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Silk Road by Private Train itinerary Tashkent - Samarkand

Tour details
Destinations: Tashkent, Shahrisabz, Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand
Guide language: English
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The Orient Silk Road Express

From Tashkent to Samarkand


Your route

Tashkent – Shakhrisabz - Buchara – Khiva – Samarkand


Day 1 Tashkent, the Green Oasis

The journey begins with boarding your private train in the evening, departing for Shakhrisabz. (D)


Day 2 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 Buchara. On board: Uzbek wine tasting. (BLD)


Day 3 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. (BLD)


Day 4 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 Buchara. In the evening your train departs and you will spend the night in your compartment. (BLD)


Day 5 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. Looking upon the mighty city wall of Khiva with its gates and bastions of clay, takes you to another 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 SummerPalace of the Emir. Overnight in your Private Train. (BLD)


Day 6 Samarkand––Intersection of Cultures

After breakfast your Private Train will arrive in Samarkand. (B)


Highlights of the tour

UNESCO's World Heritage:

1. Itchan Kala: The inner town of the old Khiva oasis

2. Historical Centre of Bukhara

3. Samarkand­––Crossroads of Cultures

4. Historical Centre of Shakhrisabz


Distinctive capitals:

 Tashkent: the cultural centre of Central Asia


Places that made History:

 Ark Fortress in Bukhara


Everyday life in Central Asia:

 The making of traditional art objects: silk and carpets

 Valuable cultural insights: lectures, fairy tales and information about history and regional traditions

 Lunch in the summer palace of an Emir


Our service––Your benefit

  Lernidee tour guide

  Experienced local guides

  1 overnight in an upper middle class hotel in Bukhara

  4 overnights on the Private Train according to the booked category

  All meals according to program (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

  Sightseeing program including all entrance fees

  Guided transfers according to program

  Sightseeing tours/guided walks in Shakhrisabz, Bukhara, Khiva

  Traditional welcome in the train stations of Bukhara and Samarqand 

  Lunch/dinner in a Madrasah with folklore

  Wine and Vodka tasting


Special features                                                                             

- No inner-Asian flights

- No long bus rides on bad and dusty roads

- Safe, clean and well maintained: your Private Train

- Your luggage remains on board during the entire trip

- All cars air-conditioned while the train runs

- Excellent food meeting high hygienic standards

- After dinner restaurant cars operate as bars


Entry requirements: Visa for Uzbekistan should be obtained on your own.

Health: No vaccinations are prescribed

Not included: Flights, tips, beveragrs, visa fees (if requested we will procure the visa for you)

Minimum number of participants: 60

Program and expenses are subject to modifications and amendments

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Marco Polo Central Asia Travel
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