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Silk Road Classic

Small group tour
21 days
6 cities
2nights

Beijing, China

The mysterious and multifaceted gem of the East, legendary Beijing, boasts an incredible more than a 3-thousand-year history, imbued with the exceptional oriental vibe that captivates for good. Once the capital of the four imperial dynasties which have experienced centuries of absolute thriving and moments of loss, prideful Beijing has not only retained its glory yet multiplied its influence on the global arena. Having evolved from an ancient walled capital to a huge cosmopolitan metropolis in barely a century, Beijing still cherishes the unique traditions of the ancestors and gently preserves its breathtaking legacy. Get acquainted with the legend walking around the iconic Forbidden City, marvel at the UNESCO-listed Temple of Heaven, and, to top it all, absorb the inimitable grandeur of China, exploring one of the Seven Wonders of the world and the awe-inspiring symbol of the Chinese profound past, the Great Wall. But be careful, the charms of Beijing are, indeed, irresistible!...
  • Day By Day

    Day 1: Arrival
    Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport or train station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

    Day 2: Exploring Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City
    After breakfast you meet your guide and go on an amazing sightseeing tour around the most renowned Beijing landmarks.

    You start with a visit to the legendary Tiananmen Square, where the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, the National Museum of China, the House of People's Meetings and the monument to the National Heroes are located.

    Then you enjoy a guided walking tour through the former residence of the Ming and Qing dynasties - the Forbidden City. You explore its numerous awe-inspiring halls and mysterious temples.

    Following lunch, you visit the fantastic ensemble of lakes, gardens and imperial buildings - the Summer Palace, and take a walk at the famous Silk Store, where you can buy some traditional Chinese souvenirs and various silk products.

    After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Additional meals: lunch

    Day 3: Visit to the Great Wall of China & Departure
    Following breakfast, you visit the most awe-inspiring site in the whole of China - the Great Wall. This world-famous landmark is one of the few man-made structures visible from the outer space and perhaps the most evocative symbol of Chinese skill and precision. During the tour, you enjoy a leisurely walk along a portion of the wall and take some memorable photos with your fellow travelers.

    In the afternoon you board a train to Xian and reach this city in about 5 hr 40 minutes. You spend this night in a centrally located hotel.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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    Regent Hotel
    5-star hotel
    CN, 99 Jinbao St, Dong Dan, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing, 100005
    Regent Hotel
    Standard Double Regent Hotel
    Situated in the city center, the luxurious 5-star Regent Hotel Beijing offers elegant guestrooms, an indoor swimming pool and relaxing treatments at the spa. The spacious air-conditioned rooms are decorated with modern artworks and are equipped with free WiFI, a flat-screen TV, a comfortable sofa, private marble bathroom, and other modern facilities. Moreover, the hotel boasts stunning panoramic views and welcomes guests to have a nice meal at the five international restaurants, including Italian, Chinese, and American cuisines. ... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Exploring Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City
    • Visit to the Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs
    • Chinese Visa Processing Service
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    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Airport Transfer Sedan
    • Departure Private Airport Transfer Sedan
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Connection | Beijing - Xian
Beijing
Beijing
6
Xian
Xian
2nights

Xian, China

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    Day 3: Arrival
    Upon arrival to Xian, you are transferred to the centrally located hotel for check-in and overnight.

    Day 4: Exploring the Terracotta Army
    After breakfast, you meet your guide for a tour around the city’s historical landmarks. During the tour, you explore the ancient city walls, experience the bustling street culture of the Muslim Quarter.

    In the afternoon you see the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century - the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. You have several hours to explore 6,000 terracotta figures of men and horses and take some memorable photos.

    • Optional tour: Visit to the Han Yangling Museum where you will see the famous Han Dynasty Emperor's Liu Qi tomb built 2,000 years ago.


    Day 5: Shangri-La Express to Dunhuang
    Today you board the Shangri-La Express for your journey from Xian to Dunhuang. A welcome dinner is served for you on board in the Restaurant Cars to let you try a real authentic Chinese cuisine.

