We are all still dreaming about traveling again... The good news is that Central Asia and Caucasus governments have created policies to take care of your health when countries open their borders to international visitors again. Combined with intel from our local travel colleagues and guides, we’re creating plans to keep our travelers safe and healthy as we plan for the future.
Uzbekistan has reinstated international flights for business travelers and family/residents between countries with stable coronavirus situations. Georgia plans to reopen its borders July 1st, Armenia from July 15th. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for more good news!
Hotels and our Silk Road Treasure Tours team throughout the Caucasus are complying with international measures and deploying their own protocols to combat and prevent the spread of Covid-19. Directives for thermal screening, cleaning and disinfection, distancing regulations, natural ventilation and accessible alcohol hand sanitizers are in place. Clearly posted information in a variety of languages will greet us. Worldwide hotel groups have instituted similar policies for guests’ well-being, which you can find posted on their websites. You’ll find updated reservation policies, and digital check-ins. Our Silk Road destinations have plenty of lesser-known natural attractions, allowing for as much social distancing as you want.
Central Asia and Caucasus governments and tour companies have protocols for tour guides and clients, including numbers of passengers in vehicles, the use of PPE (personal protective equipment), procedures for restaurants and tourist sites everywhere. PPE supplies will be made available for our clients. We will be closely monitoring all staff training, and all sites and facilities on our itineraries. In a region known for its food and hospitality, the Caucasus can’t wait for visitors again! With fabulous seasonal weather throughout the region, al fresco dining will be the norm. Our small group and private tours policies work in your favor here! Our attention to sustainability allows us to support small luxury and boutique hotels, local restaurants, and artisans.
Most Silk Road countries opening their borders will require a medical certificate indicating a negative Covid-19 screening within 72 hours of arrival from a single destination where you have been for at least 14-days. Meanwhile, your trusted experts at Silk Road Treasure Tours will keep looking for ways to give you your best travel experience... ever! #centralasiatravel #caucasustravel
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We are excited to announce our new Uzbekistan Family Tour! Thank you, Tim Baker for the great photos!
10-Day Silk Road Discovery Offers Myriad Experiences
A desert camel ride under the stars in the Kyzil Kum desert, a night in a Nomadic yurt, dining with a local family and participating in community events and ceremonies... just some of the activities featured on your private, 10-day “Uzbekistan Silk Road Discovery Family Tour” from Silk Road Treasure Tours. Designed as a family adventure, the immersive tour provides opportunities to visit ancient sites, participate in community work, watch master crafts people at work, cook with a local family and learn firsthand about this ancient Central Asian country on the fabled Silk Road.
The Uzbekistan tour begins and ends in Tashkent, with a night in a Yurt camp located in the Kyzil Kum desert, a night in legendary Khiva, a UNESCO World Heritage site, 2 nights in Bukhara, and 3 nights in Samarkand. Price for the private family tour is $3,446 per person, double occupancy. Included are accommodations in 4-star and boutique hotels, all domestic transportation including air, ground, and high-speed rail; transfers, English-speaking guides throughout, activities and entrance fees, wine tasting and visa invitation. Also included are cooking classes, master classes with craftsmen, daily breakfast, 2 lunches with local families and special dinners.
Especially For Kids
Throughout Uzbekistan, the tour provides opportunities to interact with local residents and participate in cultural activities. A special treat for kids is meeting our Silk Road Treasure Tours’ “Young Guides - Our Ambassadors” who have learned excellent English and are learning to share their local culture and history with same-age visitors. Kids also participate in cooking classes with local families, visit schools, explore ancient ruins, hike to scenic outlooks, learn to play the Doira (a local drum), enjoy sports together, and experience traditional Uzbek hospitality.
Tashkent to the Kyzil Kum Desert: The Ancient and Modern
In Tashkent, families explore the ancient city with its 2,000-year old Chor-Su Bazaar, a large marketplace selling all types of food, visit the Abdul Kasim craft center, and ride the city’s modern metro with its stations styled after those in Russia and the children's section of the Museum of History. Next stop is Ayaz Kala, in the Kyzil Kum desert, where family members experience ancient Uzbek life, ride a camel, dine and dream under the stars overnight at a nomadic Yurt camp. Following a sunrise photography hike, a drive leads to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Khiva, containing some of Uzbekistan’s best-preserved architecture, including the Tash Hauli Palace, caravansarai bazaar, and tiled minarets surrounded by high adobe walls.
Bukhara to Samarkand
Bukhara, once the intellectual center of the Islamic world, provides family members with an opportunity to see the largest Koranic school in Central Asia, visit the Labi Khaus reflecting pool, the traditional heart of the city, as well as visit the Kalyan Minaret. Legend has it that because of its beauty, the minaret was the only structure untouched by Genghis Khan when he invaded the area. Family members see the city’s local caravanserais (ancient Silk Road inns), visit the National Costume exhibit where they can try on traditional dress, explore covered bazaars, and participate in cooking a meal and dining together with a local family.
