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The Silk Road (Beijing - Moscow)

 Silk Road

Peking - Xian - Lanzhou - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumchi - Almaty - Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Merv - Ashgabat - Khiva - Kara Kum - Volgograd - Moskau (21 Tage)

Programm

Day 1, BEIJING

Flights are met at Beijing Airport and guests are transferred to the centrally located five-star Regent Hotel for a three-night stay. This afternoon we have free time to relax before enjoying a welcome reception followed by dinner in a local restaurant. This is a great time to get to know your fellow travellers with whom we will be sharing this unforgettable journey.

Day 2, BEIJING – FREEDOM OF CHOICE TOURING

Today we visit Tiananmen Square and then explore the magnificently restored Forbidden City. Our cultural exploration continues at the Temple of Heaven, the grandest of the four great temples situated in Beijing.  Here we experience enchanting displays of traditional dancing, singing and the delicately precise ancient art of calligraphy. Alternatively, we can offer a tour looking at Beijing’s modern architecture with visits to the Olympic Village including the Bird’s Nest stadium, the National Centre for Performing Arts, colloquially known as The Egg, the CCTV Tower and the National Museum.

Day 3, BEIJING – THE GREAT WALL

This morning is devoted to one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the whole of China, the Great Wall. We travel out to a section at Badaling and have the opportunity to walk along some of the restored walkways.  Travelling back into Beijing we have free time to explore or take a rickshaw ride in one of Beijing’s Hutongs. As no visit to Beijing would be complete with out one, we enjoy dinner at a famous Peking Duck restaurant.

Day 4, ONBOARD

Following a morning at leisure, today we transfer to Beijing West railway station (reputedly the world’s largest) to board our private train, the Shangri-La Express at the start of our epic journey to Moscow.  Lunch is on board the train and in the afternoon there is time settle into cabins before having a drink in the bar before dinner.

Day 5, XIAN – FREEDOM OF CHOICE TOURING

An early morning arrival into the ancient city of Xian. Our tour takes in the highlights of the city including the Great Mosque and the 14km city walls. This afternoon we visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors, discovered by peasants barely 30 years ago. The 6,000 Terracotta figures, arranged in row after row of warriors and horses, are one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. Alternatively, we will offer a visit to the Han Yangling Museum. This tomb dating back 2,000 years with its adjoining museum is one of China’s finest undiscovered secrets. Early evening we head back to the city for dinner and the excellent Tang Dynasty show.

Day 6, LANZHOU

A morning arrival into Lanzhou; a vital city on the Silk Route due to its principal crossing point of the mighty Yellow River.  A visit to the Gansu Provincial Museum here provides evidence of the kind of goods that moved in an Eastward direction along the Silk Route and the famous ‘galloping horse’ dating from the Eastern Han period that was found in a nearby tomb.  A late afternoon departure is followed by dinner this evening onboard the train.

Day 7, DUNHUANG

We arrive in the small oasis city of Dunhuang to visit the fascinating Magao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex. Containing almost 500 grottoes, carved between 700 and 1,700 years ago, they are filled with an amazing collection of sculptures and murals depicting the evolution of Buddhist religious art over a 1,000-year period. Over 2,000 statues and 45,000 murals still remain.  We have lunch with a local folk performance in this magical setting. In the afternoon we take a camel ride to one of the natural wonders of the Gobi Desert, Crescent Lake, which has been a source of water among the incredible sand dunes for thousands of years. 

Day 8, TURPAN & URUMCHI

This morning we visit Turpan with the Flaming Mountains as its stunning backdrop.  We will see the centuries old underground irrigation system that feeds the rich orchards and vineyards, and the fascinating deserted sand city of Jiaohe. This afternoon we drive to Urumchi which is located in a green oasis between the lofty ice-capped Bogda Peak, the vast Salt Lake in the east, the rolling pine-covered Southern hill and the alternating fields and sand dunes of Zunggar Basin in the northwest. It is the largest city and one of the most spell binding in the western half of China. Our city tour this afternoon includes the renowned Mummies Exhibition in the Provincial Museum.

Day 9 CROSSING TO KAZAKHSTAN

After a final breakfast on board the Chinese train, we pass through the dramatic mountain scenery of Druzhba before arriving in Alashankou, where border controls are carried out.  The border crossing takes five hours and patience is a virtue!  We transfer to our waiting Golden Eagle private train for the continuation of our journey to Moscow.

