Discover the best of Switzerland on three of the country's most celebrated rail journeys.
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Travel in comfort aboard the Orient Silk
Road Express train along the legendary
Silk Road, avoiding the lengthy road
journeys through the rough desert
terrain of Uzbekistan. Explore some of
the most significant cities in Central Asia
and discover the vital roles they had to
play in trade along the Silk Road.
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Early morning arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the
Grand Mir (or similar) for immediate occupancy
and a chance to rest. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning city tour of Tashkent, including the
Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments and the
Kukeldash mosque. This evening, attend the
celebrated Tashkent Navoy Opera or a concert
in the Tashkent Philharmonic Hall (programme
permitting). Board the Orient Silk Road Express
and continue overnight through the mountains
to Shakhrisabz. (B, L, D)
Tour this thriving town, birthplace of Tamerlane,
the Turko-Mongol conqueror and founder of the
Timurid dynasty. Rejoin the train and continue
to Bukhara overnight. Enjoy an Uzbek wine
tasting experience aboard the train. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival into Bukhara in the middle of
the Kyzyl Kum desert. Full-day city tour, visiting
numerous monuments dating back to the
golden age of the Silk Road. The historic centre
is a Unesco world heritage site. Later, dine in
a madrasa’s courtyard, accompanied by local
music and dancing, before retiring to a centrally
located hotel in Bukhara. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour of Bukhara including a visit to the
splendid Mir-e-Arab madrasa, the Samanid
mausoleum and the colossal Ark citadel, once
the seat of government of Bukhara’s former
rulers. This evening, meet the Imam of Bukhara.
Overnight on train. (B, L, D)
Following breakfast, arrive in Samarkand. Tour
the necropolis of Shah-e-zende, the excavation
sites of Afrosiab and the Registan Square.
Transfer to the Registan Palace (or similar) in
Samarkand and stay for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Arrive in Samarkand and tour the necropolis of
Shah-e-zende and the imposing madrasas on
Registan Square, as well as the excavation sites
of Afrosiyob on the outskirts of the city, where
a settlement once thrived. Stay 2 nights at the
Registan Palace (or similar). (B, L, D)
Tour the observatory of Ulug Beg, Tamerlane’s
astronomer grandson, the ruins of the Bibi
Khanum mosque and the interior of the palatial
Gur Emir mausoleum. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure in Samarkand before
the train departs for the capital, Tashkent.
Afternoon arrival in Tashkent and overnight at
Grand Mir Hotel (or similar). (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.
Your arrival and
departure transfers may be shared with one
or more other parties and, when on board the
train, all transfers and excursions are operated
as a group with other passengers who may or
may not be Cox & Kings clients.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
Travel in comfort aboard the Orient Silk Road
Express train, which offers Ali Baba, Aladdin and
Kalif class cabins. An Ali Baba compartment
provides sleeping space for two guests in two
lower berths and combined washing and toilet
facilities are located at both ends of each car.
The Aladdin class cabins are the same size as Ali
Baba cabins but feature air conditioning (during
travel). The Kalif class are larger in size and
include en suite bathroom facilities including
a wash basin, lavatory and shower, and are
also attended by a special travel guide. 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 an after-dinner drink.
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