: Michal Reed | Rating
: 530 October 2018
The Silk Road trip is intense. You start around 8-9 and finish the day around 6. There are a lot of one night stays and a lot of time in the bus. But if you read the itinerary, this is what you sign up for. A rich, efficient exploration of eight countries in one month. Even as we kept moving, we were aware that we had experienced the best of each area, and that we were willing to sacrifice a rest day, for another new experience. Tour leaders Bak for the Central Asia section, and Anna for the Caucasus, were remarkably knowledgeable, professional, thoughtful and sensitive to the individual needs and interests of the group. The local guides were passionate and knowledgeable, providing talks on the bus rides that enriched out experience of the sights, and entertained us while on the road.
The hotels ranged from comfortable to elegant – all reflecting the regional style. Those of us who chose to pay the single supplement were happier than those who chose to share – it’s a long time, with full, social days, and it is good to have some time for quiet alone time.
I chose this trip for the history of the Silk Road, but I learned so much more, so much that I didn’t think about before the trip. Learning about the development of science, art, and religion that has evolved in this region for centuries filled in gaps of my knowledge of history in the west. And I was moved by the way each of the individual countries responded after the fall of the USSR; one of the most satisfying reasons to visit all eight countries in one trip.
Though I am mostly an independent traveler, I chose this group trip as I figured that it would be too much work, and not safe, to do the trip on my own. Not speaking the local languages, or Russian even, unsure about border crossings, I wanted the help of locals. The tour leaders made what could have been exhausting, confusing, stressful border crossings as easy as they could be. This is one trip that even after going there, even after experiencing a safety level much higher than in the US, I would still recommend taking the Advantour group trip.
: Sandi Ulmi | Rating
: 529 October 2018
The Silk Road Group tour which we have just completed was a pleasure in so many ways. We were educated by the history, culture, architecture, and politics of the area and delighted by the friendly hospitable people. Our guides, Bek in Central Asia and Anna in the Caucasus were excellent, taking care of every detail to ensure the trip ran very smoothly. I would highly recommend Advantour and a visit to this fascinating area of the world.
: Resh | Rating
: 523 October 2018
I believe that the tour was conducted brilliantly by both the tour leaders along with the local guides were extremely courteous and helpful. We really appreciate the fact that tour had water provided on all transports and adequate vehicles were provided during the tour. I would like to end by saying that this was a great experience and exposure to the diverse landscapes that are riddled with history and nuances of the modern era and we are mostly delighted that we attended this tour with Advantour. Would strongly recommend others and hopefully would do it again ourselves (dedicated small tours).
: Rose-Marie Tso-Ling Twu | Rating
: 51 November 2016
So much history, geography, culture, folklore, and the diverse people: from the BCE ruins in the desert to exquisite mosques and caravanserais of the Silk Road to medieval castles amidst the cities to majestic mountains and yes, requisite bumpy roads. Even if I can’t remember all that I’ve learned, I thoroughly enjoyed all there was before me. I am enriched and rewarded.
Advantour’s adjoining group tours of Central Asia and Caucasus grade highly on itineraries, guides, hotels, and transportation with only a small exception. Yuriy was detailed and courteous, from customizing my trip to engineering the retrieval of my lost glasses (difficult from Turkmenistan). I was solo in a group tour with 3-7 others at various times, price was reasonable – not broken down by items. Trip of a lifetime.