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16D15N Great Silk Road Adventure by Orient Silk Road Express ⚠ Minimum 2 adult(s) per departure

16D15N Great Silk Road Adventure by Orient Silk Road Express
⚠ Minimum 2 adult(s) per departure

Per Pax
From: $5858 From: €5578 From: £4788 From: RM25470 From: CAD7590 From: SGD8125 From: AUD8456 From: HKD46152
Almaty - Issyk Kul - Bishkek - Tashkent - Kokand - Shahrisabz - Samarkand - Khujand - Khiva - Bukhara - Tashkent
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Cities to Visit: Almaty - Tashkent
Language: English

Tour Deal

~ We regret that due to the intricate logistics of this tour, itinerary changes are sometimes unavoidable
~This journey is generally not for guests with limited mobility or who depend on CPAP machines.

**Please contact us for more information about your specific requirements before booking**



Travel Period: from September 2, 2023 till September 17, 2023
Tour Highlight
~ Delight in Central Asia’s natural beauty— including the Karakum and Kyzylkum deserts, the Tian Shan Mountains and Lake Issyk-Kul Witness archaeological excavations at the ancient Afrasiab site in Samarkand
~ Observe the making of traditional silk, carpets, paper and more with local
~ Marvel at ancient architecture like the Kalta Minor Minaret and the Ulugh Beg
~ Witness archaeological excavations at the ancient Afrasiab site in Samarkand
~ Explore 4 Central Asian countries— Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
~Enjoy local cuisine, wine and vodka aboard your private train
  • Day 1: Arrive in Almaty, Kazakhstan

    Upon arrival, you will be met by your local representative and transfer to hotel.

    **Overnight: Rahat Palace Hotel or similar**

  • Day 2: Almaty, Kazakhstan

    In the morning, you enjoy a sightseeing tour which includes the Zenkov Cathedral—a wooden Russian Orthodox cathedral—the Wedding Palace, the Kazakh State Circus, and the Central Mosque. Lunch is served in a typical yurt restaurant. In the afternoon, your private train journey begins. As you board, a porter helps with your luggage. Later, your tour guide welcomes you aboard and gives a casual talk about what to expect on the trip. After a refreshing welcome drink, you depart for the next country on your tour, Kyrgyzstan.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3: Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan

    This morning you arrive at Lake Issyk-Kul. Your first stop in this lush region is Cholpon-Ata, where you enjoy a boat ride on Lake Issyk-Kul, one of the largest lakes in the world. Later you go on a mountain excursion, which includes a picnic lunch and a Kyrgyz folk dance. In the evening, your private train departs for Bishkek.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    On your second day in Kyrgyzstan you find yourself in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital and largest city. Your guide takes you through the city, explaining everything clearly as you go. A visit to a bazaar gives you a peek into the everyday life of Bishkek citizens. After the market, you visit the National Historical Museum then take a ride outside the city to the Ala Archa National Park. As the sun sets, you are ready to board your private train for Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

    In the morning, your private train arrives in Tashkent. On your guided tour of Tashkent, you see the medieval Kukeldash Madrasa, the Amir Timur Museum and traditional Uzbek houses. After taking the day to discover the largest capital city in Central Asia, you are prepared to take the night for further discovery. An opera or concert in a music hall would do just fine as would a drink at the hotel bar.

    **Overnight: Grand Mir Hotel or similar**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6: Kokand, Uzbekistan

    After breakfast, you spend the morning on board your private train, crossing the Kamchik Pass in the Qurama Mountains. By the afternoon, you reach Kokand. You'll learn from your guide that it was once was the capital of an Uzbek kingdom—the Khanate of Kokand. You visit the Khan’s Palace, now a museum, which was the home of Khudayar Khan who had once reigned over the area. After taking in the city’s sights, you have the chance to visit a local family and help bake traditional bread. After an enjoyable day of exploration, you board your private train, which whisks you off to another adventure.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan

