The Classic Silk Road:
Xian, Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashigar, Lake Karakuri
Tour Code: ST-W-009
Destination: Xi'an, Lanzhou, Zhangye, Wuwei, Dunhuang, Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan
Good time to visit: all year
Departure date: on request 2018
Introduction to the CnAdventure Classic Silk Road Tour:
This 15 day Silk Road Tour is a great opportunity to follow the ancient history of the silk road from Xi’an to Turpan and the influential cities in between like Kashgar and Wuwei. Silk Road Travel is one of the most culturally interesting, educational, and absolutely beautiful ways to tour China. Plus, you get to ride camels through the desert and explore Buddhist caves - now if that doesn’t sound awesome then we don’t know what is?!
Overview of the Silk Road Adventure:
The cities and beautiful landscapes of China’s western expanse are often forgotten by many travelers. Our CnAdventure Silk Road Tours give travelers like you the chance to see China in an off-the-beaten path way. On this Silk Road Tour our first stop is in Xi’an the gateway to the West and the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terra-cotta Warriors. From there we head to Lanzhou, the ancient city of Wuwei, and Jiayuguan. Upon reaching the Silk Road’s Dunhuang we’ll for two days to explore its Buddhist caves and touring the desert by Camel. We’ll then head over to the citieis of Turpan and Urumqi until we fly over the Taklamakan desert to Kashgar. This is where the largest bazaar of Central Asia is held every Sunday. We’ll also get to visit Lake Karakuri at the base of Mt. Muztagh (7,545m / 24, 754 ft).
Whether you’re looking to uncover the trading routs of the silk road, ride camels through the desert, or explore the less tourist-filled areas of China, this one of the best Silk Road Tours we offer for anyone looking for some adventure and a truly unique experience. If this sounds like you, check out our Day-by-Day Silk Road Travel Itinerary below.
Day-By-Day Itinerary of the Classic Silk Road Tour:
Arrival in Xi’an: Terra-cotta Warriors, Forest of Stone Steles Museum
After picking you up a the airport our silk road journey will begin! We’ll start the trip off with a bang with a visit to the magnificent Qin Terra-cotta Army. It were built in about 2500 years ago and contains more than 6000 warriors, soldiers and horses. It was listed by UNESCO in 1987 as one of the world cultural heritages. In the afternoon, drive back to Xian city, visit Forest of Stone Steles Museum. We’ll stay in 4-star hotel.
Silk Road Tour Day 2:
Xi’an - Lanzhou: Shaanxi History Museum, Old City Wall, Gao’s Grand Courtyard, The Great Mosque
In the morning, we’ll visit Shaanxi History Museum and the Old City Wall. The Shaanxi History Museum's permanent exhibition primarily displays Shaanxi's ancient history. Representative pieces from all periods have been selected to show the development of civilization in this region. This afternoon you will visit Gao's Grand Courtyard , the Great Mosque and the old street. We’ll take the evening flight from Xi’an to Lanzhou where we’ll stay at a lovely 4 star hotel.
Silk Road Tour Day 3:
Lanzhou: Museums and tasking the local foods and cuisines at the market
Today we will visit the museum and taste traditional and local foods at the local market. In the afternoon we’ll visit Bingling Temple.
Silk Road Tour Day 4:
Lanzhou - Wuwei - Zhangye: Lai Tai Han Tomb, Largest Sleeping Indoor Buddha in China
Day 4 of our Silk Road Tour lets us cross the great Yellow River and head up the Hexi Corridor towards the ancient city of Wuwei. Here we’ll visit Lai Tai Han Tomb, which has become a fantastic tourist attraction in Wuwei city. Further on to Zhangye, we’ll visit the Giant Buddha Temple in Zhangye where the biggest indoor sleeping Buddha in China is preserved. After a great day we’ll stay in 4-star Huachen International Hotel or similar.
Silk Road Tour Day 5:
Zhangye - Jiayuguan Pass: Visiting the most Western Point of the Great Wall
As we continue on our silk road journey, the snow capped Qilian Mountain ranges wind its way westward and accompany you all the way(about 250km). We’ll visit “The Strategic Pass Under Heaven”-the most west point of the present Great Wall and Wei & Jin Ancient Tomb. Stay in 4-star Huayuan Hotel.
Silk Road Tour Day 6:
Jiayuguan Pass - Dunhuang: Camel Riding through the Desert to the Crescent Moon Spring
Today we’ll drive about 385km there the Great Gobi Desert. Along the way we’ll also ride camels to visit the Whistling Sand Mountain and Crescent Moon Spring. It is like seeing a mirage - but it’s ral!
Silk Road Tour Day 7:
Dunhuang: Driving through “Ghost City”
Today we get to sleep in a bit later and have a nice rest. Afterwards, we’ll drive towards the northwest of the city for the Yumen Pass. Situated in the Gobi Desert 80 kilometers northwest of Dunhuang City, it was once one of the two critical defensive passes protecting Dunhuang from invasion about two thousand years ago. Drive onwards to visit Yadan National Geologic Park. Yadan landforms rise above the flat Gobi Desert and cover a vast area. Due to its eccentric landforms, the hard-to-spot roads, low-lying terrain, strong magnetism and howling sounds made by the wind, the area is also called "Ghost City" by local people. Yadan Landforms is the largest in scale, fully developed in geology and most valuable for ornament in the world. The scenery sites have an infinite variety of fantastic phenomena and the superlative craftsmanship of nature.
