Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

This grand rail journey by private train stretches from Uzbekistan, through Turkmenistan, and finally into Iran. Begin in Uzbekistan’s modern capital, Tashkent, and continue into the heart of the Silk Road, the rich UNESCO-listed oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. In Turkmenistan, discover ancient Merv, the marble monuments of the capital, and the astonishing burning Darvaza gas crater. Enter mysterious Iran, discovering the ancient citadel of Rayen, the luxurious Shazadeh Garden in Mahan, the Fire Temple of Yazd, graceful Isfahan, the ruins of Persepolis, beautiful Shiraz, and at last, the vibrant capital, Tehran. Encounter eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way. Read More


Essence of the Silk Road by Private Train: Westbound

Essence of the Silk Road by Private Train: Westbound

Roll through the heart of the Silk Road on this riveting rail journey by private train, experiencing seven treasured UNESCO Sites in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. The journey begins in leafy Almaty, Kazakhstan’s business capital, with a traditional meal in a Kazakh yurt, and continues through the Uzbek Silk Road oases of Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara, fabled cities of blue-tiled domes and graceful arches. In Turkmenistan, the ruins of ancient Merv and Parthian Nisa provide a counterweight to Ashgabat’s gleaming modern monuments. Read More


Once Forbidden Lands of Central Asia & Iran

Once Forbidden Lands of Central Asia & Iran

The countries of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran are woven together like the burnished threads of a fine Persian carpet. From earliest recorded history, these lands have exchanged rulers, architecture, art and religion. Explore the dazzling bazaars and extravagant desert architecture along the byways of the old Silk Road between Tashkent and Tehran.Read More


Essential Central Asia

Essential Central Asia

Explore the markets, mosques, minarets and teahouses of oasis towns on the fringes of the Kyzyl Kum and Kara Kum deserts. Here, spiritual beliefs were the greatest commodities to flow along trade routes, and civilizations blossomed amidst austere natural beauty. Read More


Essential Uzbekistan

Essential Uzbekistan

Roam the great Silk Road oases of Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva, all of them UNESCO Sites. Admire their mosques, madrassahs and minarets clad in ceramic tiles the color of the desert sky. Read More


Caspian Odyssey by Private Train: Eastbound

Caspian Odyssey by Private Train: Eastbound

Board the luxury Golden Eagle private train for an exploration of the countries on both the western and the eastern shores of the Caspian Sea. With their unique place in history at the crossroads of trade, religion, language, and the arts, these countries host fascinating modern cultures as well as some of the earth’s most ancient and ageless architecture. Read More


The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

Covering the Central Asian portion of the 21-day Silk Route by Private Train between Moscow and Almaty, this journey provides the perfect vantage point from which to appreciate the dramatic contrasts of this region, stretching from European Russia to Almaty, Kazakhstan, and visiting five UNESCO sites along the way. You can make the epic journey aboard the exclusive Golden Eagle private train, which will carry you in style and comfort where camels used to trudge.A westbound Almaty to Moscow departure is also available. Read More


The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

The Princes of Muscovy traded precious furs – sable, ermine and fox – for the silks of China that reached their borders on the backs of swaying camels along the old Silk Road. Today you can make the epic journey along the Silk Road aboard comfortable private trains instead of, as in the old days, hazarding the wild deserts and fierce tribes of Central Asia with a caravan of well-armed merchants. An eastbound Moscow to Beijing departure is also available. A shorter version of this trip, The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train is also available from Almaty to Moscow as well as eastbound, Moscow to Almaty. Read More


Central Asian Epic Overland Adventure

Central Asian Epic Overland Adventure

Get a taste of the incredible diversity along the Silk Road. Discover Kyrgyz nomads in the highlands, as well as the classic architecture of UNESCO-listed Samarkand and Bukhara. Overnight in a yurt camp and drive over 12,000-foot Torugart Pass into Western China. Browse the incredible Kashgar Animal Market, enjoy a meal in an Uzbek home, visit a silk master’s private workshop and have lunch at a ceramics master’s studio.Trip currently not available. Call for more information.Read More


The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

Covering the portion of the 21-day Silk Road by Private Train between Moscow and Almaty, this journey provides the perfect vantage point from which to appreciate the dramatic contrasts of this region, stretching from Almaty, Kazakhstan to European Russia, visiting several UNESCO sites along the way. Read More