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Program #18766RJ
19 Days | 18 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Kathleen Jul 06, 2014 at 09:38 PM

For those who might be interested in a video of the "Stans", the BBC did a four part series. Not historical but more for general audiences. "This four-part series, shown in 2003 on BBC2, BBC World and by broadcasters internationally, took Simon Reeve from the far north-west of Kazakhstan, by the Russian border, east to the Chinese border, south through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to the edge of Afghanistan, and west to Uzbekistan and the legendary Silk Road cities of Samarkand and Bukhara." Viewable online:
Dorothy Baker Jul 06, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Thank you. I look forward to watching the series.
Kathleen Jul 06, 2014 at 10:23 PM

I'm into the second part now. It definitely isn't a tourist video. So be aware it could be considered a bit controversial.

Fred Gornick Jun 20, 2014 at 04:49 PM

I have travelled quite a bit (about 35 countries) but never with RS. Would be glad to hear from other participants on the Aug. 16 -Sept,3 trip on the Silk Road.
Catherine Cloud Jun 20, 2014 at 05:07 PM

You will certainly be pleased with RS. Our trip last fall was fascinating, our guide extraordinary, every effort to assure our education, safety and enjoyment. This is a perfect trip to utilize the expertise of RS as 7 languages were used, numerous borders crossed. The assistance provided was essential to our successful journey to this area. Have a wonderful time!

Sue Wilkins Jun 06, 2014 at 12:50 PM

irma, i would hardly call this rough and tumble. quite cushy actually

Sue Wilkins Jun 06, 2014 at 12:46 PM

olga, pack clothes that wash and dry quickly. many of the hotels had heated towel racks which worked well. you are on the move a lot so not always able to use the hotel laundry services

Irma Honda Jun 04, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I just got back from this wonderful trip and agree with the suggestions regarding packing lightly. BUT there is now a sort of taxi service that takes people across the mile long "no man's land" between Uzbekistsan and Turkmenistan. However, Jama, our tour director warned us that everything is subject to change, so be prepared.
crazyquilter Jun 06, 2014 at 09:56 AM

We crossed on a holiday and were told the "border was closed" and therefore there was no shuttle service.

Priscilla Sawicki Jun 04, 2014 at 10:30 AM

No, I'm not a guide--just another traveler who very much enjoyed this experience in Central Asia. All the tips below are excellent--especially taking one small to medium bag--and I also wore a backpack for my extras (camera, etc.). Crossing borders on foot is perhaps the most challenging part of the trip.
Irma Honda Jun 04, 2014 at 11:24 AM

I just got back from this trip and agree with the suggestions. One additional comment: our group had incredible luck in the border crossings--Jama, our guide prepared as really well on proper behavior during the crossings. AND there was a sort of taxi service at the Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan border, so we did not have to walk that mile long "no man's land" on foot.

Priscilla Sawicki May 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Danielle, when we went on this amazing trip, I think the average number of countries visited by our group was about 75--all looking for new adventures. I believe Road Scholar has embraced this by finding new places to go. If they are "rough" it because they are "the road less traveled". This is well worth any hardships experienced.

Danelle Stoppel May 29, 2014 at 01:27 PM

I am used to rough travel through gap and tucan tours. It sounds like elderhostel is embracing this type of travel to.....True??
crazyquilter Jun 06, 2014 at 09:59 AM

I would not call this trip "rough travel", but it is a part of the world where there is little tourist infrastructure. Also at the borders you will find typical Soviet type bureaucracy and long lines and long waits.

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