The Silk Road was one of the most important arteries of trade and culture in world history that connected the East and West. China’s silk, tea and porcelain were brought to Middle Asia and Europe by the caravans and traders. In exchange, China got glasses, horse, fruits, jades, etc. from Middle Asia and Europe. The Silk Road also played a significant role in the cultural exchange between the East and West. 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.
* Visit a local warm-hearted Kazak family for local specialties of fried biscuits, milk tea, dried grapes, and more.
* Enjoy relaxing moments at Heavenly Lake, with its crystal clear waters, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and soaring pin trees.
* Explore three must-see attractions in Turpan including the Karez Well, a huge underground irrigation system, the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Grottoes, and the largest surviving ancient pagoda in Xinjiang, the Sugong Pagoda.
* Go to visit the Mogao Grottoes, one of the four most famous caves in China and a rare pearl on the Silk Road.
* Try a wide variety of optional desert entertainment at the Crescent Spring and Echo Sand Mountain, which are harmonious mates of miracles created by nature.
- Day 1: Urumqi Arrival (No meal)
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 by VanHeavenly Lake (Breakfast + Lunch)
AM: 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.
Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.
PM: Then will drive to Turpan and check in local hotel.
- Day 3: TurpanSugong Pagoda, Beziklik Thousand Buddha Grottoes, Karez Well, Astana Tombs (Breakfast + Lunch)
AM: 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.
Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.
PM: 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 TrainShazhou 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: DunhuangMogao Grottoes, Echoing Sand Hill, Crescent Lake (Breakfast + Lunch)
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 in local restaurant.
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.
- 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.
- 2nd class bullet train listed in itinerary
- All entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary
- Typical meals as noted in itinerary
- 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
Booking MethodStep 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
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.
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.