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.
Arrive in Turkmenistan’s capital and transfer to a hotel for one night.
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)
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)
Journey into Uzbekistan’s Kyzyl-Kum desert and arrive in the ancient city of Bukhara for a city tour including the Kalon Minaret and Labi-Hauz Ensemble. Dinner and a traditional performance are enjoyed in the courtyard of a madrassah. Overnight in a hotel. (B,L,D)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Visit a silk carpet factory before continuing the sightseeing of Samarkand with a tour to the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque and the Gur Emir Mausoleum. Overnight in a hotel. (B,L,D)
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)
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)
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)
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)
14 day tour, from £2895 per person
- 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
- International flights - please contact us for best available prices
Important Note: The following tour dates are operated in reverse from Almaty to Ashgabat: 29 Mar-11 Apr 2018, 03-17 Oct 2018 March and April 2018 discount of £150 per person Higher cabin standards are available please contact a Regent Travel Specialist for or more details and prices
29 Mar 2018
11 Apr 2018
10 Apr 2018
23 Apr 2018
03 Oct 2018
17 Oct 2018
16 Oct 2018
29 Oct 2018
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