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

Silk Road Classic

Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 369 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 369 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

first destination
3 days in the city
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 rest of the day is free to explore the city by yourself. In the evening you enjoy a welcome reception dinner with your fellow travelers.

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.

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.

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

second destination
2 days in the city
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Visit to the Terracotta Warriors
Day tour
Today your train arrives in Xian. During your 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.
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.

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
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Gobi Desert Camel Ride
Day tour

Today 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.

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.

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

fourth destination
1 day in the city
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.

Shangri-La Express
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Almaty

fifth destination
1 day in each city
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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

sixth destination
3 days in the city
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.

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.
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.

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);
  • 11 nights on board of the Golden Eagle train;
  • 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;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

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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