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19 Days | 18 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Jane from Naples, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/04/15 - 09/23/15
A huge step back in history is what occurs on this trip to central Asia on the old silk road. A great and hardy adventure which is safe and packed with education and experiences which will remain with you forever.

Gregory from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/29/15 - 06/17/15
This is a fascinating trip to a part of the world that few Americans visit. It is well organized and, at least in our case, phenomenally well lead. I recommend it highly.

Rosealie from Cape Coral, FL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/29/15 - 06/17/15
Let the people of Central Asia surprise and entertain you and fall in love with it's children!

Olga from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/30/14 - 11/17/14
Having just returned from this trip I would like to inform prospective participants that it is a strenuous trip. It is not for anybody having major mobility issues. There are many steps and the bus has a steep entry. There are few accommodations for people with disabilities in this area. Also, I felt that the trip was rushed. There was too much that was attempted to be crammed in to be able to call this a trip through the 5 'stans. I could have easily been happy with two weeks in Uzbekistan alone. The border crossings were difficult although our guide Batir made them as smooth as possible. The distances covered were huge and we had several full days of just bus or plane travel. The food in the private homes was lovely and most of the restaurants were OK. Sadly, many of the meals were in the hotels where we were lodged. There might have been one or two OK hotel dinners but, in toto, the majority of hotel meals were bland and repetitive. The shopping opportunities seemed best in Bokhara and Khiva. Lots of handicrafts and scarves and carpets, etc. Bargain hard! The people on the whole trip were wonderful. Our guides were very well informed and enthusiastic to teach us about their countries. It is a fascinating trip and one I am glad I made.

Lucinda from Saskatoon, SK Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/30/14 - 11/17/14
Prospective participants should note that the cost of visas for this trip is almost an extra $1000 if you use a processing service. Since the letter of invitation for Turkmenistan was slow to arrive at the processing office, and I had a trip to Europe planned for September, I was very concerned about receiving my passport back in time to fly. Other than this issue, I do recommend this expensive opportunity to visit Uzbekistan (little time is spent in the other four 'Stans'). There is much to learn from the competent, well-meaning guides about this part of the world, and the people are generally very welcoming! Central Asia with all its resources, industry, ambition, and enthusiasm should certainly be an important force in the future. It is modernizing quickly so best see it soon.

Anne from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/30/14 - 11/17/14
I have just returned from the October 30 Silk Road trip and it exceeded my expectations on so many levels. First, the organization and guiding by Batir Shamakhsudov was exceptional. He is extremely knowledgable, anticipates all the needs of the participants and delivers the service with competence a great sense of humor. All the local guides and guest speakers added immeasurably to the learning experience. The accommodations and food ranged from top-notch to very acceptable, providing excellent value. This particular trip from Oct 30 to Nov 17 was colder than expected but with some layering and extra purchases of hats and gloves, it was all part of a remarkable and highly recommended adventure!

Olive from San Antonio, TX Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/03/14 - 09/21/14
A strenuous trip with a great leader. Five countries, all with similar histories, but one now embarked on a different road. Very friendly people, English speaking quite common. Increasing entrepreneurship in most countries, high quality crafts in all.

Leanne from Tacoma, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/03/14 - 09/21/14
This was a wonderful fascinating trip. The "Stans" comprise 5 uniques countries with rich histories. We were exposed to both antiquity and the modern economic,political and cultural issues impacting them. Would not have missed the Silk Road for anything.

Paul from West Hartford, CT Number of programs attended: 25
Date attended: 09/03/14 - 09/21/14
It was fascinating, to learn about different cultures, economics, and politics.

Irma from El Paso, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/25/14
On this tour, you will see the wonders of the ancient Silk Road, and, as importantly, you will learn much about the transition of these 5 former Soviet Republics into independent nations. Be prepared to be provoked and intrigued.

Frederick from St Petersburg, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/05/13 - 09/23/13
My wife and I completed this program this past Fall. We can highly recommend this tour- sights were stunning and the Tour Director "Jamma" was excellent. Do expect that border crossings will be a challenge but once those are completed the "activity level" will be much more comfortable. Expect some warm days! Fred & Marge from St. Petersburg, FL

Sandra from Lawrence, KS Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/17/13 - 11/04/13
I loved this trip! It was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, to actually see and be on the Silk Road. Our guides were superb; the fall weather was perfect; and the sights, sounds, and foods were all well beyond all expectations. I'll cherish the memories forever! This is a trip for those with a love of history, adventure, and the ability to cheerfully handle most anything from long walks and bus rides to occasional short nights. It was my magic carpet ride!

Carl from Reston, VA Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 10/17/13 - 11/04/13
This program deserves a mixed review. We had an excellent group leader, the mix of people was nice, and we saw many interesting things. The food, though well prepared, became predictable and boring over time. With a few exceptions, the hotels were not up-to-date, and there were no outside lecturers, surprising given the "little known" character of the countries we were visiting.

Ray from Stanwood, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/24/13 - 11/11/13
This was a fascinating trip from start to finish. An area of the world little visited by Westerners, the journey exposed us to art, architecture, crafts, culture and customs with which we were wholly unfamiliar. We were well received by locals who sought to be photographed with us, witnessed weddings and were welcomed into homes. It was a spectacular trip which we were fortunate to share with a small savvy group of fellow travelers, most with former Road Scholar experience. Our guide was versed in eight languages, seven of which were required on the trip. We were quite impressed with the local guides/instructors and appreciate that Road Scholar manages to provide such capable people to illuminate our travels.We saw falconry, horse games in Kyrgyzstan, local dance, music, fashion as well as historic sites, cities ancient and new. We learned about traditional building methods, craft and cuisine. Looking back, I must entirely commend the design of this program. The experience and exposure provided was wide and varied. There was never a dull moment!

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