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The Silk Road: Western China Adventure

Travel days:  17 days
 /  16 nights

  • All flights mentioned in the program with economy class including tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned cars.
  • Entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in selected hotels in double/single room with bathtub/shower and WC, including breakfast.
  • Private English speaking tour guide for all mentioned sightseeing.
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B for breakfast, L for Lunch, D for Dinner).
  • 24 hours TUI China telephone Hotline (German and English): +86 13910187388.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • The above mentioned rates are subjected to availability.
  • If you have any further ideas, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to adjust the offer according to your wishes.
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Travel content

In past centuries, the mythical Silk Road used to be the link between the East and the West. Merchant caravans carrying silk, gold, ivory, exotic animals, plants and other precious commodities used to travel from Europe via Central Asia to the heart of the Empire. The Silk Road was not only about trading goods, but also about exchanging ideas and religious beliefs. This trip will allow you to travel in the footsteps of one of the most famous travellers ever, Marco Polo. From China’s Far West, Xinjiang, an area mostly populated by Muslim minorities, to Xi’an and Beijing, where many of China’s historical and cultural highlights are located, you will discover the very different facets of this fascinating country.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Urumqi (D)
    • Arrival in Urumqi
    • Transfer to hotel
    • City tour in Urumqi
  • Day 2:
    Urumqi - Tian Chi (Heavenly Lake) (B, L, D)
    • Full day excursion to Tian Chi
  • Day 3:
    Urumqi - Kashgar (B, L, D)
    • Transfer to airport
    • Flight to Kashgar in the morning
    • Visit Kashgar Bazaar - Id Kah Mosque
    • Abakh Hoja Tomb
  • Day 4:
    Kashgar (B, L, D)
    • Full day excursion to Karakul Lake
  • Day 5:
    Kashgar - Urumqi (B, L, D)
    • Transfer to airport
    • Flight to Urumqi
    • Transfer to hotel
  • Day 6:
    Urumqi - Turpan (B, L, D)
    • Time at leisure to explore Urumqi in the morning
    • Visit Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum
    • Transfer to Turpan in the afternoon
    • Transfer to hotel
  • Day 7:
    Turpan - Dunhuang (B, L, D)
    • Visit Gaochang Ruins
    • Karez irrigation system
    • Bezeklik Caves
    • Typical Xinjiang dinner with grilled lamb
    • Transfer to train station
    • Night train to Dunhuang (Soft Sleeper 4 bed cabins)
  • Day 8:
    Dunhuang (B, L, D)
    • Transfer to hotel; breakfast at the hotel
    • Full day excursion to Mogao Grottoes
    • Dinner with traditional dance show
  • Day 9:
    Dunhuang - Lanzhou (B, L, D)
    • Mingshan Dune
    • Transfer to the airport
    • Flight to Lanzhou
    • Visit Lanzhou Museum
    • White Pagoda Hill
    • Transfer to hotel
  • Day 10:
    Lanzhou - Xiahe (B, L, D)
    • Transfer to Xiahe
    • Stop in Linxia to visit mosques and enjoy beautiful scenery along the way
    • Transfer to hotel
  • Day 11:
    Xiahe (B, L, D)
    • Transfer to Xiahe
    • Stop in Linxia to visit mosques and enjoy beautiful scenery along the way
    • Transfer to hotel
  • Day 12:
    Xiahe - Lanzhou (B, L, D)
    • Walk through Sangke Grasslands
    • Transfer to Lanzhou
    • Transfer to hotel
  • Day 13:
    Lanzhou – Xi’an (B, L, D)
    • Transfer to airport
    • Flight to Xi’an
    • Forest of Steles
    • Great Mosque
    • Time at leisure in Xi’an’s Old City Centre
    • Transfer to hotel
    • Traditional dumpling dinner
  • Day 14:
    Xi’an – Beijing (B, L)
  • Day 15:
    Beijing (B, L)
    • Sacred Way
    • Ming Tomb
    • Great Wall at Badaling
    • Cloisonne Factory
    • Beijing Opera in the evening
  • Day 16:
    Beijing (B, L, D)
    • Tian’an men Square
    • Forbidden City
    • Temple of Heaven
    • Beijing roast duck dinner
  • Day 17:
    Beijing – Return Flight (B)
    • Time at leisure depending on the departure time
    • Transfer to airport
    • Return flight