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    I'm trying to get an itinerary sorted out for my gap year.

    I currently have Russia down for late Autumn/early Winter 2011.

    Would it be worth my while going to Central Asia? Or is there a dearth of tourist attractions etc.

    Thanks.
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    Dearth of tourist attractions?? Spend 5 minutes looking online; Jerusalem, Petra, Damaskos...
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    (Original post by Man)
    Dearth of tourist attractions?? Spend 5 minutes looking online; Jerusalem, Petra, Damaskos...
    Central Asia is the Former Soviet Socialist Republics (in Asia):

    Kazakhstan
    Kyrgyzstan
    Tajikistan
    Turkmenistan
    Uzbekistan

    Obviously I know that the Middle East has tourist attractions galore.
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    You could follow the Silk Road? Or at least part of it.
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    One of the most exciting and adventurous regions to travel in. Not easy going, but it's certainly a change from the usual gap year itinerary.

    Click the country headings for details:
    http://wikitravel.org/en/Central_Asia
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    (Original post by Man)
    Dearth of tourist attractions?? Spend 5 minutes looking online; Jerusalem, Petra, Damaskos...
    Not Central Asia.

    OP I think Central Asia looks like amazing, I really want to go travelling around there some time. Look on the Lonely Planet website at some of their chapters on the area, as well as their forum. Search things like Wikitravel and other travel websites. Try looking at organised tours organised by STA/Gap year sites etc- you might not want to actually go on one but I found nicking their itineraries as a way to start your research a great help
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    Some awesome mountaineering there :p:
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    I'd imagine getting visas for some of those countries is a bureaucratic nightmare!
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    (Original post by Jez RR)
    One of the most exciting and adventurous regions to travel in. Not easy going, but it's certainly a change from the usual gap year itinerary.

    Click the country headings for details:
    http://wikitravel.org/en/Central_Asia
    Thank you for the link, it has proved most informative.
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    (Original post by Ewan)
    Some awesome mountaineering there :p:
    And then some

    I might actually get a tan :eek:
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    (Original post by Formerly LieDown)
    Not Central Asia.

    OP I think Central Asia looks like amazing, I really want to go travelling around there some time. Look on the Lonely Planet website at some of their chapters on the area, as well as their forum. Search things like Wikitravel and other travel websites. Try looking at organised tours organised by STA/Gap year sites etc- you might not want to actually go on one but I found nicking their itineraries as a way to start your research a great help
    Thank you for your multiple suggestions. I'll ensure that I check throughout to see whether they add anything new as well.
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    (Original post by EssexDan86)
    I'd imagine getting visas for some of those countries is a bureaucratic nightmare!
    Urgh, please don't

    I'm hoping that it'll be easy, but then again, when is anything like this ever easy?
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    (Original post by Helpful_Charlie)
    Urgh, please don't

    I'm hoping that it'll be easy, but then again, when is anything like this ever easy?
    I just remember from one of those programmes when Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman go motorbiking around the world that they had a few problems with border guards in some of those ex Soviet republics, and in another travel book I read too. In a lot of places apparently, traffic cops deliberately hide with speed guns and catch you out (even where there is no speed limit sign) just so they can get a bribe!

    The trip would be worth it though - if it was easy everyone would be there, and that would ruin the sense of achievement Crossing from Kazakhstan to China and getting to the Far East that way would be amazing! Think STA run those organised tours, which probably means they can sort all the paperwork for you!
 
 
 
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