Route of the Caravans

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $8,350
  • Length: 19 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
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Tour Description

The routes the caravans took through Central Asia have had an indelible effect on the history and cultures of Asia and the whole world. They opened the lines of communication and trade between previously isolated societies, resulting in rich diversity and significant cultural growth. Route of the Caravans is a five-country journey through a region that is famous not only for the many branches of the silk route that ply within, but also as the birthplace of great empire builders such as the Moghuls and Tamerlane. Join Travcoa on an exciting journey back in time.

  • Visit the Turkmen’s Carpet Bazaar then the famous archaeological site of Nissa
  • Explore the archaeological site of Merve, the “Mother of the Cities”
  • Discover the World Heritage Site at Khiva, a city where time has stood still
  • View some of the finest examples of Islamic Architecture in the world in Bukhara
  • Tour the major monuments of Samarkand, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Witness the exquisite tile and brick work of the Islamic world
  • Stop at the Krakalpalstan Museum, famous for Russian art that survived the Stalin-era purges
  • Experience the excitement of the markets and bazaars
  • Learn about traditional methods of silk production Route of the Caravans 2012 at a factory where they are still employed

Itinerary

DAYS 1 - 3

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Arriving on Day 2, your exciting Central Asian journey begins as you are welcomed at Bishkek Airport and transferred to your hotel. On Day 3 take an excursion to Burana and visit the ruins of an old caravan town dating back to the 11th century A.D. You will see Burana Tower with its beautiful brick design, the Turkic tombstones and the Historical Museum nearby. Also visit the weekly Sunday animal bazaar.

Hyatt Regency, Bishkek

DAY 4

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Through enchanting scenery travel northwards, cross the border to Kazakhstan and proceed to Almaty. The former capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty holds the status as the most important commercial city in this, the largest republic in Central Asia.

Almaty Otrar Hotel, Almaty

DAY 5

Shymkent Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Enjoy a morning tour of Almaty starting with the History Museum. Later visit Zhenkov’s Cathedral, the Kazakh Museum of Musical Instruments and the beautiful Panfilov Park. Then take a short flight to Shymkent, a typical Kazak town located near the Uzbekistan border. After a drive through Shymkent cross to the border for a tour of Tashkent before enjoying an Uzbek dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel Inter-Continental, Tashkent

DAYS 6 & 7

Tashkent Ferghana

Your morning tour of Tashkent includes a visit to the old part of the city, the Kafelsashi Mausoleum, the Barak Khana, the Tila Shaikh Mosque and Archives, the Kukeldesh, the History Museum of Uzbekistan and the Navoi Theatre. Then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ferghana where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Visit Marghilan and the Yodgorlik silk factory - the only factory in Central Asia where original handmade methods of silk production are still used.

Hotel Asia, Ferghana

DAYS 8 - 10

Samarkand, Tajikistan

the historic town of samarkand is a crossroad and melting pot of the world’s cultures and has recently been declared a unesCo World heritage site. on Day 9 visit the urgut Market, a popular saturday bazaar, the afrosiab Museum, and the historical Museum of uzbek Culture art. on Day 10 visit Penjikent, an ancient settlement whose medieval citadel is surrounded by buildings which display remarkable wall paintings. this evening return to samarkand for your overnight stay.

Hotel Samarkand Plaza or Registan Plaza, Samarkand

DAYS 11 & 12

Shakhrisabz Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Visit the World heritage site of shakhrisabz, hometown of tamerlane. one of the richest of uzbek cultural centers, Bukhara is an open-air museum with many old mosques and madrasas dominated by a grand minaret. spend the day visiting some of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the world. In the evening, enjoy a presentation of Bukharian dances.

Hotel Zargaron Plaza, Bukhara

DAYS 13 - 15

Khiva Nukus

explore the town of Ichan Kala, a unesCo World heritage site located within the city of Khiva, and a place where time has stood still. take an excursion to nukus, an important town during the heyday of the soviet empire. stop at the Krakalpakstan Museum, famous for its unique collection of Russian avant-garde period paintings that survived the stalin-era purges.

Hotel Asia Khiva, Khiva

DAYS 16 - 19

Kunya Urgench, Ashgabat Nissa, Turkmenistan Depart for Home

Visit Kunya Urgench, the capital of the once powerful Khorezmia, which flourished under Achaemenid rule in 6th century B.C. then explore the Tolkuchka Bazaar, a famous Sunday market in Ashgabat. at Nissa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the State Museum of History and see its rich collection of artifacts. On Day 18 travel to the ancient archaeological site of Merve. During the Islamic era it was known as the “mother of all cities,” and flourished as an important town along the silk Road running to Parthia. On Day 19 you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.

Hotel President, Ashgabat

Departures

Pricing Information

April 19, 2012

From $8,350.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,500.00 single room supplement.

September 27, 2012

From $8,350.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,500.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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