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Heart of the Silk Road

Overview

Travel through time on your private train along the Silk Road of Uzbekistan.  Marvel at the monuments of great empires and the modern-day nations that have replaced them.

Please note: This itinerary is onboard the Orient Silk Road Express Private Train

Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent
Day 2: Tashkent, the Green Oasis
Day 3: Shahrisabz, the Mighty
Day 4: Bukhara, the Noble
Day 5: Mausoleum of the Samanid
Day 6: A Fairy Tale from the Thousand and One Nights
Day 7: Samarkand, the Ancient
Day 8: Crossroads of Cultures
Day 9: The Tracks to Tashkent
Day 10: The Journey Home

DATES

12.09. – 21.09.2020 (10 days)

Day 1. Arrival in Tashkent
Tashkent. Once an ancient oasis, now a bustling metropolis. So much to explore. For now, you relax in your first-class hotel. Tomorrow, you’ll board the Orient Silk Road Express. Overnight: Grand Mir Hotel (or similar)

Day 2. Tashkent, the Green Oasis
Under immense blue skies, you tour vibrant Tashkent, the Uzbek capital along the ancient Silk Road. History comes to life through the city’s impressive sepia and turquoise architecture as caravanserai, fortresses, museums and madrasas rise from the desert. In the cool dusk, you visit a music hall to enjoy a performance (schedule permitting). Later amid the pillars and chandeliers of Tashkent station, you board your private train to continue your discovery of the legendary Silk Road. Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 3. Shahrisabz, the Mighty
Today you explore Shahrisabz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Timur, a fourteenth-century Mongol conqueror who filled this once mighty city with majestic testaments to his earthly power. His palaces surround you in the city’s bustling markets. Later you enjoy a folklore performance and meet some local villagers. Before night closes in, you depart on your private train, joining fellow travelers for an Uzbek wine tasting in the dining car. Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 4. Bukhara, the Noble
Beneath the impressive design of the Kalyan Minaret, you gaze at the intricate tilework of the magnificent city gates of old Bukhara. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a virtual city museum of a thousand monuments, every single one a testimony to the glory days of the legendary Silk Road. At Lyab-i Hauz you learn about the 500-year-old technology that keeps a pool from evaporating in the heat of the Kyzylkum Desert. Later in the courtyard of a madrasa, you discover the stories of Sufi poet Nasreddin Hodja, local dances, Uzbek music and dazzling national costumes. Overnight: Hotel Asia Bukhara (or similar) (BLD)

Day 5. Mausoleum of the Samanid
It’s another glorious day in the desert devoted to the rich sights and history of Bukhara—the magnificent design of the Mir-i Arab madrasa; the Samanid Mausoleum, one of the most revered buildings in Central Asia; the gigantic, 1,500-year-old Ark of Bukhara; and a unique women’s mosque. Standing on the immense ramparts of the city wall, you take in spectacular panoramic views of Bukhara, its turquoise and yellow surfaces glimmering in the bright afternoon sun. Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 6. A Fairy Tale from the Thousand and One Nights
Today you arrive in Khiva, an ancient walled city now a thriving, living museum. Beneath the vivid glazed blue mosaic of the Kalta Minor minaret, you set out through the sun and shade of winding streets on a dreamlike tour of the city’s palaces, mosques, mausoleums and madrasas. You enjoy lunch in the old Summer Palace of the Emir. Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 7. Samarkand, the Ancient
The stunning sites of Samarkand, one of the oldest settlements on Earth, take you through an amazing history of conquest, culture and faith. At the time of Timur, the city was considered the most beautiful in the world. It’s almost impossible to suppress your sense of wonder as you stand among the ornate marble pillars and vaults of Registan Square or the exquisite glazed mosaics of the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis. Throughout the day you discover more and more, including the Afrasiyab excavation site, where you untangle the roots of this astonishing civilization. Overnight: Registan Plaza Hotel (or similar) (BLD)