    Additional meal included: dinner

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    Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square
    5-star hotel
    CN, 19 Dong Xin Jie, BeiYuanMen XiaoChi YiTiao Jie, Xincheng Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, Xian, 710004
    Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Xian City Sightseeing and Exploring the Terracotta Army
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
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Connection | Xian - Dunhuang
Overnight onboard
Xian
Xian
23
Dunhuang
Dunhuang
1night

Dunhuang, China

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    Day 6: Gobi Desert Camel Ride

    Today you arrive at Dunhuang. In the afternoon you have the great opportunity to explore the vast natural beauty of the Gobi Desert by camel. During the ride you discover the picturesque Crescent Lake hidden amongst towering sand dunes and spend some time viewing the breathtaking desert sceneries.

    After the tour you are transferred to the hotel and enjoy a dinner and a folk performance in the evening. 

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

    Day 7: Dunhuang City Tour and train to Turpan

    Early in the morning you go on a guided city tour to visit the beautiful Magao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex that contains about 500 grottoes, carved between 700 and 1,700 years ago. Inside the complex you will see a unique collection of impressive sculptures and murals depicting the evolution of Buddhist religious art over a 1,000 year period.

    After the tour you are transferred to the station and board the train to Turpan.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Connection | Dunhuang - Turpan
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Dunhuang
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Turpan
Turpan
1day

Turpan, China

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    Day 8: Turpan City Tour

    Today you arrive in Turpan, a picturesque city located right in the middle of the Flaming Mountains and known as the Hometown of Grapes for its land rich in high-quality orchards and vineyards.

    During your sightseeing tour, you explore the ancient underground irrigation system, visit the Museum of Turpan and travel to the elegantly decaying sand fortress city of Jiaohe that was an important trading post along the Silk Road until it was abandoned in the 13th following a raid by Genghis Khan.

    In the evening you return on board your train and continue traveling.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.



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Connection | Turpan - Almaty
Shangri-La Express
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Almaty
Almaty
9nights

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 9: On Board the Train

    Following breakfast on boad the Shangri-La Express, you cross the boarder with Kazakhstan. Afterward, you board the private Golden Eagle train and continue your journey.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

    Day 10: Almaty City Tour

    Today you arrive in the largest city of Kazakhstan surrounded by the majestic Tien Shan Mountains - Almaty. 

    During your city tour, you visit the Panfilov Park where you have the opportunity to explore the Zenkhov Cathedral built entirely of wood and take a trip to the Chimbulak resort, where you enjoy a cable car ride that provides you with spectacular views of Almaty and its picturesque neighbourhood.

    After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

    Day 11: Tashkent City Tour

    Today you arrive in Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan and the modern Soviet-style city which was rebuilt following the devastating earthquake of 1966. 

    During your guided city tour you visit the Old Town with its cozy narrow streets, traditional houses and religious buildings. Here is a small library you will be privileged to see one of Islam's most sacred relics – the world's oldest Koran. Your tour finishes with a visit to the Railway Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.

    After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

    Day 12: Samarkand City Tour

    Today your train arrives in the ancient city of Samarkand founded in the 6th century BC and famous for its unique architectural heritage left from the days when it flourished as the fabled capital of the Mongol empire of Timur and his successors. 

    During the tour, you visit some of the most significant city sites, including the iconic Registan Square, the Bibi Khanum Mosque and the Ulag Beg observatory - one of the earliest Islamic astronomical observatories built in 1428.

    In the evening you return to the beautifully illuminated Registan Square before reboarding your train for a late evening departure. 

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

    Day 13: Bukhara City Tour

    Today you arrive in Bukhara and have a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most outstanding city attractions. 

    During the tour, you visit the famous Ark, a fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara, and travel out of the city to explore the Emir’s summer residence - the Palace of the Moon and Stars.

    After the tour, you enjoy a barbecue on the station platform before your train departs (if weather and time permits). 

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

    Day 14: Merv Sightseeing Tour

    Today your train arrives in Mary from which you are transferred to the ancient and mainly unrestored city of Merv. Once an important stopping point on the Silk Road, it claims to have briefly been the largest city in the world in the 12th century. 

    During the tour, you explore the remains of this former great city and enjoy the breathtaking surrounded sceneries.

    After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

    Day 15: Ashgabat City Tour

    Today the train makes a scheduled stop at Ichoguz.

    • Optional tour: Darvaza’s burning gas crater visiting. This is an amazing sight best observed at night. Called as ' the Door to Hell’ this crater is a unique experience that is not to be missed.

