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KAZAKHSTAN / KYRGYZSTAN / UZBEKISTAN / TAJIKISTAN / TURKMENISTAN

On the Silk Road in Central Asia

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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 fgornick@earthlink.net
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.


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?

Thanks!
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.


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.


Martha Hull Jul 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM

As to prices.. it really depends on where you buy things. Remember bargaining is part of the game except in hotels. Silk scarves run from $7 up to very expensive, but $7 to $15 gets you some lovely ones. Folk art runs the gamut; cute figurines can be had for $5 up. We visited several pottery “factories” where small (3 inch) saucers went for $5 but you could buy them from the potter. Larger items more of course. The little caps men wear go from $3 up depending on quality. Lovely wool or fur hats typical of the area run $50 or more. Folding engraved knives and sissors run $15 and up. The knives are worth buying, but may be called weapons at the Turkmenistan border (mine were.. took some talking to get them through but I think it was just an over zealous guard.) You will visit several salons where beautiful fashions or are shown and sold. These can get very pricy, but you know the quality and the artists. Listen to Jama about buying rugs. Small 2 X 3 rugs must have proper paperwork to get into Turkmenistan.
I don’t know about beer or wine prices. I remember someone saying that vodka was cheap but wide range of quality.
olga werchola Jul 25, 2014 at 06:22 AM

Thanks. That's just what I wanted to know.


Priscilla Sawicki Jul 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Well said,Martha! And I would add not to bring more or heavier luggage than you alone can carry through borders and at hotels--a smaller wheeled suitcase and a backpack worked for us. It's a great trip!
Dorothy Baker Jul 23, 2014 at 02:23 PM

I think your statement about luggage can't be reiterated enough. I thought I had packed lightly, but Ididn't think so after that mile walk between borders!!


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