EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: October 22, 2018 - November 7, 2018

17-DAY PERSIAN ODYSSEY
Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN to Teheran, IRAN
October 22 – November 7, 2018

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Day 1 Depart CANADA
Day 2&3 Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN            Hotel Overnight
Day 4 Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN                Embark
Day 5 Samarkand, UZBEKISTAN             Train Journey
Day 6 Bukhara, UZBEKISTAN                  Train Journey
Day 7 Khiva, UZBEKISTAN                      Train Journey
Day 8 Ashgabat, TURKMENISTAN           Train Journey
Day 9 Merv, TURKMENISTAN                 Train Journey
Day 10 Mashhad, IRAN                            Train Journey
Day 11 Mahan & Rayen, IRAN                  Train Journey
Day 12 Yazd, IRAN                                  Train Journey
Day 13 Isfahan, IRAN                               Train Journey
Day 14 Presepolis & Shiraz, IRAN            Train Journey
Day 15 Teheran, IRAN                              Disembark
            Teheran, IRAN                             Hotel Overnight
Day 16 Teheran, IRAN                              Hotel Overnight
Day 17 Depart for CANADA

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 RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW & RECEIVE AIRFARE CREDIT*
Book SILVER or GOLD accommodation and receive FREE $1,000 CA credit towards your airfare!
IMPERIAL SUITE guests will receive FREE $2,000 CA credit towards your airfare!
Single occupancy guests will receive FREE $1,500 airfare credit!

DOUBLE Occupancy Fares In US Funds:

SILVER CLASS $17,495

GOLD CLASS $20,995

IMPERIAL SUITE $34,995

SINGLE Occupancy Fares In US Funds:

 SILVER CLASS $26,595

GOLD CLASS $31,995

 

 Deposit requirement is 30% of the total value package. Please note the penalty of $500 US per person is applicable for all cancelations prior to JANUARY 11, 2018 after that date your initial full deposit becomes fully non-refundable as well. Your final balance for this journey is due by JUNE 14, 2018. Make your deposit and final payment by cheque and you will save 2% of your total cost.

ALL PRICES ARE IN US DOLLARS AND INCLUDE:

Overnight first class hotel stay in Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN
12-Day luxury train journey with all the inclusions as listed below
2-Nights first class hotel stay in Teheran, IRAN
Fully guided tours and excursions as per the itinerary.

All gratuities for local guides, drivers and train’s staff.
Hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours*.
PLEASE NOTE: Cost of airfare (priced in Canadian dollars) and schedule will not be confirmed until early December 2017 for this journey. 
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OPTIONAL EXTENSION: 4-Night extension from MOSCOW, RUSSIA and TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN is available upon request. Includes, 1-night hotel stay in Moscow and 3-night train journey aboard the Golden Eagle between Moscow and Tashkent. Please call us for more details.

DAY 1 / Monday, October 22, 2018 CANADA – UZBEKISTAN
Late evening departure from Toronto for Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (In-flight Meals)

DAY 2 / Tuesday, October 23, 2018 TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN
Upon arrival in Europe, you will change planes for another late afternoon/evening flight to Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (In-flight Meals)

DAY 3 / Wednesday, October 24, 2018 TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN
Upon arrival at the Tashkent airport, you will be met by the Golden Eagle local guide and taken for a panoramic tour followed by lunch at a local restaurant. After your lunch, you will be transferred to the Lotte City Tashkent Palace Hotel, where you will spend one night in preparation for the fascinating journey ahead aboard the Golden Eagle. Accommodation: TASHKENT PALACE HOTEL or similar (1 night). (D)

