The Silk Road by Train


Aboard the Golden Eagle & Shangri-La Express

The Silk Road by Train


Group | 21 Days | Easy Train Journey
  • Journey 4,000 miles along the Silk Road between Beijing and Moscow 
  • Visit China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkemistan, and Russia on two comfy trains
  • Behold Islamic architecture in UNESCO-acclaimed Bukhara, Khiva, and Samarkand
  • Marvel at Xian's Terracotta Warriors and ride camels in the Gobi Desert
  • 13-day option between Almaty and Moscow

If you're in the least travel-minded, the names visited on this rail epic will get your pulse racing: the famed Terracotta Warriors of Xian;  the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas at Dunhuang; the ancient city of Merv; the Silk Road’s sublime monuments in Bukhara, Khiva, and Samarkand; the daunting Karakum Desert;  and the vast imperial grandeur of Moscow. Tracing one of the Silk Road's most important branches from Beijing to Moscow by train is a rare and momentous journey done with ease and in great comfort. A 13-day abridged version is also available.

ITINERARY


Day
1–3

Explorations in Beijing are based from a luxury hotel Stroll the Great Wall, investigate the Forbidden City (home to emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties), and visit the Temple of Heaven.

Day
4–5

Travel on the new high speed railway to Xian Come face to face with life-size Terracotta Warriors, enjoy a guided bicycle tour along Xian's ancient walls, and sit down to dinner with music and dance. Continue west aboard the deluxe Shangri-La Express train.

Day
6–8

Ride camels in the Gobi and discover Dunhuang's caves, a treasure trove of Greco-Buddhist art The elegantly decaying sand fortress-city of Jiaohe adds another piece to the Silk Road puzzle.

Day
9–11

Cross the border into Kazakhstan and transfer to the Golden Eagle train Visit Kazakhstan's largest city and Uzbekistan's modern capital.

Day
12–15

Silk Road history comes to life in Merv, Bukhara, and Samarkand, once conquered by Alexander the Great Revel in Islamic architecture, archaeological wonders, and the lavish marble of modern Ashgabat.

Day
16–18

Roll across Russia and the Karakum to Khiva, home to glorious mosques Your stop in Volgograd reveals the site of one of World War II's most important battles.

Day
19–21

Arrive in Moscow, exploring must-sees like Red Square and the State Tretyakov Gallery.

Trip variations: Taste of the Silk Road (13 days) travels between Almaty and Moscow, excluding China. There is also a special Moscow to Lhasa adventure (23 days), which includes the high-altitude train from Golmund over the 16,640-foot Tangula Pass to Lhasa, spending three days in Tibet. Call for details.

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Dates & Prices


Dates

4/16/19 – 5/6/19   (Westbound Beijing to Moscow; 21 days)

4/12/19 – 4/24/19   (Eastbound Moscow to Almaty; 13 days)

4/24/19 – 5/6/19   (Westbound Almaty to Moscow; 13 days)

While there are no 2018 departures for this journey, you can explore the Silk Road by train in 2018 on Caravans & Conquerors and Persia & the Silk Road.

Pricing

2019 Trip Variations:

Taste of the Silk Road (13 days): From $17,795 per person

Beijing to Moscow (21 days): From $25,795 per person

Inclusions:

  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • All accommodations
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • Most meals
  • Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of an expedition leader, lecturers, and support staff during voyage
  • Personal headsets on all off-train excursions
  • All gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

A Journey Built Just For You

Take customization to the next level on a journey fully tailored to you. GeoEx's destination specialists will gladly tailor this existing itinerary—or build one completely from scratch—to suit your style, interests, and time frame. Contact us to see what's possible.

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