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Unique Silk Road adventure from Moscow to Beijing through the exotic Central Asian countries on board two most luxurious trains - Golden Eagle and Shangri-La Express.
City:
Moscow, Samarkand, Tashkent, Beijing
Duration:
22 days
Type:
Group rail tour
From:
$24,595
Next date:
Sep 22, 2017 - Oct 13, 2017 View all dates

Overview

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Check-in centrally located hotel upon arrival. The rest of the day is free.

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Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

Exploring the mighty Kremlin on a guided tour, visiting the Armoury Chamber, enjoy a leisurely walk through the Red Square, see St. Basil's Cathedral and GUM. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Moscow on your own or join an optional tour.

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Day 3
On Board the Train

Boarding your luxurious Golden Eagle train. The rest of the day is spent on board enjoying the beautiful sceneries passing by your window, a diverse entertainment program, gourmet dining.

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Day 4
Volgograd City Tour

Arrival in Volgograd famous for being the dramatic scene of one of the most important Second World War battles - a year-long Battle of Stalingrad. Explore the renowned Mamayev Kurgan, enjoy an informative museum visit.

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Day 5
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board the Golden Eagle traveling across the vast expanses of the Kara Kum desert. You have the great opportunity to participate in a Russian language lesson, listen to interesting stories about the history of the Silk Road and its people.

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Day 6
Khiva Sightseeing Tour

Arrival in the ancient city of Khiva and one of the Silk Road’s most important trading posts and now a World Heritage Site, that lies at the crossroads of the routes between Mongolia, Russia, China and Persia. 

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Day 7
Ashgabat City Tour

Arrival in Ashgabat - the capital of Turkmenistan. During your guided tour you visit the National Museum of History, go inside the Kipchak Mosque, and explore the city’s extravagant fountains, golden domes and towering modern buildings.

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Day 8
Merv Sightseeing Tour

Exploring the remains of the city of Merv - once an important stopping point on the Silk Road, and enjoying the breathtaking surrounded sceneries.

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Day 9
Bukhara City Tour

Arrival in Bukhara, sightseeing tour: you visit the famous Ark, the Emirs of Bukhara, and travel out of the city to explore the Emir’s summer residence - the Palace of the Moon and Stars. After the tour you enjoy a barbecue on the station platform. 

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Day 10
Samarkand City Tour

Arrival in the ancient city of Samarkand founded in the 6th century BC and famous for its unique architectural heritage left from the days when it flourished as the fabled capital of the Mongol empire of Timur and his successors.

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Day 11
Tashkent City Tour

Arrival in Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan, guided city tour. You visit the Old Town, see the world's oldest Koran in a small library, visit to the Railway Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.

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Day 12
Almaty City Tour

Arrival in the largest city of Kazakhstan surrounded by the majestic Tien Shan Mountains - Almaty. During your city tour you visit the Panfilov Park, the Zenkhov Cathedral, take a trip to the Chimbulak resort.

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Day 13
Kazakh - Chinese Border Crossing

Today you arrive in the Kazakh border city of Druzhna where you say farewell to your luxurious Golden Eagle train. Boarding the Shangri-La Express  in Alanshankou, the Chinese border station. Welcome dinner on board.

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Day 14
Turpan City Tour

Arrival in Turpan, a picturesque city located right in the Flaming Mountains. Sightseeing tour: explore the ancient underground irrigation system, visit the Museum of Turpan and travel to the elegantly decaying sand fortress city of Jiaohe. 

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Day 15
Dunhuang City Tour

Arrival in t Dunhuang, guided city tour you visit the beautiful Magao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex that contains about 500 grottoes, carved between 700 and 1,700 years ago. Traditional dinner and a local folk performance in the evening.

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Day 16
Gobi Desert Camel Ride

Today you have the great opportunity to explore the vast natural beauty of the Gobi Desert by camel. During the ride you discover the picturesque Crescent Lake and spend some time viewing the breathtaking desert sceneries.

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Day 17
Visit to the Terracotta Warriors

Arrival in Xian. Viewing the Terracotta Warriors. Overnight in a centrally located hotel for check-in. In the evening you enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dinner, Music and Dance Show.

