Silk Road Journey

Day 1: Arrive Beijing

Arrive Beijing, private transfer to 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 visit, Grand Mosque, Bell and Drum Towers

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.

  Terracotta Warriors and Ancient city wall visit

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 which in ancient times meant Blazing Beacon sitting at the edge of large desert dunes.

  Mogao Caves

Day 8: Dunhuang

Get up early to visit the Mingsha Sand dunes at sunrise to get the best pictures of the oasis containing Crescent Lake. In the afternoon drive to Liyuan to board a sleeper train to Turpan.

  Mingsha dunes and Crescent Lake

Day 9: Turpan

Arrive in the 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 hilight.

  Jiahe Ruins, Gaochang Ruins, Tarim Mummies, Emim Minaret

Day 11: Urumqi

Drive to Urumqi, the capitol of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region and visit the bazaar where you can find the best handicrafts from whole area.

  Grand Bazaar

Day 12: Heavenly Lake  Hotan

Morning excursion to Heavenly Lake where the local Kazakhs can give you a ride on their horses. In the afternoon fly to Hotan. Arrive at Hotan in late afternoon and overnight there.

  Heavenly Lake excursion

Day 13: Hotan

Excursion tour to the Ancient City of Mallikurwatur, visiting the ancient tombs and buildings; then visit King of Walnuts. Later appreciate the hand-woven Aidelaixi Silk produced by small family units. Then visit to the local market.

  Ancient City of Mallikurwatur excursion

Day 14: Hotan-Kashgar

Morning drive to Kashgar, which cost about 7 hours. Upon arrival, visit to the famous Sunday Bazaar.

  Kashgar Sunday Market.

Day 15: 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 16: 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. Upon arrival at the airport, you will meet for your private transfer to your hotel located in the city center. 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 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, L)
Today we’ll explore 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 and Lunch

Day 4 Xi'an (B)
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

Day 5 Xi'an/Jiayuguan (B, L)
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. Then you visit the ancient City Wall, the most significant and best-preserved wall extant in China now, running over 13 kilometers around Xian.  In the evening, private transfer to train station and board on an overnight train to Jiayuguan.

Accommodation:
• Overnight Sleeper Train
Included activities:   
• Terracotta Warriors
• Ancient city wall
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 6 Jiayuguan (B, L)
We will arrive Jiayuguan at 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. The caves contain some of the most excellent examples of Buddhist art spanning 1,000 years. 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. At night we will explore local night market.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:   
•Magao Caves
Meals Included:
• Breakfast and lunch

Day 8 Dunhuang/Turpan (B)
Dunhuang situated in an oasis containing Crescent Lake and Mingsha Shan. You will be transferred to see these two famous scenic spots today. The Crescent Lake, in Chinese Yueyaquan, is a crescent-shaped lake oasis in Gobi Desert, one of the three miracles in Dunhuang. And Mingsha Shan (literally Singing-Sand Mountain), named after the sound of the wind whipping off the dunes. It is one of the four most significant singing sand mountains in China. In the evening we will take a private bus transfer to Liuyuan train station aboard an overnight train to Turpan.

Accommodation:
• Overnight Soft sleeper(First Class)train
Included activities:   
• Mingsha Shan
• Crescent Lake
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'. Upon arrival, private bus to the hotel. After refresh, 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 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,L)
Today we will take a private bus to Urumqi about 3hrs drive. Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. It was a major hub on the Silk Road in Tang dynasty. After arrival, we will visit the International Grand Bazaar, one of the most famous landmarks in Urumqi. It is an Islamic bazaar and the most massive bazaar in the world by combining Islamic culture, architecture, ethnic commerce, tourism, and entertainment.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:   
• Grand Bazaar
Meals Included:
• Breakfast and lunch

Day 12 Urumqi/Heavenly Lake/Hotan (B)
This morning we will drive to the Heavenly Lake. It is located on the north side of the Bodga Shan range of the Tianshan Mountains. You can enjoy fantastic mountain views and serene lake scenery. Then private transfer to the airport for flight to Hotan.  An ancient Silk Road city with a long and illustrious history, Hotan (和田; Hétián) is nevertheless moving quickly and relentlessly into the modern age. Indeed, today it can be hard at first to imagine that this was once the focal point of the ancient kingdom of Khotan (224 BC to AD 1006), or that later it became an important junction of the southern Silk Road from where trade routes led into India.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:   
• Heavenly Lake
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 13 Hotan (B, L)
Enjoy a day tour of the Melikawat Ruins and Silk workshop. Melikawat Ruins located 25km south of town, a Tang dynasty settlement with wind-eroded walls, Buddhist stupas and the remains of pottery kilns. Some scholars believe Melikawat was a capital city of the Yutian state (206 BC to AD 907), an Indo-European civilization that thrived during the height of the Silk Road. After visit Melikawat Ruins, we will continue to a workshop of hand-woven Aidelaixi Silk, which made in small units of families.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:   
• Melikawat Ruins
• Silk workshop
Meals Included:
• Breakfast and lunch

Day 14 Hotan/Kashgar (B)
Today is a long travel day. After breakfast, private bus to Kashgar(approx 7 hours). 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. No visit to Kashgar is complete without a trip to the Livestock Market, which takes place once a week on Sunday. The day begins with Uyghur farmers and herders trekking into the city from nearby villages. By lunchtime, just about every saleable sheep, camel, horse, cow, and donkey within 50km have squeezed through the bazaar gates.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:   
• Kashgar animal bazaar
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 15 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 16 Kashgar-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

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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