Trip Overview

Legendary Silk Road

Tour rating: 4.9 / 5, Based on 3 Reviews
Tourist trains to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
Traverse the path of the legendary Silk Road on a private train. Rich in history, culture and bright emotions the journey transfers you to your own adventure in the scenery of 1001 Nights. You will get to attend a concert at world's famous Navoi Opera, witness the art and craft that goes into making silk carpets and explore three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Legendary Silk Road

14 days4 cities
KazakhstanUzbekistanTurkmenistan3 countries
Tourist trains to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
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$4,220
Tour rating: 4.9 / 5, Based on 3 Reviews
Traverse the path of the legendary Silk Road on a private train. Rich in history, culture and bright emotions the journey transfers you to your own adventure in the scenery of 1001 Nights. You will get to attend a concert at world's famous Navoi Opera, witness the art and craft that goes into making silk carpets and explore three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Day-By-Day

Almaty

first destination
2 days in Almaty and 1 day in each city
1 night in a hotel and 4 nights onboard a train
Day 1
Arrival in Almaty
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to Almaty! Upon arrival you are transferred to your centrally located 4-star hotel where you spend the night.

Day 2
Almaty City Tour 
City tour
City tour

Sightseeing tour of Almaty. Seeing the Zenkov Russian Orthodox Cathedral, one of the worlds tallest all wood buildings. Tasting Kazakh cuisine during a welcoming lunch in traditional yurts. Boarding the "Orient Silk Road Express" train. 

Day 3
Exploring Turkistan
City tour
City tour

Arrival to Turkistan, visiting the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then you board your private train and continue the journey, crossing the Kazakh-Uzbek border towards Tashkent.

Day 4
Sightseeing in Tashkent
City tour
City tour

Tashkent sightseeing tour:  seeing the Madrassa Kukeldash, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments, and the typical Kazakh mud brick houses. In the evening you attend Tashkent’s famous Navoi Opera or a concert in the Tashkent Philharmonic Hall.

Day 5
Exploring Shakhrisabz
City tour
City tour

Arrending a  traditional ceremony offers you firsthand insight into the region’s unique folklore. Exploring Shakhrisabz - a UNESCO-World Heritage Site. See the monumental architecture. In the evening on board your train - tasting of Uzbek wines. 

4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

train
Almaty
Samarkand
19 hrs 30 min

Hop onboard the Orient Silk Road Express train taking you from Almaty to Samarkand for a memorable journey to your upcoming adventures. Traveling long distances is always easier while in a cozy compartment, thus sit back and enjoy the train ride.

Samarkand

second destination
3 days in Samarkand and 1 day in Khiva
3 nights in a hotel and 1 nights onboard a train
Day 6
Samarkand City Tour
City tour
City tour

Arrival in Samarkand, visiting such must-sees as: Necropolis of Shah-e Zinde (the living Shah), the excavation sites at Afrosiab (with a museum tour), and Registan Square.

Day 7
 Exploring Samarkand
City tour
City tour

Silk carpet manufactory tour, visiting an Uzbek craftsman’s family to see paper being made from mulberry bark. Stop at the Ulug Beg Observatory and the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, view the interior of Gur Emir Mausoleum. 

Day 8
Free day in Samarkand
Free day
Free day

Today you are free to see the rest of Samarkand, buy souvenirs or spend the time before departure as you wish. Your train leaves for Khiva around noon, overnight on the train. 

Day 9
Khiva Sightseeing
City tour
City tour

Visit the oasis of Khiva - one of the best preserved ensembles of medieval oriental urban architecture in the world: Khiva's Kalta Minor Minaret, incredible palaces, mosques, mausoleums, Koranic schools, the mighty town wall.

4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

train
Samarkand
Bukhara
1 hr 30 min

A train ride is always a good idea! Hop onboard the train heading towards Bukhara and reach your destination in less than a couple of hours, on the meantime admiring the beautiful landscapes through your window.

Bukhara

third destination
3 days in the cities
2 nights in hotels and 1 night onboard a train
Day 10
Bukhara City Tour
City tour
City tour

Seeing Bukhara’s Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage Site), its Kalyan Minaret and the Labi-Hauz Ensemble by the pond. Dinner served in a Madrasah courtyard, with musical accompaniment, local dances, and colorful national costumes.

Day 11
Exploring Bukhara
City tour
City tour

Tour to the Mir-e-Arab Madrasah and the Samanid Mausoleum,  explore the massive Ark Citadel, where you view the Throne Room, visit the last emir’s Summer Residence and see the only women’s mosque in the world.

Day 12
Sightseeing in Merv
City tour
City tour

Arrival at Merv, where you see gigantic walls and ramparts, the Tomb of the Sultan Sanjar, the Maidens’ Castle (Kiz Kale), the historical cold-room, and other mausoleums. Lunch with a local family in their home’s picturesque courtyard.

4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

train
Bukhara
Ashgabat
13 hrs 20 min

Train-travel is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy the comfortable train with all the necessary amenities provided for your convenience, as well as picturesque landscapes through your window. 

Ashgabat

fourth destination
2 days in the city
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 13
Ashgabat City Tour
City tour
City tour

Ancient Parthian city of Nisa tour.  Guided tour of Ashgabat, visit the National Museum in Ashgabat. In the evening you are treated to a special farewell dinner.

Day 14
Departure Day
Transfer
Transfer

Today is the day when you return home, your flight departs in the early morning, marking the end of a very special journey. We hope you've enjoyed your trip and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.

4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

What's Included

What's Included

  • 7 nights aboard your private train in the reserved category;
  • 6 nights in 4-star hotels in a double room;
  • Meals according to the itinerary;
  • Guided transfers to and from all airports and train stations and other transfers according to the itinerary;
  • Sightseeing tours including all entrance fees according to the program;
  • Tour director present throughout the train journey and additional competent travel guides for each group of not more than 26 guests. (In the Kalif category: 12 guests);
  • Off-train tours with experienced local guides;
  • A physician on board the train;
  • Traditional welcome ceremonies upon arrival at Bukhara and Samarkand railway stations;
  • Lunch/ dinner with an Uzbek and a Turkmen family;
  • Wine and vodka tasting;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: airfares, visas, optional tours and services, gratitudes, beverages, and all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Four guided city tours
  • A concert in Navoi Opera
  • A visit to silk carpet manufacturer
  • Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Ulug Beg Observatory

What To Know

  • Russian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • You should bring a few hundred dollars with you on the trip to pay for food as trains do not have ATM machines
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