Essence of the Silk Road & Beyond by Private Train

Essence of the Silk Road & Beyond by Private Train

Traverse four of the five ‘Stans of Central Asia on this private rail journey along the Silk Road. Begin in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city. Continue into Kyrgyzstan to inspect the capital, Bishkek, and take a boat ride on the country’s most beautiful lake, Issyk-Kul. Dip into Khujand in Tajikistan to meet with a local family and hear about their daily lives. Stop in Tamerlane’s UNESCO-listed hometown, Shahrisabz, before visiting three famed Uzbek Silk Road oases – Samarkand, Khiva, and Bukhara – all of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Experience four UNESCO sites in 16 days, with seven hotel nights and eight nights onboard the comfortable Orient Silk Road Express private train. Read More


China’s Silk Road & Tibet: Route of Monks & Merchants

China’s Silk Road & Tibet: Route of Monks & Merchants

Retrace the path of ancient traders and adventurers on this comprehensive overland journey across Western China. Experience the legendary Kashgar Sunday Animal Market, where merchants sell everything from ducks to sheep. Make your way east to visit Turpan’s lush Grape Valley, watered by a 2,000-year-old irrigation system, and Dunhuang’s UNESCO-listed Mogao Caves, frescoed and carved with a thousand images of the Buddha. Ride the high-altitude train from Xining to Tibet, and explore the Tibetan Plateau on a splendid route that embraces the sacred cities of Gyantse and Shigatse, as well as Lhasa, “City of the Sun.”Read More


Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia

Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia

Silk, spices, tea, precious metals and jewels, carefully lashed to pack camels, made their way from one world to another along the old Silk Road. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers who plied these trade routes connecting East with West.Begin this six-country adventure in Almaty, Kazakhstan and from there fly to the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China to visit one of the most exotic cities in the world, Kashgar. Skirt the infamous Taklamakan Desert on camelback, and admire the breathtaking views across the 12,000-foot Torugart Pass, following the Silk Road through Kyrgyzstan to Lake Issyk-Kul and Bishkek. Visit Tashkent, the Fergana Valley and the UNESCO-listed Silk Road oases of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva in Uzbekistan, and continue overland into Turkmenistan to discover its 2,500-year history.Read More


Tibet & China Rail Discovery

Tibet & China Rail Discovery

Explore the City of the Sun, Lhasa, with its massive, UNESCO-listed Potala Palace, sacred Jokhang Temple and the lively Barkhor Market. Then hop the special high-altitude train, descending from Lhasa’s 12,000 feet down 
to Golmud. Transfer to a comfortable private train and roll across Western China to the Mogao Caves at Dunhuang, where generations of pilgrims carved and painted a thousand images of the Buddha; the ancient karez underground irrigation system in Turpan that caused the desert to bloom; and the teeming Sunday Market in exotic Kashgar, where Marco Polo may have shopped. Read More


Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan

Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan

Taste your way through Uzbekistan, the vibrant heart of the Silk Road, during the height of the Uzbek New Year, Navruz. Explore the exciting culinary tastes and ancient architecture of three of the most celebrated Silk Road oases – Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand – along with the modern capital of Tashkent. Celebrate Navruz with the locals as they welcome you into their homes, and discover the enduring traditions and abundant hospitality essential to everyday Uzbek culture. Read More


Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Enjoy the pleasures of luxurious Old World rail travel, gliding in style from the edges of the old Ottoman Empire in Budapest all the way to its heart, Istanbul, where Europe and Asia intertwine. Begin in Hungary and continue through the modern Balkan countries of Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Greece before exploring Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula and ending in Istanbul. Encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next. There is also a Northbound Istanbul to Budapest rail journey by private train departure with a route in the opposite direction. Read More


Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel, gliding in style from the heart of the old Ottoman Empire, Istanbul, all the way to its far reaches in Budapest. Begin in glorious Istanbul, where Europe and Asia intertwine, admiring its fabulous palaces and mosques. Continue through today’s Balkan capitals, ruled by Greece and Rome long before the Ottomans arrived, and end in elegant Budapest. Encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next through eight countries total: Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Hungary. There is also a Southbound Budapest to Istanbul rail journey by private train departure with a route in the opposite direction. Read More


Persian Explorer by Private Train

Persian Explorer by Private Train

On this rail adventure around Iran, travelers glide from the capital, Tehran, north through the Alborz Mountains to the Caspian Sea shore, and then on a circular route that encompasses seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Board the comfortable Persian Express private train in Tehran and explore some of Iran’s most celebrated cities and sites. Read More


Helene Eriksen & ANAR DANA present: Dance Tour Through Uzbekistan

Helene Eriksen & ANAR DANA present: Dance Tour Through Uzbekistan

Join internationally respected dance ethnologist Helene Eriksen on a journey to the heart of the Silk Road, Uzbekistan, to luxuriate in the dances, costumes and music of the Central Asian desert region. This specialized journey is handcrafted for people who are ready to learn the dance movements of the Silk Road and who love the arts and handicrafts of the people who call this region home. Benefit from the knowledge that your host has accumulated throughout 36 years of researching, dancing and teaching the dances of Uzbekistan. Read More


Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

This five-country rail adventure begins in Russia’s capital, Moscow, then traces a northern branch of the Silk Road into Uzbekistan and on to the complex and beautiful country of Iran. Stop for explorations of the famed oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva before rolling into Iran to discover its fabled treasures and rich archaeological sites. Read More