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Silk Road Adventure

Silk Road Adventure - Sundowners Overland
Silk Road Adventure - Sundowners Overland
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Highlights

Start and end in Tashkent! With the adventure tour Silk Road Adventure, you have a 22 day tour package taking you through Tashkent, Uzbekistan and 10 other destinations in Asia. Silk Road Adventure is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
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2 Reviews

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    Written on October 22, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    A wonderful trip through Central Asia and we enjoyed the tour enormously, as well as the company of the other tour members (a great group of people) and the company of our wonderful guide Diana whom we cannot praise enough. We are delighted that we were able to visit Ayaz Qala and Khiva as part of the tour and feel that it was certainly one of the highlights and we were able to realize a dream we have had for years to visit these wonderful places.
    Sundowners Overland commented on this review
    Clients also travelled with us to Mongolia after the tour: We also want to mention our subsequent tour to Mongolia and the Golden Eagle Festival in Ulgii. Wow! That was absolutely amazing, from the flight in the Focca Friendship from UB, to our two very exciting days at the Festival and finally two nights staying with the Nomadic family. The whole trip fell in to place like clockwork, even though our itineraries differed from week to week prior to departure!! It really was a great lesson in expecting the unexpected, which is just the way we like it!

  • A
    Written on June 7, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    As you have heard it was a fantastic trip with lots of ‘wow’ moments and there were no times that we felt unsafe, although the heavy police presence in Kashgar is a bit intimidating. Accommodation • Novotel Airport Hotel, Bangkok – Excellent for an overnight stay. Efficient and helpful staff. • Tashkent Palace Hotel, Tashkent – an excellent hotel with a high level of customer service. On two mornings we were there we would have missed breakfast in the dining room so the hotel set up an early continental breakfast in the bar for us. They made a restaurant booking for us and had taxis booked for us to go to the railway station and airport. The staff were very helpful in making sure we got our train tickets and other information for the Uzbekistan section of the trip. We thought it was a great place to stay. • Malika Classic Hotel, Samarkand – a very good hotel with very good customer service. The only criticism is that there are no restaurants or cafes nearby and it is quite a hike or a taxi trip to find somewhere for lunch or dinner. • Old City Hotel, Bukhara – a very good hotel, again with very good customer service. The hotel is in a great location within easy walking distance of eating places and sites. • Club 777 Fergana – a good hotel, although room was a bit worn, the staff were lovely and there was a nice outdoor eating area for dinner. • Pekin Hotel, Osh – not very good. The staff didn’t seem to care whether you were there or not, the room was less than average and the toilet leaked. • Seman Hotel, Kashgar – an interesting hotel again with staff who were very offhand and barely acknowledged you were there. The place needs a good scrub – it’s a bit grubby. Breakfast was in the dining room of the old Russian Consulate building and was quite odd. However, there were alternatives available at John’s cafe next door. There were plenty of lunch and dinner options available close to the hotel. • Khan Tengri Hotel, Naryn – was lovely, it was spacious, clean and warm with a lovely breakfast the next morning and on site restaurant serving good meals. Hard to believe it is only a 2 star hotel. • Tamga Guest House, Tamga – was basic, but clean and owned by lovely welcoming people. The dinner and breakfast were great. • Green Yard Hotel, Karakol – a very good hotel, again spacious and clean with a great communal sitting room for guests – it has almost an upmarket guest house feel to it. The owner has a ‘wall of fame’ and likes to have photos of all guests for the wall. • Karven Four Season Hotel, Cholpon-Ata – Excellent. We arrived late in the afternoon and we need to get some laundry done and the laundry lady went out of her way to make sure it was done for us that night. Although there were only the two of us staying we had a breakfast fit for a king the next morning. • Ak-Keme Hotel, Bishkek – Very good international hotel. • Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok – A great place to stay in a good location. The staff were all helpful and there is a choice of cafes, restaurants and bars in-house. Guides All of the guides were excellent with great knowledge - each had a different style but made the tours very interesting. They were: Kamil in Samarkand; Irina in Bukhara; Tatiana (Tani) in Tashkent; and Alip in Kashgar. Kamil, Irina and Tani all added ‘extras’ to the itinerary and Kamil and Tani took us to restaurants serving very good traditional food. They were all very punctual, in fact early, to start the tours. Alip in China was very good at getting us through the Chinese Immigration and Customs bureaucracy. Patrick in Kyrgyzstan acted as driver/guide/interpreter and was fantastic. He was well prepared for picnic lunches with cutlery, plates, etc and a small stove for boiling the kettle to make tea. We were able to be flexible about when we stopped and he added in some extras as well including a visit to a women’s craft collective in a village we passed through. On our last day in Bishkek after coming down from the National Park he took us shopping before dropping us at the airport. Generally Patrick went above and beyond the call of duty. Drivers All of the drivers were very good except for one, who drove us from Tashkent to Fergana. This driver constantly tooted the horn of the car at young women on the side of the road, drove too fast and was pulled over by the police and when he dropped us at the hotel and Chris gave him a ‘tip’ he indicated that it wasn’t enough and we should pay more. The driver in China, we are not sure if his name is John or Chong, was excellent, as was Erkert (?spelling) in Uzbekistan and Milbek who took us from Osh to the Chinese border. The young man who drove us from Fergana to the Uzbekistan border to cross into Kyrgyzstan was also very very good. All transfers from airports, railway stations and borders were on time. General Comments We were very pleased with the itinerary and were glad we had put in the ‘free’ days to look at sites at our leisure and just relax. The five days around Issy-Kul were not arduous, although we were only staying one night in each place we thought it worked well. If we had more time available we could have had a two night stay perhaps in Karakol and done a one day trek, however we were pleased with what we saw in the time we had. It would have been good to have had some information about travelling in semi-trailers across the 10 kms of no-man’s land between Kyrgyzstan and China – we tried to resist going in the truck because we didn’t know what the heck was going on. We would like to thank Sundowners for putting together such a great trip for us that we will be talking about for many years. Regards and thanks Chris and Libby Davidson

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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1. Arrive Tashkent
  • Day 2. To The Fergana Valley
  • Day 3. Fergana Valley and to Osh
  • Day 4. Osh and to Sary Tash (180km/3hours)
  • Day 5. Sary Tash to Kashgar
  • Days 6-7. Kashgar
  • Day 7 – Half Day Excursion to Sunday Market.
  • Day 10. Cholpon Ata To Bishkek (270km/4 hours)
  • Day 11. Bishkek and to Tashkent
  • Days 12-13. Tashkent to Ayaz Qala via Urgench
  • Day 14. Ayaz Qala to Khiva
  • Day 15. Khiva to Bukhara
  • Days 16-17. Bukhara
  • Days 18-20. Samarkand
  • Day 21. Samarkand to Tashkent
  • Day 22. Tashkent – Journey Concludes

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    Typhoid
    Recommended for Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Rabies
    Recommended for Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Kyrgyzstan, China and Kazakhstan. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for China and Tajikistan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Japanese B encephalitis
    Recommended for China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for China, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. Ideally 6 months before travel.

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    Start and end in Tashkent.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 5,308 km.
    • Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
    • 238 km
    • Fergana (Uzbekistan)
    • 88 km
    • Osh (Kyrgyzstan)
    • 95 km
    • Sary Tash (Kyrgyzstan)
    • 238 km
    • Kashgar (China)
    • 336 km
    • Issyk Kul Lake (Kyrgyzstan)
    • 872 km
    • Tash Rabat (Tajikistan)
    • 907 km
    • Almaty (Kazakhstan)
    • 1,109 km
    • Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
    • 215 km
    • Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
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