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This luxury rail tour takes you on an Orient Express type journey, starting in Moscow and travelling through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to Iran, this 17-night tour visits sites and attractions that are otherwise difficult to reach. Discover the treasures of Persia and the Middle East.
Luxury Private Tour
International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
UK departure and overseas airport taxes
Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
Visit Baikonur, the home of the Russian space programme
14-night train journey on the Golden Eagle luxury train from Moscow to Tehran
Included visits to Samarkand
Bukhara & Merv
Follow the route of the ancient Silk Road.
Day 1: To Moscow
You will receive a transfer to the Ritz Carlton for 1 night. Welcome reception and dinner. Meals Included: Dinner.
Day 2: Moscow
Board the Golden Eagle and depart Moscow on the 14-night train journey to Tehran. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 3: Karakum desert
Travel through the remote scenery of Kazakhstan's Karakum desert. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 4: Baikonur
Morning arrival into Baikonur, the home of the Russian space programme. View the launch platform, from which Yuri Gagarin travelled into space in 1961. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 5: Tashkent
Half-day tour of the capital of Uzbekistan including the old town quarter, the museums of railway and applied sciences. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 6: Samarkand
Morning tour of Bibi Kharum mosque, the Ulugh Beg observatory and Registan Square. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 7: Bukhara
Arrive in the oasis city of Bukhara. Visit The Ark, the fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara, and Emir's Palace of the Moon and Stars. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 8: Khiva
Afternoon arrival in Urgench and transfer to the 2,500-year-old city of Khiva. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 9: Ashgabat
Morning arrival in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, and take a tour of the city's major sights and museums, including the National Museum and Kipchak mosque. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 10: Merv
Arrive in Mary and transfer by bus to Merv, once an important stop on the Silk Road. View the gigantic walls, ramparts, and many ruins of this Unesco world heritage site. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 11: Mashhad
Stop in Mashhad to visit the Imam Reza Holy Shrine, the largest mosque in the world in terms of its dimension, followed by a tour of the Nader Shah museum. After lunch, tour the tomb of Ferdowsi, the father of Persian literature. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 12: Rayen and Mahan
Afternoon arrival into Rayen to visit the impressive castle, which has excellent views of Mount Hezar. Travel by road to Mahan to explore the Royal Palace with its Prince Garden and tomb. Rejoin the train for the journey to Yazd. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 13: Yazd
Full-day tour to the Water Museum, the Zoroastrian fire temple and the Jame mosque. Other highlights include the Amir Chakhmaq complex. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 14: Isfahan
Full-day tour of the city's monuments, including Naghshe Jahan Square, the Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah mosque and the beautiful Khaju bridge. Conclude with a visit to the Vank Church in the Armenia quarter. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 15: Persepolis & Shiraz
Morning tour of Persepolis, Darius the Great's summer capital, to view the magnificent stone terrace and palace. Continue to Nagsh-e-Rostam, the site of the royal tombs and Sassanian rock reliefs. Afternoon drive to Shiraz to view the Quran Gate, the Hafez Tomb and Vakil Cathedral. Rejoin the train for the journey to Tehran. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 16: Tehran
Afternoon arrival into Tehran. Transfer to the Espinas Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights.
Day 17: Tehran
Morning visit to the Crown Jewels Museum in the Central Bank of Iran building, with its vast array of crown jewels used by the Qajar and Pahlavi royalty. Morning visit to the Golestan Palace, a Unesco world heritage site. Farewell dinner at the hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 18: Onward travel
Transfer to the airport or continue with your onward travel arrangements. Meals Included: Breakfast.
Espinas Hotel, Tehran
Located in the historic centre of Tehran, the Espinas Hotel provides a hint of luxury in the heart of the city. Set along a tree-lined boulevard, it is a short walk to the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and Laleh Park, one of the largest in the city.
Golden Eagle Train, Almaty
Travel in comfort aboard the Golden Eagle train, which offers Imperial suites, Gold and Silver Class cabins. The on board restaurant serves local cuisine from the countries you travel through. Imperial Suite Measuring 11.1 sq metres, there is a large double bed, lounge and en suite bathroom with a power shower.
Hotel Yyldyz, Ashgabat
Built in 2013, the Yyldyz Hotel is a feature on the skyline of the city of Ashgabat. This 24-storey hotel has a teardrop design and incorporates over 14,000 sq metres of glass. Features: 155 rooms, 3 restaurants, bar, spa and wellbeing centre.
Inter Continental Hotel, Almaty
The InterContinental hotel is situated in the heart of Almaty, opposite the Presidential Palace in Republic Square. Each of the 277 guestrooms offer large bathrooms, hairdryer, free wireless internet access and a range of amenities. Four restaurants cater to a variety of tastes, ranging from international cuisine to French-inspired, modern cuisine and traditional Turkish flavours.
This is a locally escorted tour
The Golden Eagle is a luxury train and published prices are based on the Silver Class cabin category.
This journey can also be taken in reverse, from Tehran to Moscow (northbound)
Does not include international flights
This tour will have transfers and excursions shared with one or more other parties who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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