Secrets of Central Asia
Steve and Penny - Australia, 23 May, 2013
It was a great trip. We saw such interesting and different places and met lovely people. We experienced very different cultures and environments from our own. Would recommend it.
Jewels of Uzbekistan
Bradley - United States, 28 Apr, 2013
Overall, the tour was very comfortable, with no major mishaps. The structure of the tour was ideal: the tourist cities alternated with glimpses of the countryside. I think that was absolutely the right choice for the itinerary. Indeed, my favorite memories may be of the countryside, rather than the cities I had come to see.
Gloria - Japan, 23 Mar, 2013
Excellent tour guide, unbelievable experience, far exceeded our expectations. Additional guides for several guided tours around the locations.
Christine - Canada, 15 Sep, 2012
Taiyo, our guide was FANTASTIC! Was patient with us and answered all our questions. We even had fun finding the names of some of the foods we were trying. Great tips on shopping locations for some items we were looking for and communicating our needs to the shop owners. Enjoyed the traditional B&Bs the most and especially the temple night. Mediation lessons with the monks was instructive and helpful. Wished we could have spent an another night there. Lots of walking on this trip plus LOTS of steps and transportation exchanging. If you are not prepared for lots of walking and being responsbile to carry or handle your own luggage, I would not not recommend this trip. Otherwise a fantastic trip and one I planning to repeat in 2015.
Jewels of Uzbekistan
Garth - Australia, 29 Apr, 2012
We had a wonderful time. The group was very friendly. The tour guide excellent. I do have one concern about the tour route. We traveled from Khiva via some desert forts and a yurt camp to Bukhara. The road was in very poor condition and we averaged about 35kmph. I would suggest if possible flying over this section. We could visit a closer yurt camp to Khiva - one was nearby with better facilities - and then either fly or train to Bukhara. The 10 hour spent in the bus was a thorough waste of time.
Meryl - Australia, 15 Sep, 2012
I loved the mix of temples, cities and landscapes on this tour. Like previous Peregrine tours I have done, it caters for travellers who do not expect to be carted everywhere in a bus and stay in 4 star hotels. Some of the older people on my tour (over 80 years) found the accommodation unsuitable and they were also struggling with the amount of walking required when sight-seeing. The itinerary on Peregrines website should make this clear.
Andrew - New Zealand, 15 Sep, 2012
Public transport was used almost exclusively. This was great for seeing the country up close and engaging with the Japanese people who were great, helpful and very honest. The only negative about the tour was that it involved far more walking than I had been lead to believe. This was not a problem for the younger members of the tour but was defintely a problem for the seniors. The brochure descibes the grade as "Culture" which page 11 of the brochure descibes as "There may be a little walking". Well there was more than "a little walking". In some cases we had to walk a mile of more just to see a temple, shrine or castle. I did appreciate staying in a Buddist temple and Ryukans as I expreinced Japanese Culture.
Kieran - Australia, 20 Oct, 2012
People i toured with didn't know there is walking in this trip I did I enjoyed. The tour guide was excellent Akemi worked hard to make everybody happy and friendly I had a great tour enjoyed every minute of it Japan has so much wonders the land,castles,monks,temples and the people of Japan very helpful
Joseph - United States, 20 Oct, 2012
I had hoped to get into real mountains, but we stayed mostly in the foothills.
Robert and Sharyn - Australia, 5 May, 2012
Our guide, Taiyo Iwanaga, was totally professional, knowledgable and friendly. He made sure to first find out what our special interests were ( gardens, culture, temples) and then made sure we had every opportunity to experience these.
He was an outstanding guide who did everything in his power to make sure we had a truly memorable trip. I can't recommend Taiyo highly enough.
Adele - Australia, 24 Mar, 2012
Just when we thought we had seen the best that Japan had to offer, another attraction left us speechless!
Jewels of Uzbekistan
Shinichi - United Kingdom, 29 Apr, 2012
A person sat next to me on my flight back
was on another tour with nearly identical itinerary. Looks like we both rated respective tour 'excellent'. Good destination.
Janice and Richard - Japan, 17 Sep, 2011
We thought our trip was great! We went to all the places we wanted to and lots of others that we didn't know about as well. While the trip information is good, we had no real idea about how much walking we would be doing. While we managed, there were days when the going got tough! Hotter weather than we expected due to the typhoon didn't help. Everyone else in our group agreed on that. We also feel that we spent quite a bit more than expected as the 'optional' extras really arent'!! You wouldn't go to Japan and NOT do those things. Also the chance to send the luggage to the next destination while carrying a backpack for an overnight stop was a great way to do things there was the added cost. Again, we were only too happy to do it the easy way - travelling with bags when making so many train changes etc would have been a struggle. All up - a fantastic place to go!