DAY 4 / Thursday, October 25, 2018 TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN
Tashkent is the capital city of Uzbekistan and we spend time touring this modern Soviet-style city which was rebuilt following the devastating earthquake of 1966. Our tour of the city includes the Old Town, where traditional homes and religious buildings line the narrow streets and here in a small library we’ll be privileged to see one of Islam’s most sacred relics – the world’s oldest Koran. This is followed by a visit to the Railway Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 / Friday, October 26, 2018 SAMARKAND, UZBEKISTAN
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 and is 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 we will 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. Before dinner we will return to the now illuminated and awe-inspiring Registan Square. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 / Saturday, October 27, 2018 BUKHARA, UZBEKISTAN
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. We then travel out of the city to experience the Emir’s enchantingly named, Palace of the Moon and Stars. This evening, weather and time permitting, we will enjoy a barbecue on the station platform before our train departs. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 / Sunday, October 28, 2018 KHIVA, UZBEKISTAN
From Urgench we travel to 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, we discover its impressive mosques, madrassas, bazaars and minarets within Khiva’s ancient walls. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 / Monday, October 29, 2018 ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN
Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan 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 and the Soviet city built after the devastating earthquake of 1948. The city’s extravagant fountains, golden domes and towering modern buildings appear strangely incongruous in this desert setting. Highlights on our visit include a visit to the National Museum and Kipchak Mosque. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 / Tuesday, October 30, 2018 MERV, TURKMENISTAN
We transfer to the ancient and mainly unrestored remains of Merv. Once an important stopping point on the Silk Road, it claims to have briefly been the largest city in the world during the 12th century. 1794 saw the demise of Merv, after the Emir of Bukhara destroyed the dam which the population depended on for its water. Early evening, we arrive at the border town of Sarakhs and it is here we make the important changes to the bogies as we prepare to cross into and onto the standard gauge tracks of Iran. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 / Wednesday, October 31, 2018 MASHHAD, IRAN
Following the change overnight of wheelsets we leave Sarakhs before dawn and an early morning arrival provides us with the whole day to explore the sacred city of Mashhad, which is home to the Imam Reza Holy Shrine, the largest mosque in the world in terms of its dimension, followed by a tour of the Nader Shah Museum. Following lunch in the city, we will visit the Tomb of Ferdowsi, the father of Persian Literature who lived over 1,000 years ago. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 / Thursday, November 1, 2018 MAHAN & RAYEN, IRAN
After, breakfast we alight in Mahan, where we visit the 19th century Royal building, Prince Garden and tomb. We later visit the sanctuary and tomb of the famous, Soufi, Shah Nematollah Vali, dating back to the Mongol Era. We continue by road onto Rayen. The 20,000 square meters Rayen castle is situated beneath the snow-capped Mount Hezar in the Province of Kerman. A huge medieval mud brick citadel, it was considered second only to Bam before the 2003 earthquake. Rayen displays all the architectural elements of a deserted citadel (it was inhabited until 150 years ago) and is extremely well preserved. It is considered one of the most interesting sites in Iran. We re-join the train at dusk in time for dinner as we depart for Yazd. (B,L,D)

DAY 12 / Friday, November 2, 2018 YAZD, IRAN
Yazd is thought to be one of the oldest cities in the world and a centre of Zoroastrianism, a monotheistic faith founded in Iran 3,500 years ago. Our tour takes in the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Amir Chakhmagh Square and the 14th century Friday Mosque, home to one of Persia’s finest and exquisite mosaics. (B,L,D)

DAY 13 / Saturday, November 3, 2018 ISFAHAN, IRAN
This enchanting city, which served as Persia’s capital from 1598 to 1722, is 2,500 years old and one of the oldest in Iran. As a crossroad of international trade and diplomacy, Isfahan has a rich mix of languages, religions and customs. The city is famous for its silver filigree and metal work, array of great historical monuments, and its life-giving river, the Zayandeh-Rood, which has given the city its beauty. Isfahan is packed with some of Iran’s best sights and today we spend a whole day in the city, visiting the Chehel Sotoon Palace and the Vank Church in the Armenian Quarter. Following a traditional Iranian lunch, we move on to Naghshe Jahan Square, a World Heritage Site and the second largest man-made square in the world, where the Ali Qapou Palace and Shah and Sheikh Lutfullah Mosques can be found. Here, the time is yours to enjoy the huge square and pick up a bargain at the handicraft Bazaar of Qaisarieh. (B,L,D)

DAY 14 / Sunday, November 4, 2018 PERSEPOLIS & SHIRAZ, IRAN
Following breakfast on board we stop at Sadat Shaha, for the home of Persepolis, another World Heritage Site. Perhaps Iran’s most important archaeological site, this ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire dates back to the 6th century. Even now, the ruins are extremely impressive. We also view the Necropolis (Naghshe Rustam). After lunch we continue by bus to Shiraz. Shiraz has many strings to its bow: poetry, literature, wine, flowers and amazing gardens and fruit trees. A visit to the Quran Gate, Hafez Tomb and the Vakil Citadel are the highlights of our afternoon tour. (B,L,D)