    On the way to Shahrisabz, you pass through a remote mountainous region of Uzbekistan, accessible only by your private train. Upon arrival, you immediately notice the eclectic character of the city. One of Central Asia’s most ancient cities, its architecture is a mix of Greek, Turkic and Mongol, which make it unique in the region. It is most notably the birthplace of Timur—a Mongol emperor from the 14th century. The city’s old center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to one of many architectural highlights, including the White Palace, Timur’s so-called summer home. Later, you enjoy a folk dance that puts the region’s unique culture on full display. After a day of exploration, that evening you depart for Samarkand—another UNESCO World Heritage Site—on your private train. On board you are invited to a tasting of Uzbek wines

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8: Samarkand, Uzbekistan

    Today, you spend the day visiting the sights of Samarkand, which was considered the world’s most beautiful and prestigious city in Timur’s time. As your guide shows you the sights, you find it hard to keep your eyes on each one as he explains them. There are so many things to see that you wish you had two sets of eyes! The city is filled with architectural monuments, including the Shah-i Zinda necropolis, the Afrasiab archaeological site and museum, and Registan Square. The city is known for its Islamic influence, which is clearly shown through the beautiful mosaics, minarets and domes of its mosques and madrasas.

    **Overnight: Registan Plaza Hotel or similar**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9: Samarkand, Uzbekistan

    Today is another day filled with amazing monuments to behold, including the Ulugh Beg Observatory, the Bibi-Khanym Mosque and the palatial Gur-e-Amir mausoleum. However, you also take a detour to get a glimpse into the Samarkand’s daily life. In a silk carpet workshop, you marvel at the ancient craft of silk weaving. A visit to an Uzbek paper-making family wows you with the process of making paper from mulberry bark.

    **Overnight: Registan plaza Hotel or similar**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10: Full day on train

    The morning is yours to explore Samarkand or spend as you please. Around noon and with a bittersweet goodbye, you board your private train and depart for Khujand, Tajikistan, for your next adventure.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11: Khujand, Tajikistan

    In the morning you arrive in Khujand, formerly known as Leninabad and now the second largest city in Tajikistan. One of your first impressions of the city is a unique view of the Syr River, whose beauty immediately fulfills your expectations. Among the highlights of your tour today are the Historical Museum of Sughd, which is housed in a restored bastion of the city wall, and the Panchshanbe Bazaar, possibly one of the largest markets in Central Asia, built in 1964. In addition to these impressive monuments to the city’s history, you also see many stunning mosques and have the opportunity to meet a local Tajik family. In the afternoon, your private train continues its journey westward.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12: Khiva, Uzbekistan

    Today you arrive in Khiva, one of Central Asia’s hidden gems. Here you enjoy many fantastic ancient sights, including the brilliant turquoise mosaics of the Kalta Minor Minaret, and the Seid Alauddin Mausoleum, one of the oldest buildings in Khiva. It is in this fairy-tale setting that you enjoy lunch before getting back on your private train.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13: Bukhara, Uzbekistan

    Located in the middle of the Kyzylkum Desert, Bukhara has some one thousand architectural monuments recalling the golden age of the Great Silk Route. Among the jaw-dropping wonders you visit here is Po-i-Kalyan, which contains the Kalyan Minaret, the Kalyan Mosque and the exquisite Mir-i Arab Madrasa. You also visit the equally beautiful Lyab-i Hauz, an architectural complex that surrounds a pond, once part of a system that provided water for the city. Later, you take your eyes off the dazzling architecture of Bukhara to watch a local dance performance, complete with colorful national costumes and music.

    **Overnight: Hotel Asia Bukhara or similar**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14: Bukhara, Uzbekistan

    Today, you adventure takes you slightly out of the center of the city. You visit the amazing Ark of Bukhara, which in addition to being an imposing ancient fortress was also a city within a city. You get your fill here of museums dedicated to its history, which spans more than a thousand years. Later, you take your exploration to the Samanid Park, a beautiful green space that surrounds the Samanid Mausoleum, a shrine to one of the last Persian rulers of Central Asia.

    **Overnight: Hotel Asia Bukhara or similar**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

    In the morning you can enjoy leisure time in Bukhara, until your Private Train departs for Tashkent around noon. In the afternoon you will arrive in Tashkent.

