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Tashkent to Tashkent Round Trip

Treasures of Uzbekistan

Golden Eagle

TASHKENT – KOKAND – RISHTAN – MARGILAN – BUKHARA – NUKUS – KHIVA – SHAKHRIZABZ – SAMARKAND – TASHKENT

Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Seljuk Sultans…step back in time and trace the footsteps of history’s most infamous dynasties through the Treasures of Uzbekistan.

An exquisitely mismatched country, Uzbekistan boasts a fascinatingly contradictory cultural architecture – palatial, Islamic grandeur collides with mud-walled houses and monoliths of Communist rule. Aboard this immersive, 11-day odyssey, escape into a land of contradiction and discover the awe-inspiring culture at its core. A once pivotal, cultural crossroad of the emerging empires, Uzbekistan continues to shine bright as the jewel of Central Asia.

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DAY 1 Tashkent

Your adventure begins in Tashkent. As you step into this vibrant city, you’ll be warmly greeted and swiftly whisked away to the luxurious Hyatt Regency hotel for a one-night stay.

As the sun sets, join us for a Welcome Reception and Dinner that promises to be a memorable moment to mark the start of your Golden Eagle voyage. This is your chance to forge connections and share in the excitement with your fellow travellers, setting the stage for the extraordinary and much-anticipated adventure that lies ahead.

DAY 2 Tashkent

Embark on a thrilling journey through the ancient heart of Tashkent, a city that seamlessly marries its 2,200-year-old history with sleek modernity.

Our sightseeing adventure includes a visit to the Khasti-Imam Complex, an architectural wonder that evokes awe, and the culturally significant Independence Square. Delve into the heritage at the Applied Arts Museum, housed in the opulent former residence of the Imperial Russian diplomat, Alexander Polovtsev. As we explore the city, enjoy the opportunity to traverse the underground artistry of the Tashkent Metro, where ornate Soviet-inspired stations enchant your senses.

As the day’s excitement draws to a close, indulge in a champagne reception graced with the melodic tunes of Karnay-Surnay, a national wind instrument ensemble. The platform comes alive with music, setting the stage for your grand entrance aboard the Golden Eagle.

The adventure continues with a sumptuous Welcome Dinner onboard, as we bid farewell to Tashkent and set our course towards the enchanting Fergana Valley.

DAY 3 Fergana Valley (Kokand – Rishtan – Margilan)

Kokand is one of the most ancient cities of Uzbekistan and served as a critical trading post on the Silk Road. Highlights of our touring include the majestic Palace of Khudayar Khan (the Pearl of Kokand), and the Jami Mosque, Kokand’s most impressive Mosque.

Our journey through the Fergana Valley takes us to the renowned ceramics hub of Rishtan, a place where artistry and tradition meet. Witness the magic of pottery in action during an enthralling demonstration and get a behind-the-scenes look at the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into decorating these exquisite ceramics. Enjoy the immersive experience with the opportunity to unleash your creativity and design your very own ceramic masterpiece!

Our programme continues in Margilan, a location steeped in history as a vital crossroads for ancient trade routes. Here, you will have the chance to step into the world of silk, a treasure of this city. Immerse yourself in the time-honored art of silk weaving as you explore a craftsman’s workshop and studio, where the secrets of this ancient craft come to life. It is a day filled with experiential moments and a deep dive into Uzbekistan’s rich artistic traditions!

DAYS 4 & 5 Bukhara

Over the next two days we step into the enchanting world of Bukhara, a city where the threads of modernity weave seamlessly with ancient architecture, creating an atmosphere that is nothing short of magical. Legend has it that the Persian Prince Siyavush founded this city back in the 5th century B.C., and today, it is a living treasure trove of historical wonders, meticulously restored to their former glory.

Our adventures in Bukhara include a visit to the imposing Ark Fortress, the once-residence of the mighty Emirs of Bukhara. Despite enduring the turmoil of the advancing Russian Red Army in 1920, the fortress has risen from the ashes, now housing captivating museums and the resplendent 17th-century Juma Mosque. For a bird’s-eye view like no other, we will ascend by lift to the pinnacle of the Shukhov Water Tower, offering a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the ancient heart of Bukhara.

Our touring program will also transport us to the grandeur of Poi-Kalyan Square, home to the iconic Kalyan Mosque, a living relic of traditional design. Stroll through the mosque’s large maksura rooms, pillar-domed galleries, and deeply recessed niches, and you will be transported to a bygone era.

Immerse yourself in the lively pulse of the city as we explore the bustling Trading Domes of Bukhara and gather at Lyabi-Hauz Square, a vibrant social hub cocooned by a pool and embraced by the soothing shade of mulberry trees and local tea rooms.

During our two unforgettable days in this city, you will have the freedom to wander and explore Bukhara at your own pace. Dive into the vibrant bazaars, haggle for treasures, or simply take a break to savour the local flavours in charming tea rooms.