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Day 18
Xian City Tour

Guided tour: explore the ancient city walls, experience the bustling street culture of the Muslim Quarter and visit the Great Mosque. Train to Beijing.

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Day 19
Arrival in Beijing

Arrival in Beijing. Upon arrival you bid farewell to the train and its friendly crew and your private driver transfers you to your centrally-located hotel for overnight.

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Day 20
Beijing City Tour

Beijing city tour: you visit Tiananmen Square, explore the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven. Later you can explore the small "hutong" lanes of old Beijing by rickshaw and visit a local family in a traditional courtyard house or join an optional tour.

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Day 21
Visit to the Great Wall of China

Exploring the Great Wall of China, enjoy a leisurely walk along a portion of the wall and take some memorable photos. Have a delicious dinner in an authentic Peking Duck restaurant to celebrate the end of your journey.

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Day 22
Departure from Beijing

This is the final day of your fantastic Silk Road adventure. Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

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Price

$44,595
Deposit $8,919
Gold Single Cabin
reverse
$30,795
Deposit $6,159
Gold Twin Cabin
reverse
$35,895
Deposit $7,179
Silver Single Cabin
reverse
$24,595
Deposit $4,919
Silver Twin Cabin
reverse

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow (2 nights), Dunhuang (1 night), Xian (1 night) and Beijing (3 nights);
  • 10 nights on board of the Golden Eagle train;
  • 4 nights on board the Shangri-La Express;
  • Full Russian and Chinese visa processing service for US and Australian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required for US customers). Visa support service (invitation) for customers from other countries;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation throughout the itinerary with professional drivers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with experienced guides;
  • English Speaking Group Leader throughout the tour;
  • Full board starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day;
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners;
  • Limited drinks for lunches and dinners;
  • Unlimited drinks from Standard Menu for Gold Class;
  • 24-hour service attendant and doctor on board;
  • Porter services at all railway stations;
  • All gratuities;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.


Not included: international flights, optional tours and services, personal expenses.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so that you could relax in your cozy room after the flight or start exploring the charming city center on your own. In the evening you enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel, where you can meet your fellow travelers and discuss the fantastic journey that awaits you ahead.

Dinner is included.

Day 2: Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

This morning is devoted to the exploration of a real Russian miracle and its most famous symbol - the mighty Kremlin. Following breakfast you go on a guided tour of this historical fortress, including a visit to its wonderful Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs. 

Later you enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful Red Square, take a photo stop near the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and see the largest Moscow department store GUM.

Optional tour #1: Trip to Sergiev Posad

Optional tour #2: Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 3: On Board the Train

Following breakfast you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the railway station where you board your luxurious Golden Eagle train. You spend the rest of the day on board enjoying the beautiful sceneries passing by your window, a diverse entertainment program, gourmet dining and a company of your fellow travelers as your rail journey to Beijing begins.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 4: Volgograd City Tour

Today your train arrives in Volgograd that is famous for being the dramatic scene of one of the most important Second World War battles - a year-long Battle of Stalingrad. 

During the tour you explore the renowned Mamayev Kurgan war memorial with its iconic 85-meters-high Rodina Mat (Motherland) monument and enjoy an informative museum visit.

After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 5: On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your luxurious Golden Eagle train traveling across the vast expanses of the Kara Kum desert. You have the great opportunity to unwind and chat to your fellow travelers, participate in a Russian language lesson, listen to interesting stories about the history of the Silk Road and its people, simply relax with a good book or enjoy the ever changing landscapes passing by your window.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 6: Khiva Sightseeing Tour

Today you arrive in the ancient city of Khiva, founded 2,500 years ago. As one of the Silk Road’s most important trading posts and now a World Heritage Site, it lies at the crossroads of the routes between Mongolia, Russia, China and Persia. 

During your guided sightseeing tour you have the unique chance to discover the impressive architecture of this magnificent city, including its numerous mosques, madrassas, bazaars and minarets.

