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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • White marble city of Ashgabat
  • UNESCO archaeological sites of Nisa and Kunya Urgench
  • Historic walled city of Khiva
  • Visits with local artisans
  • Extensive Bukhara touring
  • Petroglyphs at Sarmishsay Gorge
  • Home-hosted lunch in Bukhara
  • Desert excursion and yurt camp overnight
  • Legendary Samarkand
  • Central Asian bazaars in six cities
  • Private visit to Gur Emir Mausoleum
  • Tashkent touring, including world’s oldest Quran
  • Russian-accented Almaty
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Day 2: Arrive Ashgabat Upon arrival in the Turkmen capital late tonight, we transfer directly to our hotel.

Day 3: Ashgabat After time to rest this morning, we have lunch on our own, then meet our Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome briefing. We begin our journey along the Silk Road with a panoramic tour of this showpiece city known for its 543 white marble buildings and monuments to the glories of the Turkmen. We tour the well-regarded National Museum of History then enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 4: Ashgabat/Nisa This morning we visit the UNESCO archaeological site of Nisa, ancient capital of the Parthian Empire dating to the 3rd century BCE. After exploring here, we travel on to an Akhal-Teke horse stud farm, where we witness the beauty and grace of these animals, a national symbol of Turkmenistan. We enjoy lunch here, then visit the Golden Mosque, a massive mausoleum built by (and for) President Saparmurat Niyazov. At our last stop, we learn about carpet weaving, a key aspect of Turkmen culture, with a visit to the Turkmen Carpet Museum. B,L,D

Day 5: Ashgabat/Kunya-Urgench/Khiva, Uzbekistan We fly this morning to Dashoguz, Turkmenistan, whose environs host the ancient capital of the Khorezm, and where we visit the ruins of the once monumental Izmukshir Fortress. From here we continue to the Uzbek border crossing then travel on to Khiva. B,L,D

Day 6: Khiva We get a taste of Khiva’s storied past as a major Silk Road trading post on a morning tour of the Itchan Kala, the “inner city” whose entirety is a UNESCO site. Here we see the turquoise-tiled Kalta Minor minaret – enormous, stout, and unfinished; Kunya Ark citadel; the immense Madrassah of Muhammad Rahim Khan, with its tiled façade; the double-domed Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum; and the Hunarmand artisans workshop. This afternoon: Islam Khoja minaret, Khiva’s tallest; Juma Mosque, with its 200 wooden pillars; and 163-room Tash Hauli Palace. B,D

Day 7: Khiva/Bukhara This morning we board a high-speed train for the journey through the Kyzylkum Desert to Bukhara (approx. 4 ½ hours), with lunch on board. Upon arrival in this ancient city of Silk Road commerce and religious piety, we visit the Chor Minor madrassah, with its four minarets. This evening we dine at Akbar House, the preserved home of a 19th-century Jewish merchant. B,L,D

Day 8: Bukhara Today begins with a walking tour of the 16th-century Lyab-i Hauz religious complex. We continue to the domed Taki-Telpak Furushon bazaar known for its headgear: embroidered skull caps, turbans, and heavy fur hats; then on to a bazaar where we watch silk weavers at work. Next, we return to the Old Jewish Quarter to visit the home of a Sufi miniaturist, where we learn about his craft and enjoy a traditional lunch of plov – lamb and rice – the Uzbek national dish. Touring continues this afternoon at the Poi Kalyan religious center; the massive earthen Ark of Bukhara Fortress, which served as an active fort from its 5th century-origins until 1920; and the Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, whose spring water is believed to have healing powers. B,L

Day 9: Bukhara/Sarmishsay/Aydar Lake We set out today on a thrilling overnight excursion, boarding 4×4 vehicles through the Kyzylkum Desert bound for Aydar Lake. We stop first in Gijduvan to visit a renowned ceramicist, then see some of the 4,000-plus Bronze Age petroglyphs at Sarmishay Gorge. We continue on to Nurata, where we enjoy a home-hosted lunch with a local family, then pass through the Nurata Mountains to Aydar Lake and our yurt camp, an eco-resort set within the endless steppe. After settling in, we explore our surroundings from atop the two-humped Bactrian camels of Central Asia. B,L,D

Day 10: Aydar Lake/Samarkand This morning we visit the remote mountain village of Sentyab, where we meet with a local family in their home. Then we travel on to Samarkand, legendary stop on the Silk Road. This afternoon we take an orientation tour of one of Central Asia’s oldest continuously inhabited cities – some 2,500 years. As the sun begins to set, we stop at vast Registan, the mosaic-tiled public square flanked by three ornate madrassahs that have stood here for centuries. B,L,D

