Traverse the path of the legendary Silk Road on a private train. Rich in history, culture and bright emotions the journey transfers you to your own adventure in the scenery of 1001 Nights.
City:
Almaty, Tashkent, Samarkand, Ashgabat
Duration:
14 days
Type:
Group rail tour
From:
$3,540
Next date:
Oct 05, 2017 - Oct 18, 2017 View all dates

Overview

Day 1
Arrival in Almaty

Welcome to Almaty! Upon arrival you are transferred to your centrally located 4-star hotel where you spend the night.

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Day 2
Almaty City Tour 

Sightseeing tour of Almaty. Seeing the Zenkov Russian Orthodox Cathedral, one of the worlds tallest all wood buildings. Tasting Kazakh cuisine during a welcoming lunch in traditional yurts. Boarding the "Orient Silk Road Express" train. 

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Day 3
Exploring Turkistan

Arrival to Turkistan, visiting the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then you board your private train and continue the journey, crossing the Kazakh-Uzbek border towards Tashkent.

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Day 4
Sightseeing in Tashkent

Tashkent sightseeing tour:  seeing the Madrassa Kukeldash, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments, and the typical Kazakh mud brick houses. In the evening you attend Tashkent’s famous Navoi Opera or a concert in the Tashkent Philharmonic Hall.

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Day 5
Exploring Shakhrisabz

Arrending a  traditional ceremony offers you firsthand insight into the region’s unique folklore. Exploring Shakhrisabz - a UNESCO-World Heritage Site. See the monumental architecture. In the evening on board your train - tasting of Uzbek wines. 

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Day 6
Samarquand City Tour

Arrival in Samarkand, visiting such must-sees as: Necropolis of Shah-e Zinde (the living Shah), the excavation sites at Afrosiab (with a museum tour), and Registan Square.

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Day 7
 Exploring Samarquand

Silk carpet manufactory tour,  visiting an Uzbek craftsman’s family to see paper being made from mulberry bark. Stop at the Ulug Beg Observatory and the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, view the interior of Gur Emir Mausoleum. 

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Day 8
Free day in Samarquand

Today you are free to see the rest of Samarqand, buy souvenirs or spend the time before departure as you wish. Your train leaves for Khiva around noon, overnight on the train. 

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Day 9
Khiva Sightseeing

Visit the oasis of Khiva - one of the best preserved ensembles of medieval oriental urban architecture in the world: Khiva's Kalta Minor Minaret, incredible palaces, mosques, mausoleums, Koranic schools, the mighty town wall.

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Day 10
Bukhara City Tour

Seeing Bukhara’s Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage Site), its Kalyan Minaret and the Labi-Hauz Ensemble by the pond. Dinner served in a Madrasah courtyard, with musical accompaniment, local dances, and colorful national costumes.

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Day 11
Exploring Bukhara

Tour to the Mir-e-Arab Madrasah and the Samanid Mausoleum,  explore the massive Ark Citadel, where you view the Throne Room, visit the last emir’s Summer Residence and see the only women’s mosque in the world.

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Day 12
Sightseeing in Merv

Arrival at Merv, where you see gigantic walls and ramparts, the Tomb of the Sultan Sanjar, the Maidens’ Castle (Kiz Kale), the historical cold-room, and other mausoleums. Lunch with a local family in their home’s picturesque courtyard.

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Day 13
Ashgabat City Tour

Ancient Parthian city of Nisa tour.  Guided tour of Ashgabat, visit the National Museum in Ashgabat. In the evening you are treated to a special farewell dinner.

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Day 14
Departure Day

Today is the day when you return home, your flight departs in the early morning, marking the end of a very special journey. We hope you've enjoyed your trip and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.

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Price

$3,540
Deposit $708
Habibi Cabin
sold out
$3,990
Deposit $798
Habibi Cabin
reverse
$5,240
Deposit $1,048
Ali Baba Cabin
sold out
$5,930
Deposit $1,186
Ali Baba Cabin
reverse
$6,140
Deposit $1,228
Aladdin Cabin
sold out
$6,920
Deposit $1,384
Aladdin Cabin
reverse
$9,590
Deposit $1,918
Sultan Cabin
sold out
$10,600
Deposit $2,120
Sultan Cabin
reverse
$9,740
Deposit $1,948
Kalif Cabin
sold out
$10,930
Deposit $2,186
Kalif Cabin
reverse

