Visit Spectacular Ferghana Valley in Uzbekistan

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The Ferghana Valley was the center of the ancient Great Silk Road it has 3000 years of history has amazing cultures, warm hospitality, old craftsmanship and authentic cuisine. It attracted travelers, Silk Road merchants and diplomats including Zhang Quan; a renowned Chinese diplomat from the 2nd century BC. It also played an important role as a bridge between East and West.

Ferghana is surrounded by the spectacular mountains of Tiyan Shan and traversed the waters of Naryn and Syr Darya Rivers. The award-winning Silk Road Treasure Tours team is so excited to take our travelers to this fascinating part of Uzbekistan and give them extraordinary travel experience. Tours include a visit to the remote but charming villages, to enjoy Ferghana pilaf with locals and to have master classes with craftsmen who inherited the secrets of making ceramics, silk and carpets from their ancestors.

When I traveled to Ferghana Valley first time from my native city of Bukhara in 1996 I could only go to a limited number of sites. Places like Kokand Khudayarkhan Palace, Andijan Juma mosque  and Dehkon bazaar. Now the Uzbekistan tourism infrastructure has been developed restoring many ancient sites. Now, previously closed legendary neighborhoods such as the outstanding Margilan Yodgorlik Silk Factory have been reintroduced into our new Uzbekistan tour itineraries. This new access has spawned new luxury boutique hotels and guests houses so travelers have new exciting enjoyable places to stay.

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Reflections and Anticipations, and Many Thanks!

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I would to thank all my loyal travelers, new clients, travel agents, universities, alumni associations and museums across the world for their business and trust. 2018 was amazing year for us. Silk Road Treasure Tours’ family celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary in the American market! 

Throughout 2018 we presented at travel agencies, clubs and shows - including the New York Times Travel Show, and at museums and libraries across the US, sharing our knowledge of the Silk Road, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. Many new travelers joined us on our cultural, historical, adventure, educational and photography tours to the Central Asia ‘Stans and the Caucasus countries, as well as to China Silk Road destinations, Iran, Mongolia, Russia and Morocco. Loyal clients added new destinations to their 2018 must-see lists and returned from their Silk Road adventures with more memories to share. Some celebrated anniversaries and birthdays, one even chose the romantic city of Samarkand for a marriage proposal! It’s been a very celebratory year.

I personally escorted more than a half a dozen of our Silk Road Treasure Tours groups and met up with several of our tours while in Central Asia and the Caucasus this past year. What an amazing journey! In Uzbekistan we attended luxury culinary experiences and I hosted travelers at my family home. We enjoyed master classes and fabulous wine in Georgia, falconry demonstrations in Kyrgyzstan, adventure tours in Kazakhstan including horseback riding, trekking, and helicopter rides, and we visited extraordinary caravanserai, madrasahs, monuments, mosques and synagogues throughout Central Asia. There were archaeological explorations in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Armenia, shopping fun in China and of course in the bazaars of Uzbekistan. We participated in local weddings and festivals; Navruz – the New Year’s Festival, the Silk and Spice festival, equestrian games, a music in Kazakhstan, Nadaam in Mongolia, Lunar New Year in Vietnam, and national holidays in China. There was the Carpet Festival in Armenia, the Pomegranate and Folk festival in Azerbaijan, and the Bread and Flower festival in Tajikistan.

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Travel News You Need - From Silk Road Treasure Tours

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We have good news for travelers to Uzbekistan, fall festival dates in Armenia and the scoop on what’s happening in Azerbaijan.

Uzbekistan: New arrivals terminal at Tashkent International Airport

The new international terminal is now open and the arrivals experience is amazing! With streamlined customs and immigration procedures, it’s less than 25 minutes from passport control and luggage claim to the exit; great news for our travelers eager to get started on their adventures to Uzbekistan. The new Tashkent terminal has currency exchange, WiFi, cafes, Duty Free, medical assistance, and accessibility accommodations and much more!

Safety First! Uzbekistan In Top 5 For Travel

Uzbekistan ranks as the 5th safest country for travel according to Gallup’s 2018 Global Law and Order Report. At the heart of the Great Silk Road for centuries, Uzbekistan offers a tradition of hospitality unlike anywhere else. Visit the ancient cities and UNESCO Heritage sites of Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva for yourself and experience the warmest welcome in the world.

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