Planning to Travel the Silk Road in 2014?

It has been such an amazing busy start to the New Year! We have had a lot of visitors ask us travel questions as they plan their next trips to Central Asia and other Silk Road destinations.We are often asked when is the best time to travel to Central Asia, China, Caucasus? We suggest between April and November and advice that spring and autumn are the seasons for the many great regional festivals. Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons because nature emerges from the sharp continental winter so you can see trees burst into leaf, and flowers bloom in brilliant colors. But autumn provides perfect cool, clear, days that make traveling more enjoyable.When is the best time to buy your International airline tickets? This question is difficult to answer, most airlines do not release discount tickets before 4 months of departure, but the few low cost tickets often sellout even 9m before departure. So our advice would be to track prices and get experienced on what is a good price and stay within the 9-4m prior to departure for the best prices.Since all visitors to Central Asia, Caucasus, China, and Russia need to have a visa. Visitors often want to know about the border crossing procedure. Because my first rate team on the ground prepares all the necessary documents for our travelers it is our experience that visitors have a smooth border crossing. It takes from half hour to one and half hour to cross from one border point to the other.Many of our travelers want to get involved in experiencing the local customs and meet with local people. We recommend that before you travel you learn some useful local words and expressions which you can then practice during your trip and when meeting local people. On our trips you will be able to visit the homes of local people, celebrate the local festivals and sip tea in the local tea houses.Inspired by the suggestions and ideas from our travelers we have created a special Vegetarian Silk Road Menu for all the visitors to enjoy our local authentic cuisine. Now the vegetarians will have an opportunity to enjoy more than 20 different kinds of Silk Road meals. This menu is available at the major Silk Road cities and also in most of the smaller exotic villages and places.

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New Year Celebration in Central Asia

Central Asia was the center of the Silk Road throughout the centuries and different religions have been existed there. Different holidays and festivities were celebrated by its population who has different nationalities. One of the popular winter holidays is the New Year. People buy and decorate their New Year trees and invite their extended families over for a large feast. This is celebrated at schools and kindergartens as well. Many Christians celebrate also Christmas with their extended families and give gifts to each other. However In Central Asia the traditional New Year begins with Navruz (New Day, New Day of the New Year), the ancient commemoration of the coming of spring that has been celebrated for more than 2,500 years. With roots in pagan times and many of its traditions associated with the Zoroastrian religion of ancient Persia, it is a holiday celebrating how light and warmth win out over the cold and darkness of winter. The celebration begins on the 21st of March, but preparations begin several days beforehand: the villages and homes are cleaned and decorated, old and broken items are discarded, and people get new clothes for the holiday. And not only the homes are cleaned - this is also a time for tidying up one's life, forgiving past offenses and debts, renewing friendships, and establishing an atmosphere of harmony and plenty that will hopefully last throughout the year. Entire town and villages prepare for this festival, cooking dishes exclusive to this season – the tables full to bursting!Christmas and New Year tours to Central Asia is becoming very popular among our American travelers who would like to meet the new year in Legendary Silk Road Cities of Central Asia or skiing on New Year's day in spectacular Tiyanshan mountains. The travelers are given exotic traditional gifts during the holidays, enjoy the folk and sport shows in the stadiums, taste local cuisine in the streets and most importantly celebrate the festivities with locals.

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Updated Visa procedure to Central Asia and Caucasus

This week more than half of our travelers who signed up for our fascinating 2014 Central Asia and Caucasus travel have expressed their concerns about the visa procedure. Many of them they will be traveling to more than 10 different destinations and they want to make sure that they can get their visas on time without losing their important travel document passports.But today we are very excited to inform all our Silk Road visitors that the visa procedure to these destinations has been simplified for American travelers. Now Kyrgyzstan and Georgia do not require a visa for American travelers.But all the visitors to Central Asia and Caucasus need to have a visa. Obtaining a Visa can be time consuming and challenging. Trusting their important travel document to the tour or visa company is not always something travelers feel comfortable doing.We highly recommend the travelers to plan ahead of time to get the visas, avoid last minute visa obtaining as it may affect to the visa cost as well. We heard the stories when the travelers completed the visa forms in rush and obtained visas for the wrong dates and some find out that about the issue right before the entering the countries at the border crossing points or airports.It is very important for travelers who are traveling Central Asia and Caucasus to choose the right tour operator who can take care of all the aspects of the tour plans: visa procedure, airfare options, smooth border crossing and give them the most memorable trip they can treasure forever.In order to provide the travelers with smooth visa procedure we have a dedicated visa processing department. All travelers need to do is to complete the relevant visa application forms which we will provide and send them to us along with their passports approximately two month before the departure date. We will then work closely with the relevant consulates and embassies to provide the travelers visa.procedure.

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