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Legendary Silk Road: From Ashgabat

Small group tour
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14 days
9 cities
1night

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat is an amazing destination for those travelers who feel a bit bored with traditional city tours. Rebuilt in Soviet-style after the 1948 earthquake, Ashgabat is now famous for its extremely wide streets, gigantic monuments, and original palaces. The capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, boasts outstanding attractions like the glorious Wedding Palace with its floors in the shape of a rotating star. In Arabic, "Ashgabat" means the "city of love" and you will definitely fall in love with this unusual metropolis, also known as “white marble capital”. ...
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    Day 1: Arrival to Ashgabat
    Welcome to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan’s capital city! Upon arrival, you are transferred to your centrally located hotel where you spend the night.

    Day 2: Ashgabat City Tour
    In the morning you are driven to the ancient Parthian city of Nisa and see this former imperial city's main landmarks. After lunch, you take a guided tour of the modern-day capital of Ashgabat with Hollywood-style settings of the “nouveau riche”.

    In the afternoon you visit the National Museum in Ashgabat, where you view artefacts excavated from the ruins at Nisa and gain insight into the development of a culture shaped by various peoples, ethnicities, and religions.

    In the evening you hop aboard  the Orient Silk Road Express, your private train on this legendary journey.

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Connection | Ashgabat - Merv
Private Orient Silk Road Express Train
Ashgabat Central
Ashgabat
6 h
Merv Central
Merv
1day

Merv, Turkmenistan

Merv is the oasis-city on the historic Silk Road in modern Turkmenistan. Several cities existed here over centuries which makes Merv extremely important in terms of its heritage. The must-see attraction in Merv is the Tomb of Ahmad Sanjar, the famous sultan who died in the XII century. The huge mausoleum built in the form of a cube with a beautiful graceful dome is the city's best site surely worth visiting and admiring. ...
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    Day 3: Sightseeing in Merv
    In the morning your train arrives at Merv - a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Considered the pearl of the East, Merv today is the unique remnants of what was once one of the world’s largest and most magnificent cities.

    You see gigantic walls and ramparts simply standing in the middle of the desert next to the imposing ruins of ancient buildings such as the Tomb of the Sultan Sanjar, the Maidens’ Castle (Kiz Kale), the historical cold-room, and other mausoleums. Then you have lunch with a local family in their home’s picturesque courtyard.

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Connection | Merv - Bukhara
Private Orient Silk Road Express Train
Merv Central
Merv
10 h
Bukhara Central
Bukhara
2nights

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

The fifth-largest city in Uzbekistan, incredible Bukhara, has long become a world-famous destination as it used to be the key spot along the Silk Route. The city enchants with blinding splendor of architectural complexes, one of them is fabulous Chor Minor. The turquoise domes of this madrasa have a hypnotic effect on everyone who comes close. No trip to Bukhara is possible without seeing the Arc, the ancient fortress that served as a symbol of power and grandeur. And if that's not enough, the city has about 140 architectural monuments worthy of exploring!...
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    Day 4: Bukhara City Tour
    Located in the middle of the Kyzylkum Desert, Bukhara has about one thousand architectural monuments recalling the golden age of the Great Silk Route. Bukhara is also often called Sherif translated as "the noble one" and preserved its ancient oriental countenance in its extensive, unparalleled collection of authentic architecture. 

    During your tour, you see Bukhara’s Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and its famous almost 50-meter tall Kalyan Minaret and the Labi-Hauz Ensemble by the pond. 

    Later you have dinner with musical accompaniment, local dances, and a presentation of colorful national costumes. You spend the night in a 4-star hotel in Bukhara. 

    Day 5: The Samanid Mausoleum
    In the morning, you go on a tour to the splendid Mir-e-Arab Madrasah and the Samanid Mausoleum, one of Central Asia’s most beautiful architectural treasures. Then you explore the massive Ark Citadel, a city within a city which 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. At the end of your stay, you see the only women’s mosque in the world.

    After the tour you return to your hotel.

    Day 6: Train to Khiva
    Today you board your private train for Khiva and continue your journey.

