Five ‘Stans: Hidden Heart of Asia | Central Asia | Tibet

FIVE ’STANS

HIDDEN HEART OF ASIA

© Edith Zeller

KYRGYZSTAN

DEAR ADVENTURER
I am thrilled to lead this journey of discovery to lands once traversed by caravans plying the Silk Road between China and Europe. ese “Five ’Stans” have vast and varied scenery ranging from the river-studded plateau steppes of Kazakhstan to the snowcapped and lushly vegetated mountain ranges of the Pamirs and Tian Shan, which fringe the Chinese border in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Imagine camel caravans laden with Chinese silk and porcelain threading their way westward through high mountain passes before descending into a Shangri-la of rushing rivers and silvery lakes in Uzbekistan… followed by a trek across the wide expanse of Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert before reaching the Caspian Sea. Our journey showcases outstanding scenery of tumbling waterfalls, narrow-walled river gorges, and dense forests as we hike through regions of wondrous natural beauty. However the fascinating cultural legacies of these countries is also striking. A succession of people conquered and occupied the region, beginning with river delta farmers and nomadic Scythians who fought fiercely against Alexander the Great, followed by Turkic herders. e Mongol Empire under Chinggis Khaan succeeded the Persian Samanid dynasty and its attendant renaissance of learning and the arts. Tamerlane’s conquest of central Asia produced a flowering of Islamic culture in Samarkand. Later settlers included Turkic Uzbeks and Kazakhs, followed by the Russian invaders of the 19th century. With these natural and cultural opportunities at your fingertips, your camera will capture images never to be forgotten: e rich red embroidery of a woman’s robes as she dances in a folkloric performance, her gold jewelry flashing. The glacier-capped mountains of Kyrgyzstan soaring skyward. e elegance of Samarkand’s Islamic architecture, with its glowing mud-bricks and gleaming turquoise tiles. e richly patterned, hand-knotted carpets for which the region is justly famed. I have been visiting this region regularly since 1978, and having led this particular expedition for the last five years, I am excited to share with you every aspect of the history, culture, and natural environment of the ’Stans. I hope you will join me and follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo and the Silk Road merchants, discovering this rarely visited hidden heart of Asia. Warm regards,

S P I AN EA

Gary Wintz Expedition Leader

UZBEKISTAN TURKMENISTAN
Chardzhow Ashgabat Bukhara Tashkent Samarkand Pendjikent

KAZAKHSTAN
Almaty Bishkek

KYRGYZSTAN

Ala-Archa Gorge

TAJIKISTAN

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UZBEKISTAN UZBEKISTAN

River flflowsthrough the gorge, which isis River ows through the gorge, which surrounded by lush forest, alpine meadows, surrounded by lush forest, alpine meadows, and glacier-clad peaks. and glacier-clad peaks.
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BISHKEK //TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN BISHKEK TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN
Today we enjoy a a tour of Bishkek, a city graced Today we enjoy tour of Bishkek, a city graced with noted cultural and architectural monuwith noted cultural and architectural monuments and expansive parks. In the late afternoon ments and expansive parks. In the late afternoon we board our flflight to Tashkent for our third we board our ight to Tashkent for our third ’Stans republic, Uzbekistan. AA former crossroads ’Stans republic, Uzbekistan. former crossroads of Silk Road caravans and invaders, Uzbekistan of Silk Road caravans and invaders, Uzbekistan isis rich in architectural treasures. rich in architectural treasures.
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HIDDEN HEART OF ASIA HIDDEN HEART OF ASIA
18 DAYS 18 DAYS

FIVE ’STANS FIVE ’STANS

DAYS 1 1 & 2 DAYS & 2

USA //ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN USA ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN
Depart USA on your independent flflight to Depart USA on your independent ight to Almaty via Frankfurt, Germany. Arrive in Almaty via Frankfurt, Germany. Arrive in Almaty late on Day 2, transfer to our hotel Almaty late on Day 2, transfer to our hotel for overnight. for overnight.
DAY 33 DAY

TASHKENT TASHKENT
We spend the day exploring this EuropeanWe spend the day exploring this Europeanflflavored city. View the beautiful facade of avored city. View the beautiful facade of the Navoi eater of Opera and Ballet, visit the Navoi eater of Opera and Ballet, visit the Museum of Applied Arts, and tour Old the Museum of Applied Arts, and tour Old Tashkent, the center of Uzbek culture. Tashkent, the center of Uzbek culture.
DAY 99 DAY

