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Tashkent Round-Trip "Tsar's Gold" Train

12 days
11 nights

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PER PERSON:

$ 3,090.00 (Cat. Habibi)
$ 4,850.00 (Cat. Ali Baba)
$ 5,680.00 (Cat. Aladin)
$ 9,780.00 (Cat. Kalif)

Dates:

Sep 18, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019 

Cabin Description:

Hotels:

  • Tashkent - Hotel Grand Mir (or similar)
  • Bukhara - Hotel Asia Bukhara (or similar)
  • Samarqand - Registan Plaza Hotel (or similar)

Included:

  • Four nights on an exclusively chartered train.
  • Five nights in mid to high-end hotels.
  • Excellent service from the tour director, group guide or local guide, each with excellent English.
  • An on board doctor.
  • 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 reserved compartment.

Highlights & Experience:

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

Itinerary:

Comfortably cross Uzbekistan by private train. Visit the most significant, historic and fascinating cities along the Central Asian Silk Road—Tashkent, Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara.

 

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 your private train, 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, seeing the city’s monumental architecture, including the Kukeldash Madrasa and the Amir Timur monuments. You witness history in earthen brick and turquoise tile. Caravanserai, fortresses, museums, madrasas—rising from the desert.

In the cool air of dusk, you take a trip to a music hall and enjoy a traditional performance (depending on schedule). Later, amid the pillars and chandeliers of Tashkent station, you board your private train, which takes you to your first stop on the Silk Road, Shahrisabz.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 3  : Shakhrisabz, the Mighty

Today, you explore Shahrisabz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Timur, the fourteenth-century Mongol conqueror, who filled this once mighty city with amazing testaments to his power. The ruins of his palaces surround you in the city’s bustling market. You experience a folk performance and meet some locals in a nearby village. Before night falls, you depart on your private train, joining fellow travelers for an Uzbek wine tasting in the dining car.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 4  : Samarkand - the Cultural Crossroads

Wealth, conquest and faith intertwine among the splendors of Samarkand, one of the oldest settlements on Earth. In Timur’s time, it was known as the most beautiful city in the world. Today, as you stand among the ornate marble pillars and vaults of Registan Square and the exquisite glazed tiles of the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, it’s impossible to suppress your sense of wonder. At the Afrasiab excavation site, you visit a museum where you learn about the ancient history of this astonishing place. It is also the site where many Uzbek women burned their veils (paranjas) in 1917, to signal their arrival in a new era.

Overnight: Registan Plaza (or similar) (BLD)

Day 5  : Samarkand, the Ancient City

Today, you see Uzbek craftsmen skillfully weave silk into carpets and press paper from mulberry bark, before seeing the stunning Ulugh Beg Observatory, the ruins of Bibi Khanum Mosque and the inside of the palatial Gur-e-Emir mausoleum.

Overnight: Registan Plaza (or similar) (BLD)

Day 6  : Free Day in Samarkand

Today, you have a free day to discover Samarkand on your own. Your train departs for Khiva in the late afternoon.

Overnight: On board (BD)

Day 7  : Khiva - A Fairy Tale of 1001 Nights

In the morning you arrive in the oasis of Khiva, a city straight out of a tale from the One Thousand and One Nights. Standing at the mighty town walls with their gates and bastions of mud brick, you feel transported into another world. In the afternoon you visit the Kunya Ark Citadel and the Kalta Minor and Islam Hodha Minarets. Dinner is served in a traditional restaurant.

Overnight: Asia Khiva (or similar) (BD)

Day 8  : Khiva - to the Palace of the King

On your tour of this oasis, you have a chance to take in its exotic atmosphere. Its palaces, mosques, minarets, mausoleums and madrasas (Muslim religious schools) represent one of the best preserved ensembles of medieval urban architecture in the world. You enjoy lunch in the surroundings of the former emir’s Summer Palace.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 9  : Bukhara, the Noble City

Beneath the imposing yellow brickwork of the Kalyan Minaret, you gaze at the magnificent city gates on either side of the courtyard, each built with intricate tile work and grand design. This is only a first glimpse of Bukhara’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is home to a thousand monuments, each a testimony to the glory days of caravan trade. At the Lyab-i Hauz ensemble, you witness the 500-year-old architectural ingenuity that keeps a pool full in the baking Kyzylkum desert. You learn about the Sufi poet Nasreddin Hodja, watch local dances replete with national costumes, and listen to stirring Uzbek music in the courtyard of a madrasa.

Overnight: Asia Bukhara (or similar) (BLD)

Day 10  : Bukhara - Mausoleum of the Samanid

Another long, glorious, desert day devoted to the infinitely rich Bukhara. From the sumptuous stylings of the Mir-i Arab Madrasa, you move to the textured geometry of the Samanid Mausoleum, regarded by many as the most beautiful and precious building in Central Asia. Then on to the gargantuan, 1,500-year-old Ark of Bukhara, and the only women’s mosque in the country. Standing on its vast ramparts, you take a last view out over Bukhara, glistening turquoise and yellow in the bright afternoon light. A diamond in the dust.

Overnight: Asia Bukhara (or similar) (BLD)

Day 11  : Bukhara to Tashkent

On a last bright morning in Bukhara, you breakfast, wander the city, and board your private train as noon approaches. The spectacular Central Asian steppes scroll by your window in green hills, ancient rock and distant mountains. By afternoon, you’ve arrived in Tashkent.

Overnight: Grand Mir Hotel (or similar) (BLD)

Day 12  : Farewell to the Silk Road

Picked up from your hotel by the airport transfer, you look back at your 12 days on the world’s most famous trade route. Civilizations rising and crumbling, silk, spice and the romance of rail travel. The kind of trip that changes your perspective forever. (B)

Notes:

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