Silk Road Journey

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Day 1: Arrive Beijing
Arrive Beijing, make your way to the hotel and check-in. An evening group meeting is planned followed by dinner.
· Group Meeting and included Beijing Duck dinner.

Day 2: Beijing
Spend the day exploring the impressive Great Wall.
· Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion

Day 3: Beijing
Spend the morning visiting central Beijing's sites with free time in the afternoon until we board an overnight soft sleeper train to Xi'an.
· Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, Walking tour of Hutong area
 
Day 4: Xi'an
Arrive in Xi'an and discover the Silk Road history of this ancient city with a visit to the Muslim quarter and the Grand Mosque.
· Muslim quarter Oritation Walk and visit Grand Mosque

Day 5: Xi'an/Silk Road Train
Spend the morning visiting the Terracotta Warriors and leaving the afternoon free to wander the Xi'an city walls. In the evening board a soft sleeper train to Jiayuguan.
· Guided Terracotta Warriors tour

Day 6: Jiayuguan
Arrive in the mid-afternoon into Jiayuguan and visit the fort at the end of the Great Wall.
· Jiayuguan Pass

Day 7: Dunhuang
Drive to Dunhuang, and we will visit Ming-Sha Dunes and Crescent Lake.
· Ming-Sha Dunes and Crescent Lake

Day 8: Dunhuang
Spend the morning visiting Mogao Grottoes, and visit Dunhuang Town, Dunhuang Museum in the afternoon. Then private transfer to Liuyuan to board a bullet train to Turpan.
· Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Museum

Day 9: Turpan
Early morning drive to into the Turpan Depression and discover old ruins and grape valley.
· Flaming Mountains, Bezelik Thousand Buddha Caves, Karez Waterways, Grape Valley

Day 10: Turpan
Discover the ancient ruins and local culture that makes Turpan a trip highlight.
· Jiaohe Ruins, Gaochang Ruins, Tarim Mummies, Emim Minaret

Day 11: Urumqi
Drive to Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region and visit the bazaar where you can find the best handicrafts from the whole area.
· Grand Bazaar

Day 12: Heavenly Lake–Kashgar   
Morning excursion to Heavenly Lake where the local Kazakhs can give you a ride on their horses. In the afternoon board on the overnight train to Kashgar.
· Heavenly Lake excursion

Day 13: Kashgar
Morning arrives into Kashgar, upon arrival, visit the famous Sunday Bazaar.
· Kashgar Sunday Market.

Day 14: Kashgar
Full day tour of Kashgar, visiting Id Kah Mosque, Tomb of Abakh Khoja and Kashgar old town.
· Id Kah Mosque, Tomb of Abakh Khoja, Kashgar old town

Day 15: Depart
You are free to depart anytime during the day.

Day 1 Beijing (D)
Beijing is the capital of the P.R. China. The city, located in northern China, is governed as a direct-controlled municipality under the national government with 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts. As a city combining both modern and traditional architecture, Beijing is a megacity rich in history, exemplified in its global influence in politics, economy, education, history, culture, and technology. You will have a 6 pm group meeting at your hotel, and there will be more information about the meeting when you arrive at the hotel. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask at reception. Your group meeting will include details about your trip, followed by an orientation walk and included dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night) 

Included activities:  
· Private airport transfer
· Group meeting 

Meals Included:
· Peking Duck dinner

Day 2 Beijing (B)
This morning we'll take a private bus to visit Great Wall - Mutianyu Section (approx. 2hrs), one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall with 22 towers winding along the mountain ridges. Spend quality time exploring and learning the history of the Great Wall of China as well as enjoy the view at Huairou county the suburban area of Beijing. The great idea is to bring a picnic lunch with you to enjoy at the top the wall during a rest break. We will back to downtown Beijing.

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:
· Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion

Meals Included:
· Breakfast

Day 3 Beijing (B)
Today we’ll explore the the famous sights in Beijing. There will be a lot of walking today as well as using public the subway to get around. After breakfast, we will take the metro to Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument of the People's Heroes and the Great hall of the People. Then enter the Forbidden City, built from 1406 to 1420, a ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for more than 500 years. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the most extensive collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. After the Forbidden City, we will stroll in the alleys formed by lines of traditional courtyards known by Hutong and experience the local lifestyle of Old Beijing.  Then private transfer to the train station board on an overnight train to Xi'an.