Silk Road Tour Day 8:
Dunhuang: Visit the Famous Treasure House of Arts followed by Train Travel in China
After a relaxing morning we’ll then visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes which is called “The Famous Treasure House of Arts”. After dinner, we’ll take evening soft sleeper train from Dunhuang to Turpan, Overnight on the train;
Silk Road Tour Day 9:
Turpan: Gaochang Ruins, Astana Ancient Tomb, Buddha Caves, Grape Valley, Flaming Mountains
We’ll arrive at Turpan in the morning to visit Gaochang Ruins, which were must prosperous along the Silk Road in ancient times. We’ll also visit the Astana Ancient Tomb, and the Bezklik thousand Buddha Caves, another set of Buddhist cave temples carved out of a cliff face, On our way to the caves we will drive past the Flaming Mountains., Grape Valley, Suliman’s Minaret.
Silk Road Tour Day 10:
Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar: Jiaohe Ancient City, Karaz Well, and a Flight to Kashgar
Today we will visit the Jiaohe Ancient City and Karaz Well in the morning. From there we will drive all the way to Urumqi. It’s about 300km highway in the afternoon. On the way we will visit the Wind Mill. Upon arrival Urumqi we’ll take night flight to Kashgar. Stay in Seman Hotel or similar.
Silk Road Tour Day 11:
Kashgar - Tashkurgan: A hike through the ruins of the Stone City in Kashgar
Today we will drive about 4-5 hours to Tashkurgan County which is located at the south of Kashgar for the ancient stone city. You could take an easy hiking visit to the ruins of the stone city which is in the back of Tashkurgan County. Stay in Tashkurgan Crown Inn (The best hotel).
Silk Road Tour Day 12:
Tashkurgan - Lake Karakuri - Kashgar: Leisure walking around karakuri Lake,
Today we start our tour from the Tashkurgan Museum. We’ll drive about 2 hours to the famous Karakuri Lake and Muztagh Mountain, enjoying breathtaking scenery of high mountain pastures and snow-capped peaks. Karakuri Lake, known as "the father of glaciers", is located at the foot of Mount Muztaga-Ata, sitting at 3,600m above sea level. You will have enough time for deep exploration of the famous lake and the holy Mountain. Take a leisure walking around the majestic blue lake. Then back to Kashgar.. stay in Seman Hotel or similar.
Silk Road Tour Day 13:
Kashgar - Urumqi: The Sunday Bazaar, Apakhoja Tomb, and the Great Mosque
On Day 13 of our Silk Road Trip we’ll visit the Sunday Bazaar, which is the biggest one in Xinjiang, and Apakhoja Tomb & Great Mosque. We’ll take a night flight back to Urumqi, and stay in Xinjiang Grand hotel similar
Silk Road Tour Day 14:
Urumqi: Heavenly Lake and Ancient Mummies, oh my!
After breakfast we will head for Heavenly Lake located in the middle of Bogda Peak, 110 km (68miles) east of Urumqi. In Urumqi , we will also pay a visit to the National Museum. The display of ancient mummies is fantastic, for it was in this region that a great number of ancient and well preserved remains were discovered.
Silk Road Tour Day 15:
Urumqi - Next Station: So long and thank you for coming
Day 15 is the final day of our Silk Road Tour Adventure. It has been great and we look forward to seeing you on another adventure trip! From here you’ll transfer to the airport and head out to your destination. See you next time!
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B- breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner.
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(The cost for the child of 2-12 year old is based on 15 % discount of the adult's tour cost.Any baby less than 2 year old is free of any charges. If it turns out there is cost involved, we reserved to collect the cost.)
Note: The airfare of Urumqi/Kashgar/Urumqi is based on 50% discount. We will refund you the different if we get better discount. Meanwhile we reserve the right the get the extra from tourists if there is no discount.
The tour cost includes:
- Land transfer service, meals daily as listed in the itinerary(B-breakfast， L-lunch, D-dinner), service of English-speaking guide, experienced driver, scenic spots admission fee, twin share room in 4-star hotel in big city, the best hotel in small cities or counties, clean carefully-chosen guest house/hostel/or home-stay in village or old town; all domestic flights or trains and local airport taxes if there is in the itinerary.
The tour cost Does not include:
- meals in your free time and on the train/plane, personal travel insurance (very important); transfer/guide/entrance tickets in your free time, extra luggage truck, international flights and related airport taxes, any tips (hotels, restaurants, guide, driver, etc.), photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites if required, supplementary trips and services not mentioned, supplement cost for those who wants to accommodate on a single basis, any expenses on personal nature not listed above, the extra cost due to the unforeseen events;
- As the exchange rate of CNY to USD is subject to Change, the final price will be calculated according to the Chinese currency CNY. The price in USD dollar is just for your reference.
- We are ready to reserve the e-air ticket from another city to the starting city or from the ending city back to your preferred city if needed.
- Before you pay deposit to book the tour, we haven’t made any reservation yet. The train, flight tickets and the hotel may different from the itinerary listed.
- The visiting order of the scenic spots in the itinerary may change according to the traffic condition and other unforeseen things.
- Tourist insurance is a must before going, please provide us the confirmation of insurance company when sign up.
- The prices do not apply to National Holidays (e.g. Chinese National Day Sep. 30th -Oct.8th , Or other Special Festival time).