6 Ways to Explore the Silk Road by Private Train

6 Ways to Explore the Silk Road by Private Train

For more than a thousand years, the interconnecting web of routes known as the Silk Road was at the heart of economic and cultural exchange between East and West. Winding through fabled oasis cities such as Samarkand and Bukhara, this legendary conduit gave rise to the trade of precious silks, spices, metals, and jewels that fueled ancient empires, and spread ideas, technology, art, and spiritual beliefs that shaped the ancient world. 

Camel caravans of old once trudged through treacherous desert sands and mountain passes, but today, you can follow in the footsteps of ancient merchants, monks, conquerors, and explorers aboard a comfortable and stylish rail journey by private train.

Join travelers from around the world aboard the private train, dining in luxury and chatting over drinks in the lounge

The Golden Eagle private train rolls through Central Asia

Why Travel the Silk Route Now?During our 30 years of operation, we’ve seen interest in travel to Central Asia skyrocket, and we couldn’t be happier that one of our longtime favorite regions has grown in popularity. The Five ‘Stans are rich repositories of treasures waiting to be discovered. And MIR has mined years of expertise and insider knowledge about them.

The time to visit these fascinating Silk Road countries is now, and what better way to traverse their vast desert expanses than in the comfort and style of a private train?

 

Ways to Travel the Silk Road by Train

Our collection of rail journeys by private train through Central Asia includes a total of six train routes along the Silk Road:

 

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1. Republics of the Silk Road by Private Train

  • 17-day rail journey from: Moscow to Almaty via Central Asia aboard the luxury Golden Eagle
  • Stops in 6 countries: Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

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2. The Silk Route by Private Train

  • 21-day rail journey from: Beijing to Moscow via Central Asia aboard the luxury Golden Eagle
  • Stops in 5 countries: China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

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3. Tibet & China Rail Discovery

  • 13-day rail journey from: Urumqi to Lhasa aboard the Shangri-La Western Express
  • Stops in: China and Tibet

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4. Essence of the Silk Road by Private Train

  • 14-day rail journey between: Almaty and Ashgabat aboard the Orient Silk Road Express
  • Stops in 3 countries: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

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5. Essence of the Silk Road & Beyond by Private Train

  • 16-day rail journey from: Almaty to Tashkent aboard the Orient Silk Road Express
  • Stops in 4 countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

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6. Caspian Odyssey by Private Train

  • 16-day rail journey from: South Caucasus to Central Asia aboard the luxury Golden Eagle
  • Stops in 6 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

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Travel with MIR on a Rail Journey by Private Train
MIR is an award-winning company with over 30 years of travel experience in this area of the world, as well as affiliate offices in Siberia, Western Russia and Uzbekistan, providing a superior edge in on-the-ground operations. 

MIR makes it easy to discover incredible destinations on all of our private rail journeys. Each train departure features comfortable accommodations, modern amenities, and superb service on board, and allows travelers to easily and efficiently cover thousands of miles across multiple time zones.

Give us a call at 1-800-424-7289 or email us to talk with one of our experts about your rail travel dreams. With so many rail journeys available, one of them is sure to fit your style, schedule and budget.

Uzbekistan. Photo: Michel Behar

Meeting locals in Uzbekistan
Photo: Michel Behar

Top photo: Khiva’s Old Town in Uzbekistan. Photo credit: Peter Guttman

PUBLISHED: October 30, 2019

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