ALMATY ALMATY
The e largest of the ’Stans, Kazakhstan has a Th largest of the ’Stans, Kazakhstan has a steppe landscape of plateaus and plains rising steppe landscape of plateaus and plains rising to a a mountainous eastern border with China. to mountainous eastern border with China. We explore Almaty, the country’s largest city We explore Almaty, the country’s largest city and its former capital. Zenkov Cathedral isis a and its former capital. Zenkov Cathedral a masterpiece of nail-less wooden construction masterpiece of nail-less wooden construction from the tsarist era. We also visit the Museum from the tsarist era. We also visit the Museum of Kazakh Musical Instruments and the of Kazakh Musical Instruments and the National Historical Museum. National Historical Museum.
DAY 44 DAY

TASHKENT //SAMARKAND TASHKENT SAMARKAND
Today we drive to Samarkand, a a prosperous Silk Today we drive to Samarkand, prosperous Silk Road trading city and the capital of Tamerlane’s Road trading city and the capital of Tamerlane’s 14th-century rule. 14th-century rule.
DAY 10 DAY 10

SAMARKAND //PENDJIKENT, SAMARKAND PENDJIKENT, TAJIKISTAN TAJIKISTAN
In the morning we plan to cross the border In the morning we plan to cross the border into Tajikistan for a a short drive to Pendjikent. into Tajikistan for short drive to Pendjikent. Tajikistan isisthe “Nepal of the ’Stans,” with Tajikistan the “Nepal of the ’Stans,” with over 90 percent of its land covered in high, over 90 percent of its land covered in high, glacier-clad peaks. We visit the ancient ruins glacier-clad peaks. We visit the ancient ruins of Bunjikath, explore the former residential of Bunjikath, explore the former residential quarters and citadel, and the town’s wonderful quarters and citadel, and the town’s wonderful museum, plus the bazaar. After a alunch of museum, plus the bazaar. After lunch of regional cuisine, visit a abeautiful local town regional cuisine, visit beautiful local town mosque before returning to Samarkand. Enjoy mosque before returning to Samarkand. Enjoy dinner at a alocal restaurant. dinner at local restaurant.
DAY 11 DAY 11

ALMATY ALMATY
We drive uphill into the countryside to Medeu, We drive uphill into the countryside to Medeu, a apicturesque, canyon-like valley where we picturesque, canyon-like valley where we visit Chimbulak, a atop ski resort and base visit Chimbulak, top ski resort and base for alpine mountaineering. Enjoy a a moderate for alpine mountaineering. Enjoy moderate hike into Tuyuk Su Gorge, with a a lunch of hike into Tuyuk Su Gorge, with lunch of regional cuisine. regional cuisine.
DAY 55 DAY

ALMATY //BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN ALMATY BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN
Mountain panoramas surround us as we drive Mountain panoramas surround us as we drive south to Kyrgyzstan, a a rugged and beautiful south to Kyrgyzstan, rugged and beautiful country with over half its territory situated country with over half its territory situated in the Tian Shan Mountains, which rise to in the Tian Shan Mountains, which rise to elevations of 10,000 feet or more. An ancient elevations of 10,000 feet or more. An ancient Silk Road settlement, modern Bishkek isisan Silk Road settlement, modern Bishkek an attractive town lying under the mountainous attractive town lying under the mountainous backdrop. Upon arrival in Bishkek we have backdrop. Upon arrival in Bishkek we have a a late lunch before visiting the bazaar. Enjoy late lunch before visiting the bazaar. Enjoy dinner this evening at a a local restaurant dinner this evening at local restaurant followed by a a vibrant folkloric presentation. followed by vibrant folkloric presentation.
DAY 66 DAY

SAMARKAND SAMARKAND
Today we explore this city’s architectural Today we explore this city’s architectural treasures, including the mausoleums of Shakhtreasures, including the mausoleums of Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis. In Registan Square, admire i-Zinda Necropolis. In Registan Square, admire the magnificent domes and gleaming turquoise the magnificent domes and gleaming turquoise tiles of historic madrassas (Islamic seminaries). tiles of historic madrassas (Islamic seminaries). Nearby Bibi Khanym Mosque boasts elegant Nearby Bibi Khanym Mosque boasts elegant façades and an interior covered in delicate carved façades and an interior covered in delicate carved marble, glazed tiles, and frescoes. After lunch marble, glazed tiles, and frescoes. After lunch we visit Ulug Bek Observatory. We gather this we visit Ulug Bek Observatory. We gather this evening to enjoy a a folkloric show at Shere Dore evening to enjoy folkloric show at Shere Dore complex before dinner. complex before dinner.
DAY 12 DAY 12

