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The Orient Silk Road Express
6 days, 5 nights from £720
From Tashkent to Samarqand
- Introduction to Your Journey
- Your Itinerary
- Departures and Prices
- What's Included
- Booking conditions
TASHKENT • Shakhrisabz • Bukhara • Khiva • SAMARQAND
TASHKENT TO SAMARQAND
|DAY 1, TASHKENT, THE GREEN OASIS|
The journey begins with boarding your private train in the evening, departing for Shakhrisabz.
Overnight on board. (D)
|DAY 2, SHAKHRISABZ, THE MIGHTY|
Today you will experience a folklore performance in the unique tradition of this region and get to know the inhabitants in their authentic everyday life. A friendly welcome is guaranteed! Next you will follow the Great Silk Road and arrive in the green city, the birthplace of Tamerlane. Here, in Shakhrisabz (UNESCO-World Heritage Site) you’ll tour the monumental memorials of the barbaric Mongol Prince and also have the opportunity to watch the thriving bustle of this lively town. In the evening you'll depart on your Private Train to Bukhara. On board: Uzbek wine tasting.
|DAY 3, BUKHARA, THE NOBLE|
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. In the old city (UNESCO-World Culture Heritage) you'll see the Kaljan Minaret and the Labi-Hauz Ensemble. In front of the Nasreddin-on-the-donkey monument you’ll listen to some anecdotes about him. In a madrassa courtyard you watch a performance of local dances, and a presentation of colourful national costumes with musical accompaniment.
|DAY 4, MAUSOLEUM OF THE SAMANID|
Today, you’ll experience Bukhara in an all-day tour program, including lunch. Bukhara is a large, unique and authentic art museum that maintains its old oriental face. In the morning, we guide you to the magnificent Mire-e-Arab Madrasah and the most beautiful and precious building in Central Asia, the Samanid Mausoleum. Then you'll take a tour through the fortress Ark. You'll see the coronation hall and visit the summer residence of the last Emir. In the evening your train departs.
|DAY 5, A FAIRY TALE OF 1001 NIGHTS|
After breakfast you will go to the Southern border of the seven river lands, in the oasis of Khiva. When you stand before the mighty city wall of Khiva with its gates and bastions of clay, you are in another world: Around the Kalta Minor Minaret life still pulses today as it did in old times, and on a tour you see palaces, mosques, minarets, mausoleums and Koranic schools that show you, what medieval oriental urban development must have been like. You will enjoy lunch in the atmosphere of the former SummerPalace of the Emir.
|DAY 6, SAMARKAND, THE ANCIENT|
After breakfast your Private Train will arrive in Samarkand. (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
The Orient Silk Road Express 2017 is available on enquiry basis - please get in touch with our Destination Managers to secure your holiday with an Early Booking Discount.
All Tours Include:
• 4 overnights on the Private Train according to the booked category
• 1 hotel overnight in Bukhara
• All meals according to program (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
• Sightseeing program including all entrance fees according to program
• Transfers according to program
• Multi-lingual Lernidee Tour Director
• Experienced local guides for a maximum of 26 guests per group
• Doctor on board
• Log book with information about the Silk Road
• International flights
• Visa fees paid directly to the Consulate