After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 7: Ashgabat City Tour

Today you arrive in Ashgabat - the capital of Turkmenistan known as the "Las Vegas of the Kara Kum". During your guided tour of this relatively modern city built upon the ruins of the Silk Road city of Konjikala you visit the National Museum of History, go inside the Kipchak Mosque, and explore the city’s extravagant fountains, golden domes and towering modern buildings.

After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 8: Merv Sightseeing Tour

Today your train arrives in Mary from which you are transferred to the ancient and mainly unrestored city of Merv. Once an important stopping point on the Silk Road, it claims to have briefly been the largest city in the world in the 12th century. 

During the tour you explore the remains of this former great city and enjoy the breathtaking surrounded sceneries.

After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 9: Bukhara City Tour

Today you arrive in Bukhara and have a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most outstanding city attractions. 

During the tour you visit the famous Ark, a fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara, and travel out of the city to explore the Emir’s summer residence - the Palace of the Moon and Stars.

After the tour you enjoy a barbecue on the station platform before your train departs (if weather and time permits). 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 10: Samarkand City Tour

Today your train arrives in the ancient city of Samarkand founded in the 6th century BC and famous for its unique architectural heritage left from the days when it flourished as the fabled capital of the Mongol empire of Timur and his successors. 

During the tour you visit some of the most significant city sites, including the iconic Registan Square, the Bibi Khanum Mosque and the Ulag Beg observatory - one of the earliest Islamic astronomical observatories built in 1428.

In the evening you return to the beautifully illuminated Registan Square before reboarding your train for a late evening departure. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 11: Tashkent City Tour

Today you arrive in Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan and the modern Soviet-style city which was rebuilt following the devastating earthquake of 1966. 

During your guided city tour you visit the Old Town with its cozy narrow streets, traditional houses and religious buildings. Here in a small library you will be privileged to see one of Islam's most sacred relics – the world's oldest Koran. Your tour finishes with a visit to the Railway Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.

After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 12: Almaty City Tour

Today you arrive in the largest city of Kazakhstan surrounded by the majestic Tien Shan Mountains - Almaty. 

During your city tour you visit the Panfilov Park where you have the opportunity to explore the Zenkhov Cathedral built entirely of wood, and take a trip to the Chimbulak resort, where you enjoy a cable car ride that provides you with spectacular views of Almaty and its picturesque neighbourhood.

After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 13: Kazakh - Chinese Border Crossing

Today you arrive in the Kazakh border city of Druzhna where you say farewell to your luxurious Golden Eagle train. The border crossing can take up to five hours, however your patience is rewarded as the Shangri-La Express awaits you in Alanshankou, the Chinese border station. 

You are now at liberty to settle into your cabins as you set off for the next stage of your journey across China. A welcome dinner on board is served in the restaurant car, giving you the first taste of authentic Chinese cuisine.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 14: Turpan City Tour

Today you arrive in Turpan, a picturesque city located right in the middle of the Flaming Mountains and known as the Hometown of Grapes for its land rich in high-quality orchards and vineyards.

During your sightseeing tour you explore the ancient underground irrigation system, visit the Museum of Turpan and travel to the elegantly decaying sand fortress city of Jiaohe that was an important trading post along the Silk Road until it was abandoned in the 13th following a raid by Genghis Khan.

In the evening you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 15: Dunhuang City Tour

Today you arrive in the small oasis-city of Dunhuang. During your guided city tour you visit the beautiful Magao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex that contains about 500 grottoes, carved between 700 and 1,700 years ago. Inside the complex you will see a unique collection of impressive sculptures and murals depicting the evolution of Buddhist religious art over a 1,000 year period.

After the tour you are transferred to your hotel for overnight. In the evening you enjoy traditional dinner and a local folk performance.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 16: Gobi Desert Camel Ride

Today you have the great opportunity to explore the vast natural beauty of the Gobi Desert by camel. During the ride you discover the picturesque Crescent Lake hidden amongst towering sand dunes and spend some time viewing the breathtaking desert sceneries.

