14-Day Silk Road Tours

  • Tour Code: CNSR13

  • Destinations:
    Beijing, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Heavenly lake, Kashgar, Karakul lake, Tashkorgan

  • Tour Type: Private Tour

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Tour Highlights

  • Visit Karez underground irrigation channels one of the three Great Projects in China.
  • Visit mysterious Crescent Lake in the middle of Gobi Desert.
  • Admire the most valuable Buddhist Treasure house of Mogao Grottoes in the World.
  • Enjoy the greatest archaeological discoveries of Terra-Cotta Warriors in China.
  • Visit the most important ceremony palace in ancient China,Temple of Heaven.
  • Explore the biggest and the best preserved wooden Palace, Forbidden City in the World.
  • Visit the picturesque scenery of Heavenly Lake at the Tianshan Mountains.
  • Admire the natural sceneries, lakes and the great mountains along the KKH.
  • Experience the local life by walking in the streets of Old city.

Day 1
Arrive in Beijing
Activities: welcome you at the airport and transfer to the Hotel

Our professional, knowledgeable and friendly Chinese guide will welcome you at Beijing international airport and accompany you to your Hotel from which point on the rest of the day is on your own to enjoy at leisure.
All your international flights to and from Beijing are requested to arranged by yourself. For your first day in China your time is on your own to explore as you will.
Day 2
A full day sigh-seeing in Beijing
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and The Mutianyu Great Wall

After breakfast Our guide and driver will take you to Tiananmen square which is one of the largest city centers in the world. It is truly the heart of Beijing and the symbol of China’s national pride surrounded by many imposing buildings, including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum.
Then walk to the Forbidden City from Tiananmen square. The Forbidden City was an imperial palace of Chinese Emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
After enjoying delicious Chinese lunch, visit the magnificent and colorful Temple of Heaven which was where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties made their offerings to heaven and prayed for good harvests.
Finally head to Mutianyu Great Wall which is one of the most beautiful part of the Great Wall in Beijing. it is connected with JuYongGuan Pass in the west and Gubeikou Gateway in the east. After hiking around two hours along the great wall, drive back to the hotel
Note: cable car at Mutianyu Great Wall is not included
Day 3
Beijing to Xi’an by bullet train
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit Summer Palace and Hutong Streets, take bullet train to Xi’an (5-6 hours)
After breakfast drive to The Summer Palace which has the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China with a history of over 800 years. Then walk around the Hutong streets or riding bicycles (you have to let us know in advance if you would like to ride bicycles) around old community area and simply pay a visit to families.
After lunch drive to Beijing railway station and take first class bullet train to Xi’an.it is about 4:30-6:00 hours train jorney.
Our friendly local guide and driver pick up you from Xi’an railway station and transfer to your hotel
Day 4
Explore Xi’an for whole day
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Terra-Cotta Warriors; Bell Tower; Wild Goose Pagoda and Hui Mosque

After breakfast, we start our wonderful one day tour by visiting Terra-Cotta Warriors which is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. This site is about an hour drive from Xi’an city.
After lunch Visit Bell tower which is located in downtown area and is a Chinese traditional building and geographical center of the ancient capital, best preserved and largest wooden tower in China.
After about an hour of visit we continue our tour to wild goose Pagoda which is a well preserved ancient holy building for Buddhism.
Finally visit Hui grand mosque located in Hui minority area, construction of the mosque has rich Chinese features combined with Arabic style. It is one of the oldest and largest mosque in China.
Day 5
Xi’an to Dunhuang
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:visit Xi’an City Wall and Provincial Museum ,fly Dunhuang after lunch

Our guide and driver will wait for you at the hotel lobby and take you to Xi’an City Wall which is the symbol of Xi’an and most ancient existing city wall in China until today. We spend a few hours to enjoy by walking around or riding bicycles as your like. Then head to Provincial Museum which is a famous first-class museum in China with its outstanding architectural buildings, internal apparatus, and exhibits. After lunch drive to Xi’an airport for your flight to Dunhuang. The airport is about 40km from the city and it takes about an hour by car. Our local guide and driver see you at Dunhaung airport and transfer to your Hotel.
Day 6
Dunhuang for whole day and train to Turpan
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:visit Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Museum, Crescent Lake and Mingsha Echo-sand Mountain.

