GOLDEN EAGLE LUXURY TRAIN

TASTE OF THE SILK ROAD

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GOLDEN EAGLE LUXURY TRAIN

MAP & DESTINATIONS

ALMATY ● TASHKENT ● SAMARKAND ● BUKHARA ● MERV ● ASHGABAT ● DARVAZA GAS CRATER ● KHIVA ● VOLGOGRAD ● MOSCOW

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TOUR OVERVIEW

12 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS

✔︎ INCLUDES 10 ORGANISED STOPOVERS

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TRANSPORT & ACCOMMODATION

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TOURS AS DESCRIBED

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TRANSFERS & MEALS AS LISTED

✔︎ VISITS KAZAKHSTAN, UZBEKISTAN, TURKMENISTAN & RUSSIA

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GOLDEN EAGLE LUXURY TRAIN

DATES & PRICES

TASTE OF THE SILK ROAD DATES & PRICES PER PERSON IN GBP / USD

7th October to 19th October 2021

IMPERIAL CLASS*

TWIN : GBP £ 29,495 / USD $ 39,795
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 4,000 / USD $ 5,000
SINGLE : GBP £ 58,895 / USD $ 79,495
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 4,000 / USD $ 5,000

GOLD CLASS*

TWIN : GBP £ 16,995 / USD $ 22,895
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 2,000 / USD $ 2,500
SINGLE : GBP £ 28,195 / USD $ 37,995
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 2,000 / USD $ 2,500

SILVER CLASS*

TWIN : GBP £ 13,995 / USD $ 18,995
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 1,000 / USD $ 1,500
SINGLE : GBP £ 21,095 / USD $ 28,495
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 1,000 / USD $ 1,500
14th April to 26th April 2022
20th October to 1st November 2022

IMPERIAL CLASS*

TWIN : GBP £ 31,295 / USD $ 42,195
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 4,000 / USD $ 5,000
SINGLE : GBP £ 62,395 / USD $ 84,295
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 4,000 / USD $ 5,000

GOLD CLASS*

TWIN : GBP £ 17,595 / USD $ 23,895
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 2,000 / USD $ 2,500
SINGLE : GBP £ 29,295 / USD $ 39,495
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 2,000 / USD $ 2,500

SILVER CLASS*

TWIN : GBP £ 14,395 / USD $ 19,395
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 1,000 / USD $ 1,500
SINGLE : GBP £ 21,495 / USD $ 28,995
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 1,000 / USD $ 1,500
14th April to 26th April 2023
19th to 31st October 2023

IMPERIAL CLASS*

TWIN : GBP £ 31,295 / USD $ 42,195
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 5,000 / USD $ 6,000
SINGLE : GBP £ 62,395 / USD $ 84,295
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 5,000 / USD $ 6,000

GOLD CLASS*

TWIN : GBP £ 17,595 / USD $ 23,895
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 2,500 / USD $ 3,000
SINGLE : GBP £ 29,295 / USD $ 39,495
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 2,500 / USD $ 3,000

SILVER CLASS*

TWIN : GBP £ 14,395 / USD $ 19,395
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 1,500 / USD $ 1,750
SINGLE : GBP £ 21,495 / USD $ 28,995
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 1,500 / USD $ 1,750
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GOLDEN EAGLE LUXURY TRAIN

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ALMATY

ARRIVAL IN ALMATY & DINNER

Upon arrival at Almaty Airport, you are met and transferred to the InterContinental hotel, a luxury 5-star hotel located opposite the Presidential Palace in Almaty’s Republic Square for a one-night stay.

The hotel features spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and beautiful views of the Tian Shan Mountains.

MEALS: Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Almaty ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 2 - ALMATY

KAZAKHSTAN’S FORMER CAPITAL & LARGEST CITY

Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan and is notable for its wide tree-lined boulevards. Surrounded by the majesty of the Tien Shan Mountains, this beautiful city derives its name from ‘alma’ meaning ‘apple’. Just a short distance from the city, apple orchards thrive in abundance.

Our city tour includes a visit to Panfilov Park where we visit the Zenkhov Cathedral which was built entirely of wood. We will also go out of the city to the Chimbulak resort, where a cable car ride will give you spectacular views of Almaty and the mountains.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 3 - TASHKENT

ARRIVE IN UZBEKISTAN’S CAPITAL OF TASHKENT

Today we visit Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan. We spend time touring this modern Soviet-style city, which was rebuilt following the devastating earthquake of 1966.

