Following one of ancient civilisation's trading routes, this luxury rail journey starts in Russia and finishes in China, taking in the former USSR states. Highlights of the tour include some of the world's most iconic sights including the Kremlin in Moscow, the city of Volgograd, the Bibi Khanym mosque in Samarkand, the Terracotta Army and the Great Wall of China.
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Transfer to Baltschug Kempinski for 2 nights. Welcome reception and dinner. (D)
Full-day tour of Moscow including the Kremlin and Armoury Museum. (B, L, D)
Board the Golden Eagle and depart Moscow on the 15-night journey to Beijing. (B, L, D)
Tour of Volgograd including a visit to Mamayev Kurgan and the Stalingrad Panorama Museum. (B, L, D)
Travel through the remote scenery of Kazakhstan's Karakum desert. (B, L, D)
Afternoon arrival into Urgench in Uzbekistan and transfer to the 2,500-year-old city of Khiva. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat. Take a tour of the city's major sights and museums including the National Museum and Kipchak mosque. (B, L, D)
Arrive in Mary and transfer by bus to Merv, once an important stop on the Silk Road. Visit one of five walled cities in the area. (B, L, D)
Arrive in the oasis city of Bukhara in Uzbekistan. Visit the ark - formerly the fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara - and the Emir's Palace of the Moon and Stars. (B, L, D
Morning tour of Bibi Khanym mosque, the Ulugh Beg Observatory and Registan Square. (B, L, D)
Half-day tour of the capital of Uzbekistan including the old town quarter and the museums of railway engineering and applied sciences. (B, L, D)
Tour the major attractions in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan. Visit Panfilov Park, the Chimbulak ski resort and the Zenkhov Cathedral, which is built entirely out of wood. (B, L, D)
At leisure on board. Cross the border into China and change trains to the Shangri-La Express. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival into Turpan and the Flaming Mountains. Visit the Museum of Turpan including the Mummy exhibition. Continue to the sand fortress of Jiaohe. (B, L, D)
Afternoon arrival in Dunhuang. Visit the Mogao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex, with its 500 grottoes. (B, L, D)
Early morning start to view the sunrise over the Gobi desert. Morning visit to Crescent Lake. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour of the Terracotta Army. Discovered by peasants only 40 years ago, the 6,000 terracotta figures and their horses are one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the Great Mosque and the Muslim quarter. Afternoon departure for Beijing. (B, L, D)
Early evening arrival in Beijing. Disembark the Shangri-La Express and transfer to the Regent Hotel or similar for 3 nights. (B, L, D)
Full day's sightseeing including Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City. (B, L, D)
Full-day visit to the Great Wall of China at Badaling. (B, L, D)
Early afternoon transfer to the airport. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour escort.
This tour features some of the most luxurious accommodation available before and after the train journey. The Golden Eagle is a luxury train and our published prices are based on the Silver Class cabin category. Please speak to our Cox & Kings tour consultants if you would like to upgrade to a higher grade of cabin - for more information about the options click on the 'Accommodation' tab.
This journey can also be taken in reverse, from Beijing to Moscow (westbound).
The itinerary does not include international flights. Please contact Cox & Kings for prices.
This tour will have transfers and excursions shared with one or more other parties who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients. Cox & Kings is acting as an agent on behalf of Golden Eagle Luxury Trains Limited and its cancellation conditions will apply. Please contact Cox & Kings for details.
Travel in comfort aboard the Golden Eagle train, which offers Gold and Silver Class cabins and Imperial suites. Gold Class cabins are 7 sq metres and feature en suite bathrooms with power showers and underfloor heating, DVD / audio systems and individual climate control. Silver Class cabins have similar facilities in a more compact space of 6 sq metres. The Imperial suite has is 11 sq metres and contains a fixed double bed and lounge area with dressing table. The Golden Eagle features a lounge / bar car and a restaurant car, which serves local delicacies and international...
The Hotel Baltschug Kempinski is located on the banks of the Moskva River just a short walk from the Kremlin and Red Square. The hotel has been refurbished to blend its traditional architectural design with modern facilities. The 232 rooms have all the amenities expected of a 5 star hotel and the hotel's facilities include 3 restaurants, a bar, indoor pool, sauna, gym and spa.
Check in is from 3pm and check out is before 12...
Located in the historical centre of China's capital, Beijing, the Regent Beijing hotel has 500 luxuriously appointed guestrooms in the very centre of the city. The Regent is minutes from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing shopping, the Oriental Plaza and many other attractions in Beijing. Hotel amenities include five restaurants and lounges, a full-service spa, a fitness centre and an indoor pool, making the Regent one of the best luxury Beijing...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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