Caucasus Luxury Travel

Caucasus Luxury Travel

I just got back from a scouting trip to keep up to date with all the kinds of great experiences I can provide for my Caucasus Luxury travel clients, and now that the countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia are no longer under Soviet control, I can tell you they are destinations of discovery and delight. Their capitol cities of Baku, Yerevan and Tbilisi offer the fascination of the Old and the excitement of the New. Each is distinctively different, have enriching cultural attractions, and all offer world class luxury travel conditions.

Tbilisi Georgia NarikalaFrom the Fairmont Hotel overlooking the Caspian Sea harbor, to the Rooms Hotel in Georgia where you can see sunrise over the highest peaks of the Caucasus mountains, the five star hotels offer impeccable service, local and international cuisine, cutting edge décor and spas where entire families can feel pampered and refreshed.

Looking for exotic, palette-enticing food? Look no further than the fabulous Xan Plov, or the Khan's Pilaf, a saffron infused concoction served up in a crunchy filo shell, and a specialty in Azerbaijan. If you thought soupy dumplings were only the province of Shanghai, think again. They are a specialty of Georgia, too, along with a delectable range of pomegranate and walnut sauced dishes. Every meal in Armenia is replete with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and home made yogurt—how healthy is that? And since none of these countries has factory farming, you can be sure that everything is organic and free range!

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Educational Travel to Central Asia – get on board!

Educational Travel to Central Asia – get on board!

"Everything I have heard about Samarkand is true except that it is more beautiful than I could imagine" Alexander the Great, circa 400 AD - something I learned in grade 6 in Uzbekistan, where, trust me, with 3,000 years of history, that's a lot of Social Studies! His words ring true even today and educational tours to ancient Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and beyond offer participants an opportunity to experience a breadth of civilization, depth of culture, and diversity of landscape unlike anywhere else in the world. There are so many opportunities to discover the cultural treasures of the countries along the great Silk Road routes, long cut off from the West during Soviet rule. First-hand experiences support a practical approach to curriculum and help create an expanded knowledge base for students, professional academics, and life-long learners. My experience as an educator, travel specialist and speaker, and my insider knowledge of Central Asia let me create unique educational tours. Our in-country network of personal connections allows us to organize unique experiences with local experts in any field, including curators, historians, archaeologists, artists, artisans, Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan musicians, religious leaders and scholars.I've loved sharing my homeland with the world so far. Don't wait to start planning your trip to Central Asia. With Silk Road Treasure Tours, itineraries and custom departure dates can be guaranteed right away. 3,000 years of history is waiting!

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Musical Instruments of Central Asia: The Doira

Musical Instruments of Central Asia: The Doira

Who can resist the fascination of watching a skillful drummer at work? Certainly not me and my toes were tapping and hands clapping along when I recently had the opportunity to meet one of the legendary masters of the Uzbekistan doira, Abbos Kosimov.The doira is known as one of the oldest percussive instruments in Central Asia, a frame drum known also as the dap, dayereh, childirma or charmanda. This lightweight drum is made of goatskin stretched over a round frame with metal rings attached on the back, creating a sound much like a tambourine. It is used to accompany both traditional and popular music, even wedding ceremonies, beating out the rhythms and incorporating the musical chimes of the usul - the rhythmic accompaniment to dancing and singing. Originally used only by women, 2000 year old archaeological evidence shows a woman playing a doira.Abbos Kosimov is one of the most widely known doira players, recognized worldwide as a master of the instrument and as an ambassador of Uzbekistan culture. Originally from Tashkent, he has a stellar academic and performance CV, establishing his own music school in 1994 and is the recipient of the presidential title of Honored Artist of Uzbekistan. He has participated in international festivals, concerts and workshops around the world and his popular performance group "Abbos" features traditional instruments of Uzbekistan.Abbos Kosimov and his students and colleagues were honored guests at my home for New Year's and all of my American friends and family were thrilled and amazed by his performance. Alternately rousing the crowd with rapid-fire tattoo or calming us with the sounds of nature, we could imagine swirling skirts and flashing jewels in a tribal village or lying peacefully under the stars in the desert.

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Our 10 Year Anniversary - Once-in-a-Life-Time Adventures

For our celebration we want to make 2018 a very special year for our travelers, so we have planned a series of extraordinary events and anniversary tours to recognize and celebrate our ten year anniversary.

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