DAY 15 / Monday, November 5, 2018
DAY 16 / Tuesday, November 6, 2018 TEHRAN, IRAN – CANADA
After breakfast, we reach our final destination Tehran, and disembark the Golden Eagle and transfer to the five-star Espinas International Hotel for a two-night stay. During our stay in the Iranian capital we will visit the Crown Jewels Museum in the Central Bank of Iran Building, with its vast array of crown jewels used by the Qajar and Pahlavid royalty and the legendary Peacock Throne. Also, we visit the Golestan Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with its renovated Versailles-inspired mirror-encrusted Marble Throne Hall used for the coronation of the last Shah. Most of the remaining brick and tile buildings date back to the 19th century Qajar dynasty. On our final evening, we will enjoy a farewell dinner and take the opportunity to reflect on our pioneering journey along the Silk Road to the heart of Persia. Accommodation: ESPINAS INTERNATIONAL HOTEL or similar (2 nights). (B,L,D)

DAY 17 / Wednesday, November 7, 2018 TEHRAN, IRAN – CANADA
Following early breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your homebound flight back to Canada.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR TOURS – As far as possible our tours are all inclusive with no hidden extras. What follows are those elements which are included in the tour price. The only extra items you will need to budget for include personal expenses such as international and internal flights, visa costs, travel insurance, drinks from the Bar Lounge Car and laundry.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE TOURING – Customise your journey and enjoy the opportunity to select from an array of Freedom of Choice Touring options that best suits your interests. Your off-train excursions will still take in all the major attractions of the places we are visiting but, in featured locations, you will be presented when you are on board the train with a variety of activities from which to choose, and enjoy a tailor-made experience. Look at the individual itineraries where we are operating Freedom of Choice Touring. Freedom of Choice Touring options may be subject to variations dependent on finalised train timings and local charges. Touring options available will typically be advised in the evening prior to the day’s tour.
EXPERIENCED TOUR MANAGERS – Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and organisational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your voyage of a lifetime. We receive many exceptional passenger comments about our Tour Managers and their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your holiday.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TRANSFERS – Arrival and departure transfers are included.
HOTEL AND ONBOARD ACCOMMODATION – Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or relaxing in the train’s public areas, you will find you hotel room or cabin a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day. Hotel and on-board accommodation as described in your individual tour itinerary are included in the tour price. All hotels are of 5-star standard or, in certain locations, the best available. Room upgrades are available on request and at extra cost.
WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNERS – Each tour begins with a Welcome Dinner, an ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow passengers with the Tour Manager to brief you on the trip; and introduce you to the Golden Eagle Luxury Trains team and the Tour Doctor. The Farewell Dinner is the perfect end to your adventure by private train where you can relive the journey and look ahead to future tours.
ROUTE GUIDE, ITINERARY AND INFORMATION PACK – When you board the train there will be a brochure in your cabin detailing more about your journey and the places en-route. Our Tour Manager will organise a programme of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a programme for the next day’s touring schedule.
BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER DAILY – All departures feature one or two uniquely designed restaurant cars where you can enjoy the excellent waiter-served food and wine. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.
DRINKS WITH MEALS – All meals with wines at lunch and dinner except in Iran where soft drinks and non-alcoholic beer will be available. Drinks from the Bar Car are also included with the exception of drinks from the Premium Wine List.
ON BOARD SERVICE – Throughout your tour you can expect service which is attentive, friendly and un-intrusive. The high ratio of staff to passengers means there is always someone available should you need assistance.
GUIDED OFF-TRAIN EXCURSIONS – All our tours include a wide-ranging sightseeing schedule to make the most of the time you have off the train and bring you closer to the culture, people and history of your destinations.
PERSONAL HEADSETS – On all the off–train excursions, to enhance your enjoyment and comprehension of the places you visit, you will be provided with a lightweight personal headset on which to listen to your tour guide as you take in the sights. So, you do not need to worry about missing any of the interesting details on your excursions.
ON BOARD DOCTOR AND MEDICAL FACILITIES – To give you peace of mind our tours are accompanied by a doctor who travels with us for the entire journey; so, you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required. Normally, the doctor will be English speaking and be registered with the General Medical Council in the UK.
CABIN ATTENDANT SERVICE – Your car attendants provide housekeeping and bedding turndown services. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water are available in your cabin at selected times.
PORTERAGE – Porterage is included between the hotels and stations.
ALL GRATUITIES – All gratuities are included in the tour price.

