The Legendary Silk Road - Orient Silk Road Express 2019
The Legendary Silk Road - Orient Silk Road Express

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The Legendary Silk Road - Orient Silk Road Express 2019
16 days, 15 nights from £2,893
Once-in-a-life-time journey across Central Asia

Travel on the luxurious Orient Silk Road Express private train from Almaty to Tashkent and experience the intricate and vast beauty of the great Silk Road. See monumental remains of great empires along the world’s most famous trade route, an ancient center of commerce and civilization across three countries and seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. Choose from four comfortable cabin types: Habibi, Ali Baba, Aladdin and Kalif, with Kalif being the most luxurious with private en suite facilities in each cabin.

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The Route

ALMATY • Bishkek • Tashkent • Kokand • Shakhrisabz • Samarkand • Khujand • Khiva • Bukhara • TASHKENT

Almaty
Almaty
Almaty is the former capital of Kazakhstan, and is still its largest city. Being a financial and cultural center of Central Asia, Almaty offers plenty of entertainment and cultural opportunities and is a wonderful gateway to this distinctive and hospitable country.
Tashkent
Tashkent
Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, is the largest city in Central Asia. The first mention of Tashkent dates from the 7th century A.D., although it was probably founded by the 1st century B.C. It is located in an oasis near the Chirchik River in a fertile cotton- and fruit-growing region. Tashkent is a very attractive city. The roots of the rich Uzbek culture shine through the city’s architecture, museums and vibrant cultural life.
Samarkand
Samarkand
The historic town of Samarkand is a crossroad and melting pot of the world's cultures. Founded in the 7th century B.C. as ancient Afrasiab, Samarkand had its most significant development in the Timurid period from the 14th to the 15th centuries. The major monuments include the Registan Mosque and madrasas, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda compound and the Gur-Emir ensemble, as well as Ulugh-Beg's Observatory (UNESCO)
Shakhrisabz
Shakhrisabz
The historic centre of Shakhrisyabz contains a collection of exceptional monuments and ancient quarters which bear witness to the city's secular development, and particularly to the period of its apogee, under the rule of Amir Temur and the Temurids, in the 15th-16th century (UNESCO)
Khiva
Khiva
Khiva, the pearl of eastern middle age architecture, lies 25 kilometers south of present-day Urgench. According to the legends Khiva was founded by a son of Noah, Shem when he dug a well in the middle of the desert. According to the archeologists Khiva was founded in the 5th or 4th centuries B.C. and was a key trading post on the Silk Road.
Bukhara
Bukhara
Situated in the middle of the Kyzyl Kum desert, Bukhara features about one thousand monuments, which recall the halcyon days of the Great Silk Road. Foreign spices, furs and especially silk fabrics were stored and handled in the caravansaries. The old city is an UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site which features stunning Kaljan Minaret and the Labi-Hauz Ensemble.

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DAY 1
Arrival in Almaty (Kazakhstan)

You arrive in Almaty and are transferred to your centrally located hotel. Overnight: Rahat Palace Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2
Almaty – The Father of the Apple (Kazakhstan)

In the morning, you enjoy a sightseeing tour of this green metropolitan city at the foot of the mighty Ile Alatau Mountains. You see the imposing Zenkov Russian Orthodox Cathedral, built entirely of wood, the Wedding Palace, the Almaty Circus, and the Central Mosque. At midday you are served a Kazakh welcoming lunch in a traditional yurt. You depart aboard your private train in the afternoon. Porter service guarantees the transfer of your large luggage directly to your train compartment. You are welcomed aboard the train with a drink or refreshment and a short informative talk. Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

DAY 3
Lake Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyztan)

You arrive at Lake Issyk-Kul in the morning. A bus transfer takes you to Tscholpon Ata, where you enjoy a boat ride on Lake Issyk-Kul which is known as the second largest mountain lake in the world. Afterwards you go on an excursion to the mountains including picnic lunch and Kyrgyz folklore performance. In the evening your private train departs for Bishkek. Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 4
Bishkek (Kyrgyztan)