And, when it comes to dining, we have got two extraordinary highlights in store for you. Savor the delectable Bukharian cuisine in the rooftop restaurant of the Minorai Kalon Hotel, where you will relish every bite while taking in uninterrupted views of Poi-Kalyan Square.

But the culinary adventure does not end there! Brace yourself for a unique experience – a traditional Uzbek barbecue on the train platform by the Golden Eagle. Follow the mouthwatering aromas of freshly grilled delights that tantalise your senses throughout your exploration of Uzbekistan. It is your chance to taste these delectable dishes in a truly unforgettable setting. Get ready for a feast of flavours!

DAY 6 Nukus

Nestled in the enchanting north-west of Uzbekistan, the city of Nukus boasts a captivating setting, surrounded by three magnificent deserts: the Kara Kum, Kyzyl Kum, and Ustyurt. Here, a pristine and untouched landscape unfolds before your eyes, adorned with endless stretches of sandy vistas, enchanting dunes, and towering peaks that beckon adventure.

Our voyage through Nukus leads us to the extraordinary Igor Savitsky State Museum of the Fine Arts, a true gem in this remote oasis. Aptly nicknamed the ‘Louvre in the Sands,’ this museum houses Central Asia’s most extensive art collection, featuring a staggering 100,000 avant-garde masterpieces and crafts from the Karakalpak region. Prepare to be mesmerised by the artistic treasures that await, promising an experience that will leave a lasting impression.

DAY 7 Khiva

Prepare to be transported back to the enthralling 10th century as we explore the living museum that is Khiva, a city adorned with grandeur. Here, you will be whisked away to a world of majestic buildings, spiraling columns, and intricately carved doors that whisper tales of ancient splendour.

Our adventure in Khiva centers around Itchan Kala, the hallowed Old Town, celebrated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside these ancient walls, a treasure trove of architectural marvels awaits your discovery, from palaces and mosques to madrasas, mausoleums, and minarets. Among them, you will encounter the time-honored Juma Mosque, built in the 10th century, and the breathtaking Kalta Minor Minaret.

Rooted deeply in the rich tapestry of the Silk Road, Khiva boasts a culinary identity that is a delightful fusion of Chinese, Turkish, and Persian traditions. During our time here, prepare to tantalize your taste buds with the flavours of Khorezmian cuisine, notably the renowned Shivit Oshi – green pasta infused with dill, served alongside freshly baked bread. It is a journey for your senses that promises a taste of history and culture!

DAY 8 Shakhrizabz

Today in Shakhrizabz, believed to be the birthplace of Amir Timur, the military prodigy who modelled himself on Genghis Khan and used similar violent methods to conquer and control his Empire, we visit the UNESCO-honoured statue of Amir Timur and his Ak-Saray Palace. This majestic palace in Shakhrizabz took over a quarter of a century to build, and was originally decorated with colourful, highly detailed mosaic but also included delicate calligraphic inscriptions from the Qur’an. Amid the decorative facing, there is an inscription showing the date 798 (1395 – 1396 AD) which was when the building was completed.

After our rendezvous with these captivating historical monuments, prepare to savour an open-air barbecue feast that will tantalize your taste buds. You will also be treated to a time-honoured folklore performance. This enchanting cultural display is a poetic expression of Central Asia’s vibrant heritage, with its hauntingly ritualistic melodies, a captivating window into the soul of this land.

DAYS 9 & 10 Samarkand

Samarkand, the ‘Crossroad of Culture,’ a city that boasts an incredible history spanning over two and a half millennia. As you step into this living museum, you’ll follow in the footsteps of legendary dynasties like Genghis Khan, the Timurids, and more recently the Soviets, embarking on an unforgettable journey of discovery.

Over the next two days, we will unlock the secrets of Samarkand through a comprehensive and exhilarating touring programme.

Our adventure includes a visit to the awe-inspiring Registan Square, the heart of Samarkand, a testament to the grandeur of the Timurid Dynasty. Perfectly framed by three madrasah’s and with its ethereal ornate portals, intricate minarets, and glimmering cupolas, you’ll find yourself in the midst of a breathtaking work of art.

We will also journey to the Ulugh Beg Observatory, a pre-modern marvel and the largest of its kind, followed by a visit to the architecturally stunning Shakhi Zinda Necropolis.

Our quest for knowledge takes us to the Meros Paper Mill, where you’ll gain a hands-on understanding of this ancient craft, learning the centuries-old techniques and processes. And for an immersive taste of Uzbek identity, you’ll participate in a thrilling cooking demonstration of Plov, a dish considered the very essence of Uzbekistan’s national identity and a staple at social gatherings.

We’ll pay our respects at the Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum (Tomb of the King), the final resting place of the great Timur (Tamarlane), known for its uniquely fluted azure dome and magnificent portal. Close by stands the majestic Bibi-Khanym Mosque, a structure so impressive in size and beauty that it is often likened to the gates of heaven. With its carved marble structures, elegant minarets, and glistening gold walls, such a comparison is more than justified.

