Central Asia Travel Diary

In July 2006, I had the great privilege of travelling through Central Asia with my youngest son, Andrew.  We shared many memorable experiences, and my tour diary appears on these web pages.

An image gallery of religious art and architecture seen on the trip called ‘Spirit of the Silk Road’ can be viewed HERE.

An image gallery showing scenes of Turkmenistan can be viewed HERE.

A map of our travels can be seen HERE.

Click the links below to go to each day’s page, or use the links in the top menu.

Day 1 - Athens to Dubai

Day 2 - In the UAE and Oman

Day 3 - Dubai to Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Day 4 - Tashkent (Uzbekistan) to Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Day 5 - Almaty (Kazakhstan) to Karakol (Kyrgyzstan)

Day 6 - Karakol to Tosor (both in Kyrgyzstan)

Day 7 - Tosor to Bishkek (both in Kyrgyzstan)

Day 8 - Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) to Khiva (Uzbekistan)

Day 9 - In Khiva (Uzbekistan)

Day 10 - Khiva to Nukus vis Moynaq (all in Uzbekistan)

Day 11 - Nukus (Uzbekistan) to Darvaza (Turkmenistan)

Day 12 - Darvaza to Ashgabat (both in Turkmenistan)

Day 13 - In Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)

Day 14 - Ashgabat to Nokhur (both in Turkmenistan)

Day 15 - Around Nokhur (Turkmenistan)

Day 16 - Nokhur to Ashgabat (both in Turkmenistan)

Day 17 - Ashgabat to Mary (both in Turkmenistan)

Day 18 - To Gonur and back to Mary (Turkmenistan)

Day 19 - To Merv (Turkmenistan) & Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

Day 20 - In Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

Day 21 - Bukhara to Samarkand (both in Uzbekistan)

Day 22 - In Samarkand (Uzbekistan)

Day 23 - Samarkand to Tashkent (both in Uzbekistan)

Day 24 - Tashkent (Uzbekistan) to Tehran (Iran)

Day 25 - Tehran to Esfahan (Iran) and Dubai (UAE)

Day 26 - Home to Hong Kong

In addition to the daily diary above, a page of snaps of Andy and me in Central Asia can be seen HERE.


At the gate to the old city of Khiva, Uzbekistan. Click here for 96 snaps of the trip../Central_Asia/Snaps.html

Thank you

I would like to thank the many people who made this experience the great time that it was.  Thanks Andy for your good humour, co-operation and patience.  Thank you to our drivers, many of whose names we never learnt, and especially to Marat in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Oleg and Dima in Turkmenistan, and Hamid and Ali in Iran.  Special thanks go to David Berghof who helped co-ordinate our visa and travel arrangements from his office in Almaty - his organisation (Stantours) can be recommended without hesitation.  Further details can be seen at www.stantours.com

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