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Program #18766RJ
20 Days | 19 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Start of Program
Oct 26, 2012
The program begins at breakfast at the hotel on day 3.
You will be staying at the Astana International that night.
Location: Almaty
Nearest airport: Almaty International Airport (ALA)
Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Program Only Participants can take the group transfer as long as their flight arrives at or around the same time as the group.

End of Program
Nov 13, 2012
The program ends after breakfast at the hotel on day 19.
You will be staying at the Ak-Altyn Plaza Hotel the night before.
Location: Ashkabad
Nearest airport: Ashkabad International Airport (ASB).
Transportation to site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date. Program Only Participants can take the group transfer as long as their flight departs at or around the same time as the group.
Type: Hotel

Description: The European-style Astana International Hotel opened in 1996. Located in a quiet part of Almaty near the National Museum, the Astana is ten minutes from the city center and 30 minutes from the international airport.

Contact info:
113 Baitursynov Street
Almaty, 050022 Kazakhstan
phone: +7 (727) 250 70 50
web: www.astana-hotel.info/page.php?lang=2

Room amenities: All bedrooms offer satellite TV, individual climate control, hairdryer, safety deposit box, international direct dial telephone, minibar, and internet.

Facility amenities: The Astana International Hotel offers a business center with secretarial and interpreting services, same day dry cleaning/valet laundry service, gym, sauna, massage, room service (24h), souvenir shop, beauty salon, car parking, car rental, and internet. There is a lounge bar, a restaurant with French and Kazakh cuisine, and a sports bar with billiard tables.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact the program provider MIR Corporation at 877-535-9815 for rates and bookings. Please note that additional nights pre-program affect visas in Kazakhstan. Extra nights in Almaty 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.

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 visas for Turkmenistan.


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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
18 nights of accommodations
50 meals: 18 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 15 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
31 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances
2 Flights during the program

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4.6
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