We’ve referred to this trip in all three of the above terms, but just one three-week trip. The nine-day add-on to Iran and then our three days in Dubai will be covered separately.
Overview: We started in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, drove over the border toAlmaty, Kazakhstan, flew to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, next by road to Khujand, Tajikistan, then drove back into Uzbekistan to Samarkand, Bukhara & Khiva; drove over the border to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (from their four of us left the Silk Road for an extension of our tour and drove into Iran – blog to come).
This trip was one Bernie had been thinking/dreaming/planning on for a very long time and brought me around to slowly, but I’m definitely happy he convinced me.
We did this trip with Road Scholar because of the language and logistical difficulties; we were super happy with the itinerary, accommodations, transportation and our guides, both our main guide, Jamma, who was with us the whole time, and our local guides. Road Scholar’s emphasis is on education – we were told at least a dozen times “this is NOT a shopping trip” and we appreciated that.