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Connection | Bukhara - Khiva
Private Orient Silk Road Express Train
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7 h
Khiva Central
Khiva
1day

Khiva, Uzbekistan

The uniqueness of ancient Khiva, east Uzbekistan, is totally off the charts due to both the city's history and enchanting views. Khiva is split into two parts: the outer town (Dichan Kala) and the inner one (Ichan-Kala). The latter boasts Shem's Well, the main wonder in town associated with an ancient biblical legend. It's said that Shem, Noah's son, dug here the Kheyvak well with unusual water. When exploring Khiva, stop by the unbelievable Kalta Minor, a huge minaret covered with glazed tiles and majolica. ...
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    Day 7: Khiva Sightseeing
    Today you visit the oasis of Khiva, a fairy tale from 1001 Nights – in stone. After breakfast, you go to the Southern border of the seven river lands, in the oasis of Khiva. On your sightseeing tour of the oasis, you have a chance to take in its exotic atmosphere. 

    You see one of the best-preserved ensembles of medieval oriental urban architecture in the world: Khiva's Kalta Minor Minaret, incredible palaces, mosques, mausoleums, Koranic schools, the mighty town wall with its gates and bastions of mud brick. Then you enjoy lunch in the surroundings of the former emir’s Summer Palace and spend the night on the train. 

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Connection | Khiva - Samarkand
Private Orient Silk Road Express Train
Khiva Central
Khiva
10 h
Samarkand Central
Samarkand
2nights

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Want to touch the magic of the ancient Orient and don't know where to start from? Marvelous Samarkand in Uzbekistan would be a great choice, indeed. With its mythical sounding name, Samarkand gained tremendous popularity as a stop of the Silk Road. Home to many poets, writers, musicians and scholars the city was the capital of Timur (Tamerlane) Empire in 14th century. Having seen the city's main public square, Registan, with its gorgeous madrasas and mausoleums decorated with mosaics, carved marble, and maiolica will leave you speechless. Other places not to miss are Gur-e-Amir, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, and Shah-i-Zinda. Undoubtedly, Samarkand is amazing in the sun and absolutely dazzling at night, the charming view of its numerous turquoise domes gives the feeling that you are in a fairy tale or traveling back in time....
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    Day 8: Samarkand and Its Historic Center
    Today you arrive in Samarkand - the famous historic city often described as the crossroads of culture. During the rule of Timur, it was considered the world’s most beautiful and prestigious city. The territory is also historically important, it is the site where many Uzbek women burned their veils (paranjas) in 1917 to signal their arrival in a new era. In 2001 the city of Samarkand was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its many monuments and preservation of traditional crafts.

    You visit such must-sees as Necropolis of Shah-e Zinde (the living Shah), the excavation sites at Afrosiab (with a museum tour), and Registan Square. After seeing these most notable architectural ensembles in Central Asia you spend the night in a 4-star Samarkand hotel. 

    Day 9: Samarkand and Traditional Craftsmanship
    Today your journey in fascinating Samarkand continues. You go on a tour to a silk carpet manufactory, then visit an Uzbek craftsman’s family to see paper being made from mulberry bark. Then you make a stop at the Ulug Beg Observatory and the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, view the interior of the palace-like Gur Emir Mausoleum. 

    After the tour, you return to your Samarkand hotel where you spend the night.

    Day 10: Train to Shahrisabz
    In the morning you depart to Shahrisabz

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Connection | Samarkand - Shahrisabz
Private Orient Silk Road Express Train
Samarkand Central
Samarkand
2 h
Shahrisabz Central
Shahrisabz
1day

Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan

Enjoy the magic of historic Shahrisabz, the gem of Central Asia located in southern Uzbekistan. Its exotic name is translated from Persian as "green city" and it is closely connected with Tamerlan and his dynasty. Some buildings, constructed in the period of Tamerlan's rule, for example, Ak-Saray Palace, are even included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit Shahrisabz old bazaar to marvel local crafts, one of them is suzani, an unbelievably beautiful embroidery that will surely delight your eyes. ...
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    Day 10: Tour of Shahrisabz
    Today you explore Shahrisabz that is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Timur, the 14th-century Mongol conqueror, filled the city with immense monuments to his success. Today, his palaces serve as crumbling reminders of a once great empire. 

