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Set off on your personal pilgrimage down the legendary trade route - the Silk Road. The short 13-day version of the classic Silk Road adventure takes you from extraordinary Moscow to the capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty, in comfort and safety of the luxurious Golden Eagle train. Along your way you cross vast deserts and plains, explore the sacred relics of historic towns such as Merv - an ancient city as if it off the pages of 1001 Nights.
City:
Moscow, Ashgabat, Samarkand, Tashkent, Almaty
Duration:
13 days
Type:
Group rail tour
From:
Next date:
Flexible

Overview

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

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Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

This morning is devoted to the exploration of a real Russian miracle and its most famous symbol - the mighty Kremlin.

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Day 3
On Board the Train

Following breakfast you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the railway station where you board your luxurious Golden Eagle train.

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Day 4
Volgograd 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. 

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Day 5
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your luxurious Golden Eagle train traveling across the vast expanses of the Kara Kum desert.

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Day 6
Khiva Sightseeing Tour

Today you arrive in the ancient city of Khiva, founded 2,500 years ago.

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Day 7
Ashgabat City Tour

Today you arrive in Ashgabat - the capital of Turkmenistan known as the "Las Vegas of the Kara Kum".

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Day 8
Merv Sightseeing Tour

Today your train arrives in Mary from which you are transferred to the ancient and mainly unrestored city of Merv.

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Day 9
Bukhara City Tour

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

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Day 10
Samarkand 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 day

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Day 11
Tashkent 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. 

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Day 12
Almaty City Tour

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

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Day 13
Departure from Almaty

This is the final day of your fantastic Silk Road train tour! Following breakfast you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.

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What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow (2 nights) and Almaty (1 night);
  • 9 nights on board of the Golden Eagle train;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US and Australian citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from 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.

Trains details

Golden Eagle Train
5
World's Most Luxurious Train

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.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you 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 flight or start exploring the charming city center on your own. In the evening you enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel, where you can meet your fellow travelers and discuss the fantastic journey that awaits you ahead.

Dinner is included.

Day 2: Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

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

Optional tours: Trip to Sergiev Posad or visit to the Tretyakov Gallery.

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

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 3: On Board the Train

Following breakfast you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the railway station where you board your luxurious Golden Eagle train. You spend the rest of the day on board enjoying the beautiful sceneries passing by your window, a diverse entertainment program, gourmet dining and a company of your fellow travelers as your rail journey to Almaty begins.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 4: Volgograd 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 continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 5: On Board the Train

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, participate in a Russian language lesson, listen to interesting stories about the history of the Silk Road and its people, simply relax with a good book or enjoy the ever changing landscapes passing by your window.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 6: Khiva Sightseeing 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.

Day 7: Ashgabat 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.

Day 8: Merv Sightseeing 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.

Day 9: Bukhara 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.

Day 10: Samarkand 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.

Day 11: Tashkent 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.

Day 12: Almaty 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 are transferred to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 13: Departure from Almaty

This is the final day of your fantastic Silk Road train tour! Following breakfast you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow (2 nights) and Almaty (1 night);
  • 9 nights on board of the Golden Eagle train;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US and Australian citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from 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.

Golden Eagle Train
5
World's Most Luxurious Train

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.

Red Square, Moscow

Moscow, Russia

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

The Kremlin, Moscow

Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

The symbol of Moscow and entire Russia, the Kremlin is often described as the 8th Wonder of the World.

The Armoury Chamber, Moscow

The Armoury Chamber, Moscow, Russia

History and luxury is revealed inside the Kremlin as the Armoury Chamber displays treasures like Faberge Eggs.

Red Square, Moscow

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Being the most recognizable symbol of Russia in the world, Red Square is an absolute must see when in Moscow. 

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

St. Basil’s Cathedral is Moscow’s most famous artistic work of architecture set in the romantic Red Square.

GUM, Moscow

GUM, Moscow, Russia

The famous GUM is a large department store in the Kitai-gorod part of Moscow facing Red Square.

Sergiev Posad, Russia

Named after Saint Sergey Radonezhsky, Sergiev Posad features the Trinity Lavra - a monument of old Russian architecture.

The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Over 1000 years of Russia's finest art from Rublev to Shishkin, over 170 000 exhibits of religious and modern art.

Volgograd, Russia

Volgograd, Russia

A key point in Russian history, Volgograd reminds visitors of a tumultuous past and the fruits of victory through endurance.

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, is often called the "Las Vegas of the Kara Kum" and "The City of White Marble".

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara is Uzbekistan’s treasure trove of ancient monuments in heart of the Silk Road.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand is a pinnacle of the Silk Road, a unique town at the crossroads of cultures between China and the West.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent is a diverse city with centuries-old history standing on the ancient Silk Road.

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty is the former capital of Kazakhstan and the “bridge” between Asia and Europe at the foot of the Ala-Tau mountain.

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