The Orient Silk Road Express
The Orient Silk Road Express
The Orient Silk Road Express

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The Orient Silk Road Express
10 days, 9 nights from £1,440
Once-in-a-life-time journey across Central Asia

Comfortably cross Uzbekistan by private train. Visit the most significant, historic and fascinating cities along the Central Asian Silk Road—Tashkent, Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara. 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

TASHKENT • Shakhrisabz • Bukhara • Khiva • Samarkand • TASHKENT

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.
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)
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.
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.
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)

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TASHKENT ROUND JOURNEY

DAY 1, TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN

Tashkent. Once an ancient oasis, now a bustling metropolis. So much to explore. For now, you relax in your first class hotel. Tomorrow, you’ll board the Orient Silk Road Express.

Overnight: Hotel Grand Mir (or similar)

DAY 2, TASHKENT, THE GREEN OASIS
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Under immense blue skies, you tour vibrant Tashkent, the Uzbek capital along the old Silk Road. Through the city’s monumental architecture, you witness history in earthen brick and turquoise tile. Caravanserai, fortress, museum, madrasah, rising from the desert.

In the cool dusk, you take a trip to the opera and enjoy a performance (dependent on schedule). Later, amid the pillars and chandeliers of Tashkent station, you board your private train to travel the Silk Road trail to Shakhrisabz.

Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

DAY 3, SHAKHRISABZ, THE MIGHTY

Under wide blue skies, you explore Shakhrisabz, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Timur, the fourteenth-century Mongol conqueror, filled this once mighty city with grandiose testaments to his earthly power. Now his palaces stand in ruins around you in the bustling market town, crumbling reminders of a lost empire. You experience a folklore performance and meet some of the locals in a local village. Before night closes in, the train departs, and you join fellow travelers for an Uzbek wine tasting in the dining car.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 4, BUKHARA, THE NOBLE

orient expressBeneath the imposing yellow brickwork of the Kalyan minaret, you gaze at the magnificent gateways on either side of the courtyard, each a heady cocktail of intricate tilework and grand design. This is only a first glimpse of old Bukhara, a UNESCO World Heritage site holding a miraculous city museum of a thousand monuments, every single one a testimony to the glory days of caravan trade. At the Lyab-i Hauz ensemble, you witness the 500-year-old architectural ingenuity that keeps a pool full in the baking Kyzylkum desert. You learn about the satirical Sufi Nasreddin Hodja, watch local dances, listen to exotic Uzbek tunes and have dazzling national costumes paraded in the courtyard of a madrasah.

Overnight: Hotel Asia Bukhara (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 5, MAUSOLEUM OF THE SAMANID

Another long, glorious, desert day devoted to the infinitely rich Bukhara. From the sumptuous stylings of the Mire-e-Arab madrasah, you move to the textured geometry of the Samanid Mausoleum, regarded by many as the most beautiful and precious building in Central Asia. Then onto the gargantuan, 1,500-year-old Ark fortress, and the only women’s mosque in the country. Standing on its vast rampart, you take a last view out over Bukhara, glistening turquoise and yellow in the bright afternoon light. A diamond in the dust.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 6, A FAIRY TALE OF 1001 NIGHTS

This is Khiva, an ancient city fortress. Beneath the vivid blue glazed bands of the Kalta Minor Minaret, you set out through the sun and shadow of winding streets on a dreamlike tour of the town’s palaces, mosques, mausoleums and madrasah. All inhabited, thriving—a living museum. You lunch in the old Summer Palace of the Emir.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 7, SAMARKAND, THE ANCIENT
samarkand

Wealth, conquest and faith intertwine among the splendors of Samarqand, one of the oldest settlements on Earth. At the time of Timur, this was called the most beautiful city in the world. Today, as you stand among the ornate marble pillars and vaults of Registan Square or the exquisite glazed tiles of the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, it’s impossible to suppress your sense of wonder. At the Afrosiyab excavation site you untangle the roots of this astonishing civilization.

Overnight: Registan Plaza Hotel (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 8, CROSSROADS OF CULTURES

You see Uzbek craftsmen skillfully weave silk into carpets and press paper from mulberry bark, before casting your eyes to the magnificent past at the Ulugh Beg Observatory, the ruins of Bibi Khanum Mosque and the Gur Emir Mausoleum.

Overnight: Registan Plaza Hotel (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 9, THE TRACKS TO TASHKENT

On a last bright morning in Samarqand, you breakfast, wander the city, and board your private train as the sun touches noon.

The spectacular steppe scrolls by your window in green hills, ancient rock and distant mountains. By afternoon, you’ve arrived in Tashkent.

Overnight: Hotel Grand Mir (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 10, HOME

Picked up from your hotel by the airport transfer, you look back at ten days on the world’s most famous trade route. Civilizations rising and crumbling, silk, spice and the romance of rail. The kind of trip that changes your perspective forever.(B)

(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

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

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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.
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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 Orient Silk Road Express
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 Orient Silk Road Express
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.

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DEPARTURE 2018

HABIBI

ALI BABA

ALADIN

KALIF


Tashkent - Samarkand - Tashkent,
10 days, excluding flights

from from from from
22 September to 01 October
Без имени 1 
1790.96 £
2532.43 £ 3102.8 £ 4061.02 £
BLACK FRIDAY SALE, 7% OFF, valid until 26 November 2017 1790.96 £ 1665.59 £ 2532.43 £ 2355.16 £ 3102.8 £ 2885.6 £ 4061.02 £ 3776.75 £
 SUPPLEMENTS PER PERSON
 Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons (Habibi)   365.04 £
 Single use supplement for 5 hotel overnights for cat. Habibi   342.22 £
 Single use supplement train and hotel for cat. Ali Baba   878.37 £
 Single use supplement train and hotel for cat. Aladin   1163.55 £
 Single use supplement train and hotel for cat. Kalif   1642.66 £

All Tours Include:

•   Four nights on an exclusively chartered train

•   Five nights in mid to high-end hotels

•   Excellent service from the tour director, group guide or local guide, each with excellent English

•   An on board doctor

•   All excursions and sightseeing as per itinerary, including entry fees

•   All transfers / bus trips according to itinerary

•   All meals according to itinerary

•   Hugely popular catering, with local specialties prepared on board and served as per itinerary

•   Entertaining and enlightening lectures on local lands, people and cultures

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

•   A booklet on the region and the train itself for each reserved compartment

 

Not Included:

•   International flights

•   Visa fees paid directly to the Consulate

•   Gratitutes

Please note that 15% deposit is payable on this tour

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