The Silk Road: Marco Polo & Golden Cities of Central Asia - 2018

Ashgabat • Khiva • Bukhara • Samarkand • Tashkent

  • TOUR OF BUKHARA, CENTRAL ASIA'S HOLIEST CITY
  • DISCOVER KHIVA'S HISTORIC CENTER, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • DISCOVER NISA, THE IMPRESSIVE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • VISIT A MOSQUE, OBSERVATORY, AND MUSEUM IN SAMARKAND

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

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FROM $999 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $250 PER DAY

Add another of the “’Stans” to your Central Asia travels with this extension into Kazakhstan.  Almaty is renowned not only for its postcard-pretty setting in the foothills of the snowcapped Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains, but for its status as Kazakhstan’s most cosmopolitan city. Your three-night extension includes a city tour that includes visits to Zenkov Cathedral, the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, and Panfilov Park. You’ll also learn about the culture and history of Kazakhstan during a visit to a folk music instrument museum as well as the Central State Museum.  

In addition to seeing the city from the ground, you’ll experience it from above when you take a cable car up for a panoramic view of this striking city and landscape. You’ll also visit the scenic shores of Great Almaty Lake and stop by a local falcon farm. 

This is a superb opportunity to broaden your perspective on this region and get to know the culture and beauty of yet another Central Asian city. 


Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights at the Rixos Hotel or similar
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • City tour of Almaty
  • Afternoon visit to the Shymbulak Ski Resort, with a cable car ride up to the mountain for a view of Tian Shan mountain.
  • Visit to Great Almaty Lake
  • Visit to falcon farm
  • Transfers and baggage handling (where possible)
  • Services of a City Host
  • Airfare from Tashkent, Uzebkistan to Almaty , Kazakhastan
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DAY 15: Tashkent, Uzbekistan / Almaty, Kazakhastan

Arrive in Almaty, one of Central Asia’s most beautiful cities. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to your well-located hotel in the city’s heart. Settle in here, before setting off on a night tour to up to Kok-Tobe Hill. Here we’ll enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Almaty’s twinkling lights – a wonderful introduction to Kazakhstan.


DAY 16: Almaty

Today we embark on a comprehensive tour of the city, from Panfilov Park and Zenkov Cathedral to the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. Later, we visit a couple of museums – the folk instrument museum and the Central State Museum – to gain a deeper understanding of this country and its culture. We’ll also visit the bustling Green Bazaar, a food market that is popular with locals.

DAY 17: Almaty 

Our morning is at leisure to explore as we wish. In the afternoon, we’ll venture to the Shymbulak Ski Resort, where we’ll enjoy a cable car ride up the mountain for a view of Tian Shan Mountain. For more of the region’s natural splendor, we’ll head to Great Almaty Lake, before ending our tour at Sunbar Falcon Farm. Here, we’ll watch a show with specially trained hawks. Hunting with these impressive creatures is a distinctive feature of the Kazakh way of life.

DAY 18 Almaty, Kazakhstan / Return home

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

 Included meals: breakfast

*Prices are per person, double occupancy based on Mar, Jun & Sep 7 dates. Add $100 per person for all other departures.
Free Single Supplement: available on each departure date on this extension – a value of $299!

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Trip Length 14 days 20 days Enjoy the most comprehensive itinerary at a convenient length!
Accommodations Enjoy a selection of deluxe and moderate-deluxe centrally located accommodations with satellite TVs, mini bars, and A/C All first-class hotels, with 1-, 2-, and 3-night stays Enjoy on-site restaurants with local delicacies, gym facilities, pools, and more, all within walking distance of main attractions!
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Exclusive Features Home-hosted dinner; a carpet-making workshop; visit a family-owned ceramics studio; visit the home of an embroiderer; visit the summer palace of the emir Mokhi Khosa Share tea with a ceramics master; enjoy an archaeological lecture and site visit; witness a folk performance in Bishkek Per day, the MOST Cultural Experiences!
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