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8 Days Silk Road Small Group Tour

Tour Overview

Explore the west part of the China Silk Road with like-minded members in this 8 days Silk Road group tour, enjoy a once-in-life expedition from Dunhuang to Turpan, Urumqi, and finally Kashgar. With the commentary from the professional tour guide, you will visit those glittering attractions along Silk Road: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Hill, Crescent Lake, Astana Tombs, Bizaklik Thousand Cave, Flaming Mountain, Karez Well, Sugong Pagoda, Jiaohe Ruins, Erdaoqiao Market, Xinjiang Museum, Heavenly Lake, Karakuri Lake, Sunday Market, Id Kah Mosque, Old Town of Kashgar, Abakh Khoja Tomb…

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Our guide will pick you up when you arrive at Dunhuang train station. You will find the guide is waiting for you at the exit. When you meet, the guide and driver will drive you to the hotel and help you to check in. the rest of the day,take your time to relax yourself.

    Accommodation: Tianrun Hotel

  2. AM: Today we will firstly go to visit the Mogao Grottoes, one of the four most famous caves in China and a rare pearl on the Silk Road.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: Afterwards we will continue to visit Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. A short camel ride will leave you a unforgettable memory. Riding along the mountain to reach the Crescent Lake, your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert. It has not dried up over the past one thousand years and still gushes with fresh current.

    At last the local driver and guide will escort you to train station to take the train K69 or similar train to Turpan.

    Accommodation: On the train

  3. AM: Our local guide and driver will meet you at train station and after a short rest in hotel we will transfer to visit Astana Tomb, the public tome area shared by all ethnics and of different social class living in Gaochang Kingdom. Next you will go to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, a series of caves with thousands of Buddhism murals. The vivid murals show many Buddhism figures, stories, and the social life about 1,000 years ago in Ancient Gaochang Kingdom.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: The third stop will be the hottest place in China– the Flaming Hill, situated at the north of ancient Silk Road. At last pay a visit to local Uyger family to see the current life of local people.

    Accommodation: Karez Hotel

    Flaming Hill

  4. AM: Today we are going to visit three famous places. In the morning, you will have an exploration of the well-known Karez Well, the gigantic underground irrigation system created by ancient Xinjiang people. There are over 1,100 Karez Wells in Turpan, providing precious water source to this dry and hot area during the past 400 years. The next stop of today will be the existed largest ancient pagoda in Xinjiang, Sugong Pagoda. The pagoda is a 44-meter-high (144 feet) Islamic pagoda, which bears a history of over 200 years.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: Then you will visit Jiaohe Ruins, which is one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road. It is also the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world. Although 2,000 years have passed, the former brilliants of Jiaohe can still be found from the ruins. Then the local driver and guide will escort you to Urumqi, arriving there we will pay a visit to Erdaoqiao Market International Bazaar.

    Accommodation: Jinggu Hotel

    Jiaohe Ruins

  5. AM: In the morning our local guide will pick you up from hotel and then go to visit Xinjiang Museum to see the unearthed cultural relics full of Uygures ethnic taste. The large numbers of cultural relics collected in the museum will introduce Xinjiang’s past to visitors. And the mummies are the highlight and the must see things in the museum.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: Then we will pay a visit the Heavenly Lake (Tianchi) in the rest of the day.

    Then the driver and the guide will escort you to airport to take the afternoon flight to Kashgar (Flight tickets cost will be left on your own). Our local guide and driver in Kashgar will pick you up from airport and escort you to hotel.

    Accommodation: Tianyuan International Hotel

    Heavenly Lake

  6. AM: In the morning, you will meet the guide in the lobby to start your journey. The first full day tour covers only one scenic spot: Karakuri Lake. The lake is 3 hours riding from downtown Kashgar. Together with the snow-capped Muztag Ata Mountain, they make up a fresh picturesque world.In the morning, you will meet the guide in the lobby to start your journey. The first full day tour covers only one scenic spot: Karakuri Lake. The lake is 3 hours riding from downtown Kashgar. Together with the snow-capped Muztag Ata Mountain, they make up a fresh picturesque world.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: Return to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Tianyuan International Hotel

    Karakuri Lake

  7. AM: In the morning our local guide will pick you up from hotel lobby and escort you to Sunday Market, namely Sunday Bazaar, which used to be the largest international trade market in northwest China. Traders at home and abroad come to exchange all kinds of goods, such as Silk, salt, fur, perfume, ivory. Next we will visit the Id Kah Mosque, a typical Islamic architecture like domes, minarets and arches, as well as pious prayers. It has a 500 years history.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: The last stop in Kashgar will be the Abakh Khoja Tomb, which is an ancient Islamic building complex and a cemetery. Five generations of a famous Islamic master were buried here. It is considered as the largest dome architecture in the east of the cemetery. The last stop will be the local Handicraft Street.

    Accommodation: Tianyuan International Hotel

    Sunday Market

  8. After breakfast at the hotel, you may have all your belongings and luggage packed, check out of the hotel by yourself. Our guide and driver will drive you to the airport to take the homeward flight.


Price includes

  • Air-conditioned van
  • Excellent English Speaking guide
  • 3-star hotels with breakfast listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee listed in itinerary
  • Soft sleeper train from Dunhuang (Liuyuan Station) to Turpan
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa support letter
  • 2 bottles of water per person per day

Price excludes

  • Breakfast on the train, lunch and dinners through out the itinerary
  • Cost for boat cruise and camel riding, or other optional activities
  • Personal expenses and tips to guide and sriver
  • Flight tickets from Urumqi to Kashgar

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. If you have any further question, please feel free to contact us! Email: [email protected] Cellphone number: +86 18792910029 WhatsApp / Wechat ID: 008618792910029 Facebook: @xianholidaystravelagency

Our Hotels

In each destination, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay in a great location!

The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices.

If you have already got an ideal hotel, please feel free to tell our travel consultants and they’ll book the hotel for you.

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.

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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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