BISHKEK //ALA-ARCHA GORGE BISHKEK ALA-ARCHA GORGE
Today we take a a day trip to Ala-Archa Gorge Today we take day trip to Ala-Archa Gorge for a a hike in this verdant national park whose for hike in this verdant national park whose name means “bright juniper.” e e Alamedin name means “bright juniper.” Alamedin

SAMARKAND //BUKHARA SAMARKAND BUKHARA
isis morning we visit Samarkand’s bazaar morning we visit Samarkand’s bazaar

where displays of grains, fruits, and vegetables are reminiscent of Tamerlane’s time. Watch for colorfully clad Uzbek women in this photographer’s paradise. We also pay a visit to Tamerlane’s tomb, the Gur Emir, with its turquoise dome and richly gilded interior. Enjoy an early lunch before we depart for Bukhara. By the 10th century, this Silk Road trading city had become Central Asia’s religious capital. Its prominence as the capital of the Shaybanids resulted in the flowering of its architectural creativity. Enjoy dinner in the old city this evening.
DAYS 13 & 14

DAY 16

ASHGABAT
Today we explore Ashgabat, the country’s capital, located at the base of the 10,000-foot Kopet Dag Mountains. The city borders the Karakum Canal, the world’s longest canal, which carries water nearly the entire length of the country. Watch for the exotically dressed Turkmen, known for their splendid horses. We visit the ancient citadel at nearby Nisa where archaeological digs are under way. At the Carpet Museum, see fine specimens of brilliantly colored hand-woven carpets, a specialty of Turkmen. Dinner is at a local restaurant in the city tonight.
DAY 17

BUKHARA
We spend two full days exploring Bukhara, a city endowed with magnificent examples of Islamic architecture. Highlights include the central Lyab-i-Khauz square; the elegant 10th-century tomb of Ismail Samani; the 16th-century Ark Fortress; the massive Kalyan Mosque and minaret complex; the graceful Chor Minor; and historic 17th-century madrassas.
DAY 15

ASHGABAT
Early risers tour the morning bazaar for an authentic experience of local culture amid overflowing displays of spices, jewelry, and crimson carpets. After lunch at a local restaurant the afternoon is free to explore on your own. We gather this evening for a festive farewell dinner.
DAY 18

BUKHARA / CHARDZHOW, TURKMENISTAN / ASHGABAT
is morning we depart Bukhara for the Turkmenistan border, and cross over into the town of Chardzhow. On arrival we have a late lunch, and time permitting, tour the town’s museum before continuing to the airport for our evening flight to Ashgabat.

ASHGABAT / USA
Early morning transfer to the airport for independent flights homeward.

UZBEKISTAN

KYRGYZSTAN

© Gary Wintz

UZBEKISTAN

ASHGABAT MARKET

© Edith Zeller

© Ron Wixman

MEET OUR LEADER: MEET OUR LEADER: MEET OUR LEADER:

GARY WINTZ GARY WINTZ GARY WINTZ
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Gary graduated cum laude from Duns Scotus College inin Michigan with degree inin philosophy. Gary graduated cum laude from Duns Scotus College Michigan with a aadegree philosophy. Gary graduated cum laude from Duns Scotus College in Michigan with degree in philosophy. HeHehas spent most of the past 30 years outside the US researching, writing, photographing, He has spent most thethe past 30 years outside the US researching, writing, photographing, has spent most of of past 30 years outside the US researching, writing, photographing, and lecturing about distant lands and cultures, and hashastraveled to over 215 countries and and lecturing about distant lands and cultures, and has traveled over 215 countries and and lecturing about distant lands and cultures, and traveled to to over 215 countries and territories. Gary hashasworked on humanitarian projects throughout Asia, and has contributed territories. Gary has worked on humanitarian projects throughout Asia, and has contributed territories. Gary worked on humanitarian projects throughout Asia, and has contributed hishisexpertise to development projects in Ethiopia for UNICEF. In 1981 he taught as foreign his expertise development projects in Ethiopia for for UNICEF. 1981 he he taught a aaforeign expertise to to development projects in Ethiopia UNICEF. In In 1981 taught as as foreign expert at at Chengdu University of Science and Technology in Sichuan Province in China. In expert Chengdu University of Science and Technology in Sichuan Province in China. In In expert at Chengdu University of Science and Technology in Sichuan Province in China. 1982 hehe was employed by Tibet University in Lhasa, thus becoming one of therst rstWesterners 1982 was employed by by Tibet University Lhasa, thus becoming one of thethefifi Westerners 1982 he was employed Tibet University in in Lhasa, thus becoming one of fi rst Westerners toto actually reside in Tibet since the communist Chinese occupation. Gary has met with His actually reside in Tibet since thethe communist Chinese occupation. Gary has met with His to actually reside in Tibet since communist Chinese occupation. Gary has met with His Holiness thetheDalai Lama many times. Since 1987 Gary has worked as consultant with Holiness the Dalai Lama many times. Since 1987 Gary has worked a aaconsultant with Holiness Dalai Lama many times. Since 1987 Gary has worked as as consultant with development organizations and for formedia projects throughout Southeast Asia, and has lectured development organizations and for media projects throughout Southeast Asia, and has lectured development organizations and media projects throughout Southeast Asia, and has lectured on oncontemporary issues at various institutions, including Harvard, Yale, and the World Affairs on contemporary issuesvarious institutions, including Harvard, Yale, and thethe World Affairs contemporary issues at at various institutions, including Harvard, Yale, and World Affairs Council. HeHeis longtime member ofof the Association of Asian Studies, the Central Eurasian Council. He aisaalongtime member thethe Association Asian Studies, thethe Central Eurasian Council. is longtime member of Association of of Asian Studies, Central Eurasian Studies Society, and thetheAmerican Institute of Afghanistan Studies. Gary continues to lead Studies Society, and the American Institute Afghanistan Studies. Gary continues to lead Studies Society, and American Institute of of Afghanistan Studies. Gary continues to lead travelers regularly into inner Asia asas well as Central Asia. travelers regularly into inner Asia well as Central Asia. travelers regularly into inner Asia as well as Central Asia.

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EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
• Registan Square, thetheheart of ancient Samarkand, anked on onthree sides by grand, ••Registan Square, the heart ancient Samarkand, fl flflankedon three sides by grand, Registan Square, heart of of ancient Samarkand, anked three sides by grand, elaborately decorated madrassas (Islamic seminaries) elaborately decorated madrassas (Islamic seminaries) elaborately decorated madrassas (Islamic seminaries) • Magnificent scenery and soaring glacier-clad peaks inin Tuyuk Su Gorge, Kazakhstan and ••Magnificent scenery and soaring glacier-clad peaks Tuyuk Su Su Gorge, Kazakhstan and Magnificent scenery and soaring glacier-clad peaks in Tuyuk Gorge, Kazakhstan and Ala-Archa Gorge, Kyrgyzstan Ala-Archa Gorge, Kyrgyzstan Ala-Archa Gorge, Kyrgyzstan • Bibi Khanym Mosque, built byby Tamarlane in the 14th-century, whose grand size pushed ••Bibi Khanym Mosque, built by Tamarlane thethe 14th-century, whose grand size pushed Bibi Khanym Mosque, built Tamarlane in in 14th-century, whose grand size pushed thethelimits of architectural knowledge the limits architectural knowledge limits of of architectural knowledge • Bustling markets, overflowing with exotic foods and colorful produce, spices, jewelry, ••Bustling markets, overflowing with exotic foods and colorful produce, spices, jewelry, Bustling markets, overflowing with exotic foods and colorful produce, spices, jewelry, pashminas, knives, and hand-woven carpets pashminas, knives, and hand-woven carpets pashminas, knives, and hand-woven carpets

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DATES & RATES DATES & RATES
DATES DATES
MAY 3 3 20, 2011 MAY – – 20, 2011 SEPTEMBER 6 6 23, 2011 SEPTEMBER – – 23, 2011

