From Yerevan to Almaty by Private Plane and Private Train

Caspian Odyssey

Uzbekistan, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan

16 Days

From $28,095

Level 1+

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    Seek out the spellbinding magic of the Silk Road on this experiential voyage through the South Caucasus and Central Asia. This extraordinary journey takes in the magnificent countries of Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan—venturing into a part of the world difficult to reach for the ordinary traveler. Situated on a historic crossroads of trade, religion, language, and the arts, this intriguing region is an exquisite melting pot of cultures, cuisines, and communities blending the provincial with the palatial, the ancient with the avant-garde. Meander through the tranquil natural beauty of the South Caucasus region and experience the electrifying buzz of the UNESCO-honored cities of Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand over the course of this breathtakingly beautiful 16-day journey.

    Arrive: Yerevan, Armenia

    Depart: Almaty, Kazakhstan

    Highlights

    • See the prehistoric rock engravings at Gobustan, Azerbaijan
    • Discover the old Silk Road outposts of Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand
    • Explore the cave city of Uplistsikhe, dating from the 6th century

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      Upon arrival at Yerevan International Airport you will be met and transferred to the centrally-located The Alexander, a Luxury Collection Hotel, where we stay for two nights.

      For early arrivals to Yerevan, do not miss the opportunity to take advantage this afternoon of a Freedom of Choice option to visit the Mother Cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church, often referred to as the Vatican of Armenia. Built in 301 AD, Etchmiadzin is considered the oldest cathedral in the world. During the tour, we will visit the Treasury Museum of Etchmiadzin. The exhibition showcases important Christian relics, such as the pieces of the True Cross, a fragment of Noah's Ark, and the Holy Spear that pierced the body of Christ. After Etchmiadzin we make a brief stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Zvartnots Cathedral. Built in the 7th century, the cathedral features a unique circular shape. From here we make a stop at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial. This expansive complex, which was completed in 1967, was built to honor the 1.5 million Armenians killed by genocide during the 20th century. Today, the hillside memorial serves as a destination for pilgrims who want to pay homage to the fallen.

      Tonight, we will enjoy a Welcome Dinner at an authentic local restaurant—the perfect opportunity to meet meet your fellow travelers and look forward to the journey across six captivating countries of the South Caucasus region and Central Asia.
      The Yerevan skyline is dominated by Mount Ararat in nearby Turkey, with its snow-covered peak towering in the distance. Yerevan has a rich history; it was occupied as early as 6000 BC and the fortress of Erebuni was erected there in the 8th century BC. Seized by a succession of conquerors, the city later passed back and forth between the Turks and the Persians until 1827, when it was taken by Russia. It became the capital of Soviet Armenia in 1920 and following the demise of the Soviet Union, the capital of the new nation of Armenia.

      Our touring will take us 23 miles out of Yerevan to the ancient Geghard Monastery. The beautiful monastery contains a number of churches and tombs, many of them cut into the rock. The complex of medieval architecture is set into a landscape of great natural beauty, surrounded by towering cliffs at the head of the Azat Valley.

      We will also visit the 1st century pagan temple of Garni, built to worship the Sun God Mitra. We will have the opportunity to explore the fascinating remains of an ancient fortress, palace, and baths there. Lunch will also be taken at this stunning location.

      This evening we head to the Armenia Wine Company, located close to Yerevan. Here we have opportunity to explore the entire process of Armenian wine making technology, walk through the factory cellars, learn about the evolution of Armenian wine making history at the special museum, and try the premium wines followed by authentic and exclusive dinner.

      This morning we will visit The Cascade, a giant stairway made of limestone. The stairs afford walkers unobstructed views of central Yerevan and Mount Ararat in the distance. Located inside the staircase is the Casfesjian Museum of Modern Art, where we make a short visit.

      Leaving Yerevan, our journey takes us to Lake Sevan, where we stop for lunch with stunning views. Along with Lake Van and Lake Urmia, Sevan was considered one of the three great lakes of the historical Armenian Kingdom, collectively referred to as the Seas of Armenia; it is the only one within the boundaries of today's Republic of Armenia.

      After lunch we continue our way, by coach, to the Armenian-Georgian border in Bagratashen, driving through the spa town of Dilijan, well known for its forest landscapes and medicinal mineral water, before we make a coffee and brandy stop at Avan Dzoraget Hotel, nestled among the forest-covered hills and rocky slopes of the Caucasus Mountains.

