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 (or similar) for immediate
occupancy. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning city tour with a visit to Tolkuchka
bazzar, a colourful market. Continue to the
Unesco-listed ruins of the ancient city of Nisa.
After lunch, return to Ashgabat for a city tour.
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 ruins of this Unesco
world heritage site. Enjoy lunch 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 2 nights 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 at leisure in Bukhara before the train
departs for Khiva. Overnight on train. (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 train departure
to Samarkand. 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)
Take 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 and visit Zenkov
Russian cathedral, one of the world’s tallest
wooden buildings. Farewell dinner in Kazakh
yurts before transferring to the Rahat Palace
hotel (or similar) for a 1-night stay. (B, L, D)
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 guide.
This tour is based in 3- and
4-star accommodation. Price is based on Ali
Baba class cabins on the train. Please visit this
tour on our website to see details of the hotels
Departures are available
in reverse from Almaty to Ashgabat. These
depart on 29 March and 4 October.
For a price quote based on
alternative accommodation standards or flight
options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020
7808 6784 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
comfort aboard the Orient Silk Road Express
train, which offers Ali Baba, Aladin and Kalif
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 and to
discuss flight options, or to tailor this itinerary,
please call 020 7808 6784 or email email@example.com.
Located 3km from the city centre, the Ak Altyn Hotel is situated in a green area of Ashgabat, close to the attractions of Independence Monument and the National Museum. Built in 1994, the property is a modern hotel complex with a range of facilities.
Features: 133 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, fitness centre, sauna, outdoor swimming pool, beauty salon.
Room amenities: air conditioning, satellite television,...
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 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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