10 Days Silk Road Explorer Tour
Price per person from $2813
- This price is based on a group (2 to 5 travelers) accommodated in 3-star hotel in shoulder seasons.
- This price is subject to change according your group members and traveling time. Usually lower price with more travelers, higher price in high seasons, and lower in low seasons.
- Tour Length:
- 10 days & 9 night
- Departure Date:
- Available Everyday
- Private tour guide & driver + Private car/van
- Visit the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century-Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses;explore one of the most popular trade center betwwen ancient China and West;discover essence of Muslim culture and history in Xinjiang.
Day 1 Flight to Xian from Beijing ( L )
Today, you’ll be transferred to the airport for the flight to Xian, the ancient heart of China. Upon your arrival, be met and escorted to your hotel, and have a rest.
After enjoying the lunch at a local famous restaurant, your Xian city tour begins with a visit to the Shaanxi History Museum and the Grand Mosque.
Return to your hotel after making some pictures of the Ancient City Wall and roaming on the Local Free Market.
Day 2 Xian ( B,L,D )
In the morning, be picked up at your hotel then driven to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses-the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century, which is one of the most popular tourist spots not to be missed by any visitor to China.
After lunch, move on to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Relievos of Silkroad-Starting-Point; enjoy the local special Dumpling Dinner served in a fine restaurant in the evening.
Day 3 Flight to Dunhuang from Xian ( B,L )
Today, after breakfast, be driven to the airport for the morning flight to Dunhuang. Upon your arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in Dunhuang.
After lunch, visit the Echoing-Sand Dune. Ride on the backs of camels and climb to get to the top of the dune. Along the way, there are splendid sights: golden sand, the rolling desert, a tranquil lake and the beautiful sunset. Also, you’ll never miss out on the Crescent Lake, a crescent-shaped lake in an oasis, 6km south of the city of Dunhuang.
Overnight in Dunhuang.
Day 4 Dunhuang – Turpan by Overnight Train ( B,L )
You’ll have a full day tour of Dunhuang, and the highlights are Mogao Grottoes and Dunhuang Museum.
Mogao Grottoes: also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road.
Dunhuang Museum: Boasting a rich collection of over 4000 pieces of precious cultural and historical relics, the museum reflects the flourishing social development and cultural exchange between China and the West during the time when Dunhuang was a major center along the Silk Road.
After the tour, be escorted to the train station and take an overnight train to Turpan.
Day 5 Turpan ( B,L )
You’ll arrive at Turpan early in the morning, and be met and transferred to your hotel in Turpan by your local guide.
After breakfast and have a rest, your first stop of Turpan day tour is to visit Jiaohe Ancient City, the site of an ancient oasis city built on the northern rim of the Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang. Flaming Mountain is now a famous tourist attraction, with its harsh yet unique natural conditions. Afterwards, go to see the Astana Tombs, which is the site where the ancient people of the Gaochang city are buried. It is famous for its terracotta figurines and tomb paintings.
After lunch, you’ll head to visit the Grape Valley, on the west of Flaming Mountains, east of Turpan is the Grape Valley, a green area of 988 acres covered with layer upon layer of grapes.
Later, go to visit the Karez Wells. This irrigation system of wells connected by underground channels is considered to be one of the three great ancient projects in China.
Overnight in Turpan tonight.
Day 6 Drive to Urumqi from Turpan ( B,L )
Today after breakfast, you’ll go the have a boat cruise on the Heavenly Lake (Tian Chi), a beautiful blue mountain lake. The blue lake water is finely contrasted with steep forest hills, high meadows and snowy Heavenly Mountain peaks behind. There you can also walk, take electric carts or cable cars.
After having a Uygur style lunch, you’ll head to the Erdaoqiao Market, the largest in Urumqi, where you’ll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine.
Overnight stay in Urumqi tonight.
Day 7 Flight to Kashgar from Urumqi ( B,L )
Today after breakfast, you’ll be transferred for the first flight to Kashgar. Upon your arrival, your local guide will met you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Have a rest!
After lunch, head to visit the largest mosque, ld Kah Mosque, and every Friday, it holds about 10,000 worshippers and may house up to 20,000. Afterwards, go to visit the Abakh Khoja Tomb, the 17th Century family cemetery of the Kashgar area Islamic leader, and the Sunday Bazaar is a necessary. There are over 20 large scale bazaars in Kashgar and the one located at the East Gate is the largest.
Overnight in Kashgar tonight.
Day 8 Kashgar - Karakul Lake - Kashgar ( B,L )
Full day round trip to the Lake Karakuli, about 190km from Kashgar. Karakuli Lake is a sparking glacial lake located at the foot of “the Father of Glaciers” – Muztagata Mountains. A railway connnecting China with Pakistan goes by the lake. The lake is famous for its beautiful scenery and clarity. Colors of its water range from light to dark under reflection.
Overnight in Kashgar tonight.
Day 9 Flight to Urumqi from Kashgar ( B,L )
Today after breakfast, head to the airport and take flight back to Urumqi. You’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in Urumqi and the rest of today is free at your leisure.
Day 10 Urumqi Departure ( B )
Being free until your tour guide will pick you up to the airport for the flight to your next destination.
- Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in the itinerary;
- Accommodations: twin-based room with breakfasts as indicated;
- Meals indicated in the itinerary;
- Personal local English-speaking tour guide;
- Private transfers with experienced driver between airports, hotels, scenic spots, etc;
- Arrangements: charges of planning, handling, operational and communication.
- Flight from Beijing to Xian, Xian to Dunhuang; Train soft sleeper from Dunhuang to Turpan
- International Airfare or Train Tickets;
- China Visa Fees;
- Optional day tours or activities you’ve chosen;
- Tips & gratitude to drivers and guides;
- Personal expenses;