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KAZAKHSTAN / KYRGYZSTAN / UZBEKISTAN / TAJIKISTAN / TURKMENISTAN

On the Silk Road in Central Asia

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Program #18766RJ
19 Days | 18 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s 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.
Two thousand years ago, caravans of pack animals and traders followed a route west from their home in China over the steppe of Central Asia and into the fertile valleys of Europe, bringing with them silk, porcelain and spices. When adventurous Europeans traveled the Silk Road in the opposite direction, they came back with knowledge that changed the destiny of Western Civilization. Experience the history, culture and people that link the living cities and ancient ruins lining the Silk Road.


Highlights

• Share tea with a sixth-generation ceramics master and enjoy a private exploration of his studio.
• At the Bukhara Ark Citadel, a local specialist discusses archaeological excavations throughout the region.
• Enjoy a performance of Kyrgyz Manas folk tradition in Bishkek.

Activity Notes

Walking and standing up to two hours at a time on paved sidewalks, streets, packed dirt, mostly level terrain. Some stairs.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) 2 nights; coach to Almaty (Kazakhstan), 2 nights; flight to Tashkent (Uzbekistan), 2 nights; coach to Khujand (Tajikistan), 1 night; coach to Samarkand (Uzbekistan), 2 nights; coach to Bukhara, 3 nights; coach to Khiva, 2 nights; coach to Tashauz (Turkmenistan), flight to Ashkabad, 3 nights; departure.

Date Notes
9/24/2014
Arrival Almaty (Kazakhstan), 2 nights; coach to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), 3 nights; flight to Tashkent (Uzbekistan), 1 night; coach to Khujand (Tajikistan), 1 night; coach to Samarkand (Uzbekistan), 2 nights; coach to Bukhara, 3 nights; coach to Khiva, 2 nights; coach to Tashauz (Turkmenistan), flight to Ashkabad, 3 nights; departure.10/23/2014
Arrival Almaty (Kazakhstan), 2 nights; coach to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), 3 nights; flight to Tashkent (Uzbekistan), 1 night; coach to Khujand (Tajikistan), 1 night; coach to Samarkand (Uzbekistan), 2 nights; coach to Bukhara, 3 nights; coach to Khiva, 2 nights; coach to Tashauz (Turkmenistan), flight to Ashkabad, 3 nights; departure.10/30/2014
Arrival Almaty (Kazakhstan), 2 nights; coach to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), 3 nights; flight to Tashkent (Uzbekistan), 1 night; coach to Khujand (Tajikistan), 1 night; coach to Samarkand (Uzbekistan), 2 nights; coach to Bukhara, 3 nights; coach to Khiva, 2 nights; coach to Tashauz (Turkmenistan), flight to Ashkabad, 3 nights; departure.

Our Value Promise To You

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Included
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17 nights of accommodations
48 meals: 17 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 15 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
28 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances
2 Flights during the program

Ratings

4.6
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