The Silk Road Aboard The Golden Eagle & Shangri-La Express

  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors of Xian and the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas
  • A rare, momentous journey tracing one of the world's most storied trade routes
  • Opt for an abridged 13-day trip aboard the Golden Eagle from Moscow to Almaty (or reverse)
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Silk Road with GeoEx
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure
Trip Length: 21 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Trains
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

We're fond of quoting William Hazlitt's line (because we so agree with the thought), that "in traveling, we visit names as well as places." And if you've in the least travel-minded, the names we visit on this epic will get your pulse racing: the vast imperial grandeur of Moscow...the daunting Karakum, one of the world's fiercest deserts...the sublime monuments of the Silk Road cities of Bukhara (where the light was said to ascend to heaven, gracing it), lovely Khiva, and Samarkand (Lord Curzon thought its grand Registan the "the noblest public square in the world")...the ancient city of Merv, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and, in the 12th century, quite possibly the world's most populous city...Urumchi, the most landlocked city on earth...the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas at Dunhuang, a rare and fascinating treasure trove of Greco-Buddhist art (why did Greece and Buddhism come together? Just one story in a trip ultra-rich in great stories)...the splendidly lonely fortress of Jiayuguan, last gasp of the Great Wall...the famed Terracotta Warriors of Xian, who look like they're ready to shake off a little dust and begin marching at any moment...and of course, Beijing, one of the world's great cities, exploding with energy and importance as never before in its long, long history.

Tracing one of the Silk Road's most important branches, all the way from Moscow to Beijing, is a rare and momentous journey. And making that journey aboard the Golden Eagle and the Shangri-La Express makes The Silk Road from Moscow to Beijing a glorious opportunity to visiting this magnificent roster of places and names with ease and in great comfort.

Short on time? 13-day trips following the Silk Road aboard the Golden Eagle are also available. The Taste of the Silk Road itinerary follows the same route, but ends in Kazakhstan instead of Beijing. Please call for details.


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Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive Moscow
  • Day 2: tour Moscow, including Red Square
  • Day 3: board Golden Eagle, onward to Volgograd
  • Day 4: tour Volgograd and environs
  • Day 5: into Kazakhstan across the Karakum Desert
  • Day 6: into Uzbekistan, visit Khiva
  • Day 7: Ashkabad, Turkmenistan
  • Day 8: visit Merv
  • Day 9: back into Uzbekistan, visit Bukhara
  • Day 10: Samarkand
  • Day 11: Tashkent
  • Day 12: Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Day 13: cross into China at Dzuzhba, board the Shangri-La Express
  • Day 14: Urumchi and Turfan
  • Day 15: Caves of the Thousand Buddhas at Dunhuang
  • Day 16: Jiayuguan
  • Day 17: Xian's Terracotta Warriors
  • Days 18–21: explore Beijing.