The Experience

Embark on an exciting journey by private train along the epic Silk Road, exploring the great expanse from the Caspian Sea to the Tien Shan Mountains, legendary cultures and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 1: Arrive Almaty, Kazakhstan Arrive in the chic and inviting city of Almaty. Royal Tulip Almaty

Day 2: Almaty | Enduring Ascension Cathedral Explore Zenkov Russian Orthodox Cathedral, one of the world’s tallest all-wood buildings. After lunch in a traditional yurt (tent), board your train. Orient Silk Road Express | Meals: B L D

Day 3: Turkestan | Land of the Turks Arrive in Turkestan to visit the tomb of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring a domed hall, mosque and bronze ritual cauldron. Orient Silk Road Express | Meals: B L D

Day 4: Tashkent, Uzbekistan | Eccentric Capital Visit the 16th-century Kukeldash Madrasa, and the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments. Schedule permitting, attend the great Tashkent Navoi Opera. Orient Silk Road Express | Meals: B L D

Day 5: Shakhrisabz | Tamerlane’s Green Town Travel to the surrounding mountain region to see a traditional folklore performance and mingle with the local residents. From there, follow the Great Silk Road to the lively Shakhrisabz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of the barbaric Mongol prince, Tamerlane. Orient Silk Road Express | Meals: B L D

Day 6: Samarkand | Legendary City of the Silk Road Explore Samarkand, one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities, including the large medieval burial complex of Shah-i-Zinda. Later, see the excavation sites of Afrosiab before attending a lecture by a local archaeologist. Registan Plaza Hotel | Meals: B L D

Day 7: Samarkand | Local Crafts and Traditions Visit a silk carpet factory and meet with a traditional Uzbek craftsman’s family to watch paper being made from mulberry bark. Continue to the observatory of Ulugh Beg; the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque; and opulent Guri-Emir Mausoleum to see Tamerlane’s tomb. Later, join a local family as they prepare plov, a traditional rice dish. Registan Plaza Hotel | Meals: B L D

Day 8: Samarkand | Culinary Treasures Samarkand is famous for its bread; this morning you assist local bakers in its preparation. Orient Silk Road Express | Meals: B L D

Day 9: Khiva | Pristine Ancient City Disembark at the oasis of Khiva, the only city in central Asia to survive in its entirety from ancient times. Explore this open-air museum its palaces, mosques, minarets, tombs and Koranic schools. Lunch is in the Isfandiyar Palace, the emir’s former summer palace, where you find ceilings embroidered in gold and a 110-pound chandelier. Orient Silk Road Express | Meals: B L D

Day 10: Bukhara | Magic of Old Turkestan Bukhara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Kyzyl Kum Desert, is home to nearly a thousand monuments that recall the halcyon days of trading along the Great Silk Road. See the Kalyan Minaret and the Labi-Hauz Ensemble. Gather this evening in the home of a local merchant for a special tandir roasted dinner. Omar Hayam or Zargaron Plaza Hotel | Meals: B L D

Day 11: Bukhara | Royal Fortress and Rare Mosque Explore the magnificent Mire-e-Arab Madrasa and the Samanid Mausoleum, home to the ancient rulers of Bukhara. Later, view the summer residence of the last emir and the only women’s mosque in the world. Orient Silk Road Express | Meals: B L D

Day 12: Merv, Turkmenistan | Queen of the World Arrive in Merv, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, to view its impressive desert walls, ramparts and ruins, including those of the mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar and the Virgin Fortress (Kris Kale). Orient Silk Road Express | Meals: B L D

Day 13: Ashgabat | Gleaming City of Love Visit the old Parthian city of Nisa and explore Ashgabat and its National Museum. Tonight, celebrate your adventure with a farewell dinner. Sofitel Oguzkent Ashgabat | Meals: B L D Day 14: Depart Ashgabat Board your international flight home. Meals: B

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