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Botanica

Wildflowers, Landscapes, History & Culture of the Silk Road by Luxury Train

Beijing to Moscow

Trip Code: BTSR21
21 Days
10 Apr 2021
  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • Services of a Train Manager & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • 3 nights aboard Shangri-La Express and 10 nights on the Golden Eagle luxury trains
  • 7 nights of luxury hotel stays in Beijing, Xi’an, Moscow and Dunhuang
  • 59 meals plus wine, beer and soft drink with lunch and dinner on the train
  • Learn about the Silk Road’s Flora from your expert Botanical Guide
  • Enjoy the extraordinary landscapes when wildflowers are blooming
  • Spend an evening in the oasis city of Dunhuang

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Please note a multiple entry visa is required for this tour
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Group size 15-25 guests
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included
Asia and Stans map BTSR21 2020-2021
Beijing to Moscow

Arrive in the Chinese capital and be transferred to your five-star hotel. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner of authentic Peking Duck where you will meet your Botanical Guide and fellow travellers. D

Stay: Two Nights, Beijing, Regent Hotel

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  • Dinner

Today begins with a visit to Tian’anmen Square and the vast palace complex of the Forbidden City. Our cultural exploration continues at the Temple of Heaven, built during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifices to the heavens. We will also explore the small ‘hutong’ lanes of old Beijing by rickshaw.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today visit the iconic Great Wall of China with views of rolling green hills spanning out to the horizon on either side as well as the magnificent sight of the wall itself stretching out far ahead. Alternatively visit Cuandixia ancient village, home to more than 500 well-preserved courtyard houses dating to the Ming and Qing dynasties. This afternoon travel on the high-speed railway line to the city of Xi’an.

Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Sofitel Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, experience the bustling street culture of Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter. Later visit the archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors which includes the preserved mausoleum of China’s first emperor. Alternatively visit the Han Yangling Museum, one of China’s best-kept secrets.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Board the Shangri-La Express for the beginning of your rail journey across China. A Welcome Dinner of authentic Chinese cuisine is served in the Restaurant Cars, as we travel toward Dunhuang.

Stay: Shangri-La Express train

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive in the small oasis city of Dunhuang and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon set off on a camel-riding trek of the Gobi Desert. Admire the tranquil Crescent Lake, with its neighbouring pavilion. This evening enjoy dinner and a folk performance.

Stay: Silk Road, Dunhuang Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After watching a magnificent sunrise over the desert dunes, set off for the fascinating Magao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex, where you’ll find thousands of sculptures and works of art. Later re-board the Shangri-La Express.

Stay: Two Nights, Shangri-La Express

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

As the train approaches Turpan, you’ll get a good view of the Flaming Mountains. Discover Turpan’s ancient underground network of irrigation tunnels and visit the museum and explore the remains of the city of Jiaohe.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel through mountain scenery to the Chinese border. After crossing into Kazakhstan, be welcomed aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle train and settle in for the next leg of your epic journey.

Stay: 10 Nights, The Golden Eagle luxury train

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spend today in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, surrounded by the majestic Tien Shan Mountains and an abundance of apple orchards. Enjoy a visit to Panfilov Park and the grand Zenkhov Cathedral. Afterwards, a cable car ride from Chimbulak Resort offers spectacular views of Almaty and its nearby mountains.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today you’ll arrive in the former Soviet city of Tashkent, largely rebuilt following a devastating earthquake in the 1960s. Explore the Old Town before arriving at an unassuming library, which is home to the world’s oldest Koran. Later visit the Railway Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

One of Central Asia’s longest-inhabited cities, Samarkand marks the crossroads of Eastern and Western cultures. Described as the ‘Paris of the Muslim World’, its grand architecture reflects its importance within the region. Explore Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Ulugh Beg Observatory and the impressive Registan Square.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive in the World Heritage-listed city of Bukhara this morning. Discover the oasis city’s 2,500-year-history during a visit to The Ark, the fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara. We’ll also visit the Palace of the Moon-like Stars.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, the Golden Eagle reaches the once-mighty city of Merv, which, for a brief moment in history, was the largest in the world. Set off to visit one of the five walled cities within Merv’s 130-square kilometre area, to see remnants of the former metropolis.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The Golden Eagle makes a brief stop at Ichoguz, where you can make a short journey to Darvaza’s famous burning gas crater, known as the ‘door to hell’. Continue on to Ashgabat, a mesmerising city of marble, set among the desert sands.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The Golden Eagle pulls in to the city of Khiva today, a once-prosperous city and one of the most important trading posts along the Silk Road. Its beauty and air of mystery remain spellbinding. During your time here, an astonishing array of architecture is revealed through Khiva’s wealth of mosques, madrassas and minarets.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a relaxing day on board our train, travelling across the vast expanse of the Kara Kum Desert. For mile after mesmerising mile, gaze out at the arid landscape, or listen to a talk on the history of the Silk Road and its people along the route.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive into Russia this morning in the city on the banks of the Volga formerly known as Stalingrad. The scene of one of the most important battles of World War II, here visit the Mamayev Kurgan war memorial and the war museum to gain a greater perspective of this monumental period in history. Your final evening on board the Golden Eagle is celebrated with a Farewell Banquet.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark the Golden Eagle at the grand central station, close to Moscow University where we will visit the Chemist’s Garden which was founded by Peter the Great in 1706. Then transfer to the five-star Four Seasons Hotel, your resplendent home for the next two nights, located just steps from the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow’s historic heart.

Stay: Two Nights, Moscow, Four Seasons Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today promises a full day of exploration of the magnificent jewels of the Russian capital including the Kremlin Armoury with an exclusive private viewing of the Armoury Chamber, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. Alternatively you may wish to see the Tretyakov Gallery (National Museum of Fine Art) or the Space Museum. Enjoy lunch at Café Pushkin, a legendary Moscow restaurant with a décor that revives the atmosphere of an early 19th-century mansion and serves traditional Russian cuisine. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport today as your Silk Road journey comes to an end.

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  • Breakfast

In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.

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