    Later you watch a traditional folk performance and meet some locals in a small village. In the evening you return onboard and join your fellow travelers for an Uzbek wine tasting in the dining car.

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Connection | Shahrisabz - Tashkent
Private Orient Silk Road Express Train
Shahrisabz Central
Shahrisabz
5 h
Tashkent Central
Tashkent
1day

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent is the wonderful capital of Uzbekistan and its largest city, influenced by Sogdian and Turkish cultures. After destruction in the XIII century, it was rebuilt and gained profit from the Silk Road. In 1966 there occurred an earthquake, today the memorial stone to the earthquake victims is one of the most significant landmarks worth visiting. As any other oriental destination, Tashkent is famous for its peculiar architectural highlights such as the Barak Khan Medressa and the Minor Mosque. ...
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    Day 11: Sightseeing in Tashkent
    Today you arrive in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan situated at the foot of the Tien Shan Mountains. During your sightseeing tour you enjoy this green oasis and steppe, see the Madrassa Kukeldash, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments, and the typical Kazakh mud-brick houses.

    In the evening you depart your train car and travel the Silk Road trail to Kazakhstan.

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Connection | Tashkent - Turkistan
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Tashkent Central
Tashkent
10 h
Turkistan Central
Turkistan
1day

Turkistan, Kazakhstan

Discover fabulous Turkistan, the cradle of Turkic history. The legendary city of present-day Kazakhstan appeared on the crossing of several caravan routes more than 1500 years ago. Being a large industrial and cultural hub, Turkistan is mainly known for its religious destinations. According to an old belief, three visits to Turkistan are equal to one pilgrimage to Mecca. The major attractions in Turkistan are the Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi and the Arystan Bab Mausoleum, which are the main places of worship for local Muslims....
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    Day 12: Exploring Turkistan
    Today you arrive at Turkistan, known as the center of Nomad Pilgrimage. After breakfast on board, you visit the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, built in 1394, with its dome hall, monumental mosque and well house. It is one of the most significant examples of Timurid architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

    Then you board your private train and continue the journey. You have your last night on the train and your last dinner in the dining car as you travel on towards Almaty.

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Connection | Turkistan - Almaty
Private Orient Silk Road Express Train
Turkistan Central
Turkistan
20 h
Almaty 2
Almaty
1night

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Formerly the capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty still remains the most influential and prosperous city of the country. The best city panorama is seen from Kok Tobe, the highest point in town. Consider visiting the Ascension Cathedral, the Orthodox wooden church built without any nails. Almaty also boasts a number of recreation zones, the First President's Park might be mentioned as the most outstanding one. What is more, Almaty is famous for fantastic panoramas surrounding the city, be sure, the scenery will definitely steal your heart. ...
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    Day 13: Almaty City Tour 
    Welcome to Almaty! After arrival you go on a sightseeing tour of the city. You see the main landmarks of this green metropolitan city.

    Among them are the impressive Zenkov Russian Orthodox Cathedral, one of the worlds tallest all wood buildings. At midday, you are in for a treat. You try the Kazakh cuisine during a welcoming lunch in traditional yurts. 

    In the evening you are invited for a farewell dinner in a yurt restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.

    Day 14: Departure
    Today is the day when you return home. We hope you've enjoyed your trip and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.

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What’s included:
  • 7 nights aboard your private Orient Silk Road Express train in the reserved category;
  • 6 nights in hotels in a double room;
  • Full board from day 2 to day 13;
  • Guided transfers to and from all airports and train stations and other transfers according to the itinerary;
  • Sightseeing tours including all entrance fees according to the program;
  • Tour director present throughout the train journey and additional competent travel guides for each group of not more than 26 guests;
  • Off-train tours with experienced local guides;
  • A physician on board the train;
  • Traditional welcome ceremonies Bukhara and Samarkand railway stations;
  • Full Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan visa processing service for US and Australian citizens;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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