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Posted on 20 March 2017 by Kati Taylor
In The Spotlight: Caroline Eden
Uzbekistan
Samarkand
Tajikistan
Food and Drink
One of the greatest pleasures of any travel experience is getting to know the local food scene. While some destinations are well known for their cuisines (step forward India and Vietnam), others remain hidden gems. Caroline Eden’s latest book surfaces just a few of these. Written with her co-worker Eleanor Ford, Samarkand throws a spotlight on Central Asia and the Caucasus. Heavily influenced by the nations that surround them, their flavours and cooking techniques are as varied as they are unique. From tabletop staples to culinary eccentricities, Samarkand offers a real insight into a relatively undiscovered food scene. 

Posted on 20 February 2017 by Martha Hales
Follow in the Footsteps of Marco Polo
Georgia
Armenia
China
Iran
Yazd
Kerman
Kashgar
Uzbekistan
Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek
Tashkent
Samarkand
Great journeys
History
Marco Polo, one of the most celebrated sons of Venice, was still in his teens when he set off in 1271 to deliver valuable gifts and letters from the Pope to the Great Khan of China.

Posted on 13 January 2017 by Huw Owen
January Update from Our Founders
Uzbekistan
Tanzania
Argentina
Chile
Ethiopia
Botswana
Nicaragua
Kenya
Japan
South Africa
Firstly - happy new year to all of our customers and friends around the world! We hope 2017 is the year you realise your travel dream - for us that would be Argentina (Huw) and Tanzania (Tom). Other wishlist destinations mentioned in the office have been Botswana, Nicaragua, Ethiopia and Uzbekistan - we’re an intrepid lot, and especially so when the temperature drops and the British rain descends.

Posted on 11 January 2017 by Kati Taylor
More for your Money
Sri Lanka
Chile
Argentina
Cambodia
Georgia
Vietnam
Uzbekistan
Travelling in a responsible and cost-effective way is something we can all get behind. Whether you’re exploring the mountains of Patagonia or snorkelling off the Sri Lankan coast, travelling for less always makes your trip a little sweeter. However, it can be tough to reconcile good value with incredible experience - and it’s a shame to sacrifice on either! With this in mind, we asked our local experts for their top tips on getting value for money on the road. Their on the ground knowledge, and local recommendations, can take your itinerary up to the next level…

Posted on 21 October 2016 by Oliver Horne
Following in the Footsteps of Alexander the Great
Egypt
Iran
Tajikistan
Uzbekistan
Great journeys
History
Cultural
In the 4th century CE, a young king of the small state of Macedon set off at the age of 22 on a grand expedition to Asia where, within a decade, he had destroyed and conquered the largest empire the world had ever seen. It stretched across three continents, from Greece and Albania in the west to Egypt in the south and India to the east, covering around two million square miles of territory. The scale of this unpredictable historical turn is hard to imagine. However, with Iran currently becoming increasingly accessible to visitors (major European airlines resumed flights for the first time in years this summer), there has never been a better time to gain perspective on this scale by following in the footsteps of Alexander along his vast and cataclysmic campaign.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Three Trips To Plan Now For 2013
China
Mongolia
Uzbekistan
Some places can be visited at the drop of a hat, some need a bit more planning. Here are three of our favourite trips for 2013 that need a bit of thought now.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Trip Tips - The Silk Route
Uzbekistan
Kyrgyzstan
China
Off the beaten track
Classic
History
Cultural
Walking/hiking
Travelling along the Silk Route (or "Silk Road" if you prefer) can seem a daunting prospect. Huge distances, high altitude and remoteness can put off many travellers. But we tend to find that those who do travel along the Silk Road are scratching an itch - they literally have to go. For me the obsession started with reading Peter Hopkirk's books "Foreign Devils on the Silk Road" and "The Great Game", both classics. I knew then, at the tender age of 15, that one day I would be heading out to Bukhara, Kashgar and the Tien Shan mountains.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Ideas For Autumn Trips
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
China
Classic
Walking/hiking
Yunnan - Autumn is a great time of year to be visiting China's Yunnan province. Skies should be clear and relatively free of rain, with pleasant temperatures, getting a little cooler the higher up you go. The main draws are Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-la, but we strongly suggest trying to fit in some of the lesser visited, often charming places such as Shaxi, where local colour and traditions are still very much in evidence. For more information visit our China page.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Meet Gulnora - Our Local Partner In Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan
Cultural
History
We have known Gulnora since 2003. She watches all our Central Asia and Silk Route trips like a hawk, and has a keen love of her part of the world. We talked to her about her company:

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
The Pamir Highway
Uzbekistan
Walking/hiking
Adventure
High and Mighty on the Pamir Highway

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