The Silk Route & Iran: 3 New Rail Journeys by Private Train and Ways to Save

The Silk Route & Iran: 3 New Rail Journeys by Private Train and Ways to Save

In honor of our 30th anniversary, we’ve added three new train routes along the Silk Road and through Iran to our already impressive collection of rail journeys by private train. Even better, we’ve partnered up with the Orient Silk Road Express and Golden Eagle private trains to bring you MIR 30th Anniversary savings on these tours, of up to $1,000 per person (more info).

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, along with Iran, are rich repositories of treasures waiting to be discovered.

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?

For a Limited Time, Save on 3 New Rail JourneysMIR debuts three new Silk Route and Iran rail journeys by private train:

A rail journey through Turkmenistan aboard the Orient Silk Road Express

A rail journey through Turkmenistan aboard the Orient Silk Road Express

Essence of the Silk Road by Private Train

Roll through the heart of the Silk Road on this riveting rail journey by private train through three countries aboard the comfortable Orient Silk Road Express:

Along the way, experience all the highlights of Central Asia, including seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in just 14 days.

Explore the gleaming marble monuments of Ashgabat, the blue-tiled domes and graceful arches of Uzbekistan’s fabled Silk Road oases, Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand, and Kazakhstan’s massive, UNESCO-listed mausoleum of Koja Akhmed Yasavi, the first Turkic Muslim holy man.

Essence of the Silk Road by Private Train
(Eastbound / Westbound)
Between Ashgabat and Almaty
Spring 2016 Departures:
     • From Almaty to Ashgabat: March 31-April 13, 2016
     • From Ashgabat to Almaty: April 12-25, 2016
Price: From $5,795 (per person, twin share)

30th Anniversary SavingsSign up for either of the spring 2016 departures by January 31, 2016, and save $500 per person off the price of your tour (more info).


Expert Travel Advice and AssistanceMIR Tour Specialist Amy just returned from riding these very same rails – she’ll be delighted to tell you all about it. Chat with her by phone (800-424-7289) or email today!

Fall Departures Also AvailableOctober 2016 departures are also available but are not part of this special offer (and those October departures are an additional $200 per person).

 

Uzbek folk performance. Photo credit: Michel Behar

Uzbek folk performance. Photo credit: Michel Behar

Jewels of Persia & the Silk Route by Private Train

This five-country rail journey stretches from Russia through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and finally into Iran, visiting eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way.

From the Russian capital of Moscow, discover Russia’s space launch facility, Baikonur, located deep in the Kazakh steppe; the UNESCO-listed oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva; and the ancient wonders of Iran, including the Fire Temple of Yazd, the graceful city of Isfahan and Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings.

Jewels of Persia & the Silk Route by Private Train
(Eastbound / Westbound)
Between Moscow & Tehran via Central Asia
2016 Departures:
     • From Tehran to Moscow: April 10-27, 2016 • December 5-22, 2016
     • From Moscow to TehranNovember 10-27, 2016
Price: From $20,995 (per person, twin share)

30th Anniversary SavingsSign up for any of the 2016 departures of Jewels of Persia & the Silk Route by January 31, 2016 and save $1,000 per person off the price of your tour (more info). 

There are additional special offers available for those who want to travel solo.


Expert Travel Advice and AssistanceChat with Joanna or Devin on our team with questions about Central Asia and Iran or for details on our private rail journeys. Both have traveled widely through the ‘Stans and Iran, and would love to talk to you about the various options. Chat with them by phone (800-424-7289) or email today!

 

Maidan-e Nagsh-e Jahan, also known as Imam Square, in the center of Isfahan, is one of the largest urban squares in the world. Photo credit: Devin Connolly

Maidan-e Nagsh-e Jahan, also known as Imam Square, in the center of Isfahan, is one of the largest urban squares in the world
Photo credit: Devin Connolly

Iran & the Stans by Private Train

This three-country rail journey explores:

Beginning in Iran, this unique rail journey winds its way through Turkmenistan to Uzbekistan, stopping at eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way.

Discover Iran’s glorious treasures, including Persepolis, the ancient citadel of Rayen and Mahan’s Shahzadeh Gardens; visit the important archaeological site of Merv and the burning Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan; and wander Uzbekistan’s rich UNESCO-listed oasis cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand.

Iran & the Stans by Private Train
(Eastbound / Westbound)
Between Tehran and Tashkent via Central Asia
2016 Departures:
     • 
From Tehran to Tashkent: April 10-24, 2016 • December 5-19, 2016
     • From Tashkent to Tehran: November 13-27, 2016
Price: From $17,495 (per person, twin share)

30th Anniversary SavingsSign up for any of the 2016 departures of Iran & the ‘Stans by January 31, 2016 and save $1,000 per person off the price of your tour (more info). 

There are additional special offers available for those who want to travel solo.


Expert Travel Advice and AssistanceChat with Joanna or Devin on our team with questions about Central Asia and Iran or for details on our private rail journeys. Both have traveled widely through the ‘Stans and Iran, and would love to talk to you about the various options. Chat with them by phone (800-424-7289) or email today!

Top photo: Registan in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Photo: Bill Adams

PUBLISHED: November 2, 2015

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2 thoughts on “The Silk Route & Iran: 3 New Rail Journeys by Private Train and Ways to Save

  • gary wright

    Please send detailed info on all 3 train trips. They look fascinating

    • Amy

      Hi Gary. These are fascinating trips! I would be more than happy to send you more information on all 3 train trips shortly.