Uzbekistan by the Orient Silk Road Express

  
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£2,995 per person

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Travel Uzbekistan in style aboard the comfortable Orient Silk Road Express Private Train and discover four important Unesco World Heritage sites : Itchan Kala, the oasis and caravan centre of Khiva, Bukhara ancient town, Samarkand the crossroad of cultures and the historic centre of Shakhrisabz, Tamerlane birth place.

Price includes: Visa for Uzbekistan, the Orient Silk Road Express private train, all transfers according to itinerary, 4 nights aboard your private train ( sharing a two-bed compartment- Alibaba ), 5 nights at a 4-star hotel, 1 night at a boutique hotel, main meals as stated, service of the train manager and a doctor throughout the train journey, English-speaking local guides, sightseeings and excursions including entrance fees, traditional welcome ceremonies at Bukhara and Samarkand railway stations, traditional folk arts performances, vodka and wine tasting.

Price excludes: International flights, optional trips, tipping and any service not specified.

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Day 1 Departure
Departure from the UK.

Day 2 Tashkent (-/-/-)
On arrival in Tashkent we transfer you to your centrally located 4-star hotel

Day 3 Tashkent, the Green Oasis (B/L/D)
Sightseeing tour of this green oasis in the steppe begins in late morning and takes to you to the Madrassa Kukeldash, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments, and the typical Uzbek mud brick houses. In the evening enjoy an Opera performance in Tashkent famous Navoi Theatre or a concert in Tashkent Philharmonic Hall (subject to availability).

Day 4 Departure aboard your private train (B/-/D)
Morning is at leisure in Tashkent. Optional trip to the scenic Tian Shan Mountains.
In the afternoon board The Orient Silk Road Express private train. You are invited to a get-together in the dining car to meet fellow passengers and learn more about your private train. The night is spent aboard the train.

Day 5 Travelling through Time (B/L/D) visit asia - tours to asia
During the night, your train travelled pass lengthy mountain ranges. The Greek heritage has been preserved in this inaccessible mountainous region and cultural influences from the Bactrians and the Kushan Empire still survive here. Fire worship and shamanism are still practiced uniquely by the locals in the form of rituals. In the past during the Silk Road age trade caravans travelled through these narrow mountain gorges and the armies of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and Tamerlane (or Timur) have also used this road. A traditional ceremony offers a glimpse of the region’s unique folklore. The journey along the Great Silk Road then continues to the green city of Shakhrisabz, the birth place of Tamerlane. Sightseeing here includes the monumental architecture of the brutal Mongol ruler’s palace and a visit to the bustling market place. In the evening the train heads towards Bukhara. On board you are invited to an Uzbek wine tasting. Overnight on board.

Day 6 Bukhara, the Noble One (B/L/D)
Located in the middle of the Kyzylkum Desert, Bukhara presents historical architectural monuments recalling the golden age of the Great Silk Road. Exotic spices, furs, and especially silk were stored and traded then in the city caravanserais. In Bukhara Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage), discover the 50 metre tall Kalyan Minaret and Lyab-I Hauz Ensemble by the pond. At the memorial to Nasreddin, which shows the merry prankster on his donkey, listen to a few of his tall tales and legends. Dinner is served in a madrassa courtyard, with music and dances, and a colourful national costumes show. Overnight at a boutique hotel in Bukhara.

Day 7 The Samanid Mausoleum (B/L/D) visit asia - tours to asia
Bukhara is revealed as a great open-air museum that has preserved its ancient oriental countenance in an unparalleled collection of authentic architecture. In the morning, be driven to the splendid Mir-e-Arab Madrassa and the Samanid Mausoleum, certainly one of Central Asian most beautiful and precious structures. Afterwards tour the massive Ark Citadel, a city within a city that was once the seat of government of Bukhara former rulers. There visitors can have access to the Throne Room followed by the last Emir’s glamorous Summer Residence reflecting a mixture of Japanese, French, Russian, and oriental styles. Before reboarding the train you are invited to meet the Imam of Bukhara.
Overnight onboard.

Day 8 Khiva: A Fairy Tale in Stone from 1001 Nights (B/L/D)
Today unveils the oasis of Khiva, a fairy tale from 1001 nights – in stone. Standing at the mighty town wall with its gates and bastions of mud brick, one feels transported into another world. Life still pulsates around the Kalta Minor Minaret, just as it did in the old times. The palaces, mosques, minarets, mausoleums, and madrassas (Muslim religious schools) here represent some of the world’s best preserved examples of medieval oriental urban architecture. Enjoy lunch in the former Emir’s Summer Palace. Late afternoon your train heads towards Samarkand.

Day 9 Samarkand: The crossroad of cultures (B/L/D) visit asia - tours to asia
Your private train arrives in Samarkand after breakfast. Today is spent visiting the sights of this famous and historic city, which during the rule of Timur was considered the world’s most beautiful and prestigious city. The Necropolis of Shah-e Zinde (the living Shah), the excavation sites at Afrosiab (with a museum tour), and Registan Square are certainly among the most notable architectural ensembles in Central Asia. Registan Square is surrounded by three magnificent madrassas. The ornamentation of the square giant gates is certainly impressive. The mosques domes shimmering in the background complete a scene taken from an oriental fairy tale. Uzbek women burned their veils (paranjas) at this historic site in 1917, to mark the arrival of a new era.
Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Samarkand.

Day 10 Samarkand, the magnificent city (B/L/D)
Today sightseeing tour includes a silk carpet manufactory and an Uzbek craftsman workshop where paper is made out of mulberry bark, the Ulug-Beg Observatory and the ruins of Bibi Khanum Mosque, and the interior of the palace-like Gur-Emir Mausoleum. The complex contains the tomb of Timur, who has transformed the capital into an Eastern paradise with his great building projects, but was sadly known as a feared conqueror.
Overnight at your hotel in Samarkand

Day 11 Samarkand (B/L/D)
The morning is at leisure. The train departs for Tashkent at noon offering enroute a spectacular landscape of rural Uzbekistan. Your private train arrives in Tashkent in the afternoon.
Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Tashkent.

Day 12 Departure (B/-/-)
In due time transfer to airport for your flight home.