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Private Train Tour Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan, considered by many to the be the jewel in the unoffical crown of the Sik Road. Home to immortal city names such as Samarkand, Kiva, Tashkent and Bukhara, names that invoke mystery and adventure.

 

This is a dedicated train tour of Uzbekistan. If you also want to include Turkmenistan and Kazahstan, for a longer tour, visit this page.

Departures - Set date fully escorted:

English landguage dates No:  
    2015
    03 May to 13 May
    28 Aug to 07 Sep
    15 Sep to 25 Sep
    25 Sep to 05 Oct

Day 1 Welcome to Tashkent
Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2

Tashkent, the Green Oasis

Your sightseeing tour of this green oasis in the steppe begins in the late morning and takes to you to see the Madrassa Kukeldash, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments, and the typical Uzbek mud brick houses. In the evening you attend Tashkent’s famous Navoi Opera or a concert in the Tashkent Philharmonic Hall (programme permitting).You spend the night in your Tashkent hotel. Breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) are included.

Day 3

Tashkent and Departure aboard your Private Train

The morning is yours to do with as you please. Your tour management is happy to offer suggestions or you can take a trip to the Tian ShanMountains. In the afternoon you board your Orient Silk Road Express private train. You may join a relaxed get-together in the restaurant car, where you meet your fellow travellers and learn more about your private train. The night is spent aboard the train. (BD)

Day 4

Travelling through Time

During the night, your train passed through the mountains. A traditional ceremony offers you a firsthand glimpse of the region’s unique folklore. Your journey along the Great Silk Road then continues aboard your train to the green city of Shakhrisabz. Your sightseeing here includes the monumental architecture of the brutal Mongol ruler’s sizable palace from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and a visit to the bustling marketplace. In the evening you depart on your private train for Bukhara. On board you are invited to a tasting of Uzbek wines. The night is spent aboard the train. (BLD)

 
Day 5

Bukhara, the Noble One

Located in the middle of the Kyzylkum Desert, Bukhara presents some one thousand architectural monuments recalling the golden age of the Great Silk Route. In Bukhara’s Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage), you see the almost fifty-metre tall Kalyan Minaret and the Lyab-I Hauz Ensemble by the pond. Dinner is served in a madrassa courtyard. You spend the night in a middle-class hotel in Bukhara. (BLD)

Day 6

The Samanid Mausoleum

In the morning, you are driven to the splendid Mir-e-Arab Madrassa and the Samanid Mausoleum. 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 with its incomparable alabaster ornamentation and rich mixture of Japanese, French, Russian, and oriental styles. Before your train continues its journey in the evening, you are invited to meet the Imam of Bukhara. The night is spent aboard the train. (BLD)

Day 7

Khiva, a tale from 1001 Nights – in stone

Today you will visit the oasis of Khiva, a fairy tale from 1001 nights – in stone. Its palaces, mosques, minarets, mausoleums, and madrassas (Muslim religious schools) represent some of the world’s best preserved examples of medieval oriental urban architecture. You enjoy lunch in the former emir’s Summer Palace. Your private train leaves for Samarqand in the evening. The night is spent aboard the train. (BLD)

Day 8

Samarkand, the Crossroads of Culture

Your private train arrives in Samarqand after breakfast. Today is spent visiting the sights of this famous and 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. The night is spent in a 4-star hotel in Samarqand. (BLD)

 
Day 9

Samarqand, the Magnificent
Your sightseeing tour includes visits to a silk carpet manufactory and to an Uzbek craftsman’s family making paper out of 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. The complex contains the tomb of Timur. You spend the night in your hotel in Samarqand. (BLD)

Day 10

Samarqand
The morning is at your disposal and you leave around noon for Tashkent on your train. The spectacular landscape offers vistas of cinematic scope. Your private train arrives in Tashkent in the afternoon. You spend the night in a 4-star hotel in Tashkent. (BLD)

Day 11 Today you tour ends.

 

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