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The Orient Silk Road Express (SR11LR)
2020 departure:10 days/9 nights from 1942.87 £
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, BUKHARA, THE NOBEL
Beneath the impressive design of the Kalyan Minaret, you gaze at the intricate tilework of the magnificent city gates of old Bukhara. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a virtual city museum of a thousand monuments, every single one a testimony to the glory days of the legendary Silk Road. At Lyab-i Hauz you learn about the 500-year-old technology that keeps a pool from evaporating in the heat of the Kyzylkum Desert. Later in the courtyard of a madrasa, you discover the stories of Sufi poet Nasreddin Hodja, local dances, Uzbek music and dazzling national costumes. Overnight: Hotel Asia Bukhara (or similar) (BLD)
DAY 5, MAUSOLEUM OF THE SAMANID
It’s another glorious day in the desert devoted to the rich sights and history of Bukhara—the magnificent design of the Mir-i Arab madrasa; the Samanid Mausoleum, one of the most revered buildings in Central Asia; the gigantic, 1,500-year-old Ark of Bukhara; and a unique women’s mosque. Standing on the immense ramparts of the city wall, you take in spectacular panoramic views of Bukhara, its turquoise and yellow surfaces glimmering in the bright afternoon sun. Overnight: On board (BLD)
DAY 6, 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: On board. Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 7, SAMARKAND THE ANCIENT CITY
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 8, Crossroads of Cultures
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 9, THE TRACKS TO TASHKENT
On your last morning in Bukhara, you enjoy breakfast and have the chance to explore the city one last time. By afternoon you’ve arrived in Tashkent. Overnight: Grand Mir Hotel (or similar). Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 10, THE JOURNEY HOME
After breakfast, your private airport shuttle picks you up from your hotel. On the way you reflect on your 10 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
Price per person, excluding flight
10 days, excluding flights
ALI BABA cabin
|12 September to 21 September ||from 1942.87 £ ||from 2729 £||from 3335.45 £||from 4357.42 £|
Price per person
Price per person
|3rd person in the compartment||370.61 £||Single use train and hotel, for cat. Aladin||1235.35 £|
|Single use for nights at the hotels, cat. Habibi||393.07 £||Single use train and hotel, for cat. Kalif||1718.26 £|
|Single use train and hotel, cat. Ali Baba||943.36 £|
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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
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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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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