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Cultural Trains – Rediscovering the Silk Road

Cultural Trains – Rediscovering the Silk Road

This article is for those who want to embark on a journey that transcends time as you ride luxurious trains on the legendary Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes connecting the East and West. Experience unparalleled opulence in motion as the trains—like the Orient Silk Road Express, China Orient Express, and the Golden Eagle—redefine luxury travel. These caravans offer a unique blend of comfort, elegance, and historical charm, ensuring that your journey is as remarkable as the destinations. On this journey, you’ll delve into the heart of Central Asia’s most vibrant cultures and historic landmarks. From the awe-inspiring architectural wonders of Samarkand and Bukhara to the sprawling metropolises and desert cities of modern-day Central Asia, each stop is a chapter from history waiting to be read. With a blend of guided tours and opportunities for personal exploration, these train journeys ensure a deeply personal connection with the places you visit. If you’re looking to engage with local cultures, navigate through bustling markets, and unravel the mysteries of ancient cities while enjoying the privacy and comfort of your luxury train, then read on to see what adventure awaits you.

Orient Silk Road Express Railway

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First we’ll look at the Orient Silk Road Express Railway traversing Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, letting you explore the rich tapestry of Central Asian history. The journey is rich with cultural experiences, including lunch with a Uzbek family, a traditional folk performance, and visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, and more. When your not off the train exploring historical landmarks like the excavations of ancient Afrosiyob town in Samarkand and the Ulug Bek observatory in Bukhara, you’ll indulge in regional dishes and immerse in new tastes and flavors in the fine dining cars. What really makes these trips remarkable is the sights and experiences found on off-train excursions, so don’t miss your chance to engage deeply with the local culture and heritage.


China Orient Express

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Our next journey will take place on the China Orient Express, beginning in Xian and spanning 7,000km of the Silk Road’s Chinese sections. A 5-star luxury train offering a high-end experience with exclusive boarding priorities, this train has been called an “Air Force One” experience on land, previously used to receive state leaders and foreign envoys, and was designed by the German Mercedes Benz company. This train represents the pinnacle of luxury train travel in China, reflecting its commitment to preserving and showcasing its rich historical legacy. In line with this commitment, the entertainment bar carriage they offers live piano shows, karaoke, Mahjong, and more. Then, they serve Western and Chinese food in the two restaurant carriages, with meals mainly focused on Cantonese Cuisine. The train journey offers panoramic views of the vast landscapes of the Silk Road regions in China. However, it only departs twice yearly, at the end of June and September.


Legendary Silk Road | Central Asia Luxury Train Travel

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Last, we will look at the Legendary Silk Road luxury train and its 14-day expedition, offering a comprehensive experience of the Silk Road’s most iconic locations across Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. The route includes major historic cities like Tashkent, Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand, Turkistan, Bishkek, and Almaty, showcasing landmarks that tell tales of ancient empires and the bustling trade that once flourished here. The train promises a luxurious journey with first-class services, several sleeping cars, and a restaurant car offering a comfortable and elegant travel experience. The restaurant cars serve freshly prepared regional dishes and offer bar service in the evening while you enjoy panoramic views of Central Asia’s natural beauty. The journey is available at specific times of the year, with both spring and autumn departures to ensure the most pleasant weather for travelers, making it an ideal time to explore the region.


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