This is a learner's tour! If you wish to learn about Central Asia, how its current political borders came to be, of the different ethnicities that combine to make this area of the world so amazing, and want to see food as a testament to a cultural legacy, this tour is for you. Alex is cordial, polite and full of knowledge. He will amaze you with his vast knowledge of migration patterns, diffusion of culture, and history. This is a tour that will explode misconceptions and leave you informed and confident about some forgotten corners or "doubly-landlocked" corners of the world. I have had the opportunity to take this tour twice, once as an area of interest and once with students--Alex fulfilled all expectations and more. Oh, and the food was great as well. In one word--marvelous!