After the tour you are transferred to the railway station to continue your amazing railway adventure. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 17: Visit to the Terracotta Warriors

Today your train arrives in Xian. During your guided tour you see the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century - the world famous Terracotta Warriors. You have several hours to explore 6,000 terracotta figures of men and horses and take some memorable photos.

Optional tour: Visit to the Han Yangling Museum where you will see the famous Han Dynasty Emperor's Liu Qi tomb built 2,000 years ago.

After the tour you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in. In the evening you enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dinner, Music and Dance Show.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 18: Xian City Tour

Following breakfast you check out from your hotel and go on a guided tour around Xian’s historical landmarks.

During the tour you explore the ancient city walls, experience the bustling street culture of the Muslim Quarter and visit the Great Mosque. 

After the tour you are transferred to the railway station and continue your journey to Beijing.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 19: Arrival in Beijing

Spending your last day on board the Shangri-La Express you wind your way northwards towards the capital of China, Beijing. Upon arrival you bid farewell to the train and its friendly crew and your private driver transfers you to your centrally-located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 20: Beijing City Tour

After breakfast you meet you guide and go on a fantastic city tour around the most famous Beijing attractions. During the tour you visit Tiananmen Square and explore the magnificently restored Forbidden City - the former residence of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Your cultural exploration continues at the Temple of Heaven, the grandest of the four great temples situated in Beijing. Here you experience enchanting displays of traditional dancing, singing and the delicately precise ancient art of calligraphy.

Later you have the chance to explore the small "hutong" lanes of old Beijing by rickshaw and visit a local family in a traditional courtyard house.

Optional tour #1: Trip to Cuandixia ancient village that is home to more than 500 well preserved courtyard houses dating to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Optional tour #2: Visit to the Hutong Chinese Cooking School where you can learn the art of cooking authentic Chinese cuisine in a traditional courtyard home.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 21: Visit to the Great Wall of China

Today you visit the most awe-inspiring site in the whole of China - the Great Wall. This world-famous landmark is one of the few man-made structures visible from the outer space and perhaps the most evocative symbol of Chinese skill and precision. During the tour you enjoy a leisurely walk along a portion of the wall and take some memorable photos with your fellow travelers.

After the tour you enjoy delicious dinner in an authentic Peking Duck restaurant to celebrate the end of your journey.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 22: Departure from Beijing

This is the final day of your fantastic Silk Road adventure. Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow (2 nights), Dunhuang (1 night), Xian (1 night) and Beijing (3 nights);
  • 10 nights on board of the Golden Eagle train;
  • 4 nights on board the Shangri-La Express;
  • Full Russian and Chinese visa processing service for US and Australian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required for US customers). Visa support service (invitation) for customers from other countries;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation throughout the itinerary with professional drivers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with experienced guides;
  • English Speaking Group Leader throughout the tour;
  • Full board starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day;
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners;
  • Limited drinks for lunches and dinners;
  • Unlimited drinks from Standard Menu for Gold Class;
  • 24-hour service attendant and doctor on board;
  • Porter services at all railway stations;
  • All gratuities;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.


Not included: international flights, optional tours and services, personal expenses.

Kremlin, Moscow

The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

Moscow Kremlin is the capital's main landmark often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

Red Square, Moscow

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Red Square is the main central square in Moscow, housing the emblematic symbol of Russia - St. Basil's Cathedral. 

Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

The #1 art gallery in Moscow - the Tretyakov Gallery, encompasses more than 150,000 works of art.

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

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

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. 

Terracotta Warriors, Xian, China

The Terracotta Army is a site of life-size sculptures buried with the first emperor of China to protect him in his afterlife.

Xian, China

Xian, also known as the “Walled City of Chang’an”, is an ancient Chinese town with more than 3,000 years of history.

Beijing, China

Beijing is one of the world's truly imposing cities with over 3,000 years of history and a population of around 11 million.

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

The Forbidden City is the former imperial palace which has served as the royal residence for over 491 years.

The Great Wall of China

The 4,000 mile Great Wall of China is one of the Seven Wonders of the world and the longest human-made structure.

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