Our tour of the city includes the Old Town, where traditional homes and religious buildings line the narrow streets. In a small library here we will be privileged to see one of Islam’s most sacred relics – the world’s oldest Koran. This is followed by a visit to the Railway Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 4 - SAMARKAND

TOUR PERHAPS THE MOST IMPRESSIVE ARCHITECTURE OF UZBEKISTAN

More so than any other town, just the mention of Samarkand instantly conjures up evocative images of the Silk Road. Founded in the 6th century BC, Samarkand’s stunning architecture hints at its former status as one of the most important cities in Asia and is particularly noted for its architectural remains from the 14th to the 17th century, when it flourished as the fabled capital of the Mongol empire of Timur and his successors.

Today we will visit some of its most significant sites including Registan Square, the refined elegance of the beautifully proportioned Bibi Khanum Mosque and the Ulag Beg observatory, one of the earliest Islamic astronomical observatories built in 1428. Before dinner we will return to the now illuminated and awe-inspiring Registan Square.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 5 - BUKHARA

MORE OUTSTANDING ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY

Bukhara is quite simply outstanding. Like Khiva, UNESCO sponsored the renovation of much of the city for its 2,500th anniversary in 1999. The highlight of this wonderful tour is a visit to The Ark, a fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara – the despotic and ruthless leaders who ruled until Soviet times.

We then travel out of the city to experience the Emir’s enchantingly named ‘Palace of the Moon and Stars’. This evening, weather and time permitting, we will enjoy a barbecue on the station platform before our train departs.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 6 - MERV

VISIT THE RUINS OF THIS ONCE MIGHTY CITY

From Mary we transfer to the ancient and mainly unrestored remains of Merv. Once an important stopping point on the Silk Road, it claims to have briefly been the largest city in the world during the 12th century. 1794 saw the demise of Merv, after the Emir of Bukhara destroyed the dam which the population depended on for its water.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 7 - ASHGABAT

REACH TURKMENISTAN’S UNUSUAL CAPITAL & CONTINUE TO DARVAZA GAS CRATER

Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan is known as the ‘Las Vegas of the Kara Kum’. Situated between the Kara Kum desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range, Ashgabat is a relatively modern city built upon the ruins of the Silk Road city of Konjikala. The Soviet city was largely rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1948.

The city’s extravagant fountains, golden domes and towering modern buildings appear strangely incongruous in this desert setting. Highlights on our visit include a visit to the National Museum and Kipchak Mosque.

The Golden Eagle makes a scheduled stop at Ichoguz. We leave the train and make a short journey to Darvaza’s famous burning gas crater, a spectacular sight best seen at night. Located in the middle of the Kara Kum desert where the area is rich in natural gas, the 70-metre wide crater is known by the locals as the ‘Door to Hell’ and has been burning for over 40 years. A unique experience that is not to be missed.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 8 - KHIVA

BACK INTO UZBEKISTAN & THIS ANCIENT OASIS TOWN

From Urgench we travel to the ancient city of Khiva, founded 2,500 years ago. As one of the Silk Road’s most important trading posts and now a World Heritage Site, it lies at the crossroads of the routes between Mongolia, Russia, China and Persia. A truly magnificent sight to behold, it rises out of the desert to reveal a wealth of impressive architecture.

Stepping back in time, we discover its impressive mosques, madrassas, bazaars and minarets within Khiva’s ancient walls.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 9 - on the train

CONTINUE THROUGH KAZAKHSTAN

We will enjoy a relaxing day on board the Golden Eagle as we travel across the vast open expanses of Kazakhstan and head into Russia. This time offers the opportunity to unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds we have experienced or are about to experience on our rail journey so far.

Chat to your fellow passengers, listen to a talk on the history of the Silk Road and its people along the route, simply relax with a good book or enjoy the ever-changing landscape outside your window as it unfolds before you.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 10 - VOLOGRAD

VISIT THIS RUSSIAN CITY SO IMPORTANT IN WORLD WAR II

Standing on the banks of the Volga, Stalingrad, as the city was known in Soviet times, was the dramatic scene of one of the most important Second World War battles. The Russians heroically turned back the Nazi advance here to alter the course of the war. We visit the poignantly sobering Mamayev Kurgan war memorial, followed by an informative museum visit.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 11 - MOSCOW

REACH OUR FINAL DESTINATION OF MOSCOW

Having travelled a mammoth 7,000 miles (11,250kms) from Beijing the Golden Eagle pulls into Moscow, our final destination.

Included in our time spent in Moscow are two nights at the stylish five-star Four Seasons Hotel Moscow. Located in the historic building of Moskva Hotel and occupying one of the most enviable addresses in the very heart of Moscow, the hotel is a short walk from the Kremlin, Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre. 

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Four Seasons Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 12 - MOSCOW

TOUR OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MOSCOW & A FAREWELL DINNER

Our touring programme of Russia’s capital takes us to the grandeur of the Kremlin – the spiritual, historical and political heart of Moscow – and to see the treasures of the Tsars in the Armoury Chamber where we will enjoy an exclusive private viewing.

