|14 Oct - 28 Oct|
This unforgettable journey, from Ashgabat in Turkmenistan to Almaty in Kazakhstan introduces the manifold cultures along the legendary Silk Road and the numerous ancient landmarks that mark the route, among them no less than seven 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, guests can choose from five levels of comfort.
Depart the UK on your flight to Ashgabat
Arrive in Ashgabat and transfer to your hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure (Overnight:Hotel;B)
Enjoy a guided tour of the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat with your guide and group. Take in the impressive modern monuments built in gleaming white marble since Independence as well as the ancient Parthian city of Old Nisa on the edge of the city. Gain an insight in to modern life at the Tolkuchka Bazaar where the locals do their shopping. (Overnight:Train;BLD)
Arrive this morning at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Merv, five great cities in turn dominated the landscape here, each an important stop on the Silk Route, explore the remains from the vast city walls to the ruined mausoleums. Have lunch with a local family before re-boarding the train and heading for the Uzbek border. (Overnight:Train;BLD)
Having crossed the border overnight you will disembark this morning 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)
Head out of Bukhara this morning to visit the spectacular Samanid Mausoleum before walking around the vast Ark Citadel with its huge thick walls dominating the edge of the city. In the afternoon visit the Emir's Summer Palace. (Overnight:Train;BLD)
A free morning gives you time to revisit some of the beautiful buildings or do some shopping in the local bazaars before your train moves on through the Kyzylkum Desert. (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)
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)
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)
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)
Cross your second border and enter your third country today as the train reaches Kazakhstan. Watch the grassy steppe pass by from the comfort of the train this morning and spend the afternoon in Turkestan, an important stop on the Silk Road and home to a fine mausoleum. (Overnight:Train;BLD)
After lunch arrive in to 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. (Overnight:Hotel;BLD)
Priced on a two-berth Ali Baba Cabin, higher and lower priced categories are available - please contact a Regent specialist for further details.
|Itinerary Dates||From Price||Single Room Supp.|
14 Oct 2019
28 Oct 2019