Welcome to Beijing. Today is arrival day, you can arrive at any time today, and please check in your hotel with your passport in Beijing.
Today you will take about 2-hour car ride to Mutianyu Great Wall from Beijing, which is one of the well-known site for the Great Wall in Ming Dynasty(1368-1644AD). After the walking tour on the fantastic Great Wall, you will be transferred back to your Beijing hotel.
Today you will visit the Forbidden City (Close on Mondays) and Tiananmen Square with a local guide to learn the long history and culture about it. Then you will catch the overnight 12-hour train to Xian in the evening.
Today you will visit the fantastic Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which was built on the orginal site being discovered in 1974 by local farmers. It is one of the must-see attractions in China.
Today you will catch 2-hour bullet train to Lanzhou, then take 4-hour car ride to Xiahe (Labrang in Tibetan). This is a small town renown for the colorful Labrang Monastery, which is one of the six famous Tibetan Buddhism monasteries.
Today you will visit the Labrang Monastery with a local lama guide to learn the history and the culture about the Tibetan Buddhism in Labrang. The colorful paintings, statues, and carvings in the temples are very interesting to explore.
Afterwards, you will take 4-hour car ride back to Lanzhou where you will catch the 12-hour overnight train to Dunhuang.
Today you will visit the famous Mogao Caves, which is a gem on the ancient Silk Road with its splendid frescos and statues, and its early history can be tracked back to the 4th century. You can visit the night market in the evening in the center of the city.
Today is your free day to explore the city Dunnhuang before transferring to Liuyuan railway station to catch the 8-hour overnight train to Turpan.
Turpan is a wonderful place to learn the history about the Silk Road by visiting the historical attractions. Today you will visit the ancient city of Gaochang and Jiaohe, Bezklik Grottoes, Karez Irrigation System in Turpan to learn the ancient civilization. You have opportunity to taste the local Uyghur food such as Nang bread, pilaf, and kebab etc.
Enjoy your free time before catching the 14-hour overnight train to Kashgar.
Today you are busy to explore the historical city Kashgar with a local guide. You will visit the old Id Ghar Mosque, the old town, the Grand Bazaar, Apa Hoja Mausoleum, and Animal Bazaar (Only on Sundays). It is so interesting to wander around in the old town of Kashgar to view the old houses, traditional shops, fruit stands, markets, and mosques. You can taste some local drinks and snacks if you wish.
Today is departure day, yoju can depart at any time but check out the hotel by 2pm. The wonderful Silk Road tour concludes.
Hard sleeper train as per itinerary
Public or private transportation
Entrance fees as per itinerary
Arrival and departure transfer
China visa and passport info required
Tour duration: 12 days
Single Room note: It only works for hotel rooms, excluding the train and cruise.