The ancient cities of Uzbekistan are treasure-troves of Central Asian wonders, and linking them is the Orient Silk Road Express, a private train which travels in a grand loop from the capital, Tashkent. Journey into the Kyzyl-Kum desert, before stopping in Samarkand and the museum city of Khiva to admire some of the Silk Road’s most impressive architecture.
Choose from a range of train compartments - Habibi, Ali Baba, Aladin and Kalif and experience a unique journey along the great historic Silk Road with Regent Holidays.
Fly to Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan and transfer to a centrally located first class hotel (local 4-star).
Explore the cosmopolitan capital of Tashkent and discover how its location on the old Silk Road still influences its history today. Rebuilding has left little of the ancient city, but the small Old Town is still worth a visit with its narrow winding alleys. Look past the monstrous Soviet-era architecture and discover ancient mausoleums and imposing madrassas. Visit the Madrasa Kuleldash and the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments. In the evening there maybe an opportunity to see the famous Tashkent Navoy Opera. (B,L,D)
Follow the Great Silk Road and awake in the town of Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane. Tour the monumental memorials of the Mongol Prince and take a walk through this thriving regional town. Watch a folklore show and learn about traditions of this unique region. Travel overnight by private train to Bukhara and enjoy a wine tasting of famous Uzbek wines. (B,L,D)
Awake in Bukhara, Central Asia’s holiest city, located in the middle of the Kyzyl Kum desert. Take a walk through the old city admiring the Kaljan Minaret and the Labi-Hauz Ensemble and, in the evening, enjoy dinner in the courtyard of a Madrasah with musical accompaniment and local dances. Overnight in centrally located first class hotel in Bukhara (local 4-star).(B,L,D)
Embark on a full day tour of Bukhara. Discover the main highlights of the city including the magnificent Mire-e-Arab Madrasah and the Samanid Museum. After lunch, discover the Fortress Ark, visit the Coronation Hall and the summer residence of the last Emir, an at the end of the day meet the Imam of Bukhara before continuing the journey by train to Khiva. (B,L,D)
Reach the historic city of Khiva, located in the Oasis of Khiva. Explore the mighty city walls with its gates and bastions, and visit the turquoise-tiled Kalta Minor Minaret. Enjoy lunch under the gold-embroidered ceilings of Isfandiyar Palace, the Summer Palace of the Emir. Overnight on a private train. (B,L,D)
Arrive in Samarkand, one of the most beautiful cities in the world during Tamerlane’s time. Visit Registan Square, the medieval commercial centre of Samarkand, and discover the impressive collection of Central Asian architecture. Spend time at Samarkand’s excavation sites of Afrosiab and the tombs of Shah-i-zinda (the living king). At the end of the day transfer to a local 4-star hotel in Samarkand for two nights. (B,L,D)
Today visit a silk carpet factory and an Uzbek craftsman's family to witness the manufacture of paper from mulberry bark. Continue to the enormous Bibi-Khanym Mosque, which was completely restored in 2007, and the Gur-E-Amir Mausoleum with its fluted azure dome. (B,D)
Spend the morning at leisure in Samarkand before transferring to the station to board the train for the final journey to Tashkent. On arrival in Tashkent transfer to a local 4-star hotel for an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
10 day tour, from £1635 per person
- All accommodation on board train and in hotels
- Full-board throughout
- All transfers and transportation
- All sightseeing and excursions including entrance fees
- English-speaking guides
- International flights (please contact us for prices and availability)
- Travel Insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Visas – Visa is obtainable in advance. Please check with our visa specialists
- Supplements for higher grade compartments – please contact us for prices
Pricing based on 4 berth shared compartment, please speak to a Regent Specialist for alternative cabins and supplements.
Please speak to a Regent Uzbekistan Specialist for details on 2018 pricing
22 Sep 2018
01 Oct 2018
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