7-Day Silk Road Highlights

  • Tour Code: CNSR20

  • Destination: Xian, Dunhuang, Turapn, Urumqi, Kashgar

  • Note: This tour includes some must-see sights in must visit cities along the silk Road China.

  • Tour Type: Private Tour

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Tour Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the streets of the Old City of Kashgar.
  • Visit historical sites of Apak Hoja mausoleum and the oldest Mosque.
  • Understand the secrets of the longest ancient underground irrigation system Karez
  • Enjoy a home-visit to a traditional Tuyuk courtyard house and have lunch.
  • Admire the most valuable Buddhist Treasure house of Mogao Grottoes in the World.
  • Enjoy the greatest archaeological discoveries of Terra-Cotta Warriors in China.

Day 1
Arrive in Xi’an
Meals:No Meals
Activities: Pick up you from airport and transfer to your Hotel
Our professional, friendly local guide will meet you with experienced driver at the airport and transfer to your hotel. It takes about one hour to your hotel from airport. Rest of the day is your time to explore this ancient city by yourself.
It is said, if you want to see 800 years of China’s history, visit Beijing; if you want to see 3000 years of China’s history, go to Xi’an. The root of Chinese history and culture remains there. It used to be the ancient capital of many dynasties and the starting point of Silk Road of China.
Day 2
Explore Xi’an For Whole Day
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit famous Terra-cotta warriors, Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda and Grand Hui mosque
After breakfast we start our wonderful one day tour by visiting Terra-cotta warriors which is one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century. This site is about an hour drive from Xi’an city.
we spend the whole morning at this site and head to Bell Tower after lunch. Bell tower is located in downtown area. it is  a Chinese traditional building and geographical center of the ancient capital, best preserved and largest wooden tower in China.
Then drive to wild goose Pagoda which is a well preserved ancient holy building for Buddhism.
later 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 3
Xi’an to Dunhuang
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Fly to Dunhuang and visit Crescent lake and Sounding Sand mountain
After breakfast at the hotel , drive to Xi’an airport for your flight to Dunhuang and our driver and guide from Dunhuang pick up you from Dunhuang airport and have lunch first.
After lunch, visit 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’ll have chance to ride camels across the sand dunes of Sounding Sand mountain which makes sounds when the wind blows (camel is on your own expenses). If you like enjoy the sunset and back to hotel later
Day 4
Dunhuang to Turpan
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: After breakfast Visit Mogao Grottoes; After lunch fast speed train to Turpan
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 drive Dunhuang fast speed train station for your journey to Turpan which is about 3:30 hours train ride. Our Turpan local driver/guide will pick up you from Turpan railway station and transfer to your hotel
Day 5
Turpan to Urumqi/Kashgar
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigations system, Toyuq village and Emin Minaret , take bullet train to Urumqi and fly to Kashgar
After breakfast, we start our 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, residential houses and the streets are still visible and time there is a time spent in a long lost world.
After an hour of walking around the ancient city, Move on to 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 drive 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 in their home. This could be the highlight of your tour today. on the way enjoy the view of 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” (just on the road side for photo)
In the end 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.”
Finally take Bullet train to Urumqi and take flight to Kashgar
Our driver will transfer from Urumqi railway station to airport
Our guide/Driver will pick up you from Kashgar airport and transfer to your hotel
Day 6
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 and Sunday market
Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First visit livestock market which happens on every Sunday and people bring their horses, sheep, goats, camels,cows,bulls,yaks and donkeys to the market for sale. It provides a great opportunity to take photos of the faces of local people, study traditional local market culture, test-drive a donkey or 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 move on 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 spend some time by the 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 also spend time by wandering around the interesting zigzagged endless streets and ancient historical parts filled with local atmosphere in the Old City ; Stop at a century-old tea house for a short break and taste local medicinal teas such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and many other ingredients.
Day 7
Kashgar To Your Next Destination
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: See you off at Kashgar airport
Today is the last day of your tour with us, so we hope this 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
  • Bullet train ticket 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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