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The Great Silk Road Adventure

Almaty ► Bishkek ► Tashkent ► Kokand ► Shakhrisabz ► Samarkand ► Khujand ► Khiva ► Bukhara ► Tashkent

15 nights from UK £ 2,940 per person

Price based on 2 people sharing a Habibi Class cabin. These prices are based on 2019 rates. See below for full pricing.
Please note that this is group tour with fixed date departures (see full pricing and dates further down this page). We can also book your international flights if required.

► 4 different cabin categories to choose from on board your private train.
► 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz.
► 4 Central Asian Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadzhikistan, Uzbekistan
► Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan, the second largest mountain lake in the world.
► Excavations of ancient Afrosiyob town in Samarkand.
► The making of traditional art objects: silk and carpets.
► Khujand, the second largest city of Tajikistan
► Ulug Bek observatory in Bukhara
► Full of atmosphere: meetings with local families, traditional baking of bread, 
impressions of local handicraft tradition.
► Spectacular nature: Karakorum and Kysilkum deserts, Tian Shan mountain range, Lake Issyk-Kul.

Route Map

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Almaty

Start Your Trip Off in Kazakhstan

As your flight lands at the Almaty Airport, you get your first glimpse of Kazakhstan and Central Asia. After you de-board the plane, your driver meets you and takes you straight to your hotel for the night. As you watch the scenery on the way to the Almaty city center, you get chills of excitement in anticipation of your sixteen-day excursion on the ancient Silk Road.

Free time to relax before joining the group for a welcome dinner.

Meals Included: Dinner.

Day 2 - Almaty

Explore the City Known as “the Father of the Apple” Before Joining Your Train

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 3 - Lake Issyk-kul

Boat Ride on This Vast Mountain Lake

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 4 - Bishkek

Explore the Capital of Kyrgyzstan

After breakfast on board you arrive in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan 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 of on board.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5 - Tashkent

Explore the Capital of 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).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6 - Kokand

Travel on the Train Across Uzbekistan to Kokand

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 7 - Shakhrisabz

Journey Through the History of Central Asia

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 Samarkand on your private train. On board you are invited to a tasting of Uzbek wines.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 8 - Samarkand

Explore This Crossroad of Culture – a Highlight of 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 9 - Samarkand

Visit More of the City’s Historical & Cultural Treats

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10 - Khujand

Free Time in Samarkand Before Rejoining the Train on to Tajikistan

The morning is yours to explore Samarkand or spend as you please. Your train departs for Khujand in Tajikistan around noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11 - Khujand

Tour of Khujand & Train on to Khiva

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 Tajik family. In the afternoon your train continues its journey westwards.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12 - Khiva

Visit This Legendary Desert City

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13 - Bukhara

The Architectural Treat of 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 14 - Bukhara

Continue to Explore This Quintessential Silk Road City

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 15 - Bukhara to Tashkent

Free Time Before a Final Train Leg Back to Tashkent

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 where you transfer to the hotel with free time until a farewell dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 16 - Depart Tashkent

Your Journey With Us Ends or You Can Choose to Add on Trip Extensions With Us

After breakfast free time until a transfer to the airport for your flight out of Uzbekistan. You have spent sixteen days collecting beautiful memories, and your days on the Silk Road are now complete. However, as you reflect on your amazing adventure, you can’t help but feel that you will never truly leave the Silk Road behind – it will stay with you forever.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

2019 Dates & Prices

Starts Almaty 14th September 2019 and finishes Tashkent 29th September 2019

CATEGORY KALIF

£ 8,420 per person or £ 12,640 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

CATEGORY ALADDIN

£ 4,970 per person or £ 6,810 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

CATEGORY ALI BABA

£ 4,390 per person or £ 5,890 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

CATEGORY HABIBI

£ 2,940 per person based on 4 people sharing a cabin. If there are 3 people in a 4 berth cabin then the price is £ 3,680 per person. Single supplement for hotels only is £ 450 per person.

2020 Dates & Prices

Starts Almaty 28th August 2020 and Finishes Tashkent 12th September 2020

Starts Almaty 21st September 2020 and Finishes Tashkent 6th October 2020

CATEGORY KALIF

£ 8,670 per person or £ 12,995 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

CATEGORY ALADDIN

£ 5,120 per person or £ 6,995 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

CATEGORY ALI BABA

£ 4,520 per person or £ 6,060 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

CATEGORY HABIBI

£ 3,025 per person based on 4 people sharing a cabin. If there are 3 people in a 4 berth cabin then the price is £ 3,795 per person. Single supplement for hotels only is £ 460 per person.

Inclusions & Exclusions For This Trip

What is included?

8 overnights on the private train according to the booked category.

7 overnights in hotels.

All meals according to program.

Sightseeing program including all entrance fees according to program.

Transfers to and from all airports and train stations according to program.

Multi-lingual Tour Director.

Experienced local guides for a maximum of 26 guests per group.

Doctor on board.

Financial Peace of Mind as your trip is protected.

Traditional welcome in the train stations of Bukhara and Samarkand.

Wine and Vodka tasting.

What is not included?

International flights – we can book these for you if you wish.

Visas – we provide the paperwork and can recommend visa agents to help with applications.

Travel Insurance (every passenger is obliged to have medical insurance for the whole duration of the Tour) – we recommend ABTASure (UK residents only)

Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides

All beverages in bar car.

Vaccinations: Consult your doctor for specific health advice.

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