North & Central Asia Travel Tours & Trips

The crescent moon beach and marine life of Zhirovaya Bay
Avacha volcano ascent (2748m)
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Red Square and the multi-coloured onion domes of St Basil’s Cathedral
The Hermitage and canals of the 'Venice of the North’ - UNESCO World Heritage-listed St Petersburg
Trekking in Far East Russia - the UNESCO World Heritage-listed volcanoes of Kamchatka
Gorely Volcano's caldera
The merged craters of Mutnovsky - the most beautiful volcanic phenomenon of Kamchatka
Voinovskye and Zhirovaya geothermal hot springs
Remote Irkeshtam Pass
Torugart Pass
  • Trips & tours in North & Central Asia

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  • Why we love North & Central Asia

    • For a few thousand years, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were the true centres of the world, where East quite literally met West
    • The cities of Tashkent, Bishkek and Samarkand drip with the stories of conquest, wealth and trade
    • Take a yak safari through lush green hills and watch an eagle-hunting contest in Mongolia
    • Enjoy a cold beer while lying on your Turkish sunbed in the Lyabi Hauz in Bukhara. This plaza was built in 1620 around a courtyard and pool shaded by mulberry trees

    Safety information

    Your safety is our top priority. It’s one of the main things we consider when designing and operating our trips. Here’s some of the ways we help to keep you safe, and a few of the things you can do to make your trip memorable for all the right reasons. Before you travel We monitor travel alerts provided by the Australian, UK, USA and Canadian governments on a daily basis. Before a tour goes on sale we assess any risks and decide how to reduce and manage these. If we determine that an entire trip, part of a trip or an activity is too risky we won’t do it. It’s as simple as that. If we can’t address the issues and improve conditions we might modify an itinerary, change the accommodation or even decide not to travel to a certain location. Our overseas staff and local leaders are trained to address any health and safety concerns during trips. Before you travel, we’ll give you an emergency phone number. You’ll also get comprehensive pre-departure information, with information about vaccinations and other relevant health issues. We’ll also tell you if there’s any special clothing or equipment you need to bring. During your trip: You local leader is trained in first aid and always carries a first aid kit. Being a local means that if something does go wrong they know fastest and most effective way to get help. We’ll also give you a 24-hour emergency number in addition to the emergency destination telephone number. What you can do: Read through all the information we send you. If you’ve got any questions we’re always available to help. Keep an eye out for travel alerts by consulting your local Foreign Office. We also monitor these daily so that we can modify tours if necessary. Get some medical travel advice about the countries you are visiting, particularly about vaccinations and the type of personal first aid kit you should carry. Make sure you tell us any medical conditions, special needs or dietary requirements you might have. Get your vaccinations and take relevant medication well before travelling so they have time to take effect.

  • From our Blog

    An insight into Uzbek culture

    Uzbekistan is a jewel in Central Asia’s crown. Abundant with culture and natural resources, the country serves as a perfect example of the region’s enigmatic allure. Home to three of the most incredible cities in Central Asia – Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara – Uzbekistan also plays host to the type of...

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    South Korea's great outdoors

    When you think of South Korea, it's generally images of the bustling metropolis of Seoul that spring to mind. But we want to change that.

    To us, South Korea is a country full of surprises, dotted with misty mountains, unspoiled fishing ports, bustling markets and sleepy country villages. Take a...

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    Snapshot of Mongolia

    At the time of writing, Mongolia is sitting 34th in the 2012 Olympics medal tally. Judo champ Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal beat Dex Elmont of Netherlands to take home Mongolia's first bronze medal.

    We thought we'd celebrate Sainjargal's win and shine a spotlight on this mysterious,...

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    We send the Royals on holiday

    On Saturday 2 June this year, the Queen will celebrate 60 years on the throne. Celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee are happening right across the UK, culminating in a special event this weekend.

    So when all the ceremonies, parties, soirees, processions and concerts wind up, we figure a few...

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    Four great Asian treks

    Asia is incredibly diverse in its landscape and topography – from volcanic ranges and snowy peaks to sun drenched beaches and tropical rainforests.  It’s also home to some of the best, most rewarding and scenic treks the world has to offer.

    Here are four of the best:

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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    Secrets of Central Asia

    Steve and Penny - Australia, 23 May, 2013
    5
    Overall Rating

    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
    5
    Overall Rating

    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.

    Japan Revealed

    Gloria - Japan, 23 Mar, 2013
    5
    Overall Rating

    Excellent tour guide, unbelievable experience, far exceeded our expectations. Additional guides for several guided tours around the locations.

    Japan Revealed

    Christine - Canada, 15 Sep, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    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
    5
    Overall Rating

    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.

    Japan Revealed

    Meryl - Australia, 15 Sep, 2012
    4
    Overall Rating

    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.

    Japan Revealed

    Andrew - New Zealand, 15 Sep, 2012
    4
    Overall Rating

    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.

    Japan Revealed

    Kieran - Australia, 20 Oct, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    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

    Japan Revealed

    Joseph - United States, 20 Oct, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    I had hoped to get into real mountains, but we stayed mostly in the foothills.

    Japan Revealed

    Robert and Sharyn - Australia, 5 May, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    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.

    Japan Revealed

    Adele - Australia, 24 Mar, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    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
    5
    Overall Rating

    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.

    Japan Revealed

    Janice and Richard - Japan, 17 Sep, 2011
    5
    Overall Rating

    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!

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