One of my favourite destinations has to be Olkhon Island, on Lake Baikal. Everything about this island is overwhelming, from its remoteness to the sheer scale of Lake Baikal around it. The scenery is breathtaking at every turn and the people are especially welcoming. Olkhon appeals to my love of remote scenery and has a relaxed pace of life that can only be found in a place like this.
John, Russia, Central Asia, & The Silk Route Specialist
John's love of Russia started at school whilst studying Russian history which culminated with a visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Following university he decided to indulge his love of all things Russian and started working for a Russian tour operator based in the UK. Following this he then joined Audley, as it enabled him to work much closer with people travelling to Russia and meant he could spend all day talking about the country.
Having been firmly bitten by the travel bug, he has since travelled along the Silk Route through China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and also to India where he was fascinated by the history and food. One of his Indian highlights was seeing a tiger in Ranthambore National Park.
When not working at Audley John is a keen chef and an even keener eater. He enjoys reading and photography.
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Simply one of the best welcomes I've ever had! From the outset I was treated like a returning family member and made to feel thoroughly at home for the duration of my stay. It's a great retreat from the noise of the city even though it's very central. One I'll return to time and time again.
I'll never forget when…
Diving into the ice-cold river that runs through the beautiful Tash Rabat Valley after a toasty Kyrgyz banya (sauna) was something that was truly memorable. Our hosts were very keen for us to experience this traditional element of their nomadic way of life and were delighted that we took part so enthusiastically. Not only does your skin glow for several days afterwards but you sleep like a baby almost immediately afterwards.