      This evening we arrive into the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, where we stay for the next three nights at the Marriott Hotel.

      Hemmed in by the Surami Range, the city of Tbilisi extends for 17 miles along the banks of the River Kura. Despite the wars and fires that caused innumerable changes in the topography of Tbilisi, the old part of the city still retains much of its original layout, a spider's web of narrow winding streets and alleyways.

      Historical sites we visit include the 13th century Metekhi church, a cross cupola church that forms part of the Royal Residential complex, and the 5th century Sioni Cathedral, the main church of Tbilisi. We will also visit the recently built Holy Trinity Cathedral, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world, and take a walking tour of the old town and Rustaveli Avenue. Here we will see the Great Hall of the Georgian Philharmonia. Built between 1969-71, it has been acknowledged as one of the finest public buildings since the Second World War. Moreover, there will be the chance to see the treasures of the city housed in the Janashia Museum of Georgia.

      Gori is one of the oldest cities in Georgia, founded in the 7th century AD as Tontio. Joseph Stalin, the Soviet leader, was born here in 1879. He spent his childhood years in the city and later (1888-94) studied at its theological seminary. The small house where Stalin was born is preserved under a canopy outside the huge columned palace-like building that houses the Stalin Museum. To the side of the museum is Stalin's private railway carriage. The museum offers a haunting and fascinating insight into a man responsible for more deaths and suffering than any other human being.

      The famous cave city of Uplistsikhe dates from the 6th century BC and is first mentioned in the chronicles of the 1st century AD. Carved into rocky plateau we find huge echoing halls, meandering corridor-streets, chambers for pagan worship, and even the remains of Georgia's oldest theater complete with auditorium, stage, and orchestra pit. Like the other cave-towns of Georgia, it is rooted in the prehistoric traditions of the peoples of the Near East. On one side the fortress was protected by the Mtkvari and an almost vertical rock face; on the other, by powerful fortifications. Its strategic position on the approaches to Gori and its strong defenses made it possible to control the surrounding terrain. There were numerous attempts to destroy Uplistsikhe. Only in the 13th century, however, did the hordes of Genghis Khan's son Khulagu succeed in doing so, after capturing and destroying many fortresses in Transcaucasia with the help of siege machines. The 5,000 inhabitants of Uplistsikhe perished and life ended forever in the fortress.

      In the late afternoon, our explorations will take us to the city of Mtskheta, Georgia's old capital. Due to its historical significance and numerous ancient monuments, Mtskheta became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Today we will also enjoy a private performance of traditional Georgian polyphonic singing—this is an immersive experience that offers a truly unique insight into the beautiful local culture and heritage.

      This morning we visit a Georgian winery. After lunch in the city, we board our private jet for the short flight to Baku. Upon arrival we stay for three nights at the five-star Four Seasons, Baku.
      Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, lies on the western shore of the Caspian Sea and the southern side of the Apsheron Peninsula, around the wide, curving sweep of the Bay of Baku. The bay, sheltered by the islands of the Baku Archipelago, provides the best harbor of the Caspian Sea, while the Apsheron Peninsula gives protection from violent northerly winds. Baku derives its international importance from its huge oil industry. The core of present-day Baku is the Old Town, or fortress, of Icheri-Shekher. Most of the walls, strengthened after the Russian conquest in 1806, survive, as does the 90-foot tower of Kyz-Kalasy (Maiden Tower, 12th century). The walled old town is highly picturesque, with its maze of narrow alleys and ancient buildings. These include the Palace of the Shirvan-Shahs, now a museum, the oldest part of which dates from the 11th century. Also from the 11th century is the Synyk-Kala Minaret and Mosque (1078-79). Other notable historic buildings are the Law Court (Divan-Khan), the Dzhuma-Mechet Minaret, and the mausoleum of the astronomer Seida Bakuvi. Around the walls of the fortress, the regular streets and imposing buildings of modern Baku rise up the slopes of the amphitheater of hills surrounding the bay.
      This morning a Freedom of Choice tour to Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape is offered. Located 40 miles from Baku on the west bank of the Caspian Sea, Gobustan is an outstanding archaeological site of more than 6,000 prehistoric rock engravings. The area also features the remains of inhabited caves, settlements, and burials. This is followed by lunch overlooking the Caspian Sea. Returning to the city in the afternoon, you can choose to enjoy free time in the city or visit a local theater. Dinner will be held in a traditional local restaurant, furthering your immersion into the local cultural and culinary identity of Azerbaijan.
      This morning we re-join our private jet for the flight between Baku and Ashgabat. The capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat is known as the "Las Vegas of the Kara Kum." Situated between the Kara Kum desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range, Ashgabat is a relatively modern city built upon the ruins of the Silk Road city of Konjikala. The Soviet city was largely rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1948. The city's extravagant fountains, golden domes, and towering modern buildings appear strangely incongruous in this desert setting.

