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Professor Jo-Ann Gross

Professor Jo-Ann Gross

In May-June, 2010 and again in 2013 The College of New Jersey sponsored a special Maymester Student-Faculty Silk Road Study-Tour to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which I co-taught with a colleague from the History Department. I am a specialist in the history of early modern and modern Central Asia, have traveled extensively in the region, and wanted to work with a tour agency that would allow me to organize the kind of educational cultural experience that fit the needs of my students and faculty. Zulya Rajabova, president of Silk Road Treasure Tours, far exceeded all my expectations. She was accessible throughout the planning stages of the tour, responsive to all our questions and needs, extremely efficient, and eager to provide the best tour possible. I cannot say enough about her warm personality, commitment to high quality service, interest in finding out what her clients want and providing it to the best of her ability, and excellent on-the-ground connections for arranging for visas, hotel accommodations, local tour guides, and special events. And all through the process, Zulya added her own personal touch of Central Asian hospitality and culture. She went out of her way to give each of the participants a wonderful packet of information about packing and planning, visas, and even a beautiful handmade gift from Uzbekistan. She even checked in on us by telephone while on tour in Central Asia to make sure everything was going well. The students and faculty are still talking about their memorable trip. I highly recommend Silk Road Treasure tours for individual as well as group tours. You won't be disappointed

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