Silk Road Classic | 21-day Branded Rail Tour 2019/2020
Trip Overview

Silk Road Classic

Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 372 Reviews
Tourist trains to China, Kazakhstan, Russia

Two luxurious trains, 4 exuberant and culturally rich countries, all accompanied by top-notch service. In your 3-week adventure on the Golden Eagle train you get to see beautiful landscapes, discover diverse cultures, try exotic cuisine and explore different towns, you cross Central Asian countries and see the legacy of the legendary Silk Road trade route.

Silk Road Classic

21 days6 cities
ChinaKazakhstanRussia3 countries
Tourist trains to China, Kazakhstan, Russia
From
$26,295
Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 372 Reviews

Two luxurious trains, 4 exuberant and culturally rich countries, all accompanied by top-notch service. In your 3-week adventure on the Golden Eagle train you get to see beautiful landscapes, discover diverse cultures, try exotic cuisine and explore different towns, you cross Central Asian countries and see the legacy of the legendary Silk Road trade route.

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Day-By-Day
Beijing, China

Beijing

first destination

Beijing is a wonderful mix of China's numerous cultures and historical periods and a one-of-a-kind capital.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Beijing
Transfer

Today you arrive at the striking capital of China, Beijing. Upon arrival your private guide transfers you to the centrally located hotel for check-in.

The afternoon is free at your disposal. In the evening you enjoy a welcome reception dinner with your fellow travelers.

Dinner is included.

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Day 2
Beijing City Tour
City tour

After breakfast you meet you guide and go on a fantastic city tour around the most famous Beijing attractions. During the tour you visit Tiananmen Square and explore the magnificently restored Forbidden City - the former residence of the Ming and Qing dynasties built in the early 14th century.

Your cultural exploration continues at the Temple of Heaven, the grandest of the four great temples situated in Beijing. Here you experience enchanting displays of traditional dancing, singing and the delicately precise ancient art of calligraphy.

Later you have the chance to explore the small "hutong" lanes of old Beijing by rickshaw and visit a local family in a traditional courtyard house.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 3
Visit to the Great Wall of China
Day tour

Today you visit the most awe-inspiring site in the whole of China - the Great Wall. This world-famous landmark is one of the few man-made structures visible from the outer space and perhaps the most evocative symbol of Chinese skill and precision. During the tour you enjoy a leisurely walk along a portion of the wall and take some memorable photos with your fellow travelers.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel, Beijing
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Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel is a modern hotel centrally located in the heart of Beijing within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The hotel boasts well-equipped stylish guestrooms and a range of in-house amenities including a beauty salon, fitness center, and several restaurants.

Xian, China

Xian

second destination

Xian - the place where the Silk Road started and that endured several Chinese Dynasties.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Visit to the Terracotta Warriors
Day tour
In the morning you board the train and depart to Xian. Upon arrival, you set off on a guided tour you see the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century - the world famous Terracotta Warriors. You have several hours to explore 6,000 terracotta figures of men and horses and take some memorable photos.
  • Optional tour: Visit to the Han Yangling Museum where you will see the famous Han Dynasty Emperor's Liu Qi tomb built 2,000 years ago.
After the tour you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in. In the evening you enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dinner, Music and Dance Show. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
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Day 5
Xian City Tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and go on a guided tour around the city’s historical landmarks.

During the tour, you explore the ancient city walls, experience the bustling street culture of the Muslim Quarter and visit the Great Mosque.

After the tour in the afternoon, you are transferred to the railway station to board the Shangri-La Express and head to the city of Dunhuang.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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4-star hotel
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Stay at the remarkable centrally-located 4-star hotel that offers high-quality service and all amenities necessary for a nice vacation.

Dunhuang

third destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Gobi Desert Camel Ride
Day tour

Today you arrive at Dunhuang. In the afternoon you have the great opportunity to explore the vast natural beauty of the Gobi Desert by camel. During the ride you discover the picturesque Crescent Lake hidden amongst towering sand dunes and spend some time viewing the breathtaking desert sceneries.

