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The Silk Road Tour by Train

Aboard the Golden Eagle and Shangri-La Express

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The Silk Road Tour by Train

Luxury Group Travel | 21 Days
  • Journey 4,000 miles along the Silk Road between Beijing and Moscow 
  • Visit China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, 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 of the Silk Road Tour by Train is also available.

Please note: due to the conflict in Ukraine, our Russia train journeys are suspended until further notice.

Trip Overview

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.

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.

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.

9 – 11

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

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.

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.

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. Call for details.


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Dates & Prices


04/06/23 – 04/26/23   Beijing to Moscow | 21 days

04/14/23 – 04/26/23   Almaty to Moscow | 13 days

10/11/23 – 10/31/23   Beijing to Moscow | 21 days

10/19/23 – 10/31/23   Almaty to Moscow | 13 days


13-Day Trip: From $21,295 per person

21-Day Trip: From $30,795 per person

based on double occupancy


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