SRTT Founder, Zulya Rajabova, a native of Uzbekistan and former university professor, uses her deep homeland connections to craft the most in-depth cultural and educational experiences for members of educational institutions, museums, affinity associations, student organizations, and all group travelers.

Chester, NJ, April 2015Silk Road Treasure Tours is offering a series of two different educational group tours for 2015-2016.  These include: Following the Central Asia Silk Road (2015: June 2-19, July 10-27, August 14-31, September 18-October 4; 2016: June 2-19, August 4-21, September 15-October 2), and a Silk Road Study Tour to Uzbekistan (2015: June 3-12 and July 29-August 8; 2016: May 20-30, June 16-26, September 15-25). 

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These Central Asia tours stand alone for several reasons. They focus on learning about the destination from knowledgeable experts. They offer extensive one-to-one interaction between visitors and locals. They include a pre-trip orientation and recommended reading list. However, most importantly, they are personally crafted by Silk Roads Treasure Tours’ founder, Zulya Rajabova. Zulya is a native of Uzbekistan, former university professor in Bukhara, and former tour guide for the Tourism Ministry of Uzbekistan.

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Zulya on a camel

Says Zulya, “From a young age, I had an opportunity to meet travelers from around the globe, who came to the UNESCO World Heritage city where I lived.  I wanted to meet them and draw them into my home and show them more. Now I do this for each and every one of my travelers.” 

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 Zulya places her personal passion and perspective into every tour. Her unparalleled connections open doors for her travelers. Travelers do not just see the 140 architectural monuments in the museum-like city of Bukhara. They experience they city from the inside – with meals in peoples’ homes, and tea in their craft workshops, as these artisans produce silk fabrics, for example, using the same ikat dye patterning style as they have for over one thousand years. 

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Silk Road Treasure Tours allows travelers to individually feel the influence of world cultures and religions along the Silk Road.  Experiences include: a foray into the lives of students at the 16th Century religious medressah (Muslim religious school) of Kukeltash; a tour of the Russian Cathedral of Holy Ascension, the largest wooden church in the world; a jaunt through the Jewish Quarter and synagogue of Samarkand, one of the largest Jewish communities in Central Asia; and a visit to Magoki Attari, in the historic section of Bukhara, the original site of a Zoroastrian temple.

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 Synagogue in Samarkand

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While working for the tourism ministry, Zulya escorted dignitaries and world leaders. However, in the United States since 2003, she now creates once-in-a-lifetime educational programs for international institutions and travelers. She has worked with alumni and Central Asia Studies departments at a number universities including: Columbia, New York University, Ohio State, the University of California, and The College of New Jersey, offering travel programs and giving on-campus presentations.  She has also presented at the Asia Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and The New York Times Travel Show.  Through Silk Road Treasure Tours, Zulya has designed the Central Asia Silk Road and Uzbekistan Study tours especially for these alumni associations, museum members, and other affinity groups. 

Additionally, in line with President Obama’s commitment to facilitating more American students to study abroad and be ambassadors for the United States in other countries, Silk Road Treasure Tours is excited to also be working with high school, undergraduate and graduate university student groups and international youth organizations, who come to Central Asia to learn, absorb, explore, and exchange. 

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Finally, Silk Road Treasure Tours also creates tailor-made individual travel experiences to Central Asia, the Caucasus, China and beyond for all travelers. On a Silk Roads Treasure Tour, Zulya’s passion becomes yours. 

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For more information on Silk Road Treasure Tours’ Educational Programs visit http://silkroadtreasuretours.com/education. To welcome Zulya to speak to your group, see details at: http://silkroadcultures.com/. For information on planning a customized personal trip to Central Asia visit: www.silkroadtreasuretours.com. For specific questions email: info@silkroadtreasuretours.com or call directly at: 888-745-7670 or 908-347-4280.

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