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This morning we join our China Southern flight to Guangzhou where upon arrival we will transit through customs, immigration and security to join up with our domestic flight to Beijing - arriving late.

A day at leisure in dynamic Beijing. Beijing has many smaller less well-known attractions to explore - Bei Hai Park, traditional theatre in the Lao She teahouse, visit Mao’s mausoleum, stroll around the speciality shops of old Chinatown, visit the beautiful Lama Buddhist Temple, Mao’s underground city, the historical astrological observatory, visit the Red Gate Art Gallery, the National Art Museum, or perhaps do a walking tour of Beijing’s best hutongs.

(Meals: B)

We will be transferred to the airport for our flights to Ashgabat via Urumqi, with arrival late evening. We will be transferred to our accommodation for our first night in Turkmenistan and the start of our fascinating journey across Central Asia.

(Meals: B)

In the morning you visit the bustling Tokuchka Bazaar, one of Central Asia’s largest. Then travel to the ancient Parthian city of Nisa. You go on a guided tour of the National Museum where artefacts excavated from the ruins at Nisa are on exhibit. Your train departs later in the evening. Overnight on the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Arrive into the UNESCO-protected city of Merv. Enjoy lunch with a local family in the picturesque courtyard of their home. Overnight on the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

In Bukhara’s Old Town, you’ll see the almost 50m tall Kalyan Minaret and the Lyab-I Hauz Ensemble by the pond. Dinner is served in a madrassa courtyard, with musical accompaniment, local dances, and a presentation of colourful national costumes. The night is spent in a hotel in Bukhara.

(Meals: B, L, D)

A tour of Bukhara including the splendid Mir-e-Arab Madrassa, the Samanid Mausoleum, the massive Ark Citadel, where you view the Throne Room, the last emir’s Summer Residence and the world’s only women’s mosque. The night is spent in a hotel in Bukhara.

(Meals: B, L, D)

The morning is at your leisure. Your train leaves for Khiva, Uzbekistan around noon. Overnight on the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Arrive in Khiva. Your tour allows you to take in the atmosphere and sights of the oasis. Its palaces, mosques, minarets, mausoleums, and madrassas represent some of the best-preserved examples of oriental town architecture from medieval times. Enjoy lunch in the former emir’s Summer Palace. Your private train leaves for Samarqand in the evening. Overnight on the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Today is spent visiting the sights of this famous historic city. The Necropolis of Shah-e Zinde (the living Shah), the excavation sites at Afrosiab (with a museum tour), and Registan Square are certainly among the most notable architectural ensembles in Central Asia. The night is spent in a hotel in Samarkand.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Your day in this fascinating city includes a tour of a silk carpet manufactory, a visit to an Uzbek craftsman’s family to see paper being made from mulberry bark, stops at the Ulug Beg Observatory and the ruins of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, and viewing the interior of the palace-like Gur Emir Mausoleum. You spend the night in your hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Discover Shaman traditions and ceremonies on an excursion into the mountains. Your train continue along the Great Silk Road to Shakhrisabz where you will see monumental architecture of the Mongol ruler’s Great Palace. In the evening you depart to Tashkent. On board you are invited to a tasting of Uzbek wines. Overnight on the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Arrive in Tashkent in the morning. Your sightseeing tour of the city includes the Madrassa Kukeldash, the Kavoj and Amir Timur monuments, and the typical Kazakh mud brick houses. In the evening you attend Tashkent’s famous Navoi Opera (depending on schedule). Afterwards your train departs for Kazakhstan. Overnight on the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Arrive in the city of Turkistan. You visit the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards you continue on towards Almaty. Overnight on the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Arrive in Almaty after lunch. You enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city and see the imposing Zenkov Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the Wedding Palace, the Almaty Circus, and the Central Mosque. Enjoy your dinner in a traditional Kazakh yurt. Transfer to the airport in the evening for your flight to Urumqi.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Today we transfer to the airport for our China Southern flight back home via Guangzhou.

(Meals: B)

Our tour concludes with a morning arrival into Sydney.

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