TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

LEGENDARY SILK ROAD FROM ALMATY

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TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

MAP & DESTINATIONS

ALMATY ● TURKISTAN ● TASHKENT ● SAMARKAND ● SHAKHRISABZ ● KHIVA ● BUKHARA ● MERV ● ASHGABAT

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TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

TOUR OVERVIEW

13 NIGHTS / 14 DAYS

✔︎ INCLUDES 9 ORGANISED STOPOVERS

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TRANSPORT & ACCOMMODATION

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TOURS AS DESCRIBED

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TRANSFERS & MEALS AS LISTED

✔︎ VISITS 🇰🇿 KAZAKHSTAN,🇹🇲 Turkmenistan, 🇺🇿 UZBEKISTAN

WE RECOMMEND BOOKING WELL IN ADVANCE

TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

DATES & PRICES

DATES, LANGUAGES & PRICES PER PERSON IN GBP / USD

Starts Almaty 7th October 2021 - Finishes October 20th October 2021

KALIF

TWIN : GBP £ 9,510 / USD $ 12,840
SINGLE : GBP £ 14,050 / USD $ 18,970

SULTAN

TWIN : GBP £ 9,155 / USD $ 12,360
SINGLE : GBP £ 13,570 / USD $ 18,320

ALADDIN

TWIN : GBP £ 5,660 / USD $ 7,640
SINGLE : GBP £ 7,600 / USD $ 10,260

ALI BABA

TWIN : GBP £ 5,120 / USD $ 6,910
SINGLE : GBP £ 6,680 / USD $ 9,020

HABIBI

QUAD* : GBP £ 3,360 / USD $ 4,540
*If there are 3 people in a 4 berth cabin then the price is £ 4,175 / US$ 5,640 per person. Single supplement for hotels only is £ 435 / US$ 590 per person.
Starts Almaty 31st March 2022 - Finishes Ashgabat 13th April 2022

KALIF

TWIN : GBP £ 9,340 / USD $ 12,610
SINGLE : GBP £ 13,880 / USD $ 18,740

SULTAN

TWIN : GBP £ 8,980 / USD $ 12,125
SINGLE : GBP £ 13,395 / USD $ 18,090

ALADDIN

TWIN : GBP £ 5,475 / USD $ 7,390
SINGLE : GBP £ 7,420 / USD $ 10,020

ALI BABA

TWIN : GBP £ 4,945 / USD $ 6,680
SINGLE : GBP £ 6,510 / USD $ 8,790

HABIBI

QUAD* : GBP £ 3,175 / USD $ 4,290
*If there are 3 people in a 4 berth cabin then the price is £ 3,990 / US$ 5,390 per person. Single supplement for hotels only is £ 440 / US$ 590 per person.
Starts Almaty 6th October 2022 - Finishes October 19th October 2022

KALIF

TWIN : GBP £ 9,710 / USD $ 13,110
SINGLE : GBP £ 14,250 / USD $ 19,240

SULTAN

TWIN : GBP £ 9,430 / USD $ 12,730
SINGLE : GBP £ 13,850 / USD $ 18,695

ALADDIN

TWIN : GBP £ 5,830 / USD $ 7,870
SINGLE : GBP £ 7,775 / USD $ 10,495

ALI BABA

TWIN : GBP £ 5,475 / USD $ 7,390
SINGLE : GBP £ 7,040 / USD $ 9,500

HABIBI

QUAD* : GBP £ 3,460 / USD $ 4,670
*If there are 3 people in a 4 berth cabin then the price is £ 4,280 / US$ 5,780 per person. Single supplement for hotels only is £ 440 / US$ 590 per person.
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TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ALMATY

START YOUR TRIP OFF IN KAZAKHSTAN

Just as Silk Road merchants did centuries ago, you arrive in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s vibrant former capital city, welcomed by the cool midnight air. A bus whisks you away to your well-appointed hotel, where you spend the first night of what will be an unforgettable journey.

Dreams of your Silk Road adventure begin to fill your head as you lie down to rest. Tomorrow you will wake early to explore this legendary city.