      Upon arrival we will board the Golden Eagle. Once settled into our cabins, lunch will be served in the Restaurant Cars. This afternoon we have the opportunity to explore Ashgabat; highlights on our panoramic city tour include visits to the National Museum and Wedding Palace.
      A further morning of touring in Turkmenistan features a visit to nearby Nisa, an ancient settlement of the Parthians that was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

      The Golden Eagle departs Ashgabat at lunch and makes a scheduled stop tonight at Ichoguz. We leave the train and make a short journey to Darvaza's famous burning gas crater, a spectacular sight best seen at night. Located in the middle of the Kara Kum desert where the area is rich in natural gas, the 230-foot-wide crater is known by the locals as the "Door to Hell" and has been burning for over 40 years. It's a unique experience that is not to be missed.
      Crossing the border into Uzbekistan, our train arrives at the ancient city of Khiva, founded 2,500 years ago. As one of the Silk Road’s most important trading posts and now a World Heritage Site, it lies at the crossroads of the routes between Mongolia, Russia, China, and Persia. A truly magnificent sight to behold, it rises out of the desert to reveal a wealth of impressive architecture. Stepping back in time, you’ll discover the impressive mosques, bazaars, and minarets within Khiva’s ancient walls.
      Bukhara is quite simply outstanding. Like Khiva, UNESCO sponsored the renovation of much of the city for its 2,500th anniversary in 1999. The highlight of this wonderful tour is a visit to The Ark, a fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara, the despotic and ruthless leaders who ruled until Soviet times. Our touring program will also transport us to the grandeur of Poi-Kalyan Square, home to the iconic Kalyan Mosque, a living relic of traditional Islamic design. Stroll through the mosque's large maksura rooms, pillar-domed galleries, and deeply recessed niches, and you will be transported to a bygone era.

      Immerse yourself in the lively pulse of the city as we explore the bustling Trading Domes of Bukhara and gather at Lyabi-Hauz Square, a vibrant social hub cocooned by a pool and embraced by the soothing shade of mulberry trees and local tea rooms.

      This evening, weather permitting, we will enjoy a barbecue on the station platform before our train departs—a unique farewell to an incredible city.
      Just the mention of Samarkand instantly conjures up evocative images of the Silk Road, more so than any other town. Founded in the 6th century BC, Samarkand’s stunning architecture hints at its former status as one of the most important cities in Asia. It’s particularly noted for its architectural remains from the 14th to the 17th century, when it flourished as the fabled capital of the Mongol empire of Timur and his successors. Today you'll visit some of its most significant sites including Registan Square, the refined elegance of the beautifully proportioned Bibi Khanum Mosque, and the Ulag Beg observatory, one of the earliest Islamic astronomical observatories, built in 1428. Prepare for an unforgettable evening in Samarkand that will leave an indelible mark on your memory. As the sun sets and night descends upon this ancient city, you will be whisked away to the illuminated Registan Square, where an extraordinary spectacle unfolds. From your prime front-row seats, you'll be treated to a dazzling light show that weaves the rich tapestry of Samarkand's history and significance.
      Tashkent is the capital city of Uzbekistan and you'll spend time touring this modern Soviet-style city that was rebuilt following the devastating earthquake of 1966. The tour includes the Old Town, where traditional homes and religious buildings line the narrow streets, and here in a small library you’ll be privileged to see one of Islam’s most sacred relics—one of the world’s oldest Korans. This is followed by a visit to the Railway Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner onboard the Golden Eagle, as we head for our final destination, Almaty in Kazakhstan, as we approach the end of our 16-day odyssey.
      Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan and notable for its wide tree-lined boulevards. Surrounded by the majesty of the Tien Shan Mountains, this beautifully verdant city derives its name from “alma,” meaning “apple.” Just a short distance from the city, apple orchards thrive in abundance. The city tour includes a visit to Panfilov Park, where you'll have the opportunity to visit the Zenkhov Cathedral, built entirely of wood. Overnight at the InterContinental hotel, or similar, before transferring to Almaty Airport on Day 16 to begin your journey home.

