The Silk Road:
Lost in the Sands of Time



From Russia across Central Asia to Beijing

  • START & END Moscow or St Petersburg ➔ Beijing
  • COUNTRIES Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China
  • DISTANCE 10,000 KM
  • NOTABLE LANDMARKS Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow; Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara, the fabled cities of Central Asia; the Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an and the Forbidden City of Beijing

Your Itinerary


Arrival and Sightseeing in Moscow


Train Journey from Moscow to Tashkent


From Tashkent to Khiva and on to Bukhara


Sightseeing in and around Bukhara


Samarkand and Shakhrisabz


Train from Samarkand back to Tashkent


Sightseeing in and around Almaty, Kazakhstan


Train journey from Almaty to Urumqi, China


Eastbound train journey across China to Xi'an (or Beijing)


Sightseeing and departure from Beijing


Follow part of the fabled caravan route from Europe to China

There were many variations of the route that became known as the ‘Silk Road’. This is one route which is relatively easy and safe to follow.

The assorted routes of the Silk Road didn’t remain static over the course of time – they changed for various reasons. Some gained significance and flourished, while others ceased to exist, causing the decline of the towns and settlements in their path. That cliché phrase, ‘Lost in the Sands of Time’, is a reality when you follow the Silk Road.

This programme covers four countries, travelling from Moscow across Central Asia to Beijing.  The direction of this itinerary is Eastbound, with weekly departures, travelling independently.

Here is the Westbound (East to West) itinerary.

After three nights in Moscow, the epic journey departs by train for Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, then runs through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. From Tashkent you travel by bus and private car to visit the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Then it is off to Almaty, the largest city of Kazakhstan, again by train.

There is time to explore Almaty before travelling to Urumqi in far western China, then finally embarking on a four day/three night train trip to Beijing via Xi’an. Alternatively, you may fly out of Urumqi if you wish.

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

The itinerary detailed here uses the standard train and is for more independent travellers. If you prefer different levels of travel comfort, do consider our luxury private train options.