November 21, 2017
Review about ORIENT EXPRESS Silk Road Ashgabat to Almaty by Georgio
Here are my impressions on the Legendary Silk Road Train Journey. We flew to Ashgabat via Frankfurt. Upon arrival, we were met by an English speaking guide who was very knowledgeable and loaded us with lots of interesting information about Turkmenistan. Ashgabat was very nice and clean, the weather was fantastic, about 26 degrees C.
On the train, there were 12 English speakers and we made friends with each other immediately. Our guide Timur spoke perfect English and was very friendly. He helped us in every possible matter. The train staff was Russian or Uzbek so Timur helped us a lot to comunicate with them. The service and the food in the restaurant car were good, very good, to be exact.
Most of our train travel was by night. Cities we visited were impressive as well as the people, some of them dressed in folk dresses. Pretty girls with long dark hair and wearing beautiful long dresses with elaborate embroidery were happy to take pictures with us. Fantastic! We visited endless mausoleums, minarets, mosques, madrassas (Islamic schools) and museums. Local restaurants served good food, which we enjoyed very much as well as the live folk music in most of them.
Khiva is worth mentioning. It is built inside a huge wall and every building is decorated with tiles and mosaic. Beautiful, unfortunately, vendors everywhere selling scarves, pottery, and fur hats occupied the madrassas and other buildings spoiling the medieval views.
Close to the end of the journey, the train Tour Director complimented us with local wine ! With many thanks we had to end our fantastic journey which will be remembered for many years to come.
I enjoyed the Legendary Silk Road Tour very much. Actually, I'm planning another one by train, and to have peace of mind I will definitely book it with East West Tours. I'm sure you will arrange it in the best possible way as it was this time. Thank you and see you later!
With best regards,