MEALS: Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Rahat Palace Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 2 - ALMATY

EXPLORE THE CITY BEFORE BOARDING THE TRAIN

Today you explore the amazing city of Almaty, Kazakhstan's capital. You stand beneath the brilliantly colored patterns of the Ascension Cathedral, one of the largest wooden buildings in the world. You stroll through the city's streets, discovering its hidden gems on the way. You have the chance to sit in a typical cafe, framed by the foothills of the Tian Shan Mountains.

After an enjoyable welcome lunch in a yurt restaurant, you hop aboard your the Orient Silk Road Express, your private train on this legendary journey.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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DAY 3 - TURKISTAN

TRAIN ACROSS THE STEPPE & VISIT TURKISTAN

Aboard the Orient Silk Road Express, you enjoy a tasty breakfast as the gorgeous landscapes of the Central Asian steppes pass by the dining car window.

Soon you arrive in the city of Turkistan, known for the magnificent Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, a popular religious pilgrimage site. Its historic design, including its beautiful tiling and brickwork, is known for being the earliest example of Timurid architecture. Its impressive turquoise dome is the largest in Central Asia. The mausoleum has long been a symbol of the Kazakh nation and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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DAY 4 - TASHKENT

EXPLORE THE CAPITAL OF UZBEKISTAN

Today you wake up in the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, a city filled with medieval monuments of its past, surrounded by the region's lush, green steppes. Here you visit caravansaries, inns traditionally used as lodging by caravans along the Silk Road trade route.

You also visit beautifully restored medieval fortresses and madrasas (madrasa is the Arabic word for an educational institution), built from brick and turquoise tile.

Later that evening you board your private train and depart for the city of Shakhrisabz.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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DAY 5 - SHAKHRISABZ

JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY OF CENTRAL ASIA

Today under bright blue skies, you explore the city of Shahrisabz, including its historic center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Formerly known as Kesh, Shahrisabz is the birthplace of fourteenth-century Mongol conqueror Timur. Many of the monuments you visit here were built as testaments to his power, including Ak-Saray, his summer palace.

Later you enjoy a traditional folklore performance in a small village, where you meet some of the locals.

This evening you enjoy a tasting of Uzbek wine on board your private train, which departs for the city of Samarkand.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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DAY 6 - SAMARKAND

EXPLORE THIS CROSSROAD OF CULTURE - A HIGHLIGHT OF UZBEKISTAN

Samarkand is one of Central Asia's oldest settlements, and in the days of Timur, it was considered the world's most beautiful city. That beauty seems undiminished as you stand among the carefully restored buildings of Registan Square with their gorgeous tiling, brickwork, domes, and minarets.

Equally stunning are the intricate tile designs of the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis - known as the Tomb of the Living King, named for the legend of Kusam Ibn Abbas, who brought Islam to the area now known as Uzbekistan.

Later you enjoy a visit to the Afrasiyab excavation site, the oldest part of Samarkand's historic center and one of the largest archaeological sites in the world. In 2001 the city of Samarkand was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its many monuments and preservation of traditional crafts.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Registan Plaza Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 7 - SAMARKAND

VISIT MORE OF THE CITY’S HISTORICAL & CULTURAL TREATS

Today you delve into the historical traditions of Uzbekistan and visit local craftspeople, whom you observe as they skillfully weave silk into carpets and press mulberry bark into paper. Later you enjoy visits to the magnificent Ulugh Beg Observatory, the beautifully reconstructed Bibi Khanum Mosque and the impressive Gur Emir Mausoleum.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Registan Plaza Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 8 - on the train

CONTINUE BY TRAIN ACROSS THE DESERT TO KHIVA

This morning you enjoy a delicious breakfast and have one last walk through the enchanting streets of Samarkand. Around noon you board the Orient Silk Road Express private train, which departs for the next stop on your adventure, the historic city of Khiva.

The spectacular landscapes of the Central Asian steppes pass by your window. Green hills and grasslands stretch before you as far as the eye can see, while distant peaks of mountain ranges reach for the sky.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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DAY 9 - KHIVA

VISIT THIS LEGENDARY DESERT CITY

Today you wake up in the city of Khiva, whose numerous historic monuments earned it a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List as Uzbekistan's first World Heritage Site. Khiva is known for the well-preserved medieval city walls, gates and fortifications of its historic center, Itchan Kala.

