Borneo Rajang River Cruise

In 2010 with the help of World Expeditions we put together a 4 week trip to Borneo, which included the ascent of Kinabalu, trekking the headhunters trail and shooting rapids in a longboat.

However one of the highlights was the Rejang River Tour. The combination of the superbly opulent teak and brass appointments of the boat together with food and service of the highest quality and the exposure to the real Borneo was really remarkable.

Our ship’s guide, Louis Jap, through daily excursions into the hinterland, introduced us to the history and tribal culture of this part of Borneo. We trekked in the jungle. We visited longhouses, participated in a wonderful village Muslim wedding, where we appeared to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the guests. We transferred to smaller boats to sail small tributaries to see the early morning wildlife. We visited a remote jungle boarding school and medical centre, and had regular evening entertainment from local school children and dancers as we moored up for the night.

The ships crew welcomed us back to the boat after each excursion with hot towels and drinks – and took our footwear to clean before we could soil the deck. When we were cruising we could just relax with our 20 fellow passengers and have all our needs attended to.

This is only a taste of a trip, which certainly exceeded our expectations by a country mile!!

D Gledhill | Corby, UK
 

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

Take an adventure holiday in UZBEKISTAN with World Expeditions, one of the world’s leading travel companies.


Uzbekistan conjures up images of a time of oriental mystery, a time when the now ancient cities of Uzbekistan were located on the ancient Silk Road, the trading route between China and the West. The route took its name from silk, the commodity most in demand in Europe from China during the Roman period. Some of the most influential and savage conquerors came and ruled these lands.

Alexander the Great set up at least 8 cities in Central Asia between 334 - 323 BC before the caravans began traveling through the Silk Road after around 138 BC China opened its border to trade. Between 484 - 1150 Huns and Turks came from the west and brought with them a new religion of Islam. Many mosques and Madrassahs were built in Uzbekistan cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva during this period, including remaining structures of the Samanids. Most of the cities were destroyed during the invasion of the Genghis Khan in 1220. His descendant Timur, known also as Tamerlane, resurrected once famous cities by using the labor of slaves and artists captured during successful crusades. Timur conquered Persia, captured Baghdad, and lead expeditions to Anatolia and India. Most of the architecture that is found in Samarkand was build by Timur and his grandson Ulugbek.

Uzbekistan is bordered by Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan The geography of Uzbekistan is mostly flat-to-rolling sandy desert with dunes, as well as broad, flat intensely irrigated river valleys. Fergana Valley in east is surrounded by mountainous Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.


Featured Adventures

Central Asia Journey

Enjoy the entwined history and rich legacies of the Silk Road on this comprehensive journey across Central Asia
14 days |

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

A spectacular journey of discovery in the footsteps of Alexander the Great
15 days |

Pamirs Fann Mountains Trek

We combine a trek in the impressive Pamirs Fann Mountains with the fabled Silk Road cities of Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara
14 days |

Peak Lenin (7134m) with Simon Yates

A challenging mountaineering expedition to the Pamirs on the Tajikistan - Kyrgyzstan border
23 days |

Peak Lenin Base Camp

A unique trekking adventure combining Silk Road cultural highlights
18 days |

Tashkent to Isfahan

A fabled journey through Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan to Iran tracing the western section of the Silk Road
21 days |
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Uzbekistan by Bike

A true adventure for those that want a unique biking experience
15 days |

Silk Road to Samarkand via Kashgar

An extraordinary journey following the ancient Silk Road from China to Uzbekistan
27 days |
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The Weather in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan's climate is classified as continental, with hot summers and cool winters. Summer temperatures often surpass 40°C; winter temperatures average about -23°C, but may fall as low as -40°C.

Most of the country also is quite arid, with average annual rainfall amounting to between 100 and 200 millimeters and occurring mostly in winter and spring. Between July and September, little precipitation falls, essentially stopping the growth of vegetation during that period.

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