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Luxury Private Silk Road Rail Adventure

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. Fully escorted and guided, with your own doctor on board as well!

Your route
Ashgabat––Mary/Merv––Bukhara––Khiva––Samarqand–– Shakhrisabz––Tashkent––Turkestan

Departures - Set date fully escorted:

English landguage dates No:  
    2015
English T4 14 Apr to 27 Apr
English T10 20 Oct to 2 Nov
Reverse Itinerary    
English and French K10 08 Oct to 21 Oct
English and French K4 02 Apr to 15 Apr
     

Day 1 Welcome to Almaty
Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 Almaty: The Father of Apples
In the morning a city sightseeing tour of Almaty, situated at the foothills of the northern Tien Shan Mountains. There are attractive, wide, tree-lined avenues, many parks and street cafes. Visit the Zenkov Russian Cathedral, one of the world's tallest all wood buildings.A lunch will be at a special Yut Restaurant. From here you will return to Almaty to board your private train the 'Registan'. Overnight on board.
Day 3 Nomad’s Pilgrimage Center: Turkestan
After breakfast and lunch on board you arrive at the city of Turkestan in Kazakhstan (border formalities occur comfortably in your cabin). You will see the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with its dome hall, monumental mosque and well house. Then your Private Train will travel on to Tashkent in Uzbekistan. (BLD)
Day 4 Tashkent, the Green Oasis
In the morning your Private Train arrives in Tashkent at the foot of the Tien Shan Mountains. On your sightseeing tour you’ll experience the green oasis of the Steppe: the Madrasah Kukeldash, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments and the opera. In the evening you will attend the famous Tashkent Navoy Opera (depending on the schedule). Afterwards your Private Train departs for Kazakhstan. (BLD)
 
Day 5 Shakhrisabz, home of Tamerlane
Today you will experience a folklore performance in the unique tradition of this region and observe the local people in their everyday life. A friendly welcome is guaranteed! Next you will follow the Great Silk Road and arrive in the green city, the birthplace of Tamerlane. Here, in Shakhrisabz (UNESCO-World Heritage Site), you’ll visit the large memorials dedicated to the barbaric Mongol Prince and also have the opportunity to watch the thriving bustle of this lively town. In the evening you'll depart on your Private Train to Samarkand. On board: Uzbek wine tasting. (BLD)
Day 6 Samarkand––Intersection of Cultures
Today you experience the historical prominence of Samarkand, the most beautiful city in the world in Tamerlane’s time: the grave city Shah-e-zende (“the living Shah”), the excavation sites of Afrosiab and the Registan Square present an impressive collection of Central Asian architecture. You will spend the night in a 4 star hotel in Samarqand. (BLD)
Day 7 Samarkand, the Magnificent
You visit a silk carpet factory and an Uzbek craftsman’s family, see paper manufactured from mulberry bark, the observatory of Ulug Beg, the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque and the palace-like Gur Emir Mausoleum. You will spend the second night in your First-Class hotel in Samarqand. (BLD)
Day 8 From Samarkand to Khiva
In the morning there is free time to explore Samarqand until your Private Train departs for Khiva around noon. Spectacular landscapes await you. Overnight in your Private Train. (BLD)
 
Day 9 A Fairy Tale of 1001 Nights
After breakfast you will go to the Southern border of the seven river lands, in the oasis of Khiva. When you stand before the mighty city wall of Khiva with its gates and bastions of clay brings, you are in another world: Around the Kalta Minor Minaret life still pulses today as it did in old times, and on a tour you see palaces, mosques, minarets, mausoleums and Koranic schools show you, what medieval oriental urban development must have been like. You will enjoy lunch in the atmosphere of the former Summer Palace of the Emir. In the evening you will depart to Samarqand. (BLD)
Day 10 Bukhara, the Noble
Today, you’ll experience the city in an all-day tour program, including lunch. Bukhara is a large, unique and authentic art museum that maintains its old oriental face. In the morning, we guide you to the magnificent Mire-e-Arab Madrasah and the most beautiful and precious building in Central Asia, the Samanid Mausoleum. Then you'll take a tour through the fortress Ark. You'll see there the coronation hall and visit the summer residence of the last Emir. At the end of your stay you’ll see the only women’s mosque in the world. In the evening your train departs for Khiva and you will spend the night in your compartment. (BLD)
Day 11 Mausoleum of the Samanid
Today, you’ll experience Bukhara in an all-day tour program, including lunch. Bukhara is a large, unique and authentic art museum that maintains its old oriental face. In the morning, we guide you to the magnificent Mire-e-Arab Madrasah and the most beautiful and precious building in Central Asia, the Samanid Mausoleum. Then you'll take a tour through the fortress Ark. You'll see there the coronation hall and visit the summer residence of the last Emir. At the end of your stay you’ll see the only women’s mosque in the world. In the evening your train departs for Mary/Merv and you will spend the night in your compartment. (BLD)
Day 12 Merv, the Ancient Pearl of the East
In the early morning your Private Train will arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Merv with its gigantic walls and ramparts in the desert and the impressive ruins of old buildings such as the Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar, the Virgin Fortress (Kis Kale), the cold room and other mausoleums. You'll lunch in the picturesque courtyard of an artist and then you will get on your Private Train headed for Ashgabat. (BLD)
Day 13 Former Royal City of Nisa and today’s Capital Ashgabat
In the morning you’ll visit the colourful Tolkuchka Bazaar, a typical oriental market, one of the largest in Central Asia, where in addition to camels one can also buy precious silver jewellery and valuable carpets. Then you will drive to the old Parthian city of Nisa. In Ashgabat’s National Museum you will be able to see ruins of ancient Nisa. After lunch you'll take a city tour and become acquainted with today's capital Ashgabat, with the unmistakable handwriting of the Turkmenbashi, the leader of the Turkmens. There is a farewell dinner in the evening and depending on your onward travel arrangements you will be either taken to the airport this evening or in the morning. (BLD)
Day 14 Ashgabat— An epic journey comes to an end!

 

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