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Silk Road Train Adventure

13 days / 12 nights – Tour Silk Road Adventure

Departure from Frankfurt/Main, arrival in Ashgabat (ca. 1-2 days).
Trainride to Dashoguz (1 day) and Kohne Urgench (1 day) afterwards drive to Khiva (2 days).
Busride to Bukhara (3 days).
Trainride to Samarkand (2 days), Taschkent (1 day) and Almaty (2 days).

Frankfurt – Ashgabat – Dashoguz – Kohne Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarkand – Taschkent – Almaty – Frankfurt

Departure from Frankfurt/Main to Ashgabat.

  1. Day: Arrival in Ashgbat. Check In at the hotel. Time for rest. Breakfast. Tour of the city. Dinner (B/D)
  2. Day: Breakfast. Visit to a Basaar.Trainride to Dashoguz. Lunchbox. Overnight on the train. (B/D)
  3. Day: Arrival to Dashoguz at 08:00. Breakfast. Departure to Kohne Urgench. Tour of Kohne Urgench and afterwards, drive to turkmen – Uzbek Border. Bordercrossing. Drive to Khiva. Check In at the hotel. Dinner. (B/L/D)
  4. Day: Breakfast. Sightseeingtour in Khiva (UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old city fortress Itchan Kala with its minarets, medresses and masoleums). (B/D)
  5. Day: Breakfast. Busride to Bukhara, approx. 7 hours. Picknick on the way in at typical uzbek teehouse – “choyhona”. Check In at the hotel. Dinner in the Medresse Nodir Divan Begim. (B/P/D)
  6. Day: Breakfast. Sightseeingtour of the city (UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Masoleum of the Samanids, Kaljanminarett, Kaljan Mosque and Medresse Mir – i – Arab). Dinner. (B/D)
  7. Day: Breakfast. Trainride to Samarkand. Check In at the hotel. Sightseeingtour of the city ( previously UNESCO World Heritage Site , the Registansquare). Dinner. (B/D)
  8. Day: Breakfast. Continued excursion of Samarkand (UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ulugbeck Observatorium, Afrosiab, Gur Emir Masoleum). Dinner. (B/D)
  9. Day: Early breakfast. Trainride to Tashkent. Check In at the hotel. Sightseeing tour of the city (Khast Imam Complex, Old City). Dinner (B/D)
  10. Day: Breakfast. Visit to a local Basaar. Trainride to Almaty. Dinner – lunchbox. Overnight on the train. (B/D)
  11. Day: Breakfast – lunchbox. Lunch in the train restaurant. Arrival in Almaty. Check In at the hotel. Dinner. (B/L/D)
  12. Day: Breakfast. Sightseeing tour. (B/D)
  13. Day: Departure to Frankfurt/Main. Arrival in Frankfurt.

Explanation of abbreviations:

B- Breakfast
L- Lunchbox
P- Picknick
D- Dinner


Tashkent Palace 4*
Asia Khiva 3* or. Malika 3*
Asia Bukhara 3* or. Omar Khayyam 3*
Asia Samarkand 3* or. Grand Samarkand 3*
Hotel Kazakhstan 3* in Almaty
Hotel Grand Turkmen or Ak Altyn 4*in Ashgabat

Services included:

  • Double room accommodation (based on twin rooms): Ak-Keme**** or Golden Dragon**** or Silk Road Lodge*** Hotel in Bishkek
  • Transportation (German minibus or bus with a/c)
  • Mineral water (1 litter per person per day)
  • Full board from Day 1 till day 3 according the program;English speaking guide according the program
  • Entry fees to museums
  • Porterage service at hotels and airport according the program.

Services not included:

  • Single room accommodation in Hotels
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Cost for Kyrgyz and Kazakh visas
  • Fees for video and photo shootings
  • Tips and private expenses of tourists

Price: starting at 2900.- EURO (plus taxes/fees at time of ticketing)

Optional we create your individual tour along the Silk Road even longer or shorter. Just send us your details we create your tailormade Silk Raod Adventure.

Your Request

Make a tour request here or call us +49-69-95 90 97 00!!!

The Silk Road
The Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade, a major reason for the connection of trade routes into an extensive transcontinental network. The German terms Seidenstraße and Seidenstraßen “the Silk Road(s)” were coined by Ferdinand von Richthofen, who made seven expeditions to China from 1868 to 1872. The term Silk Route is also used. Although the term was coined in the 19th century, it did not gain widespread acceptance in academia or popularity among the public until the 20th century. The first book entitled The Silk Road was by Swedish geographer Sven Hedin in 1938. The fall of the Soviet Union and ‘Iron Curtain’ in 1989 led to a surge of public and academic interest in Silk Road sites and studies in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.

Use of the term ‘Silk Road‘ is not without its detractors. For instance, Warwick Ball contends that the maritime spice trade with India and Arabia was far more consequential for the economy of the Roman Empire than the silk trade with China, which at sea was conducted mostly through India and on land was handled by numerous intermediaries such as the Sogdians. Going as far as to call the whole thing a “myth” of modern academia, Ball argues that there was no coherent overland trade system and no free movement of goods from East Asia to the West until the period of the Mongol Empire. He notes that traditional authors discussing East-West trade such as Marco Polo and Edward Gibbon never labelled any route as a silk one in particular.