Accommodation:
· Overnight soft sleeper (first class) train

Included Activities:
· Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
· Walking tour of Hutong area

Meals Included:
· Breakfast

Day 4 Xi'an (B, L)
Upon arrival, private bus to our downtown hotel. Xi'an an ancient imperial capital and eastern departure point of the Silk Road, Xi'an (formerly Chang’an) has long been a critical crossroads for people from throughout China, Central Asia, and the Middle East, and thus a hub of diverse ethnic identities and religious beliefs. Today we will visit the Great Mosque in Muslim quarter. The Great Mosque of Xi'an is the most significant mosque in China. It was constructed during the Hongwu reign of the Ming dynasty, with further additions during the Qing dynasty. Previous religious complexes are known to have stood on the same site, dating to as early as the Tang dynasty. Then we will take a walk around Muslim quarter, lively markets, and Bell & Drum Tower.

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:   
· Walking tour - Bell and Drum Tower and Muslim quarter
· The Grand Mosque

Meals Included:
· Breakfast and lunch

Day 5 Xi'an/Jiayuguan (B)
Today we will visit the Terracotta Warriors by private bus. You’ll learn all about this incredible archaeological find, discovered in 1976 by farmers digging a well, after being buried for 2,000 years. Three main pits are open for you to view, where just under 2,000 of the total 6,000 warriors – each individually sculpted from clay, each having a different costume, height, and even facial expressions – stand in battle formation. The scale is incredibly impressive. After the tour, we will enjoy a lunch in a local village. Free afternoon to explore the town until evening private transfer to train station and board on an overnight train to Jiayuguan.

Accommodation:
· Overnight soft sleeper (first class) train

Included activities:   
· Terracotta Warriors

Meals Included:
· Breakfast

Day 6 Jiayuguan (B, L)
We will arrive at Jiayuguan around noon. Upon arrival private transfer to the hotel. Jiayuguan has a history of 630 years. In 1372, during the Ming Dynasty, a fortress was built to protect the last frontier of the Chinese empire. It was entirely built up in 1540 and became a small township engaged in local trading, catering to the needs of the military garrisons stationed at the fort. The city was used to be the pass of the famous Silk Road and the first pass at the west end of the Great Wall in the Ming Dynasty. Today we will visit Jiayuguan Pass of Great Wall: the Jiayuguan Pass represents the western starting point of a section of the Great Wall constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The pass covers an area of 33,500 square meters (eight acres) and lies at the base of a narrow valley, and takes its name from one of the surrounding hills, the Jiayu. Commonly referred to as the most exceptional example of its kind on earth, the pass is the best preserved of the Great Wall's ancient military fortresses.

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:   
· Jiayuguan Pass of Great Wall

Meals Included:
· Breakfast and lunch

Day 7 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang (B, L)
This morning private bus to Dunhuang (5hrs). Dunhuang was a major stop on the ancient Silk Road and is famous for the nearby Mogao Caves, also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes. This afternoon we will visit Ming-Sha Dunes and Crescent Lake. 

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:   
· Ming-Sha Dunes and Crescent Lake

Meals Included:
· Breakfast and lunch

Day 8 Dunhuang/Turpan (B)
We will visit Mogao Caves in the morning; the Mogao Caves are the best known of the Chinese Buddhist grottoes and, along with Longmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes, are one of the three famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China. In the afternoon, we will go to Dunhuang, the city was founded by Emperor Wudi of the Han dynasty in 111 BC at the cross roads of two trading routes on the Silk Road, and the name 'Dunhuang', meaning to 'to flourish and prosper,' gives some indication of the town's prominence in ancient China. Afterwards, we will visit Dunhuang Museum. Dunhuang Museum is a comprehensive topography one principally exhibits historic and cultural relics. After the tour we will head to Turpan by bullet train.

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:   
· The Mogao Caves
· Dunhuang
· Dunhuang Museum

Meals Included:
· Breakfast

Day 9 Turpan (B, L)
Located at the junction of the east and the west of China, Turpan is a marvelous city combining Western and Eastern religions and culture entirely.  It has been a critical point on the Silk Road since ancient times, with a large number of historical relics and unique landscapes. The abundant sunshine provides the fruit with ideal conditions to grow. The fruit here is widely famous for its high sugar content, especially the grapes. Thus, Turpan praised as the 'Hometown of Grapes'. We will visit Grape Valley, Karez Waterways the famous underground irrigation system, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, and Flaming Mountains.

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:  
· Grape Valley and Karez Waterways
· Flaming Mountains
· Bezelik Grottos

Meals Included:
· Breakfast and lunch

Day 10 Turpan (B)
After breakfast, visit the Jiaohe Ruins. It is a natural fortress located atop a cliff, and a Chinese archaeological site found in the Yarnaz Valley. It is the largest, oldest and best preserved ancient capital city relics in the world. In 2014, the Jiaohe Ruins became part of the Silk Road UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then explore the old palaces ruins at the Ancient City of Gaochang, which is the site of a ruined, ancient oasis city on the northern rim of the inhospitable Taklamakan Desert. Gaochang used to be a kingdom and a busy trading center, stopping point for merchant traders traveling on the Silk Road. It destroyed in wars during the 14th century. Later in the afternoon, pay a visit to the Emin Minaret, a tower stands by the Uyghur mosque. With a height of 44 m, it is the tallest minaret in China.

