MIR Corporation Announces New Departure for Epic 21-Day Silk Route Tour

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The Silk Route Caravan tour to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan departs October 16, 2012 with prices starting at $7,195. For more information, visit 800-424-7789 or visit http://www.mircorp.com/tour_jtca.asp.

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Join a modern-day caravan to five exotic countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan - visiting eight awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way.

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.

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 ancient 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 Silk Route tour happening October 16-November 5, 2012 with prices starting at $7,195. For more information on Silk Route tours or the ancient Silk Route, call Mir Corp at 800-424-7789.

“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 Corporation, Douglas Grimes.

The Silk Route 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.

Guest will then cross the border into Tajikistan for an overnight in historic Khujand, founded by Alexander the Great. An overland journey to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent follows where guests will 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 high-points of the Silk Route Caravan 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, Ashkabad, browsing its Golden Age bazaar, filled with merchants, shoppers and livestock.

To experience the ancient Silk Route on a small group tour or arrange a private Silk Route tour, call 800-424-7789 or visit http://www.mircorp.com/silk_route_iran.asp.

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.

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