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19 Days | 18 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Meals: 48 total, 17 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 15 dinners

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Kazzhol Hotel: Almaty, 2 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: The three star Kazzhol Hotel is located in the administrative and commercial center of Almaty. In 2002, the hotel received the International Quality Era Award for its excellence in service. Each room comes with satellite TV, a mini-bar and air conditioning. Enjoy the on-site sauna, beauty salon, Internet access, café, laundry, and safety deposit boxes.

Contact info:
Gogol St. 127/1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
phone: +7 (727) 250 50 16
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: dbl $175 / sgl $160
Kazzhol Hotel - dbl $175 per room/ per night; sgl $160 per room/ per night Private arrival transfer $60 per transfer Please contact MIR Corporation for extra nights and private arrival transfer arrangements

Golden Dragon Hotel: Bishkek, 3 nights
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: 35 kilometers from Manas international Airport

Contact info:
60 Elebaev Street
Bishkek, 720005 Kyrgyzstan
phone: +996 (312) 90 27 71
web: www.gdhotel.kg/

Room amenities: International telephone line, internet, minibar, safe deposit box, ironing and sewing accessories.

Facility amenities: Outdoor swimming pool, business center with computers, internet, copy machine, scanner, fax, laptop rental, DVD player, VHS, camera; and several restaurants.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Tashkent Palace Hotel: Tashkent, 1 nights
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Tashkent Palace is one of the newest properties in Tashkent and is known for an excellent level of service.

Contact info:
56, Buyok Turon Street
Tashkent, 700029 Uzbekistan
phone: +998 71 120 5800
web: www.tashkent-palace.com/

Room amenities: Balcony, minibar, telephone, satellite TV, internet. Nonsmoking rooms are available.

Facility amenities: Three international-style restaurants, three bars, a fully equipped health and fitness center with sauna and an outdoor swimming pool.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Sugd Hotel: Khujand, 1 nights
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
179 Lenin Street
Khujand, Tajikistan
phone: +998 662 235-8230
Room amenities: TV, minifridge, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Lobby bar, shop, internet access in public areas.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Asia Samarkand Hotel: Samarkand, 2 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: Opened in 2008, the Asia Samarkand Hotel is well located, just across from the Registan.

Contact info:
50 Kosh-Hauz Street
Samarkand, 140100 Uzbekistan
phone: +998 662 235 8230
Room amenities: Telephone, satellite TV, hairdryer, windows that may be opened, minibar, air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: Hotel bar, full service restaurant offering Uzbek and European food, open-air catering, conference facilities, non-smoking rooms, hotel safe, outdoor swimming pool, outside parking, sauna, massage, fitness room, disco/night club, business center, luggage service, 24-hour room service, currency exchange office, laundry service, evening entertainment, internet access

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Sasha and Son B&B: Bukhara, 3 nights
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: This charming property is more a boutique hotel than a B&B and is decorated in the national style. Fashioned from several old merchant houses, it contains high ceilings, exposed beams and beautifully decorated niches.

Contact info:
Ishoni-Pir Street, 3
Bukhara, 705000 Uzbekistan
phone: +998 65 224 4966
Room amenities: Air conditioning, mini bar, telephone, satellite television, internet.

Facility amenities: The rooms surround a garden courtyard. There is a pleasant restaurant. Laundry services and massage are available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Asia Khiva Hotel: Khiva, 2 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: The Asia Khiva was built in 2004 and is located just outside of Ichon Qala, a two-minute walk from the city wall.

Contact info:
K. Yaqubova Street
Khiva, Uzbekistan
phone: +998 362 375 76 83
Room amenities: Satellite TV, air conditioner, telephone, internet, and minibar.

Facility amenities: Bar, restaurant, cafe, business center, conference hall, beauty salon, non-smoking rooms, outdoor pool, outdoor pool bar, sauna, hotel safe, sauna, gift shop, billiards, 24-hour room service, laundry service, in-house doctor, luggage service, internet.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Ak-Altyn Plaza Hotel: Ashkabad, 3 nights
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Four Points Ak Altin Hotel was built in 1995. It is located in 3 km to the city centre and near Independent Monument, National Museum, Earthquake Victims Museum. Turkmenbashi Airport - 7 km. Railway station - 5 km.

Contact info:
141 Magtum Guli Avenue
Ashkabad, 744000 Turkmenistan
phone: (+993-12) 512-181
Facility amenities: 24-hour font desk, 24-hour room service, business center/services, car rental service, casino, concierge service, fitness facility, indoor heated pool, lounge, outdoor heated pool, wake-up service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact the program provider MIR Corporation at 877-535-9815 for rates and bookings. Please note that additional nights post-program affect visa in Turkmenistan. Extra nights in Ashkabad must be booked by the provider at the included hotel due to visa requirements and must be arranged prior to applying for visas, more than 90 days prior to the program date.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
17 nights of accommodations
48 meals: 17 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 15 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
29 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances
2 Flights during the program


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