After breakfast at the hotel, We spend the whole morning at Mogao Grottoes which were constructed over a millennium ago, from the 4th to 14th centuries. The caves are also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves with two distinctions of being one of the most notable grottoes in China as well as the best-preserved treasure house of Buddhist art, sutras, murals and sculptures in the world.
After lunch, visit Dunhuang Museum which exhibits relics excavated from the local area, such as paper, coins, a model of the Great Wall as it appeared during the Han Dynasty. Then drive to Mysterious Crescent lake which its name derives from the crescent moon shaped by the small pool of spring water between two large sand dunes. Here you can ride camels on the sand dunes of Sounding Sand mountain which makes sounds when the wind blows.
End of the day drive to Liuyuan train station and take overnight soft sleeper train to Turpan
Train Info
This Tour includes one way train Journey from Dunhuang to Turpan which is about 9-10 hours. We book first class soft sleeper tickets, there are 4 beds in one compartment, this tour includes one ticket per person. so if you are less than 4 people and want to get all 4 beds, you have to pay for the rest of beds then you can stay privately without any other strangers. please let us know when you make booking.
Day 7
Turpan for whole day
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:visit Idikut (Gaochang) ancient city, Toyuq village, Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves and Flaming Mountains

After breakfast at the hotel, We start our tour in Turpan with a visit to the ancient city of Idikut (Gaochang). The city was first built in the first Century BC and later became capital of the Idikut (Gaochang) Uighur Kingdom in the 8th Century.
We’ll enjoy seeing this ancient city for about 40 minutes and then Move on to Toyuq village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a friendly Uighur community. Here we visit several local families and have lunch with a local family at their home. This could be the highlight of your tour of the day.
After lunch we visit Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves which used to be an important center for Buddhist worshipers under the Xizhou Huigu government of the Idikut (Gaochang) Kingdom.
On the way back to the hotel we will stop at the Flaming Mountains which people claimed to be the hottest and driest along the silk road that “flying birds even a thousand miles away dare not to come”.
Day 8
Turpan to Urumqi
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:After family breakfast at local family , visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigations system and Emin Minaret . Drive to Urumqi in the afternoon

After typical local Uighur breakfast at the family, you can walk around the village for some time.
We start our another tour in Turpan with a visit to Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city which is one of the best preserved ancient cities in China. The ruins of the buildings are divided into temples, civilian dwellings and government offices. Workshops and residential houses are still visible and time there is a time spent in a long lost world.
After an hour of visiting around the ancient city, we’ll head on to see the world famous Karez irrigation system, unique to this part of the world. The system is considered as one of the three great projects in China with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal.
Then visit Emin Suliman minaret which is a magnificent combination of ancient Uighur and Islamic architecture. It is the tallest ancient tower in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient minaret in the country. Locals call it “pure tower.”
Later in the afternoon, drive to Urumqi, stay overnight in Urumqi.
Day 9
Day trip to Heavenly Lake and evening flight to Kashgar
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Heavenly lake and take evening flight to Kashgar

Our guide and driver see you at the hotel lobby and Leave for Heavenly Lake after breakfast which is 115 kms (71 Miles) over two hours by vehicle. Your stay at the heavenly lake is a time which your can ride horses, go boating,(on your own expense) take photos or simply trek around the lake for as long as you like. You can have lunch with a local Kazak family or just pay them a visit! This is certainly the easiest way to understand the life of the Kazak people in such a short time. Whenever you are finished at the lake, our driver will drop you off at Urumqi airport for your flight to Kashgar.
Another driver will pick up you from Kashgar airport and transfer to your hotel.
Day 10
Kashgar to Karakul Lake
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Drive along the KKH, Stop at Opal Village, Oytagh Kunlunshan Colorful mountain range, Gaz Valley and check point; Ancient Caravan Saray, Bulungkol Valley (white sand mountain), Karakul lake and local Kyrgyz family visit.

We set out along the Sino – Pakistan Karakorum Highway, on the Pamir plateau (the roof of the world) visit Karakul Lake (3600m above sea level). The lake sits at the foot of the notorious, Muztagh Ata ( 7546m ) and Gongur ( 7719m ) mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountains and is one of the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world.
Karakul lake area offers great chance for hiking and enjoy incredible sceneries from different directions.
People travel to experience the lives of other cultures, which is why we spend a night in the yurt of a local Kyrgyz family and really experience another way of mountain life.
Day 11
Karakul Lake to Tashkorgan
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:After breakfast you will have whole morning for hiking around lake or horse riding (Your own expenses). You can visit local villages and homes of local people and then start driving to Tashkorgan after lunch.

For the traveler, a journey along the KKH is a wonder and self-discovery. Its soaring peaks and untamed wilderness truly dramatizes a sense of life without limits and yet still hold the promise of more to come. Wake up along the whispering shores of a jewel among sleeping giants.
On the way we drive through Subash Pass from where you can see better view of the valley and beautiful peaks of Muztagh Ata and Konger.
If you like our driver and guide will stop at Tagharma village to enjoy the beautiful grassland with colorful trees or a local Tajik family visit.
Arrive in Tashkorgan late in the afternoon and have some free time.
Day 12
Tashkorgan to Kashgar
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Stone Fort, Tajik village, Hiking on the Grassland and drive back Kashgar after lunch

