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

  • 4,000 miles along the Silk Road between Moscow and Beijing, with Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
  • Ride camels in the Gobi Desert, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, and soak up Islamic architecture in Khiva
  • Opt for an abridged 13-day trip aboard the Golden Eagle from Moscow to Almaty (or reverse)
Silk Road Golden Eagle Train by 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

If you're in the least travel-minded, the names visited 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, Khiva, and Samarkand...the ancient city of Merv, another UNESCO World Heritage Site on the route and quite possibly the world's most populous city in the 12th century...the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas at Dunhuang, a fascinating treasure trove of Greco-Buddhist art...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, 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 it aboard the Golden Eagle and the Shangri-La Express is a glorious opportunity to visit this magnificent roster of places and names with ease and in great comfort.

New route option available. Choose the once-in-a-lifetime journey from Moscow to Lhasa. A 23-day adventure which includes the high-altitude train from Golmund over the 16,640ft Tangula Pass to Lhasa, spending three days in Tibet.

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

  • Days 1 & 2: arrive Moscow, tour
  • Day 3: board Golden Eagle, rail to Volgograd
  • Day 4: visit Volgograd
  • Day 5: into Kazakhstan across the Karakum Desert
  • Day 6: into Uzbekistan, Khiva
  • Day 7: Ashkabad, Turkmenistan
  • Day 8: visit Merv
  • Day 9: back into Uzbekistan, Bukhara
  • Day 10: Samarkand
  • Day 11: Tashkent
  • Day 12: Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Day 13: into China, board Shangri-La Express
  • Day 14: Turfan
  • Days 15 & 16: Dunhuang, Caves of the Thousand Buddhas
  • Days 17 & 18: Xian, Terracotta Warriors
  • Days 19–22: explore Beijing, depart.