The Silk Road began due to China’s desire for the Heavenly Horses of The Ferghana Valley in Kyrgyzstan. In this fascinating two-week tour discover the Chinese end of The Silk Road. Travel across deserts and explore ancient trading posts though a region that is truly the melting pot of cultures, history and the origin of The Silk Road.
Arrive Beijing - Hutong Tour
On arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel and after time to freshen up you take a stroll around Beijing’s historic Hutong district.
Beijing City Tour (Overnight train to Xian)
A full day tour reveals some of the Beijing’s fascinating history. Visit Tiananmen Square, the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall before exploring the vast Forbidden City, residence of the Ming and Qing emperors. In the evening catch an overnight train to Xian.
Xi’an City Tour
Arrive in Xian and in the afternoon take a city tour, including the Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi Provincial Museum and a walk through Xi’an’s walled old town, visiting the Muslim Quarter and the Great Mosque, one of the oldest and largest Islamic structures in China.
Terracotta Army Excursion
This morning explore neolithic Banpo village before entering the hall of the terracotta warriors, the highlight of any visit to Xi’an. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to stroll around the city and its markets
Dunhuang - Mogao Caves
This morning catch an early flight to Dunhuang. You will be met off the flight and taken to Mogao Caves, also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves, The rock-hewn caves were carved out of the cliff face and the dry climate has helped preserve their treasures. In the afternoon, return to Dunhuang for an overnight stay.
Mingsha Hill - overnight train Turpan
This morning venture into the desert to Mingsha Hill, where there will be the opportunity for a camel ride with amazing views of the crystal-clear Crescent Moon Spring. Back in Dunhuang, visit the small Silk Road museum before driving to Liuyuan and boarding the overnight train to Turpan.
Today’s full-day tour around Turpan takes in the incredible Buddhist cave paintings at Bezeklik and the ancient capital of Jiaohe, abandoned by the Jushi people in the 14th century. In the afternoon visit ‘Grape Valley’, irrigated by 2,000-year-old karez water channels and famous for its delicious ‘mare’s nipple’ grapes.
Turpan - Urumqi
Two and a half hours northwest of Turpan lies Urumqi, modern capital of Xinjiang Province . Here you can stroll to the 18th century pagoda in Hong Shan (Red Hill) Park for beautiful views and visit Urumqi Regional Museum to see its collection of Silk Road artefacts.
This morning drive to Heavenly Lake, around an hour away from Urumqi. This spectacular glacial lake is famous throughout China for its scenery, and the rest of the day has been left free to explore on foot or on horseback. The night will be spent in a private yurt near the shores of the lake.
Urumqi - Kashgar
After a free morning for further exploration, drive back and Urumqi to catch a flight to the desert city of Kashgar where you will stay for the next two nights.
Kashgar Sunday Market
No visit to Kashgar would be complete without a visit to the famous Sunday Market, which has been at the centre of the city’s commercial life since the days of the Tang Dynasty . The visitors are as diverse as the goods on offer, with Uighurs, Tajiks, Kyrgyz and Han Chinese trading horses, camels, sheep, silk, furs, jewellery and fruit.
Kashgar - Beijing
Today you will fly from Kashgar to Beijing, with a change of planes in Urumqi.
Great Wall of China
Drive north of Beijing today to visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Begun in the 3rd century and designed to to protect the Chinese Empire from barbarian attacks, this massive defensive system snakes for 6000 kilometres across the mountains of northern China.
Transfer to Airport
Transfer to the airport today for your departure flight.
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- All internal flights in economy class
- All sleeper train tickets
- Private English speaking guide
- Separate driver with vehicle
- All entrance fees
- 13 Nights on BB basis
- International flight
- Visas (obtained before travel)
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses (meals, drinks, tips etc)
- Walk through Beijing’s historic Hutong district
- Explore the historical start of the Silk Road in Xian
- Marvel at the stunning Terracotta Army
- Wander at the beautiful ‘Thousand Buddha Caves’ in Dunhuang
- Explore the Silk Road oasis of Turpan
- Enjoy the spectacle of Kashgars lively and colurful Sunday market
- Walk along the magnificent Great Wall of China