    **Overnight: Grand Mir or similar**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16: Depart Tashkent, Uzbekistan

    On your last day of your legendary Silk Road adventure, you check out of your hotel and catch a transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    : Breakfast
Whats Included
~ 8 nights’ on the private train according to the booked category
~ 7 nights’ hotel (1 night in Almaty, 2 nights each in Tashkent, Samarkand & Bukhara)
~ Expert Tour Director, Group Guide and English speaking local guides
~ All excursions and sightseeing as per itinerary, including all entrance fees
~ Meals stated as per itinerary
~ Local culinary specialties prepared freshly on board
~ Porters at all stations
~ Entertaining and enlightening lectures on history and culture of the region
~ Doctor on board
~ Return airport transfer
~ COMPLIMENTARY Travel Insurance

Whats Excluded
~ International air ticket
~ Visa fees (if required)
~ Gratuity (Recommended U$180 per person)
~ Personal expenses
~ Other items not mentioned

Where to Visits

Cabin CATCabin SizePrice
Habibi (3 or 4 persons per cabin) This compartment has sleeping berths (26.4 × 72.4 in/67 × 184cm) for up to four guests. A table near the window separates lower and upper berths on either side. Each car has nine compartments; combined toilet and washing facilities are located at both ends. *NO shower facilities on train*RM25,470
Ali Baba(2 persons per cabin) Cabin size: approx. 2.2 sqm 2 lowed beds: 27.5 × 74.8 in/67 × 184 cm each The Ali Baba compartment features two comfortable lower beds. There is a table below the window and various options to stow belongings or luggage. Each car has nine compartments; combined toilet and washing facilities are located at both ends. *NO shower facilities on train*RM37,430
Aladdin (2 persons per cabin) Cabin size: approx. 2.2 sqm 2 lowed beds: 27.5 × 74.8 in/67 × 184 cm each This category has a small table and storage space. Each car has eight compartments and a shower access on board of the train, together with washroom facilities at both ends. Guests in this category also receive one bathrobe per compartment.RM44,460
Kalif(2 persons per cabin) Cabin size: approx. 6.32 sqm Upper bed: 31.6 × 68.5 in/80 × 174 cm Lower bed: 44 × 72.4 in/112 × 184 cm The Orient Silk Road Express’ grandest accommodation. Each compartment includes a closet, safe and private bathroom with a separate shower cabin. Each car in this category is limited to four compartments and a maximum of just eight guests.RM66,060

Information

~ We regret that due to the intricate logistics of this tour, itinerary changes are sometimes unavoidable
~This journey is generally not for guests with limited mobility or who depend on CPAP machines.

**Please contact us for more information about your specific requirements before booking**



Travel Period: from September 2, 2023 till September 17, 2023
Tour Highlight
~ Delight in Central Asia’s natural beauty— including the Karakum and Kyzylkum deserts, the Tian Shan Mountains and Lake Issyk-Kul Witness archaeological excavations at the ancient Afrasiab site in Samarkand
~ Observe the making of traditional silk, carpets, paper and more with local
~ Marvel at ancient architecture like the Kalta Minor Minaret and the Ulugh Beg
~ Witness archaeological excavations at the ancient Afrasiab site in Samarkand
~ Explore 4 Central Asian countries— Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
~Enjoy local cuisine, wine and vodka aboard your private train
  • Day 1: Arrive in Almaty, Kazakhstan

    Upon arrival, you will be met by your local representative and transfer to hotel.

    **Overnight: Rahat Palace Hotel or similar**

  • Day 2: Almaty, Kazakhstan

    In the morning, you enjoy a sightseeing tour which includes the Zenkov Cathedral—a wooden Russian Orthodox cathedral—the Wedding Palace, the Kazakh State Circus, and the Central Mosque. Lunch is served in a typical yurt restaurant. In the afternoon, your private train journey begins. As you board, a porter helps with your luggage. Later, your tour guide welcomes you aboard and gives a casual talk about what to expect on the trip. After a refreshing welcome drink, you depart for the next country on your tour, Kyrgyzstan.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3: Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan

    This morning you arrive at Lake Issyk-Kul. Your first stop in this lush region is Cholpon-Ata, where you enjoy a boat ride on Lake Issyk-Kul, one of the largest lakes in the world. Later you go on a mountain excursion, which includes a picnic lunch and a Kyrgyz folk dance. In the evening, your private train departs for Bishkek.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    On your second day in Kyrgyzstan you find yourself in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital and largest city. Your guide takes you through the city, explaining everything clearly as you go. A visit to a bazaar gives you a peek into the everyday life of Bishkek citizens. After the market, you visit the National Historical Museum then take a ride outside the city to the Ala Archa National Park. As the sun sets, you are ready to board your private train for Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

