Uzbekistan Rail Travel

The Silk Road of Uzbekistan

This fascinating railway journey runs along the trails of the Great Silk Road enabling you to visit the architectural masterpieces of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva. In addition, as a rail passenger you will gain access to the picturesque scenery denied to those who travel the highways: from steppe to desert, from oases to fields and valleys, from mountains to small villages strung out beside the tracks. Throughout your journey snacks and soft drinks will be served while you will being accommodated in comfortable seats and overnight sleeping cars.
Days Cities Activities Meals  
Day 01 Tashkent – Bukhara Arrival in Tashkent international airport.
Meet and greet.
Transfer to the hotel for rest.
Sightseeing tour in Tashkent.
Visit Khazrati Imam complex: Mausoleum of Sheikh Abu-Bakr-Muhammed Kaffal Shashi (16th c), Barak Khan madrassah (16th c), Museum of Koran, Kukeldash madrassah (16th c), Abul Kassim madrassah (19th c), Alisher Navoi Theater and square, Independence Square, Museum of Applied Art, Tashkent Museum of Railway Engineering.
Evening transfer to Tashkent railway station to take train to Bukhara.
Overnight in a sleeping car.
Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant

Day 02 Bukhara Upon arrival at the railway station at 6:55 transfer to the hotel.
Early check in at the hotel.
Breakfast.
Sightseeing tour in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids dynasty (9thc-10thc.), Chashma i Ayub Mausoleum (14th c) Ark Citadel, Bolo Khauz Ensemble (18thc), Poi Kalon Ensemble: Towering Minaret Kalon (12thc), Friday mosque Masjidi-Kalon (15thc) and the functioning madrassah Miri-Arab (16th c), Trading Domes (16thc) Magoki Attori Mosque (12thc.), Lyabi Khauz Ensemble (16th c.), Chor Minor madrassah.
Dinner with folklore show in Bukhara.
Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant
Day 03 Bukhara Breakfast.
Sightseeing tour in Bukhara: Visit Sitora-i- Mokhi Khosa - Summer residence of Alim Khan, the last Emir of Bukhara (19thc-20thc.), Bakhauddin Nakshbandi shrine complex (14th c -15thc ), Chor Bakr necropolis (16th c). Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant
Day 04 Bukhara –
Samarkand
Morning transfer to Bukhara railway station to take train to Samarkand at 08:05.
Arrival at Samarkand railway station at 11: 00.
Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.
After lunch sightseeing tour in Samarkand: Bibi Khanum Mosque (14thc - early 15thc), Registan Ensemble including Ulugbek (15c), Shir Dor (17thc), and Tillya-Kari madrassahs (17thc), Gur-Emir Mausoleum (14th c-15thc).
Overnight in Samarkand.
Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant
Day 05 Samarkand Breakfast.
Sightseeing tour in Samarkand: Shakhi-Zinda necropolis (12thc–15thc), Afrasiab museum, Ulugbek observatory(15th c), Ishrat Khana Mausoleum(17thc), Khodja Abdi-Darun Shrine complex (15th c -19thc), Imam al Bukhari Memorial complex.
At 22 :30 transfer to the railway station to take Tashkent – Urgench train №056 (via Samarkand).
Board the train at 23:55 and depart at 00:25 for Urgench.
Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant
Day 06 Samarkand –
Urgench
(Khiva)
At 13:32 arrival at Urgench railway station.
Transfer to Khiva.
Accommodation at hotel.
After late lunch Short sightseeing tour in Khiva.
Overnight in Khiva.
Breakfast: train
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant
Day 07 Khiva Breakfast.
Sightseeing tour in Khiva: Kokhna – Ark "the Old citadel" (19th c), Friday Mosque(18th c), Tash – Khauli Palace complex(19th c), Pakhlavan Makhmud shrine complex (19thc), Kutlug Murad Inak madrassah(19th c), Mukhammed Amin Khan madrassah and Kalta Minor minaret(18th c), Mukhammed Rakhim Khan madrassah (19th c), Allakuli khan caravanserai and trading dome(19th c).
After dinner transfer to the airport to take flight to Tashkent HY 1058 at 20:40 (on Wednesdays and Sundays) or at 21:30 (on Fridays).
Arrival in Tashkent at 22:10 and at 23:35.
Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant
Day 08 Tashkent After early breakfast transfer to the airport to take international flight back home. Breakfast: Hotel  

 
Notes: The tour starts on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays.
Train 662 Tashkent–Bukhara operates daily (Departure time 19:50, Arrival time 06:55).
Train “Sharq” Bukhara – Samarkand operates daily (Departure time 08:05. Arrival time 11:00).
Train 56 Samarkand – Urgench operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays (Departure time 23:55. Arrival time 13:32).

There can be minor time changes in railway schedule throughout the year.

 
Suggested accommodation in:
Tashkent – Uzbekistan 4*
Bukhara – Lyabi Hauz B&B 2* / Malika Bukhara 2*
Samarkand – Malika Classic B/B
Khiva – Malika Khiva 3*


Price:
As this is a private tour we quote specific to your dates and the number of people travelling. Request a quote

SERVICES INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE:
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE:
  • Accommodation based on TWN rooms
  • Meals – according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for Sightseeing spots mentioned.
  • Overland transportation by AC coach
  • Domestic train fares (SV (spalniy vagon) couchette (sleeper) compartment for two people and 1st class seats compartment)
  • Tashkent – Bukhara
  • Bukhara – Samarkand
  • Samarkand –Urgench
  • Domestic air fare Urgench
  • All airport-hotel-airport transfers
  • Escort guide for the whole tour (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese-Mandarin, etc speaking)
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Folklore show in Bukhara
  • Farewell dinner in Tashkent
  • Visa support to Uzbekistan
  • Portage services in airports and hotels
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per day per pax
  • International airfares
  • Camera and Video charges during the sightseeing
  • Single supplement at hotels

Rail News Uzbekistan

 
 

24/05/2011: Bukhara-Urgench overnight tourist train is launched in Uzbekistan

The "Uzbektourism" National Company and Uzbekistan Railways are launching a new regular train service between the two historical centres of Bukhara and Urgench. This rail route will be available on a regular basis during tourism season.

So far there is one fast train No 71/72, which travels between Bukhara and Urgench. The train comprises of one VIP carriage for 8 passengers, two sleeper carriages for 18 passengers and four compartment carriages for 36 passengers in each. There is also dining car. The train travels on a weekly basis, leaving Bukhara on Wednesdays, with the return journey from Urgench departing on Thursdays.

At present transport between Bukhara and Urgench is represented only by road.