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THE SILK ROAD

THE SILK ROAD

ALMATY TO YEREVAN ABOARD

GOLDEN EAGLE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 8, 2012


THE SILK ROAD

ALMATY TO YEREVAN ABOARD

GOLDEN EAGLE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS

Travel through the amazing landscapes of the Central

Asian Steppes aboard the elegant Golden Eagle train.

Explore the contrasts between former Soviet satellites and the

fiercely independent Caucasus states, including Georgia and

Armenia. Highlights of this journey include Samarkand, home

of Tamerlane the Great and known for its extraordinary

Islamic architecture; Bukhara, an important trading stop on

the Silk Road; Tbilisi, the thriving capital of Georgia; and

fascinating Armenia. There will be carefully planned visits at

each stop, stimulating preparatory lectures, and the conviviality

of shared companionship. From the lounge and dining cars,

view the plains of Kazakhstan, the green pastures of

Uzbekistan, the deserts of remote Turkmenistan, and the

majestic mountains of the Caucasus.





PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Attend a series of lectures by a Yale faculty member

and by Dr. Joan Aruz, curator at the Met

Explore the Central Asian Steppes, traveling in

comfort aboard the elegantly restored Golden Eagle

See stunning palaces, medieval architecture,

and an ancient cave city

Visit the mausoleum of Tamerlane in Samarkand

■ Discover the architectural wonders of 2,500-

year-old Bukhara

photo © onikonova

Kazakh yurts (left) and Golden Eagle (right).

Yale Faculty

As this brochure goes to print, we have not yet confirmed the faculty study leader for this program. We intend, however, that you

will be joined by a Yale lecturer who will enhance your travel experience. You will discover that our lecturers are not only first-rate

scholars and teachers but also friendly traveling companions, eager to share their insight through conversation as well as in

scheduled presentations. ■


THE SILK ROAD

ALMATY TO YEREVAN ABOARD

GOLDEN EAGLE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 8, 2012

TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN

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Sunday, October 28 Today explore the capital city of

Uzbekistan, rebuilt on its ancient foundations after the

devastating earthquake of 1966. In Khast-Imam Square, visit

the Tilla Sheikh Masjid, whose library houses the 7th-century

Uthman Qur’an, and see the rich collection of Western,

Russian, and Uzbek paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts.

Dinner is on board.

photo © Tripteaser

Registan Square, Samarkand.

NEW YORK

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Wednesday, October 24 Depart New York on an overnight

flight to London.

LONDON, ENGLAND 1

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN

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Thursday, October 25 Arrive in London and connect to an

overnight flight to Almaty.

ALMATY 1 GOLDEN EAGLE

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Friday, October 26 Early this morning board the Golden

Eagle Trans-Siberian Express in the capital city of Almaty,

once called the “City of Apples.” Following lunch in the

restaurant car, you may wish to join your lecturers and fellow

travelers for an escorted walk through Panfilov Park. Gather

this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.

ALMATY

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Saturday, October 27 A morning tour includes the landmark

Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, with its significant

collection of artifacts from Kazakh history. Return to the

train for lunch, followed by an excursion to the countryside,

where views from a cable car will be splendid. Dinner is

aboard Golden Eagle as the train departs for Tashkent.

Ismail Samani mausoleum, Bukhara.

SAMARKAND, UZBEKISTAN

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Monday, October 29 Founded in the 6th century B.C.E.,

Samarkand held a central position on the Silk Road between

China and the West. Join an architectural tour of Registan

Square, renowned for its three magnificent turquoise-tiled

madrasahs. Also visit the beautifully proportioned Bibi

Khanum Mosque, the mausoleum of the mighty Tamerlane,

and the exquisite tombs of the nobility at Shakh i Zaidah.

After lunch, continue to Ulugh Beg Observatory, dating

from the 15th century. For your evening pleasure, enjoy

traditional folk dances, followed by dinner with regional

specialties at a local restaurant.

photo © David Kerkhoff


BUKHARA, UZBEKISTAN

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Tuesday, October 30 Today Golden Eagle arrives in

Bukhara, another of the remarkable cities along the Silk

Road. A morning visit to the mausoleums of Ismail Samani

and Chashma-Ayub offers a unique glimpse into this region’s

range of architecture and tradition. Continue to the Bolo

Hauz Mosque, a classic example of Central Asian architecture,

and Ark Citadel, the fortified residence of the ruthless Emirs

of Bukhara who ruled until the Soviet era. After lunch,

explore the Emirs’ enchantingly named Palace of the Moon

and Stars. This evening a delightful surprise awaits — an

al fresco barbecue on the train station platform.

