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The Silk Road

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,573

Traverse part of the ancient silk trading route between the Far East and Europe. This itinerary introduces you to so many contrasts in cultures, landscapes and customs, you’ll be enchanted.


The name of this route through the heart of China is derived from the fact that it was the trading route between China and Europe made famous by Marco Polo in the 13th Century. Silk was the main export from China. It was a cultural bridge linking China with the Middle East and the West.

However, today, there are many other excellent reasons to follow the Silk Road. Officially, the Silk Road commences in Xian. Our first stop is Dunhuang located in the desert where the Mingsha San Dunes stretch for quite a distance. Also here are the Mogao Grottoes, a large number of caves with paintings and murals dating back centuries. 

Turpan, also known as Turfan, was an ancient oasis on the Silk Route and today is an important region for the growth of fruit including melo0ns and grapes. In fact, many of the grapes are used in making wine. The ancient nearby archaeological site of Jiaohe shows the remains of an ancient city dating back to the 2nd Century.

Kashgar, the furthest western point on the Chinese Silk Road, is a city which will take you back immediately to a bygone era. The highlight is the amazing, must be seen to be believed, colorful Sunday Market which is attended by almost every merchant from the surrounding countryside. Check out the spice stalls and the camel trading!

Urumqi is the last stop where a delightful side trip is taken to the beautiful HeavenlyLake surrounded by mountains.

The Silk Road is a fascinating and exciting history and geography lesson rolled into one. A very different insight into China. 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,573

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Day 1

Arrive Beijing

On arrival, transfer to your hotel for overnight accommodation.

Duration1 Night
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CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport

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    CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport



    Overlooking the traditional village of Xiao Tianzhu, the CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport features 408 beautifully furnished guestrooms and 40 spacious two-level duplex suites. Designed for modern comfort and capability, this stylish Beijing accommodation offers cutting-edge, contemporary lodging for business and leisure travellers in Beijing City. ...

    Overlooking the traditional village of Xiao Tianzhu, the CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport features 408 beautifully furnished guestrooms and 40 spacious two-level duplex suites. Designed for modern comfort and capability, this stylish Beijing accommodation offers cutting-edge, contemporary lodging for business and leisure travellers in Beijing City. Located just minutes from Beijing airport and city centre, the spacious rooms and suites offer a pleasant retreat for travellers from around the globe.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Games Room
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Squash courts
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball

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Day 2

Beijing to Dunhuang

After breakfast today, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Dunhuang. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. After check in formalities are done, you will visit the Mingsha Sand Dunes, where you can make a (steep) climb up the massive sand dunes for a great view of Crescent Moon Lake. Where after, you will visit the Crescent Moon Lake and have a ride on a camel. Return back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel

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    Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel



    The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel was founded in 1995. Situated against the backdrop of the picturesque Mingsha Sand Dunes in Dunhuang, Gansu Province, the hotel captures the spirit of the Tang Dynasty with its unique architectural design - the large rooftops and winding corridors of ...

    The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel was founded in 1995. Situated against the backdrop of the picturesque Mingsha Sand Dunes in Dunhuang, Gansu Province, the hotel captures the spirit of the Tang Dynasty with its unique architectural design - the large rooftops and winding corridors of the Han and Tang dynasties; the typical enclosed courtyard style design and mud walls of the north-western part of China; and the replica of the late Tang, Ming and Qing dynasties furniture. All these work together to recapture the flavour of a bygone era with their simplicity and use of natural building materials.

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Day 3

Dunhuang to Turpan

Today, visit the Mogao Grottoes, also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas and Dunhuang Caves, housing the ancient thousand buddhas and mural paintings, are the famous Dunhuang highligh of buddhist art treasures shrine on the north-west Silk Road China.. After lunch, transfer to the train station for the high speed train to Turpan. Arrive in Turpan, transfer to your hotel after dinner at a local restaurant.

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Duration2 Nights
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Huozhou Hotel

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    Huozhou Hotel


    Huozhou Hotel is centrally located in downtown Turpan, just a short drive from the museum. The hotel offers 145 well-equipped rooms with standard amenities.

