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Beijing - Moscow Silk Road by "Golden Eagle" Train

21 days
20 nights

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Rates:

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$25,795.00 (Silver Class - Twin)
$37,695.00 (Silver Class - Single)
$32,295.00 (Gold Class - Twin)
$46,795.00 (Gold Class - Single)
$48,395.00 (Imperial Suite - Twin)

* Imperial Suite Single - On Request

* All prices shown above are per person. Please note that prices do not include international flights.

Dates:

Apr 16, 2019 - May 06, 2019 
Apr 13, 2020 - May 03, 2020 
Oct 01, 2020 - Oct 21, 2020 

Cabin Description:

Included:

• Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily - starting with dinner on first day and finishing with breakfast on last day
• Generous drinks allowance, including international wine, with lunch and dinner
• Gala Caviar Dinner onboard the Golden Eagle
• In-cabin breakfast option to start the day
• Afternoon tea and cakes onboard the Golden Eagle
• In-suite dining option for Imperial Suite guests
• Inclusive drinks packages for Gold Class and Imperial Suite guests
• Tea, coffee, bottled water, soft drinks and local beer in the
• Bar Lounge Car
• Stimulating onboard talks
• Resident pianist in Bar Lounge Car
• Onboard Russian language lessons
• Live musical performances

Itinerary:

The Silk Road being one of the most important trading routes of the ancient civilization can be retraced following the footsteps of the legendary travelers - Alexander the Great and Marco Polo.   For centuries, merchants, trading silk, spices, and perfumes traveled on ancient routes to and from China, covering some 4,000 miles (6,400 km). Therefore,  this route came to be called the "Silk Road."

Day 1  : Beijing

After the arrival at Beijing Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to the  Regent Hotel 5*(or similar),   located in the historical city center. The hotel is located in the vicinity of the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Wangfujing shopping street, and picturesque historical hutongs.

During the welcome reception dinner at a local restaurant, you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow travelers and discuss your 21-day voyage of a lifetime.

Day 2  : Beijing

Today's touring programme will take you to Tiananmen Square and the magnificent  Forbidden City, built in the early 14th century for the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Our further cultural tour leads to the Temple of Heaven. This magnificent temple was built during the Ming Dynasty, and it is the largest temple in Beijing.
In the afternoon rickshaws will take you to the old Beijing's hutongs,  where you will explore the area and visit a local family in a traditional courtyard house.

Day 3  : Beijing

A whole day will be devoted to the most impressive site in the whole of China – The Great Wall. This remarkable construction is the world's most known symbol of Chinese skill and precision.  The wall was built to protect the Chinese Empire from the nomadic tribes' raids and is the longest man-made structure in the world included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

You will have a chance of walking along a portion of the wall, feel the ancient atmosphere and take some memorable photographs. 

Day 4  : Beijing & Xian

This morning we depart for Xian on the exciting new high-speed railway line*. Reaching the speeds of up to 300kms per hour (190 miles per hour) the bullet train will take you to Xian in approximately 5 hours, covering the distance of 1,144kms (710 miles).

Arriving in Xian early afternoon.
Today you will explore the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. The 6,000 terracotta warriors and their horses are one of the most significant archaeological findings of the 20th century.

Alternatively, you can choose a visit to the Han Yangling Museum and the tomb, dating back 2,000 years. This tomb is one of China’s best-kept secrets.

Overnight at the centrally located Sofitel Xian, where you will be served the Tang Dynasty Dinner with music and dance show - performance of ancient entertainment.

Day 5  : Xian

After breakfast, you will have a tour of  Xian's historical architecture, admiring the ancient city walls and experiencing the lively street culture in the Muslim Quarter, visiting the Great Mosque.

In the afternoon you will board the Shangri-La Express taking you to the next stage of your journey across China. As you travel towards Dunhuang, a welcome dinner of authentic Chinese cuisine will be served onboard in the Restaurant Cars.
For Imperial Suite and Gold Class passengers, private ensuite Diamond Class cabins are reserved.  Silver Class will be accommodated at Heritage Class cabins, with shared shower and toilet facilities. Upgrades to Diamond Class are available at an extra charge and are subject to availability.

Day 6  : Dunhuang

After a leisurely morning onboard, you will arrive at the small oasis city of Dunhuang. Here you will explore the vast natural beauty of the Gobi Desert riding a camel, discover Crescent Lake, hidden amongst towering dunes, which has sustained life in this region for millennia.

Overnight at the Silk Road Dunhuang hotel. Dinner and a local folk performance will be offered in this magical setting.

Day 7  : Dunhuang

This morning you will be offered to experience the sunrise over the magnificent sand dunes, before the visit to the impressive Magao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex. This fascinating site contains almost 500 grottoes, carved from 700 to 1,700 years ago. Inside you will see a fantastic collection of sculptures and murals witnessing the evolution of Buddhist religious art during the 1,000 years.

In the afternoon, return to the Shangri-La Express for the onward journey to Turpan.

Day 8  : Turpan

Turpan is located where the Flaming Mountains create a magnificent backdrop. The tour will take you to the fascinating ancient underground irrigation system that has fed the green orchards and vineyards for centuries. Later you will also visit the Museum of Turpan with its 5,000 artifacts witnessing the rich history of the area. The museum includes the Ancient Mummy exhibition with the objects dating back 3,200 years.

The today's final destination is the fortress city of Jiaohe that was founded in 108 BC. Now elegantly decaying sand fortress used to be an important trading point on the Silk Road. The fortress was abandoned in the 13th century following a raid by Genghis Khan.