After breakfast on board you arrive in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyztan and located at the Tian Shan mountain range. During your city tour you visit the bazar and the National Historical Museum and also experience the Ala Archa National Park during an excursion in the afternoon. In the evening, your private train departs for Tashkent in Uzbekistan. The border formalities are taken care off on board. Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 5
Tashkent – The Green Oasis (Uzbekistan)

Your private train arrives in the early morning at the Uzbek capital of Tashkent. On your sightseeing tour of the city you are able to have a look at this green oasis in the steppe and see the Madrassa Kukeldash, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments, and the typical mud brick houses. In the evening you attend an opera or concert in a music hall (programme permitting). Overnight: Grand Mir Hotel (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 6
Kokand (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast you cross the Kamchik mountain pass with your private train. In the afternoon you reach the city of Kokand which once was the capital of an Uzbek kingdom – the Khanate of Kokand –and visit the Palace of Khudayar Khan. Upon completion it was one of the largest and most opulent palaces in Central Asia. You also have the chance to visit a local family and help with the traditional baking of bread. Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 7
Travelling through time (Uzbekistan)

During the night, your train passes through mountainous territory. The Greek heritage has been preserved in this inaccessible mountainous region and cultural influences of the Bactrians and the Kushan Empire also survive here. Fire worship and shamanism are still practiced here in the form of rituals and myths seldom found elsewhere. Trade caravans once travelled through these narrow mountain gorges and the armies of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and Timur (or Tamerlane) also passed by here. A traditional ceremony offers you first-hand insight into the region’s unique folklore. Your journey then continues along the Great Silk Road aboard your train to the green city of Shakhrisabz, the birth place of Timur. Your sightseeing here includes the monumental architecture of the brutal Mongol ruler’s great palace from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In the evening you depart for Samarqand on your private train. On board you are invited to a tasting of Uzbek wines. Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 8
Samarqand – Crossroads of Cultures (Uzbekistan)

Today is spent visiting the sights of this famous historic city, which during the rule of Timur was considered the world’s most beautiful and prestigious city. The Necropolis of Shah-e Zinde (the living Shah), the excavation sites at Afrosiab (with a museum tour), and Registan Square are certainly among the most notable architectural ensembles in Central Asia. It is also historically important, as the site where many Uzbek women burned their veils (paranjas) in 1917, to signal their arrival in a new era. Overnight: Registan Plaza Hotel (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 9
Samarqand (Uzbekistan)

Your day in this fascinating city includes a tour of a silk carpet manufactory, a visit to an Uzbek craftsman’s family to see paper being made from mulberry bark, stops at the Ulug Beg Observatory and the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, and viewing the interior of the palace-like Gur Emir Mausoleum. Overnight: Registan Plaza Hotel (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 10
Samarqand (Uzbekistan)

The morning is yours to explore Samarqand or spend as you please. Your train departs for Khujand in Tajikistan around noon. Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 11
Khujand (Tadzhikistan)

In the morning you arrive in Khujand, formerly known as Leninabad and now the second largest city in Tadzhikistan. Your city tour includes visits to the old citadel, mosque and bazar. You will also meet a Tadjik family. In the afternoon your train continues its journey westwards. Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 12
Khiva (Uzbekistan)

Today you will visit the oasis of Khiva, a fairy tale from 1001 Nights – in stone. Standing at the mighty town wall with its gates and bastions of mud brick you feel transported into another world. On your sightseeing tour of the oasis you have a chance to take in its exotic atmosphere. Its palaces, mosques, minarets, mausoleums, and madrassas (Muslim religious schools) represent one of the best preserved ensembles of medieval oriental urban architecture in the world. You enjoy lunch in the surroundings of the former emir’s Summer Palace. Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 13
Bukhara, the Noble One (Uzbekistan)