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:   
· Guided tour of Jiaohe Ruins, Gaochang Ruins, and Emin Minaret

Meals Included:
· Breakfast

Day 11 Turpan/Urumqi (B)
Today we will take a private bus to Urumqi. Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. It was a major hub on the Silk Road in Tang dynasty. We will explore the International Grand Bazaar, one of the most famous landmarks in Urumqi.

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:   
· Grand Bazaar

Meals Included:
· Breakfast and lunch

Day 12 Heavenly Lake/Kashgar (B)
After breakfast seat back and relax, enjoying the spectacular drive to Heavenly Lake.

On the way, you can see mirages in the Turpan basin, then climb through a high mountain pass, switch-backing up the peak of the Tian Shan Mountains. By morning you will have descended down the other side into the Tarim basin, skirting the northern edge of the sandy Taklamakan desert, passing isolated communities eking out a living in a harsh environment. Tonight we will board on overnight train to Kashgar.

Accommodation:
· Overnight soft sleeper (first class) train

Included activities:   
· Heavenly Lake 

Meals Included:
· Breakfast

Day 13 Kashgar (B)
Kashgar is a city in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in China’s far west. It was a stop on the Silk Road, with its history stretching over 2,000 years. We will visit famous Sunday Market. For centuries, the Kashgar Sunday Bazaar in western Xinjiang has been a meeting place for locals, merchants and travllers along the Silk Road. Altough the primary purpose of the bazaar has histotically been to sell goods - everything from horses and camels to silk and household iteams - the reality is that people gather at the Kashgar market for one reason: the exotic and exhilarating environment!

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:   
· Kashgar Sunday Market

Meals Included:
· Breakfast

Day 14 Kashgar (B, D)
Start the tour of Kashgar from Id Kah Mosque, meaning place of festivities, which located on the central square. It is built in 1442, the largest mosque in China. Every Friday, it houses nearly 10,000 worshippers and may accommodate up to 20,000. There is a group of old Islamic constructions with strong ethnic style and religious features. Then continue the visit to the Tomb of Abakh Khoja. It said that the granddaughter of Abakh Khoja presented to Emperor Qianlong as an imperial concubine. After she died, her remains were escorted back to Kashgar and buried in the tomb. Spend the rest of the day wandering through the old town, which is the best place to experience the daily life of the locals as well as the traces of history. Traditional workshops are scattered at the corners, making pottery products, colorful caps, and other folk handicrafts.

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:   
· Id Kah Mosque
· Tomb of Abakh Khoja
· Kashgar old town

Meals Included:
· Breakfast and dinner

Day 15 Depart (B)
Depart at any time. Additional Notes: From Kashgar, there are flights to different regions of China. You can return to Beijing, continue to Shanghai, Chengdu, or Hong Kong. Most flights connect in Urumqi.

Meals Included:
· Breakfast

Tour Code
Start
End
Price(US$)
  • CA-SR181112

    Monday

    2018-11-12

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2018-11-26

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR190408

    Monday

    2019-04-08

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2019-04-22

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR190513

    Monday

    2019-05-13

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2019-05-27

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR190610

    Monday

    2019-06-10

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2019-06-24

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR190708

    Monday

    2019-07-08

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2019-07-22

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR190812

    Monday

    2019-08-12

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2019-08-26

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR190909

    Monday

    2019-09-09

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2019-09-23

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR191014

    Monday

    2019-10-14

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2019-10-28

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR191111

    Monday

    2019-11-11

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2019-11-25

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR190408

    Monday

    2019-04-08

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2019-04-22

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR200511

    Monday

    2020-05-11

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2020-05-25

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR200608

    Monday

    2020-06-08

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2020-06-22

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR200706

    Monday

    2020-07-06

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2020-07-20

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR200810

    Monday

    2020-08-10

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2020-08-24

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR200907

    Monday

    2020-09-07

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2020-09-21

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR201012

    Monday

    2020-10-12

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2020-10-26

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

  • CA-SR201109

    Monday

    2020-11-09

    From Beijing

    Monday

    2020-11-23

    From Kashgar

    Available

    US$4755.00

    15
    Days

Visas - A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:

- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency

- Copy of Flight tickets

- Hotel booking confirmation

- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document) 

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

Booking a Single Room - On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years. 

Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 24 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.

Luggage - One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

What to Expect on Tour

Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 

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15 Days