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Silk Road Classic

21 days6 cities
ChinaKazakhstanRussia3 countries
Tour rating: 4.93 / 5, Based on 53 Reviews
Branded train package to China, Kazakhstan, Russia

Unique Silk Road adventure from Beijing to Moscow through the exotic Central Asian countries on board two most luxurious trains - Golden Eagle and Shangri-La Express. Begin your adventure in the gorgeous Chinese capital, Beijing, then board a top-quality train and discover a new city of Eurasia at every stop. End your journey on a high note, the vibrant metropolis, Moscow.

21 days6 cities
ChinaKazakhstanRussia3 countries
From
$27,395
Beijing, China Gallery
3
days
China

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

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival in Beijing

Today you arrive at the striking capital of China, Beijing. Upon arrival your private guide transfers you to the centrally located hotel for check-in.

The afternoon is free at your disposal. In the evening you enjoy a welcome reception dinner with your fellow travelers.

Dinner is included.

2
day
Beijing City Tour

After breakfast you meet your guide and go on an amazing sightseeing tour around the most renowned Beijing landmarks.

You start with a visit to the legendary Tiananmen Square, where the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, the National Museum of China, the House of People's Meetings and the monument to the National Heroes are located.

Then you enjoy a guided walking tour through the former residence of the Ming and Qing dynasties - the Forbidden City. You explore its numerous awe-inspiring halls and mysterious temples.

Moreover today you explore the Temple of Heaven, which is one of the most impressive and biggest temples in Beijing. Here you enjoy traditional dancing, singing and the delicately precise ancient art of calligraphy. After that, you explore "hutong" lanes by rickshaw and even meet a local family in a courtyard house.

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

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

3
day
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.

In the afternoon you board a train to Xian and reach this city in about 5 hr 40 minutes. You spend this night in a centrally located hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

5-star hotel

Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

train
Beijing
Xian
5 hrs 40 min

Train-travel is one of the best ways to explore China. Hop onboard a modern train featuring comfortable seating with plenty of legroom, luggage compartments and necessary amenities, and enjoy the journey. 

Xian, China Gallery
2
days
China

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

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
4
day
Visit to the Terracotta Warriors

After breakfast you meet your guide for a tour around the city’s historical landmarks. During the tour, you explore the ancient city walls, experience the bustling street culture of the Muslim Quarter.

In the afternoon 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.
5
day
Shangri-La Express

Today you board the Shangri-La Express for your journey from Xian to Dunhuang. A welcome dinner is served for you on board in the Restaurant Cars to let you try a real authentic Chinese cuisine.

Dinner is included.

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

4-star hotel

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.

train
Xian
Dunhuang
23 hrs

Board the modern Shangri-La Express and embark on a journey from Xian to Dunhuang. Providing all the necessary amenities, the train is one of the most comfortable ways to travel long distances in China. 

Dunhuang, China
2
days
China

Located in north-western China, the city of Dunhuang is a significant part of the UNESCO-listed Silk Road and a must-visit while in the area. Situated in an oasis by the Taklamakan Desert, Dunhuang is surrounded by the vast beauty of the Gobi Desert.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
6
day
Gobi Desert Camel Ride

Today you arrive at Dunhuang. In the afternoon 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 hotel and enjoy a dinner and a folk performance in the evening. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

7
day
Dunhuang City Tour

Early in the morning you go on a guided city tour to 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 the station and board the train to Turpan.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

4-star hotel

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.

train
Dunhuang
Turpan
3 hrs 30 min

Explore China while train-traveling across some of the most authentic places in the area. The modern trains all feature comfortable seating with plenty of legroom, storage compartments for your belongings and other amenities.

Turpan, China
1
day
China

Located on the country's Western side is one of the most untypical cities in China, Turpan. This historic destination is one of the Silk Road stops, boasting numerous unique sights.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
8
day
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.

 

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Shangri-La Express
train
Turpan
Almaty
34 hrs 50 min

Embark on an unforgettable journey through some of the most picturesque sceneries in the area. On the way, explore the local towns and cities and enjoy views like no other to fully take in the authenticity of the region.

Almaty City Gallery
10
days
Kazakhstan

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.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
9
day
On Board the Train

Following breakfast on boad the Shangri-La Express, you cross the boarder with Kazakhstan. Afterward, you board the private Golden Eagle train and continue your journey.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

10
day
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.

 

11
day
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 is 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.

12
day
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.

13
day
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.

 

14
day
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.

15
day
Ashgabat City Tour

Today the train makes a scheduled stop at Ichoguz.

  • Optional tour: Darvaza’s burning gas crater visiting. This is an amazing sight best observed at night. Called as ' the Door to Hell’ this crater is a unique experience that is not to be missed.
  • 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.

    16
    day
    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.

     

    17
    day
    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.

     

    18
    day
    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 make your way to the gorgeous Russian capital.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

     

    Your choice of Hotels

    We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

    Golden Eagle Train
    train
    Almaty
    Moscow
    2d 12h

    Today you board Golden Eagle premium train and enjoy your ride through Kazakhstan towards the capital of Moscow. You will spend approx 2 days onboard, besides stopping to tour beautiful cities like Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Merv, Ashgabat, Khiva, and Volgograd.

    Moscow, Russia
    3
    days
    Russia

    Where it all starts and ends in Russia. Some say there is no other capital in the world like Moscow. The cultural exhibitions and landmarks are endless while the buzzing tempo of this metropolis will take you for a ride.

    Day by day
    Hotel
    Day-by-day program
    19
    day
    Arrival in Moscow

    Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival, you are transferred 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 long journey or start exploring the charming city center on your own. 

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

    20
    day
    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.

    21
    day
    Departure from Moscow

    Today is the final day of your amazing Silk Road journey. After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and a driver transfers you to the airport for your flight home.

    Breakfast is included.

    Your choice of Hotels

    We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

    5-star hotel

    Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

    What's Included

    • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Beijing, Xian, Dunhuang, and Moscow;
    • 10 nights on board of the Golden Eagle train;
    • Nights on board the Shangri-La Express;
    • Full Russian, Uzbek, Turkmen, and Chinese visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all 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;
    • 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: international flights, optional tours and services, personal expenses, Chinese visa processing service for Canadian passport holders.

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    Tour Highlights

    • 13 guided city tours
    • A camel ride
    • A visit to the Great Wall of China
    • Exploration of the ‘hutong’ lanes by rickshaw
    • A local family visiting in a traditional courtyard house
    • Tour of Terracotta Warriors
    • A visit to the Kremlin
    • Full Russian, Uzbek, Turkmen, and Chinese visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens

    What To Know

    • Eurasian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
    • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes will ensure that you enjoy the trip during any weather
    • 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