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Very efficient!!
Author: Wilburstravels
Trip Date: 2018/09/14
I gave Anur a tour of Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan that my friend and I wanted to do. They arranged the lot - hotels, trains, transfers, tours, visas etc. We were slightly nervous about paying 50% of tour cost by bank transfer and rest in cash on arrival but needn’t have worried. Elina was great at organising everything and was available on WhatsApp all the time.

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A few hiccups but a great tour nevertheless
Author: Gillian T Newcastle, Australia
Trip Date: 2018/05/12
The tour didn't start off well as we were threatened with deportation because the letter of introduction had not been made available to Immigration despite assurances from our organiser, Zarina, that the visas were all in order. Elena made a quick trip to the Dept of Foreign Affairs and sorted it out while we waited 3 hours, unable to leave Tashkent airport.We also had problems with our Samarkand hotel, which was not the one we were expecting. Our driver eventually sorted it all for us, but we did a lot of driving around Samarkand in the meantime. Having said all the negative stuff first, I've got to say that this private 21 day tour of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan was extremely interesting and enjoyable. Everything else went according to plan. Our guides and drivers were absolutely fantastic! Thank you Anton (Turkmenistan), Elena (Tashkent), Salamet (Khiva), Lily (Bukhara) Dennis(Samarkand) and Anastasia (Kyrgyzstan). Because we had a private car and driver, we were able to stop/start/visit when and where we wanted with quick trips to supermarkets.banks, shops as needed. Our drivers all drove safely and were prompt, reliable, courteous and helpful and some were very good fun (especially Mohammed in Uzbekistan!) The hotels were very nice and the Amulet (Bukhara) the Futuro (Bishkek) and The Hillside (Karakol) were outstanding little boutique hotels offering excellent amenities. The breakfasts were varied and ample. I recommend this company, just check the paperwork before you arrive.
Excellent operator in Central Asia!
Author: Rook8888
Trip Date: 2016/11/14

Travelling to this part of the world can be difficult and time consuming, given the relative paucity of tourists to the region. Two of the countries (Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) have rather onerous visa application processes, and a lack of diplomatic representation worldwide can deter even the most motivated of travellers.

As a result, when we decided to travel here, we decided that a tour would be the easiest and safest option. Many operators from the West seem to charge a significant premium (one other tour group we encountered had 3 guides!) and so Anur provides a very good alternative.

Anur Tours is a local tour agency based out of Tashkent. They have extensive links with operators in the other Central Asian countries (including Owadan, one of the largest operators in Turkmenistan).

Our itinerary was a multi-country tour taking in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. 
From the get go, the main contact person, Aziza, was extremely helpful and quick in replying to our multitude of questions. The application for the Turkmen/Uzbek Letter of Invitations (to get out visas in country) was done without any hassles and received in a timely manner.

As our tour was multi-country, we essentially had 3 separate country tours with the same guide for the whole time in Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan and individual guides in Uzbekistan for each of the cities.

The co-ordination in terms of start to end was almost seamless, with someone always awaiting us as we passed through the plethora of hotels and boarding crossings (both land and airport). Indeed, at Tashkent airport we were expedited through the the very long customs queue!

Mumin is the managing director of Anur Tours, and interestingly, sometimes will be the one picking you up from the hotel/airport as he 'gets bored sitting at desk'! Indeed, he was the one to collect us from Tashkent airport and drop as at the train station for our train to Samarkand.

There were some hiccups with a view extra activities we tried to organise (albeit a bit last minute) but we think this may have been due to some miscommunication.

Overall, we can't recommend Anur Tours enough for your holiday in Central Asia! Many thanks to Aziza for all her help and advice.


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