Anur Tours, under the direction of Ms. Elina Shaposhnikova, facilitated visas, lodging, internal travel, and tour guides for a memorable 7 day trip around Uzbekistan. Highlights included the museums, madrasas, mausoleums, minarets, mosques and markets in Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand. Personal guides in each city covered the major events which defined the development of the famous SILK ROAD: the expanding empire of Alexander the Great (4th century BC), the arrival of Islam (7th & 8th century AD), the riotous destruction of Ghengis Khan (13th century AD) and then the flowering of the Silk Road under Amir Temur (14th century AD). Guides also provided interpretation of Uzbekistan's modern development covering the influence of the neighboring Russia from the 19th century through the nation's independence in 1991 as a flourishing nation of Central Asia. To quote a fellow tourist: "Travelling in Uzbekistan is like being in the movie -- "Aladdin".