Great Silk Road: Ashgabat - Almaty 2020/2021

Train Registan

14 days

Ashgabat – Mary – Bukhara – Khiva – Samarkand – Shakhrisyabz – Tashkent – Turkestan - Almaty

HOTELS

Hotels indicated

FLIGHT INCLUDED

Concerted rate

TRIPS AND VISITS

Visits and Trips indicated

Itinerary

The armies of the great conquerors of Antiquity and the Middle Ages passed through these oasis-cities. Cyrus the Great, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, among others. Covering from the Caspian Sea to the mythical peaks of the Tien Shan, the countries of Central Asia have been richly spiced by the history and cultures that have forged them, a delicious flavour that we will have occasion to taste. We will travel aboard in the comfortable cars of the “Orient Silk Road Express”. The presence of a multilingual train chief, very experienced local guides, a doctor on board and many years of experience in Central Asia will make your trip especially safe and comfortable.

Day 1: Spain - Ashgabat

Presentation at the airport and flight with stopover to Ashgabat. Upon arrival of your flight to Ashgabat airport, reception by our representative in the country and transfer to the hotel. The participants of this wonderful journey that is about to begin, will arrive during the day to Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, also known as “Vegas of Kara Kum”.

Day 2: Ashgabad

We will begin the journey discovering this remote and Hollywood desert city with a panoramic tour that will take us from the Tolkuchka Bazaar, a typical oriental bazaar, one of the largest in Central Asia, where you can buy from camels to valuable carpets or high quality silver jewelry . We will go to Nisa Partaunissa, the capital of the Partias, which had its flourishing time in the third century B.C. After lunch, we will visit the National Museum. Transfer to the railway station and accommodation in our respective cabins. Dinner and night aboard the Orient Silk Road Express.

Day 3: Merv

In the morning, the train arrives in Merv, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The region is rich in immense cotton plantations, that are irrigated by the waters of the Murgab River. Visit the archaeological site of Merv, that once, was one of the most civilized cities in Central Asia, called the Pearl of the East. We will see the mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar and Kys Kala, a curious castle without windows. Lunch is served in the picturesque inner courtyard at the home of a local family. Once the table talk is finished, we will board our Orient Silk Road Express train to Bukhara. Dinner and night on board.

Day 4: Bukhara

Crossing the dry plains of the Kyzyl Kum desert, we arrive at Bukhara, located in the middle of this “Red Sands” desert. With its wealth of monuments of traditional oriental architecture, Bukhara is one of the jewels within the legendary Silk Road. We will visit the bazaar, the Kalyan minaret with its almost 50 meters high, the Lyabi-Hauz square surrounded by medresas and tea houses. We will see the small monument to Nasreddin, the local “Quijote”, who is well known throughout the Muslim world. Early dinner at a medresa, an old Koranic school, today converted, where a magnificent dance and folk music show awaits us with a presentation of colourful national costumes. At the end of dinner and the show, we will go to the hotel to rest.

Day 5: Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day of visits through the streets of old Bukhara, which is like a large museum that preserves its ancient eastern face. Visit of the citadel of Ark, residence of the Emirs of Bukhara and the mausoleum of Ismael Samani (10th century) the oldest Muslim monument in the country. In the afternoon, we will see the mediere of Mir I the Arab and the Summer Palace of the last Emir, a palace with an eclectic mix of European and Eastern style. We finish the tour by visiting, what is probably, the only mosque for women, a Sufi complex and pilgrimage centre located about 15 km away on the outskirts of the city. We return aboard our train. Dinner and night at the hotel.

Day 6: Bukhara - Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel. You have the morning at your disposal. Around noon, the train leaves in the direction of Khiva, crossing the desert of Kyzyl Kum. Dinner and night aboard the Orient Silk Road Express.

Day 7: Khiva

Breakfast on board. We will arrive in Urgench and from here, we will go to the inspiring city of Khiva. City-museum, that has preserved its architecture almost intact and allows us to get an excellent idea of how the cities of Central Asia should have been before been invaded by hordes that destroyed them and the passing of time. The inner city, Ichan Kala, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Stroll through its intricate alleys, visiting the most prominent mosques and minarets among which are the Juma Mosque, decorated with 218 wooden columns and the sumptuous Tosh Khovi Palace, as well as the Islam Chodja minarets and the truncated Kalta Minor, of turquoise tiles and that could have been the greatest of all. Visit of the summer residence of Toza Bog (1893-1913) where we will also have lunch. Continue aboard our Orient Silk Road Express train towards Samarkand. Dinner and night on board.

