High Speed Train Routes Announced for Uzbekistan!

Tashkent to Bukhara

For a small country, the distances between the major cities are long! Silk Road Treasure Tours is thrilled to announce that Uzbekistan Railways has a new high speed rail route connecting the capital city of Tashkent with ancient Bukhara and Samarkand. Beginning mid September, 2016 the Afrasiyob runs an extended route daily: Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara -Tashkent, allowing for easy, comfortable access to these fabulous Silk Road destinations, all within a 4-hour timeframe!

Tashkent to Andijan (Kokand and Marghilan)

Another convenient train route between the capital of Tashkent and Andijan in the south-east of the beautiful Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan train has begun daily service. With economy, business and VIP class carriages, the 6 hour trip has stops in the ancient Silk Road cities of Kokand and Marghilan along the way. Now you can see more of this fabulous country and its 3,000 years of history on your trip of a lifetime with Silk Road Treasure Tours!

New International Airport in Ashgabad, Turkmenistan

A new international airport has been launched in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabad. The airport, with its beautiful flying falcon shape, now has 3 terminals: passenger, cargo and VIP. With 1200 square hectares and sweeping modern design, it was awarded a Guinness Book of Records certificate for the largest architectural image (705 meters square) of a traditional carpet pattern which decorates the roof of the passenger terminal.

Direct flights now connect must-see destinations such as Tibilisi, Georgia and Beijing, China.

Here at Silk Road Treasure Tours we are very excited that our travelers taking the Georgia Silk Road can continue their trip to China with China Southern Airlines.

Other Recent News from Central Asia and Caucasus

Areas of the western Tien-Shan mountain region was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On 17 July 2016, during the World Heritage Committee’s 40th session in Istanbul, Turkey, 13 sites within 7 reserves were listed, as the Western Tien-Shan was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List to protect its biodiversity. This trans-national range covers areas in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, places which form the backdrop to many of our most popular tours.

Silk Road Treasure Tours has been taking travelers to Uzbekistan’s Ugam-Chatkal National Park since 2008. Located just 2 hours from Tashkent, this is one of the most spectacular landscapes just added to the UNESCO list.

7* Luxurious Biltmore Hotel opened in Tbilisi, Georgia

The new Biltmore Hotel has officially opened in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, in the historic city center. Formerly the Soviet era Institute of Marx, Engels, and Lenin the main building has been incorporated into the glass and steel geometric skyscraper. With  214 luxury rooms and suites, free high-speed wireless Internet, and luxury amenities your stay in fabulous Georgia is complete with beautiful views over the city.

Trending Travel to Central Asia with Silk Road Treasure Tours

Immersive Travel Experience

immersive travelMany tour operators offer special trips, but Zulya Rajabova continues to build her legacy with Silk Road Treasure Tours. How? By not just being a native of the area, but by returning several times a year to discover ways to give her clients true 'trips of a lifetime.'

For Ms. Rajabova, the immersive experience is created with loving care and the most unique perspectives. With local, specially trained tour guides, the relationships that Zulya maintains give her travelers opportunities that no other service can provide.

She takes great pride in showing off her home city of Bukhara, Uzbekistan! One of the most ancient cities of Uzbekistan, Bukhara boasts over 3,000 years of history, playing a central role in the development of the Silk Road connecting Europe with Asia! The legendary cities of Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva and Tashkent are waiting for you in Uzbekistan.

immersive travel 2Highlighting the optimal season for travel to Central Asia, her tours run from April - November each year. During that time, her guests enjoy the best of local culture - Festivals, Bazaars, Colorful fabrics and craftspeople, and often a traditional village wedding! The convenience of luxury accommodation and dining combined with fabulous landscapes, fascinating experiences, and a hearty camel ride gives her clients an appreciation for local and regional culture without sacrificing comfort.

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Central Asia Specialist for Pure Luxury Travel Group

pureAs the only Central Asia Specialist, Zulya will be attending the upcoming Pure Life Experiences annual conference in Marrakech next month. "Our community of like-minded mavericks push boundaries to create life-enriching experiences" - Pure.

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Tien-Shan Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tien Shan"On 17 July 2016, during the World Heritage Committee’s 40th session in Istanbul, Turkey, Western Tien-Shan was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List to protect its biodiversity. This is Kazakhstan’s second natural site to be declared a World Heritage Site, while it is Kyrgyzstan’s and Uzbekistan’s first." - Birdlife International

Sary-Chelek Lake in the Sary-Chelek State Biosphere Nature Reserve. Photo: Ushakov V.

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White House Visit Recap

zulya whitehouse tripIn mid-July 2016, Silk Road Treasure Tours owner Zulya Rajabova was invited to the White House to discuss international trade as part of the Leadership council. The opportunity allowed her to meet with Ambassadors and advisors further strengthening her relationships in Central Asia. As part of her unique travel business and the industry as a whole, support for the TPP brings employment opportunities to not only her homeland, but also to the United States with support staff.

Zulya's Invite to the White House Featured in Local Media

zulyaOur own Zulya Zulya Rajabova owner of Silk Road Treasure Tours, was featured by Wendy Stanton in the Mendham-Chester Patch.. The article covers the recent news that Zulya has been invited to the White House Business Council. The article went on to say:

Chester, NJ - June 21, 2016 - As part of her continued success, Zulya Rajabova owner of Silk Road Treasure Tours has been invited to the White House to attend the 2016 Business Council and Business Forward briefing on July 13, 2016. With the help of more than 50 of the world's most respected companies, Business Forward is making it easier for tens of thousands of business leaders from across America to advise Washington on how to create jobs and accelerate our economy.

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Happy International Women's Day!

zulua womans dayMarch 8 celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world and calls for continued action on gender parity.
As a public holiday in Central Asia, the nations combine International Women's Day and Mother's Day for this celebration. Backed by legislation ensuring equal rights, childcare leave up to three years and benefits for pregnant women as well, Uzbekistan is proud of its high literacy rates and record of leadership roles for women. The government supports programs for health, education, assistance with jobs for female university graduates, and assistance including micro-loans for women entrepreneurs. Silk Road Treasure Tours supports these actions and salutes all the women of Uzbekistan as well as the many who work for us and travel with us.

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.