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Off the beaten track rail journeys

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Iran
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Iran

For seasoned rail travellers and those with a sense of adventure, look beyond the classics. Abigail Healy picks out three new rail holidays that will take clients off the beaten track

The intriguing Silk Road

The Silk Road was a well-trodden path for traders in ancient times but is full of mystery and intrigue for British travellers.

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains is offering clients the chance to explore part of it by rail on a new journey between Almaty in Kazakhstan and Iranian capital Tehran. The itinerary also travels through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, visiting the world’s oldest Koran at Tashkent, and

Darvaza’s gas crater, which has been burning for over 40 years.

Natasha Baker, marketing manager, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, says: “Our new Persia and Silk Road itinerary enables travellers to witness these little-visited lands in comfort and style.”

Travelling aboard the luxury Golden Eagle hotel-train means guests enjoy five-star en-suite accommodation and fine dining with a fully-guided off-train excursion programme.


Book it: The 15-night Persia and the Silk Road trip starts from £15,195pp based on an October 2, 2019 departure. Price includes three-nights’ hotel accommodation (one in Almaty, two in Tehran) and 12 nights on the Golden Eagle in Silver Class.

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