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THE GREAT SILK ROAD - 4 'STANS, Oct. 7-23, 2022

Chicago O'Hare International Airport

(POSTPONED FROM 2020) Join Regina on an historic adventure along the Great Silk Road through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, & Kazakhstan via plane, train, camel, & automobile! SEE PETROGLYPHS, SLEEP IN A YURT, INTERACT WITH A 2 HUMPED CAMEL, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, shop amazing bazaars, soak up culture & history on this journey through Central Asia. You will definitely get off the beaten path on this trip!


Fri. 10/07 Depart USA
Sat. 10/08 Arrive Ashgabat late night/early morning
Sun. 10/09 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (2am-ish)
Our guide meets us at airport, takes us to hotel to sleep
• Ashgabat City Tour
• Russian Bazaar
• Arch of Neutrality
• Independence Park
• 'Olympic' Village
• Ertugrul Ghazi Mosque

Mon. Ashgabat • Darvaza Crater
• Museum of Turkmenistan
• Turkmenbashi Mosque
• Nisa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Darvaza Crater

Tue. Darvaza Crater • Dashoguz • Khiva, Uzbekistan
• Border Crossings
• Dashoguz City Tour
• Folklore Concert "Khalfi"

Wed. Khiva
• Khiva Walking Tour
• Ichon Qala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Monument to al-Khworizmi
• Ata Darvaza Gate
• Muhammad Amin-Khan Madrassah
• Kunya Ark
• Zindan (Prison)
• Muhammad Rahim-Khan Madrassah
• Sayid Alauddin Mausoleum
• Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum
• Islam Khoja Madrassah & Minaret
• Juma Mosque
• Allakulli-Khan Madrassah
• Tash-Hauli Palace

Thu. Khiva • Bukhara
• 2022 Schedule Permitting: Train ride via the Kyzyl Kum Desert (if not we will drive)
• If we can get high speed train: Explore Bukhara City Tour UNESCO World Heritage Site

Fri. Bukhara
• Explore Bukhara City Tour UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Nadir Divan-Begi Khanaka & Madrassah
• Kukeldash Madrassah, Mosque & Citadel
• Magoki Attori Mosque• Kalon Mosque and Minaret
• Ark Citadel
• Bolo Hauz Mosqu
• Samani Mausoleum
• Artisan Development Center
• Ulugbek Madrassah
• Bazaar: Trade Domes of Bukhar
• Dance Performance w/dinner

Sat. Bukhara
• Emir's Summer Palace
• Bahauddin Naqshband Mausoleum
• Chor Minor
• Shafrikan Village
• Plov Cooking Class

Sun. Bukhara • Nurata • Yamgikazgan Village • YURTS
• Sarmish Gorge Petroglyphs
• Debaland Khasan & Khusein Mosque
• Explore Nurata City Tour
• Yamgikazgan

Mon. 10/17, Yamgikazgan Village • Kyzl Kum Desert • Samarkand
• Aydarkul Lake
• Camel Safari in Kyzyl Kum Desert

Tue. Samarkand Uzbekistan
• Samarkand City Tour UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Registan Square
• Gur-Emir Mausoleum
• Bibi Khanum Mosque
• Siab Bazaar
• Shah-i-Zinda Complex
• Afghan-Uzbek Silk Carpet Factory
• Bread Baking Demonstration
• Janona Dance Troupe Performance

Wed. Samarkand • Penjikent, Tajikistan • Samarkand
• Explore Penjikent
• Optional visit a local school
• Penjikent Excavations & Museum of Archaeology
• Penjikent NGO Speaker
• Rudaki Museum
• Central Bazaar

Thu. Samarkand • Tashkent
• Afrosiab History Museum
• Ulug Bek Observatory
• Paper-making Workshop
• Afternoon free

Fri. Tashkent
• Tashkent City Tour
• Independence Square
• Alisher Navoi Opera & Ballet Theater
• Courage Monument • Khast Imam Square
• Rakhimov Family Art Studio • Oldest Koran
• Chorsu Bazaar
• Metro
• Human House

Sat. Tashkent • Almaty, Kazakhstan
• Morning Free
• Fly from Tashkent to Almaty
• Mid-afternoon times anticipated
• Time Permitting, a brief orientation of Almaty

Sun. Almaty
• Almaty City Tour
• Green (Zelyony) Bazaar
• Panfilov Park
• Zenkov Cathedral
• Art Center with Felt-making class
• Falcon Farm

Mon. 10/24 Depart Almaty
Transfer to airport for flight home (or add night in Istanbul)

Tour: $5595 double/$6195 single
Above price now includes Darvaza Crater, hotels, transportation, more meals & sights as above. *Air taxes are subject to change/may need slight adjustment

Approx Air from USA: $1500

Nonrefundable Deposit: $500
+++A signed waiver is required to take this trip+++

Insurance: TBA

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Chicago O'Hare International Airport

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