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Tashkent Round-Trip

10 days
9 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$ 2,315.00 (Cat. Habibi)
$ 3,290.00 (Cat. Ali Baba)
$ 4,050.00 (Cat. Aladin)
$ 5,315.00 (Cat. Kalif)

Dates:

Sep 22, 2018 - Oct 01, 2018 
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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

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 in Tashkent

Day 2  : Tashkent, the Green Oasis

Under immense blue skies, you tour vibrant Tashkent, the Uzbek capital along the old Silk Road. Through the city’s monumental architecture, you witness history in earthen brick and turquoise tile. Caravanserai, fortress, museum, madrasah, rising from the desert.

In the cool dusk, you take a trip to a music hall end enjoy a performance (dependent on schedule). Later, amid the pillars and chandeliers of Tashkent station, you board your private train to travel the Silk Road trail to Shakhrisabz.

Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

Day 3  : Shakhrisabz, the Mighty

Under wide blue skies, you explore Shakhrisabz, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Timur, the fourteenth-century Mongol conqueror, filled this once mighty city with grandiose testaments to his earthly power. Now his palaces stand in ruins around you in the bustling market town, crumbling reminders of a lost empire. You experience a folklore performance and meet some of the locals in a local village. Before night closes in, the train departs, and you join fellow travelers for an Uzbek wine tasting in the dining car.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 4  : Bukhara, the Noble

Beneath the imposing yellow brickwork of the Kalyan minaret, you gaze at the magnificent gateways on either side of the courtyard, each a heady cocktail of intricate tilework and grand design. This is only a first glimpse of old Bukhara, a UNESCO World Heritage site holding a miraculous city museum of a thousand monuments, every single one 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 satirical Sufi Nasreddin Hodja, watch local dances, listen to exotic Uzbek tunes and have dazzling national costumes paraded in the courtyard of a madrasah.

Overnight in Bukhara. (BLD)

Day 5  : Mausoleum of the Samanid

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

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 6  : A Fairy Tale of 1001 Nights

This is Khiva, an ancient city fortress. Beneath the vivid blue glazed bands of the Kalta Minor Minaret, you set out through the sun and shadow of winding streets on a dreamlike tour of the town’s palaces, mosques, mausoleums and madrasah. All inhabited, thriving—a living museum. You lunch in the old Summer Palace of the Emir.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 7  : Samarqand, the Ancient

Wealth, conquest and faith intertwine among the splendors of Samarqand, one of the oldest settlements on Earth. At the time of Timur, this was called the most beautiful city in the world. Today, as you stand among the ornate marble pillars and vaults of Registan Square or the exquisite glazed tiles of the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, it’s impossible to suppress your sense of wonder. At the Afrosiyab excavation site you untangle the roots of this astonishing civilization.

Overnight in Samarqand. (BLD)

Day 8  : Crossroads of Cultures

You see Uzbek craftsmen skillfully weave silk into carpets and press paper from mulberry bark, before casting your eyes to the magnificent past at the Ulugh Beg Observatory, the ruins of Bibi Khanum Mosque and the Gur Emir Mausoleum.

Overnight in Samarqand. (BLD)

Day 9  : The Tracks to Tashkent

On a last bright morning in Samarqand, you breakfast, wander the city, and board your private train as the sun touches noon.

The spectacular steppe scrolls by your window in green hills, ancient rock and distant mountains. By afternoon, you’ve arrived in Tashkent.

Overnight in Tashkent. (BLD)

Day 10  : Return Home

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

Notes:

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