FASCINATING CENTRAL ASIA: TOURS AND TRAVELS

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UZBEKISTAN: HEART OF CENTRAL ASIATour Type: Small group Season: September - OctoberCities: Tashkent Samarkand Aidarkul Bukhara Khiva Tashkent Duration: 12 daysGrade: ModerateConsider some walking (about 2 hours per day).Rate: from $1,989 USD per person

“It is better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times” goes an old Uzbek proverb, and there’s never been a better time to see Uzbekistan. Nestled within the landlocked countries of Central Asia and overflowing with a cultural narrative that dates back to the 8th century BC, Uzbekistan stands out as a land of exceptional beauty, crisscrossed by mountain ranges and scattered with cities, towns and oases of layered historical significance. One of the most important locations on the 2000-year-old Silk Road that stretched from China in the east to Russia in the west, Uzbekistan is a marvel, home to rugged deserts and great wide rivers, exotic ancient towns and timeless buildings of exquisite beauty.

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Classic Uzbekistan (8 days)Tour Type: group or private Season: All year roundCities: Tashkent Samarkand Bukhara Khiva Duration: 8 daysGrade: ModerateConsider some walking (about 2 hours per day).Rate: from $748 USD per person

The classical 8-day tour itinerary features ancient cities and medieval mosques, madrasahs and minarets, artisans’ workshop and bustling bazaars surrounded by quiet narrow ancient streets, the burning Asian sun and cool nights. Delicious Uzbek cuisine and astonishing contrasts between deserts and oases will take you deep into oriental culture. Uzbekistan's greatest cities with comfortable hotels and a convenient infrastructure serve a good base to explore the country's rich and diverse cultural and historical heritage.

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Classic Uzbekistan (6 days)Tour Type: Small group Season: September - OctoberCities: Tashkent Samarkand Bukhara Khiva Duration: 6 daysGrade: ModerateConsider some walking (about 2 hours per day).Rate: from $489 USD per person

The classical 6-day tour itinerary features Tashkent, Bukhara and Khiva, the most ancient Uzbek cities. This tour features medieval mosques, madrasahs and minarets, artisans’ workshop and bustling bazaars surrounded by quiet narrow ancient streets, the burning Asian sun and cool nights. Delicious Uzbek cuisine and astonishing contrasts between deserts and oases will take you deep into oriental culture.

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"The Five Stans" of Mysterious AsiaTour Type: Small group Season: All year roundCities: Almaty Astana Tashkent Samarkand Bishkek Bukhara Ala-Archa Khiva Dushanbe Khujand Ashgabat Duration: 15 daysGrade: ModerateConsider some walking (about 2 hours per day).Rate: from $3,125 USD per person

The Five Stans of Central Asia in 15 days: amazing travel itinerary through the five former USSR republics of Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan, also known as the Stans, includes the main tourist attractions and must-visit destinations at the centre of the Silk Road. It is the best itinerary to visit Central Asia and its impressive historical monuments and nature's beauties, taste traditional food and enjoy the unique local culture of hospitality!

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Silk Road by Luxury TrainTour Type: Small group Season: April - MayCities: Beijing Moscow Duration: 22 daysGrade: Completely easyRate: from $26,897 USD per person

Retracing one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilization, the Silk Road follows in the footsteps of such legendary figures as Alexander the Great and Marco Polo as we travel across 5 countries through areas only accessible by train. Tracing one of the Silk Road's most important branches from Beijing to Moscow by train is a rare and momentous journey done with ease and in great comfort. A 13-day abridged version is also available.

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