KHIVA, UZBEKISTAN

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Wednesday, October 31 Khiva, a UNESCO World

Heritage Site and one of the Silk Road’s most important yet

least–visited trading posts, lies at the crossroads between

Mongolia, Russia, China, and Persia. A morning exploration

of the city’s impressive architecture includes the Kunya Ark,

Tash Kauli Palace, residence of the Khans, and the Djuma

Mosque. During lunch the train departs for Turkmenistan.

TURKMENBASHI,

TURKMENISTAN 1

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN

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Friday, November 2 This morning arrive in the town of

Turkmenbashi on the Caspian Sea. Board a hydrofoil for the

sea crossing, while the train is maneuvered onto an oversized

ferry for a longer, 12-hour voyage. At the port of Baku, step

ashore for a brief orientation drive, followed by a dinner of

local specialties. Lodging tonight is at the Hyatt Regency.

photo by Laura and Fulvio

photo © Arkady Chubykin

Ceiling, Tash Kauli Palace, Khiva.

ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN

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Thursday, November 1 In dramatic contrast to ancient

Khiva, Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, is said to be

the “Las Vegas of the Kara Kum.” Situated between the Kara

Kum Desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range, its golden

domes and towering modern buildings appear strangely

incongruous in this almost biblical setting. Explore the

nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nisa, capital of the

Parthian Empire, where over forty magnificent ivory drinking

horns were discovered. Conclude your day at the Ashgabat

National Museum, where the horns are now on display.

Metekhi Church of the Virgin, Tbilisi.

BAKU

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Saturday, November 3 Explore Baku’s old walled city, a

UNESCO World Heritage Site, including Shirvanshah’s Palace

and Maiden Tower. Lunch is in a nearby restaurant before

rejoining the Golden Eagle for the overnight journey to Tbilisi.

TBILISI, GEORGIA

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Sunday, November 4 One of the most ancient cities in the

Caucasus, Tbilisi has been Georgia’s capital almost continuously

since the 5th century. Visit the Old Town, including

the Metekhi Church of the Virgin. After lunch, explore the

medieval treasures in the Museum of Georgia, the collection

of the new treasury in the National Museum, and the

excellent Museum of Fine Art. This evening a musical or

dance performance will precede dinner on board.


BORJOMI 1 KUTAISI, GEORGIA

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Monday, November 5 Arrive in the town of Borjomi, set in

a stunning gorge on the banks of the Mtkvari River, for a

visit to the former Romanov Palace. Enjoy lunch en route

to Georgia’s second city of Kutaisi. By private motorcoach,

visit the 11th-century Church of King Bagrat. Then continue

to the 12th-century Gelati Monastery and Academy, or

explore the busy market area around Lermontov.

GORI 1 UPLISTSIKHE 1

MTSKHETA, GEORGIA

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Tuesday, November 6 Joseph Stalin was born in Gori and

this morning you will visit a museum dedicated to his memory.

Then continue to the ancient cave city of Uplistsikhe, carved

into a rocky plateau. Following lunch, arrive in Mtskheta,

Georgia’s former capital and a spiritual center since the dawn

of Christianity. Discover the impressive Cathedral of Sveti-

Tskhoveli, one of the holiest sites in Georgia, 11th-century

Samtavro Monastery, and Dzhvari Cathedral, with its

magnificent view over the town.

YEREVAN, ARMENIA

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Wednesday, November 7 The Armenian capital of Yerevan

is situated on the Hrazdan River at the foot of Mount Ararat,

which lies just across the border in Turkey. Disembark

Golden Eagle and begin the day with visits to the National

History Museum, Erebuni Fortress, and the Genocide

Memorial. After lunch, take an excursion to Zvartnots and

Etchmiadzin, considered the “Vatican” of the Armenian

Apostolic Church. This evening, stay at the Armenia Marriott,

and toast a memorable journey at the festive farewell dinner.

