Highlights

The Price Based on 2 Persons in a Private Tour for 4Star Hotel.

  • Go back 2,200 years and visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an.

  • Wonder city of Turpan along old Silk Road.

  • Discover the historic city of Dunhuang that is On the edge of the Gobi Desert.

  • Wonder city of Turpan along old Silk Road.

  • Picturesque Heavenly Lake and Tianshan Mountain chains.

ITINERARY Close All

Day 1Xian Arrival

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

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Xi'an
Altitude: 400m
  • Xi'an

    Xi'an

  • Xi'an

    Xi'an

Day 2Visit Terracotta Warriors and Big Goose Pagoda

Tour starts at 08:00 and then drive 1 hour to get close to the incredible Terracotta Warriors in China’s first Emperor's Tomb built 2300 years ago,the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century.

After lunch in the local restaurant, head to ancient architecture and a holy place for Buddhists.- Big Goose Pagoda,The restored Buddha and building are beautiful with spectacular timber work and gilded features are recently built by donors, they make a fine job of explaining the role of Buddhism in China’s history.


Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Xi'an
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 400m
  • Terracotta Warriors

    Terracotta Warriors

  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Day 3Xi'an City tour

Today is an another day to explore the history and culture in Xi'an.

We will visit Shanxi Museum, one of the major museums in China. It is home to numerous unearthed cultural artifacts and represents the imposing image of a 13-dynasties capital.

Afterwards, drive to the Ancient City Wall, the most well-preserved city wall and the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. You will have a bird's-eye view of panorama of Xi'an city when wandering along the city wall. Afterwards, wandering through the tight and interesting Muslim Quarter Streets to experience the local lifestyle. Street vendors selling all sorts of goods from souvenirs, hand crafted products and local snacks. You need to bargain with the vendors if you are buying goods.

In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner and have a good rest in the hotel.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Xi'an
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 400m
  • Shaanxi History Museum

    Shaanxi History Museum

  • Muslim Quarter

    Muslim Quarter

Day 4Flight to Dunhuang, Visit Echoing Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake

Take the flight to Dunhuang and head up to Echoing Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake. When there is wild wind, the sands will be blown up and make a loud sound, while the sound sounds like being produced by some ancient musical instrument when blown by the breeze, There is also a Crescent Lake that has been in existence for hundreds of years without ever being buried by the sand. Riding the camel as the Silk Road Caravan in the vast desert is highly recommended (approximately 40mins). Please bring your sunglasses and mask to keep out the dust

In the evening, you can walk around and taste Gansu delicacies at the Shazhou Night Market, the most bustling place of Dunhuang at night. It's easy to lose our sense of time wonder the market while enjoying your leisure time and taste some local cuisine.

Traffic: Car+Flight
Hotel: Overnight in Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1200m
  • Echoing Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake

    Echoing Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake

  • Shazhou Night Market

    Shazhou Night Market

Day 5Visit Mogao Grottoes then Train to Turpan

Today we are going to appreciate the Holy Center of Buddhism Culture and Art-UNESCO of Mogao Grottoes, enjoying the 40mins 4D movie to learn the development of the grottoes and then we will be escorted by the professional guides from Mogao to enjoy the the 8 caves mainly.

Afterwards, say farewell to Dunhuang and we will take high-speed train to Turpan.

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

    Mogao Grottoes

  • Turpan.jpg

    Turpan

Day 6Turpan City Tour

After breakfast, the good day begins. First we drive to Tuyoq Village which is an ancient oasis-village in the Taklamakan desert, 70 km east of Turpan in a lush valley cutting into the Flaming Mountains and famous for its seedless grapes and a number of ancient Buddhist meditation caves nearby containing frescos. Then we make our way to Bezekilik Thousand Buddha Caves which are a complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to 14th century between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan (Loulan) at the northeast of the Taklamakan Desert near the ancient ruins of Gaochang in the Mutou Valley. Finally our scenic bus will take you to Astana  Tombs, a complex of an ancient tomb where you can see many well- preserved aretifacts including mummies. 

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Turpan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 36m
  • flaming mountain

    Flaming Mountain

  • Tuyoq Village

    Tuyoq Village

Day 7Turpan City Tour then Drive to Urumqi

Today you will have a full day to explore this fertile oasis. Pay a visit to 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.

Afterwards explore Jiaohe Ruins, resembles Pompeii, but 300 years older, where you can experience the way of life of the Uighur ancestors.

Drive to the capital city of Xinjiang- Urumqi to visit the Grand International Bazaar where  you can watch Uighur dance show and taste local delicacies.

Traffic: Car——200km
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 800m
  • Jiaohe Ruins

    Jiaohe Ruins

  • Xinjiang Internatioanl Grand Bazaar

    Xinjiang Internatioanl Grand Bazaar

Day 8Visit Heavenly Lake Tour

We will drive 1.5 hours to entrance of the Heavenly Lake about 08:30, following is the 40-minutes shuttle bus twisting through the picturesque Tianshan mountains to the edge of the Lake. Either Trek around the lake, enjoy the boating cruise, or even take the cable car to the explore the Maya Mountain for the incredible view of Bogoda Peak.

Lunch will be arranged in the Yurt of the local Kazakhs. Back to Urumqi and head to Xinjiang Regional Museum, where are many archaeological treasures of the Silk Road and Xinjiang's minority cultures. You will learn about the history of Xinjiang and its peculiar ethnic customs. If time allowed, you will visit Grand International Bazaar and have dinner there.


Traffic: Car——120km
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 800m
  • Heavenly Lake

    Heavenly Lake

  • Xinjiang Regional Museum

    Xinjiang Regional Museum

Day 9End 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

  • Domestic flights from Xi'an to Dunhuang.

  • 2nd class express train from Dunhuang(Liuyuan Station) to Turpan  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 and domestic flights 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.

Client’s Reviews Write Review

  • Paline

    Review submitted 30th May 2018

    Took the route: Xi'an - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar. Lesley has a team of very responsible guides. We had 4 good ones, out of which the first 3 from Xi'An to Urumqi were super knowledgeable historian guides! We were blown away by the sights and the personal narrations provided. The 4th guide in Kashgar gave no history info but was at least responsible. Be prepared to feel interrogated from Turpan to Kashgar by the national security operation everywhere which appear to be the norm. All part of the adventure not meant for the faint-hearted. Lesley is a professional good tour operator.

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