    In the morning, your private train arrives in Tashkent. On your guided tour of Tashkent, you see the medieval Kukeldash Madrasa, the Amir Timur Museum and traditional Uzbek houses. After taking the day to discover the largest capital city in Central Asia, you are prepared to take the night for further discovery. An opera or concert in a music hall would do just fine as would a drink at the hotel bar.

    **Overnight: Grand Mir Hotel or similar**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6: Kokand, Uzbekistan

    After breakfast, you spend the morning on board your private train, crossing the Kamchik Pass in the Qurama Mountains. By the afternoon, you reach Kokand. You'll learn from your guide that it was once was the capital of an Uzbek kingdom—the Khanate of Kokand. You visit the Khan’s Palace, now a museum, which was the home of Khudayar Khan who had once reigned over the area. After taking in the city’s sights, you have the chance to visit a local family and help bake traditional bread. After an enjoyable day of exploration, you board your private train, which whisks you off to another adventure.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan

    On the way to Shahrisabz, you pass through a remote mountainous region of Uzbekistan, accessible only by your private train. Upon arrival, you immediately notice the eclectic character of the city. One of Central Asia’s most ancient cities, its architecture is a mix of Greek, Turkic and Mongol, which make it unique in the region. It is most notably the birthplace of Timur—a Mongol emperor from the 14th century. The city’s old center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to one of many architectural highlights, including the White Palace, Timur’s so-called summer home. Later, you enjoy a folk dance that puts the region’s unique culture on full display. After a day of exploration, that evening you depart for Samarkand—another UNESCO World Heritage Site—on your private train. On board you are invited to a tasting of Uzbek wines

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8: Samarkand, Uzbekistan

    Today, you spend the day visiting the sights of Samarkand, which was considered the world’s most beautiful and prestigious city in Timur’s time. As your guide shows you the sights, you find it hard to keep your eyes on each one as he explains them. There are so many things to see that you wish you had two sets of eyes! The city is filled with architectural monuments, including the Shah-i Zinda necropolis, the Afrasiab archaeological site and museum, and Registan Square. The city is known for its Islamic influence, which is clearly shown through the beautiful mosaics, minarets and domes of its mosques and madrasas.

    **Overnight: Registan Plaza Hotel or similar**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9: Samarkand, Uzbekistan

    Today is another day filled with amazing monuments to behold, including the Ulugh Beg Observatory, the Bibi-Khanym Mosque and the palatial Gur-e-Amir mausoleum. However, you also take a detour to get a glimpse into the Samarkand’s daily life. In a silk carpet workshop, you marvel at the ancient craft of silk weaving. A visit to an Uzbek paper-making family wows you with the process of making paper from mulberry bark.

    **Overnight: Registan plaza Hotel or similar**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10: Full day on train

    The morning is yours to explore Samarkand or spend as you please. Around noon and with a bittersweet goodbye, you board your private train and depart for Khujand, Tajikistan, for your next adventure.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11: Khujand, Tajikistan

    In the morning you arrive in Khujand, formerly known as Leninabad and now the second largest city in Tajikistan. One of your first impressions of the city is a unique view of the Syr River, whose beauty immediately fulfills your expectations. Among the highlights of your tour today are the Historical Museum of Sughd, which is housed in a restored bastion of the city wall, and the Panchshanbe Bazaar, possibly one of the largest markets in Central Asia, built in 1964. In addition to these impressive monuments to the city’s history, you also see many stunning mosques and have the opportunity to meet a local Tajik family. In the afternoon, your private train continues its journey westward.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12: Khiva, Uzbekistan

    Today you arrive in Khiva, one of Central Asia’s hidden gems. Here you enjoy many fantastic ancient sights, including the brilliant turquoise mosaics of the Kalta Minor Minaret, and the Seid Alauddin Mausoleum, one of the oldest buildings in Khiva. It is in this fairy-tale setting that you enjoy lunch before getting back on your private train.