Rates Include

■ One night hotel accommodations in Baku and

in Yerevan









YEREVAN 1 NEW YORK

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Thursday, November 8 Transfer to the airport in the early

morning for the flight to New York, via London. ■

LAND / RAIL RATES

(Per person, double occupancy)

GOLD CLASS $19,195

Gold Class single supplement of $7,200

SILVER CLASS $15,395

Silver Class single supplement of $6,600

Twelve nights cabin accommodations aboard the

elegant Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

All meals; wine with lunches and dinners

Drinks from the standard bar list in the bar car

for passengers in Gold Class

Airport / hotel / train group transfers

Escorted sightseeing via private motorcoach

Entrance fees for all included visits

Gratuities to local guides, drivers, and staff

aboard Golden Eagle

Taxes, service, and porterage charges

Not Included in Rates Airfare; passport and visa fees; alcoholic beverages

other than wine at lunches and dinners; personal items and expenses; airport

transfers for those not on suggested group flights; excess baggage; trip insurance;

any other items not specifically mentioned as included.

Reservation contact: Margaret Carnright, Assistant Director for Education, 203-432-1952 or margaret.carnright@yale.edu

To see further details of all Yale Educational Travel Programs, go to www.YaleEdTravel.org

YALE EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL 1 RESERVATION APPLICATION

YALE EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL 1 RESERVATION APPLICATION

THE SILK ROAD ABOARD GOLDEN EAGLE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS 1 OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 8, 2012

To reserve a place, please complete and return this form with your deposit of $2,500 per

person (of which $350 is non-refundable for administrative fees) payable to Academic

Arrangements Abroad. Mail to: The Association of Yale Alumni, Yale Educational Travel,

Box 209010, New Haven, CT 06520-9010. Telephone (203) 432-1952 or you may

make a reservation online at www.YaleEdTravel.org/centralasia12.

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participant must sign below.

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Lounge aboard the Golden Eagle.

The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

Journey to remote cities in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan,

Azerbaijan, and Georgia aboard the elegantly restored Golden Eagle

Trans-Siberian Express. Sleeping cars (both Gold and Silver Class)

feature private en-suite bathrooms and individually controlled air

conditioning. Dine on traditional Russian specialties and savor

fine wines in the beautifully appointed restaurant car. Relax and

chat with friends in the opulent bar car, where a pianist plays for

your listening pleasure. A doctor accompanies the journey, and a

service attendant is available around the clock. ■

Dining car and a Gold Class compartment aboard the Golden Eagle

Trans-Siberian Express.


TERMS & CONDITIONS

AIRFARE Academic Arrangements Abroad (AAA) will be pleased to assist with air

travel arrangements. A suggested flight schedule will be offered and airfare will be quoted

on an individual basis. A fee of $75 per person will be charged for any reservations

other than the group flight schedule; private transfers can be arranged at a supplemental

cost. To redeem your frequent flyer mileage, please contact the airline directly. Please

note that AAA can only assist in rebooking flights on those air reservations booked

directly by AAA.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE A deposit of $2,500 per person, payable to Academic

Arrangements Abroad, of which $350 is non-refundable for administrative fees, is required

with the reservation application. Final payment, by check only, must be received 120

days prior to departure. Mail to: The Association of Yale Alumni, Yale Educational

Travel, Box 209010, New Haven, CT 06520-9010 (Telephone 203-432-1952).

HEALTH All participants must be in good health. This program involves walking over

uneven surfaces, climbing stairs at monuments and other locations not handicapped

accessible, and climbing in and out of various conveyances. Any condition that may require

assistance or special medical attention must be reported at the time of your reservation.

INSURANCE TRIP CANCELLATION / EMERGENCY MEDICAL EVACUATION /

BAGGAGE / ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE PROTECTION IS STRONGLY

RECOMMENDED. CANCELLATION PENALTIES ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED. We

will send you a brochure from Travel Insurance Services or you may obtain coverage

through a company of your choice.

CHANGES IN ITINERARY & COSTS The itinerary is subject to change at the

discretion of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) and AAA. All prices quoted are based

on prevailing fuel prices, airfares, and currency exchange rates in effect at time of brochure

printing and are subject to change without notice. Deviations from the scheduled itinerary

are at the expense of the individual.

