Following are travel agencies that are often mentioned for adoption travel. Many of the web sites have special sections for adoption travel. Most offer a visa service and have an online form that you can submit for a free quote. These are in no particular order.
Go To Russia in Atlanta, GA. Ask for Renata.
Russia House in Atlanta, GA.
Federal Travel in Florida. I have heard complaints lately about a lack of response from them.
Red Star Travel main office in Seattle.
Global Travel, 1-800-574-0875, in California, John or Linda.
Golden Rule Travel : specializes in alternative routes and airports to find the best fare. Eldo Miller (Kansas office) is the agent mentioned. He gets high praise from adoptive parents, although I have received a negative report on him about a lack of communication. They also have offices in Virginia, Ohio and Idaho.
Panorama Travel : 800-204-7130, extension 107 for Katarina. In NYC.
Countryside Travel , located in Iowa, has made arrangements for many international adoptive parents.
Far Horizons Travel - John Narin, 1-800-574-0875, Arcadia, CA.
Prestige Travel in NJ: Irene at 201-224-9186; tell them you were referred by Teresa at His Kids Too.
Fellowship Travel International specializes in humanitarian/relief missions and adoption, sometimes getting the equivalent of a group rate.
Travel-On DC area travel agency that specializes in adoption travel for the KidSave program.
If you are going to use someone to obtain your visa, then I recommend Laura with the Assistant Stork . You can send her your passport, visa application and picture; she will hold it until you receive your Letter of Invitation. Once she has that number she can immediately take everything into the Kazakhstan Embassy and very quickly get everything back to you.
Todd Gallick , specializes in international adoption travel.
Russian Travel Authority in New York City, ask for Alex.
One adoptive parent had a Kazakh friend recommend Gennady at Vega Travel to her, said that all her Kazakh friends used him for their travel. This parent used him and was satisfied with him, said he saved her about $800.
Being listed here is not an endorsement, just simply that I found them on the Internet
Central Asia Tourism travel agency that lists international and domestic flights times. Associated with American Express. This is the agency that issued my invitation to travel. July 2009: it seems that this agency is no longer in business, although they still have lots of useful travel information on the site.
Fort Inform has a list of Almaty's hotels, list of travel agencies and tours, information on Almaty, a great gallery of photos, and a few articles and links.
Tour Asia has outdoor excursions, city tours, visa service, hotels, nice photogallery, etc.
Stantours Kazakhstan is an agency specializing in Central Asia. Tour guides, interpreters, visa service, tours, hotel prices, pictures.
Alma Travel Agency in Almaty. I don't know anything about this agency, either. They offer visa support, airport/train station transfers, car/driver hires, car rental, interpreters, travel tickets, city tours, Baikonur tour, weekend tours in the Almaty region, and they list 16 hotels in Almaty with prices and information. Nice photogallery.
Silk Road Adventures is located in Almaty. They can arrange a visa, hotel in Almaty, and lots of different tours and activities.
KazTourism was recommended by an adoptive parent who used them for the invitation letter and hotel bookings. They are now located in the Hotel Kazakhstan. They also offer tours of Almaty and the surrounding area, mobile phone rentals, drivers and translators.
Oriental Express Central Asia has lots of information about Kazakhstan, and offers a variety of tours.
Ecotourism Kazakhstan is a travel agency that specializes in ecotourism.