Understand the ancient history of China in Xi’an Museum.
Understand the secrets of the longest ancient underground irrigation system Karez.
Enjoy the Crescent Moon Spring in the middle of the Desert.
Experience an ancient city by walking or biking on the Ancient Xi’an City Wall.
Visit a unique combination Chinese and Islamic architecture of the Great Mosque of Xi’an.
Discover the mystery of underground Terracotta Army.
Enjoy ancient cities perspectives by walking in the streets of Jiaohe and Gaochang.
Admire the world famous Buddha paintings of Bizeklik Thousand Caves
Arrive in Xi’an Activities:Pick you up from airport and transfer to the 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 from the airport to your hotel . Rest of the day is your own time to explore this ancient city by yourself.
Explore Xi’an for whole day Meals: B, L, D Activities:Visit Terra-Cotta Warriors; Wild Goose Pagoda and Hui Mosque
After breakfast, we start our memorable day tour by visiting Terra-Cotta Warriors which is the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. This site is about an hour drive from Xi’an city.
After lunch, we continue our tour to wild goose Pagoda which is well preserved ancient holy building for Buddhism.
Finally visit the 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 the largest mosque in China.
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 to start another wonderful day.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 bicycle as your wish. 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. Our local guide and driver will see you at Dunhaung airport and transfer to your Hotel.
Dunhuang to Turpan Meals: B, L, D Activities:Visit Mogao Grottoes, Crescent Lake, Mingsha Echo-sand Mountain and take overnight 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 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 could to ride camels (on your own expenses)on the sand dunes to Sounding Sand mountain which makes sounds when the wind blows.
Finally take overnight first class soft sleeper train to Turpan which is about 10 hours journey.
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.
Turpan for whole day Meals: B, L, D Activities:visit Idikut (Gaochang) ancient city, Toyuq village, Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves and Flaming Mountains
Arrive at Daheyan train station in the morning and drive to Turpan city. 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 visit this deserted 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.
Finally, on the way back to the hotel we will stop at the Flaming Mountain 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”.
Turpan to Urumqi Meals: B, L, D Activities:visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigations system and Emin Minaret. After lunch drive to Urumqi
Following the breakfast at the Hotel, start your another day tour in Turpan. Our special itinerary today includes sightseeing in Turpan and drive to Urumqi after Lunch.
First we visit 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.
Next 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.”
After lunch drive to Urumqi which is 180Kms and takes about 2.5-3 hours.
Urumqi to your destination Meals: B Activities:Today’s activities: see you off Urumqi airport
Today is the last day of your tour with us, but it 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.
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.
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
Soft Sleeper overnight train to Turpan from Dunhuang
Tips for the guides and drivers
Arrival and Departure flights
Personal excursions like horse or camel riding at the spots or boating Etc.
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
—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.
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.
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.
Your concerns are ours, and we treat every guest with the highest regard. We are continually striving to provide the best possible experience for all our guests and give them a chance to discover real life and culture along the Silk Road and Xinjiang region