Day 11: Samarkand Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan left their marks on Samarkand, as did Tamerlane (Timur), who made it capital of his Islamic empire in the 14th century; he or his descendants built many of the historic buildings and monuments we see here today. Our touring begins at Registan Square, once and current heart of the city. Our visit here includes a demonstration by a master Arabic calligrapher and an opportunity to practice this ancient art. We continue to 15th-century Bibi-Khanym mosque, and Siyob Bazaar, the city’s largest market. This afternoon is free to explore as we wish. B,L

Day 12: Samarkand Our discovery of this crossroads of culture continues today at the Shakhi Zinda necropolis and temple complex, whose 20-plus buildings date from the 11th to 19th centuries; the Afrasiyab Museum, a huge archaeological site and museum of the city’s history; and 15th-century Ulugh Beg Observatory. This evening we pay a private visit to the Gur Emir Mausoleum, Tamerlane’s resting place. We dine together at a local restaurant then make a last stop to see Registan lit up for the evening. B,L,D

Day 13: Samarkand/Jizzakh/Tashkent En route by motorcoach today to the Uzbek capital, we stop at Jizzakh to seeJilanuti Pass, the “Gates of Tamerlane” passage between the Nuratin and Turkestan hills. We continue on to Tashkent, arriving early this afternoon. We have the afternoon free before taking in a performance (either ballet, opera, or classical music) at Navoi Theatre, the national opera house, then have dinner at a local restaurant.  B,L,D

Day 14: Tashkent A morning tour of Uzbekistan’s capital begins in the Old City at the Khazrati Imam Complex of mosques and madrassahs. Here we see the world’s oldest surviving Islamic holy book, the 8th-century Uthman Quran, brought to Tashkent by Tamerlane. Next: Chorsu Bazaar, under whose massive green dome locals purchase everything from produce to clothing. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit a winery in the nearby town of Yangiyul, where we have the opportunity to try the wine and cognac produced here. B,L

Day 15: Tashkent/Almaty, Kazakhstan At the Museum of Applied Arts this morning, we see fine examples of Uzbek crafts, including embroidery, jewelry, ceramics, and carpets.  Afterwards, we call on the studio of renowned ceramicist Akbar Rakhimov. Then we transfer to the airport for our flight to Almaty. B,D

Day 16: Almaty Kazakhstan’s largest city and cultural and commercial center, Almaty has a decided Russian flavor, as we see on this morning’s tour. Highlights: Panfilov Park, Holy Ascension Cathedral, and the Museum of Kazakh Musical Instruments. Then we have free time for lunch and to explore Zeelyoni Bazaar, Almaty’s central market. Early this evening, we head outside the city to ascend Kok Tobe mountain for panoramic views and a farewell dinner at a mountaintop restaurant. B,D

Day 17: Depart for U.S. Very early this morning we depart for the airport for our connecting flight to the U.S. B

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain and at sites of ancient ruins. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to its fullest.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 15 nights’ accommodations: 14 nights in Superior First Class and First Class hotels; 1 night in yurt camp
  • 36 meals: 15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of local Odysseys Unlimited Tour Directors
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2019 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Oct 21Oct 3*, 7
Oct 10*, 14
Oct 17*
Sep 9, 16
Sep 23, 26*
Sep 30
Boston, New York,
Washington, DC
$5,794$5,894$5,994
Chicago, Houston,
Los Angeles, Miami,
San Francisco
$6,094$6,194$6,294
Atlanta, Baltimore,
Charlotte, Dallas, Phil
$6,294$6,394$6,494
Cinc, Cleve, Denver,
Detroit, Minn, Orlando,
Phoenix, Port (OR),
Seattle, Tampa
$6,394$6,494$6,594

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $499, which are subject to change until final payment has been made.

Single travelers please add $1,195. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2019 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

*Accommodations: Hotel Dilimah Premium Luxury (Samarkand)

Business Class upgrade (subject to availability) on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $4,395 per person

Accommodations
    Nusay Hotel, Ashgabat / Days 2-4 / First Class

    Located in the heart of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan’s capital, the Nusay Hotel sits directly across from Oguzhan Palace, the primary residence of the President of Turkmenistan.  The sumptuously decorated hotel offers a host of amenities, including a restaurant and bar, outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, fitness center, extensive spa with sauna and indoor pool, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room is lavishly decorated and has private bath with hair dryer, balcony with views of the surrounding mountains, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Asia Khiva, Khiva / Days 5-6 / First Class

    The Hotel Asia Khiva sits in close proximity to Khiva’s historic Old Town, and exudes an air of contemporary comfort amid this timeless city.  The hotel’s amenities includes a restaurant and bar, outdoor swimming pool with lounge area and poolside bar, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), sauna with steam room and massage (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.  Please note:  While this hotel represents the best of accommodations in the region, you may find the level of quality and service here somewhat lower than at other sites on your tour.