After the tour you are transferred to the hotel and enjoy a dinner and a folk performance in the evening. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 7
Dunhuang City Tour
City tour

Early in the morning you go on a guided city tour to visit the beautiful Magao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex that contains about 500 grottoes, carved between 700 and 1,700 years ago. Inside the complex you will see a unique collection of impressive sculptures and murals depicting the evolution of Buddhist religious art over a 1,000 year period.

After the tour you are transferred to the station and board the train to Turpan.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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4-star hotel
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Stay at the remarkable centrally-located 4-star hotel that offers high-quality service and all amenities necessary for a nice vacation.

Turpan, China

Turpan

fourth destination

Blown by sand winds, a true green oasis in the middle of the desert, the city of Turpan bears the title of China's Death Valley.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night on board the train
Day 8
Turpan City Tour
City tour

Today you arrive in Turpan, a picturesque city located right in the middle of the Flaming Mountains and known as the Hometown of Grapes for its land rich in high-quality orchards and vineyards.

During your sightseeing tour you explore the ancient underground irrigation system, visit the Museum of Turpan and travel to the elegantly decaying sand fortress city of Jiaohe that was an important trading post along the Silk Road until it was abandoned in the 13th following a raid by Genghis Khan.

In the evening you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Shangri-La Express
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Almaty

Almaty

fifth destination

The former capital and the largest metropolis of Kazakhstan, vibrant Almaty is nestled at the foot of Zailiski Ala-Tau mountain and is often referred to as "the Southern Capital".

1 day in each city
Detailed itinerary
11 nights on board the train
Day 9
On Board the Train
Transfer

Following breakfast on boad the Shangri-La Express, you cross the boarder with Kazakhstan. Afterward, you board the private Golden Eagle train and continue your journey.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 10
Almaty City Tour
City tour

Today you arrive in the largest city of Kazakhstan surrounded by the majestic Tien Shan Mountains - Almaty

During your city tour you visit the Panfilov Park where you have the opportunity to explore the Zenkhov Cathedral built entirely of wood, and take a trip to the Chimbulak resort, where you enjoy a cable car ride that provides you with spectacular views of Almaty and its picturesque neighbourhood.

After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 11
Tashkent City Tour
City tour

Today you arrive in Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan and the modern Soviet-style city which was rebuilt following the devastating earthquake of 1966. 

During your guided city tour you visit the Old Town with its cozy narrow streets, traditional houses and religious buildings. Here in a small library you will be privileged to see one of Islam's most sacred relics – the world's oldest Koran. Your tour finishes with a visit to the Railway Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.

After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 12
Samarkand City Tour
City tour

Today your train arrives in the ancient city of Samarkand founded in the 6th century BC and famous for its unique architectural heritage left from the days when it flourished as the fabled capital of the Mongol empire of Timur and his successors. 

During the tour you visit some of the most significant city sites, including the iconic Registan Square, the Bibi Khanum Mosque and the Ulag Beg observatory - one of the earliest Islamic astronomical observatories built in 1428.

In the evening you return to the beautifully illuminated Registan Square before reboarding your train for a late evening departure. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 13
Bukhara City Tour
City tour

Today you arrive in Bukhara and have a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most outstanding city attractions. 

During the tour you visit the famous Ark, a fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara, and travel out of the city to explore the Emir’s summer residence - the Palace of the Moon and Stars.

After the tour you enjoy a barbecue on the station platform before your train departs (if weather and time permits). 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 14
Merv Sightseeing Tour
City tour

Today your train arrives in Mary from which you are transferred to the ancient and mainly unrestored city of Merv. Once an important stopping point on the Silk Road, it claims to have briefly been the largest city in the world in the 12th century. 

During the tour you explore the remains of this former great city and enjoy the breathtaking surrounded sceneries.

