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The Legendary Silk Road

The legendary Silk Road! By Silk Road we mean the area, which develops over 8,000 km, consisting of land, sea and river routes along which, in ancient times, exchanges between the Chinese and Roman empires had developed. It was called the Silk Road, but in reality many other precious goods were commercialized, the destination of this trade was Rome, where it was not known where exactly this precious material came from and how it was produced. Russian Tour can organize the trip by train or private transport from Almaty to Ashgabat and, on request, add more routes by making personalized quotations. This trip will allow you to learn about many cultures along the legendary Silk Road and about many places that have made history, with the visit of no less than seven UNESCO World Heritage sites.

On board this first-class luxury train, you will enjoy a wide selection of accommodation options from economy quad-berth compartments to deluxe DBL /single use compartments, full board treatment during the travel and will be able to take part in comprehensive visit programmes in all the included destinations with the full support of an English-speaking guide. Find out more about the Silk Road express itineraries writing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Silk Road

Silk Road: Almaty - Turkestan - Tashkent - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand - Khiva - Bukhara - Ashgabat

The Silk Road tour, with the visit of 3 nations (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan) can be organized on request at any time of the year. By 2020 we have decided not to repeat the route on a private train, since it is too limited in terms of dates (only 4 per year, in April and October) and as languages spoken by the guides (English, French and Spanish), and betting on a tour focused exclusively on Uzbekistan, with an English-speaking guide and private transportation, which has already been tested with great success during 2019, and that can be organized at any time of the year. The description of the route is as follows. For the other itineraries you can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a quotation.

To the Heart of Tamerlane’s Empire, 2020

Country: Uzbekistan
Tour duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Best time to travel: March - June, August - November
Itinerary: Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Aydarkul Lake - Samarkand – Tashkent – Chimgan - Tashkent

This exciting and informative tour will enlighten you on the history and culture of Uzbekistan and its world-famous ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva, which still keep traces and legacies of the trade Silk Road cultural exchange and once-great empires of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and especially Timur, better known as Tamerlane in the West, who made Samarkand his capital.

A military genius whose conquests shook the world in the 14th century, Timur was also a great patron of the arts. Samarkand still boasts a number of magnificent architectural monuments built during the reign of his dynasty, including his mausoleum Gur-e Amir, a gem of medieval Islamic architecture, where he lies under a huge jade slab.

Russian Tour invites you to see them all - as well as many more fascinating Uzbekistan’s monuments dating from different times - and hear most interesting stories about them. During the tour you will also visit exotic Uzbek bazaars, taste delicious dishes of Uzbek cuisine, travel across impressive landscapes, meet hospitable and charming locals, and enjoy many more other traveler’s tidbits.         

Samarcanda

Itinerary, 2020

Day 1     Urgench, arrival
Arrival in Urgench with international flight. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. After breakfast start of the guided sightseeing tour around Khiva. Visit Guided sightseeing tour around Khiva (inside Ichan-Kala ‘inner city’ historic old city): Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Kalta Minor Minaret, Islam Khoja Minaret and Madrasah, Tash Khauli-Khan Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammad Amin-Khan Minaret and Madrasah, Avesta Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Zukhro Boutique Hotel 3* / Bek Hotel 4*  or similar

Day 2      Khiva - Khorezmian fortresses - Khiva (road transfer, 200 km in both directions).
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we make a day trip out of Khiva and visit the ancient fortresses of Ayaz-Kala and Toprak-Kala. Arrival in Khiva in the afternoon. Rest at the hotel.
Accommodation: Zukhro Boutique Hotel 3* / Bek Hotel 4* or similar

Day 3     Khiva - Bukhara (road transfer, 440 km).  
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer across the Kyzyl-Kum Desert and along the Amudarya River to Bukhara. Lunch en route. Arrival in Bukhara. Leisure time. Souvenir shops / workshops. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Fatima Hotel 3* / Devon Begim Hotel 4* or similar

Day 4     Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara. Visit the following sites: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Ulugbek Madrasah;  after lunch: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Fatima Hotel 3* / Devon Begim Hotel 4* or similar

Day 5     Bukhara. Out-of-town sightseeing tour.
Breakfast at the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around sites near Bukhara: Sitora-i Mokh-i Khosa Palace, Baha-ud-Din Naqshbandi Complex; after lunch Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Fatima Hotel 3* / Devon Begim Hotel 4* or similar

Day 6     Bukhara - Gijduvan - Yurt camp in Kyzyl-Kum desert (road transfer, 280 km).
After breakfast transfer to the region of Aydarkul lake. En route stop in Gijduvan, where the group will be able to visit the national house of local craftsmen, specializing in pottery art. Hosts will show their house and incredible ceramic works.
Further transfer deeply into the desert and stop on the shore of the lake-in-desert, named Aydarkul. On arrival lunch in the yurt camp and later accommodation in traditional desert nomads home - yurts in the local yurt camp. After rest everybody will have an opportunity to take a walk in the surroundings, ride a camel or swim. In the evening we taste delicious dinner. Overnight in yurts.
Accommodation: yurt camp in Kyzyl-Kum desert  

