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! Routes plied by adventurers, merchants, conquerors and dreamers for centuries. Visit the Great Wall, legendary Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Fabulous Xian reveals the secrets of the Emperor's tomb. Explore 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 explore the Xinjiang museum, home to archaeological treasures from the Silk Road and the region's minority cultures. Enjoy picturesque Hong Shan Park and the Red Hill Pagoda and shop the Grand Bazaar for Uyghur silk and Chinese cotton. Immerse yourself in the sensory delight of exotic herbs, spices, fruits and nuts on display in the bazaars, in the bounty of Turpan's Grape Valley, and in the delights of Kashgar's 2000 year old Sunday Bazaar.

At a Glance


11 Days

Priced From

$3,400 per person


  • TBA


Days 1-2  Beijing
Day   3    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, the iconic symbol of China and exploring Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. Afternoon visit to the Magnificent Imperial Palace - the Forbidden City, home to 24 Emperors over 5 centuries.

Day 03. Beijing – Xian

Morning transfer to the airport for flight to Xian. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Full day sightseeing in Xian beginning with the Terracotta Warriors. Created by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di who united China from a collection of warring states to become its First Emperor. Also responsible for building the Great Wall, he was obsessed with the secret of immortality. 70,000 workers built his tomb, said to be filled with legendary treasures. His 3,000 wives and concubines followed him to the grave, the warrior statues included to protect and serve him in the afterlife. In the afternoon we'll see the Wild Goose Pagoda one of the most recognizable landmarks of Xian. Built in 652AD its is a well-preserved Buddhist site. Evening visit to the Muslim Mosque and nearby local bazaar.

Day 04. Xian – Dunhuang

Our sightseeing tour of Xian will continue to the Shaanxi History Museum. With a collection of more than 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts in one of the largest and most modern museums in China, it creates a wonderful "tour" of ancient Shaanxi province. We'll explore Xian's City Wa then transfer to the airport to take a 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 of 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!). Similar to the frescoes at Mogao historians consider them as Dunhang Buddhist art as well.
Back in town visit the White Horse Pagoda and the informative Dunhuang County Museum containing Tibetan and Chinese scriptures from the Mogao grottoes, silks, sacrificial objects, and reed torches for the beacon towers on the Great Wall. Transfer to the railway station to take an overnight train to Turpan, one of the most ancient cities of the Great Silk Road and the second lowest depression in the world.

Day 07. Turpan

Sightseeing in Turpan includes the picturesque Tuyoq 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. Later, a visit to Grape Valley - a pleasant park with vineyards and fruit trees. Relax, enjoy and sample the grapes and melons of the area. Grapes were introduced to Turpan over 2000 years ago. Overnight in Turpan.

Day 08. Turpan - Urumqi

Morning visit to the ruins of Jiaohe - 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. Explore the remarkable Karez system, an ancient engineering miracle designed to bring water to the dry desert town. Sightseeing drive to Urumqi. Overnight in Urumqi.

Day 09. Urumqi - Kashgar

Morning excursion to Xinjiang Regional Museum for the exhibits of archaeological treasures from the Silk Road and Xinjiang's minority cultures including a display of well-preserved 3000 year old mummies excavated from Loulan in the Takla Makan desert. Afternoon visit to picturesque Hong Shan Park to enjoy a panorama of the city, a visit to Red Hill Pagoda and Erdao Qiao Bazaar for colorful Uygur silk and Chinese cotton, local handicrafts, and fabulous displays of herbs, spices, dried fruit and nuts, and aromatic oils
Evening transfer to the airport for flight to Kashgar, the heart of Uygur culture. Dinner and overnight in Kashgar

Day 10. Kashgar

Full day sightseeing in Kashgar. This 2,000 year old oasis city is one of superlatives! The 15th c. Idkah mosque is the largest mosque in China and Apak Khoja's Tomb is the holiest place in Xinjiang for Sufis. Handicraft Street offers the best in distinctive arts and crafts. There are still small sections of the old town left to see, while most has been tastefully rebuilt to modern code. 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. If you can imagine it, you will find it there! There are sections for silk, cotton, knives, hats, pots and pans, fresh vegetables and fruits, carpets, jewelry... livestock and horses are located a few km down the road, but worth the visit.
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

  • TBA

Trip Highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo and discover the cultural treasures and ancient Silk Road destinations of western China
  • Visit the lively Kashgar Sunday Bazaar and rural villages where time seems to have stood still
  • Enjoy the opportunity to meet with local people
  • Experience Silk Road Treasure Tours best adventures with skilled, knowledgeable 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
  • Complimentary lunch in Turpan with the family
  • Dinner in Kashgar traditional restaurant
  • Experienced multilingual 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
  • Flight from Urumqi
  • 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

  • TBA

Land Tour Costs

From $3,400 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement