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Highlights
  • Board the private Orient Silk Road Express for a remarkable journey along the Great Silk Road
  • Visit seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Bukhara, home to nearly a thousand monuments
  • Disembark in Khiva, to explore the palaces, mosques, minarets and tombs of its inner keep, Itchan Kala
  • Attend a lecture by a local archaeologist in Samarkand and join a local merchant for a special tandir roasted dinner
  • Meet an Uzbek craftsman's family who make paper from mulberry bark

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Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo, traveling by private train to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Attend a lecture by an archaeologist in Samarkand, and visit the birthplace and tomb of Tamerlane.

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Abercrombie & Kent Travel Reviews & Ratings
89% Recommend

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Value
4.3 Guide
4.6 Activities
4.6 Lodging
4.6 Transportation
4.6 Meals
4.3
Along the Great Silk Road by Private Train

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HS

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The perfect way to experience African wildlife. January 2017

5.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
This is a luxury small group safari. 12 people, two land rovers. We spent the arrival night in a hotel in Arusha, two of the nights during the safari in hotels, and the rest of the nights in the luxury camp. The hotels were all good. The food was good, not great. The luxury camp is a two room canvas tent containing a queen size bed or two doubles. then there is a dressing area leading to the "bathroom" which is a toilet seat on a box over a hole in the ground. There is a shower stall in which they fill a canvas bag with hot water from the fire. They will not begrudge you a refill if you want to take your time. The day starts early in the dining tent with breakfast. then it is off to the land rovers to begin the safari. The guides from all the different safari's communicate to share where the most sought after animals are to be found. You will absolutely be up close and personal with lions, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, wildebeest, ostrich, zebra, hyrax, and the bird life. You will also see Water buffallo and hippos, but is best not to get close to them. and you will see plenty of Cheetah and some Rhinos, but usually from afar.

Lunch is usually conducted picnic style in the park. Our A&K picnics were the envy of every other group. Then it is touring until sunset.

When you get back to camp there is a camp fire going and the head guide will present a lecture, while everyone enjoys some much needed libations, of which there is great variety and unlimited quantity. Then dinner in the dining tent, and after dinner back to the campfire for more libations, and usually to review everyone's pictures from that day.

The guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. You will actually miss them on your last day. I had a great time and heartily recommend this safari and A&K.

The best part is being inside the game park all day and night. You really dont want to be going back to a hotel, but to stay out in nature.

Some tips: There is a generator in the camp so you may recharge your electrical items every day. They can also launder your clothes. Things to bring: plenty of strong repellent to deter the horse flies, do not skimp on memory cards for your camera, be sure to have a telescopic lens for your camera, a good pair of binoculars with good magnification, a flashlight, a device to view your photos on, a device to copy your photos onto. Dont forget a sweater, its cold at Ngorongoro Crater. For your digestive happiness, I had good results taking probiotic and charcoal capsules every day. You can see my pictures at https://flic.kr/s/aHsiUJWDur
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An excellent trip June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We took a trip to Jordan and Oman planned through our travel councillor and A&K. We chose this upmarket company and certainly had an upmarket holiday. Everything was top notch from beginning to end. We saw all the amazing sights, were given excellent tour guides and the accommodation was 5 star all the way. They included a couple of unusual accommodation choices too such as a rather posh tent in the desert and an Eco tent at the turtle reserve in Oman.
Would fully recommend this whole tour and A&K.
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GD

Does Not Recommend

Abercrombie and Kent June 2016

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Recently had a holiday booked with Abercrombie and Kent which was so disappointing we left 5 days early and the rest of the family left 3 days early. The way that A&K dealt with the situation and with us as guests was unprofessional and the property manager we dealt with on site was rude and antagonising. We have had numerous holidays with A&K before and never have we had an experience like this. It has been constant excuses and no apologies. We will never travel with them again and have advised our extended family, friends and industry contacts to do the same.
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Recommends

Abercrombie & Kent June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Nothing could be more seamless or well planned than trips with A&K, however many times one changes one mind, they always manage it. Wouldn't travel to Egypt without them

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DC

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Photo Safari — Abercrombie and Kent June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Magnificent photo safari to Kenya and Tanzania.
Luxurious accommodations, well informed guides who could answer most any questions our little group could think of, and unbelievable photo opportunities.
We saw the migratory crossing. Hippos grazed at night by our elevated tents. A rhino walked right past us on one drive. A leopard posed for us on another. We saw a lion eating a kill not 25 feet away from us one afternoon. We even watched young bull elephants play-fighting. The drivers really knew which routes to take whether we set out cross country or kept to the more traveled areas.
It was the experience of a lifetime.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Almaty, Kazakh

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty

Arrive in the chic and inviting city of Almaty, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Almaty | Enduring Ascension Cathedral

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Explore Zenkov Russian Orthodox Cathedral, one of the world’s tallest all-wood buildings. After lunch in a traditional yurt (tent), board your train.

