Having spent a good portion of the last 18 years as a tour operator working in emerging destinations there is always something ready to stun, amaze and intrigue you. The companies I have worked for were amongst the first to go into China in the early 80’s and Vietnam in the early 90’s, and during the time I was with them were amongst the first doing regular touring into destinations like Myanmar, the DPRK, Libya, Uganda and many more.
One of those destinations that we were amongst the pioneering travel organisers into were the republics of Central Asian Republics after the break up of the USSR. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and more. As luck would have it, despite organising a number of groups to this region my own travels escorting groups often saw me off to other destinations like Egypt, Libya, Turkey and Myanmar
As a result I have been itching for some time to get up to Central Asia and see the wonders these incredible countries have on offer. From Registan Square, which inspired the tale of Scheherazade and 1001 Arabian nights, to the scenic beauty of places like Altyn Arashan that rival the Rockies for their grandeur.
The Central Asian Republics sat astride the Ancient Silk Road and with influences converging from China and Mongolia to the East, India and Persia to the South and Russia and the European Continent from the West, these states shown an incredibly diverse cultural array reflected in their food, music, history and day to day lives.
Whether you are exploring the tombs of one of the ancient Shieks, eating pilaf in a remote mountain town, or enjoying the soviet-esque splendour of cities like Ashgabat, there is always an experience lurking in this region for people to discover.
Which is why in May 2019, I am finally headed there! Over the course of twenty days I will be exploring some of the most incredible sights and experiences available in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. All things running to plan I look to fly into Almaty with Asiana Airlines (which allow for a free night in Seoul), and out of Tashkent, taking in the best of what I can between .. From the walled city of Khiva to the ever burning “Hells’ Gate”.
More to the point, as I am doing this programme with people I know and have worked with on the ground for almost twenty years, the rates and inclusions are incredible, and I thought this is the perfect opportunity for me to show this area off to more people, which is why you are seeing this packet of information! I would love for you to join me as I discover the Central Asian Republics on this once in a lifetime experience!
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