Central Asia gets a bad rap for being unsafe and difficult to travel to but I can say having returned from my trip that this reputation is undeserved. As a woman travelling alone, many friends worried that I would have problems and warned against going on this trip but I am thankful that I was not deterred. In Central Asia, I found kind and helpful people as my guides Lola and Anastasia, an astounding variety of remarkable landscapes and a deep history (not to mention delicious food!). I want to say thank you to Arara for organizing my tour, calming my fears and showing me the beauty of Central Asia. I would like to thank Tatev especially for her work in organizing everything, she was kind, professional and very fast with responding to my emails.
Silvia, Adam, Albert and Natalie
My friends and I travel together every other year, and this year we decided on Central Asia. We picked Central Asia in 19 days tour because we wanted to spend a good amount of time in the region and wanted to see at least some all 5 Central Asian countries. We travelled with Arara two years ago in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan and had an excellent experience with them then, so when we found out they had started offering tours to Central Asia, we naturally chose to travel with them again. Like in the Caucasus, the tour was a fantastic mix of nature, history and experiences with the local people, and for the history lovers in our group especially the trip was more than perfect. My personal highlight was the day we spend at the ancient city of Merv. Our guide was full of knowledge and went above and beyond in showing us the sights amongst the ruins of the city. Also, the guides from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan were very hospitable and helped us to explore the extraordinary secrets of history and nature of both countries. For any fellow world travellers and history lovers, I can recommend Arara and especially their 19-day tour in Central Asia (along with their tour across Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia)!
Lusine organized our 19-day tour in Central Asia and it was excellent. She and the other staff working with Arara were helpful, fast to respond to concerns and all around very professional. The tour itself does well to show you the wonders of all 5 Central Asian countries. My husband had long tried to talk me into going to Central Asia but finally, I caved on the condition that we go with a good tour agency. We found Arara on Tripadvisor and were impressed by their reviews in the Caucasus, so we decided to travel with them, and I have to say that I was impressed on two counts, one of the genuine beauty of the region and the kindness of its people and the other on how well thought out the tour was. I commend Arara for helping me get past my preconceptions around Central Asia and I can happily recommend both Arara and travelling to Central Asia to anyone interested.
The Silk Road has been a borderline obsession of mine for a long time, I’ve always loved reading books on its history and I’ve wanted to travel across it for quite some time. Hardly a year past where I didn’t consider going for it, but there was always something that got in the way, whether it was work or uncertainty about how safe it would be or even finding a tour that felt complete. I retired last year and it finally seemed like the right time to go for it, so I went back to searching for a tour that checked all my boxes, and that’s how I came across Arara and their Silk Road tour. So, after considering a few options, I chose to travel with Arara because their tour plan felt like a complete experience where I could finally emerge myself into a region that I had read about for so long. Reading is not the same as seeing of course, and I couldn’t be gladder that I finally took the plunge and went for it, and saw so much with my own eyes. Persian, Chinese, Russian influence, you name it, you can find it in this part of the world, beautiful old buildings mixed together from all corners of Eurasia while still keeping a proud national identity. Of all my expectations, I’m not sure I could have imagined that my experience would be as amazing as it was. So many beautiful sights, amazing foods and incredible cultures can be found along the old silk road, and to do so much of it in one go just added to the emersion. Though it might seem crazy at first to spend 31 days on a tour, I can assure you that for this case it is not, it is an advantage. I was able to see the old caravan routes along Lake Issy-Kul, the great cities of Samarkand and Bukhara and the ruins of Merv, once the largest city in the world. So many fantastic landscapes can be found along the way too, I was impressed with the mountains of Kazakhstan and Mount Kazbegi in particular, and of course Mount Ararat (which dominates the skyline of Yerevan). For me, the mix of cultures and religions along the way was incredibly interesting as well, from the old mosques of Central Asia to the beautiful monasteries of Georgia and Armenia (Jvari and Noravank were my favourites). Arara was overall an excellent choice as a tour company, they employ hard-working staff and kind, intelligent guides with a passion for their country’s history and culture. Kindness was a common theme amongst all the people I met along this journey really, I wish to return to every country I visited, and I am glad that Arara also made sure not to lose the human to human element when organizing this tour. Excellent overall, if you are interested in Central Asia, I would not hesitate to recommend this tour and Arara in general.