Day 8: Samarkand

Samarkand was the capital of the empire of Tamerlane and has some of the most outstanding architectural wonders of Central Asia. We will have occasion to admire it. Visit the Shadi - Zinda complex and Registan Square, a true marvel of oriental architecture, flanked on three sides by the Ulugbek, Sherdor and Tilla Qori medresa. The interior and exterior of the medresa is decorated with tiles, mosaics and marble. In the Plaza de Parandazha, the Uzbek women burned their veils and began a new era for them (1917). Free time in the afternoon to make purchases. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Samarkand

Today, we will see how the famous silk carpets are made and we will how the manufacture of the paper is made, based on the bark of the mulberry tree. Visit the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, built between 1399-1405 by Tamerlan for his wife, who has Chinese origin. We will also visit the Gur Emir Mausoleum, sepulcher of Tamerlan, with its immense Turkish dome of about 20m in diameter. Lunch at a local restaurant. Finally, visit of Afrosiyob, 7th century and the Ulug Bek observatory with its impressive 15th century sextant 63 metres long. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Shakhrisabz

Early in the morning we will arrive at Shakhrisyabz, a small provincial town located in a fertile valley and surrounded by the mountains of the imposing Pamir, where we will visit the Tamerlane mausoleum. The name in Farsi means "green city." The ceremonies of fire or shamanistic worship, rituals and myths that have been forgotten elsewhere, are still preserved. Caravans of the Silk Road and the armies of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Tamerlan made their way through the narrow mountain passes. The experience of a representation of folklore brings us closer to the unique traditions of this region. In the afternoon, continue aboard our train Oriente Silk Route Express towards Tashkent. Uzbek wine tasting and dinner on board.

Day 11: Tashkent

We will arrive in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan in the morning. Tashkent was one of the basic cities of the Silk Road, but little or nothing remains of it after the 1966 earthquake. The new Tashkent resembles a city in Eastern Europe, with its large avenues, parks and apartment blocks. We will visit the Kudeldash Medresa, the monuments of the Soviet era and the opera. Train departure in the direction of Kazakhstan. Dinner and night aboard the Orient Silk Road Express train.

Day 12: Turkestan

After breakfast and lunch on board, we will arrive at Turkestan in the afternoon. Customs formalities will be carried out comfortably in your cabins. We will visit the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, in Yasawi, built between 1389 and 1405. In this partially unfinished building, we can observe how the Persian architects experienced architectural and structural solutions, which they later used in Samarkand. Later, on board our train again, we will cross the great plain north towards Almaty. Tomorrow we will say goodbye to our friendly on-board staff that has made our stay on board very pleasant. Dinner and last night aboard the Orient Silk Road Express train.

Day 13: Almaty

We will arrive in Almaty, the old capital of Kazakhstan, after lunch. Hotel accommodation. In the afternoon, a short panoramic visit will show us wide avenues and parks of the city. Visit the Orthodox Cathedral of Zenkov, one of the tallest buildings in the world built entirely of wood. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a special Farewell Dinner in a yurt, the traditional tent of nomads in the region. At the indicated time, the transfer to the airport will be made.

Day 14: Almaty - Spain

Customs procedures and boarding on the flight back to the city of origin. Arrival and end of our services.


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Cabins and services

There are 5 categories in the "Registan" train cabins:

Habibi Cabins

3 or 4 people per cabin

Sleeping car with 9 compartments each. The beds are 67 x 184 cm. Each compartment has 2 low beds and 2 upper beds, 220V nightstand and plug to recharge camera and mobile batteries. The compartment can be occupied by 3 or 4 people. The toilets (WC and washbain) at both ends of the car.

Alibaba Cabins

1 or 2 people per cabin

Sleeping car with 9 compartments each. The beds are 67 x 184 cm. Each compartment has 2 low beds and 2 upper beds, 220V nightstand and plug to recharge camera and mobile batteries. The compartment can be occupied for exclusive use guaranteed by a single person (something almost impossible on regular trains). The compartment can be occupied by 3 or 4 people. The toilets (WC and washbain) at both ends of the car.

