Travel across windswept deserts and
through towering mountains, savour
the aromatic spice bazaars, marvel at
some of Central Asia’s most historic
monuments and discover the secrets of
the ancient Silk Road.
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Fly overnight from London, via Istanbul, to
Ashgabat with Turkish Airlines. (N)
Early morning arrival in Ashgabat. Transfer to
the Ak Altya Hotel or similar for immediate
occupancy and a chance to rest. Later in the
morning, visit Tolkuchka bazaar, a colourful
oriental market, then drive to the Unesco site
of Nisa. After lunch, return to Ashgabat for an
afternoon tour of Ashgabat. Board the Orient Silk
Road Express. Overnight on train. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival in Merv for a chance to see the
gigantic walls, ramparts, and many ruins of this
Unesco world heritage site. Lunch will be taken in
a picturesque artist’s courtyard. Board the train
bound for Uzbekistan. Overnight on train. (B, L, D)
On arrival in Bukhara, visit the great Kalyan
minaret, the Labi-Hauz architectural ensemble and
the ‘Nasreddin on a Donkey’ monument. Dinner
is served in a madrasa’s courtyard, accompanied
by local music and dancing. Spend 1 night at the
Asia Bukhara Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)
Full-day city tour, with visits including the
beautiful Mire-e-Arab madrasa, the Ark fortress, the Samanid mausoleum and the last Emir’s
summer residence. At the end of the day, see
the world’s only mosque that is exclusively
for women. Board the train for an evening
departure. Overnight on train. (B, L, D)
Morning free in Bukhara before the train departs
for Khiva. Overnight on train. (B, L, D)
On arrival in Khiva, enter the imposing old
city walls and, after visiting palaces, mosques,
minarets and mausoleums, enjoy lunch at the
former Emir’s summer palace. In the evening,
the train departs for Samarkand. Overnight on
train. (B, L, D)
A full-day tour of Samarkand, with visits
to Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, the excavation
sites of Afrosiab, and Registan Square, with
its impressive collection of Central Asian
architecture. Stay at the Registan Plaza hotel (or
similar) for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Another day to explore Samarkand, with a
chance to see the Bibi Khanum mosque, the
Ulugh Beg observatory perched above the
historic city, and the Gur Emir mausoleum,
as well as visiting a carpet factory and local
craftsman’s family. (B, L, D)
A 2-hour drive out to the mountain region
of Shahrisabz, partly following the great Silk
Road. The day includes a regional folklore
performance, and a visit to the site of
Tamerlane’s large summer palace, as well as the
monumental memorials to the Mongol prince.
In the evening, the train departs for Tashkent.
Overnight on train. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival into Tashkent, followed by
a sightseeing tour, including the Kukeldash
madrasa, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments,
and the opera house. In the evening, schedules
permitting, attend the famous Tashkent Navoy
Opera. The train leaves in the evening for
Kazakhstan. Overnight on train. (B, L, D)
An early afternoon arrival into Turkestan
in Kazakhstan, followed by a visit to the
mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, a Unesco
site famed for its dome hall and monumental
mosque. The train leaves in the evening for
Almaty. Overnight on train. (B, L, D)
Arrive in Almaty after lunch, then visit the Zenkov
Russian Cathedral, one of the world’s tallest
wooden buildings. Enjoy a farewell dinner in
Kazakh yurts, before transferring to the Rahat
Palace hotel (or similar) for a 1-night stay. (B, L, D)
Early morning transfer to the airport. Fly from
Almaty, via Istanbul, to London with Turkish
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.
Typically based in 3- and 4-star
accommodation. Price is based on Ali Baba class
cabins on the train.
Departures are available in reverse from Almaty to Ashgabat. These
depart on 31 March and 6 October 2016.
comfort aboard the Orient Silk Road Express
train, which offers Ali Baba, Aladin and Kalif class
Your arrival and
departure transfers may be shared with other
parties and, when on board, all transfers and
excursions are operated as a group with other
passengers who may not be Cox & Kings clients.
For a price quote based on
alternative accommodation standards or flight
options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020
7808 6784 or email email@example.com.
Asia Bukhara Hotel is located in the heart of the old city, within easy walking distance of the historical buildings and monuments of Old Bukhara. The hotel is constructed in the style of a traditional two-storey madrasa, with much of the furniture handmade by local craftsmen.
Hotel features: 95 rooms, restaurant, rooftop bar, outdoor swimming pool (open during high season only).
Room amenities: En-suite facilities, air conditioning, satellite television,...
The Grand Turkmen Hotel is a comfortable property in the centre of Ashgabat, near to the Independence Monument and National Museum. The 105 guest rooms are equipped with satellite television, air conditioning, minibar and hairdryer and all have a private balcony with pool or city view. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, a choice of bars, a nightclub and casino and an outdoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness...
The first designated luxury hotel in Central Asia, Rahat Palace is situated between the Alatau Mountains and the plains, with some hotel rooms offering spectacular mountain views. The hotel is conveniently located in Almaty city centre and easily accessible from Almaty International Airport.
Features: 285 rooms & suites, 2 restaurants, lounge bar, summer beer garden, heated indoor swimming pool, spa, gym.
Room amenities: air conditioning, satellite television, minibar, hairdryer, balcony,...
The Registan Plaza Hotel, formerly the President Hotel, is located a 5-minute walk to the historic sites in the Old Town and 15 minutes' walk to Registan Square. The rooms are comfortable, large and equipped with modern amenities. The hotel has a restaurant serving European and Uzbek cuisine in a welcoming atmosphere.
Features: 165 rooms & suites, 2 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, health centre, sauna, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, minibar, hairdryer,...
The Orient Silk Road Express private train allows its guests to explore the fascinating and ancient Silk Road in splendid comfort while enjoying the attentive service of the on board staff. A maximum of 140 guests may be accommodated in one of four categories of modern, air-conditioned sleeping carriages, as outlined below. The restaurant cars seat all passengers in one sitting, serving excellent international and local cuisine. After dinner, these cars offer a bar service for you to enjoy a late drink.
There is one experienced tour guide for a maximum of 25 guests, ensuring a personal touch and an informative tour throughout. An onboard doctor will be able to care for any immediate medical needs. Once aboard, your luggage remains on the train for the duration of the trip.
We feature three of the four categories of accommodation. Each car has two...
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.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
TUK2016: 13 Nights
Bukhara is largely built of brown mud-brick, and as a result is perhaps visually less...
Samarkand is one of the world's oldest cities, located in the very centre of Uzbekistan,...