Ancient Silk Road
• Beijing • Xi'an • Dunhuang • Turpan Oasis • Kuche • Kashgar • Urumqi • Shanghai
Discover the legends, culture and natural beauty of the Silk Road, on this most remarkable of journeys. Some of the many highlights include visiting the Mongao Grottoes, riding a camel into the Singing Sand Dunes, seeing the Flaming Mountains and passing sections of the lesser-visited Han Great Wall. You will also visit Turpan Oasis - one of the lowest points on earth. The train journey begins at Liuyuan, travelling past the Tianshan (Heavenly) Mountains, then along the edge of the Taklamakan Desert - the second largest in the world after the Sahara. Drive through the Gobi Desert to the Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves, before continuing by train to Kashgar, alive with storybook scenes of merchants haggling over camels, carpets and other goods; imams on donkeys and veiled women in black robes. Fly to Urumqi, a vastly different China where you will experience a Middle Eastern bazaar, nomadic Khazakhs and local Han people. End your journey of a lifetime in the bustling city of Shanghai - symbol of 'tomorrows' China.
Day 1: Arrive Beijing Day at leisure on arrival.
Day 2: Beijing Visit Tiananmen Square, Imperial Palace, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Boat ride on Kunming Lake. Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner.
Day 3: Beijing Visit the Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs.
Day 4: Beijing > Xi'an Flight to Xi'an. See Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Walls and Bell Tower.
Day 5: Xi'an Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors. Visit Shaanxi Provincial Museum. This evening enjoy a dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty cultural show.
Day 6: Xi'an > Dunhuang Visit Grand Mosque, Muslim Quarter before an afternoon flight to Dunhuang.
Day 7: Dunhuang Visit Mongao Grottoes, crescent Moon Lake and enjoy a Camel ride in Singing Sand Dunes.
Day 8: Dunhuang > Turpan Visit White Horse Pagoda and drive from Dunhuang to Liuyuan. Board the overnight train to Turpan.
Day 9: Arrive Turpan Visit Gaochang and Flaming Mountains. See Grape Valley and a 2000 year old Karez Irrigation System. This evening enjoy a music and dance folkloric performance.
Day 10: Turpan > Kuche Visit Suliman's Minaret and a local village. See the ruins of Jiaohe City before an express mid-afternoon train to Kuche. Overnight on board the train.
Day 11: Kuche Arrive Kuche and drive through Gobi Desert. Visit Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves. Enjoy dinner at local restaurant with traditional Ouci dance & performance.
Day 12: Kuche > Kashgar Early morning train to Kashgar with a late afternoon arrival. Afternoon & evening at leisure.
Day 13: Kashgar > Urumqi Visit Great Baazar and Kah Emin Mosque. Se Tomb of the Fragrant Lady before an evening flight to Urumqi.
Day 14: Urumqi Visit Heavenly Lake, Tianshan Mountain Range. Enjoy a city tour including the superb museum.
Day 15: Urumqi > Shanghai Full day excursion to Southern Mountains to visit local herds. Evening flight to Shanghai.
Day 16: Shanghai Visit Shanghai Museum and the Bund. See Nanjing Shopping Road.
Day 17: Shanghai See Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Garden and Old Shanghai Bazaar.
Day 18: Depart Shanghai You will be transferred to the airport.
• Tailor-made journey with local English speaking guides • Transfers and transport by car • 15 nights' accommodation in a combination of 3 & 4 star hotels • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches & 5 Dinners • 2 nights sleeper accommodation in shared 4 berth compartments on the overnight train Liuyuan > Turpan & Turpan > Kuche • Flights Beijing > Xi'an > Dunhuang & Kashgar > Urumqi > Shanghai • Personal meet & greet on arrival • Sightseeing and entrance fees
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions This tour is available in the reverse direction. Prices for 4 & 5 star hotels available on request.
This tour is available in the reverse direction. Prices for 4 & 5 star hotels available on request.