From Bukhara, family members travel to legendary Samarkand via high-speed train, where they explore the ancient core of the city including Registan Square, a worldwide pilgrimage destination and landmark, the tomb of the Prophet Daniel, and then Shahi Zinda; a series of 11 mausoleums lining a medieval street showcasing some of the finest Islamic decorative tilework. Other activities include a stop at one of the country’s oldest wineries and a paper mill which still produces traditional mulberry paper A full-day drive excursion leads to Shakhrisabz, for an exploration of ancient ruins and an optional mountain hike. Uzbekistan Silk Road Discovery Family Tour
We had a unique opportunity to exhibit at the three-day Central Eurasian Studies Society’s conference at the George Washington University on October 10-13, 2019
We have been working with professors and faculty of many US universities to provide them with educational tours to Central Asia and Caucasus. We are so pleased meeting many US and European scholars during this conference who would like to take their fellow colleagues and students to the Silk Road Region.
We made the front cover! Recommend Magazine - the cutting edge resource for travel experts- highlighted our Treasures of Armenia tour in October. Writer Carla Hunt and her group explored Armenia with our “perfectly crafted” tour. Read her articleead her article to find out every fascinating, delicious and amazing detail, and get ready for your next great adventure in Armenia and the Caucasus with Silk Road Treasure Tours!
Silk Road Treasure Tours is going coast to coast for the 2019 Travel Shows!
These whirlwind travel trade shows offer the opportunity to globetrot over 500 countries on a single weekend with cultural shows and expert travel advisors. Visit our booths in both New York City and Los Angeles this winter to plan your next great adventure.
January 2019 will find us at the New York Times Travel Show
From January 25th - 27th New York hosts the biggest travel show in North America at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. We’ll be at Exhibitor Booth #270 in the Asia/Europe section.
Specialists in travel to Central Asia, the Caucasus, the China Silk Road and surrounding regions, Silk Road Treasure Tours provides niche, cultural and adventure tours for every travel style. Stop by to learn about these fabulous destinations from our experts and to see what deals we have for you during the Travel Show!
- Let us inspire you and your fellow travelers at the Meet the Experts Booth (#933) on Saturday from 12-12:45pm.
- Join us at the Asia Stage on Saturday the 26th at 2:15pm and Sunday the 27th at 12:45pm for presentations by Zulya Rajabova, and thrilling Georgia, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan dance and cultural performances.
- Get insight, tips and information about travel to Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Take advantage of special offers, prizes and discounts* during Travel Show dates:
- Stop by our Silk Road Treasure Tours' booth at the show to save $400 per person for all Central Asia Tours and a one-night complimentary stay in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
- Book your Uzbekistan Jewish Heritage tour with Silk Road Treasure Tours during the show and save $400 per person!
- Silk Road Treasure Tours offers a 12% discount to Travel Agents, their friends and families for travel to Central Asia and the Caucasus
- Win round-trip tickets from Tashkent to Samarkand on your Uzbekistan tour and two nights’ accommodation in a boutique hotel in ancient Bukhara
- Meet Condé Nast Top Travel Specialist Zulya Rajabova of Silk Road Treasure Tours and win an exclusive 2-day tour with her during the Uzbekistan New Year Festival in April, 2019
West Coast Travelers - February is Your Month!
Silk Road Treasure Tours will be exhibiting at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show, February 16 - 17, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, California. Visit us at Exhibitor Booth #1211 in the Asia section to learn about the fabulous adventures awaiting you along the ancient Silk Road routes through Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Special discounts* for Travel Show clients:
- Book your 2019-2020 Treasures of 5 Central Asia Stans Tour during the Travel Show and get a $500 discount. This tour is fully guided in English with guest historians and guides. This 19-day tour takes travelers to explore the ancient cities and landscapes of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. There you’ll experience the warm hospitality of Central Asia, enjoy cultural performances and festivals, meet with artisans and take part in workshops on traditional ceramics, carpet weaving, jewelry, and embroidery.
- Keen on the Caucasus? Silk Road Treasure Tours offers $150 per person off the 2019 Hidden Riches of the Caucasus Tour. Our expert guides will take you on unique, local explorations to charming Caucasus mountain villages, historic sites and local wine events, and shopping with a chef to prepare a traditional meal in Georgia - currently one of the top Foodie destinations in the world!
- Book your Uzbekistan Jewish Heritage Tour with Silk Road Treasure Tours during the show and save $200 per person! Jewish history here spans thousands of years and the remaining communities proudly maintain their ancient traditions. This 11-day tour to Uzbekistan includes the legendary Silk Road cities of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Discover the cultural treasures of Uzbekistan, its Silk Road glories and modern Soviet past. Visit synagogues and Jewish quarters, historic sites like Jacob’s Well and the Tomb of Daniel, enjoy handicraft workshops, bustling bazaars, and Silk Road tea houses. Come with us to explore ancient heritage sites or reconnect with Jewish roots in Uzbekistan - the warmest welcome in the world.