Silk Road Short | Branded Rail Tour to Russia & Kazakhstan
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Silk Road Short

Tour rating: 4.82 / 5, Based on 372 Reviews
Tourist trains to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia

Set off on your personal pilgrimage down the legendary trade route - the Silk Road. The short version of the classic Silk Road adventure takes you from the capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty to extraordinary Moscow, in comfort 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.

Silk Road Short

13 days3 cities
KazakhstanUzbekistanRussia3 countries
Tourist trains to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia
From
$18,195
Tour rating: 4.82 / 5, Based on 372 Reviews

Set off on your personal pilgrimage down the legendary trade route - the Silk Road. The short version of the classic Silk Road adventure takes you from the capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty to extraordinary Moscow, in comfort 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.

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Day-By-Day
Almaty

Almaty

first 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".

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night at a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Almaty
Transfer

Today you arrive in the largest city of Kazakhstan surrounded by the majestic Tien Shan Mountains - Almaty. Upon arrival your private guide transfers you to the centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free at your disposal.

No meas included.

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Day 2
Almaty City Tour
City tour

The day is dedicated to the exploration of Almaty with your guide.

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 board your train and start the journey.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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5-star hotel
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Stay at the comfortable 5-star hotel and enjoy outstanding service, best location and a wide range of indoor facilities.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent

second destination

The modern capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, is a diverse city with centuries-old history standing on the ancient Silk Road.

1 day in each city
Detailed itinerary
9 nights on board the train
Day 3
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 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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 head to Moscow.

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

third 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 11
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 12
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 13
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 Almaty (1 night) and Moscow (2 nights);
  • 9 nights on board of the Golden Eagle train;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for the 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;
  • 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.

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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoying the Moscow Kremlin and the sights of the city
  • Guided sightseeing tours of the Silk Road cities
  • 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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