Option 28 | The Silk Route | East to West

Follow part of the fabled caravan route from China to Europe

Departures (weekly independent):

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The following itinerary is for individuals on a more independent basis. If you want a fully guided private train programme visit this page.    

Itinerary (weekly independent):

This programme covers four countries.
It departs from Beijing and runs through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan then to Moscow. The trip starts with a four day/three night train trip from Beijing to Urumqi in far-western China. Then it is off to Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan, again by train. You can fly into Urumqui and start there is you wish.


There is time to explore Almaty before departing by train or bus to Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent. From Tashkent you travel by bus and private car to visit the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. At present it is best to return to Tashkent for the onward train trip to Moscow. You then finish with three nights in Moscow.

This is a sample itinerary and is fully customisable to suit your requirements


Day 1 Train from Beijing to Urumqi. Silk Road Time tables.
Day 2 On board train
Day 3 On board Train
Day 4 Arrive Urumqi morning. Depart at late night to Almaty. Can extend and make a full stop.
Day 5 On board Train
Day 6 Arrive Almaty where you will be met by an English speaking guide and transferred to a Hotel for one night.
Day 7 Free day to explore Almaty and overnight.
Day 8 Morning free to explore the city. Transfer to the railway station for departure to Tashkent.
Day 9 After arriving at Tashkent you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 10 Transfer by private car to Samarkand and overnight.
Day 11 Half day tour of Samarkand. Overnight Samarkand.
Day 12 Transfer to bus stand for bus to Bukhara. Overnight Bukhara.
Day 13 Half day tour of Bukhara. Overnight Bukhara.
Day 14 Transfer by private car to Khiva and overnight
Day 15 Transfer to Urgench airport for afternoon flight back to Tashkent and overnight.
Day16 Transfer to railway station for train to Moscow. Info about the Train
Day17 On board train
Day18 On board train
Day19 Arrive Moscow. Met and transferred to homestay for three nights. Three hour walking tour.   Optional sightseeing
Day20 Moscow
Day21 Moscow
Day 22 Services end after breakfast.


NOTES: There may be some variation due to train arrival or departure times. The content remains the same, but the order in which services are provided may vary.
Additional, or less nights may be required to meet changed train schedules. View our Booking Conditions, Booking form and other technical information.

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