In Search of the silk Road September 2019 | Craig Travel

In Search of the silk Road September 2019

In Search of the Silk Road
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
September 24, 2019 to October 14, 2019
21 Days
Meals:
54
Escorted By:
CT Rating 3.5 Challenging

3.5 Challenging

Central Asia is the “Land of the Caravans”. The Silk Road Caravan routes influenced the local cultures, as the routes of communication and trade opened previously isolated societies. Our Route of the Caravans journey covers four of the “-stans”, a Persian suffix meaning "home of", "place of". The region is famous not only for its many branches of the Silk Road, but also as the birthplace of great builders of empires, such as Tamerlane, founder of the Timurids, and Babur, founder of the Moghul Empire.

Our journey will be a long and thorough one, tracing our way across the plains of Asia, just as the ancient Caravans did hundreds of years ago but enjoying the modern comforts of deluxe coaches and modern high speed bullet trains. Carefully selected hotels, all meals and entrance fees, even all tipping and services will ensure a carefree and exciting adventure. Group size will be limited and early booking is strongly advised.

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CT Rating 3.5 Challenging

3.5 Challenging

This itinerary features remote regions, off the beaten track. Hotels will range from deluxe to best available tourist class properties. All rooms will have private facilities. On this journey, we will travel by fast train (where available), eliminating most long coach days. Members may have to handle their own luggage at times. Many visits will involve walking excursions, sometimes over rough surfaces and with steps of varying heights. Facilities (toilets) away from our hotels may be traditional eastern style. Food will reflect the local cuisine. This is an ideal time to visit this region with warm days and cool nights. Members must be physically fit and active to fully enjoy this tour.

Highlights Inclusive Features
  • Visit four of the “Stans” as we explore the legendary Silk Road across Central Asia
  • Four UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Special lunches & dinners with entertainment in Almaty, Samarkand, Bukhara
  • Dinner with a master chef in Samarkand, meals with ceramic artist in Bukhara and in Khiva
  • Meet with locals—architect, students and more
  • Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain
  • Historic Panjikent, Tajikistan
  • 4 nights in legendary Samarkand, 3 nights in Bukhara and 2 in Khiva
  • Explore ancient and modern Tashkent
  • Return economy group airfare from Canada
  • 19 nights in comfortable, first class and deluxe hotels as indicated or similar
  • Travel by modern climate controlled motor coaches and high speed trains (where available)
  • 54 meals included as noted (B - 19 breakfasts, L - 17 Lunches, D - 18 dinners)
  • All entrance fees for included visits
  • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person (where possible)
  • All gratuities, taxes and fees for included services
  • Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare
  • Services of our Canadian tour leaders plus national guides in each region

Pricing

Tour Cost in Canadian dollars, per person
Departure LocationDeparture Price
Land Only (Join Almaty / Leave Tashkent)
$5,195
Toronto
$7,295
Ottawa / Montreal
$7,495
Halifax / Winnipeg / Thunder Bay
$7,695
St. John’s
$7,895
Saskatoon / Regina
$7,895
Calgary / Edmonton / Vancouver
$7,795
Victoria
$7,895
Single Supplement
$1,195

Tour price is based on sharing a twin or double-bedded room and on a minimum 20 members. Rates, taxes and fees effective September 2018 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.

Preliminary air pricing: air inclusive prices are estimated (subject to confirmation). Final pricing will be advised once flights are confirmed. Refer to inclusive features for details.

Pricing Details

Prices DO NOT INCLUDE the cost of insurance which is available and is highly recommended. Premiums vary with the cost, length of the trip, and the traveller’s age. For passengers up to and including 74 years on departure date, premiums will range from $278 to $381 pp plus applicable taxes. Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $196 to $394pp plus applicable taxes. This insurance is effective from the date of purchase and carries limitations on pre-existing medical conditions. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Refer to our Terms and Conditions for more information. 

Deposit Amount:
$600
Final Payment Date:
Thursday, June 20, 2019

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