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The Silk Road

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    The Silk Road tour is a trip to stir the imagination and fulfill your dreams of classic overland travel. Two thousand years ago traders set off to journey between the great empires of China, India, Persia and Rome. Known as the Silk Road, this route was eventually lost, its memory remaining only in legends. Now you can retrace those footsteps on this epic odyssey that stretches over 4,000km from Beijing to Kashgar, passing through many important centers along this ancient trade route.

    Day 1  Arrive in Xi'an
    Met and taken to hotel. Welcome dinner.

    Day 2  Xi'an
    Visit Terracotta Warriors, Stone Tablets Temple, City Wall. Special dumpling dinner.

    Day 3 Xi'an to Dunhuang
    In the morning we will visit the 240-foot-high Big Wild Goose Pagoda. We may also have time to browse the night markets in search of souvenirs. Afternoon flight to Dunhuang.

    Day 4  Dunhuang
    Mogao Grottoes, Mingsha San Dune with an optional camel ride to Crescent Lake. Overnight sleeper train to Turpan (11-hour trip).

    Day 5  Turfan
    Karez system of irrigation, ancient city of Gaochang, Flaming Mountains, the Astana Tombs, the Bezeklik Buddhist caves
    Evening Uygur folk dance performance.

    Day 6  Turpan to Urumqi to Hotan

    Visit the Emin Minaret and the colorful bazaar. In the afternoon we'll drive three hours to Urumqi, fly across the Taklamakan Desert to Hotan.


    Day  7  Hotan

    Hotan, famous for its jade, carpets, embroidery, and silk (examples of the area's silk weavings can be seen in many Xinjiang museums). Camel ride to buried Buddhist cities in the late 19th century.


    Day 8  Hotan to Kashgar

    Drive to Kashgar via Yarkand. Visit Kashgar Old City.


    Day 9 Kashgar

    Sunday Bazaar, afternoon drive to Karakol Lake. Overnight in Yurt. 


    Day 10 Karakol Lake and Muztag Ata Mountain

    Walking tour on the lake side, visit Kirghizes village. Drive back to Kashgar.


    Day  11 Kashgar to Urumqi

    Visite the  tomb of Abakh Hoja and the Mosque. Afternoon flight to Urumqi.


    Day  12  Urumqi

    Trip ends after breakfast.

    Tour Cost on demand

    Best for May to October



    INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

    --Most meals
    --All entry fees and sightseeing
    --All overnights in hotels and guesthouses with double occupancy
    --Domestic flights
    --Private Transfers
    --English Speaking guides
    --Train Rides on "Soft Class" Cabins

    SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:

    --All services not mentioned and all items of a personal nature
    --Tipping or gratuities to guides and drivers
    --Mandatory international travel insurance
    --Excursions other than those specified in trips
    --Extra cost if  tour is delayed or changed due to reasons beyond control

    "The best part of the silk road trip is the time spent with the locals on Sunday Bazaar."

    -- Jean Noel

GROUP SIZE

1-16 participants

START/FINISH

Beijing/Urumqi

DURATION

12 days

TRIP GRADE

Easy touring

ROUTE

Xi'an/Dunhuang/Kashgar-Urumqi

LODGING

Hotels

HIGHLIGHTS
Xi'an, Terra Cotta Army, Dunhuang, Mogao grottoes, Urumqi, Kashgar bazzar, taklimakan desert, silk road

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