GOLDEN EAGLE – Aboard your luxurious private train, you can expect well-appointed en-suite cabins, fine dining and elegant surroundings – no matter where you choose to explore. First-class service is included as standard, with a personal cabin attendant service, available at all times to look after all of your needs.
Life Aboard Our Luxury Train Accommodation – The Golden Eagle has been carefully designed with emphasis on your comfort, relaxation and enjoyment. In addition to our private en-suite sleeping cabins, we offer a beautifully appointed Bar Lounge Car and Restaurant Cars.
Luxury Accommodation – The Golden Eagle, comprising three categories of cabins, featuring state-of-the-art amenities and en-suite facilities, is the only private train of its kind operating in these regions of the world.
Relaxing on Board – Unwind in comfortable surroundings and watch the world go by as you get to know fellow passengers in the social heart of the Golden Eagle, the Bar Lounge Car.
Dining on Board – Our beautifully designed restaurant cars provide a wonderful venue to enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared by our Executive Chef and his highly skilled on board restaurant team.

IMPERIAL SUITES Are the most spacious cabins available on board the Golden Eagle measuring 120 sq. ft. (11.1 sq. meters) and benefiting from a large and luxurious double bed as well as a lounge area with dressing table. Imperial Suite facilities include a private en-suite bathroom with power shower and the luxury of underfloor heating; individual air-conditioning; wardrobe; DVD/CD player with LCD screen; complimentary fully stocked minibar; safe; small library and two large picture windows to watch the world go by. Exemplary service starts with a complimentary bottle of Dom Perignon champagne when you board the train to toast the start of your wonderful adventure. Imperial Suite guests will also benefit from the option of a private guide and car service in most of the places we visit along the route, the inclusion of drinks from the standard and premium bar list in the Bar Lounge Car, a laundry service and room upgrades to the next available category at the hotels which are featured in the itinerary.
Specification
• Sleeps 2 in King Size bed
• Sitting area
• Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating
• Recessed lighting and wardrobe
• Dressing table
• Personal safe
• Private en-suite bathroom with full power shower and underfloor heating
• Bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer and toiletries provided
• Complimentary minibar
• DVD/CD player with LCD screens
• Towels and linens changed every second day or daily on request
• Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water available always
• In-cabin dining available on request
• Drinks from the Bar Lounge Car included from the Standard and Premium Bar List (excluding Premium Wine List)
• Private car and guide options in selected cities for off-train excursion programme
• Laundry service included

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GOLD CLASS CABINS At 77 sq. ft. (7 sq. meters) are extremely well-proportioned and have everything from a private bathroom with separate power shower cubicle and underfloor heating to a DVD/CD player, LCD screen, safe, individual air-conditioning, wardrobe, large picture window as well as featuring a double lower bed and a single upper bed. Guests in Gold Class benefit from complimentary drinks off the Standard Bar List in the Bar Lounge Car.
Specification
• Sleeps 2 in either lower standard double bed or bunk style
• Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating
• Recessed lighting and wardrobe
• Personal safe
• Private en-suite bathroom with full power shower and underfloor heating
• Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries provided
• DVD/CD player with LCD screens
• Towels and linens changed every second day or daily on request
• Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin available always
• Drinks in the Bar Lounge Car included from the Standard Bar List
• Laundry service available at an additional charge

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SILVER CLASS CABINS Are more compact at 60 sq. ft. (5.5 sq. meters), feature a small double lower bed and a single upper bed as well as DVD/CD player, LCD screen, safe, individual air-conditioning, wardrobe and large picture window. The Silver Class cabins have private en-suite wet room with a washbasin, toilet and shower.
Specification
• Sleeps 2 in lower small double bed or bunk style
• Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating
• Recessed lighting and wardrobe
• Personal safe
• Private en-suite bathroom with ‘wet-room’ style shower and toilet
• Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries provided
• DVD/CD player with LCD screens
• Towels and linens changed every second day or daily on request
• Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water available always
• Laundry service available at an additional charge

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