      Dates & Pricing

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $1,750 (Silver Cabin); $3,000 (Gold Cabin): $6,000 (Imperial Suite)
      70 days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 61 days prior to departure: Deposit is nonrefundable
      60 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • 6 nights aboard the Golden Eagle, with private en suite accommodation, 24-hour personal cabin attendant service, evening turndown service, complimentary tea, coffee, and bottled water in-cabin, robes, slippers, and Natura Siberica toiletries in-cabin
      • 9 nights hotels
      • Full guided off-train excursions program, including personal headsets to hear the professional guide's commentary and bottled water during excursions
      • Authentic dining experiences in local restaurants with a generous drinks allowance, including international wines
      • Baggage porterage
      • Arrival and departure transfers
      • High quality Golden Eagle embroidered backpack
      • All gratuities, including gratuities on excursions
      • All meals
      Not Included
      • Airfare to Yerevan, Armenia, and from Almaty, Kazakhstan
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      The Alexander, a Luxury Collection Hotel

      Yerevan, Armenia

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      Set in the historic center of Yerevan, this 114-room hotel features guest rooms with a pleasant minimalist design but with accents that showcase an Armenian heritage. Amenities include a spa with rejuvenating therapies, 24-hour fitness room, and a heated indoor pool. The hotel staff is friendly and extremely helpful.

      Tbilisi Marriott Hotel

      Tbilisi, Georgia

      Days 3-5 (3 nights)

      This 5-star hotel is perfectly located for exploring the city of Tbilisi. It's in a historic building right on Rustaveli Avenue, the main street named after the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli, and lined with beautiful old buildings, cafes, shops, and restaurants. Guest rooms are spacious with modern decor and feature...

      Four Seasons Hotel Baku

      Baku, Azerbaijan

      Days 6-8 (3 nights)

      Set along the waterfront in the heart of central Baku, the beaux-arts style Hotel Baku features stylish and well appointed guest rooms, with either a king-sized bed or two twin beds. Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, fitness room, and spa offering a variety of body treatments, massages, and facial...

      Golden Eagle

      Days 9-14 (6 nights)

      A rail journey on the Golden Eagle combines first-class customer service with a romantic exploration of the world's most remarkable sites—and a room with a view that constantly changes! You'll unpack just once and experience a fantastic adventure. The Golden Eagle offers three categories of cabins, featuring state-of-the-art...

      InterContinental Almaty

      Almaty, Kazakhstan

      Day 15 (1 night)

      Nestled in the heart of Almaty, this large luxury hotel offers guest rooms with mountain views, a wonderful spa, and easy access to the city's top attractions. Rooms have all the modern amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel, including individual temperature control units, safe boxes, high-speed internet, free...

      What the Trip is Like

      The trip is rated Level 1+, Easy, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Light walking and hiking are required to scenic nature areas, local towns, villages, and sites of historical and cultural interest.

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      A particular charm of the Golden Eagle is the beautifully appointed restaurant cars, a delightful venue in which to enjoy meals skillfully prepared by the Executive Chef and his on-board restaurant team using the very best ingredients locally sourced whenever possible. Depending on the number of guests on board, one or two restaurant cars will be on every departure.

      Enjoy the pleasures of an on-train breakfast each morning -- the wonderful aroma of freshly-baked bread permeates the dining car, a wide selection of pastries, cereals, freshly squeezed orange juice and cold plates are available from the buffet. Alternatively, enjoy a cooked breakfast brought to your table by the wait staff, all complemented by hot tea and coffee. If you are in need of a more relaxed start to the day, then opt for a continental breakfast basket with tea or coffee to enjoy at leisure in your cabin.

      For lunch and dinner you will be welcomed by the on-board team and enjoy fine food, great wines and attentive service in the welcoming atmosphere of the dining car. The Golden Eagle offers a culinary experience that reflects the essence of the places you visit, as well as highly accomplished international cuisine. Vegetarian and other dietary options are also available.

      During your tour, you will be personally invited to a special dining occasion, our celebrated Caviar Dinner, savoring gastronomic specialties including black sturgeon and red pacific salmon caviar.

      Meals at lunch and dinner are complemented by an excellent choice of wines from around the world. Meals are a relaxed affair as the restaurant cars can accommodate all our guests in a single sitting. Throughout the journey there is an informal dress code, and with the open-seating policy you can dine wherever, and with whomever, you please.