RESPONSIBILITY CLAUSE The participation of AYA is limited to educational

sponsorship of the program described in this brochure (The Program). AAA acts only

as an agent for the participant with respect to transportation, accommodations, and all

other services, relating to The Program. AAA, AYA, and/or their agents assume no

responsibility or liability for any act, error, or omission, or for any injury, loss, accident,

delay, or irregularity which may be occasioned by reason of any defect in any aircraft,

ship, train, bus, or other carrier, or through neglect or default of any subcontractor or

other third party, which may be used wholly or in part in the performance of their duty

to the participants of The Program. The passage ticket issued by the carrier is the sole

contract between the participant and the carrier. Nor will AAA or AYA and/or their

agents be responsible for loss, injury, damages, or expenses to persons or property, due

to illness, weather, strikes, local laws, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, or

other such causes in connection with The Program or anything beyond their reasonable

control. AAA is not responsible for transportation or other program delays and

changes, nor additional expenses or loss of time that may be incurred. In the event it

becomes necessary or advisable for the comfort or well-being of the participants, or for

any reason whatsoever, to alter the itinerary at any time, without notice to the participants,

such alterations will be made without penalty to AAA or AYA. Additional expenses, if

any, shall be borne by the participants. Baggage and personal effects are the sole

responsibility of the participant at all times. AYA and AAA reserve the right to accept

or decline any person as a participant at any time, or to require any participant to withdraw

from The Program at their own expense when such an action is determined by AAA or

AYA to be in the best interest of the participant’s health and safety, or the general welfare

of the other participants.

CANCELLATION POLICY AAA must strictly adhere to its cancellation policy to

offset costs incurred prior to the commencement of The Program, which may include

but are not limited to: advance payments to land operators; train charters; communication

expenses; development/promotional expenses; and the loss of time that might have

permitted resale of reserved space. All cancellations must be made in writing to the

offices of the Association of Yale Alumni, and are subject to a $350 non-refundable

administrative fee. All refunds are limited to amounts actually received by AAA and are

the sole responsibility of AAA; AYA shall have no liability for refunds. At the time AYA

receives written notification of cancellation, the following cancellation charges will

apply: cancellations received between 120 and 91 days prior to departure, 20 percent

of the program cost per person; those received between 90 and 61 days before departure,

50 percent of the program cost per person; no refunds will be given for cancellations

received within 60 days of departure. No refunds are given for cancellation on or after

the day of departure, or for unused portions of the tour, for any reason. Air cancellation

charges, if any, will be assessed in accordance with airline regulations. All group fare

tickets must be issued no less than 30 days prior to departure. NOTE: Neither AAA nor

AYA shall be liable for any airline cancellation penalties incurred by the purchase of a

non-refundable ticket. In the case of a cancellation due to shortage of participants,

AAA will attempt to notify all participants at least 45 days prior to departure. However,

AAA reserves the right to cancel The Program prior to departure for any reason and, in

such case, reimbursement of refundable costs of the trip by AAA shall constitute full

settlement with the participant. In the unlikely event that a dispute arises between a

participant and AAA or AYA, the following conditions will apply: (a) the dispute will

be settled by binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association

in New York, NY; (b) the dispute will be governed by New York Law; (c) the maximum

amount of recovery to which a participant shall be entitled under any and all

circumstances will be the sum of all monies actually received from the participant by

AAA. The participant agrees that this is a fair and reasonable limitation on the damages,

of any sort whatsoever, that a participant may suffer. Upon payment of the deposit to

AAA, the participant agrees to be bound by the above terms and conditions.

Copyright © 2012 Arrangements Abroad, Inc. CST 2059789-40

On the front cover: Islamic buildings at Registan Square in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, photo

© Alexander Zotov. On the back cover: Bazaar in Samarkand, photo © Irtati Hasan Wibisono.


THE SILK ROAD

ALMATY TO YEREVAN

ABOARD GOLDEN EAGLE

TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 8, 2012

BOX 209010

NEW HAVEN, CT 06520-9010

PRESORTED

STANDARD

U.S. POSTAGE

PAID

NEW HAVEN, CT

PERMIT NO. 519

THE SILK ROAD

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 8, 2012

Almaty

KAZAKHSTAN

KYRGYZSTAN

RUSSIA

GEORGIA

Gori

Kutaisi

Borjomi

Yerevan

Uplistsikhe

Mtskheta

Caspian

Sea

Turkmenbashi

Tbilisi

Baku

AZERBAIJAN

Tashkent

UZBEKISTAN

TAJIKISTAN

Samarkand

Khiva

Bukhara

TURKMENISTAN

Ashgabat

AFGHANISTAN

KEY

ARMENIA

IRAN

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