It is well known, that traveling through Uzbekistan is much more convenient by train than by car. The train tour from from Tashkent to Samarkand consists of 4 UNESCO's World Heritage, from the inner town of the old Khiva oasis in Itchan Kala, Bukhara, crossroads of cultures in Samarkand to historical centre of Shakhrisabz

  • Day 1

    Departure

    Flight from your airport of departure to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. After arriving in Tashkent you will be lead to your centrally located first class hotel.

  • Day 2

    Tashkent, the Green Oasis

    On your sightseeing tour you’ll experience the green oasis of the Steppe: the Madrasah Kukeldash, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments and the typical brickearth houses. In the evening you will attend the famous Tashkent Navoy Opera (depending on the schedule). Afterwards your Private Train departs. 

  • Day 3

    Shakhrisabz, home of Tamerlane

    Today you will experience a folklore performance in the unique tradition of this region and get to know the inhabitants in their authentic everyday life. A friendly welcome is guaranteed! Next you will follow the Great Silk Road and arrive in the green city, the birthplace of Tamerlane. Here, in Shakhrisabz (UNESCO-World Heritage Site) you’ll tour the monumental memorials of the barbaric Mongol Prince and also have the opportunity to watch the thriving bustle of this lively town. In the evening you'll depart on your Private Train to Bukhara. On board: Uzbek wine tasting.

  • Day 4

    Bukhara, the Noble

    Situated in the middle of the Kyzyl Kum desert, Bukhara features about one thousand monuments, which recall the halcyon days of the Great Silk Road. Foreign spices, furs and especially silk fabrics were stored and handled in the caravansaries. In the old city (UNESCO-World Culture Heritage) you'll see the Kaljan Minaret and the Labi-Hauz Ensemble. In front of the Nasreddin Hodja monument you’ll listen to some anecdotes about this legendary character. You’ll have dinner in the courtyard of a Madrasah with musical accompaniment, local dances and a presentation of colourful national costumes. You'll spend the night in a centrally located upper middle-class hotel in Bukhara.

  • Day 5

    Mausoleum of the Samanid

    Today, you’ll experience Bukhara in an all-day tour program, including lunch. Bukhara is a large, unique and authentic art museum that maintains its old oriental face. In the morning, we guide you to the magnificent Mire-e-Arab Madrasah and the most beautiful and precious building in Central Asia, the Samanid Mausoleum. Then you'll take a tour through the fortress Ark. You'll see there the coronation hall and visit the summer residence of the last Emir. At the end of your stay you’ll meet the Imam of Bukhara. Departure of the train will be in the evening and you will spend the night in your compartment.

  • Day 6

    A Fairy Tale of 1001 Nights

    After breakfast you will go to the Southern border of the seven river lands, in the oasis of Khiva. When you look upon the mighty city wall of Khiva with its gates and bastions of clay, take you toanother world: Around the Kalta Minor Minaret life still pulses today as it did in old times, and on a tour you see palaces, mosques, minarets, mausoleums and Koran schools show you what medieval oriental urban development must have been like. You will enjoy lunch in the atmosphere of the former Summer Palace of the Emir. Overnight in your Private Train

  • Day 7

    Samarkand–Intersection of Cultures

    After breakfast your Private Train will arrive in Samarkand. Today you experience the historical prominence of Samarqand, the most beautiful city in the world in Tamerlane’s time: the city of tombs Shah-e-zende (“the living Shah”), the excavation sites of Afrosiab and the Registan Square present an impressive collection of Central Asian architecture. You’ll spend the next two nights in a first class hotel in Samarqand. 

  • Day 8

    Samarkand, the Magnificent

    You visit a silk carpet factory and an Uzbek craftsman’s family, see paper manufactured from mulberry bark, the observatory of Ulug Beg, the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque and the palace-like Gur Emir Mausoleum.

  • Day 9

    Samarkand to Tashkent

    In the morning you can enjoy Samarkand, until your Private Train departs for Tashkent around noon with spectacular landscape alongside the route. In the afternoon you will arrive in Tashkent. Overnight in a first class hotel. 

  • Day 10

    Return home

    Return flight from Tashkent. End of the journey.

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Departure in 2017

  • 6 Days 5 Nights
    • 15 September to 20 September & 24 September to 29 September 
  • 10 Days 9 Nights
    • 14 September to 23 September & 23 September to 2 October

Included

  • Travel with the Orient Silk Road Express private train (Days 3 to 10)
  • All transfers according to itinerary
  • 4 nights aboard your private train in the reserved category
  • 5 nights in a 4-star hotel in a double room with bath or shower/WC
  • All meals according to the itinerary
  • Lernidee tour director throughout the train journey
  • English-speaking local travel guides
  • A physician is on board the train throughout
  • Sightseeing and excursions including entrance fees according to itinerary description
  • Traditional welcome ceremonies at Bukhara and Samarqand railway stations
  • Lunch / dinner in a madrassas with a traditional folk arts performance; in an Uzbek house
  • Vodka and wine tasting

Excluded

  • All international and domestic fares
  • Visa fees
  • Gratuities
  • Excursion package in Tashkent

Entry Requirements

  • Passport must be valid more than 6 months after departure date from Uzbekistan
  • Visa required, depending on your nationality

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