Highlights

The price is based on 2 persons in a private tour in 4star hotel

● Discover the historic city of Dunhuang that is on the edge of the Gobi Desert

● Explore Dunhuang’s markets and soak up a very different culture to that of western China,

● Explore Mogao Grottoes, the home to the largest, best-preserved, and richest Buddhist art in the world—the first cave was carved here in 366 AD.

● Visit the Local Uyghur Family in the ancient Tuyoq village in Turpan

● Wonder city of Turpan along old Silk Road

● Hiking in the Natural Wonders of Kanas Park, Hemu Village and Keketuohai

ITINERARY Close All

Day 1Lanzhou Arrival

Today your travel begins with a welcome meeting at airport. After checking in the hotel, rest of your time is free to explore Lanzhou with a long history and colorful culture. There are many historical sites worth visiting.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Lanzhou
Altitude: 1600m

Day 2Visit Grand Buddha Temple, then Drive to Jiayuguan (223 kms)

Breakfast at the hotel, then you will be transferred to the train station to catch the express train to Zhangye. Your guide will accompany you to the Grand Buddha Temple, which is the important place of the Silk Road. Midway in the Hexi Corridor along the Silk Road lies the historic city of Zhangye, the centerpiece of which is the mysterious Giant Buddha Temple. Located in the southwest corner of Zhangye in Gansu Province, the Giant Buddha Temple is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia (1038-1227) period. you will see the largest and well-preserved reclining Buddha in this temple. Then we will head to visit the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, which is the most typical arid area of northern China. Ribbons of reds, oranges and yellows slice through the rock, to create a rainbow vista contained only by the contours of the jagged mountain peaks. so many people also call it "Rainbow Mountain". after visiting, we will head to Jiayuguan for overnight stay.

Traffic: Car+Train
Hotel: Overnight in Jiayuguan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1462m
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    Grand Buddha Temple

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    Zhangye Danxia Landform

Day 3Visit Weijin Tombs, then Drive to Dunhuang (350 kms)

Continue the sightseeing to renowned underground gallery Weijin Tombs. There we can enjoy lifelike and succinct wall paintings covering a wide range of subjects including politics, economies, culture, military affairs, folk customs, and science and technology during the Wei and Jin periods (4AD)


After lunch, 4hrs driving to Dunhuang to visit Echoing Sand Mountain, where you can ride the camels for 40mins to experience the beautiful desert scenery in the sunset.


After an extraordinary day, freshen up and enjoy a good dinner, we continue to appreciate the bustling Shazhou Night Market dotted with special commodities and souvenirs.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1138m
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    Echoing Sand Mountain

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    Shazhou Night Market

Day 4Dunhuang Exploration Tour

Today you will have a chance to visit Yumen Pass ( Jade Gate Pass ), which was once used as one of the west gates out of China during the Han Dynasty. It has been badly damaged by the shifting sands but still highlights the splendour of this magnificent architectural structure.

In the afternoon, you can explore Yadan National Geological Park. Geological Park is famous for its nighttime sounds and vivid rocks in various shapes that look like animals or world-famous attractions. If you want, you can stay there until sunset.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1138m
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    Yumen Pass

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    Yadan National Geological Park

Day 5Visit Mogao Grottoes, then Train to Turpan

After breakfast, let's visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes, which was designated as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its 1600 years accumulated cultural, architectural, and art treasures. There remains 492 cave temple and 45000 square meters of frescos. According to Tang Dynasty records, a monk had witnessed onsite a vision of thousand Buddhas under showers of golden rays. Thus inspired, he started the caves construction work that spanned ten dynasties. Mogao Caves are commonly known as the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. At 17:00hr, we embark the 'China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Turpan.

Traffic: Car+Train
Hotel: Overnight in Turpan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 36m
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    Mogao Grottoes

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    Mogao Grottoes

Day 6Turpan City Tour, then Drive back to Urumqi (200 kms)

With an early start today our first stop Tuyoq Valley, an ancient oasis-village. We will have lunch in the local Uygur family before exploring this traditional village surrounded by the impressive grape trellis and the stories of the adventurers all of the world.


About 3pm, head up to the Karez Well irrigation system that produce the best melons and grapes in China. Following is the visiting to Sugong Minaret, a conduit for cultural exchange between different ethnic and religious groups.


Today's tour end up with the 2hrs's exploration of Jiaohe Ruins, resembles Pompei, but 300 years older,a Chinese archaeological site found in the Yarnaz Valley, 10 km west of the city of Turpan and a natural fortress located atop a steep cliff on a leaf-shaped plateau between two deep river valleys where you can experience the way of life of the Uygur ancestors.

