As rail tours go, experiencing Persia and the Silk Road on board the Golden Eagle is truly stunning. Combining one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation with the remarkable treasures of Persia, this unique journey takes in destinations that are rarely experienced by the western visitor. Starting in Moscow and travelling through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to Iran, this 17-night tour visits sites and attractions that are otherwise difficult to reach.
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Transfer to the Ritz Carlton for 1 night. Welcome reception and dinner. (D)
Board the Golden Eagle and depart Moscow on the 14-night train journey to Tehran. (B, L, D)
Travel through the remote scenery of Kazakhstan's Karakum desert. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival into Baikonur, the home of the Russian space programme. View the launch platform, from which Yuri Gagarin travelled into space in 1961. (B, L, D)
Half-day tour of the capital of Uzbekistan including the old town quarter, the museums of railway and applied sciences. (B, L, D)
Morning tour of Bibi Kharum mosque, the Ulugh Beg observatory and Registan Square. (B, L, D)
Arrive in the oasis city of Bukhara. Visit The Ark, the fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara, and Emir's Palace of the Moon and Stars. (B, L, D)
Afternoon arrival in Urgench and transfer to the 2,500-year-old city of Khiva. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, and 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. View the gigantic walls, ramparts, and many ruins of this Unesco world heritage site. (B, L, D)
Stop in Mashhad to visit the Imam Reza Holy Shrine, the largest mosque in the world in terms of its dimension, followed by a tour of the Nader Shah museum. After lunch, tour the tomb of Ferdowsi, the father of Persian literature. (B, L, D)
Afternoon arrival into Rayen to visit the impressive castle, which has excellent views of Mount Hezar. Travel by road to Mahan to explore the Royal Palace with its Prince Garden and tomb. Rejoin the train for the journey to Yazd. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour to the Water Museum, the Zoroastrian fire temple and the Jame mosque. Other highlights include the Amir Chakhmaq complex. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour of the city's monuments, including Naghshe Jahan Square, the Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah mosque and the beautiful Khaju bridge. Conclude with a visit to the Vank Church in the Armenia quarter. (B, L, D)
Morning tour of Persepolis, Darius the Great's summer capital, to view the magnificent stone terrace and palace. Continue to Nagsh-e-Rostam, the site of the royal tombs and Sassanian rock reliefs. Afternoon drive to Shiraz to view the Quran Gate, the Hafez Tomb and Vakil Cathedral. Rejoin the train for the journey to Tehran. (B, L, D)
Afternoon arrival into Tehran. Transfer to the Espinas Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights.
Morning visit to the Crown Jewels Museum in the Central Bank of Iran building, with its vast array of crown jewels used by the Qajar and Pahlavi royalty. Morning visit to the Golestan Palace, a Unesco world heritage site. Farewell dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Transfer to the airport or continue with your onward travel arrangements. (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 Tehran to Moscow (northbound).
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.
Located in the historic centre of Tehran, the Espinas Hotel provides a hint of luxury in the heart of the city. Set along a tree-lined boulevard, it is a short walk to the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and Laleh Park, one of the largest in the city. Some of the hotel's restaurants have views over the rooftops of neighbouring buildings for a spectacular panorama at sunset and at night. The marble lobby welcomes guests with its opulent splashes of gold, while the rooms are contemporary and comfortable. Please also note that the hotel does not accept credit cards.
Features: 230 rooms, 4 restaurants, 2 coffee shops.Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer, air...
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 Ritz Carlton is a luxury 5 star hotel located a few steps from the Kremlin and Red Square. The hotel has 344 spacious and luxuriously decorated rooms and suites which are traditionally furnished with polished wood and rich natural fabrics. The hotel's restaurants are some of the finest in Moscow and there is a spa offering a large range of therapies and...
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.
RLL2017: 17 Nights