After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 15
Ashgabat City Tour
City tour

Today you arrive in Ashgabat - the capital of Turkmenistan known as the "Las Vegas of the Kara Kum". During your guided tour of this relatively modern city built upon the ruins of the Silk Road city of Konjikala you visit the National Museum of History, go inside the Kipchak Mosque, and explore the city’s extravagant fountains, golden domes and towering modern buildings.

After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 16
Khiva Sightseeing Tour
City tour

Today you arrive in the ancient city of Khiva, founded 2,500 years ago. As one of the Silk Road’s most important trading posts and now a World Heritage Site, it lies at the crossroads of the routes between Mongolia, Russia, China and Persia. 

During your guided sightseeing tour you have the unique chance to discover the impressive architecture of this magnificent city, including its numerous mosques, madrassas, bazaars and minarets.

After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 17
On Board the Train
Transfer

You spend this day on board your luxurious Golden Eagle train traveling across the vast expanses of the Kara Kum desert. You have the great opportunity to unwind and chat to your fellow travelers or simply relax with a good book or enjoy the ever changing landscapes passing by your window.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 18
Volgograd City Tour
City tour

Today your train arrives in Volgograd that is famous for being the dramatic scene of one of the most important Second World War battles - a year-long Battle of Stalingrad. 

During the tour you explore the renowned Mamayev Kurgan war memorial with its iconic 85-meters-high Rodina Mat (Motherland) monument and enjoy an informative museum visit.

After the tour you return on board your train and make your way to the gorgeous Russian capital.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Golden Eagle Train
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The Golden Eagle Luxury Trans-Siberian Train is a premium train that takes you on a trip through history and beauty across the most fascinating places in Russia, Mongolia and China.

Moscow, Russia

Moscow

sixth destination

Moscow is unlike any other city on Earth, it is diverse and vibrant, an adventure waiting to happen!

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights at a centrally located hotel
Day 19
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival, you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so that you could relax in your cozy room after the long journey or start exploring the charming city center on your own. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 20
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin
City tour
This morning is devoted to the exploration of a real Russian miracle and its most famous symbol - the mighty Kremlin. Following breakfast you go on a guided tour of this historical fortress, including a visit to its wonderful Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.  Later you enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful Red Square, take a photo stop near the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and see the largest Moscow department store GUM After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
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Day 21
Departure from Moscow
Transfer

Today is the final day of your amazing Silk Road journey. After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and a driver transfers you to the airport for your flight home.

Breakfast is included.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Located on a picturesque 18th-century street not far from the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, this remarkable 4-star hotel offers a great combination of charm and quality.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Beijing (3 nights), Xian (1 night), Dunhuang (1 night), and Moscow (2 nights);
  • 10 nights on board of the Golden Eagle train;
  • 4 nights on board the Shangri-La Express;
  • Full Russian, Uzbek, Turkmen, and Chinese visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries
  • Airport transfers and all transportation throughout the itinerary with professional drivers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with experienced guides;
  • English Speaking Group Leader throughout the tour;
  • Full board starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day;
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners;
  • Limited drinks for lunches and dinners;
  • Unlimited drinks from Standard Menu for Gold Class;
  • 24-hour service attendant and doctor on board;
  • Porter services at all railway stations;
  • All gratuities;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, other visas, optional tours and services, personal expenses. Chinese visa processing service for Canadian passport holders.

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Tour Highlights

  • Spending time at the Great Wall of China
  • Exploring Xian and the iconic Terracotta Warriors
  • Guided sightseeing tours of the Silk Road cities
  • Enjoying the Moscow Kremlin and the sights of the city of Volgograd
  • Included Russian visa processing

What To Know

  • The currency used in Russia is the Russian Ruble. Although debit cards are widely accepted, it is good to have some cash on you for minor purchases.
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major Russian sights on foot.
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