Why Central Asia?
Central Asia, that is Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.
We offer you a number of example tours in these countries, as well as combined country tour. In addition, tailor-made tours are always possible. You send us your wishes & travel dates and we will prepare a travel proposal without obligation in consultation with you.
Traveling in Central Asia is becoming increasingly popular. We experience it at the Travel Fairs and in the increasing number of travel requests. Perhaps that is because people are looking for new, unknown countries and areas. The countries of Central Asia are becoming increasingly known, but they are still Terra Incognita for many, and are safe to travel. In addition, they also have a lot to offer, from mountain peaks over 7,000 meters, vast deserts and steppes, and idyllic mountain lakes. And still unspoilt.
History & culture are also very worthwhile in the region. Think of Central Asia and think of the old Silk Road, with many branches through the different countries. Or the more recent Soviet culture & architecture, followed by contemporary and sometimes megalomaniacal cultural expressions in cities such as Ashgabat and Astana (now Nursultan).
If you have sufficient time, a trip through several Central Asian countries is a good opportunity to experience the considerable differences between them.
This is what we see as the essence of the five countries:
Enormous country, lots of emptiness, large travel distances, steppe & desert, mountains on the outskirts, nomadic background, megalomaniac capital Astana (called Nursultan since March 20, 2019!), Rocket launch center Baikanoer, lots of Soviet history, cosmopolitan Almaty, many opportunities for adventure & expeditions .
Heart of the Silk Road, fastly increasing tourism since 2018 (be quick!), Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara & Samarkand, beautiful buildings, delicious food, fantastic crafts, excellent & attractive guest houses, fast train connections between the cities, very safe.
Stunning nature, nomadic background still very visible in the summer, Lake Issyk Kul, horses & yurts, poor country, excellent homestays, great opportunities for hiking and horseback riding, relatively small distances, Son Kul lake, Tash Rabat Caravanserai.
Enigma, closed, desert, excavations, megaloman capital Ashgabat, archaeological site Merv, burning gas crater Darwaza, Silk Road site Konye Urgench, Yangikala rock formations, Turkmenbashi port city, no free travel, visa required.
Pamir Highway, rugged land & mountains, lakes and hikes in the Fann Mountains, poverty in the countryside, Persian culture, peace & security after civil war in the 90s, enormous hospitality, green & spacious capital Dushanbe, possibility to safely visit Afghanistan.
Why Central Asia with us?
– we have been visiting the region since 1998 and the owner (Ardjan Langedijk) has lived in Kazakhstan for three years
– various TV programs also make use of our services & knowledge, to date in Uzbekistan, Kazakstan and Tajikistan (The Most Dangerous Roads in the World, 3 Op Reis, both already twice)
– we have now built up a network of excellent guides and drivers together with our local partners
– thanks to our knowledge of the country and the region, we can help you with your customized wishes
– we are affiliated with the GGTO Guarantee Fund and also with the VvKR (a branch organization for smaller travel organizations) in The Netherlands even one of the latter’s founders in 2011.