Client Spotlight: Dennis & Mary Schumer Travel by Train

When a client comes home from an incredible trip, we can’t help but want to share it. Such is the case with Dr. and Mrs. Schumer, who recently returned from a beautifully orchestrated train tour through Russia and surrounding Turkic countries (such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan). Dennis and Mary are well-traveled individuals who have had experiences ranging from luxury world cruises to land journeys in Cuba.

Though the Schumers have been to Russia before, the nearby Turkic countries (as they dubbed “the ‘Stans”) remained unchartered territory, as they are remote and off the beaten path. Frontline agent Leah Bergner helped construct the Schumer’s dream trip using Exeter International, a luxury tour operator that specializes in high-end, customized travel in Eastern Europe. Leah and the Schumers chose Exeter for their extraordinary itineraries, their attention to detail and, most notably, their Russian Visa services. Exeter sponsors the travelers and makes obtaining visas a breeze (which can otherwise be an arduous process).

Mary and Dennis at Dinner

Mary and Dennis are all smiles at dinner in Uzbekistan

Highlights from their tour included:

Vladimir, Russia:

Dennis and Mary drove from Moscow to Vladimir with their guide, seeing Russia’s first capitol and taking in its historical significance. Sites such as the Cathedral of Assumption and the Cathedral of St. Dmitry were visited along the way of Moscow Road.

Belfry at the Church of Assumption

Belfry at the Church of Assumption

Almaty, Kazakhstan:

Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan, is described by Mary as a “very cosmopolitan” city, comprised of great shopping stores and modern architecture. They also had the opportunity to ride a cable car up to a ski resort, and saw several stunning monuments dedicated to the soldiers that fought in the “Great Patriotic War.”

Kazakhstan Soldier Memorial

Kazakhstan Soldier Memorial

Samarkand, Uzbekistan:

Here, the Schumers experienced beautiful weather, with blue, cloudless skies and a temperature of about 75 degrees. In Samarkand, they visited several landmarks, most notably the Gur Emir Mausoleum and the Registan. Each was built in the 1300s and 1400s, respectively. The rest of the day comprised of tours to various mosques, mausoleums and museums— a remarkable view through history. In the evening, Dennis and Mary enjoyed a beautiful light show at the Registan, complete with dinner, champagne and entertainment.

Mary and Dennis at the Registan

Mary and Dennis at the Registan

 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan:

Ashgabat, the capitol of Turkmenistan, is rich with historical significance. Today, it is a modern wonder, which Mary describes as “unbelievable” and “the ‘Las Vegas’ of the Stans.”  All of the elaborate buildings were constructed after a destructive earthquake in 1948, making it a unique gem in the republic.

Mary and Dennis at the Park in Ashgabad

Mary and Dennis at the Park in Ashgabad

Though the train was bumpy at times, the Schumers found the experience as a whole well worth it.  Besides, the transportation options to these remarkably remote destinations are limited, and the rail gives passengers the opportunity to experience the geography as-is.

To learn more about Exeter International and explore some of their itineraries, click here.

If you are interested in taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip like the Schumers, contact Leah by email or call 800.448.2374.

до свидания (that’s ‘goodbye’ in Russian—I think),

– Kate


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