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 Moscow and Beijing
  • Visit China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkemistan, and Russia on two comfy trains
  • Behold Islamic architecture in UNESCO-acclaimed Bukhara, Khiva, and Samarkand
  • Ride camels in the Gobi Desert and marvel at Xian's Terracotta Warriors
  • 13-day option between Moscow and Almaty

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



Settle into the deluxe Golden Eagle train after two days in Moscow, exploring must-sees like Red Square and the State Tretyakov Gallery.


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.


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.


Visit Uzbekistan's modern capital and Kazakhstan's largest city before crossing into China and switch to the Shangri-La Express train.


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.


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.


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 opt for a cooking class.

Trip variations: Taste of the Silk Road (13 days) travels between Moscow and Almaty, 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.


Dates & Prices



From $24,595 per person

Trip Variations:
Taste of the Silk Road
(13 days): From $16,995 per person

Moscow to Lhasa (23 days): From $24,595 per person


Limited-Time Special Offer:
Save 50 percent on the single supplement for 2017 Silk Road by Train departures. Space is limited; conditions apply.


  • 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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