The Legendary Silk Road by Private Train Almaty-Ashgabat
Duration :14 Days/13 Nights
Price From : $5,930
Highlights :

Almaty, Turkestan, Tashkent, Smarkand, Khiva, Bukhara, Merv, Ashgabat


 

Experience the fascination of the diverse cultures in three of the countries along Central Asian’s Silk Road while travelling in the comfort of your private train. Start your journey in Almaty, “the father of the apple”, and travel to the Uzbek oasis of Tashkent, to Samarqand and to Khiva, where a tale from 1001 Nights - preserved in stone - awaits you, to romantic Bukhara in the middle of the Kyzylkum Desert, to the ruins of the ancient cities of Merv and Nisa, and finally to Turkmenistan’s capital of Ashgabat. You have the opportunity to experience the region’s cultures, peoples, and delicious cuisine along this otherwise quite inaccessible section of Central Asia’s Silk Road, while enjoying the amenities of private train travel.

 

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Day

1

Arrive Almaty

Arrive in Almaty and are transferred to your centrally located 4-star hotel.

Day

2

Almaty

In the morning, you enjoy a sightseeing tour of this green metropolitan city at the foot of the mighty Ile Alatau Mountains. You see the imposing Zenkov Russian Orthodox Cathedral, built entirely of wood, the Wedding Palace, the Almaty Circus, and the Central Mosque. At midday you are served a Kazakh welcoming lunch in a traditional yurt. You depart aboard your private train in the afternoon. Porter service guarantees the transfer of your large luggage directly to your train compartment. You are welcomed aboard the train with a drink or refreshment and a short informative talk. You spend the night aboard your private train. (B, L, D)

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Day

3

Turkistan

You arrive in Turkistan after having breakfast on board. You visit the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, which was built in 1394 and is one of the most significant examples of Timurid architecture. Afterwards your private train continues it journey, crossing the Kazakh-Uzbek border towards Tashkent. Border formalities are completed in the comfort of your compartment. The night is spent on the train. (B, L, D)

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4

Tashkent

Your private train arrives in the early morning at the Uzbek capital of Tashkent. On your sightseeing tour of the city you are able have a look at this green oasis in the steppe and see the Madrassa Kukeldash, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments, and the typical Kazakh mud brick houses. In the evening you attend Tashkent’s famous Navoi Opera or a concert in the Tashkent Philharmonic Hall. You continue on with your private train after the performance. The night is spent on the train. (B, L, D)

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5

Travelling through Time

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)

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6

Samarkand

Today is spent visiting the sights of this famous historic city, which during the rule of Timur was considered the world’s most beautiful and prestigious city. The Necropolis of Shah-e Zinde (the living Shah), the excavation sites at Afrosiab (with a museum tour), and Registan Square are certainly among the most notable architectural ensembles in Central Asia. It is also historically important, as the site where many Uzbek women burned their veils (paranjas) in 1917, to signal their arrival in a new era. The night is spent in a 4 star Samarkand hotel. (B, L, D)

Day

7

Samarkand

Your day in this fascinating city includes a tour of a silk carpet manufactory, a visit to an Uzbek craftsman’s family to see paper being made from mulberry bark, stops at the Ulug Beg Observatory and the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, and viewing the interior of the palace-like Gur Emir Mausoleum. You spend the night in your Samarkand hotel. (B, L, D)

Day

8

Samarkand

The morning is yours to explore Samarqand or spend as you please. Your train departs for Khiva in the west around noon. Your spend the night on the train. (B, L, D)

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9

Khiva

Today you will visit the oasis of Khiva, a fairy tale from 1001 Nights – in stone. Standing at the mighty town wall with its gates and bastions of mud brick you feel transported into another world. On your sightseeing tour of the oasis you have a chance to take in its exotic atmosphere. Its palaces, mosques, minarets, mausoleums, and madrassas  represent one of the best preserved ensembles of medieval oriental urban architecture in the world. You enjoy lunch in the surroundings of the former emir’s Summer Palace. You spend the night is spent on the train. (B, L, D)

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10

Bukhara

Located in the middle of the Kyzylkum Desert, Bukhara has some one thousand architectural monuments recalling the golden age of the Great Silk Route. Exotic spices, furs, and especially silk were stored and traded then in the city’s caravanserais. In Bukhara’s Old Town, you see the almost fifty-meter tall Kalyan Minaret and the Lyab-I Hauz Ensemble by the pond. Dinner is served in a madrassa courtyard, with musical accompaniment, local dances, and a presentation of colorful national costumes. You spend the night in a 4 star hotel in Bukhara. (B, L, D)

