TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

GREAT SILK ROAD ADVENTURE

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TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

MAP & DESTINATIONS

ALMATY ● BISHKEK ● TASHKENT ● KOKAND ● SHAKHRISABZ ● SAMARKAND ● KHUJAND ● KHIVA ● BUKHARA ● TASHKENT

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TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

TOUR OVERVIEW

15 NIGHTS / 16 DAYS

✔︎ INCLUDES 10 ORGANISED STOPOVERS

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TRANSPORT & ACCOMMODATION

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TOURS AS DESCRIBED

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TRANSFERS & MEALS AS LISTED

✔︎ VISITS 🇰🇿 KAZAKHSTAN, 🇰🇬 KYRGYZSTAN, 🇺🇿 UZBEKISTAN & 🇹🇯 Tajikistan

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TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

DATES & PRICES

DATES, LANGUAGES & PRICES PER PERSON IN GBP / USD

Starts Almaty 4th September 2021 - Finishes Tashkent 19th September 2021

KALIF

TWIN : GBP £ 9,260 / USD $ 12,500
SINGLE : GBP £ 13,730 / USD $ 18,540

ALADDIN

TWIN : GBP £ 5,590 / USD $ 7,550
SINGLE : GBP £ 7,535 / USD $ 10,170

ALI BABA

TWIN : GBP £ 5,005 / USD $ 6,760
SINGLE : GBP £ 6,560 / USD $ 8,860

HABIBI

QUAD* : GBP £ 3,370 / USD $ 4,550
*If there are 3 people in a 4 berth cabin then the price is £ 4,150 / US$ 5,600 per person. Single supplement for hotels only is £ 480 / US$ 650 per person.
Starts Almaty 26th August 2022 - Finishes Tashkent 10th September 2022
Starts Almaty 19th September 2022 - Finishes Tashkent 4th October 2022

KALIF

TWIN : GBP £ TBC / USD $ TBC
SINGLE : GBP £ TBC / USD $ TBC

ALADDIN

TWIN : GBP £ TBC / USD $ TBC
SINGLE : GBP £ TBC / USD $ TBC

ALI BABA

TWIN : GBP £ TBC / USD $ TBC
SINGLE : GBP £ TBC / USD $ TBC

HABIBI

QUAD* : GBP £ TBC / USD $ TBC
*If there are 3 people in a 4 berth cabin then the price is £ TBC / US$ TBC per person. Single supplement for hotels only is £ TBC / US$ TBC per person.
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TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1 - 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: Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Rahat Palace Hotel  ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On Board the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On Board the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On Board the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Grand Mir Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On Board the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On Board the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Registan Plaza Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Registan Plaza Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 10 - on the train

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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On Board the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On Board the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On Board the Orient Silk Road Express Train

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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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Asia Bukhara ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Asia Bukhara ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 15 - 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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On Board the Orient Silk Road Express Train

DAY 16 - end of tour

YOUR JOURNEY WITH US ENDS

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: Breakfast

TSARS GOLD PRIVATE TRAIN

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

Tour INCLUDES

✔︎ 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.
✔︎ Traditional welcome in the train stations of Bukhara and Samarkand.
✔︎ Wine and Vodka tasting.

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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