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Lee Samuels, May, 2015

Lee Samuels, May, 2015


Some ten months ago I was contacted by a relative who heard Ms. Zulya Rajabova speak about Central Asia tourism destinations. For 40 years, since studying Silk Road destinations as an art history student, I had dreamed of traveling to these exotic Central Asia Stans but didn't feel comfortable with any travel planner I'd researched or contacted. From the beginning, Zulya Rajabova, and her staff at Silk Road Treasure Tours, engaged my curiosity, replied to all inquiries, took initiative and were accommodating and flexible in their planning as they set about attaining realistic goals and expectations while keeping me apprised as the entire process of designing a solo (individual) tour of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. I found Zulya and her staff professional, friendly, honest and willing to go more than the extra mile to insure my comfort and safety in Central Asia while making sure that my interests were met while preparing a detailed, creative and wholly individualized itinerary. The private guides selected were English fluent, proud citizens of their respective communities and countries, willing to share and show their customs, traditions, and aspects of Islamic secularism, Silk Road arts, architecture, handicrafts and cultures. All were personable and professional, and maintained high standards for safety while traveling around Central Asia. The drivers who were hired to chauffeur me about various inner city and countryside regions also maintained superior safety standards. Hotels, B&Bs and restaurants selected maintained the highest levels of cleanliness and safety. Staffs were friendly, professional and eager for me to gain the most out of my stay in their community. Breakfasts were outstanding in selection and taste as were the afternoon and evening meals. I truly look forward to asking Zulya Rajabova to assist in planning another transformative travel experience to this Silk Road region. Although I am a client, I feel as though I am a member of her family. Journeys are not so much the places seen and visited, although they are certainly special, too. It's realizing that although we have unique backgrounds, customs, languages, and traditions, we share so much through our common humanity...love, desire, dreams, passion, to have a better life for ourselves and our children and to make the world a better place. That's why I truly believe that two people who can connect on a personal level can create a transformative experience, maybe a miracle. Thank you Zulya for helping to allow my miracle to come true.

Lee Samuels
Central Asia Tour
California, USA
May, 2015


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