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Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Travel -

Get­ting around

Aber­crom­bie & Kent has a range of hosted small-group tours and cus­tomised jour­neys to Uzbek­istan and Turk­menistan. Its 15-day An­cient Trade Routes of Cen­tral Asia, a hosted small-group tour, has de­par­tures in Oc­to­ber 2017 and May, Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber 2018. It’s priced from $11,995 per per­son twin share (sin­gle sup­ple­ment $2,495), which in­cludes ex­ten­sive tour­ing with English-speak­ing guides, the ser­vices of an A&K host, most meals, and all ac­com­mo­da­tion and trans­port, in­clud­ing re­gional flights and a high-speed train from Tashkent to Sa­markand. An eight-day pri­vate jour­ney costs from $7,715 per per­son twin share. 1300 590 317, aber­crom­biekent.com.au

Visas Aus­tralians re­quire visas for Uzbek­istan and Turk­menistan. A&K helps guests with ap­pli­ca­tions and rec­om­mends al­low­ing at least three months for pro­cess­ing.

Get­ting there

Emi­rates-Qan­tas code­shar­ing with Uzbek­istan Air­ways flies from se­lect Aus­tralian cities to Tashkent via Dubai.

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