Tashkurgan Tajik autonomous county is once an important hub on the old Silk Road. The area borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan via the Kunjerab Pass and the Wahan Corridor.
After breakfast, you’ll visit the town’s ancient Stone Fort – still standing after 2200 years! ‘Tashkurgan’means ‘Fort made out of stones.’ Later Hike on the grassland next to the Stone Fort.
After lunch, drive back to Kashgar and you can have stops along the way to enjoy the missed parts or views if you like.
Day 13
Explore Kashgar city
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Grand mosque, Apak Hoja tomb (which is also called Fragrant Concubine Tomb), Old city walking tours, livestock market, Sunday market and dinner at a local Uighur family

Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First enjoy the famous livestock market which happens only on every Sunday and people bring their horses, sheep, goats, camels,cows, bulls and other livestocks to the market from all the directions for sale. It provides a great opportunity to take photos of the faces of local people, enjoy the traditional local market culture, test-drive a donkey or a horse or even make its shoes. Like opening a window, today is a real glimpse into a time lost in the annals of the Silk Road’s past and an opportunity not to be missed.
Later moving to Sunday market main Bazaar which is considered one of the largest market in Central Asia. From fluffy sheepskin hats to rugged camel-hide boots, not to mention beads, buttons and buckets of locals. Everything – including plenty of kitchen sinks – is for sale at this fairytale bazaar. It is the best chance to practice your bargaining skills.
After lunch, visit the Grand Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Tomb which is also known as Fragrant concubine tomb).
We’ll enjoy the Old Town of Kashgar by walk. walking is the best way to see and understand the ancient historical parts,streets,handicraft workshops and many more;enjoy a century-old Kashgar tea house atmoshpere for a short break. sitting by the locals and try various medicinal teas such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and many other ingredients.
Finally, we wrap up one day tour with a dinner at a local family which offers a great opportunity to deeply understand real local life, culture and traditions of Uighurs.
Day 14
Kashgar to your next destination
Meals: B
Activities:see you off Kashgar airport

Today is the last day of your tour with us, so we hope this tour shouldn’t be the last. We strive to make every day of your time with us the one that you’ll always remember and if you’d like to book some other tours please Contact us for more information

Tour price

  • Our Tour prices are seasonal, and we are specialized in organizing private tours, if you are interested in this tour, please let us know the time of your travel; the number of the PAX; the hotel star rating and other info as detailed as possible.
    So One of our tour consultants will contact you within 24 hours with more details.

Service Includes

  • Air-conditioned private Vehicle for whole land transportation
  • Private excellent English speaking local Tour guides
  • Hotels as you requested
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee for the sights as listed in the program (including shuttle bus)
  • Expenses of the guides, drivers and vehicles (Accommodation and meals for guide and driver; Highway fee, oil and parking fees for the car)
  • One way flight ticket from Xi’an to Dunhuang
  • One way flight ticket from Urumqi to Kashgar
  • First class bullet train from Beijing to Xi’an
  • Soft Sleeper train from Dunhuang to Turpan
  • Visa support

Service excludes

  • Tips for the guides and drivers
  • Beverages
  • Arrival and Departure flights
  • Chinese visa
  • Personal excursions like horse or camel riding at the spots or boating Etc.

Trip Notes

  • Here are some notes for the above tour. If you want to make any changes according to your personal request , please let us know , one of our tour specialist will tailor make your tour just for your needs

1. Accommodation

  • —Different types of Hotels are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in best locations, good value 3-star hotels, or boutique hotels that reflect the style of the region.
    —Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds at the hotels listed above
    All hotels listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities
    –If you have any special requests for hotels, please let us know, our travel experts will try to meet your requests and find out the perfect one for you.

2. Meals

  • Breakfast is usually at the hotels. Lunch and dinners will be provided at good conditioned, clean local restaurants or tourist restaurants.
    You can also taste authentic local dishes of different minorities along the Silk Road.
    sometime also arrange local family meals wherever it is possible to let you deeply understand local life and culture. You Could also join the cooking if you like.

3. Transportation

  • Air-conditioned good conditioned vehicles for whole land transportation including Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing. China is a big country, distance from one city to another is a long way to drive, so We usually arrange flights or trains to your destinations.

4. Drivers and Car Types

  • All of our tour guides are very experienced and helpful, who could create unique and unforgettable experiences to share with you.
    Our tours include excellent English-speaking local tour guides in each destination, so they don’t travel with you on the trains or flights. But our driver/guide always pick up you from railway stations or airports with “your name” on a welcome board.

    All of our drivers are experienced tourism licensed who are very helpful, friendly and easy going.
    We provide following cars for the tour:
    1. 1-2 PAX: Sedan, SUV or MPV
    2. 3-5 PAX: MPV
    3. 6-8 PAX: 13-15-Seater minibus
    4. 9-10 PAX: 17-22 Seater Minibus
    5. 11 or more PAX: 33 seater or bigger coaches.

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