There will also be the chance to visit the bustling Siab Bazaar, Samarkand’s largest market, where a vivid tapestry of spices, fresh bread, produce, meats, and a variety of traditional treats awaits. This vibrant market is a haven of excitement and colour, promising a shopping experience like no other. Get ready to be captivated by the enchantment of Samarkand!

Late afternoon on Day 10 return to the Golden Eagle and enjoy our onboard Gala Farewell Dinner. Upon arrival in Tashkent, we spend our final night at a luxury hotel.

Samarkand Signature Experience

Prepare for an unforgettable evening in Samarkand that will leave an indelible mark on your memory. As the sun sets and night descends upon this ancient city, we will whisk you away to the illuminated Registan Square, where an extraordinary spectacle unfolds. From your prime front-row seats, you’ll be treated to a dazzling light show that weaves the rich tapestry of Samarkand’s history and significance.

Following this mesmerising visual journey, we’ll indulge in a traditional dinner near Registan Square, where the evening takes an exciting turn with a fabulous fashion show by a local designer. This is a night that will etch itself into your memory, an experience you’ll carry with you forever.

DAY 11 Tashkent

Today, based on your flight timings, you will be transferred to Tashkent Airport for your return flights home.

EXPERT GUEST SPEAKER: SOPHIE IBBOTSON

Sophie Ibbotson, the Uzbekistan Tourism Ambassador for the UK, Chairman of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and celebrated author, will be joining our September 16, 2024 departure.

Her profound expertise and insights promise to enrich our journey through this culturally rich and historically significant destination. Do not miss this exclusive opportunity to gain unique perspectives from a true authority on Uzbekistan’s heritage and contemporary landscape.

Tour Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Private en-suite accommodation on the Golden Eagle train

Service

  • 24-hour cabin attendant service
  • Experienced Tour Management team
  • Services of a UK-registered Doctor and medical facilities on board
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All gratuities – on and off the train
  • Luggage porterage throughout the journey

Excursions

  • Expertly guided off-train excursions as detailed in the itinerary

Expert Guest Speaker

  • Sophie Ibbotson, celebrated author, Uzbekistan Tourism Ambassador for the UK, and World Bank Consultant

Dining

  • Freshly prepared meals on board, using the finest local ingredients
  • Authentic dining experiences in local restaurants
  • Generous drinks allowance, including international wines with lunch and dinner

Tour Highlights

  • Rooftop dinner in Bukhara watching the sunset over Kalyan Square, Bukhara
  • Gala dance performance and fashion show in Registan Square, Samarkand
  • Test your bartering skills at the Siab Bazaar, Samarkand
  • An interactive cooking materclass in Samarkand of the Uzbek national dish, Plov
  • Visit to the silk-making workshops of Margilan
  • Tea ceremony in Khiva
  • Road trip to the ‘Valley of Fifty Fortresses’
  • Riveting lectures throughout the voyage, led by our Expert Guest Speaker – Sophie Ibbotson

GOLDEN EAGLE

The Golden Eagle, comprising three categories of cabins, featuring state-of-the-art amenities and en-suite facilities, is the only private train of its kind operating in these regions of the world.

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Dates & Prices

All prices are per person

2024

USD ($) Silver Class Gold Class Imperial Suite
Twin ($) Single ($) Twin ($) Single ($) Twin ($) Single ($)
Sep 16 – Sep 26 17,595 17,595 20,995 36,295 37,495 74,895
Deposit $1,750 $3,000 $6,000

2025

USD ($) Silver Class Gold Class Imperial Suite
Twin ($) Single ($) Twin ($) Single ($) Twin ($) Single ($)
Sep 17 – Sep 27 18,295 18,295 22,595 37,295 43,095 86,095
Deposit $1,750 $3,000 $6,000

2024

GBP (£) Silver Class Gold Class Imperial Suite
Twin (£) Single (£) Twin (£) Single (£) Twin (£) Single (£)
Sep 16 – Sep 26 13,995 13,995 16,795 28,995 29,995 59,895
Deposit £1,500 £2,500 £5,000

2025

GBP (£) Silver Class Gold Class Imperial Suite
Twin (£) Single (£) Twin (£) Single (£) Twin (£) Single (£)
Sep 7 – Sep 17 14,595 14,595 17,995 29,795 34,495 68,895
Deposit £1,500 £2,500 £5,000

2024

EUR (€) Silver Class Gold Class Imperial Suite
Twin (€) Single (€) Twin (€) Single (€) Twin (€) Single (€)
Sep 16 – Sep 26 15,995 15,995 18,995 32,995 33,995 67,895
Deposit €1,500 €2,500 €5,000

2025

EUR (€) Silver Class Gold Class Imperial Suite
Twin (€) Single (€) Twin (€) Single (€) Twin (€) Single (€)
Sep 7 – Sep 17 16,595 16,595 ,20,495 33,895 39,195 78,295
Deposit €1,500 €2,500 €5,000

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