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Wonders of the China Silk Road

Duration of this Trip 11 Days Priced From $3,400 per person

Beijing, China Beijing, China

Adventure to the Silk Road Cities of China that have inspired explorers, adventurers, conquerors and dreamers for centuries. Visit the Great Wall, Legendary Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Spend 10 incredible days in Xian, the Mogao Caves and Mingsha Singing Dunes in Dunhuang. Enjoy a sunset view of the best desert scenery along the Silk Road. Fly to Urumqi to visit the Xinjiang museum, home of archaeological treasures from the Silk Road and the region's minority cultures. Enjoy picturesque Hong Shan Park and the Red Hill Pagoda. Shop the Grand Bazaar for Uyghur silk and Chinese cotton, immerse yourself in the sensory delight of the herbs, spices, fruits and nuts on display, in the bounty of Turpan's Grape Valley and the delights of Kashgar's 2000 years old Sunday Bazaar.

At a Glance


11 Days

Priced From

$3,400 per person


  • May 7-17, 2016
  • June 9-19, 2016


Days 01-02: Beijing
Day 03. Xian
Days 4-5: Dunhuang
Days 6-7: Turpan
Day 8: Urumqi
Days 9-10: Kashgar
Day 11: Urumqi-Beijing


Day 01. Beijing (CHINA)

Arrival in Beijing. You will be met by our representatives at the Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 02. Beijing

We start our China Silk Road Tour in Beijing by visiting the Great Wall, one of the seven wonders of the world and the symbol of China, then explore Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. Afternoon visit to the Magnificent Imperial Palace, also known as the "Forbidden City," which symbolizes imperial and traditional China.

Day 03. Beijing – Xian

Morning transfer to the airport for flight to Xian. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Check in. Full day sightseeing in Xian: Visit the Terracotta Warriors, which were created by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di. This amazing but megalomaniac man conquered and united China from a collection of warring states to become its First Emperor. He built the Great Wall and amassed great works of art. Obsessed with a quest for the secret of immortality, 70,000 workers built his tomb, said to be filled with legendary treasures. His 3000 wives and concubines followed him to the grave. Later, visit the Horses Museum. In the afternoon you will see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda; this symbol of the old-line Xian is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. Evening visit to the Muslim Mosque and nearby local bazaar.

Day 04. Xian – Dunhuang

Continue sightseeing tour around Xian. Visit the Provincial History Museum, with a collection of more than 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi. It is situated in the southern suburb of Xian City, northwest of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Since it was opened to the public in 1991, its architectural buildings, internal apparatus, and exhibits have made it famous as a first-class museum in China. Discover Xian's City Wall. Later, transfer to the airport to take flight to Dunhuang. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Day 05. Dunhuang

Full day sightseeing in Dunhuang. Day trip to the Mogao Caves – the world's richest treasure-trove of Buddhist manuscripts, wall paintings, and statuary created during the nine dynasties and dating from as early as the 4th century. Later visit the nearby Mingsha (Singing) Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake. Enjoy a sunset view at the best desert scenery along the entire length of the Silk Road.

Day 06. Dunhuang-Turpan

Excursion to the Western 1000 Buddha caves, (although in reality there are only 22!). The frescoes are similar to the ones found at Mogao and it is therefore mostly assumed that they are also Dunhuang Buddhist art.
In town see the White Horse Pagoda and the informative Dunhuang County Museum which contains some of the Tibetan and Chinese scriptures from the Mogao grottoes, silks, sacrificial objects, and reed torches for the beacon towers. Transfer to the railway station to take an overnight train to Turpan, one of the most ancient cities of the Great Silk Road.

Day 07. Turpan

Upon arrival, sightseeing tour in Turpan: Visit picturesque Tuyoq ancient village to see the oldest Buddhist caves in the Turpan area. Visit local Uygur families and enjoy beautiful mountain scenery. You will also see the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves on the flanks of the Flaming Mountains (there are 67 caves dating from 317 to 1368). In the evening, visit the famous Grape Valley, a pleasant park with vineyards and fruit trees. There are special places for relaxing and sampling the grapes and melons of the area. Grapes were introduced to Turpan over 2000 years ago. Overnight in Turpan.

Day 08. Turpan-Urumqi (200)

Morning visit to the ruins of Jiaohe city - once capital of the State of South Cheshi one of the 36 kingdoms of the Western region of the Han Dynasty. First settlements appeared there in 2 BC. Later explore the remarkable Karez system, an old engineering miracle designed to bring water to the dry desert town. The karez channels of Turpan have a history of more than 2000 years. Sightseeing drive to Urumqi. Overnight in Urumqi.

Day 09. Urumqi-Kashgar

Morning excursion to Xinjiang regional museum to see archaeological treasures from the Silk Road and Xinjiang's minority cultures. A display of well-preserved 3000 year old mummies, excavated from Loulan at Takla Makan desert, completes the exhibition. Afternoon visit to picturesque Hong Shan Park from where you can enjoy a panorama of the city, visit Red Hill Pagoda, the Grand Bazaar or Erdao Qiao Market for traditional Uygur silk and Chinese cotton, and enjoy the variety of nuts and dry fruits, herbs, and aromatic oils on display.
Evening transfer to the airport for flight to Kashgar. Dinner and overnight in Kashgar

Day 10. Kashgar

Full day sightseeing in Kashgar. Visit the largest mosque in China the 15th c. Idkah mosque, Apak Khoja's Tomb – the holiest place in Xinjiang for Sufis, and then tour the handicraft street and the old parts of the town. Excursion to the Mor Stupa of 3BC, and the nearby picturesque Atush village.

Day 11. Kashgar-Urimqi-Beijing

Morning visit to the colorful, chaotic Great Sunday Bazaar filled with numerous sections for silk and cotton, knives, hats, pots and pans, fresh vegetables and fruits, carpets and jewelery, even a separate livestock and horse section located a few km down the road.
Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Urumqi. International flight to your next destination.

Land Tour Costs

From $3,400 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement


Scheduled Departures

  • May 7-17, 2016
  • June 9-19, 2016

Trip Highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo and discover the cultural treasures and silk road destinations of China, its magnificent temples and archaeological sites
  • Visit the exotic Kashgar Sunday Bazaar, ancient villages where time seems to have stood still, and get a chance to meet with local people.
  • Enjoy Silk Road Treasure Tours best adventures with experienced local guides

Visited Countries

China Silk Road

Visited Cities & Places

Beijing, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumchi, Kashgar

Suggested Extensions

Uzbekistan Cultural Tour: Golden Road To Samarkand

Reading Lists

Mark Norell, Denise Party Leidy, AMNH, Laura Ross "Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World"
Frances Wood "The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia"
Valerie Hansen "The Silk Road: A New History"

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Visa support /invitation
  • Meals: All Breakfast and Dinners
  • Experienced guides
  • Transport service throughout the tour
  • 1,5 L Bottle of water every day
  • Entrance fees to all museums, sites, parks and mountains (based on the itinerary)
  • Show in Xian
  • All airport Transfers
  • Welcome gifts and pre departure Travel Package
  • Domestic Flights and local trains

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Charges for the hotels for additional services
  • Consulate visa fees

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Wonders of the China Silk Road Tour

An 11 day tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

Scheduled Departures

  • May 7-17, 2016
  • June 9-19, 2016

Land Tour Costs

From $3,400 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement