13 Days Silk Road Tour

When you arrive in Xining, our local driver will meet you at airport and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is free at your disposal.

  • Ta’er Monastery, Gansu Provincial Museum, Binglingsi Grottoes, Sangke Prairie, Labrang Monastery, Giant Buddha Temple, Wooden Pagoda, Bell and Drum Tower, Jiayuanguan Pass, Wei-Jin Art Gallery, Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake, Mogao Caves, Dunhuang Museum, Ancient City of Jiaohe, Karez Well, Sugong Pagoda, Gaochang Ruins, Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, Flaming Hill
  • Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance tickets +Lunch+ Hotel with breakfast+ Domestic train & flight mentioned
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13 Days Silk Road Tour
Day 1 Xining Arrival

When you arrive in Xining, our local driver will meet you at airport and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is free at your disposal.

Day 2 Xining- Lanzhou by Soft Seat Train

Attractions: Ta’er Monastery, Gansu Provincial Museum (Breakfast+Lunch)

After hotel breakfast, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and go to visit the Ta’er Monastery. Which was built in the Ming Dynasty in memory of Tsong Khapa, the founder of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. After lunch, transfer to train station for soft seat train to Lanzhou. The train to Lanzhou will take about 4 hours. Upon arrival in Lanzhou, your local guide will meet you at the railway station and transfer to visit the Gansu Provincial Museum. About 350,000 pieces of ancient cultural relics, contemporary and modern cultural relics, as well as ethnic cultural relics will enable tourists know this important city on the Silk Road from various aspects. At last back to hotel.

Accommodation: Lanzhou

Ta’er Monastery

Day 3 Lanzhou – Xiahe by Car

Attractions: Binglingsi Grottoes (Breakfast+Lunch)

In the morning, pick up from your hotel and drive to visit Binglingsi Grottoes by boat to visit this completely preserved grottoes. There are776 Buddha statues, over 1,076 square yards murals and 6 stones sculptures from 1,600 years ago waiting for your exploring. Then continue driving to Xiahe and check in at local hotel.

Accommodation: Xiahe

Binglingsi Grottoes

Day 4 Xiahe

Attractions: Sangke Prairie(Breakfast+Lunch)

After a short rest in hotel we will travel to Sangke Prairie to witness the typical plateau grassland which is famous for the excellent pasture and frequent Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies. After that you will pay a visit to a local Tibetan family to learn about the nomadic life of local people.

Accommodation: Xiahe

Sangke Prairie

Day 5 Xiahe- Lanzhou by Car

Attractions: Labrang Monastery(Breakfast+Lunch)

In the morning we will first go to visit the Labrang Monastery, the largest Buddhist Institute of Tibetan Buddhism. Where tourists will also appreciate thousands of statues of Buddha made of various materials. Tourists may have the chance to watch the morning devotion here. After the visit there, transfer back to your hotel in Lanzhou.

Accommodation: Lanzhou

Labrang Monastery

Day 6 Lanzhou- Wuwei by Train

Attractions: Leitai Han Tomb, Confucius Temple (Breakfast+Lunch)

In the morning, pick up from your hotel and drive about 4 hours to Wuwei to visit the Leitai Han Tomb about 1,800 years ago. From where the tourism symbol of China Galloping Horse Treading on a Flying Swallow was unearthed. After that, go to the Confucius Temple, the largest and best-preserved Confucius Temple in northwest China. The Confucius Temple here was originally built in the Ming Dynasty in memory of Confucius, the greatest educator in ancient China. Then back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Wuwei

Confucius Temple

Day 7 Wuwei- Zhangye

Attractions: Giant Buddha Temple, Wooden Pagoda, Bell and Drum Tower(Breakfast+Lunch)

Pick up from your hotel and drive westwards for 3 hours we will arrive at Zhangye. We will firstly visit the Giant Buddha Temple which is said to be the birthplace of Kublai Khan. Here tourists will witness the largest indoor clay reclined Buddha in Asia. Afterwards we will pay a visit to the Wooden Pagoda Temple to see the famous Wooden Pagoda which was built about 1500 years ago, and now it locates in the campus of Zhangye High School. Finally go to the city center and see the Bell and Drum Tower in which are similar to the Bell Tower and Drum Tower in Xian. Back to hotel.