    Huozhou Hotel is centrally located in downtown Turpan, just a short drive from the museum. The hotel offers 145 well-equipped rooms with standard amenities.

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Day 4

Turpan

Visit today, the ancient Jiaohe city, a place that one had to pass through on the Silk Road. Also see the ancient Karez irrigation system, an irrigation system connected by underground channels, is considered as one of the three great ancient projects in China.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 5

Turpan to Urumqi to Kashgar

Visit the Astana Cemetery, known as the "Underground Museum" and widely valued by Chinese and foreign archaeologists and historians, It had been the public graveyard of ancient Gaochang people with an area of about 10 square kilometers. You will also visit the Bezeklik Caves, which are complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to the 9th centuries between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan (Loulan) at the north-east of the Taklamakan Desert near the ancient ruins of Gaochang in the Mutou Valley, a gorge in the Flaming Mountains, China.. Later travel overland to Urumqi.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Mirage Hotel Urumuqi

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Day 6

Urumqi

Full day tour to Heavenly Lake with its natural beauty surrounded by majestic mountains. It covers 4.9 square kilometers and this crescent shaped lake deserves its name - Pearl of Heavenly Mountain (Tianshan Mountain) with melted snow as its source you will see crystal water.

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Day 7

Urumqi to Kashgar

Morning visit the Xinjiang Museum to see the history of the region that represents not only the ethnic lifestyle and humanity but also illustrates its revolutionary spirit.. Then take the flight to Kashgar.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel

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    Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel


    Kashi Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel is a five-star international business hotel invested by Shanghai Yue Xing Group, operated by Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotel (Group) Co., Ltd. The appearance of the hotel is designed with western region style, and the hall is splendid. ...

    Kashi Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel is a five-star international business hotel invested by Shanghai Yue Xing Group, operated by Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotel (Group) Co., Ltd. The appearance of the hotel is designed with western region style, and the hall is splendid. The hotel has 28 floors with many kinds of guest rooms and integrated the meeting, vacation, catering, entertainment and shopping together. Kashi Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel is your ideal place for business and relaxation. Kashi Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel has 323 guest rooms, with eleven room types ranging from comfortable deluxe rooms to luxurious presidential suites. The exquisite details and elegant decorative style add warm and coziness to every room and manage to satisfy the unique needs of every guest in order to make the guest enjoy more comfortable working, leisure and recreation.

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Day 8

Kashgar

Today is a highlight of the Silk Route. Visit the colourful Sunday Market at which everything from camels to spices is traded. You won’t want to miss this! Minority flavor Lunch at local restaurant.

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Day 9

Kashgar to Shanghai

Morning flight to Urumqi,(transit by yourself) then take another flight back to Eastern China. On arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel for overnight.

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Duration1 Night
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Holiday Inn Vista

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    Holiday Inn Vista



    Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is in a strategic location, 10 minutes' drive from the city centre, with good transport links to the rest of Shanghai. Surf the web with complimentary wireless Internet in modernist Jing Lobby Lounge, amid sleek geometric sculptures and muted colours. Or ...

    Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is in a strategic location, 10 minutes' drive from the city centre, with good transport links to the rest of Shanghai. Surf the web with complimentary wireless Internet in modernist Jing Lobby Lounge, amid sleek geometric sculptures and muted colours. Or simply unwind in the uncluttered surroundings of your air-conditioned guestroom. With our extensive meeting facilities, doing business at Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is a breeze. It's a short stroll to cafes in the trendy Suzhou Creek area and the tranquil Temple of the Jade Buddha. Hop in a taxi to reach the shops on popular Nanjing Road. Enjoy Western and Asian cuisine on the sunny terrace outside Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista's relaxed Inn Place Cafe. Chinese Wen Xuan Restaurant serves authentic local and Cantonese dishes.

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    • Internet Access
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking

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Day 10

Depart Shanghai

Transfer to the airport for departure to your next destination.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Domestic airfare within China
  • Rail fares within China
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals as specified
  • Guided tours on private basis as indicated in itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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17 Mar 2019
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