5 Days Highlights Silk Road Tour: Xian & Dunhuang

A normal Silk Road tour usually needs 10+ days to cover the all important Silk Road tour cities. But due to the time limit, most people can not cover all the cities in one time. This 5 days tour will lead you to the starting point of Silk Road – Xian, and the pearl city along the Road – Dunhuang.

  • Terracotta Warriors and Horses, City Wall, Shaanxi Histojry Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, Echoing Sand Hill, Crescent Lake, Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Museum, Shazhou Night Market.
  • Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance fees + Flight tickets + Lunch
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5 Days Highlights Silk Road Tour: Xian & Dunhuang
Day 1 Xian

Attractions: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, City Wall (Lunch)

Our tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel at 09:00am. First you will visit Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum which lies in Lintong District. The museum covers three pits with the total area of 22,780 square meters. The terracotta warriors and horses that show a surprisingly high level in craftsmanship and sculpture which are the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China.

And then move to Xian Ancient City Wall which is the most completely preserved and the largest city wall in China. It was built for the military defense in the Ming Dynasty. Visitors can optionally ride a bike around the city wall. After the tour, you will be transferred to Xian Airport or train station to depart Xian.

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Terracotta Warriors and Horses
Day 2 Xian

Attractions: Shaanxi Histojry Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter (Lunch)

Our tour guide will greet you at Xian airport or train station by holding your name and then transfer to your hotel for check in. After a short rest, we will drive for lunch before go to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was originally built to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that Xuanzang brought back to China from India. Now surrounding Big Wild Goose Pagoda there build a big Garden, where people can have a retreat at there.

Continue on to visit Shaanxi History Museum which is one of the biggest museums in China. The museum houses the cultural heritage unearthed in Shaanxi Province which shows the development of the Chinese civilization. At last take a walk in Muslim Quarter to meet lots of local food and snacks. Return to your  hotel afterwards.

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Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Day 3  Xian – Dunhuang by Air

Attractions: Echoing Sand Hill, Crescent Lake (Lunch)

In the early morning, meet your driver and take the flight to Dunhuang. Met by local guide and driver in Dunhuang. After lunch, you will visit one of the most famous attractions along the Silk Road: Echoing-Sand Mountain. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. Walking for some time you will reach the Crescent Lake. Your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert. After the visiting check in your hotel.

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Crescent Lake
Day 4 Dunhuang

Attractions: Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Museum, Shazhou Night Market (Lunch)

After breakfast, you will travel to the famous Mogao Grottoes which display a very colorful and descriptive world in the paintings. It is known as one of the four famous Buddhist grottoes in China. Then we will pay a visit to Dunhuang Museum. The museum was established in 1979 and lots of cultural relics unearthed in Dunhuang are collected here. In the three sections of the exhibition, you will see the Buddhist sutras from the 17th cave of Mogao Grottoes, the mortuary objects from the ancient tombs, and the silk products from ancient time. After that you will take a walk in the Shazhou Night Market, a popular local food market.

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Mogao Grottoes
Day 5 Dunhuang Departure

Enjoy your free time till hotel pickup. At the confirmed time, our guide and driver will meet you in hotel and escort you to train station / airport for departure.

Tour Price Per Person ($=USD)

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Price includes

  • Entrance ticket
  • All transfer as mentioned in itinerary
  • Air-condition car and driver, English speaking tour guide
  • Chinese style lunch
  • Economy class flight Xian – Dunhuang
  • The above private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group

Price excludes

  • Hotel
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (recommended)

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.


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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