    Today you arrive in Ashgabat - the capital of Turkmenistan known as the "Las Vegas of the Kara Kum". During your guided tour of this relatively modern city built upon the ruins of the Silk Road city of Konjikala you visit the National Museum of History, go inside the Kipchak Mosque, and explore the city’s extravagant fountains, golden domes and towering modern buildings.

    After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

    Day 16: Khiva Sightseeing Tour

    Today you arrive in the ancient city of Khiva, founded 2,500 years ago. As one of the Silk Road’s most important trading posts and now a World Heritage Site, it lies at the crossroads of the routes between Mongolia, Russia, China and Persia. 

    During your guided sightseeing tour you have the unique chance to discover the impressive architecture of this magnificent city, including its numerous mosques, madrassas, bazaars and minarets.

    After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

    Day 17: On Board the Train

    You spend this day on board your luxurious Golden Eagle train traveling across the vast expanses of the Kara Kum desert. You have the great opportunity to unwind and chat to your fellow travelers, participate in a Russian language lesson, listen to interesting stories about the history of the Silk Road and its people, simply relax with a good book or enjoy the ever-changing landscapes passing by your window.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

    Day 18: Volgograd City Tour

    Today your train arrives in Volgograd that is famous for being the dramatic scene of one of the most important Second World War battles - a year-long Battle of Stalingrad. 

    During the tour, you explore the renowned Mamayev Kurgan war memorial with its iconic 85-meters-high Rodina Mat (Motherland) monument and enjoy an informative museum visit.

    After the tour you return on board your train and make your way to the gorgeous Russian capital.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


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    10 days / 9 nights
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    • Almaty City Tour
    • Tashkent City Tour
    • Samarkand City Tour
    • Bukhara City Tour
    • Merv Sightseeing Tour
    • Ashgabat City Tour
    • Khiva Sightseeing Tour
    • Volgograd City Tour
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Connection | Almaty - Moscow
Today you board Golden Eagle premium train and enjoy your ride through Kazakhstan towards the capital of Moscow. You will spend approx 2 days onboard, besides stopping to tour beautiful cities like Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Merv, Ashgabat, Khiva, and Volgograd.
Almaty
Almaty
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Moscow
Moscow
2nights

Moscow, Russia

The capital of the largest country in the world sounds stately, doesn't it? Glorious Moscow, without a doubt, corresponds to this title. Being a renowned metropolis that hardly ever sleeps, vibrant Moscow is a real adventure waiting for you to happen! When getting to the Moscow city center you may find yourself overwhelmed by the dense concentration of exceptional landmarks every Russian citizen is proud of. The Red Square, framed by the jagged red-brick Kremlin Wall and crowned by the colorful domes of the iconic St. Basil Cathedral, is traditionally the best place to start your Moscow city tour, followed by visiting such marvels as the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the treasure trove of Russian art, the Tretyakov Gallery. Even an ordinary subway ride in Moscow turns into an exciting journey as the Moscow Metro is considered one of the fanciest in the world! In any case, dazzling Moscow deserves hundreds of compliments or at least one visit to understand that they are true!

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    Day 19: Arrival
    Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival, your private driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

    The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

    Day 20: Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow 
    This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

    Following breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals. Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

    After a short break for coffee, you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store. After the tour, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 21: Departure
    Today is the final day of your amazing Silk Road journey. After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and a driver transfers you to the airport for your flight home.

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    Four Seasons Hotel Moscow
    5-star hotel
    Four Seasons Hotel Moscow
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Walking Tour of the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
      Get ready for an unforgettable six hours of sightseeing with the top local guide in Moscow. Discover the best of the city from the iconic gems of the Red Square to the world-famous Fabergé eggs.
    • Russian Visa Processing Service
      Sit back and relax while we will take care of your Russian visa. Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries.
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels in Beijing, Xian, Dunhuang and Moscow;
  • 10 nights on board of the Golden Eagle train;
  • Nights on board the Shangri-La Express;
  • Full Russian, Uzbek, Turkmen, and Chinese visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation throughout the itinerary with professional drivers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with experienced guides;
  • English Speaking Group Leader throughout the tour;
  • Full board starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day;
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners;
  • Limited drinks for lunches and dinners;
  • Unlimited drinks from Standard Menu for Gold Class;
  • 24-hour service attendant and doctor on board;
  • Porter services at all railway stations;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • All gratuities;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • 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.

Note:

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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