Located in the middle of the Kyzylkum Desert, Bukhara has some one thousand architectural monuments recalling the golden age of the Great Silk Route. Exotic spices, furs, and especially silk were stored and traded then in the city’s caravanserais. In Bukhara’s Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage), you see the almost fifty-metre tall Kalyan Minaret and the Lyab-I Hauz Ensemble by the pond. In a madrassa courtyard you watch a performance of local dances, and a presentation of colourful national costumes with musical accompaniment. Overnight: Hotel Asia Bukhara (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 14
The Samanid Mausoleum (Uzbekistan)

Bukhara, which also bears the by-name Sherif (the noble one), has preserved its ancient oriental countenance in its extensive, unparalleled collection of authentic architecture. In the morning, we drive you to the splendid Mir-e-Arab Madrassa and the Samanid Mausoleum, one of Central Asia’s most beautiful architectural treasures. Afterwards you tour the massive Ark Citadel, a city within a city that 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. Overnight: Hotel Asia Bukhara (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 15
Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

In the morning you can enjoy leisure time in Bukhara, until your Private Train departs for Tashkent around noon. In the afternoon you will arrive in Tashkent. Overnight: Grand Mir (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 16
Return Home

After breakfast, you transfer to the airport. (B)

The Orient Silk Road Express

The private Orient Silk Road Express is designed to provide you with a comfortable experience as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime and offers a range of cabins to suit every budget.

Enjoy dining in the charming restaurant carriages where you are able to try the freshest local cuisine and relax with fellow passengers. Also, take the time to get involved in several lectures on board the train where you can learn about the history, people and cultures of the countries you travel through.

Choose from 4 different cabin types

The Legendary Silk Road - Orient Silk Road Express 2019

This compartment has sleeping berths (26.4 × 72.4 in /67 × 184cm) for up to four guests. A table near the window separates lower and upper berths on either side. Each car has nine compartments, with washroom facilities at both ends.

The Legendary Silk Road - Orient Silk Road Express 2019
This compartment has two lower berths (27.5 × 74.8 in/67 × 184 cm each), as well as a table and additional storage space. Each car has nine compartments, with washroom facilities at both ends.
The Legendary Silk Road - Orient Silk Road Express 2019
This category features two lower beds (27.5 × 74.8 in/67 × 184 cm each), a small table and storage space. Each car has eight compartments and a shower, together with washroom facilities at both ends. Guests in this category also receive one bathrobe per compartment.
The Legendary Silk Road - Orient Silk Road Express 2019
The Orient Silk Road Express’ grandest accommodation. The Kalif category features two beds, upper and lower (31.6 × 68.5 in/80 × 174 cm and 44 × 72.4 in/112 × 184 cm). Each compartment includes a closet, safe and private bathroom with a separate shower cabin. Each car in this category is limited to four compartments and a maximum of just eight guests.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES

DEPARTURE 2019 HABIBI ALI BABA ALADIN KALIF
Almaty to Tashkent 16 days, excluding flights per person from per person from per person from per person from
 

29 March to 11 April

  2880.29 £   4299.84 £     4858.72 £     8212 £  
SUPPLEMENTS PER PERSON
Supplement for use of the Habibi compartment by 3 persons 726.54 £
Single use supplement for 5 hotel overnights for cat. Habibi 435.93 £
Single use supplement train and hotel for cat. Ali Baba 1453.09 £
Single use supplement train and hotel for cat. Aladin 1788.42 £
Single use supplement train and hotel for cat. Kalif 4102.18 £

All Tours Include:

•   8 overnights on the private train according to the booked category

•   7 nights in mid to high-end hotels

•   All meals according to program (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

•   Sightseeing program including all entrance fees according to program

•   Transfers to and from all airports and train stations according to program

•   Multi-lingual Tour Director

•   Experienced local guides for a maximum of 26 guests per group

•   Doctor on board

•   Traditional welcome in the train stations of Bukhara and Samarqand

•   Wine and Vodka tasting

•   Concise informational talks on the Trans-Siberian Railway, regional geography, culture, and history of the countries along the route

Not Included:

•   International flights

•   Visa fees paid directly to the Consulate

•   Gratitutes

Please note that 15% deposit is payable on this tour

The Legendary Silk Road - Orient Silk Road Express

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