      Please note that no alcoholic drinks will be served on or off the train if travelling through Iran.

      On a typical day, the Golden Eagle will travel through the night, as you sleep in your private cabin. Disembarking after breakfast the following morning, you will set out by coach or minibus to explore, for example, the sights and sounds of Samarkand, Mashhad, Persepolis and Tashkent, and at the end of the day return to the sanctuary of your hotel-on-wheels, greeted by your cabin attendants with complimentary refreshments.

      Some days will be spent partly or entirely on board the train providing an opportunity for guests to watch the landscape unfold. The Golden Eagle offers different on-board activities and facilities so you might spend the time attending talks on the local history and culture, trying your hand at bridge, improving your photographic skills, or simply soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying afternoon tea in the Bar Lounge Car. Perhaps read a novel from the library, challenge your friends to a game of bridge or backgammon, or attend an engaging talk given by on-board lecturers on local history and culture.

      During morning or afternoon tea in the Bar Lounge Car with delicious, freshly baked pastries, your Tour Manager will organize a program of activities. Passengers will receive printed daily itineraries throughout the tour detailing train arrival and departure timings, latest weather forecasts for the next destination, and information on the following day's excursions and activities. In the evening, enjoy the sounds of the resident pianist playing on the baby grand piano in the Bar Lounge Car. From time to time, there are special concerts. Every night the bar stays open until the last person leaves.

      Client Testimonials

      "Very interesting trip in all aspects."

      Beri B.

      Los Alamitos, CA

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Along with Lake Van and Lake Urmia, Sevan was considered one of the three great lakes of the historical Armenian Kingdom, collectively referred to as the Seas of Armenia; it is the only one within the boundaries of today's Republic of Armenia.<br><br>\nAfter lunch we continue our way, by coach, to the Armenian-Georgian border in Bagratashen, driving through the spa town of Dilijan, well known for its forest landscapes and medicinal mineral water, before we make a coffee and brandy stop at Avan Dzoraget Hotel, nestled among the forest-covered hills and rocky slopes of the Caucasus Mountains.<br><br>\nThis evening we arrive into the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, where we stay for the next three nights at the Marriott Hotel.<br><br>","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":4,"Headline":"Tbilisi, Georgia","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Hemmed in by the Surami Range, the city of Tbilisi extends for 17 miles along the banks of the River Kura. 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The museum offers a haunting and fascinating insight into a man responsible for more deaths and suffering than any other human being.<br><br>\nThe famous cave city of Uplistsikhe dates from the 6th century BC and is first mentioned in the chronicles of the 1st century AD. Carved into rocky plateau we find huge echoing halls, meandering corridor-streets, chambers for pagan worship, and even the remains of Georgia's oldest theater complete with auditorium, stage, and orchestra pit. Like the other cave-towns of Georgia, it is rooted in the prehistoric traditions of the peoples of the Near East. On one side the fortress was protected by the Mtkvari and an almost vertical rock face; on the other, by powerful fortifications. Its strategic position on the approaches to Gori and its strong defenses made it possible to control the surrounding terrain. There were numerous attempts to destroy Uplistsikhe. Only in the 13th century, however, did the hordes of Genghis Khan's son Khulagu succeed in doing so, after capturing and destroying many fortresses in Transcaucasia with the help of siege machines. The 5,000 inhabitants of Uplistsikhe perished and life ended forever in the fortress. <br><br>In the late afternoon, our explorations will take us to the city of Mtskheta, Georgia's old capital. Due to its historical significance and numerous ancient monuments, Mtskheta became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. 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The city's extravagant fountains, golden domes, and towering modern buildings appear strangely incongruous in this desert setting.<br><br>\nUpon arrival we will board the Golden Eagle. Once settled into our cabins, lunch will be served in the Restaurant Cars. 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Located in the middle of the Kara Kum desert where the area is rich in natural gas, the 230-foot-wide crater is known by the locals as the \"Door to Hell\" and has been burning for over 40 years. It's a unique experience that is not to be missed.<br>","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":11,"DayTo":11,"Headline":"Khiva, Uzbekistan","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Crossing the border into Uzbekistan, our train arrives at the ancient city of Khiva, founded 2,500 years ago. As one of the Silk Road&rsquo;s most important trading posts and now a World Heritage Site, it lies at the crossroads of the routes between Mongolia, Russia, China, and Persia. A truly magnificent sight to behold, it rises out of the desert to reveal a wealth of impressive architecture. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. 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