Aladdin Cabins

1 or 2 people per cabin

Sleeping car with 8 compartments each. The beds are 67 x 184 cm. Each compartment has 2 low beds, nightstand and 220V plug to recharge camera and mobile batteries. The compartment can be occupied for exclusive use guaranteed by a single person (something almost impossible on regular trains). The toilets (WC and washbasin) at both ends of the car and shower cabin for use by all "Aladdin"passengers. Shifts will be established for the use of the shower. The cars have air conditioning while the convoy is in motion. Therefore, the windows of the “Aladdin” sleeping cars cannot be opened and will remain closed during the entire tour.

Sultan Cabin

1 or 2 people per cabin

Sleeping cars with 6 compartments each. Each compartment has a low bed (110 x 184 cm) suitable even for 2 people if necessary, and an upper bed (80 x 174), wardrobe, 220V plug to recharge camera and mobile batteries, also has TV and DVD. The compartment can be occupied for exclusive use guaranteed by a single person (something almost impossible to get on regular trains). Ecological WC, washbasin and shower (with curtain) for private use is inside the compartment. The cars have air conditioning while the convoy is in motion. Therefore, the windows of the “Sultan” dormitory cars cannot be opened and will remain closed throughout the tour.

Caliph Cabin

1 or 2 people per cabin

Sleeping car with 6 compartments each. Each compartment consists of a low bed (120 x 184 cm) suitable even for 2 people if necessary, and an upper bed (80 x 174), wardrobe, 220V plug to recharge camera and mobile batteries, also has TV and DVD. The compartment can be occupied for exclusive use guaranteed by a single person (something almost impossible to get on regular trains). Ecological WC, washbasin and shower (with screen) for private use inside the compartment. The cars have air conditioning while the convoy is in motion. Therefore, the windows of the “Caliph” sleeping cars cannot be opened and will remain closed throughout the tour.

Other services and installations:

Restaurant car

Meals on board the train will be served in the 2 spacious restaurant cars, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served as part of the Full Board that every passenger of the “Registan or Orient Silk Road Express” enjoys on board. Part of the menu will consist of local cuisine, according to route, and Russian / international cuisine. Water, tea and coffee accompany each meal. There are two meal shifts established. At night they turn into a bar, where we can meet with our travel companions. Refreshing drinks, beer and wine are served.

Departures and rates

Departure dates 2020

Almaty - Ashgabad Language Ashgabad - Almaty Language
K04 1 April German; English; French T04 13 April German; English; French
K10 7 October German; English; French T10 19 October German; English; French

Departure dates 2021

Almaty - Ashgabad Language Ashgabad - Almaty Language
K04 31 March German; English; French T04 12 April German; English; French
K10 6 October German; English; French T10 18 October German; English; French

Rates per person season 2020/2021

Cabin Price per person in euros
2020 2021
K04/T04 K10/T10 K04/T04
HABIBI Cabin (3 or 4 people)      
Quadruple accomodation 3.750 € 4.200 € 4.000 €
Triple accomodtion 4.150 € 5.000 € 4.850 €
Single room suppl. (hotel) 410 € 440 € 440 €
       
ALI BABA Cabin (Double accomodation) 5.300 € 5.800 € 5.650 €
Individual use supplement 1.470 € 1.570 € 1.570 €
       
ALADDIN Cabin (Double accomodation) 5.900 € 6.450 € 6.300 €
Individual use supplement 1.820 € 1.950 € 1.950 €
       
SULTAN Cabin (Double accomodation) 9.200 € 10.000 € 9.850 €
Individual use supplement 4.130 € 4.420 € 4.420 €
       
CALIPH Cabin (Double accomodation) 9.500 € 10.300 € 10.150 €
Individual use supplement 4.260 € 4.560 € 4.560 €
 

Nota: Prices shown are per person in double accommodation. In all cases, prices are reconfirmed when making the reservation, as they may suffer from some variation. We recommend hiring assistance and cancellation insurance. Limited places.

Included

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Visas / Insurances:

Important note: Visa processing takes approximately 4 weeks.

Hiring conditions:

A payment (non-refundable) of 20% of the total is required upon booking. Minimum total payment 6 weeks before departure.

Cancellation conditions:

Planned hotels (or similar)

City Hotel
Almaty: RAHAT PALACE
Samarkand: REGISTAN PLAZA
Bukhara: ASIA BUKHARA
Ashgabat: AK ALTYN

*Planned hotels or similar.

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