Silk Road Explorer

Silk Road Explorer

Start: UK Finish: UK

Visiting: London, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xiahe County, Zhangye, Jiayuguan City, Dunhuang, Turpan, Korla, Kuqa, Xinjiang, Aksu Prefecture, Kashgar Prefecture, Ürümqi, Beijing, Great Wall of China


Duration: 27 Nights

Physical rating: Medium, Reasonable level of fitness required. A lot of time spent on your feet rather than covering long distances.

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Meat

Tour code: 427

Tour operator: Wendy Wu

Group size: 8 - 18

Age range: 16-70+

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Follow in the footsteps of intrepid adventurers by journeying along one of the world’s most famous trading routes, the Silk Road. Beginning in ancient Xian, venture across this vast land to reach the fascinating outpost of Kashgar. Hike along the Jiayuguan area of the Great Wall and spend time exploring Imperial Beijing.

Highlights

  • iconSee the exhibits of Buddhist paintings, statues and sculptures at the Mogao Grottoes.
  • iconVisit the striking red sandstone Flaming Mountains and the elegant Emin Minaret.
  • iconExplore Kashgar's history.
  • iconRetire to the alpine banks of placid Tian Chi Heavenly Lake.
  • iconCome face to face with the Terracotta Warriors.
  • iconListen to the hum and whistle of the Singing Sand Dunes.

Itinerary

icon Day 1 -2 : Fly overnight to Xian

Location: London, Xi'an

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Dinner

Fly overnight to Xian, the ancient former capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

icon Day 3 : Terracotta Warriors

Location: Xi'an

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Gaze over the ranks of warriors and horses, each one unique, whilst your guide introduces you to these life-like soldiers' fascinating story. Later, enjoy a gentle cycle ride that will take you the nine miles around the ancient city wall and take a walking tour of the narrow and winding streets of the Muslim Quarter. Tonight, enjoy a traditional dumpling dinner and take an optional 'Xian by night' tour.

icon Day 4 : Train to Lanzhou

Location: Lanzhou

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start the day with a visit to Xian Museum and the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Later, board the bullet train to Lanzhou.

icon Day 5 -6 : Explore Lanzhou

Location: Lanzhou

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin today with a leisurely walk along the Yellow River and then head to the hilltop Baita Temple for a moment of tranquillity. Along the river and in Baita Park you can see locals practising Tai Chi. Later, tuck into some delicious Lanzhou-style noodles made with hand stretched dough. The next day, cross Liujiaxia Lake by speed boat and head into the green hills around Liujiaxia to explore the extraordinary Thousand Buddha Caves of Bingling Temple and their wealth of Buddhist murals, statues and sculptures. Also visit the statue of Maitreya.

icon Day 7 : Tibetan Xiahe

Location: Xiahe County

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Conquer the scenic Jishi Mountain Pass to arrive at Tibetan Xiahe and spend time acclimatising to the altitude.

icon Day 8 : Labrang Monastery

Location: Xiahe County

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Giving a taste of the mysteries of Tibet, Labrang Monastery is a fascinating maze of prayer wheels, chapels and chortens. Dine on traditional Tibetan food for lunch, including Tibetan dumplings, known as momos.

icon Day 9 : Travel to Zhangye

Location: Zhangye

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Return to Lanzhou and take the speedy bullet train to Zhangye, once an important commercial town along the Silk Road.

icon Day 10 : Rainbow Mountains

Location: Zhangye, Jiayuguan City

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early this morning to witness the sunrise over the kaleidoscopic mountains in Danxia National Park. Return to Zhangye and visit the Giant Buddha Temple before boarding your bullet train to Jiayuguan.

icon Day 11 : Great Wall at Jiayuguan

Location: Jiayuguan City

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Seen as China's western gateway, Jiayuguan is the perfect place to get to grips with your Silk Road history. Visit the Jiayu Fortress and take a walk on the western extremes of the magnificent Great Wall for panoramic views over the starkly beautiful Gobi Desert.

icon Day 12 : City of Sands

Location: Dunhuang

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Dunhuang. Located on a major trade and cultural crossroads, Dunhuang, known as the 'City of the Sands', sits in a verdant oasis on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert. Visit the Shazhou Night Market where you can wander amongst the stalls.

icon Day 13 : Mogao Grottoes

Location: Dunhuang

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A system of temples and sanctuaries, visit the Mogao Grottoes that exhibit wonderful examples of Buddhist paintings and statues that span thousands of years.

icon Day 14 : Singing Sand Dunes

Location: Dunhuang

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit Crescent Moon Spring, nestled amongst rolling dunes and the famous Singing Sand Dunes, a phenomenon produced by the wind blowing through grains of sand.

icon Day 15 : Turpan

Location: Turpan

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take the bullet train to Turpan, a lush green oasis set in a barren landscape. An easy-going town famed for its grapes, its pleasant streets are lined with lush vine trellises.

icon Day 16 -17 : Explore Turpan

Location: Turpan, Korla

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the ruins of ancient Jiaohe and see the elegant Emin Minaret, the tallest in China. The next day, learn about the fascinating 2000-year-old Kerez irrigation canals and drive to Kurla.

icon Day 18 -20 : The Silk Road

Location: Kuqa, Xinjiang, Aksu Prefecture, Kashgar Prefecture

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Over the next three days travel along the original Silk Road through the Xinjiang Region, viewing ruins and sights largely unvisited by tourists. Start with a visit to see the ruins of Subashi, before arriving in Kuqa to see the Kyzil A Thousand Buddha Caves. Continue travelling to Aksu, and on to the fabled city of Kashgar.

icon Day 21 : Explore Kashgar

Location: Kashgar Prefecture

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Its skyline punctured by minarets, Kashgar feels a million miles from China – in fact, it feels a million miles from anywhere! Although now a modern city, the sights and sounds of Kashgar's bazaar have remained unchanged for millennia. Sightseeing today includes a visit to Abakh Hoja Tomb, ID Kah Mosque and a stroll through the narrow atmospheric alleyways around ID Kah Square.

icon Day 22 : Kashgar Sunday Bazzar

Location: Kashgar Prefecture, Ürümqi

Dive headlong into Central Asia's largest bazaar. Within this riot of textures, vivid colours and traditional dress, you can browse hundreds of stalls selling anything from spices and carpets to boots and blenders. Later, fly to Urumqi.

icon Day 23 -24 : Heavenly Lake to Urumqi

Location: Ürümqi, Beijing

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Escape to the tranquillity of Tianchi (Heavenly Lake), formed in a crater. Pay a visit to a Kazakh minority family in their yurt and spend some time with them, learning their way of life. Tonight, enjoy local Uyghur lamb skewers for dinner. The following day, make a short visit to the Xinjiang Museum before flying to Beijing, China’s historic capital.

icon Day 25 : The Great Wall

Location: Great Wall of China

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. In the afternoon, enjoy the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and see the exquisite architecture.

icon Day 26 : Imperial Beijing

Location: Beijing

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head to Beijing's symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you will find a complex full of imperial treasures. Soak up the ambience of the Temple of Heaven before visiting Yandaixiejie, where you will have some free time to wander the hutongs. This evening, dine on Peking duck and enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.

icon Day 27 : Fly Beijing to UK

Location: London

Meals: Breakfast

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    25 nights in 4 star

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    Entrance Fees

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    Flights

    International flights and current taxes

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    Fully Inclusive

    Touring with Guides and entrance fees

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    Country Entry Visas

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    More Free Time

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    Meals – Full Board

    Breakfasts: 24, Lunches: 23, Dinners: 24

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    International Travel

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    Fully Guided

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Local Taxes

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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