You take a tour through the city's charming, winding streets, where you discover the beauty of its many palaces, mosques, mausoleums and madrasas. It is filled with stunning architectural monuments like the multicolored Kalta Minor minaret, whose alternating bands of tiles leave you speechless.

Later you enjoy lunch in the summer residence of a former king.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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DAY 10 - BUKHARA

THE ARCHITECTURAL TREAT OF UZBEKISTAN

On your first day in Bukhara you visit the city's unforgettable historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which contains numerous monuments from the height of the caravan trade on the legendary Silk Road.

Visit stunning sites like the Po-i-Kalyan architectural ensemble, whose buildings are known for their intricate tiling and beautiful brickwork. This includes the impressive Kalyan Minaret, centerpiece of the ensemble, the gorgeous Kalyan Mosque and the intricate Mir-i-Arab Madrasa.

You also visit the Lyab-i Hauz ensemble, which includes the iconic Kukeldash Madrasa. As you explore these amazing locations, you learn about Uzbek history, including the philosopher and historical character Nasreddin Hodja.

Watch beautiful local dances, enjoy traditional Uzbek music and watch a dazzling folklore performance with national costumes in a madrasa courtyard.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Asia Bukhara ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 11 - BUKHARA

CONTINUE TO EXPLORE THIS QUINTESSENTIAL SILK ROAD CITY

On your second day in Bukhara, City of a Thousand Monuments, you return to the Mir-i-Arab Madrasa to continue your exploration. From here you set out to visit Persian king Ismail Samani's historic burial place, also known as the Samanid Mausoleum. It is a unique example of ninth-century Central Asian architecture, influenced by both Zoroastrian fire temples and Islamic design.

Later you visit the enormous Ark of Bukhara, a citadel that was once the residence of the king and a center of power in the region. As you stand on its high walls, you look out over the city and imagine what it must have looked like centuries ago.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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DAY 12 - MERV

VISIT THE ANCIENT RUINS OF MERV & A LOCAL FAMILY BEFORE THE FINAL TRAIN LEG TO ASHGABAT

At daybreak, your private train draws into the ancient city of Merv. In the twelfth century, this was one of the largest cities in the world. by the Silk Road, its fame crossed continents.

Now you stand surrounded by ruins that rise up from the desert sand and crumbling arches framing bright blue sky. You walk among the relics of this UNESCO World Heritage site, including the gigantic Tomb of Ahmed Sanjar, the Virgin Fortress, and the cold room, and are invited to lunch in the courtyard of a family home.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Ashgabat ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 13 - ASHGABAT

VISIT THE RUINS OF NISA & A CITY TOUR

You begin the day at the site of ancient Nisa, and follow its smaller relics to their new home in Ashgabat, at the National Museum. The gleaming white marble of the city center testifies to the young city’s new wealth.

In the evening, you settle down to a farewell dinner.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Ashgabat ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 14 - end of tour

YOUR JOURNEY WITH US ENDS

On your last day of your legendary Silk Road adventure, you check out of your hotel and catch a transfer to the airport for your flight home. On the way, you look back on the marvellous journey that you've just completed. The beautiful landscapes, impressive monuments and unforgettable experiences you have enjoyed on the legendary Silk Road will be memories that last a lifetime.

MEALS: Breakfast

TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

Tour INCLUDES

✔︎ 7 nights on an your private train
✔︎ 6 nights in first-class hotels
✔︎ English-speaking guide throughout journey
✔︎ Doctor on board
✔︎ All excursions and sights according to itinerary, including entry fees
✔︎ All transport and bus tours according to itinerary
✔︎ All meals according to itinerary
✔︎ Porters and luggage service at all railroad stations
✔︎ Fun and informative talks about local lands, people and culture
✔︎ A booklet on the region and the train itself for each reserved compartment

Tour EXCLUDES

• 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.
• Tips and own expenses.
• All beverages in bar car.
• Travel Insurance (every passenger is obliged to have a medical insurance for the whole duration of the Tour).
• Vaccinations: Consult your doctor for specific health advice.

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