This distinctive, in-depth itinerary takes you to the highlights of the the ancient Silk Road in Turkmenistan: the ruins of Nisa, the ancient capital of the Parthian Empire; the modern-day capital, Ashgabat; and a visit to a horse farm to see the Turkmen Akhal-Teke, an equine breed that can be traced back 5,000 years.
During a comprehensive city tour of the Turkmen capital, the history of the city and country will unfold in the form of landmarks: the Park of Independence, Ruhnama statue, Earthquake Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque and Mausoleum in Kipchak. After an included dinner, set off on an exciting night tour of Ashgabat, discovering this historic city under the lights.
We’ll explore Khiva’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring an astounding 60 architectural monuments: everything from madrassas to mausoleums and mosques.
Samarkand's Registan Square reflects the deep Persian influence in this region: colorful, intricate designs; massive domes; and traditional minarets.
Bukhara was a hub of spiritual and intellectual growth as far back as the eighth century until it was destroyed by Genghis Khan in the 13th century. It rose to prominence once again, becoming the capital of the Bukhara Khanate, but remained at the center of regional upheaval in the centuries, with many different armies taking control of it. The result is a captivating mix of impressive architecture.
You'll learn how to make traditional pilav during a cooking demonstration in Samarkand.
Almaty is renowned not only for its postcard-pretty setting in the foothills of the snowcapped Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains, but for its status as Kazakhstan’s most cosmopolitan city. Your three-night extension includes visits to Zenkov Cathedral, the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, and Panfilov Park. You’ll also learn about the culture and history of Kazakhstan during a visit to a folk music instrument museum as well as the Central State Museum.
Make yourself at home at the Radisson Blu here in the heart of the Uzbek capital. Each of the rooms here feature high-end amenities like minibar, Nespresso, high-speed Internet, and more, and guests can also enjoy the on-site fitness center and sauna. The brasserie offers superb dishes and there are two bars on the premises — in the lobby and at the outdoor pool.
You can count on the best value in the industry when you travel solo with Vantage, beginning with one free Single Supplement on each departure of most Small Ship Cruises and Escorted Land Tours. We also offer among the lowest Single Supplements available. And you’ll enjoy single-occupancy staterooms on our fleet of deluxe river ships.
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