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Cox & Kings: Persia & the Silk Road aboard the Golden Eagle
from £16995 pp
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  • Location
    Kazakhstan, Asia
  • Board Basis
    Selected Meals Included
  • Duration
    18 Days
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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

What’s Included
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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

Signature Experiences
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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
Tashkent, Khiva
Bukhara & Merv
Follow the route of the ancient Silk Road.

Tour Itinerary
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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. 

Important Tour Information
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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.

Price Information
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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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