Day 3: Turkestan | Land of the Turks

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Arrive in Turkestan to visit the tomb of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring a domed hall, mosque and bronze ritual cauldron.

Day 4: Tashkent, Uzbekistan | Eccentric Capital

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Visit the 16th-century Kukeldash Madrasa, and the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments. Schedule permitting, attend the great Tashkent Navoi Opera.

Day 5: Shakhrisabz | Tamerlane’s Green Town

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Travel to the surrounding mountain region to see a traditional folklore performance and mingle with the local residents. Follow the Great Silk Road to Shakhrisabz, birthplace of the barbaric Mongol prince, Tamerlane. Take in the bazaar here on an engaging Market Visit.

Day 6: Samarkand | Legendary City of the Silk Road

Accommodation: Registan Plaza Hotel 

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Explore Samarkand, including Shah-i-Zinda. Later, see the excavation sites of Afrasiab before attending a lecture by a local archaeologist.

Day 7: Samarkand | Local Crafts and Traditions

Accommodation: Registan Plaza Hotel  

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Visit a silk carpet factory and meet with a traditional Uzbek craftsman’s family to watch paper being made from mulberry bark on an authentic Artisan Experience. Continue to the observatory of Ulugh Beg; the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque; and opulent Guri-Emir Mausoleum to see Tamerlane’s tomb. Later, join a local family as they prepare plov, a traditional rice dish.

Day 8: Samarkand | Culinary Treasures

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Samarkand is famous for its bread; this morning you assist local bakers in its preparation.

Day 9: Khiva | Pristine Ancient City

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Disembark at the oasis of Khiva, the only city in central Asia to survive in its entirety from ancient times. Its inner keep, Itchan Kala, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore this open-air museum — its palaces, mosques, minarets, tombs and Koranic schools. Lunch is in the Isfandiyar Palace, the emir’s former summer palace, where you find ceilings embroidered in gold and a 110-pound chandelier.

Day 10: Bukhara | Magic of Old Turkestan

Accommodation: Zargaron Plaza Hotel 

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Bukhara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Kyzyl Kum Desert, is home to nearly a thousand monuments that recall the halcyon days of trading along the Great Silk Road. See the Kalyan Minaret and the Labi-Hauz Ensemble. Gather this evening in the home of a local merchant for a special tandir roasted dinner.

Day 11: Bukhara | Royal Fortress and Unique Mosque

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Explore the magnificent Mire-e-Arab Madrasa and the Samanid Mausoleum, home to the ancient rulers of Bukhara. Later, view the summer residence of the last emir and the only women’s mosque in the world.

Day 12: Merv, Turkmenistan | Queen of the World

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Arrive in Merv, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, to view its impressive desert walls, ramparts and ruins, including those of the mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar and the Virgin Fortress (Kis Kale).

Day 13: Ashgabat | Gleaming City of Love

Accommodation: Sofitel Oguzkent Ashgabat  

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Visit the old Parthian city of Nisa and explore Ashgabat and its National Museum. Tonight, celebrate your adventure with a Scenic Sundowner followed by a festive farewell dinner.

Day 14: Depart Ashgabat

Meals: Breakfast

Board your international flight home.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 17,595

Price Per Day:

$ 1,257 per person
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 5,895
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • All accommodations
  • Meals and fully guided sightseeing (including park and entrance fees) as noted in the itinerary.
  • Airport transfers to/from hotel/ship in the first/last published city regardless of day of arrival and departure.
  • Services of A&K Tour Director or appropriate Guide on extensions
  • Local bottled water during sightseeing ,porterage of two (2) pieces of baggage.
  • Hotel taxes and gratuities throughout, except to the Tour Director
Trip Excludes
  • International and Internal airfare
  • Passport and visa charges
  • Personal Expenses
Meals Included:

13 Breakfast,12 lunch, 12 Dinner

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 18
Limited to 18 guests Maximum
Start City
Almaty, Kazakhstan
End City
Ashgabat

Age Notes

Min. Age: 10

Trip ID#: AloSilAbe

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