Discover the treasures of the Silk Road on this 12-day adventure through China, retracing part of the ancient trade route that linked East and West. An epic journey from bustling Beijing to the colourful frontier town of Kashgar, travel by trains and flights across diverse and beautifully rugged landscapes to see some of the country’s most spectacular relics. From dynastic palaces and Muslim minarets to hidden grottoes and rock-cut Buddhist masterpieces, this is an unforgettable Eastern odyssey.
Day1 BeijingArrive at any time. Your guide will pick you up at the airport arrivals (or your own prearranged hotel in Beijing) and then take you to the hotel where you may start your great adventure.Day2 BeijingIn the morning, go to visit Tian’an men Square and Forbidden City. In the afternoon, visit the imperial park, Summer Palace.Day3 Beijing-Xi’anSet out early for the Great Wall at Mutianyu section. Then on our way to the railway station, have a short visit to Beijing Olympic Park. Overnight train: Beijing-Xi’an (deluxe sleeper ticket, approx 12hrs).Day4 Xi'anGo to visit the biggest museum of China, Shaanxi History Museum. Then visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Temple, opt to climb up the pagoda. Afterwards, take an orientation walk of the bustling bazaar, Muslim Quarter. Day5 Xi’anGo to visit the ancient City Wall, opt to cycle the ancient city walls. Then visit the site of the 8th wonder of the world, Terracotta Warriors.Day6 Xi’an-DunhuangTake morning flight to Dunhuang. After arriving in and checking into the hotel in Dunhuang, go to visit Echoing-Sand Dune and Crescent Spring, a miracle in the Gobi desert.Day7 Dunhuang-TurpanIn the morning, go to visit the amazing buddhist art, Mogao Grottoes. In the evening, take the private vehicle to the Liuyuan Railway Station. Overnight train: Liuyuan-Turpan (deluxe sleeper ticket, approx 10hrs).Day8 TurpanToday we will visit the Jiaohe Ruins, the Karez Well and Turpan Museum.Day9 Turpan-Heavenly MountainIn the morning, take the private vehicle to the Heavenly Mountain. Have a nice included meal at a local minority’s home. Our stay in a yurt is one of the highlights of the trip. Facilities are basic but the experience and views are breathtaking.Day10 Heavenly Mountain-UrumqiFree time in the morning.Then take the private vehicle to the Urumqi City, visit the biggest bazaar in Xinjiang Provence, Grand Bazaar.Day11 Urumqi-KashgarTake the morning flight to Kashgar. Then have a city tour to visit the Old Town, Great Mosque, and Abakh Hoja Tomb.Day12 Kashgar-BeijingYour guide and driver will take you to the airport for your departure flight back to Beijing. Then your pleasant trip comes to the end.