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The Legendary Silk Road by Private Train

$ 4,790.00

14-day journey from Almaty to Ashgabat
Visit Almaty, Turkestan, Tashkent, Shakhrisabz, Samarqand, Khiva, Bukhara, Merv, Ashgabat

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This journey makes you familiar with the manifold cultures along the legendary Silk Road and numerous localities that made history, among them no less than 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stretching from the Caspian Sea to the Tien Shan Mountains, the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are richly endowed with history and culture, a flavour of which you will sample on this exciting journey by Private Train.


14 DAYS JOURNEY FROM ALMATY TO ASHGABAT ITINERARY

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. Turkestan – Center of Nomad Pilgrimage
You arrive in Turkestan after having breakfast on board. You visit the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, which was built in 1394 and is one of the most significant examples of Timurid architecture (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Afterwards your private train continues its journey, crossing the Kazakh-Uzbek border towards Tashkent. Border formalities are completed in the comfort of your compartment.
Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 4. Tashkent – The Green Oasis
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 Kazakh mud brick houses. In the evening you attend a concert in a music hall (programme permitting). You continue on with your private train after the performance.
Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 5. Travelling through time
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 6. Samarqand – Crossroads of Cultures
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 7. Samarqand
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 8. Samarqand
The morning is yours to explore Samarqand or spend as you please. Your train departs for Khiva in the west around noon.
Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 9. Khiva
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 10. Bukhara, the Noble One
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 11. The Samanid Mausoleum
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. Your train continues its journey in the evening.
Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 12. Merv, the Pearl of the East
Your private train arrives toward morning at the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Merv, the remnants of what was once one of the world’s largest and most magnificent cities. The initial impression is of disbelief: gigantic walls and ramparts simply standing in the middle of the desert next to the imposing ruins of ancient buildings such as the Tomb of the Sultan Sanjar, the Maidens’ Castle (Kyz Kala), the historical ice-houses, and other tombs. Lunch is eaten with a local family in their home’s picturesque courtyard.
Overnight: Grand Turkmen Hotel (or similar). (BLD)

Day 13. The Capital City Ashgabat and the Former Imperial City of Nisa
In the morning you are driven to the ancient Parthian city of Nisa. After lunch you take a guided tour of the modern-day capital, with its distinctive appearance so characteristic of Turkmenbashi, the self-proclaimed “great leader of all Turkmen”. Hollywood-style settings throughout this city flush with new-found oil wealth can be impressive, but sometimes also cause a chuckle. In the afternoon you take a guided tour of the National Museum in Ashgabat, where you view artefacts excavated from the ruins at Nisa and gain insight into the development of a culture shaped by various peoples, ethnicities, and religions. In the evening you are brought to the airport. (BLD)

Day 14. Return Home
Your flight home departs in the early morning, marking the end of a very special journey.


16 DAYS JOURNEY FROM ALMATY TO TASHMENT ITINERARY

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)



2019 DEPARTURES
Almaty – Ashgabat (14 days):
28-Mar-2019 to 10-Apr-2019 | 3-Oct-19 to 16-Oct-19

Ashgabat – Almaty (14 days):
10-Apr-2018 to 23-Apr-2018 | 16 Oct 18 – 29 Oct 18
09-Apr-2019 to 22-Apr-2019 | 15-Oct-19 to 28-Oct-19

Almaty – Tashkent (16 days):
27-Aug-2019 to 11-Sep-2019


Almaty – Ashgabat
$4090
per person based on sharing

  • Cat. Habibi | USD 4090
  • cat. Ali Baba | USD $5980
  • cat. Aladin | USD $6690
  • cat. Sultan | USD $10870
  • cat. Kalif | USD $11150

Ashgabat – Almaty
$4090
per person based on sharing
  • Cat. Habibi | USD 4090
  • cat. Ali Baba | USD $5980
  • cat. Aladin | USD $6690
  • cat. Sultan | USD $10870
  • cat. Kalif | USD $11150

Almaty - Tashkent
$4090
per person based on sharing
  • Cat. Habibi | USD 4090
  • cat. Ali Baba | USD $5980
  • cat. Aladin | USD $6690
  • cat. Sultan | USD $10870
  • cat. Kalif | USD $11150

Additional Information

OVERVIEW

15-Day Journey from Beijing to Moscow or 16-Day Journey from Moscow to Beijing

START / END

15-Day Journey from Beijing to Moscow or 16-Day Journey from Moscow to Beijing

DEPARTURE

Moscow – Beijing (16 days):
4-May-19 to 19-May-19, 1-Jun-19 to 16-Jun-19, 27-Jun-19 to 12-Jul-19, 20-Jul-19 to 4-Aug-19, 15-Aug-19 to 30-Aug-19, 7-Sep-19 to 22-Sep-19

Beijing – Moscow (15 days):
12-May-19 to 26-May-19, 9-Jun-19 to 23-Jun-19, 5-Jul-19 to 19-Jul-19, 28-Jul-19 to 11-Aug-19, 23-Aug-19 to 6-Sep-19, 15-Sep-19 to 29-Sep-19

HOTELS

As per the detail of program

INCLUSIONS

• Journey with guaranteed lodging in the booked category aboard the privately chartered train between Moscow
and Erlian. Between Erlian and Beijing (ca. 16 hours) accommodation in a 2- or 4-bed compartment in a Chinese
sleeper car.
• Three nights in a hotel in Beijing. One night in a top-range hotel in Moscow.
• One night in a mid-range hotel in Ulan Bator and one night in Irkutsk.
• Excellent service and a three-guide system: tour director, group leader (max 26 guests per group) and local
guides.
• An on board physician (Moscow to the Chinese border).
• All excursions and sightseeing as per itinerary, including all entry fees.
• All transfers and bus tours as per itinerary.
• All meals as per itinerary: Fine dining in the dining car and local specialties, such as Peking Duck.
• Porter service at all railroad stations.
• On board shower facilities.
• Informational booklet on region and train in each compartment.
• Entertainment and culture: daily introductions to the country, people and customs.

EXCLUSIONS

International flights – Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
Tourist visa to the country visited in the itinerary
Insurance you may wish (which we urge you to purchase)
Personal expenses and gratuities.
Any other item not specified

QUESTIONS

Should you have any further questions, please call 1888-887-1688 for assistance.

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