Our exploration of the city continues with a visit to Red Square, the iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture. Here we visit the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral’s magnificent onion-domed spires and marvel at the beautiful façade of the world-famous GUM department store which was constructed in Tsarist times.

Lunch is served in Café Pushkin, a legendary Moscow restaurant with a décor that revives the atmosphere of an early 19th century mansion and serves traditional Russian cuisine. An essential part of any visit to Moscow is a tour of the opulent and unique stations of the Moscow metro - showpieces of Socialist art furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

If you have been to Moscow before we offer included Freedom of Choice touring where we show you other sights of Moscow such as the famous State Tretyakov Gallery (National Museum of Fine Art) or the Space Museum.

This evening we will enjoy a Farewell Dinner toasting the success of our journey.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Four Seasons Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 13 - end of tour

DEPART RUSSIA OR EXTEND TO ST PETERSBURG

After breakfast in your hotel, you will be transferred to Moscow Airport for your onward flight.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Four Seasons Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

GOLDEN EAGLE LUXURY TRAIN

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

As far as possible our tours are all inclusive with no hidden extras. What follows are those elements which are included in the tour price. The only extra items you will need to budget for include personal expenses such as international and internal flights, visa costs, travel insurance, drinks from the Bar Lounge Car and laundry.

Experienced Tour Managers

Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and their linguistic and organisational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your rail cruise. We receive exceptional passenger comments about our Tour Managers and their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your holiday.

Arrival and Departure Transfers

Arrival and departure transfers are included.

Hotel and On Board Accommodation

Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or relaxing in the train’s public areas, you will find you hotel room or cabin a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day. All hotels are of 5 star standard or, in certain locations, the best available. Room upgrades are available on request and at extra cost.

Welcome and Farewell Dinners

Each tour begins with a Welcome Dinner, an ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow passengers; for the Tour Manager to brief you on the trip; and introduce you to the Golden Eagle Luxury Trains team and the Tour Doctor. The Farewell Dinner is the perfect end to your adventure by private train where you can relive the journey and look ahead to future tours.

Route Guide, Itinerary and Information Pack

When you board the train there will be a brochure in your cabin detailing more about your journey and the places en-route. Our Tour Manager will organise a programme of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a programme for the next day’s touring schedule.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily

All departures feature one or two uniquely designed restaurant cars where you can enjoy the excellent waiter-served food and wine. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.

Drinks with Meals and from the Bar Lounge Car

A generous drinks allowance is included with lunch and dinner. For passengers travelling in Gold Class on board the Golden Eagle, drinks from the Standard Drinks List in the Bar Lounge Car are also included. For Imperial Suite guests, drinks from both the Standard and Premium Bar Lists (excluding premium wines) in the Bar Lounge Car are included.

On Board Service

You can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unintrusive. Your car attendants provide 24-hour housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant always on duty to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottle drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.

Guided Off-Train Excursions

The history and culture of the places we visit on our rail cruises will come alive through our expert local guides. All our tours include a wide-ranging sightseeing schedule to make the most of the time you have off the train and bring you closer to the culture, people and history of your destinations. We believe it is the special little touches that help create magical memories.

Imperial Suite guests will benefit from the option of a private car and guide in the majority of places we visit along the route.

Freedom of Choice Touring

Customise your journey and enjoy the opportunity to select from an array of Freedom of Choice Touring options that best suits your interests. Your off-train excursions will still take in all the major attractions of the places we are visiting but, in featured locations, you will be presented when you are onboard the train with a variety of activities from which to choose, and enjoy a tailor-made experience. Look at the individual itineraries where we are operating Freedom of Choice Touring.

Freedom of Choice Touring options may be subject to variations dependent on finalised train timings and local charges. Touring options available will typically be advised in the evening prior to the day’s tour.

Personal Headsets

On all the off–train excursions, to enhance your enjoyment and comprehension of the places you visit, you will be provided with a lightweight personal headset on which to listen to your tour guide as you take in the sights. So you do not need to worry about missing any of the interesting details on your excursions.

On Board Doctor and Medical Facilities

To give you peace of mind our tours are accompanied by a doctor who travels with us usually for the entire journey; so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required. Normally, the doctor will be English speaking and be registered with the General Medical Council in the UK.

24 Hour Service Attendant

Your car attendants provide 24-hour housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant always on duty to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.

Porterage

As you only have to unpack once, your luggage and belongings will stay with you on the train throughout the journey but, wherever necessary, porterage is included between the hotel and stations.

All Gratuities

You will not have to worry about tipping on and off the train on your rail journey with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains as all gratuities are included in the tour price.

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