What's included

  • 7 nights aboard your private train in the reserved category;
  • 5 nights in 4-star hotels in a double room;
    Meals according to itinerary;
  • Guided transfers to and from all airports and train stations and other transfers according to the itinerary;
  • Sightseeing tours including all entrance fees according to the program;
  • Tour director present throughout the train journey and additional competent travel guides for each group of not more than 26 guests. (In the Kalif category: 12 guests);
  • Off-train tours with experienced local guides;
  • A physician on board the train;
  • Traditional welcome ceremonies upon arrival at Bukhara and Samarqand railway stations;
  • Lunch/ dinner with an Uzbek and a Turkmen famil;
    Wine and vodka tasting;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not Included: airfares, visas, optional tours and services, gratitudes, beverages and all personal expenses

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Almaty

Welcome to Almaty! Upon arrival you are transferred to your centrally located 4-star hotel where you spend the night.

No meals included.

Day 2: Almaty City Tour 

After breakfast at your hotel you go on a sightseeing tour of Almaty. You see the main landmarks of this green metropolitan city. Among them are the impressive Zenkov Russian Orthodox Cathedral, one of the worlds tallest all wood buildings. At midday you are in for a treat. You try the Kazakh cuisine during a welcoming lunch in traditional yurts. 

Afterwards you depart aboard the "Orient Silk Road Express" train. A luggage service guarantees the transfer of your large luggage directly to your train compartment. You spend the night aboard the train. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. 

Day 3: Exploring Turkistan

Today you arrive to Turkistan known as the center of Nomad Pilgrimage. After breakfast on board you visit the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, built in 1394, with its dome hall, monumental mosque and well house. It is one of the most significant examples of Timurid architecture  and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Then you board your private train and continue the journey, crossing the Kazakh-Uzbek border towards Tashkent. Border formalities are completed in the comfort of your compartment. Overnight on the train.  

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 4: Sightseeing in Tashkent

Early in the morning you arrive in Tashkent the capital of Uzbekistan situated at the foot of the Tien Shan Mountains. During your sightseeing tour you enjoy this green oasis and steppe, see the Madrassa Kukeldash, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments, and the typical Kazakh mud brick houses.

In the evening you attend Tashkent’s famous Navoi Opera or a concert in the Tashkent Philharmonic Hall (program permitting). After the performance you continue your train journey and spend the night on board.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 5: Exploring Shakhrisabz

During the night, your train passes a mountainous region where many traditions of its rich heritage are still preserved. A traditional ceremony offers you firsthand insight into the region’s unique folklore,  you get to know the inhabitants in their authentic everyday life. 

Your journey then continues along the Great Silk Road aboard your train to the green city of Shakhrisabz - a UNESCO-World Heritage Site. Here you see the monumental architecture of the brutal Mongol ruler’s great palace from the 14th and 15th centuries. In the evening on board your train you are invited to a tasting of Uzbek wines. The night is spent on the train. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 6: Samarquand City Tour

Today you arrive in Samarkand - the famous historic city often described as the crossroads of culture. During the rule of Timur it was considered the world’s most beautiful and prestigious city. The territory is also historically important, it is the site where many Uzbek women burned their veils (paranjas) in 1917 to signal their arrival in a new era. 

You visit such must-sees as: Necropolis of Shah-e Zinde (the living Shah), the excavation sites at Afrosiab (with a museum tour), and Registan Square. After seeing these most notable architectural ensembles in Central Asia you spend the night in a 4 star Samarqand hotel. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 7:  Exploring Samarquand

Today your journey in fascinating Samarqand continues. You go on a tour to a silk carpet manufactory, then visit an Uzbek craftsman’s family to see paper being made from mulberry bark. Then you make a stop at the Ulug Beg Observatory and the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, view the interior of the palace-like Gur Emir Mausoleum. 

After the tour you return to your Samarquand hotel where you spend the night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 8: Free day in Samarquand

In the morning you are free to see the rest of Samarqand, buy souvenirs or spend the time before departure as you wish. Your train leaves for Khiva around noon, overnight on the train. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 9: Khiva Sightseeing

Today you visit the oasis of Khiva, a fairy tale from 1001 Nights – in stone. After breakfast you go to the Southern border of the seven river lands, in the oasis of Khiva. On your sightseeing tour of the oasis you have a chance to take in its exotic atmosphere. 

