I can see now why the trip notes refer to some people saying this is the hardest thing they have ever done. I'd agree - but the exhillaration and sense of acheivement made this one of the most rewarding things I have ever done too.
An excellent tour, covering a wide area but allowing adequate hiking time in the famous National Parks. The variety of trails available in the Parks make the tour suitable for people of different abilities. The scenery was tremendous, and the hotels generally of a high standard.
A well constructed tour, culminating with the visit to Registan Square in Samarkand. The hotels were adequate and the local food passable. Each of the towns Khiva, Bokhara and Samarkand have there own individual attractions and were well worth visiting, particularly when one reads into the turbulant history of the region. An excellent and eye-opening tour.
This was the first time I had tried a holiday of this type, and I would certainly book similar in the future. The balance of city and rural life, guided tours and independant time are ideal. The gite on this trip was not as basic as our group had envisaged - and the food was a delight. If fact so good we told Hasan he should provide a recipe book.
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