It is likely to involve plov, shorpa, non ... and quite a lot of vodka.
The past is not always distant in this part of the world.
For much of last century, Uzbekistan was in Moscow's iron grip and few visitors reached the most splendid of the "Stans". Now it's in the midst of a creative and cultural revival that some have dubbed the Uzbek Spring.
Baby-boomers want tours that will feed their minds (plus a bit of shopping), writes Caroline Gladstone.
On a trip along the old Silk Road, Sandra Hall admires intricate carpets and embroidery, and the revival of a nation's traditions.
Sandra Hall discovers a trove of art rescued from the Soviet regime and housed in an unusual outpost.
Breaking free of the tribe can deliver the holiday of a lifetime, writes frequent soloist Julietta Jameson.
Helen Anderson finds the bizarre and beautiful on a road trip through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.