Day 10 ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN

Just after breakfast we arrive in the largest city in Kazahkstan, Almaty. Notable for its wide tree-lined boulevards, this beautiful city derives its name from 'Alma' meaning apple. Our city tour includes a visit to Panfilov Park where we have the opportunity to visit the Zenkhov Cathedral which was built entirely of wood. After dinner this evening we can listen to the resident pianist in our comfortable Bar Lounge Car whilst enjoying a drink with new friends.

Day 11 TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN

Today we spend a relaxing morning on board the train, socialising or maybe taking in one of the lectures and lessons on offer to give us a greater insight into this fascinating region. After lunch we arrive in the capital city of Uzbekistan and spend the afternoon touring this pleasant, modern, Soviet-style city, which was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake levelled it in 1966. After visiting the Museum of Fine Arts we have dinner on the train as it departs for Samarkand.

Day 12 SAMARKAND

Many words have been used to describe this jewel of the Islamic world, ‘the Paris of the Muslim World’ and ‘Rome of the East’. Its admirers includes; Marco Polo, Tamerlane and Alexander the Great. Founded in the sixth century BC, its architecture gives an indication of its former status as one of the most important cities in Asia. We spend the day visiting the many fabulous buildings including the Bibi Kharum Mosque, the Ulag Beg observatory and the awe-inspiring Registan Square. Dinner is near the illuminated Registan Square, after which we return to the train for a late evening departure.

Day 13, BUKHARA

Traversing the Kyzyikum desert during the night we awake to the splendour of Uzbekistan's largest oasis city, Bukhara. Smaller than other cities in the country, it is perhaps just as, if not more, impressive as the larger Samarkand. Like Khiva UNESCO funded the renovation of much of the city for its 2,500th anniversary in 1999. The highlight of our tour includes a visit to The Ark, the fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara, rulers infamous for their cruelty, and who survived into Soviet times.  Lunch is within one of the city’s many medressehs (beautifully-tiled Islamic schools). We then travel out of the city to visit the Emir’s Palace of the Moon and Stars.

Day 14, MERV

We arrive into Mary in the morning and transfer by bus to the ancient city of Merv. Once an important stop on the Silk Road,  it is claimed that Merv was briefly the largest city in the world in the twelfth century before Merv was left to ‘die’ in 1794 after the Emir of Bukhara destroyed the dam which the population depended upon for water. On our tour we visit at least one of the five walled cities contained within the 50-square mile area. 

Day 15, ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN

We arrive in the ‘Las Vegas of the Kara Kum’, the capital city of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat. A huge modern folly in the desert land which is a monument to the recently deceased President Sapamurat Turkmenbashi. Situated between the Kara Kum Desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range the scenery that forms the backdrop to the city is one of extremes.

Day 16, KHIVA, UZBEKISTAN

We cross back into Uzbekistan for our afternoon arrival in Urgench and transfer to this 2,500 year old city. Khiva was once one of the most important trading centres at the crossroads of the routes between Mongolia, Russia, China and Persia. Its former wealth is evident in the fabulous buildings, mosques, bazaars and minarets that are within the walled city and which have been restored with the support of UNESCO since 1991 for the city’s 2,500th anniversary celebrations. Lunch is in the city and dinner on board the train.

Day 17, KARA KUM, KAZAKHSTAN

We enjoy a relaxing day on board the Golden Eagle as we head through Kazakhstan’s Kara Kum desert. As well as enjoying the scenery and the remote villages we briefly stop at from time to time there is also chance to relax in the bar car, chat to fellow passengers and maybe have a Russian language lesson.

Day 18, VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA

Situated on the banks of the Volga River, Stalingrad (as the city was known in Soviet times) was the scene of probably the most important battles in World War II. The Russians finally turned back the Nazi advance to the Caucasian oil fields in Baku at this city and turned the course of the Second World War. We visit the sobering Mamayev Kurgan war memorial, followed by the excellent diorama and museum. Tonight is our final evening onboard the Golden Eagle and we mark the occasion with a farewell banquet.

Day 19, MOSCOW

Having travelled almost 7,000 miles (11,226km) from Beijing we arrive into Moscow late afternoon and transfer to the five-star Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel in the heart of the city.

Day 20, MOSCOW – FREEDOM OF CHOICE TOURING

Our city tour of Moscow, principally takes us to Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might. Here we see an eclectic mix of fascinating architecture, such as the ornate St. Basil’s Cathedral with its magnificent onion-domed spires, the grandeur of The Kremlin and the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb. With our Freedom of Choice touring options you may instead wish to visit, for example, the Tretyakov Gallery (National Museum of Russian Fine Art). At the conclusion of our city tour, our final evening is spent saying our goodbyes to our fellow travelling companions at the Farewell Dinner.

Day 21, MOSCOW

Following breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to Moscow airport to begin your journey home.

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