Day 9  : Border Croassing

After the last breakfast on board the Shangri-La Express, you will pass through dramatic mountain scenery and arrive at the Chinese border station of Alashankou. It will take about 5 hours to cross the border.  After this experience is over your private train, the Golden Eagle will be waiting at the Kazakh border station Druzhba.

Day 10  : Almaty

Almaty is the largest city of  Kazakhstan. It is famous for its wide tree-lined boulevards and the Tien Shan Mountains surrounding it. This beautiful city derives its name from ‘alma’ meaning ‘apple’ as apple orchards thrive in abundance around this city.

The city tour will take you to Panfilov Park where you will explore the Zenkhov Cathedral built entirely of wood. Out of the city in the Chimbulak resort,  a cable car will ride you up giving spectacular views of Almaty and the mountains.

Day 11  : Tashkent

Tashkent is the capital city of Uzbekistan. It is a modern Soviet-style city which was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1966 had devastated it.  The city tour includes the Old Town, with traditional homes and religious buildings lining narrow streets and you’ll be privileged to see one of Islam’s most sacred relics – the world’s oldest Koran in a small library there.  Then you will visit the Railway Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.

Day 12  : Samarkand

Samarkand is connected to the images of the Silk Road, more than any other town. It was founded in the 6th century BC, and its stunning architecture points to its importance. Once the city was one of the most important cities in Asia.  The architectural remains from the 14th to the 17th century when Samarkand flourished as the capital of the Mongol empire are particularly noted.

Today you will visit Registan Square, the Ulag Beg observatory, one of the earliest Islamic astronomical observatories built in 1428 and the beautifully proportioned Bibi Khanum Mosque.  Before dinner, you will have an opportunity to see the Registan Square again -  now illuminated and awe-inspiring. 

Day 13  : Bukhara

Bukhara is an outstanding city.  In 1999 UNESCO  sponsored the renovation of the city to mark its 2,500th anniversary. Among other highlights, you will visit The Ark, which is a fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara. These the despotic and ruthless rulers governed until the Soviet revolution.

Further, you will travel out of the city to visit the Emir’s Palace of the Moon and Stars. Later in the evening, weather and time permitting, you will enjoy a barbecue on the station platform before the departure of the train. 

Day 14  : Merv

Today you will explore the ancient and mainly unrestored remains of Merv city.  Once being a vital stopping point on the Silk Road, it is believed that sometime during the 12th century Merv was the largest city in the world.

The year of 1794 marked the end of Merv after the Emir of Bukhara destroyed the dam which sustained the life of the city's population. 

Day 15  : Ashgabat & Darvaza

Ashgabat, a city between the Kara Kum desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range, is the capital of Turkmenistan. Famous as the ‘Las Vegas of the Kara Kum’, Ashgabat is a relatively modern city built on the old  Silk Road city of Konjikala and rebuilt again in 1948 after the devastating earthquake.  

The city is known for extravagant fountains, towering modern buildings and golden domes contrasting with desert settings. Among other sightseeing points visits to the National Museum and Kipchak Mosque should be noted.

At Ichoguz The Golden Eagle makes a brief scheduled stop, allowing the option of leaving the train and making a short journey into the Kara Kum desert to see Darvaza's famous burning natural gas crater. It offers a spectacular sight, especially at night. Locals call it 'Door to Hell,' and it truly is a unique experience not to be missed.

Day 16  : Khiva

At the crossroad connecting the routes between Mongolia, Russia, China, and Persia lies the ancient city of Khiva, founded 2,500 years ago. Khiva was one of the Silk Road’s most important trading posts. Now it is a World Heritage Site.  
The city offers a magnificent sight as it rises out of the desert to reveal a wealth of impressive architecture.  You will discover its impressive mosques, madrassas, bazaars, and minarets within Khiva’s ancient walls.

Day 17  : Kara Kum

Today you will have a relaxing day onboard as the train runs across the vast expanses of the Kara Kum desert.  You can watch the unique landscape or take the opportunity to learn a few Russian words in a Russian language lesson or simply chat with fellow passengers. 

Day 18  : Volgograd

The city was called Stalingrad during the Soviet regime and is known for one of the most important Second World War battles. The Russians heroically fought back the Nazis and stopped their advance here thus altering the course of the war. The tour will take you to the sobering Mamayev Kurgan war memorial and the museum.

Day 19  : Moscow

After traveling 7,000 miles (11,250kms) from Beijing, you will arrive in Moscow, your final destination.

In Moscow, you will spend two nights at the five-star centrally located Ritz-Carlton luxury hotel, with a classic and sophisticated ambiance, close to Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre.

Day 20  : Moscow

Our touring programme of Moscow today will take you to the spiritual, historical and political heart of Moscow – the Kremlin. You will see the treasures of the Tsars in the Armoury Chamber, visit Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral with magnificent onion-domed spires, the world famous GUM department store, constructed in Tsarist times, and Lenin’s tomb.

Optionally you may instead wish to travel outside the city center to  Sergiev Posad, visiting one of the most beautiful monasteries in Russia or explore the famous State Tretyakov Gallery.

Day 21  : Moscow

Breakfast at your hotel. Personal transfer to Moscow Airport for your outgoing flight.

If you wish to extend your stay in Moscow to explore more of the city or to enjoy the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre performance (tickets need to be pre-booked and are subject to schedule and availability), we will be happy to reserve extra nights for you at a hotel of your choice ( additional fees apply).