Accommodation: Zhangye

Wooden Pagoda

Day 8 Zhangye-Jiayuguan by Car

Attractions: Jiayuanguan Pass, Wei-Jin Art Gallery (Breakfast+Lunch)

Checking out the hotel in Zhangye and continue travel westward you will arrive in Jiangyuguan City and visit the famous Jiayuanguan Pass, the utmost west part of China Great Wall. Your next stop is the First Fire Tower of Great Wall of Jiayuguan Pass, the exact western starting point of the Ming-dynasty Great Wall. Then continue to the Wei-Jin Art Gallery, a huge tomb group of more than 1,400 tombs built between the 3rd and 5th century during the Wei and Jin dynasties.

Accommodation: Jiayuguan

Weijin Art Gallery

Day 9 Jiayuguan- Dunhuang by Car

Attractions: Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake(Breakfast+Lunch)

After hotel breakfast, check out hotel and head for Dunhuang. Upon arrival in Dunhuang, we will check in the hotel first. Then go to visit the Echoing-Sand Mountain and you will experience a short Camel-ride here. Among the endless sands there is the Crescent Lake which looks like a crescent fallen down in the dessert. Then back to hotel.

Accommodation: Dunhuang

Echoing-Sand Mountain

Day 10 Dunhuang- Turpan by Overnight Train

Attractions: Mogao Caves, Dunhuang Museum (Breakfast+Lunch)

Today we will firstly go to visit the Mogao Caves, one of the four most famous caves in China and a rare pearl on the Silk Road. Afterwards we will continue to visit Dunhuang Museum where the numerous exhibits will explain the story of Dunhuang City and the development of the ancient Silk Road in every details. After the whole day’s tour, transfer to train station to take the overnight soft-sleeper train to Turpan.

Accommodation: Soft Sleeper Train

Mogao Grottoes

Day 11 Turpan

Attractions: Ancient City of Jiaohe, Karez Well, Sugong Pagoda (Lunch)

Upon your arrival in Turpan, the local guide will meet you at train station and transfer to the hotel to check in. Then we will start today’s tour with Ancient City of Jiaohe, one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road and the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world. Then go to visit the Karez Well— an amazing irrigation system which made Turpan a rich oasis. The last stop will be Sugong Pagoda, the largest existed ancient Islamic pagoda in Xinjiang. Then back to hotel.

Accommodation: Turpan

Karez Well

Day 12 Turpan- Urumqi by Car

Attractions: Gaochang Ruins, Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, Flaming Hill(Breakfast+Lunch)

Today you will visit three famous sites all together. The first stop will be Gaochang Ruins, the ruins of capital of ancient Gaochang Kingdom which existed from 500AD to 700AD. Then you will go to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, a series of caves with thousands of Buddhism murals that show many Buddhism figures, stories, and the social life about 1,500 years ago in Ancient Gaochang Kingdom. The last stop will be the hottest place along Silk Road in China– the Flaming Hill. The temperature in summer could reach 47.8 ℃. After the full day sightseeing, you will head to Urumqi by car and check in the hotel.

Accommodation: Urumqi

Flaming Hill

Day 13 Urumqi Departure

Our driver will meet you at hotel lobby at confirmed time and escort you to the airport to catch the flight home. Hope the 13 Days Silk Road Tour leaves you an impressive and pleasant memory.

Tour Price Per Person ($=USD)

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Price includes

  • Train tickets Xining/Lanzhou/Wuwei and Dunhuang/Turpan
  • All entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary
  • Typical lunches as noted in itinerary
  • All private transfer between hotels and scenic spots
  • Air-condition car and driver, English speaking tour guide
  • Hotels mentioned in itinerary with breakfast
  • Airport tax and fuel fee
  • One bottle of mineral water per day

Price excludes

  • All personal expense
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • China Entry Visa Expense
  • Single Room Supplement
  • Excess Baggage Charges
  • International Airfare or train tickets

Booking Method

  • Step 1: You can directly book online or please feel free to share your tour plans or thoughts at [email protected] , our travel consultant will contact you within 12 hours.
  • Step 2: A small amount deposit will be required to book a tour. After deposit received, a detailed service voucher will be sent to you to confirm the booking.
  • Step 3: Balance due will be required 7-15 days ahead of your travel date.

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Our Tour Guide

The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.

Our Driver and Vehicle

The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.

Meals

Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!

Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.

For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.

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