    Hotel Zargaron Plaza, Bukhara / Days 7-8 / First Class

    The Hotel Zargaron Plaza boasts a pleasing blend of European and Central Asian design styles, with pointed white archways leading from room to room and lovely tile- and ironwork detailing.  The hotel’s amenities include a restaurant, café, bar, fitness center with spa and sauna (for a fee), gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee),  and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, minibar, TV, and phone.

     

    Oxus Resort Yurt Camp, Aydar Lake / Day 9 / Not rated

    Strung along a small rise just feet from the shoreline of glittering Aydar Lake, the Oxus Resort Yurt Camp provides a traditional Central Asian tented camp experience in a remote, and beautiful, setting.  With grassy plains and low shrubs surrounding the yurts, guests are afforded endless views across the lake, and the lack of light pollution means that clear nights produce exceptional stargazing.  Each of the 10 circular yurts is built in the traditional Central Asian style, with a squat, circular shape and a conical roof covered with rawhide, while colorful local fabrics adorn the inside walls.  Bathrooms and shower facilities are located in the main lodge, just a short walk from each yurt.  Note:  The yurt camp’s remote location and relative lack of amenities require a sense of adventure and flexibility on the part of Western travelers.  Though comfortable, these yurts can get cool during the evenings when the temperature drops (as there is no heating or air conditioning inside), so be sure to bring appropriate clothing:  a light jacket or fleece and a wool cap and gloves.

    Hotel Grand Samarkand Superior, Samarkand / Days 10-12 / First Class

    The Hotel Grand Samarkand Superior sits in the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand, and boasts an upscale atmosphere with chandeliers, inlaid wall tiling, and exposed wooden ceiling beams.  The hotel’s restaurant serves both European and Uzbek cuisine, and other amenities include a bar, small rooftop swimming pool, sauna with indoor pool, fitness center, laundry service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have white brick walls and elegant, warm-colored décor, and offer private bath with hair dryer, TV, and phone.

    Hyatt Regency Tashkent, Tashkent / Days 13-14 / Superior First Class

    One of the finest hotels in the city, the Hyatt Regency Tashkent occupies an ideal location in the center of Uzbekistan’s capital and offers a superb guest experience.  The hotel offers an abundance of world-class amenities, including an Uzbek restaurant, Italian restaurant and bar, lobby lounge with tea and bar service, 20-meter indoor swimming pool, hot tub, full 24-hour fitness center, spa with a range of treatments, laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room has floor-to-ceiling windows and offers private bath with hair dryer, walk-in rainfall shower, separate bathtub, in-room safe, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    InterContinental Almaty, Almaty / Days 15-16 / Superior First Class

    Set in the heart of Almaty opposite the Presidential Palace, the InterContinental Almaty provides top-notch service and amenities in a luxurious setting.  The common areas offer a range of places to relax and enjoy yourself, including a lofted, 10-story central lobby; adjacent outdoor and indoor swimming pools (the indoor pool set underneath a greenhouse-style glass ceiling; hot tub; spa; and outdoor garden with ample seating areas.  The InterContinental also boasts a wide range of dining options, full fitness center, tennis court, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private marble bath with hair dryer, minibar, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Tour Directors for this Journey
Mubashira Bakhshullayeva Abdullayevna

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David & Gail Baruch
Forest Hills, NY

Dinora Akhundjanova

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Guzal M. Berdiyeva

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Eleonora Eminova Ibraimova

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Farkhod Karimov

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Otabek Karshiev

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Yevgeniya Novokshonova

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Eleanora Rajabova

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Nadirbek Rajapov

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Vyacheslav Shapovalov

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Rustam Valiev

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The Lost Heart of Asia
In this classic narrative, Thubron recounts his travels to Samarkand, Bukhara and throughout Central Asia in the wake of the breakup of the Soviet Union. A fine writer, intrepid traveler and insightful observer, he’s an outstanding guide to the history, people and culture of the region.

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Lonely Planet Central Asia
Now in a 7th edition, this comprehensive, detailed guide to travel in the region features up-to-date information on Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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Just as the Silk Road would have been split up into sections, so is the book, with the first section devoted to China, the second to Central Asia and the third to Western Asia. Within those sections are chapters covering the route through individual countries (or regions in the case of China), each including a handy panel on border crossings for the intrepid traveler. Stunning photographs and detailed maps complement the expertly written text.

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