This incredible, 16-day, six-country rail journey connects the beautiful southern Caucasus region with historically sensational Central Asia. Your adventure begins in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, a city whose views are dominated by the symbol of Armenia, towering Mount Ararat in neighboring Turkey. After a good look around, you'll board the Golden Eagle, an elegantly appointed, supremely comfortable train. By rail, traverse the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, arriving next in Georgia, where recorded history dates back at least as far as the 8th century. From here, journey east toward the largest enclosed body of water on earth, the Caspian Sea, bound by Russia and Kazakhstan to the north, Iran to the south, Azerbaijan to the west, and Turkmenistan to the east.
We explore in picturesque Baku, Azerbaijan, before rolling aboard a train ferry and crossing the Caspian Sea. Arriving in Central Asia, the Golden Eagle whisks you further into Turkmenistan. You're immersed in the ancient Silk Road with insightful visits to the glorious and legendary sites of Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand. Cap off your voyage in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest and most commercially significant city.
Itinerary at a Glance
- Day 1:
arrive Yerevan, Armenia
- Day 2:
tour Yerevan, board the Golden Eagle
- Days 3–5:
Georgia touring including Tbilisi and Telavi
- Day 6:
visit ancient Gori, end the day in Mtskheta
- Days 7 & 8:
- Day 9:
- Days 10–11:
Cross the Karakum Desert to Uzbekistan and Khiva
- Day 12:
- Day 13:
- Day 14:
arrive Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan
- Day 15:
arrive Almaty, Kazakhstan; disembark
- Day 16:
depart for home.