From the 2nd millennium BCE, nephrite jade was being traded from mines in the region of Yarkand and Khotan to China. Significantly, these mines were not very far from the lapis lazuli and spinel (“Balas Ruby“) mines in Badakhshan, and, although separated by the formidable Pamir Mountains, routes across them were apparently in use from very early times.

Chinese jade and steatite plaques, in the Scythian-style animal art of the steppes. 4th–3rd century BCE. British Museum.
Some remnants of what was probably Chinese silk dating from 1070 BCE have been found in Ancient Egypt. The Great Oasis cities of central Asia played a crucial role in the effective functioning of the Silk Road trade. The originating source seems sufficiently reliable, but silk degrades very rapidly, so it cannot be verified whether it was cultivated silk (which would almost certainly have come from China) or a type of “wild silk”, which might have come from the Mediterranean region or the Middle East.

Following contacts between metropolitan China and nomadic western border territories in the 8th century BCE, gold was introduced from Central Asia, and Chinese jade carvers began to make imitation designs of the steppes, adopting the Scythian-style animal art of the steppes (depictions of animals locked in combat). This style is particularly reflected in the rectangular belt plaques made of gold and bronze, with other versions in jade and steatite.[citation needed] The tomb of a Scythian prince near Stuttgart, Germany, dated to the 6th century BCE, was excavated and found to have not only Greek bronzes but also Chinese silks. Similar animal-shaped pieces of art and wrestler motifs on belts have been found in Scythian grave sites stretching from the Black Sea region all the way to Warring States era archaeological sites in Inner Mongolia (at Aluchaideng) and Shaanxi (at Keshengzhuang) in China.

The expansion of Scythian cultures, stretching from the Hungarian plain and the Carpathian Mountains to the Chinese Kansu Corridor, and linking the Middle East with Northern India and the Punjab, undoubtedly played an important role in the development of the Silk Road. Scythians accompanied the Assyrian Esarhaddon on his invasion of Egypt, and their distinctive triangular arrowheads have been found as far south as Aswan. These nomadic peoples were dependent upon neighbouring settled populations for a number of important technologies, and in addition to raiding vulnerable settlements for these commodities, they also encouraged long-distance merchants as a source of income through the enforced payment of tariffs. Soghdian Scythian merchants played a vital role in later periods in the development of the Silk Road.


Stalingrad Battlefield Tours

Discover the history of Volgograd Special Tour “Stalingrad Battlefield Tour“ / including Victory Day Parade (9th May)

Duration: 6 to 10 days

This is one of our anual special interest tours to Russia. Each May we offer an unforgetable trip to Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad. One of the hightlights will bet he Victory Day Parade.

In the afternoon arrival in Volgograd. After immigration formalities, meet with our English speaking guide. Russian welcome, Transfer to the booked hotel. Check-in, time to refresh and dinenr at the hotel. Accommodation at the booked hotel.

Breakfast at hotel. Meet in the lobby and start of the sightseeing tour. Visit of the Mamajew hill. After the visit transfer to the Panorama Museum and get to know about the history of the Battle of Stalingrad. In the afternoon return to the hotel. Dinner at hotel. Accommodation at the booked hotel.

Breakfast at hotel.
-Victory Day- Festivities within the whole city and military parade on the main square of the city.
Enjoy the festivities on your own and experience the unique atmosphere.
In the evening dinner at the hotel. Accommodation at the booked hotel.

Breakfast at hotel. Full Day excursion to the suburbs of Stalingrad where the battles took place. Visit of the Russian and German cemetery in Rossoschka. Late afternoon, visit of the German visitors center in Rossoschka and small snacks. In the afternoon return to the city center of Volgograd. Free time till dinner.
Dinner at the hotel. Accommodation at the booked hotel.

Breakfast at hotel. Full Day excursion to city of Kalatsch on the river Don. Sightseeing and freetime in Kalatsch. Transfer back to Wolgograd.
Dinner at the hotel. Accommodation at the booked hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel, checkout and departure.

6 to 10 Days in Wolgograd/Stalingrad
extend your stay with or without guide

Price per person including half board and flight (from Germany)
In TWN/DBL rooms starting with EUR 1,790.00
Single room supplement EUR 280,00

Send your Request

Make a tour request here or call us +49-69-95 90 97 00!!!

Price include: flights from/to Russia/Germany, accommodation in good middle class hotel (4* local standard), Half Board. Programme and all transfers according to the programme. English speaking guide throughout.
Not included: Visa, insurances, extras not mentioned in program.

Minimum group size: 5 pax

You can also extend your stay in Russia, for example in St. Petersburg or Moscow.
All necessary things for your visa we can prepare for your trip and visa registration.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime! REGISTER HERE!

Rates include:

  • Flight from Germany and 5 nights accommodation in good middle class hotel
    (4* local standard),Full Board.
  • Programme and all transfers according to the programme.
  • English speaking guide throughout.

Not included:
Visa, Insurances, Meals other and mentioned in program

In addition to our 6 days tour you can also extend your stay in Volgograd for a River Cruise upstream/downstream on Wolga River or stop for a couple more days in Moscow.
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