The Silk Road: Marco Polo & Golden Cities of Central Asia - 2022

Ashgabat • Khiva • Bukhara • Samarkand • Tashkent
  • The Silk Road Land Tour of Marco Polo and Golden Cities of Central Asia including Ashgabat, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent
    TOUR 2000-YEAR-OLD BUKHARA AND LEARN ABOUT ITS HISTORY AS THE INTELLECTUAL CENTER OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD
  • UNESCO-listed ruins, Nisa, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
    VISIT THE RUINS OF THE PARTHIAN EMPIRE IN THE UNESCO-LISTED ANCIENT CITY OF NISA
  • Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Asia
    EXPLORE THE MOSQUES, MADRASSAS, AND MAUSOLEUMS OF SAMARKAND
  • Architecture, city of Khiva, Uzbekistan, Asia
    DISCOVER CENTURIES-OLD HANDICRAFT AND FOLK TRADITIONS AT KHIVA, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Asia
    ADMIRE TASHKENT’S GLORIOUS PUBLIC SQUARES AND ORNATE METRO STATIONS
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Almaty, Kazakhstan

FROM $1,599 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $400 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 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 accommodations at the InterContinental Almaty (or similar)
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • 5 included features and Cultural discoveries, including City tour of Almaty, which includes a cable car ride up the mountain for a view of Tian Shan mountain, a visit to Great Almaty Lake, and a stop at a falcon farm
  • All transfers between your base tour and your extension, as well as baggage handling (where permitted) and internal transfers
  • Services of a City Host
  • Tipping for local guides and drivers (excluding City Host)
  • Airfare from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to Almaty, Kazakhastan
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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Day 16:

Settle into Almaty, then take a night tour to Kok-Tobe Hill

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 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.

Included Feature:

  • Nighttime tour to Kok-Tobe Hill to see the Almaty’s city lights

Included meals:

Dinner

Day 17:

View the Tian Shan Mountains, and admire Great Almaty Lake

Today we venture to the Shymbulak Ski Resort, where a cable car ride takes us further skyward for a panoramic view of the Tian Shan Mountains. For more of the region’s natural splendor, we head to Great Almaty Lake, admiring the stunning beauty of the aquamarine waters set against the backdrop of the Tian Shan mountain range. Here you’ll stop at Sunkar Falcon Farm, founded as a conservation center to breed the endangered saker falcon and reintroduce it to its natural habitat in the mountains. Watch a dazzling educational show that explains how people traditionally hunt with specially trained birds of prey — a unique feature of the Kazakh way of life.

Included Features:

  • Visit the Shymbulak Ski Resort for a cable car ride
  • Panoramic tour of Great Almaty Lake

Cultural Discovery:

  • Watch show with specially-trained hawks

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

Day 18:

City tour of Almaty and visit to the popular Green Bazaar

Your morning is at leisure to explore at your leisure. In the afternoon, 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. Our farewell dinner will take place at a local restaurant, complete with a folk show to end your trip on a high.

Included Features:

  • Half-day tour of Almaty
  • Visit the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan

Cultural Discovery:

  • Visit the Green Bazaar, a popular local food market

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

Day 19:

Return home

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, reflecting on an incredible trip.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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