After visiting, driving to the capital city of Xinjiang- Urumqi

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 918m
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    Karez Well

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    Sugong Minaret

Day 7Visit Heavenly Lake, then Drive to Fuyun (500 kms)

Morning your driver will pick you up from your hotel. Then driving to visit the Heavenly Lake, a picturesque Alpine lake, 2000m up in the Tianshan mountain range. Heavenly Lake is a long and narrow gourd-shaped moraine lake, 3400 meters long, about 1500 meters wide, 105 meters at the deepest point, with an average depth of 40 meters, covering an area of about 5.9 square kilometers. There are eight beautiful scenic spots in the lake scenic area. Then 2 peolpe back to Urumqi and the other 8 paople drive to Fuyun for overnight stay

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Fuyun
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 781m
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    Heavenly Lake

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    Heavenly Lake

Day 8Visit Keketuohai National Geological Park, then Drive to Burqin (300 kms)

Welcome to Fuyun. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby and you will start your trip from Keketuohai National Geological Park. Then you will see "Haizi Kou" and explore the Tunnel of Mine No 3, which comprises of many types of minerals. Take a tram ride and travel along Irtysh Grand Canyon till you reach Shenzhong Mountain and visit the "Earthquake Museum". Thereafter, travel to Burqin for dinner and overnight stay.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Burqin
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1459m
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    Keketuohai National Geological Park

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    The Tunnel Of Mine No 3

Day 9Drive to Kanas,Visit Kanas Nature Reserve (140 kms)

We have to start the tour in the very early morning, and then drive along the mountain road to Kanas Nature Reserve, China's only European-like ecological site that has been awarded the title of the "Pure Land of the World" due to its unspoiled natural scenery. En-route, visit Kanas Lake. Upon arrival have lunch and then change the shuttle bus to the inside of the Reserve to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Later afternoon back to Jiadengyu district to check into the hotel. Dinner and rest.


Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Kanas
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1375m
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    Kanas Nature Reserve

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    Kanas Nature Reserve

Day 10Visit Hemu Village (70 kms), then drive back to Burqin

After breakfast, we’ll take the coach to Hemu village, which is the one of the famous Tuvas village. You can experience the unique life style of Tuvas and enjoy the beautiful scenery. then drive to Burqin enjoy the sunset in Five-Colored Beach. Walk into the colorful Beach, you will feel as if in a dream world. The unique lava landscape consisted of purplish red, vandyke red, yellow and light green mudstone, sandstone and gravel. This is the most beautiful colorful Beach, masterpiece of nature, and miracle of Burqin. 


Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Burqin
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1459m
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    Five Colored Beach

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    Hemu Village

Day 11Drive back to Urumqi (660 kms), Passing by Urho Ghost City

After breakfast, we will back to Urumqi, travel along the Gurbantunggut Desert to the Urho Ghost City, one of the famous yardang landform in China, caused by strong howling wind and erosion. The various strange shapes formed by the wind erosion make you connect them with pagodas, temples, animals, etc.


Continue heading to Urumqi. Upon arrival, head to Xinjiang Grand International Bazaar where you can watch Uygur dance show and taste local delicacies.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 918m
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    Urho Ghost City

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    Urho Ghost City

Day 12End of Tour

Today you will say goodbye to Urumqi, be transferred based on your flight or train schedule. Wish you a pleasant journey home!

Traffic: Car
Hotel: No accommodation
Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDES

  • Private transportation through out the itinerary. SRT will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure based on your flight info.

  • Shared accommodations in well located, tourist to superior class hotels include breakfast, service charge and government tax.

  • All entrance fees(shuttle bus) sightseeing; excursions and activities as per the itinerary

  • 2nd class express train from Lanzhou to Zhangye listed in the itinerary

  • Private friendly and professional English-Speaking guides (French, Italy, Russian, German can be arranged per your request)

  • Visa support letter for you to apply Chinese visa easily.

  • Travel and health insurance when travel with us.

  • 8, A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling.

EXCLUDES

  • International flight arrive in Lanzhou and leave from Urumqi not indicated.

  • Food, Lunch or dinner not specified

  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers

  • Personal expenses and the other tours or activities not mentioned

TRIP NOTES

  • We will upgrade trains to 1st class where available if book the tour 5 months in advance of departure.

  • There is no problem to travel Silk Road during Ramadan.

  • Complimentary 2 bottles of water each person on daily use.

Transportation

We will use business MPV to luxurious coaches and trains.

Accommodation

All the hotels we selected are 4-5star well-located in the city center with good and proper breakfast for our clients.

Guides

Our guides are very friendly, knowledgeable, helpful. And our group tours will be escorted from SRT.

Climate and Altitude

Generally speaking Mid March—End Oct are the best time to visit Silk Road. And we strongly suggest you come in May, June, October to avoid the heat and crowd. No need to worry about high altitude along the Silk Road. We will prepare Oxygen bags if the package includes Xiahe, Qinghai Lake and Taxkorgan County.

We offer beneficial Cancellation Policy to our customers.

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