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SILK ROAD, MOSCOW – BEIJING

SILK ROAD, MOSCOW – BEIJING

Route: Moscow – Wołgogród – Kara-Kum – Khiva – Bukhara – Tashkent – Almaty – Urumqi – Donhuang – Xi’an – Beijing
Day 1. Moscow
The welcome at the international airport in Moscow, then transportation to a five-star Baltschug Kempinski hotel opposite the Kremlin and Red Square. Welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2. Moscow
Full day city tour of Russia. The program includes The Kremlin and Red Square. Lunch and dinner in the restaurant.

Day 3. Moscow
On the morning of Day 3, we board the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

Upon arrival at Moscow Kazansky Station, you will be greeted in the magnificent Imperial Waiting Room with a cold glass of Russian Champagne and canapes as you mix with the other guests and are welcomed by the train staff. The excitement in the waiting room audibly mounts and, 30 minutes before departure, yuor car attendants will escort you to Platform 1 where a military brass band is playing and the Golden Eagle awaits.

Our Golden Eagle train, on selected departures, will be hauled by a Russian steam locomotive for the first section of the journey. With the opportunity to photograph the locomotive in Moscow Kazansky Station it makes for an unforgettable way to start your journey onboard Russia’s premier train, the Golden Eagle.

After settling into our modern, stylish cabins we enjoy dinner in one of the beautifully designed restaurant cars as our rail journey to Beijing begins.

Day 4. The Volga
The city is situated on the banks of the Volga River, in the days of communism it was known as Stalingrad, witnessed arguably the most important battle of the Second World War. The Russians turned their march into the final of the German army, whose aim was the rich oil deposits in Baku. After Stalingrad Germany have not won a single battle. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the train.

Day 5. Kara-Kum
Train defeats route towards Kazakhstan, passing through desert terrain Kara-Kum. Note the scenic views and a few small villages encountered along the way. Some are planned stoppages. All meals on the train.

Day 6 Khiva
Drive through Uzbekistan to Urgench. There, the train stops, to be able to visit a population of 2,500 years the city of Khiva, which has historically been an important trading center on the road between Mongolia, Russia, China and Paris. This is reflected in the wonderful buildings, mosques, bazaars and minarets; the city was inscribed on the World Heritage List. Lunch at one of the former summer residences of the family Chan. Back to the train and departure towards the capital of Turkmenistan. Dinner on the train.

Days 7 and 8. Ashgabat, Merv
Arrival in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, called Las Vegas the Kara-Kum. Sightseeing, then return to the train and ride to the ancient city of Merv. City – one of the oldest, located on the Silk Road – was destroyed by the Emir of Bukhara by the demolition of dams and water deprivation of residents. At the end of sightseeing before heading back to the train and drive to Bukhara.

Day 9. Bukhara
Arrival to Bukhara, one of the biggest city-oases of Uzbekistan. Sightseeing, whose main point is to visit the Ark, the fortified residence of the emir, the ruler known for his exceptional cruelty. Lunch at one of the many in madrassas (Islamic schools beautifully decorated, popular in the area). After lunch a trip outside the city and visit the Palace of the Moon and Stars belonging to the emir. Dinner on the train and drive to Samarkand.

Day 10. Samarkand
Many words have been used to describe this city – “the jewel of the Islamic world”, “Paris of the Muslim world,” “Rome of the East” – these are just some of them. The lists of this charmed Samarkand is infinitely long, and we can find on it for example. Marc Polo, Tamerlane, Alexander the Great and many others lists. Founded in the sixth century B.C., thanks to its unique architecture it is one of the most important cities in Asia. A day dedicated to visiting the main facilities such as mosque Bibi Kharum observatory Ulugh Beg, illuminated Registan Square, in whose glow will be given dinner. Back to the train and travel on your way.

Day 11. Tashkent
Arrival in the capital of Uzbekistan. Morning tour of the city, which was rebuilt after the great earthquake that struck the region in 1966. Return to the train for lunch and then travel to Kazakhstan, to Alma-Ata. Dinner and overnight on the train.

Day 12. Almaty
Arrival of the largest city in Kazakhstan before dinner. The area is famous for its beautiful valleys located in the Tien Shen. In one of the valleys in a traditional Cossack yurt dinner will be served. The rest of the day is devoted to sightseeing, in the evening return to the train for dinner and a further drive towards the border.

Day 13. Entry into China
At the Russian-Chinese border will be a farewell to the Trans-Siberian express train. Already pending transfer to Shangri-La Express luxury train, on which you will traverse China. Arrival in Urumqi late in the evening and transportation to the hotel Holiday Inn for one night.

Day 14. Turpan
Turpan is the location where the Flaming Mountains create a magnificent backdrop. We take a fascinating tour to the ancient underground irrigation system that has successfully fed the rich orchards and vineyards for centuries. We will also visit the Museum of Turpan with its 5,000 artefacts detailing the rich history of the area and includes the Ancient Mummy exhibition with exhibits dating back 3,200 years. Our final destination is the elegantly decaying sand fortress city of Jiaohe that was founded in 108 BC and became an important trading route along the Silk Road until it was abandoned in the 13th century following a raid by Genghis Khan.

Day 15. Dunhuang
After lunch arrival of the train to Liuyang, then transportation to the small town of Dunhuang for the purpose of visiting the complex Magao. It consists of almost 500 caves filled with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist art. More than 2,000 statues and 45,000 murals are preserved in excellent condition. Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight in Dunhuang.

Day 16. Dunhuang
Morning visit to the Sand Dunes where the more adventurous can take part in the race on camels to Moon Lake. Return to the train for lunch and departure of the Gobi Desert in the direction of Xi’an.

Day 17. Xi’an
After breakfast arrival of the train to the ancient city of Xi’an. Transportation to the Sheraton Hotel, where accommodation is provided. City tour with his Grand Mosque, a 14-kilometer city walls and towers of the teachings herein. A visit to a local pagoda and then walk to the lake Huaging and rustic hot springs. Lunch and dinner on the town.

Day 18. Xi’an
The morning is devoted to visit the Museum of the Terracotta Army. Found by villagers 30 years ago more than 6,000 terracotta figures depicting armed warriors is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century. Back on the train, dinner.

Day 19. Beijing
Arriving in Beijing at lunchtime. Transfer to the Peninsula Palace (or similar), which provides for two nights. Afternoon stroll through Tiananmen Square, a visit to the Celestial Temple and the Forbidden City. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 20. Beijing
After breakfast, walk along the Great Wall of China, and then visiting the tomb of the Ming family. Dinner on the town, and in the evening farewell dinner in a restaurant, during which will be given great Peking duck.

Day 21. Beijing
After breakfast, transportation to the international airport and flight home.

Dates of journey in 2017: Sep 22 – Oct 12

Price:
Silver Class – from $24.490
Golden Class – from $30.690
Imperial Class – from $43.890

Prices per person in a twin cabin. Full board, drinks (depends of travel class) and trips included.

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