Day

11

Bukhara

Bukhara, which also bears the by-name Sherif (the noble one), has preserved its ancient oriental countenance in its extensive, unparalleled collection of authentic architecture. In the morning, we drive you to the splendid Mir-e-Arab Madrassa and the Samanid Mausoleum, one of Central Asia’s most beautiful architectural treasures. Afterwards you tour the massive Ark Citadel, a city within a city that was once the seat of government of Bukhara’s former rulers. There you view the Throne Room, after which you visit the last emir’s Summer Residence. Before your train continues its journey that evening you are invited to meet with the Imam of Bukhara. You spend the night on the train. (B, L, D)

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12

Merv

Your private train arrives toward morning at the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Merv, the remnants of what was once one of the world’s largest and most magnificent cities. The initial impression is of disbelief: gigantic walls and ramparts simply standing in the middle of the desert next to the imposing ruins of ancient buildings such as the Tomb of the Sultan Sanjar, the Maidens’ Castle (Kyz Kala), the historical ice-houses, and other tombs. Lunch is eaten with a local family in their home’s picturesque courtyard. The night is spent in a 4 star hotel in Ashgabat. (B, L, D)

Day

13

Ashgabat and Nisa

In the morning you are driven to the ancient Parthian city of Nisa. After lunch you take a guided tour of the modern-day capital, with its distinctive appearance so characteristic of Turkmenbashi, the self-proclaimed “great leader of all Turkmen”. Hollywood-style settings throughout this city flush with new-found oil wealth can be impressive, but sometimes also cause a chuckle. In the afternoon you take a guided tour of the National Museum in Ashgabat, where you view artefacts excavated from the ruins at Nisa and gain insight into the development of a culture shaped by various peoples, ethnicities, and religions. In the evening you are brought to the airport. (B, L, D)

Day

14

Depart Ashgabat

Your flight home departs in the early morning, marking the end of a very special journey. (B)

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Tour Name :The Legendary Silk Road by Private Train

Tour Type : Private

Duration : 14 Days/13 Nights


Tour price per person

Departures Between  Cat.II Ali Baba Cat.III Aladdin Cat.IV Sultan

Cat.V Kalif

Mar 30-Apr 12 2017 $5,690 $6,680 $10,360 $10,690

Single use supplement

$2,190 $2,610 $5,630 $5,810

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Travel with the private train
  • All transfers according to itinerary
  • 7 nights aboard your private train in the reserved category
  • 5 nights in good, middle-class or 4-star hotels in a double room with bath or shower/WC
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Tour director present throughout the train journey and additional competent travel guides for each group of not more than 26 guests. (In the Kalif category: 12 guests)
  • Experienced local guides
  • A physician is on board the train
  • Traditional welcome ceremonies upon arrival at Bukhara and Samarqand railway stations
  • Dinner in a madrassa with a folklore performance; lunch with an Uzbek family
  • Wine Tasting

 

Not included in the cost

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Entry fee for Turkmenistan: 12 US dollars to be paid at the border
  • Gratuities
  • Anything not mentioned above

 

Your private train cabin information

 

I.  Cat. II Ali Baba: Each car has nine compartments providing sleeping space for 2 guests in 2 lower berths (28”x72”). In the middle, below the window, you will find a table. Combined washing room / lavatory compartments are located at both ends of each car.

 

II. Cat. III Aladdin: Each car has eight compartments for 2 guests with 2 lower berths (28”x72”). In the middle, below the window, you will find a table. Combined washing room / lavatory compartments are located at both ends of each car. Additionally, a shower is located at one end of each car and you will receive a bathing robe and shower utilities.

 

III. Cat. IV Sultan: This category has two beds, with the upper berth measuring 31.6”x 68.5” and the lower one a more generous 47.2”x 72.4”, thus offering space for two persons if desired. The compartment also offers comfortable seating, a larger table and a small clothes closet. Each compartment has its own lavatory equipped with a toilet, wash basin and integrated shower with a full shower curtain. This category of car contains only six compartments. Guests travelling in the Sultan category are attended to by a special travel guide.

 

IV. Cat. V Kalif: The category is equipped with two beds, one of which measures 43”x75”, providing enough space for two people if required. Furthermore, the compartment offers a cozy seating bench, a commodious table and a wardrobe. The compartment’s exclusive en suite bathroom does not only contain a washing basin, WC and shower, but also storage space for your personal belongings. Each car of the Kalif category has only six compartments. A total of twelve guests at most share the whole of the carriage. 

 

Additional Information

Prices above are per person in USD ($) based on two people sharing a twin room/cabin.

Please call for sinlge accommodation price. Triples not availbale.

Please contact your tral agent or call 800 475 1569 for more information or to make a booking.

The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

Dates & Prices above do not include air travel, Kazakhstan, Turkestan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan visa fees.

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