Silk Road through China

from€6539
for 15 nights

Travel the ancient pathways of China’s Silk Road on this 15 night escorted tour through some of the most historic regions of China.

What's Included
  • Flight Dublin to Xian, China
  • Airport transfer to your hotel
  • 15 nights accommodation in China
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Tours each day, outlined in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites on the itinerary
  • Ground transport with driver
  • Train Tickets
  • Domestic flight Xi’an – Lanzhou
  • Return transfer from your hotel to airport
  • Flight Kashgar, China, to Dublin
  • Services of English speaking guide and local representatives
  • Taxes, charges & 20kg check-in bag per person

Discover China’s ancient imperial capital, Xian, the beginning of this beguiling ancient thoroughfare – with its ancient walls, temples and the magnificent Terracotta Army. Experience Tibetan life and culture at Labrang Monastery with its throngs of worshippers and colourful temples. Enjoy dramatic mountain views from Jiayunguan’s Great Wall Fort, the final frontier of China’s Great Wall. Discover the ancient Buddhist heritage of the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, before making your way to the desert trading post of Turpan – one of the hottest, yet most charming, places in China. Finally, immerse yourself in the boisterous bazaars and livestock markets of Kashgar.

Tour Highlights

  • The famous Terracotta Army
  • Visit the sacred Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Ancient imperial capital of Xi’an
  • Visit Thousand Buddha Caves and Bingling Temple
  • Travel along the famous Hexi Corridor
  • Walk along the Overhanging Great Wall
  • Visit the final outpost of imperial China at Jiayaguan Fortress
  • See ancient artwork in the Western Thousand Buddha Caves
  • Preserved mummies & relics of Astana Tombs
  • UNESCO-listed Jiaohe ruins
  • Gobi and Taklamakan deserts
  • Silk Road trading centre of Kashgar
  • Visit the ornate Afak Khoja’s Tomb
  • Travel along the Karakorum Highway
Accommodation
Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel
Lanzhou Legend Hotel
Boutique Hotel Nirvana
Jiayuguan Train
Hotel Inn Plaza Holiday
Silk Road Dunhuang Boutique Hotel
Houzhou Hotel
Hotel Qinibagh
Crown Inn Hotel
Prices
Dates Price
31 Aug 2020 €6539 Book Now
Agent
Eleanor M
Eleanor M
Booking Remarks
Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
Single room supplement €710
Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit 15%
Full payment due on confirmation
Optional Insurance available (call for details)
Taxes, fees or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price
Irish nationals require a visa to enter China. You will need to apply to the Chinese Embassy in Dublin for this.
Itinerary
Day 1

Xian, China

On arrival to Xi’an airport you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Spend the evening having a welcome dinner where you will receive an overview of your tour. Overnight in Xi’an.

Overnight in Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xi’an

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2

Xian, China

Spend the day touring the highlights of Xi’an. Visit the site of the Terracotta Army before stopping off at the Horses Museum. Later, continue on to see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Overnight in Xi’an.

Overnight in Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xi’an

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 3

Xian, China

Lanzhou, China

Spend the morning visiting the Great Mosque of Xi’an, before walking through the surrounding Muslim Quarter. Later, visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum and Xi’an’s famous walls.  Later, transfer to the railway station to board your bullet train to Lanzhou. Overnight in Lanzhou.

Overnight in Lanzhou Legend Hotel, Lanzhou

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 4

Lanzhou, China

Xiahe, China

Spend the morning visiting Lanzhou Gansu Provincial Museum. Later, travel to Xiahe, where you will spend the night.

Overnight in Boutique Hotel Nirvana, Xiahe

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 5

Xiahe, China

After breakfast, take a tour of Labrang monastery. Later, travel on to Sangke Grassland, where you will visit a Tibetan family and learn of local customs. Overnight stay in Xiahe.

Overnight in Boutique Hotel Nirvana, Xiahe

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 6

Xiahe, China

Jiayuguan, China

Drive back to Lanzhou, en route stopping to visit the Thousand Buddha Caves and Bingling Temple. On arrival in Lanzhou, board an overnight train along the Hexi Corridor to Jiayuguan. Overnight on the train.

Overnight in Jiayuguan Train, Lanzhou

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 7

Jiayuguan, China

On arrival in Jiayuguan, transfer to your hotel. Later visit the Overhanging Great Wall. before continuing to the Wei-Jin Art Gallery where you can learn about ancient Chinese culture and art. Overnight in Jiayuguan.

Overnight in Hotel Inn Plaza Holiday, Jiayuguan

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 8

Jiayuguan, China

Dunhuang, China

Spend the morning visiting the Fortress of Jiayu before continuing on to take a tour of the Jiayuguan Museum. Later, transfer to Dunhuang, where you will stay overnight.

Overnight in Silk Road Dunhuang Boutique Hotel, Dunhuang

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 9

Dunhuang, China

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Dunhuang. Begin with a trip to the Mogao Caves, before travelling on to Crescent Lake on the edges of the Gobi Desert and listening to the singing Sand Dunes of Mingsha. Watch the sun set over the desert before transferring back to your hotel for overnight stay in Dunhuang.

Overnight in Silk Road Dunhuang Boutique Hotel, Dunhuang

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 10

Dunhuang, China

Turpan, China

Begin the day with a tour of the Western Thousand Buddha Caves. Later, travel to Liuyuan, where you will get the train on to Turpan in Xinjiang Province. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.

Overnight in Houzhou Hotel, Turpan

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 11

Turpan, China

Take a full day to explore the sights of Turpan. Begin the day with a visit to Tuyoq village, before travelling on to the Astana Tombs. Later, stop off at the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Overnight in Turpan.

Overnight in Houzhou Hotel, Turpan

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 12

Turpan, China

Kashgar, China

Begin your day with a tour of a Karez irrigation system before travelling on to see Emin Minaret and Mosque. Later, visit the old city ruins of Jiaohe. Transfer to Turpan train station where you will board an overnight train on to Kashgar.

Overnight in Houzhou Hotel, Turpan

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 13

Kashgar, China

Spend the day seeing the many sights of Kashgar. Begin the day at Afak Khoja’s tomb before moving to the stunning livestock market. After a couple of hours here take a walk through the remains of Kashgar’s old town. Later visit Idkah mosque and handicraft street before stopping off for tea in a 100 year old tea house. Finally drop in at the Former British & Russian consulates. After dinner, if you have any energy, there is an optional visit to the night market. Overnight stay in Kashgar.

Overnight in Hotel Qinibagh , Kashgar

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 14

Tashkurgan, China

In the morning, transfer to the Tajik region of Tashkurgan. En route, stop at Karakuly Lake and enjoy the sublime views. Continue to Opal Village, where you may meet native Kyrgyz nomads. Overnight in Tashkurgan.

Overnight in Crown Inn Hotel , Tashkurgan

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 15

Tashkurgan, China

Kashgar, China

In the morning, visit the history museum in Tashkurgan, before taking a trip to the city’s ancient stone fortress. Later, transfer back to Kashgar and enjoy the mountain scenery of the Karakorum Highway. Overnight in Kashgar.

Overnight in Hotel Qinibagh , Kashgar

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 16

Kashgar, China

After breakfast, transfer to Kashgar airport for your onward journey.

Meal plan: Breakfast

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