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Silk Road Railway

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Silk Road Railway - Sundowners Overland
Silk Road Railway - Sundowners Overland
Excellent
3 reviews
Starts
Shiraz
Destinations
+13
Ends
Beijing
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Highlights

  • Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
  • Ruins of Persepolis
  • Emam Reza Shrine
  • Great Wall of China
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Max Group Size
15
Travel style
Discovery, Train & Rail
Start in Shiraz and end in Beijing! With the discovery tour Silk Road Railway, you have a 30 day tour package taking you through Shiraz, Iran and 14 other destinations in Asia. Silk Road Railway is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as meals, transport and more.

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  • A
    Written on June 12, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    Just a few words to say thanks to you and Sundowners for a great trip - it really went smoothly. Not a thing out of place, all transfers and guides were in place on time and all working well. Briefly - the itinerary was good, the accom spot on, transport better than expected, organisation remarkable (to get all those local people to turn up even when we were long overdue). The Silk Road is an ill-defined, and ellusive phenomina, since I was a kid it fascinated me. I did'nt find the old camel tracks but the feeling, the smells and the romance linger yet. More time would have been great but not practical. We were welcomed in every country we visited. Iran must rate as the most friendly country, (and the least understood), we have visited. Each country has its own distinctive culture and zealously protects the differences. Diana was a prize, a mother hen, well organised, energetic, a friend and a delightful woman. We have no complaints whatsoever. You are welcome to ask any questions. Thanks again, Rebecca. Very best regards, Kerry and David

  • A
    Written on June 9, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    Just arrived home after completing The Silkroad Railway trip from Istanbul to Beijing. Great experience this was my second trip with Sundowners Diana Bogdanova is the best tour leader, sorry Tim - Greg Harvey

  • Silk Road Railway reviewer 3
    Written on November 13, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was my second tour with Sundowners having previously enjoyed the Trans-Siberian in 2008. Five adventurers, an engaging and ever vigilant Group Leader plus a variety of knowledgable local guides made for a great experience. With the right attitude and a sense of humour this is one of the world's great adventures. My wife and I are both over 60 and have travelled extensively - everything from camping under the stars in the Simpson Desert to three nights in a lake view room at the Chateau Lake Louise. We both agree that this adventure was our most enjoyable. Not for couch potatoes - if you want to lie back by the pool in 7 star luxury, do yourself, your fellow travellers and the people of Central Asia a favour and take a 'holiday' in Dubai. If you like to experience new cultures, enjoy the challenge of meeting and communicating with people who generally speaking cannot uderstand a word you are saying, enjoy stepping out of your comfort zone a little on occasions and can smile when the border guards don't know how to - this is the adventure for you. Put aside any preconceived ideas you might have about Iran or the 'Stans and go see them for yourself - you will discover a world of cultural history and incredibly engaging people. AND you won't find any company more efficient than Sundowners at coordinating an adventure through Central Asia or Russia. We rated this experience 11/10 and like Macarthur, we will return. Tony and Irene Hargreaves.
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Shiraz
  2. Days 2-3: Yazd
  3. Days 4-6: Isfahan
  4. Days 7-8: Tehran
  5. Days 9-10: Tehran and onto Mashhad
  6. Days 11-12: Mashhad and to Ashgabat
  7. Day 13: Ashgabat to Mary
  8. Days 14-16: Mary to Bukhara via Merv
  9. Days 17-18. To Samarkand via Shakhrisabz
  10. Day 19: Samarkand to Tashkent
  11. Day 20: Tashkent to Almaty via Shymkent
  12. Day 21: Almaty
  13. Day 22: Almaty and onto Urumqi
  14. Day 23: Urumqi
  15. Day 24: Urumqi and to Turpan
  16. Days 25-26: Turpan and Silk Road Railway
  17. Day 27: Xian
  18. Day 28: Xian and onto Beijing
  19. Days 29-30: Beijing

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

  • How do the cabins for a couple traveling together on this tour look like?

    The rooms are booked on a twin/double share basis. So for a couple on the trains you would be sharing with 2 other travellers. We do not have the 2 berth upgrade for many of our Central Asian journeys as there are quite a few legs where 2 berth (or sole use of 4 berth) is not available.

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  • Lynette12th April 2018
    I haven't travelled yet but from what I've seen so far I'm extremely happy I have chosen to travel with TourRadar. From my very first enquiry I was impressed. I had been researching a number of companies to find the right tour for us but all the others took their time in replying and I had to ask a number of times for information. The team at TourRadar were always prompt with answering me and very forthcoming with information. The website was easy to use and I was very impressed that it had so much information. What information I couldn't find on the website was quickly given to me once I asked. Would I refer TourRadar to my friends.....I already have! Now I can't wait to travel

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    Aug 20, 2018
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    $224
    USD $7,256
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    $219
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    Oct 1, 2019
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    $227
    USD $7,353
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    Jun 9, 2020
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    Sep 29, 2020
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About the countries

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Currencies

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Manat
Turkmenistan
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Uzbekistan
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Kazakhstan
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Visa

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Vaccinations

These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Typhoid
Recommended for Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Cholera
Recommended for Iran and China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Iran, Kazakhstan and China. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Tick-borne encephalitis
Recommended for Kazakhstan and China. Ideally 6 months before travel.
Japanese B encephalitis
Recommended for China. Ideally 1 month before travel.

Policies

Location
Shiraz is the starting point and Beijing is the endpoint.
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Your money is safe with TourRadar, as we only pay the tour operator after your tour has departed.
Deposit
TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Sundowners Overland booking. The remaining balance is then payable 75 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 30 September 2018 the full payment of $7,076 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 75 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $7076 for Silk Road Railway, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
Availability
Some departure dates and prices may vary and Sundowners Overland will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
Credit Cards
The following cards are accepted for Sundowners Overland tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 7,657 km.
  • Shiraz (Iran)
  • 308 km
  • Yazd (Iran)
  • 265 km
  • Isfahan (Iran)
  • 339 km
  • Tehran (Iran)
  • 738 km
  • Mashhad (Iran)
  • 216 km
  • Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)
  • 340 km
  • Merv (Turkmenistan)
  • 304 km
  • Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
  • 215 km
  • Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
  • 264 km
  • Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
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