RATES RATES
$10,780 per person, double occupancy $2,980 single supplement* $10,780 per person, double occupancy $2,980 single supplement*
Limited to to 24 expedition members. Limited 24 expedition members.
INCLUDED: All accommodations and group meals from Day 2 – Day 17; group transfers; INCLUDED: All accommodations and group meals from Day 2 – Day 17; group transfers; guided excursions as as stated in the itinerary; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc.; $50,000 guided excursions stated in the itinerary; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc.; $50,000 of of emergency sickness/accident medical expenses and $75,000 in evacuation insurance;** emergency sickness/accident medical expenses and $75,000 in evacuation insurance;** camera fees forfor one still and one video camera per person; all gratuities; air transportation camera fees one still and one video camera per person; all gratuities; air transportation forfor Bishkek/Tashkent and within Turkmenistan. Bishkek/Tashkent and within Turkmenistan. NOT INCLUDED: All airair transportation except as listed above; excess baggage charges; airport NOT INCLUDED: All transportation except as listed above; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers forfor independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or arrival and departure taxes; transfers independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; accident/baggage/cancellation insurance; camera fees in in excess of one still and one visa fees; accident/baggage/cancellation insurance; camera fees excess of one still and one video camera per person; items of ofpersonal nature such as as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic video camera per person; items a a personal nature such laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/fax/telephone charges; estimated US$1,000 per person in in visa fees. beverages, e-mail/fax/telephone charges; estimated US$1,000 per person visa fees. AIR FARE: A tentative flight schedule is available upon request. Eco-Expeditions will contact AIR FARE: A tentative flight schedule is available upon request. Eco-Expeditions will contact you approximately 180 days prior to to the departure of this program tonalize your flight plans. you approximately 180 days prior the departure of this program to fi finalize your flight plans. AsAs of April 2010, the approximate economy air fare as listed in the itinerary $2,350 forfor New of April 2010, the approximate economy air fare as listed in the itinerary is is $2,350 New York/Frankfurt/Almaty – Ashgabat/Frankfurt/New York. Additional fares from other cities York/Frankfurt/Almaty – Ashgabat/Frankfurt/New York. Additional fares from other cities will be be quoted as needed. will quoted as needed.

All rates are per person, quoted in in U.S. dollars, and must be paid in U.S. dollars. Rates and All rates are per person, quoted U.S. dollars, and must be paid in U.S. dollars. Rates and itineraries are subject to to change. itineraries are subject change.
*A *A limited number single accommodations areare available. limited number of of single accommodations available. **Insurance is underwritten by by National Union Fire Insurance Company Pittsburgh, Pa.Pa. e Policy will contain **Insurance is underwritten National Union Fire Insurance Company of of Pittsburgh, e Policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. AllAll coverages may not available in all all states. reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. coverages may not be be available in states.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHAT TO EXPECT
e Five ’Stans are countries rarely visited byby outside travelers. As such, they have poorly devele Five ’Stans are countries rarely visited outside travelers. As such, they have poorly developed tourist infrastructures. It is our policy to to always use the best available accommodations, oped tourist infrastructures. It is our policy always use the best available accommodations, transportation, and services of of the countries we visit, but lodgings and food are not always up transportation, and services the countries we visit, but lodgings and food are not always up to to Western standards. Participants should also be aware that deviations from the published Western standards. Participants should also be aware that deviations from the published itinerary areare possible, thatights may change, and that wewe may experience delays during border itinerary possible, that fl flights may change, and that may experience delays during border crossings. Travelers should also be be prepared to walk or stand for extended periods, and some crossings. Travelers should also prepared to walk or stand for extended periods, and some days of of the expedition will include long bus journeys over sometimes-rough roads. Travel to days the expedition will include long bus journeys over sometimes-rough roads. Travel to this part of of world requires sensitivity to local cultures and customs; at times, you may need to this part world requires sensitivity to local cultures and customs; at times, you may need to remove your shoes and woman may be be expected to cover their heads. We will provide detailed remove your shoes and woman may expected to cover their heads. We will provide detailed information regarding local dress and customs, a complete listlist of recommended clothing, and a information regarding local dress and customs, a complete of recommended clothing, and a suggested reading list to to you approximatelyve ve months prior to departure. suggested reading list you approximately fi fi months prior to departure. Due to to the extensive time involved to procure the number of visas required for this program, Due the extensive time involved to procure the number of visas required for this program, participants must plan to to relinquish their passports for three months prior to the departure participants must plan relinquish their passports for three months prior to the departure date. If you have interim international travel scheduled during that time, you must obtain a a date. If you have interim international travel scheduled during that time, you must obtain second passport. Please contact our office ce you have questions about this procedure. second passport. Please contact our offi if if you have questions about this procedure.

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