From  £2410
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Journey through the Karakum Desert
  • Visit the colourful Tolkuchka Bazaar
  • Dine in the courtyard of a Madrasah
  • Discover palaces, mosques & minarets
  • Visit a unique women-only mosque
  • Explore ancient Samarkand
  • Enjoy a wine tasting on board
  • Attend the Tashkent Navoy Opera
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The Silk Road by Private Train

14 Day Tour, from £2410 per person

Discover the ancient towns of the Silk Road on a journey following the footsteps of early traders through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan by comfortable, private train. 

Endless desert and steppe gently roll by as the train travels between Central Asian republics where shimmering desert towns, ornate Islamic palaces and bizarre Soviet structures all vie for your attention. 

Cars on the privately chartered train have up to nine compartments, each sleeping either two or four travellers. Choose from Habibi, Ali Baba, Aladin or Kalif class and watch endless deserts and steppe roll gently by.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO ASHGABAT
FLY TO ASHGABAT
Arrive in Turkmenistan’s capital and transfer to a hotel for one night.
DAY 2
NISA TO ASHGABAT
NISA TO ASHGABAT
Visit the colourful Tolkuchka Bazaar, one of the largest markets in Central Asia. Discover the old Parthian city of Nisa before returning to Ashgabat for a city tour of the eccentric capital. Overnight on the train. (B,L,D)
DAY 3
MERV
MERV
Arrive into the UNESCO-protected city of Merv, with its impressive ruins including the Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar and Virgin Fortress. Enjoy lunch in the picturesque courtyard of an artist. Overnight on the train. (B,L,D)
DAY 4
BUKHARA
BUKHARA
Journey into Uzbekistan’s Kyzyl-Kum desert and arrive in the ancient city of Bukhara for a city tour including the Kaljan Minaret and Labi-Hauz Ensemble. Dinner and a traditional performance are enjoyed in the courtyard of a madrasah. Overnight in a hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 5
BUKHARA
BUKHARA
Enjoy a full day tour of Bukhara including the magnificent Mire-e-Arab Madrasah, the Samanid Mausoleum, the fortress Ark and a unique women-only mosque. Overnight on the train. (B,L,D)
DAY 6
BUKHARA
BUKHARA
The morning is free for you to make your own exploration of Bukhara before departing in the afternoon on the train to Khiva. Overnight on the train. (B,L,D)
DAY 7
KHIVA
KHIVA
Arrive in Khiva and enter through its imposing city walls. On a tour of the museum city discover palaces, mosques and mausoleums and enjoy lunch at the former Summer Palace of the Emir. Overnight on the train. (B,L,D)
DAY 8
SAMARKAND
SAMARKAND
Explore ancient Samarkand, the 14th century Timur capital. A city tour including remarkable Registan Square reveals some of Central Asia’s most impressive architecture. Overnight in a hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 9
SAMARKAND
SAMARKAND
Visit a silk carpet factory before continuing the sightseeing of Samarkand with a tour to the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque and the palace-like Gur Emir Mausoleum. Overnight in a hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 10
SHAKHRISABZ
SHAKHRISABZ
Discover Shaman traditions and ceremonies on an excursion into the mountains. Continue along the Great Silk Road to the green city of Shakhrisabz, dotted with ruins from its Timur heyday. Enjoy Uzbek wine tasting back on board the train. Overnight on the train. (B,L,D)
DAY 11
TASHKENT
TASHKENT
On a sightseeing tour of Tashkent discover the Madrasah Kukeldash and Amir Timur monument before attending the famous Tashkent Navoy Opera (depending on schedule). Overnight on the train. (B,L,D)
DAY 12
TURKESTAN
TURKESTAN
Arrive into Kazakhstan and the pilgrimage city of Turkestan. Visit the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its dome hall and monumental mosque. Overnight on the train. (B,L,D)
DAY 13
ALMATY
ALMATY
Reach Kazakhstan’s former capital and visit the Zenkov Russian Cathedral, one of the world’s tallest wooden buildings. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner in a Kazakh yurt before transferring to the airport for the night flight back to the UK. (B,L,D)
DAY 14
ARRIVAL
Arrive in the UK.

Pricing Information

14 day tour, from £2410 per person

Price Includes

  • All accommodation on board train and in hotels
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • All sightseeing and excursions including entrance fees and English-speaking guides

Price Excludes

  • International flights - please contact us for best available prices
  • Visas

Price Notes

£2410 per person for Habibi compartment, multi-share 4 berth cabin
£3455 per person for Ali Baba compartment, twin share 2 berth cabin
Single cabin supplements start from £815 per person (for Ali Baba 2 berth cabin)
£315 single supplement applicable for hotel nights

October 2016 trip supplement £150 per person

March and April 2017 discount of £150 per person

Higher cabin standards are available please contact a Regent Travel Specialist for or more details and prices

Itinerary Dates  
30 Mar 2017
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12 Apr 2017
11 Apr 2017
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24 Apr 2017
05 Oct 2017
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18 Oct 2017
17 Oct 2017
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30 Oct 2017

Tour Route Map


  1. Turkmenistan, Ashgabat
  2. Turkmenistan, The Karakum Desert
  3. Turkmenistan, Nisa
  4. Turkmenistan, Ashgabat
  5. Turkmenistan, Merv
  6. Uzbekistan, Bukhara
  7. Uzbekistan, Khiva
  8. Uzbekistan, Samarkand
  9. Uzbekistan, Shakhrisabz
  10. Uzbekistan, Tashkent
  11. Kazakhstan, Turkestan
  12. Kazakhstan, Almaty

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