MIR Unveils New Departure of its Silk Route Caravan
SEATTLE, WA – The ancient trade routes that linked Europe and China exposed Central Asia to foreign cultures, customs, and religions. Now, more than 2,000 years later, the award-winning travel specialists at MIR Corporation have created an epic, 21-day journey to five exotic countries along the old Silk Route – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan – that visits eight awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way. With all of the remaining 2012 departures sold out, MIR Corporation has announced a new departure in 2012, October 16-November 5, with prices starting at $7,195. For more information, call 800-424-7289 or visit MIR’s website.
“Highlights of this ambitious journey include observing Kyrgyz national horse-games, savoring traditional Uzbek meals with local families, and admiring the trove of rescued Russian art with an expert at the Savitsky Museum,” said Founder and President of MIR, Douglas Grimes.
The tour begins in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, followed by a drive into Kyrgyzstan with an overnight at the beautiful alpine Lake Issyk-Kul. After exploring Bishkek, the country’s capital, travelers fly to Uzbekistan’s lush Fergana Valley. While in Margilan, they observe the process of silk-making and creating traditional flowing ikat patterns in a local silk workshop. A visit to the valley’s town of Rishtan includes lunch at the home of a master ceramics artist and a tour of his private studio to learn more about the process of making and decorating these authentic ceramics.
Then they’ll cross the border into Tajikistan for an overnight in historic Khujand, founded by Alexander the Great. Next, they journey overland to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent and admire one of the oldest Korans in the world.
“Our guests will explore the blue-tiled mosaics of Samarkand, visit Tamerlane’s UNESCO-listed Ak Sarai Palace, observe the interlocking brickwork of Bukhara, and meander through the winding alleys of Khiva,” said Grimes. “Other highpoints include the newly added visit to Nukus, which lies near the Amu Darya River and is the capital of Karakalpakstan. Here we visit the remarkable museum that inspired the documentary film, The Desert of Forbidden Art.”
The little-known country of Turkmenistan reveals three UNESCO Sites: the ruins of Khorezm’s Kunya Urgench, the Parthian city of Nisa and mythical Merv. The epic journey winds down with a final taste of Turkmen culture in the modern capital, Ashgabat, browsing its Golden Age bazaar, filled with merchants, shoppers and livestock.
About MIR Corporation
MIR Corporation, whose name means “peace” and “world” in Russian, has specialized in Russia (and neighboring countries) since 1986. Offering scheduled and custom journeys to Russia, along the Trans-Siberian and across the Silk Route, MIR’s Seattle-based experts design imaginative trips that take travelers far from the familiar, and work closely with local affiliates in Western Russia, Siberia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to carry them out. MIR has twice been named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth,” and is a preferred operator for museum, alumni and special interest organizations across the country.
Press inquiries should be directed to:
liz (at) mircorp (dot) com
85 South Washington St Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98104
PUBLISHED: May 31, 2012