Ancient Silk Road (12 Days)

Xi’an, Jiayuguan, Turpan & Urumqi

The Silk Road was once a famous trade route between the East and the West. Travelling along it is the perfect way to explore Southern and Western China, immersing yourself in the differing cultures and ancient Imperial life. You will enjoy second class rail tickets, plus domestic flights to ensure you see as much as possible on your two week journey. Stay in 4-5* accommodation with delicious daily breakfasts to fuel you for your sight seeing days, and enjoy traditional local meals for lunch and dinner. Your professional local guides will make sure you don’t miss a single highlight of the Ancient Silk Road!

Day 01: Arrive Xi’an (-/-/-)

You will be met on arrival in Xi’an and transferred to your hotel to check-in for the next three nights.

Day 02: Xi’an (B/L/D)

Today you will be in awe of the life size Terracotta Warrior Army and see the traditional Tang Dynasty era Wild Goose Pagoda. Enjoy a delicious dumpling banquet and entertaining Tang Dynasty Show.

Day 03: Xi’an (B/L/-)

Admire the thousands of treasures at the Provincial History Museum, then admire the Drum and Bell Tower Square. Wander through the Muslim Quarter and local food market.

Day 04: Xi’an – Lanzhou (B/L/D)

Travel by train to historic Lanzhou and explore the river city’s attractions. Enjoy a delicious handmade beef noodle dinner.

Day 05: Lanzhou – Jiayuguan (B/L/D)

Continue your journey by train to Jiayuguan where you will visit the Pass and Great Wall. The Pass is known as one of the three wonders of the Great Wall.

Day 06: Jiayuguan – Dunhuang (B/-/D)

Visit the fresco Tombs of the Wei and Jin Dynasty. They are known as the encyclopedia of the Silk Road because of their vivid depictions of ancient life. Transfer by train to Dunhuang after lunch.

Day 07: Dunhuang (B/L/D)

Explore the World Heritage Listed Mogao Caves, filled with Buddhist cave paintings and sculptures. In the afternoon you will explore Yanguan.

Day 08: Dunhuang – Turpan (B/L/-)

In the morning explore the desert of the Humming Sandy Mountain and Crescent Moon Springs. You will also have the chance to take a scenic camel ride! Travel to Turpan by train in the afternoon.

Day 09: Turpan (B/-/D)

Tour through the natural and man made sights of Turpan, and learn about the ancient Karez water system. In the evening you will enjoy a traditional song and dance show with Uyghur music.

Day 10: Turpan – Urumqi (B/L/D)

Travel to Urumqi, in the foothills of snow-capped mountains. Walk around the Heavenly Lake, surrounded by fir trees. You will enjoy a special roast lamb dinner in this beautiful city.

Day 11: Urumqi (B/L/-)

After breakfast you will visit the Xinjiang Museum and also see the famous Tarim Mummies. In the afternoon wander through the bustling Grand Bazaar.

Day 12: Depart Urumqi (B/-/-)

The day is free at your leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Number of Days 12

Price From $4949

Departure Dates

4th May – 15th May
1st June – 12th June*
29th June – 10th July*
20th July – 31st July*
31st August – 11th September
30th September – 11th October

Prices are based on Low Season (01/04/2022 – 31/05/2022, 01/09/2022 – 30/11/2022). *Surcharges apply for other periods.


11 nights quality (4-5 star) accommodation with daily breakfast
2nd class high speed train (Xi’an – Lanzhou, Lanzhou – Jiayuguan, Jiayuguan – Turpan)
Most meals as indicated
Tipping for guide and driver
All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
Professional English speaking local guides


International airfares and taxes
Travel Insurance
Personal Expenditures
Other meals
China Visa

Price Details

$ Price (Twin Share)
From $4,949 per person (land only, low season)

$ Price (Single Supplement)
From $1,149 per person (land only)
 To add International Airfares to any of our packages, please contact us for pricing.

Private Touring available for an additional fee.

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