Trip Overview

Legendary Silk Road

Tour rating: 4.9 / 5, Based on 3 Reviews
Tourist trains to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
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. You will get to attend a concert at world's famous Navoi Opera, witness the art and craft that goes into making silk carpets and explore three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Legendary Silk Road

14 days4 cities
KazakhstanUzbekistanTurkmenistan3 countries
Tourist trains to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
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$4,220
Tour rating: 4.9 / 5, Based on 3 Reviews
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. You will get to attend a concert at world's famous Navoi Opera, witness the art and craft that goes into making silk carpets and explore three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Day-By-Day

Almaty

first destination
2 days in Almaty and 1 day in each city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a hotel and 4 nights onboard a train
Day 1
Arrival in Almaty
Transfer
Transfer

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

No meals included.

 

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Day 2
Almaty City Tour 
City tour
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.

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Day 3
Exploring Turkistan
City tour
City tour

Today you arrive at 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.

 

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Day 4
Sightseeing in Tashkent
City tour
City tour

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.

 

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Day 5
Exploring Shakhrisabz
City tour
City tour

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 of 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.

 

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Almaty

Surrounded by mountains, the beautiful Almaty should be your next destination while in Kazakhstan. With numerous museums, shops, bars and restaurants and many more activities to enjoy, the city is a true cultural hub and a must-visit for every traveler.

train
Almaty
Samarkand
19 hrs 30 min

Hop onboard the Orient Silk Road Express train taking you from Almaty to Samarkand for a memorable journey to your upcoming adventures. Traveling long distances is always easier while in a cozy compartment, thus sit back and enjoy the train ride.

Samarkand

second destination
3 days in Samarkand and 1 day in Khiva
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a hotel and 1 nights onboard a train
Day 6
Samarkand City Tour
City tour
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 Samarkand hotel. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 7
 Exploring Samarkand
City tour
City tour

Today your journey in fascinating Samarkand 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 Samarkand hotel where you spend the night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 8
Free day in Samarkand
Free day
Free day

In the morning you are free to see the rest of Samarkand, 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.

 

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Day 9
Khiva Sightseeing
City tour
City tour

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.

 

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Samarkand

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

train
Samarkand
Bukhara
1 hr 30 min

A train ride is always a good idea! Hop onboard the train heading towards Bukhara and reach your destination in less than a couple of hours, on the meantime admiring the beautiful landscapes through your window.

Bukhara

third destination
3 days in the cities
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in hotels and 1 night onboard a train
Day 10
Bukhara City Tour
City tour
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.

 

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Day 11
Exploring Bukhara
City tour
City tour

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.

 

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Day 12
Sightseeing in Merv
City tour
City tour

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.

 

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Bukhara

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

train
Bukhara
Ashgabat
13 hrs 20 min

Train-travel is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy the comfortable train with all the necessary amenities provided for your convenience, as well as picturesque landscapes through your window. 

Ashgabat

fourth destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 13
Ashgabat City Tour
City tour
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 artefacts 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.

 

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Day 14
Departure Day
Transfer
Transfer

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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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Ashgabat

Often called quirky or unusual the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat is truly an extraordinary place. The rapidly developing city is not only decorated in plenty of marble but features beautiful sights as well.

What's Included

What's Included

  • 7 nights aboard your private train in the reserved category;
  • 6 nights in 4-star hotels in a double room;
  • Meals according to the 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;
  • Off-train tours with experienced local guides;
  • A physician on board the train;
  • Traditional welcome ceremonies upon arrival at Bukhara and Samarkand railway stations;
  • Lunch/ dinner with an Uzbek and a Turkmen family;
  • Wine and vodka tasting;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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

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Tour Highlights

  • Four guided city tours
  • A concert in Navoi Opera
  • A visit to silk carpet manufacturer
  • Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Ulug Beg Observatory

What To Know

  • Russian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • You should bring a few hundred dollars with you on the trip to pay for food as trains do not have ATM machines
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