OVERVIEW

This budget tour starts from Beijing, and travel to Xian, Lanzhou, Dunhuang, Turpan and Kashgar for 12 days by train. You will view the must-see attractions on the ancient Silk Road in China.

ITINERARY

Day 1Arrival Beijing

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.

Transport: None
Accommodation: Overnight in Beijing

Day 2Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall

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.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Beijing

Day 3 Beijing – Xian by overnight hard sleeper train

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.

Transport: Overnight train + public transfer
Accommodation: Overnight on the hard sleeper train

Day 4Xian: Tour to Terra Cotta Warriors

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.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Xian

Day 5 Xian – Lanzhou by bullet train, then car to Xiahe Labrang

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. 

Transport: Bullet train + private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Labrang

Day 6Labrang – Lanzhou – Dunhuang by car + overnight train

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.

Transport: Private vehicle + train
Accommodation: Overnight on the hard sleeper train

Day 7Dunhuang: Mogao Caves

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.

Transport: Public transfer
Accommodation: Overnight in Dunhuang

Day 8​ Dunhuang – Turpan by overnight train

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.

Transport: Overnight train
Accommodation: Overnight on the hard sleeper train

Day 9Sightseeing in 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, and Turpan Museum (Close on Mondays) in Turpan to learn the ancient civilization.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Turpan

Day 10Turpan - Kashgar by overnight train

Enjoy your free time before catching the 14-hour overnight train to Kashgar.

Transport: Overnight train
Accommodation: Overnight on the hard sleeper train

Day 11 Kashgar city tour

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 Sunday).

Transport: Public transfer
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar

Day 12Departure from Kashgar

Today is departure day, yoju can depart at any time but check out the hotel by 2pm. The wonderful Silk Road tour concludes.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar

INCLUDED

3-star hotel/guesthouse

Hard sleeper train as per itinerary

Local guide

Public or private transportation

Entrance fees as per itinerary

EXCLUDED

Meals

Arrival and departure transfer

China Visa

TRIP NOTES

China visa and passport info required

Tour duration: 12 days

Difficulty: Easy

Single Room note: It only works for hotel rooms, excluding the train and cruise.

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