    **Overnight: On board**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13: Bukhara, Uzbekistan

    Located in the middle of the Kyzylkum Desert, Bukhara has some one thousand architectural monuments recalling the golden age of the Great Silk Route. Among the jaw-dropping wonders you visit here is Po-i-Kalyan, which contains the Kalyan Minaret, the Kalyan Mosque and the exquisite Mir-i Arab Madrasa. You also visit the equally beautiful Lyab-i Hauz, an architectural complex that surrounds a pond, once part of a system that provided water for the city. Later, you take your eyes off the dazzling architecture of Bukhara to watch a local dance performance, complete with colorful national costumes and music.

    **Overnight: Hotel Asia Bukhara or similar**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14: Bukhara, Uzbekistan

    Today, you adventure takes you slightly out of the center of the city. You visit the amazing Ark of Bukhara, which in addition to being an imposing ancient fortress was also a city within a city. You get your fill here of museums dedicated to its history, which spans more than a thousand years. Later, you take your exploration to the Samanid Park, a beautiful green space that surrounds the Samanid Mausoleum, a shrine to one of the last Persian rulers of Central Asia.

    **Overnight: Hotel Asia Bukhara or similar**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

    In the morning you can enjoy leisure time in Bukhara, until your Private Train departs for Tashkent around noon. In the afternoon you will arrive in Tashkent.

    **Overnight: Grand Mir or similar**

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16: Depart Tashkent, Uzbekistan

    On your last day of your legendary Silk Road adventure, you check out of your hotel and catch a transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    : Breakfast
Whats Included
~ 8 nights’ on the private train according to the booked category
~ 7 nights’ hotel (1 night in Almaty, 2 nights each in Tashkent, Samarkand & Bukhara)
~ Expert Tour Director, Group Guide and English speaking local guides
~ All excursions and sightseeing as per itinerary, including all entrance fees
~ Meals stated as per itinerary
~ Local culinary specialties prepared freshly on board
~ Porters at all stations
~ Entertaining and enlightening lectures on history and culture of the region
~ Doctor on board
~ Return airport transfer
~ COMPLIMENTARY Travel Insurance

Whats Excluded
~ International air ticket
~ Visa fees (if required)
~ Gratuity (Recommended U$180 per person)
~ Personal expenses
~ Other items not mentioned
Cabin CATCabin SizePrice
Habibi (3 or 4 persons per cabin) This compartment has sleeping berths (26.4 × 72.4 in/67 × 184cm) for up to four guests. A table near the window separates lower and upper berths on either side. Each car has nine compartments; combined toilet and washing facilities are located at both ends. *NO shower facilities on train*RM25,470
Ali Baba(2 persons per cabin) Cabin size: approx. 2.2 sqm 2 lowed beds: 27.5 × 74.8 in/67 × 184 cm each The Ali Baba compartment features two comfortable lower beds. There is a table below the window and various options to stow belongings or luggage. Each car has nine compartments; combined toilet and washing facilities are located at both ends. *NO shower facilities on train*RM37,430
Aladdin (2 persons per cabin) Cabin size: approx. 2.2 sqm 2 lowed beds: 27.5 × 74.8 in/67 × 184 cm each This category has a small table and storage space. Each car has eight compartments and a shower access on board of the train, together with washroom facilities at both ends. Guests in this category also receive one bathrobe per compartment.RM44,460
Kalif(2 persons per cabin) Cabin size: approx. 6.32 sqm Upper bed: 31.6 × 68.5 in/80 × 174 cm Lower bed: 44 × 72.4 in/112 × 184 cm The Orient Silk Road Express’ grandest accommodation. Each compartment includes a closet, safe and private bathroom with a separate shower cabin. Each car in this category is limited to four compartments and a maximum of just eight guests.RM66,060

Per Pax
From: $5858 From: €5578 From: £4788 From: RM25470 From: CAD7590 From: SGD8125 From: AUD8456 From: HKD46152
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Age below 12

Cancellation Policy

~ Up to 92 days prior to departure: 15% of total price
~ Between 91 and 42 days prior to departure: 45% of total price
~ Between 41 and 11 days prior to departure: 80% of total price
~ 10 and less days prior to departure/ no-show: 90% of total price