You see one of the best preserved ensembles of medieval oriental urban architecture in the world: Khiva's Kalta Minor Minaret, incredible palaces, mosques, mausoleums, Koranic schools, the mighty town wall with its gates and bastions of mud brick. Then you enjoy lunch in the surroundings of the former emir’s Summer Palace and spend the night on the train. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 10: Bukhara City Tour

Located in the middle of the Kyzylkum Desert, Bukhara has about one thousand architectural monuments recalling the golden age of the Great Silk Route. Bukhara is also often called Sherif translated as "the noble one" and preserved its ancient oriental countenance in its extensive, unparalleled collection of authentic architecture. 

During your tour you see Bukhara’s Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and its famous almost 50-meter tall Kalyan Minaret and the Labi-Hauz Ensemble by the pond. Later you have dinner served in a Madrasah courtyard, with musical accompaniment, local dances, and a presentation of colorful national costumes. You spend the night in a 4 star hotel in Bukhara. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 11: Exploring Bukhara

In the morning, you go on a tour to the splendid Mir-e-Arab Madrasah and the Samanid Mausoleum, one of Central Asia’s most beautiful architectural treasures. Then you explore the massive Ark Citadel, a city within a city which was once the seat of government of Bukhara’s former rulers. There you view the Throne Room, after which you visit the last emir’s Summer Residence. At the end of your stay you see the only women’s mosque in the world.

Afterwards you board the train to continue your journey and spend the night on the train.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 12: Sightseeing in Merv

In the morning your train arrives at Merv - a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Considered the pearl of the East, Merv today is the unique remnants of what was once one of the world’s largest and most magnificent cities.

You see gigantic walls and ramparts simply standing in the middle of the desert next to the imposing ruins of ancient buildings such as the Tomb of the Sultan Sanjar, the Maidens’ Castle (Kiz Kale), the historical cold-room, and other mausoleums. Then you have lunch with a local family in their home’s picturesque courtyard.  You spend the night in a hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 13: Ashgabat City Tour

In the morning you are driven to the ancient Parthian city of Nisa and see this former imperial city's main landmarks. After lunch you take a guided tour of the modern-day capital of Ashgabat with Hollywood-style settings of the “nouveau riche”.

In the afternoon you visit the National Museum in Ashgabat, where you view artifacts excavated from the ruins at Nisa and gain insight into the development of a culture shaped by various peoples, ethnicities, and religions.

In the evening you are treated to a special farewell dinner and are either taken to the airport in the evening or the next morning.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 14: Departure Day

Today is the day when you return home, your flight departs in the early morning, marking the end of a very special journey. We hope you've enjoyed your trip and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.

  • 7 nights aboard your private train in the reserved category;
  • 5 nights in 4-star hotels in a double room;
    Meals according to itinerary;
  • Guided transfers to and from all airports and train stations and other transfers according to the itinerary;
  • Sightseeing tours including all entrance fees according to the program;
  • Tour director present throughout the train journey and additional competent travel guides for each group of not more than 26 guests. (In the Kalif category: 12 guests);
  • Off-train tours with experienced local guides;
  • A physician on board the train;
  • Traditional welcome ceremonies upon arrival at Bukhara and Samarqand railway stations;
  • Lunch/ dinner with an Uzbek and a Turkmen famil;
    Wine and vodka tasting;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not Included: airfares, visas, optional tours and services, gratitudes, beverages and all personal expenses

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Often called “the stone city”, Tashkent is an important hub of central Asia and the magnificent capital of Uzbekistan.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand is an ancient oriental city as old as Babylon and Rome and was the capital of Temur’s empire in the 14th century. 

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara, is one of the most ancient cities in Uzbekistan, a real treasure trove of ancient monuments on the Silk Road.

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Dates Habibi Cabin Ali Baba Cabin Aladdin Cabin Sultan Cabin Kalif Cabin
Oct 05, 2017 - Oct 18, 2017
$3,540
sold out
$5,240
sold out
$6,140
sold out
$9,590
sold out
$9,740
sold out
Oct 17, 2017 - Oct 30, 2017
$3,540
reverse
$5,240
reverse
on request
$6,140
reverse
on request
$9,590
reverse
on request
$9,740
reverse
on request
Mar 29, 2018 - Apr 11, 2018
$3,990
$5,930
$6,920
$10,600
$10,930
Apr 10, 2018 - Apr 23, 2018
$3,990
reverse
$5,930
reverse
$6,920
reverse
$10,600
reverse
$10,930
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Oct 16, 2018 - Oct 29, 2018
$3,990
reverse
$5,930
reverse
$6,920
reverse
$10,600
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$10,930
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