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The Orient Silk Road Express (SR11LR)
2019 departure:12 days/11 nights from 2257.71 £
2020 departure:10 days/9 nights from 2002.99 £
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.
- Introduction to Your Journey
- Your Itinerary
- Departures and Prices
- What's Included
TASHKENT • Shakhrisabz • Samarkand • Khiva • Bukhara • TASHKENT
DAY 1, TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN
Tashkent—once an ancient oasis, now a bustling metropolis. So much to explore, but for now you relax in your first-class hotel. Tomorrow you board your private train, the Orient Silk Road Express. Overnight: Hotel Grand Mir (or similar).
DAY 2, TASHKENT, THE GREEN OASIS
Under immense blue skies, you tour vibrant Tashkent, seeing the city’s monumental architecture, including the Kukeldash Madrasa and the Amir Timur monuments. You witness history in earthen brick and turquoise tile. Caravanserai, fortresses, museums and madrasas—rising from the desert. In the cool air of dusk, you take a trip to a music hall and enjoy a traditional performance (depending on schedule). Later, amid the pillars and chandeliers of Tashkent station, you board your private train, which takes you to your first stop on the Silk Road, Shahrisabz. Overnight: On board. Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 3, SHAKHRISABZ, THE MIGHTY
Today, you explore Shahrisabz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Timur, the fourteenth-century Mongol conqueror who filled this once mighty city with amazing testaments to his power. The ruins of his palaces surround you in the city’s bustling market. You experience a folk performance and meet some locals in a nearby village. Before night falls, you depart on your private train, joining fellow travelers for an Uzbek wine tasting in the dining car. Overnight: On board. Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 4, SAMARKAND: CROSSROADS OF CULTURES
Wealth, conquest and faith intertwine among the splendors of Samarkand, one of the oldest settlements on Earth. In Timur’s time, it was known as the most beautiful city in the world. Today, as you stand among the ornate marble pillars and vaults of Registan Square and the exquisite glazed tiles of the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, it’s impossible to suppress your sense of wonder. At the Afrasiyab excavation site, you visit a museum where you learn about the ancient history of this astonishing place. It is also the site where many Uzbek women burned their veils (paranjas) in 1917 to signal their arrival in a new era. Overnight: Registan Plaza (or similar). Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 5, SAMARKAND THE ANCIENT CITY
Today you observe Uzbek craftsmen skillfully weave silk into carpets and press paper from mulberry bark. Later you view the stunning Ulugh Beg Observatory, the restored ruins of Bibi-Khanym Mosque and the inside of the palatial Gur-e-Emir mausoleum. Overnight: Registan Plaza (or similar). Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 6, SAMARKAND: YOURS TO EXPLORE
Today you have a free day to discover Samarkand on your own. Your train departs for Khiva in the late afternoon. Overnight: On board. Meal included: Breakfast, Dinner.
DAY 7, KHIVA: A TALE FROM 1001 NIGHTS
In the morning you arrive in the oasis of Khiva, a city straight out of a tale from the Thousand and One Nights. Standing at the mighty town walls with their gates and bastions of mud brick, you feel transported into another world. In the afternoon you visit the Kunya Ark Citadel and the Kalta Minor and Islam Hodha Minarets. Dinner is served in a traditional restaurant. Overnight: Asia Khiva (or similar). Meal included: Breakfast, Dinner.
DAY 8, KHIVA: TO THE PALACE OF THE KING
On your tour of this oasis, you have many chances to take in its exotic atmosphere. Its palaces, mosques, minarets, mausoleums and madrasas (Muslim religious schools) represent one of the best preserved ensembles of medieval urban architecture in the world. You enjoy lunch in a former emir’s summer palace. Overnight: On board. Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 9, BUKHARA, THE NOBLE CITY
Beneath the imposing yellow brickwork of the Kalyan Minaret, you gaze at the magnificent city gates, each built with intricate mosaics. This is your first glimpse of Bukhara’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is home to a thousand monuments, each a testimony to the glory days of legendary Silk Road. At the Lyab-i Hauz architectural ensemble, you discover the 500-year-old technology that keeps a pool from evaporating in the heat of the Kyzylkum Desert. You hear about the life of Sufi poet Nasreddin Hodja, watch local dances replete with national costumes, and listen to stirring Uzbek music in the courtyard of a madrasa. Overnight: Asia Bukhara (or similar). Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 10, BUKHARA, TO THE SAMANID MAUSOLEUM
Today is another glorious desert day devoted to the numerous sites of Bukhara. You view the sumptuous stylings of the Mir-i-Arab Madrasa; the historic design of the Samanid Mausoleum, one of the most important structures in Central Asia; the immense 1,500-year-old Ark of Bukhara; and a unique women’s mosque. Standing on the ramparts of the ancient city walls, you enjoy stunning panoramic views of Bukhara, its turquoise and yellow buildings glimmering in the bright afternoon light. Overnight: Asia Bukhara (or similar). Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 11, BUKHARA TO TASHKENT
On your last morning in Bukhara, you enjoy breakfast and have the chance to explore the city one last time. Around noon you board your private train and watch the spectacular green hills, ancient rock formations and distant mountains of the Central Asian steppe pass by your window. By afternoon you’ve arrived in Tashkent. Overnight: Grand Mir Hotel (or similar). Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 12, GOODBYE UZBEKISTAN
After breakfast, your private airport shuttle picks you up from your hotel. On the way you reflect on your 12 days on the legendary Silk Road, where ancient civilizations rose and fell; silk and spice were traded across continents; all made unforgettable by the romance of rail travel—a journey that leaves you with memories of a lifetime. Meal included: Breakfast.
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
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.
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.
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’ 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.
The Orient Silk Road Express
Please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour
The tour operates in case there are minimum 2 passangers booked per departure
The deposit is payable on the tour, please enquire during the booking stage
We use live currency update, price may slightly fluctuate daily
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If you are a group and want to add extra days or excursions, or you are looking for more independence,
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12 days, excluding flights
ALI BABA cabin
|18 September to 29 September ||from 2257.71 £ ||from 3183.95 £||from 3913.36 £||from 5117.47 £|
The Orient Silk Road Express Tour in 2020 has duration of 10 days/9 nights
10 days, excluding flights
ALI BABA cabin
|12 September to 21 September ||from 2002.99 £ ||from 2813.45 £||from 3438.66 £||from 4492.26 £|
Price per person
Price per person
|3rd person in the compartment||382.07 £||Single use train and hotel, for cat. Aladin||1273.58 £|
|Single use for nights at the hotels, cat. Habibi||405.23 £||Single use train and hotel, for cat. Kalif||1771.43 £|
|Single use train and hotel, cat. Ali Baba||972.55 £|
All Tours Include:
• Four nights on an exclusively chartered train
• Seven nights in first class 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
• International flights (please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour)
• Visa fees paid directly to the Consulate