Travel in the Footsteps of Marco Polo on Silk Road Treasure Tours’ 18-day Journey to Central Asia

Uncover the cultural treasures of the Central Asia 'Stans, starting at $5,999 per person.*
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Jan. 9, 2012 - PRLog -- Chester, NJ – Silk Road Treasure Tours, specialists in travel to Central Asia, is offering an 18-day journey ‘In The Footsteps of Marco Polo’ uncovering the cultural treasures of Central Asia crafted from fables and fantasies. This small group Silk Road tour visiting Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan was designed for guests to explore Central Asia’s ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites, discover exotic oriental bazaars, and take in the spectacular scenery of mountains, deserts and lakes along the Silk Road. ‘In The Footsteps of Marco Polo’ has nine departure dates from May 9, 2012 to September 12, 2013 and starts at $5,999 per person.*

The trip begins in Uzbekistan, the crossroads of civilization and the heart of Central Asia. Guests will arrive in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, to explore ancient mausoleums, mosques and the lively Chor-Su Bazaar. While in Uzbekistan, guests will visit some of the best preserved cities of the Silk Road including: Khujand, located not far from the border of Uzbekistan, for a day trip to one of the most ancient cities of Tajikistan; Samarkand, a city more than 2,750 years old to visit several sites including the incredible Registan Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is now the main location for Uzbek’s international music festivals; and Bukhara, another World Heritage Site, to experience local hospitality with an Uzbek family and a folk-show in Medreseh Nodir Divan Begi.

From Bukhara guests will drive to Turkmenistan and through the Kara Kum desert from Mary to Merv. Once belonged to the Achaemenian Empire in the VI th century BC until the invasion by Alexander the Great, Merv is the oldest well-preserved heritage city of the Silk Road and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests will then head to the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, a haven of museums and bazaars. Here guests will discover the ruins of the ancient Parthian state capital currently being restored by UNESCO, along with unique fortresses, the National Museum of History and Ethnography and the Carpet Museum. Guests will enjoy a sightseeing drive to Khiva, one of the three historical cities on the ancient trade route, to explore Uzbekistan’s open-air museum of unparalleled examples of architecture.

Continuing onto Kazakhstan guests will arrive in Almaty, the former capital which is situated at the foot of the Zaili Alatau Mountain Range. Guests will visit the remarkable gardens, parks and promenades at Alatau Park and enjoy spectacular views of the Chimbulak mountainous area. Across the famous Kazakh Steppe, guests will drive to one of the greenest cities in Central Asia, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. Originally a caravan rest stop from China to Europe, Bishkek is now a bustling shopper’s delight with bazaars offering exotic foods, colorful clothes, woodcarvings, and more. The last full days will be spent enjoying the beaches of Issyk Kul (Warm Lake), one of the largest and deepest alpine lakes in the world which, although surrounded by the snowy Ala-Tau mountains, never freezes.

Price includes all costs aside from consular fees at the Embassies, gratuity for the guides and international airline flights: Visa support; domestic airline flights; ground transportation; English-speaking guides/escort; accommodations in 3-4 star hotels; meals: breakfast and dinner; entrance fees to museums, monuments and parks; folklore show in Bukhara; pre-departure travel package and Silk Road gifts.

About Silk Road Treasure Tours
Silk Road Treasure Tours specializes in custom private and group tours to Central Asia “Stan” countries and the most fascinating destinations of the Silk Road that have inspired imaginations for centuries, including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Zulya Rajabova, founder and president of Silk Road Treasure Tours and native of Uzbekistan, provides expert advice to craft authentic and unforgettable journeys for tourists, academics, historians, business and special interest groups that suit both travel goals and budget. Along with a first-rate team of talented, multi-lingual professionals in Central Asia, Silk Road Treasure Tours offers a wealth of local knowledge and provides itinerary planning, travel arrangements, and the best in accommodation and tour guides that satisfy even the most inquisitive traveler.

For more information visit: Reservations and information can be obtained from Zulya Rajabova at (888) 745-7670 or
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