Apr 13, 2020 — Apr 29, 2020

Along Central Asia’s Silk Road

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About the Trip

Traveling the ancient Silk Road connecting East and West, encounter a mélange of culture and religion, art and architecture.  On this exciting 17-day small group journey, relish the exotic – embracing the humanity shared with the welcoming people of Central Asia.  Discover the showpiece Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, and explore the UNESCO archaeological sites of Nisa and Kunya-Urgench.  A tour of Khiva’s “inner city,” another UNESCO site, uncovers this Uzbek city’s storied past.  In ancient Buhkara, watch silk weavers at work and enjoy a traditional meal in a Sufi miniaturist’s home.  Board a jeep for a thrilling overnight desert excursion, stopping to see Bronze Age petroglyphs, then ride camels and overnight at a yurt camp.  Legendary Samarkand reveals its treasures during a three-night stay, followed by exploration of Uzbekistan’s fascinating capital, Tashkent, with its ancient Quran.  Spend a day touring Russian-accented Almaty, ascending a mountain for panoramic views and a farewell dinner.  Accompanied by Norm Olsen, former Senior United States Foreign Service Officer, we will add several special Council briefings to the itinerary.

From $6,944 including air from Boston, New York, or Washington, D.C. (other gateways available).  

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About the Lecturer

Norm Olsen is a former Senior United States Foreign Service Officer. He served for 26 years. His professional skills and experience include negotiations, contact work, team-building and management, economic development, USAID project monitoring, peacekeeping, and award-winning political, economic and security analysis, in both benign and hostile environments. He has served in Europe, Jamaica, the Marshall Islands, and the Middle East, where he served for nine years in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.