Urumqi, Turpan, and Dunhuang were the three crucial stops along the Silk Road as the trading hubs in ancient time. And they are the classic destinations for every one’s Silk Road tour. This private tour would offer you the opportunity to explore the rare cultural relics in the three cities.
Heavenly Lake, Sugong Pagoda, Beziklik Thousand Buddha Grottoes, Karez Well, Astana Tombs, Shazhou Night Market, Mogao Grottoes, Echoing Sand Hill, Crescent Lake
Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance fees + Train tickets + Lunch + Hotel
After your arrival, our guide and driver will meet you at airport / train station by holding the board with your name. Then transfer to hotel and enjoy your free time.
Day 2 Urumqi – Turpan
Attractions: Heavenly Lake (Breakfast + Lunch)
After breakfast, you will be invited to visit warm-hearted Kazak People Family, they will offer fried cookies, milk tea dried grapes which are local specialty. Then, we will visit Heavenly Lake. 100 kilometers away from city of Urumqi, Heavenly Lake gives the impression of nobleness, elegance and beauty. Clear lake, snow mountains and soaring pin trees compose the charming scenery of the Heavenly Lake. Come to Heavenly Lake, and you will find words are so weak for the surrounding. It will make you totally relaxed no matter you are sitting in a boat, walking in the mountains, or just standing by the lake. Then will drive to Turpan and check in local hotel.
Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you at the Turpan Railway Station and escort you to the hotel in downtown city. Today we are going to visit three famous places. In the morning, you will have an exploration of 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 last stop of today will be the existed largest ancient pagoda in Xinjiang, Sugong Pagoda. Then pay a visit to Beziklik Thousand Buddha Grottoes whose construction lasted for 7 centuries from the Tang to the Yuan Dynasty. 57 of the 83 caves are preserved in good condition. The last stop of today will be Astana Tombs which covers an area of 10km2. Due to the dry climate, 80% of the bodies buried here became mummys. And the mortuary objects are of high historical value.
Day 4 Turpan – Dunhuang by Bullet Train
Attractions: Shazhou Night Market (Breakfast)
At confirmed time, the guide and driver will pick you up from hotel and transfer to train station for bullet train to Dunhuang. Get off the train at Liuyuan Station and meet your local guide and driver. Then pay a visit to Shazhou Night Market to meet lots of local snacks.
Day 5 Dunhuang
Attractions: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing Sand Hill, Crescent Lake (Breakfast + Lunch)
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. Afterwards we will continue to visit Echoing-Sand Mountain. 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.
Day 6 Dunhuang Departure
Enjoy your free time till the confirmed hotel pickup time. Then you will be escorted to train station / airport for departure.
Our expert consultant will have your booking confirmed in 12 hours. We accept the last-minute booking for most of time even if time is pressing. After your booking is confirmed, we will send you a confirmation email which includes the agreed detailed itinerary with prices.
A small amount of deposit will be charged in advance via PayPal for tour booking (Deposit for tours excluding train/flight/hotel: USD50-USD200; deposit for tours including train/flight: your travel consultant will advise according to group size and itinerary). Balance is acceptable via PayPal at least 3 days ahead of the tour or with cash paid to the tour guide on the tour. Both RMB and hard currency are acceptable.
Our Tour guide
Over 15 years, we had built up a professional guide team. They are 100% guaranteed licensed guide. Apart from been knowledgeable, they are also friendly, fun, attentive, and flexible. Nothing is too difficult or troublesome for them, as they will always try their best to make a pleasant journey for you! You may get new friend after travelling in China!
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.
Always makes you feel safe and comfortable is the main goal of our service. The vehicles we use are all air-conditioned and kept in good safety and sanitary condition. The drivers we use are all licensed driver with many years driving experience. More attentive, we offer you a free baby seatservice if you travel with your baby.
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 an important part of Chinese culture. China fits for all budgets. Hotels booked by us include breakfasts. Lunches are arranged at restaurants which are popular among the real locals with good environment (You might be a little worried about using washrooms in China, please rest assured that all restaurants have western style washroom). Dinners are mostly left for yourself to allow you more freedom on your own discovery to local food or having some familiar hometown food.
If you are vegetarian, Muslim, or allergic to any kind of food, please feel free to tell your travel consultant in advance. We will help arrange proper restaurant or food to meet your needs.