Silk Route or Silk Road was the ancient trade route through various regions of the Asian continent that connected China with Asia Minor and the Mediterranean. It has been in existence for centuries, and was the main trading route between Europe and the Far East.
The trade on the Silk route was a significant factor in the development of the great civilizations.
This tour will lead you along the Chinese portion of the Silk Route and you will enjoy the diverse nature of the surroundings and the people.
Day 01 Arrive Dunhuang, transfer to hotel
Upon arrival at Dunhuang, the gateway to Xinjiang Province, you will be met and transferred to hotel.
Dunhuang is an important route of Silk route to China. In the past ancient caravans from central China to the Western Region, stopped at Dunhuang to replenish before venturing into the Taklimakan Desert.
Afternoon visit the Mingsha Sand Dunes with sand-crusted hills dozens of meters high, stretching 40km east to west, and 20km south to north. Sliding down the hill, you can hear the whispering sound of the sand. Visit the Crescent Moon Lake and take a ride on a camel.
Dinner at the hotel, and overnight Dunhuang.
Day 02 Dunhuang, train to Turpan
Morning visit to the Mogao Grottoes. Also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves, 492 of these remain today. The caves at Mogao show a fascinating progression of art styles over the centuries, from the Northern and Western Wei periods (386-557 AD) on into the Tang dynasty (618-907) when the grottoes reached their artistic peak.
Return to the hotel for dinner. Tranfer to tain station and board a train to Turpan,
Day 03 Arrive Turpan
Arrive Turpan in the morning, meet and trasnfer to hotel.
An ancient oasis town along the Silk Road, Turpan stands at the very spot where the ancient caravan route split into the Northern and Southern routes. The city lies in the great Turpan depression, 154 meters below sea level. The climate is favorable for the growth of melons, grapes and other fruits.
Visit the ancient Jiaohe city, the original route on the Silk Road. It was first established in the 2nd Century AD and abandoned in the 14th Century. Also see the ancient Karez irrigation system.
Day 04 Overland to Urumqi, fly to Kashgar
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Astana Cemetery and the Bezeklik Caves. Later travel overland to Urumqi.
From Urumqi, fly to Kashgar, the western most cities in China. With its Uygur culture and exotic atmosphere, this is one of the unique cities in China.
Visit a mosque and later enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 05 Tour Kashgar
Today is the highlight of the Silk Route tour.
Visit the colorful local market. There is a big Sunday market every Sunday where from camels to spices are traded.
Day 06 Fly back to Urumqi
Fly back to Urumqi. Meet your guide and visit the Red Hill.
Day 07 Tour Urumqi
Full day tour to Heavenly Lake with its natural beauty surrounded by majestic mountains.
Day 08 Urumqi-U.S. or an extension
Breafkast at the hotel. Trasnfer to airport and fly back home or extend your trip to Tibet.