Day 7     Yurt camp - Aydarkul Lake - Samarkand (road transfer, 260 km).
Breakfast at the yurt camp. Transfer to Samarkand.
Accommodation at the hotel and rest. Evening walk around Registan Square with the guide.
Overnight in Samarkand.
Accommodation: City Hotel 3* / Grand Samarkand Hotel 4*

Day 8     Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher), after lunch: Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: City Hotel 3* / Grand Samarkand Hotel 4* or similar

Day 9     Samarkand - Tashkent (evening railway transfer).
Breakfast at the hotel. Continuation of the guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: St. Daniel Mausoleum, Afrosiab museum and settlement, Silk paper workshop. Transfer to the railway station in the afternoon. Further transfer to Tashkent by train. Transfer to the hotel on arrival. Overnight in Tashkent.
Accommodation: Samir Hotel 3* / Ramada Hotel 4* or similar

Day 10    Tashkent - Chimgan mountains - Tashkent (road transfer, 100 km).
Hiking in the mounts - to Gulkam gorge and Yangikurgan region (9 km, 6 hours).
After early breakfast transfer to the mountain region for participation in hiking in the mountain of Chimgan, located in around 100 km from Tashkent.
*Note: those tourists, who are not interested in trekking will be offered to visit Chimgan mountain with relaxing purpose - you will have a slight walk and ride the local cable car.
Start of the trekking tour. Ascent to Pesochniy Pass (1832m) with further move to and along Gulkamsay river. Hike up the north-western slopes of the peak Bolshoy Chimgan to the spring “Vodoprovod” (1650m). Lunch-picnic at the spring. After lunch rise to the north-western spur of the summit of Bolshoy Chimgan over the river Mazarsai; and descent to the transport vehicle that will expect the travellers near the water intake of Marazsai River. Transfer back to Tashkent. Overnight.
Accommodation: Samir Hotel 3* / Ramada Hotel 4*

Day 11    Tashkent.
After breakfast start of the guided sightseeing tour around Tashkent. Visit the following sites: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, Tashkent oldest bazaar Chorsu; after lunch: Independence Square, Minor White mosque. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Samir Hotel 3* / Ramada Hotel 4* or similar

Day 12    Tashkent, departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport and departure.

Almaty

The price of the tour in EUR per person for 2020:

Number of person 2
3
 4
Sing. supp.
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Hotel 3 stars, double room BB 2100 1800 1580 480 Send request
Hotel 4 stars, double room BB 2340 2060 1830 620 Send request

For larger groups, the individual price is lower, the quotation is provided upon request. It is possible to modify the itinerary and the days of stay according to your wishes. Departure is possible at any time of the year.

Price includes:
•    Accommodation at the hotels 3*- 4*, mentioned above on double/twin or single sharing basis with breakfasts; early check-in on arrival is included into the package;
-    Khiva, Zukhro Boutique Hotel 3* / Bek Hotel* or similar, 2 nights + early check-in  
-    Bukhara, Fatima Hotel 3* / Devon Begim Hotel 4* or similar, 3 nights
-    Yurt camp in Kyzyl-Kum desert  (4 persons/per each yurt, single accommodation is not possible);
-    Samarkand, Orient Start Samarkand Hotel 3* / Grand Samarkand Hotel 4* or similar, 2 nights
-    Tashkent, Tourist Inn Hotel 3* / Ramada Hotel 4* or similar, 3 nights
•    Camel riding in the yurt camp (upon wish);
•    Sightseeing tour in each city according to the tour program;
•    Entrance fees to the monuments and museums, listed in the program above;
•    Meals - breakfasts at the hotels and meals on full board basis in the yurt camp (lunch, dinner, breakfast and lunch on the next day);
•    Services of Italian-speaking accompanying guide for the whole tour in Uzbekistan;
•    Transportation services for the whole tour - provision of comfortable air-conditioned vehicles is guaranteed;
•    Train tickets for high speed train Afrosiab of “Samarkand-Tashkent” (economy class);
•    A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour.

Price does not include:
•    International flights;
•    Meals (except meals mentioned above);
•    Medical insurance;
•    Photo and video shooting charges at museums and monuments.

Additional services:
•    Meals:
-    Meals on half board basis (10 dinners) – 240 EUR/per person/for the whole tour;
-    Meals on half board basis (9 lunches) -  170 EUR/per person/for the whole tour;
-    Meals on full board basis (10 dinners and 9 lunches) -  410 EUR/per person/for the whole tour;
•    Extra charge for mountain guide for Day 10 – 60 EUR for the whole group.

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