Orient Silk Road Express Train

Ashgabat, Nisa, Merv, Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand, Shahrisabz, Tashkent, Turkestan & Almaty
14 nights private tour from $8,600 per person

Unravel the very best of Silk Road's cultural sites in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in the comfort of your train. End off by basking in the natural beauty of Almaty Province with turquoise lakes and rugged canyon. Exact itinerary may slightly differ depending on your departure dates.

Orient Silk Road Express Train
At a glance
  • 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

  • Appreciate the multi-coloured Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan's little brother to the Grand Canyon

Journey highlights
  • 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

  • Appreciate the multi-coloured Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan's little brother to the Grand Canyon

  • by Train itinerary:Travel in style by embarking on an iconic railway trip, where the journey is even more important than the destination
Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

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Itinerary

Day 1-13

Uzbekistan

Start your journey in the eccentric Turkmenistan, full of modern boulevards, golden domes and white marble buildings. Make a side trip to the ancient ruins of Nisa. Your train then draws into the iconic ancient city of Merv, once renowned as the world's most populated city.

Bid farewell to Turkmenistan and say hello to Uzbekistan, undoubtedly the jewel of Central Asia with legendary cities such as Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand echoing the long-lost romance of towering minarets, dizzying labryinths and bustling markets. You will also visit Shahrisabz, the birthplace of Timur empire, as well as Uzbek's capital city of Tashkent studded with caravanserais and ancient monuments.

Journey to the lesser-visited Silk Road sites as you venture out to Kazakhstan, home to Turkestan's magnificent Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi. The glorious steppe lulls you to sleep as your train whooshes into Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan.

Accommodation: Orient Silk Road Express ( 12 nights )
Day 13-15

Almaty

Our representative will pick you up once you disembark in Almaty. Enjoy a city tour of Almaty's historical centre including the Panfilov Park, the exotic Green Bazaar and goes up to Kok Tobe Hill for a panoramic view of the city.

Drive to Charyn Canyon to enjoy the stunning view of a huge gorge with cliffs and rocks of various colorus. The canyon is a part of the Charyn National Park territory and you will have an opportunity to see the old ash-tree grove as well as the Castle Valley, one part of 154-meter canyon with cliffs resembling towers. Time permitting, you will also visit the Yellow Canyon (also known as Lunar Canyon due to its moon-like landscape). Trek to the platform site with a view of the stunning full-on yellow panorama! It is recommended you wear comfortable walking shoes.

Next, travel to an altitude of 1,756 meters above sea level to the postcard-perfect Lake Issyk, located in the valley with the same name. Lying along the Kuldja tract, where hundreds of years ago the trade caravans passed through, the gorge is evocative and visually striking. You will also visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”, a complex of 80 Saks burial mounds (kurgans). This is also the burial ground of the world-famous Golden Man, a Scythian warrior prince.

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton Almaty ( 2 nights )
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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Orient Silk Road Express Train
Orient Silk Road Express Train

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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