Orient Silk Road Express

Uzbekistan

At a Glance

  • Explore sections of the legendary Silk Road without sacrificing modern comforts or worrying about details
  • This once-in-a-lifetime railroad voyage includes tours led by experienced guides and offers delicious dining both on and off the train.
  • Comfortable cabins aboard a private train
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Turkmenistan has a continental desert climate. Spring (March-April) and Autumn (October-November) are the most ideal time to visit Turkmenistan. It is best to avoid summer months between June and August when daily temperatures may hit as high as 40-50°C. Winters are generally mild and dry, but may get chilly in the open desert and Northern areas of the country.

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Description

The Orient Silk Road Express Private Train offers comfortable accommodation for an exciting and unique train voyage through Central Asia. Enjoy well-appointed cabins, delicious food, and a variety excursions along the Silk Road.

Travel across deserts and through giant mountain ranges, whilst discovering the secrets of the famous Silk Road, soaking up atmospheric bazaars and marvelling at some of Central Asia’s finest monuments. Taking in three of the most impressive ‘stans – Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – this is an adventure unlike any other. One day you could be watching a traditional folk performance while enjoying a fabulous lunch, then the next, basking in the sun at a resplendent square, little-visited city or ancient site.

There are a variety of cabins to choose from, each featuring a seating area, table and some storage space. Many cabin types have access to a shared washroom, whilst the grander Sultan and Kalifh ccommodations offer a private bathrooms and shower as well as a wardrobe.

On-board the Orient Silk Road Express Private Train, regional dishes are served in comfortable dining cars that offer bar service, perfect for a cool drink as you pass by the desert. Some of the train's wagons, including several sleeping cars and a restaurant car, were refurbished in 2013 and today, the train offers the highest standards of safety, service and comfort. The Orient Silk Road Express is fully air-conditioned when not stopped in a station. There is also a doctor on board at all times.

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Accommodation

The Orient Silk Road Express offers a variety of accommodation options from the cosy Aladdin and Sultan cabins with two lower beds, a table, storage space and shared washrooms to the lavish Kalif compartments which offer private bathrooms, a wardrobe and a larger seating area.

Facilities

The restaurant cars are atmospheric and serve excellent international and local cuisine. After dinner, these cars offer a bar service for you to enjoy an after-dinner drink. The Sultan and Kalif cabins have their own private bathrooms, whilst those in other room types have access to shared washroom facilities at the end of each car.

Activities

In Turkmenistan, marvel at the white and shimmering capital city, Ashgabat, and the ancient settlements of Nisa and Merv. In Uzbekistan, learn why Bukhara is known as ‘the noble city’, see Khiva, a living outdoors museum city, and be amazed by Samarkand with its impressive mosques and enormous Registan square. Tashkent, the Uzbek capital, offers glimpses of old and new Central Asia as does the former Kazakh capital, Almaty, with its museums and cafes.

Holiday Ideas

  • Orient Silk Road Express Train

    Ashgabat, Nisa, Merv, Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand, Shahrisabz, Tashkent, Turkestan & Almaty

    from £6100 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights

    • Once-in-a-lifetime experience to experience Silk Road's cultural treasures through 3 Central Asian countries!
    • Replaces long, bumpy drives typical of a Silk Road journey with unprecedented comfort of train facilities
    • Relax by the Issyk Lake, an azure blue lake at stunning alpine setting

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Uzbekistan

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