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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Early morning arrival in Almaty. Transfer to the
Rahat Palace Hotel (or similar). Afternoon at
Morning city tour including Zenkov Russian
cathedral, one of the world’s tallest wooden
buildings. Lunch in Kazakh yurts before
transferring to the Orient Silk Road Express train.
(B, L, D)
After breakfast, arrive in Turkestan. Visit the
mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, famed for
its dome hall and monumental mosque. Later
the train continues its journey, crossing the
Kazakh-Uzbek border towards Tashkent. Border
formalities are completed in the comfort of your
compartment. Overnight on the train. (B, L, D)
Early morning arrival into Tashkent, followed
by a sightseeing tour, including the Kukeldash
madrasa, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments
and the typical Kazakh mud brick houses. In the
evening, schedules permitting, attend a concert
in a music hall. The train leaves in the evening
for Shakhrisabz. Overnight on train. (B, L, D)
Today 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 Samarkand and you are
invited to a tasting of Uzbek wines. Overnight
on train. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour of Samarkand, with visits to Shahi-
Zinda necropolis, the imposing madrasas on
Registan Square and the excavation sites of
Afrosiyob, the oldest part and ruined site of the
ancient and medieval city. 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 and the Gur Emir
mausoleum, as well as visiting a carpet factory
and local craftsman’s family. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure. At midday, the train departs
for Khiva. Overnight on board. (B, L, D)
On arrival in Khiva, enter the imposing old city
and, after visiting palaces, mosques, minarets and mausoleums, enjoy lunch at the former
emir’s summer palace. Evening departure to
Bukhara. 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.
Overnight 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. Board the train for an
evening departure. Overnight on train. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival in Merv for a chance to see the
gigantic walls, ramparts and ruins of this Unesco
world heritage site. Enjoy lunch with a local
family in their home’s picturesque courtyard.
Stay overnight at the Grand Turkmen Hotel (or
similar). (B, L, D)
In the morning, drive to the nearby Unesco-listed ruins of the ancient city of Nisa. After
lunch, take a guided tour of the modern-day
capital followed by a guided tour of the
National Museum in Ashgabat, where you will
view artefacts excavated from the ruins at Nisa.
Evening transfer to the airport. (B, L, D)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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.
Departures are available
in reverse from Ashgabat to Almaty. These
depart on 9 April and 15 October 2018.
For a price quote based
on alternative accommodation standards or to
discuss flight options, please call 020 3930 5211 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
Travel in comfort aboard the Orient Silk Road
Express train, which offers four cabin categories:
Habibi, Ali Baba, Aladdin, and Kalif. The
restaurant car serves excellent local cuisine. After
dinner, the restaurant car offers a bar service.
The train is air-conditioned while moving.
The Ali Baba class cabins have two comfortable
lower beds and a table. Each car in the Ali Baba
category has nine cabins with bathroom facilities
located at both ends of each car. The Aladdin
class cabins are the same size as the Ali Baba
class but feature bathroom facilities including a
shower at the end of each car. Each car has eight
cabins. The Kalif class cabins are larger in size
and include en suite bathroom facilities including
a wash basin, lavatory and shower. This category
consists of only four cabins per carriage.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
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 Orient Silk Road Express private train offers you the greatest possible comfort for travelling along the route of the legendary Silk Road. Some of the train's wagons, including several sleeping cars and a restaurant car, were completely refurbished in 2013. The restaurant car offers a fine selection of international and local dishes and remains open with bar service into the evening. The Orient Silk Road Express is air conditioned while the train is moving and offers three different categories of sleeping compartments.
The Ali Baba category has nine compartments per sleeping car, each compartment providing sleeping space for two guests in two lower berths (70 x 190 cm). There is a small table beneath the window. Combined washing room / lavatory compartments are located at both ends of each car.
The Aladdin category has eight compartments for two guests with two lower berths...
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,...
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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TUK2018: 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...