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THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

 


Featuring the national holiday Nawruz in Kyrgyzstan
And a taste of Kazakhstan

Air-inclusive Rate
March 18 - 30, 2018 • 12 Days • $4990 based on double occupancy from New York, JFK
via Turkish Airlines to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
and from Almaty, Kazakhstan including internal flight Bishkek-Almaty
Single supplement $375

Land only Rate
March 20 - 30, 2018 • 11 Days • $3990 based on double occupancy
beginning in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and ending in Almaty, Kazakhstan
including internal flight Bishkek-Almaty
Airfare to Central Asia additonal
Single supplement $375

Dear Serious Traveler,

Join us for a tour that is short, but packed with sights and activities. It is a wonderful introduction to contemporary Kyrgyzstan - and a touch of Kazakhstan - that will take your breath away. This tour focuses on the ruins of ancient civilizations, on Soviet utopia, and on Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan’s rich tapestry of ethnicities and cultures. We will immerse in glorious Silk Road nature, architecture, history, art, music and culture.

The fabled Silk Road holds an enduring fascination for the serious traveler. Some have already visited ‘the -stans’. If you are one of the fortunate, you may have touched on Kyrgyzstan, but here is your opportunity to explore the country in depth. Out trip circles Issyk Kul (warm lake), the second largest mountain lake in the world. From the eastern side of the lake, in Karakol, we have a chance to visit the second largest animal market in the world. Bargain for your camel there! The largest market is in Kashgar; and was visited by those who took our Great China Silk Road tour. Then we ascend into the Tian Shan Heavenly Mountains, which is a continuation of the Himalayan range, the southern side of which spills into the Taklamakan Desert and the Uyghur areas of China. For experienced explorers, this is a chance to “connect the dots” arriving at the Roof of the Silk Road. The Tien Shan is one of the least visited mountain ranges in the world, the Himalaya’s Little Brother, and from the China side, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t let the elevation scare you though. Read on.

We are introducing our brochure on a very special day, Nowruz, called Nawruz in Central Asia. March 21 is the vernal equinox, the first day of spring and also the Zoroastrian inspired New Year. Make your plans to celebrate the festival with us next year in Bishkek!

Yuri Boyanin, our guide, has a PhD (Melbourne) in modern Kyrgyz history. He’s traveled, numerous times, to every village of Kyrgyzstan and every corner of Central Asia. He’s also traveled to 116 other countries on this planet and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, New York.

Gwen Erwood
President, Travel Concepts International

and Yuri Boyanin, Our guide

All photos on this page are by Yuri Boyanin.

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Discovery Highlights

  • Ride the Soviet rails - feel the might of the Tian Shan Mountains looming above us, while taking one of Asia’s most breathtaking train journeys and listening to one of Kyrgyzstan’s most enchanting folk bands.
  • Enjoy not only gorgeous Central Asian food, in settings to match, but learn how to prepare some of the most famous Central Asian staples like lagman and ashlyan fu.
  • Experience scenery as varied as glaciers, (frozen) waterfalls, alpine meadows and sand dunes; we will have gentle walks across mighty scenery.
  • See the best in culture and entertainment Bishkek and Almaty have to offer, including an opportunity to go to a ballet or opera, and sample some Soviet-Central Asian ‘high’ culture.
  • Visit the place where the Soviet Union literally ended: a once booming mining and industrial town tucked deep in the Tian Shan mountains, now in ruins. Our journey goes so remote and so close to the Chinese border that we will need special border permits.
  • Feel the last days of winter and the first days of spring. We will celebrate Nawruz (Nowruz), the Persian New Year in Bishkek, joining the locals on the main square of town and on the hippodrome for some ancient horseback games.
  • Travel in unparalleled comfort in Central Asia. We will ride new, modern vehicles (and a few vintage Soviet cars and trucks) and will sleep in Kyrgyzstan’s best, most atmospheric, and warmest lodgings. The highest altitude where we will spend a night at is 5500 ft (1700m). The highest pass we will drive across is 13,000 ft (about 4000m). Those roads are normally kept open in winter. But just in case we will hire a snow plowing machine and an Ural 6x6 military truck: the Soviet Union’s mightiest off road truck!
  • No visas required for U.S. citizens to either country!
  • See more Discovery Highlights below

More Highlights of Our Adventure
If we still haven’t convinced you to join us, consider these exciting additions just added…

  • Optional hike, at no extra cost, to see petroglyphs, ancient rock drawings, which no other tourist has ever seen, just a few kilometers from the Chinese border
  • Taste wine in one of the very few private wineries of Kazakhstan, on the foothills of the Tien Shan Mountains
  • Visit to a Kalmyk school
  • Opportunity to see - and participate in - the building of a yurt, an ancient nomadic dwelling
  • See a theatre performance by Almaty and Central Asia’s only underground theater. Musicians from this group that will play for us on the train. See a sample at the link here
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6-8Knnt7sA

   
 


IMPORTANT

Although our itinerary indicates air via Turkish Airlines, we understand that you may prefer a different routing for your air. In this case our tour can be taken as land only and an alternate airline used.

What's best for you is best for us!

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

 

   
 
   
 

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wen@SeriousTraveler.com • Web site www.SeriousTraveler.com