|02 Oct - 16 Oct|
This unforgettable journey, from Almaty in Kazakhstan to Ashgabat in Turkmenistan introduces the manifold cultures along the legendary Silk Road and the numerous ancient landmarks that mark the route, among them more than six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Stretching from the Caspian Sea to the Tien Shan Mountains, the Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are richly endowed with history and culture, a flavour of which you will sample on this exciting journey by private train.
Travelling the Silk Road by train is a safe, comfortable and convenient way of experiencing this historic route, with no internal flights, no long bus rides on dusty roads and no hauling your luggage from city to city. All sightseeing and meals are provided, meaning you can relax and get the most out of your journey without having to worry about a thing. Carriages on the privately chartered train have up to nine compartments, with guests able to choose from five categories.
Depart the UK on your flight to Almaty via Istanbul or Frankfurt
Arrive in Almaty and transfer to your hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure. (Overnight:Hotel;B)
Meet your guide and group and embark on a city tour of Almaty the former capital of Kazakhstan, take in the city with its various architectural styles and visit the Zenkov Cathedral made entirely from wood without the use of nails as well as the Central Mosque. In the afternoon board the train and enjoy a welcome drink as you head off on the first leg of the journey. (Overnight:Train;BLD)
Arrive this morning in Turkestan, an important stop on the Silk Road and home to a fine mausoleum. In the afternoon cross your first border and enter your second country today as the train reaches Uzbekistan. Watch the grassy steppe pass by from the comfort of the train this afternoon. (Overnight:Train;BLD)
The capital city of Tashkent awaits today, head out with your guide and group to see old Tashkent where the tiled mosques and madrassahs now house stalls of local craftsmen and also a museum of Korans. Visit Independence Square and the War Memorial as well as Amir Timur Square and the Monument to the Victims of Political Repression. Before you re-board the train head to a local theatre to see a performance of traditional and classical music (programme permitting). Once back on board head to the restaurant car for dinner. (Overnight:Train;BLD)
Back on the train a short journey brings you to the mountains of Uzbekistan, head in to one of the villages to meet some of the local people, visit their ancient mosque and enjoy the hospitality. In the afternoon visit Shakrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane and home to yet more grand medieval buildings. (Overnight:Train;BLD)
Samarkand was Tamerlane's capital and this morning ing you disembark your train to see the astonishing buildings built under his command. Visit the Registan Square with three imposing madrassahs, the ruined Bibi Khanum Mosque and the tomb of Tamerlane himself with its huge turquoise dome. (Overnight:Hotel;BLD)
Another day in Samarkand sees you visiting more of the sites including the huge necropolis at Shah i Zinda, the Ulug Beg Observatory and the ancient city of Afrosiab. It isn't all historical monuments though as today you will visit a family of silk weavers who make exquisite carpets and learn about how ancient paper was made in the region. (Overnight:Hotel;BLD)
This morning is at leisure to see a little more of Samarkand before boarding the train to cross the desert to the ancient city of Khiva. (Overnight:Train;BLD)
The walled city of Khiva in its desert setting is an oasis of beautiful historical buildings, take a walking tour to explore the city visiting the palaces, mosques and minarets. Have lunch in the former Emir's Summer Palace and in the afternoon perhaps head up one of the minarets for a view out over the city. (BLD)
This morning you will disembark in the Uzbek city of Bukhara, another world heritage site. With your guide visit some of the city's historical treasures including the madrassahs comprising the Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, the Kalyon Minaret, caravanserais and old trading domes. Also enjoy a folk performance in one of the madrassahs. Overnight:Hotel;BLD)
This morning spend time visiting splendid madrassahs and mausoleums before heading for the imposing Ark Citadel. Visit the Emir's Summer Residence before boarding the train and heading for the Turkmen frontier. (Overnight:Train;BLD)
Alight this morning in the Turkmen desert and visit the ancient site of Merv, home to five magnificent Silk Road cities over the centuries. Have lunch with a local family before boarding the train to Ashgabat, on arrival transfer to your hotel. (Overnight:Hotel; BLD)
Your city tour today will take in the Parthian sight of Old Nisa as well as the modern wonders of the capital - a number of futuristic buildings and statues have been erected and you will tour a number of them as well as the national museum. (Overnight:Hotel; BLD)
Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)
Priced on a two berth Ali Bab Cabin, higher and lower categories of cabin are available - please ask a Regent specialist for further details.
|Itinerary Dates||From Price||Single Room Supp.|
02 Oct 2019
16 Oct 2019