Day 8. Crossroads of Cultures
Today you observe Uzbek craftsmen skillfully weave silk into carpets and press paper from mulberry bark before visiting the magnificent Ulugh Beg Observatory, the ruins of Bibi-Khanym Mosque and the Gur-e Amir mausoleum.
Overnight: Registan Plaza Hotel (or similar) (BLD)

Day 9. The Tracks to Tashkent
On a last bright morning in Samarkand, you breakfast, wander the city, and board your private train by noon. The green hills, ancient rock and distant mountains of the spectacular steppe scroll past your window. By afternoon, you arrive in Tashkent, to discover another historic Silk Road city. Overnight: Grand Mir Hotel (or similar) (BLD)

Day 10. The Journey Home
After breakfast you head to the airport via private transfer service, marking the end of your unforgettable adventure on the legendary Silk Road. On the way, you look back at the time you spent on the world’s most famous trade route. Images play in your head—civilizations rising and falling in the desert; silk, spice and other wares being traded across continents; all made unforgettable by the ease and extravagance of rail travel on the Orient Silk Road Express. (B)

(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

Habibi

This compartment has sleeping berths (26.4 × 72.4 in /67 × 184cm) for up to four guests. A table near the window separates lower and upper berths on either side. Each car has nine compartments, with washroom facilities at both ends.

Ali Baba

This compartment has two lower berths (27.5 × 74.8 in/67 × 184 cm each), as well as a table and additional storage space. Each car has nine compartments, with washroom facilities at both ends.

Aladdin

This category features two lower beds (27.5 × 74.8 in/67 × 184 cm each), a small table and storage space. Each car has eight compartments and a shower, together with washroom facilities at both ends. Guests in this category also receive one bathrobe per compartment.

Sultan

This category features two beds, upper and lower (31.6 × 68.5 in/80 × 174 cm and 43.3 × 72.4 in/110 × 184 cm) These compartments also offer comfortable seating, a larger table and a small closet. Each room has its own private bathroom, complete with integrated shower. The cars in this category are comprised of just six compartments.

Kalif

The Orient Silk Road Express’ grandest accommodation. The Kalif category features two beds, upper and lower (31.6 × 68.5 in/80 × 174 cm and 44 × 72.4 in/112 × 184 cm). Each compartment includes a closet, safe and private bathroom with a separate shower cabin. Each car in this category is limited to four compartments and a maximum of just eight guests.

 

Rates Include

  • 4 nights on an exclusively chartered train
  • 5 nights in first-class hotels
  • Excellent service from the tour director, group and local guides, each with excellent English
  • Doctor on board
  • All excursions and sightseeing as per itinerary, including entry fees
  • Transfers and bus tours as per itinerary
  • Hugely popular catering, with local specialties prepared on board and served as per itinerary
  • Entertaining and enlightening lectures on local lands, people and cultures
  • A booklet on the region and the train itself for each booking

What Makes Your Journey Unique

  • A once-in-a-lifetime Central Asian train journey, exploring 4 unforgettable UNESCO World Heritage Sites in ten days
  • Winding backstreets, immense city gates, glittering domes, and ancient city walls. The 1001 nights come to life
  • The desert sun in Registan Square, one of the most beautiful squares in the world
  • The cool ease and simplicity of private train travel in a region usually limited to long, uncomfortable bus rides

Highlights Of Your Journey

  • Traditional welcome ceremonies in Bukhara and Samarkand
  • Insights into everyday life, witnessing crafts and traditions such as silk carpet weaving
  • Fascinating excavations at ancient Afrosiyab
  • 600-year-old Ulugh Beg observatory
  • Eating lunch in the Summer Palace of the former Emir
  • Spectacular nature of the Karakum and Kyzylkum deserts and the Tian Shan mountains

DATES for 2020

(10 days / 9 nights)

Departure Dates
12 Sept – 21 Sept 2020

 

RATES From (per person, twin share)

12 -21 September

Habibi US$2710
Ali Baba US$4170
Aladdin US$4870
Kalif US$8380