Silk Road Treasure Tours Debuts its new Customizable Family Adventure to Central Asia with Set and Flexible Departures in 2015 and 2016

Families with Children, Tweens, Teens, Adult Children, and Multi-generations

Explore, Discover, and Enrich Your Lives Together in Central Asia

Family Milestone Celebrations in 2016 Coordinate with the countries of Central Asia and the 25th Anniversary of their independence from the former Soviet Union.

Chester, NJ, May 18, 2015 ... Silk Road Treasure Tours, the premier American tour operator with founding roots in Central Asia announces its brand new 15-day FAMILY ADVENTURE TO THE "STANS" OF CENTRAL ASIA with a customized itinerary to suit families with children ages seven to adult and multi-generations traveling together. Trips offer hands-on experiences, age matching people-to-people interactions, participation in seasonal, traditional festivals and a balance of adventure and culture created just right for every family's interests. The tour offers a unique bonding opportunity for family members of all ages exploring a region of ancient trading civilizations along Central Asia's Silk Road.


Says Zulya Rajabova, Uzbekistan native and President of Silk Road Treasure Tours, "We created this itinerary in response to the tremendous increase we've seen in family travel, especially milestone vacations. We take special care to ensure that family celebrations are memorable for everyone. Recently, we welcomed a multi-generational family -the grandfather was celebrating his 80th birthday and brought along his adult children and grandchildren. We arranged for local craftspeople to create a gold embroidered rope that we presented to the 80-year-old grandfather to wear on his actual birthday."

Of course Silk Road Treasure Tours welcomes all families, from single parents and children, and nuclear families, to extended, blended and everything in between! Notes Zulya, "One eight-year-old girl traveling with her family to Uzbekistan loved meeting the local children her own age, learning their favorite songs and dances, sharing a meal and exchanging gifts with these children in their home. She was so enchanted by the 3,000 years of history in my home city of Bukhara that she went back to her school in Indiana and gave presentations to her fellow classmates. She is now my youngest ambassador!"

From the breathtaking minarets and magical bazaars of Uzbekistan to the bold beauty of Kazakhstan's vast steppes and ice-capped mountains, the rich history and traditions of the    "-Stans" developed at the crossroads of Persian, Turkish, Russian, Mongolian and Chinese cultures. In Central Asia, the fabled cities of the Silk Road - places like Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva, Konya-Urgench, and Khodjand – come alive as families enjoy thousands of years of history, tradition and the warm hospitality of the region together. Together, families discover this exotic world that sprung to life along the pathways of the old Silk Road trade routes.  In 2016, they can enjoy the excitement of 25 years of independence that the countries of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan,Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are celebrating.

Sample family experiences include shopping together in the bazaars, trekking together on horseback in the world's most spectacular mountains, riding camels with nomadic families and their herds, sleeping in comfortable yurts under the stars in the Kyzyl Kum and Karakum deserts, and eating breakfast together at a camp-fire next to a magnificent, fiery gas crater.

Mothers and daughters, passionate about weaving, embroidery or textiles, especially love learning together how mothers and daughters here create the brightly woven and intricately embroidered cotton and silk fabrics, and the silk, felt or wool rugs.

Families with younger children can take in the puppet theater and even make puppets of their own. In the bazaars children and their parents can shop for ingredients to make halva – a traditional sesame seed-and-sugar-based sweet, bringing the ingredients back with them to a local family's home to make this delicious candy together. Local children often work together with their parents and grandparents in bazaar workshops learning traditional crafts, and enjoy demonstrating their skills to their traveling peers! Explains Zulya Rajabova,"Children from around the world understand the international language of joy and discovery together."

Families who want to experience exchanges with local families – particularly pleasurable for grandparent-grandchildren pairs - can select from five guaranteed group departures between July 23, 2015 to August 4, 2016 (July 23-August 6, 2015, August 14-28, 2015, June 16-30, 2016, July 7-21, 2016, and August 4-18, 2016). Prices for the 15-day itinerary start at $6,140 per person, land-only for two to six travelers and include: 4-star and boutique hotels, domestic flights from Ashgabad to Dashoguz and Tashkent to Almaty, ground transportation including comfortable road vehicles and the train from Samarkand to Tashkent, visa support, most meals, entrance fees, performances and folklore shows, and more. There is a 30% discount for travelers age 12 and under, and custom-designed shorter programs also cost less.

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