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.
All private transfer between airports, hotels and scenic spots
Air-condition car and driver, English speaking tour guide
Hotel with breakfast
Airport Tax and Fuel Fee
Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels
One bottle of mineral water per day
All personal consumption
Meals not listed in itinerary
China Entry Visa Expense
Single Room Supplement
Excess Baggage Charges
International Airfare or train tickets Arrival and Departure from China
Please send your travel request via e-mail [email protected] to us. You are also welcome to call us at 0086-15129005119 from Mon to Sun 24 hours.
Our real trip advisors will have your booking confirmed no more than 1 working day. We even take last minute booking if time is pressing. When your booking is confirmed, you will get a confirmation email from us, which includes the confirmed 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-USD100; Deposit for tours including train/flight: your travel consultant will advise according to group size and itinerary). The balance can be paid to our tour guide when you are on the tour, or the credit card balance payment via Paypal latest 3 days ahead of the tour date. 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!
Our Driver and Vehicle
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.
Inside Looking of Our Vehicle
Our Driver and Car
Food is a part of the important culture for Chinese people. China fits for all budgets. Hotels booked by us will include breakfast. Lunch is chosen at restaurant which is popular among locals, and with good environment. (All restaurants have Western styled Washroom available if this is what makes you feel headache about China) Dinner is mostly left for yourself, so you enjoy more freedom on your local food adventure or some familiar hometown food. If you are a Vegetarian, or Muslim , or allergy on any kind of food, you are suggested to inform this to your travel consultant, they will help arrange proper restaurant or food to meet your needs.