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Almaty to Ashgabat and Ashgabat to Almaty


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English language dates No: 2017  
Ashgabat to Almaty T4 11 APR to 24 APR  
See Itin below T10 17 oct TO 30 oct  
     
Almaty to Ashgabat K4 30 MAR to 12 APR  
See Here K10 05 OCT to 10 OCT  

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This journey makes you familiar with the manifold cultures along the legendary Silk Road and numerous localities that made history, among them no less than 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stretching from the Caspian Sea to the Tien Shan Mountains, the Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan,

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are richly endowed with history and culture, a flavour of which you will sample on
this exciting journey by Private Train.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Welcome to Ashgabat
Arrival and transfer to your First-Class hotel in Ashgabat.
Day 2 Former Royal City of Nisa and today’s Capital Ashgabat
In the morning you’ll visit the colourful Tolkuchka Bazaar, a typical oriental market, one of the largest in Central Asia, where in addition to camels one can also buy precious silver jewellery and valuable carpets. Then you will drive to the old Parthian city of Nisa. In Ashgabat’s National Museum you will be able to see ruins of ancient Nisa. After lunch you'll take a city tour and become acquainted with today's capital Ashgabat, with the unmistakable handwriting of the Turkmenbashi, the leader of the Turkmens: Hollywood-like scenes of the nouveau riche. Dinner and later depart on your Private Train. (BLD)
Day 3

Merv, the Ancient Pearl of the East
In the early morning your Private Train will arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Merv with its gigantic walls and ramparts in the desert and the impressive ruins of old buildings such as the Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar, the Virgin Fortress (Kis Kale), the cold room and other mausoleums. You'll lunch in the picturesque courtyard with a local family and then you will get on your Private Train headed for Bukhara. (BLD)

Day 4

Bukhara––The City with the Desert Lighthouse
Situated in the middle of the Kyzyl Kum desert, Bukhara features about one thousand monuments, which recall the halcyon days of the Great Silk Road. Foreign spices, furs and especially silk fabrics were stored and handled in the caravansaries. In the old city (UNESCO-World Culture Heritage) you'll see the Kaljan Minaret and the Labi-Hauz Ensemble. In front of the Nasreddin-on-the-donkey monument you’ll listen to some anecdotes about him. You’ll have dinner in the courtyard of a Madrasah with musical accompaniment, local dances and a presentation of colourful national costumes. You'll spend the night in a centrally located hotel in Bukhara. (BLD)

Day 5

Bukhara, the Noble
Bukhara, which also bears the by-name Sherif (the noble one), has preserved its ancient oriental countenance in its extensive, unparalleled collection of authentic architecture. During the morning, we drive you to the splendid Mir-e-Arab Madrassa and the Samanid Mausoleum, one of Central Asia’s most beautiful structures. Afterwards you tour the massive Ark Citadel, a city within a city that was once the seat of government of Bukhara’s former rulers. There you view the Throne Room, after which you go to the last emir’s Summer Residence. Your stay is completed with a visit to the world’s only women’s mosque, at a Sufi complex and pilgrimage centre about fifteen kilometres outside of the city.
The night is spent in a hotel in Bukhara. (BLD)

Day 6

Bukhara - Khiva
In the morning you will have time to explore Bukhara on your own. In the afternoon your Private train continues in the direction of Khiva. Dinner and overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 7

Khiva - A Fairy Tale of 1001 Nights
After breakfast you will have arrived at the Southern border of the seven river lands, in the oasis of Khiva. When you stand before the mighty city wall of Khiva with its gates and bastions of clay brings, you are in another world: Around the Kalta Minor Minaret life still pulses today as it did in old times, and on a tour you see palaces, mosques, minarets, mausoleums and Koranic schools show you, what medieval oriental urban development must have been like. You will enjoy lunch in the atmosphere of the former Summer Palace of the Emir. In the evening you will depart to Samarqand. (BLD)

Day 8

Samarkand - The Crossroads of Culture
Today is spent visiting the sights of this famous historic city, which during the rule of Timur was considered the world’s most beautiful and prestigious city. The Necropolis of Shah-e Zinde (the living Shah), the excavation sites at Afrosiab (with a museum tour), and Registan Square are certainly among the most notable architectural ensembles in Central Asia. It is also historically important as the site where many Uzbek women burned their veils (paranjas) in 1917, to mark their arrival in a new era. The night is spent in a hotel in Samarqand. (BLD)

Day 9 Samarkand, the Magnificent
Your day in this fascinating city includes a tour of a silk carpet manufactory, a visit to an Uzbek craftsman’s family to see paper being made from mulberry bark, stops at the Ulug Beg Observatory and the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, and viewing the interior of the palace-like Gur Emir Mausoleum. You spend the night in your Samarqand hotel. (BLD)
Day 10

On the Great Silk Road to Shakhrisabz
Today you enjoy an excursion to the surrounding mountain region, where fire worship and shamanism are still practiced in the form of rituals and myths seldom found elsewhere. A traditional ceremony offers you firsthand insight into the region’s unique folklore and you have the chance to experience the daily life of the local residents. Aboard your train, you then continue along the Great Silk Road to Timur’s birthplace, the green city of Shakhrisabz (a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site). Here you will see monumental architecture of the Mongol ruler’s Great Palace from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In the evening you depart to Tashkent on your private train. On board you are invited to a tasting of Uzbek wines.
The night is spent on board the train. (BLD)

Day 11

Tashkent, the Green Oasis
In the morning your private train arrives in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent. Your sightseeing tour of the city offers a closer glimpse of this green oasis in the steppe. You see the Madrassa Kukeldash, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments, and the typical Kazakh mud brick houses. In the evening you attend Tashkent’s famous Navoi Opera or a concert in the Tashkent Philharmonic Hall (programme permitting). Afterwards your train departs for Kazakhstan. The night is spent on board the train. (BLD)

Day 12 Nomad’s Pilgrimage Center: Turkestan
Border formalities at the Kazakhstan border are completed in the comfort of your compartment and you arrive before noon in the city of Turkistan. You visit the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi (UNESCO World Heritage Site), one of the most significant examples Timurid architecture. Afterwards you continue on towards Almaty aboard your private train. The night is spent on board the train. (BLD)
Day 13

Almaty - The Father of Apples
Your train arrives in Almaty after lunch. A sightseeing tour of the city offers you an impression of this green metropolitan city at the foot of the mighty Ile Alatau Mountains. You see the imposing Zenkov Russian Orthodox Cathedral built entirely of wood, the Wedding Palace, the Almaty Circus, and the Central Mosque. That evening you are served a tasty dinner in a traditional Kazakh yurt. Dayrooms or lodging for the night are at an Almaty hotel (depending on your departure flight). (BLD)

Day 14 Almaty— An epic journey comes to an end!

 

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