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Shangri La Express Train, Golden Eagle Silk Road Journey, China

Golden Eagle – The Silk Route by Train



13 Days

Prices Start from

£13,995pp (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Adventure Traveller Solo Traveller

For centuries the domain of adventurers and merchants trading their wares, the ancient Silk Route covers some 4,000 miles. Board the luxurious Golden Eagle train and cross four countries, following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great on a journey from Kazakhstan to Russia.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Ata Darvoza, Itchan Kala, Khiva, Uzbekistan 1

Silk Road Cities

Explore the magnificent UNESCO towns of Bukhara, Khiva and Merv.

Gas Crater, Darvaza, Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan 2

Darvaza Crater

Visit the Darvaza burning gas crater, a 70-metre cavity in the Kara Kum desert that has been burning for over 40 years.

Registan Square at night, Samarkand, Uzbekistan 3

Registan Square

An evening drinks reception against the beautifully lit backdrop of Registan Square in Samarkand.

Annunciation Cathedral, Kremlin, Moscow, Russia 4

Kremlin Armoury Chamber

Explore the grandeur of the Kremlin, home to the treasures of the Tsars.

Why we like it

This journey by train is perfect for those with an adventurous spirit who don’t wish to forgo comfort and don’t wish to be packing and unpacking every few days. Service, guides and accommodation on this Silk Road journey are second to none and as well as the unmissable, historical sites, the itinerary also includes other charming experiences. See the worlds oldest Koran in Tashkent and enjoy a barbecue on the station platform in Bukhara.

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  • Day 1

    Almaty (Kazakhstan)

  • Day 2

    Almaty (Kazakhstan)

  • Day 3

    Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

  • Day 4

    Samarkand (Uzbekistan)

  • Day 5

    Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

  • Day 6

    Merv (Turkmenistan)

  • Day 7

    Darvaza & Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)

  • Day 8

    Khiva (Uzbekistan)

  • Day 9

    On Board Train (Kazakhstan to Russia)

  • Day 10

    Volograd (Russia)

  • Day 11

    Arrive Moscow

  • Day 12


  • Day 13


Day 1

Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Day 2

Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Visit the Zenkhov Cathedral, built entirely of wood.

Day 3

Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Museum of Applied Art of Uzbekistan ceiling, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

A privileged viewing of the worlds oldest Koran in Uzbekistan’s capital city.

Day 4

Samarkand (Uzbekistan)

An evening drinks reception against the beautifully lit backdrop of Registan Square in Samarkand.

Day 5

Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

Chor Minor Mosque, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Visit The Ark, fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara plus Palace of the Moon and Stars.

Day 6

Merv (Turkmenistan)

Explore this once important stop on the ancient Silk Route.

Day 7

Darvaza & Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)

Visit the Darvaza burning gas crater, a 70-metre cavity in the Karakum desert that has been burning for over 40 years.

Day 8

Khiva (Uzbekistan)

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khiva, one of the Silk Routes most important trading posts.

Day 9

On Board Train (Kazakhstan to Russia)

Journey through the vast landscapes of Kazakhstan enroute to Russia.

Day 10

Volograd (Russia)

The historic city of Volograd, scene of one of the most dramatic and important battles of WWII.

Day 11

Arrive Moscow

Day 12


Explore the grandeur of the Kremlin, home to the treasures of the Tsars.

Day 13


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Boy with Donkey, Merv, Mary, Turkmenistan
Local boy with a donkey in Merv
Spires of Zenkov Cathedral, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Spires of Zenkov Cathedral in Almaty

Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

Your journey begins in Kazakhstan in the verdant city of Almaty, surrounded by the stunning Tien Shan Mountains. Once onboard the Golden Eagle, journey to Uzbekistan’s capital city of Tashkent and onwards to the ancient Silk Route cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, home to some incredible Islamic architecture. The train will weave its way through Central Asia crossing into Turkmenistan, and the ancient oasis city of Merv, as well as the Karakum Desert where the Darvaza crater burns.

Return to Uzbekistan to spend more time exploring this fascinating country and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Khiva before a day relaxing on board the train as you travel through the vastness of Kazakhstan enroute to Russia.

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Kremlin, Moscow, Russia
Kremlin, Moscow


This magical rail journey terminates in Russia with a visit to the historic city of Volograd, scene of one of the most dramatic and important battles of WWII. Finally, the city of Moscow, home to the grandeur of the Kremlin and the ornate architecture of St Basil’s Cathedral.

Close up of woman's hand embroidering with gold silk.
The art of gold embroidery, Bukhara

Alternative Silk Route Itineraries

The Golden Eagle also operates a number of alternative itineraries along the Silk Route including a 21-day itinerary terminating in Beijing or, if pushed for time there is a shorter itinerary focusing purely on Central Asia. Alternatively, you could consider our tailor-made itinerary along the Silk Route or our small group tour.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Golden Eagle Train £££££

  • Russia

The Golden Eagle Train embarks on the worlds longest train journey from Moscow. This rail adventure is a must-do for any train aficionados. The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian chugs past Lake Baikal before reaching Vladivostok via Ulan Bataar (Mongolia). Alternatively, board the Trans-Mongolian journey arriving into Ulaan Baatar in time to celebrate the Naadam Festival. The Golden Eagle plays host to many interesting Guest Speakers who travel on board delivering a series of informed lectures.

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Four Seasons Moscow £££££

  • Russia
  • City

The Four Seasons Hotel Moscow was newly built in the place of the legendary Hotel Moskva, which originally opened its doors in 1935. The front has retained its historic façade but the interior ticks all the boxes one would expect from the celebrated Four Season brand.

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The train was out of this world - the staff were friendly and helpful and the food excellent.

Trans Siberian - Golden Eagle Train

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From £13,995 Per person

When to travel

Due to the varying landscapes across the region there can be dramatic changes in the climate. In general, the best time to visit is Spring and Autumn, between April and June and again from September to late October when days are dry and temperatures warm. Winters can be bitterly cold and summers dry and extremely hot.

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