24, 2014 at 09:52 AM

We were in a similar situation. We had to have our passports Fedexed back to us and the back to the passport office. And yes, the visa process was amazingly time consuming and somewhat irritating. Did you see where Kazakhstan is doing a trial of no visa requirement for the year?
Cindy Aug 27, 2014 at 02:12 PM

Thanks, Rebecca. For Canadians, a different American Visa company is handling the Visas. The issue seems to be that MIR can't do the letter of invitation until September 5th, and the visa for Turkmenistan can't be processed by VisaHQ until it receives this LOI. My fingers are still crossed that I'll receive my passport back before our flight to Hungary September 14th! I really think it behooves Road Scholar to explain all these complications before it takes a person's money!

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