Tour overview

Departure date(s) – 8 April 2025 (FULL) & 17 June 2025



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  • Accommodation - Based on specified hotel in itinerary or similar class (4-5 star local)
  • International economy flights with China Southern Airlines (in the case of unforeseen circumstances we will notify passengers if we need to change to an equivalent airline for international flights)
  • Gratuities - Included
  • Meals - Daily breakfast including meals as mentioned. 1 bottle of drinking water provided daily
  • Transfers - Private and pubic transfers as specified in itinerary
  • Admission Fees - As mentioned in itinerary
  • Guides / Tour leader - English speaking guides throughout tour and 1 tour leader escort for the group

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance - Not included. We strongly recommend taking out insurance cover which includes adequate cover for medical COVID-19
  • Visa - No need for AUS passport holders (up to 15 days) - subject to change and if it does we will advise guests
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This evening, we board our China Southern Airlines flight bound for Lanzhou, China with a stopover in Guangzhou along the way.

Included Meals - As per fight


After a few hours transit in Guangzhou airport, our connecting flight will take us to Lanzhou - the capital city of northwest China's Gansu province. Your journey begins at the iconic Yellow River Mother Sculpture, a powerful monument honoring the life-giving river. Next, explore the serene Lanzhou Waterwheel Park, where traditional water wheels dot the riverbanks, offering a glimpse into the region's history. Cross the striking Yellow River Iron Bridge, an engineering marvel that connects the two sides of the city. As the day winds down, we check into our hotel for much needed rest.

Accommodation - Yuluxe Lanzhou or similar

Included Meals - As per flight / Lunch / Dinner


After some much needed rest, today we visit the revered Temple of Confucius, a serene sanctuary that honors the influential philosopher and his teachings. Next, explore the Leitai Han Tomb, an ancient burial site that offers a window into the region's rich past. Wander through the lively South City Gate Square, where bustling markets and local life converge. As the sun sets, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Ming and Qing Street Night Market in Wuwei, where you can sample delectable street food, browse local handicrafts, and soak in the lively energy of the community.

Accommodation - Jianlong Grand Hotel or similar

Included Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


After breakfast, we depart Wuwei and head east to the captivating Zhangye region. Your first stop is the breathtaking Danxia Geopark, where you'll explore the otherworldly landscapes aboard an eco-friendly electromobile. Marvel at the vibrant, undulating rock formations in shades of red, orange, and yellow - a true natural wonder. After taking in the stunning vistas, make your way to the Dafo Temple, a serene Buddhist sanctuary that offers a peaceful respite. Wander the temple grounds, admiring the intricate architecture and statues, and soak in the tranquil atmosphere before continuing to your hotel for overnight stay.

Accommodation - Qianxi Silk Road International Hotel or similar

Included Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


After breakfast, we continue westward to the historic city of Jiayuguan. Begin your exploration of this important region at the Jiayuguan City, where you can stroll through the bustling streets and admire the well-preserved architecture. No visit to Jiayuguan would be complete without a stop at the iconic First Pier of the Great Wall. Stand in awe as you gaze upon this remarkable feat of ancient engineering, the western starting point of the iconic structure that has guarded China's borders for centuries. Imagine the countless travelers and soldiers who have passed through this gateway over the millennia. Overnight in Jiayuguan.

Accommodation - Nuojin Hotel or similar

Included Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


This morning, your journey continues as you depart for the enchanting city of Dunhuang. Your first stop is the captivating Mingsha Mountain, where towering sand dunes glisten in the sunlight and here we will give you an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the desert landscape. Next, visit the serene Crescent Moon Spring, a natural oasis nestled amidst the dunes. Marvel at the crystal-clear waters and the stunning contrast between the lush greenery and the surrounding sand. During your visit, we will include a camel ride, allowing you to experience the traditional mode of transportation that has traversed these lands for centuries. As the sun sets, head to the vibrant Shazhou Night Market, where you can indulge in local delicacies, browse artisanal crafts, and soak in the lively atmosphere. Before retiring for the day, make a final stop at the awe-inspiring Son of Earth sculpture, a towering tribute to the region's rich cultural heritage.

Accommodation - Tianhe Hotel or similar

Included Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Today is a full day to enjoy Dunhuang! The first stop is the renowned Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site that houses one of the finest collections of Buddhist art and architecture in the world. Conveniently, a shuttle bus service transports visitors to the caves, allowing for a seamless and efficient visit. Upon arrival, you'll have the opportunity to marvel at the intricate murals and statues that adorn the cave interiors, as well as learn about the rich history and significance of this remarkable site through a captivating 3D movie presentation. Continuing the historical exploration, the next destination is the Yang Pass, a strategic military stronghold that guarded the Silk Road for centuries. Wander the ancient fortifications and imagine the countless caravans and soldiers that have passed through this important gateway over the ages. The Yang Pass offers a tangible connection to Dunhuang's role as a vital hub along the legendary Silk Road trade route.

Accommodation - Tianhe Hotel or similar

Included Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Your day begins with a visit to the Imitation Song Dynasty Ancient City, a meticulously recreated historical site that transports you back in time to the architectural splendor of the Song Dynasty era. Wander through the intricate network of streets, admiring the traditional buildings, pagodas, and bridges that have been painstakingly reconstructed to capture the essence of this important period in Chinese history. This captivating experience allows you to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of the region. After your morning exploration, you'll board a train for a few hours towards the town of Shanshan, where you'll continue your adventure along the historic Silk Road. Overnight in Shanshan.

Notes on train - We will drive from Dunhuang to Liuyuan station and then take the Harmony high speed train to Shanshan (second class ticket) - Approximately 3 hours - with regards to luggage, we will transfer separately to ensure comfort and ease of travel

Accommodation - Hotel Sweetwater or similar

Included Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


This morning, you depart for the city of Turpan, but along the way, you'll make several fascinating stops. First, you'll visit the Kumtag Desert Park, a vast expanse of stunning desert landscapes where you can explore the towering sand dunes and unique geological formations. Next, you'll journey to Huoyan Mountain, also known as the "Flaming Mountains," a dramatic range of red sandstone peaks that have been sculpted by the elements over time. After taking in the breathtaking vistas, you'll continue on to the Tuyugou Uyghur Ancient Village, a well-preserved traditional settlement that offers a glimpse into the cultural heritage of the Uyghur people. Here, you can wander the narrow streets, visit local artisans, and immerse yourself in the timeless way of life that has endured for generations. Overnight in Turpan.

Accommodation - Mercure Hotel Turpan or similar

Included Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Your day in Turpan begins with a visit to the ancient city of Jiaohe, a remarkably well-preserved archaeological site that was once a thriving hub along the Silk Road. Wander through the ruins, marveling at the intricate architecture and gaining insights into the daily life of the city's former inhabitants. After exploring Jiaohe, you'll head to the Qanat, an ingenious underground irrigation system that has sustained the region for centuries. Learn about the engineering feat behind this network of tunnels and canals as you gain a deeper appreciation for the resourcefulness of the local people. Your final stop in Turpan will be a visit to a local vineyard, where you can sample the region's renowned grapes and wines, and perhaps even witness the traditional grape-drying process. As the day draws to a close, you'll make the journey to the city of Urumqi, where you'll settle in for the night.

Accommodation - Universal Hotel Urumqi or similar

Included Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 11 - URUMQI

Today, your exploration of Urumqi begins with a trip to the stunning Heaven Lake, located in the Tianshan Mountains. This alpine lake, nestled amidst towering peaks, is a breathtaking natural wonder, and you'll have the opportunity to take a boat ride across its serene waters, taking in the majestic scenery all around you. After your time at Heaven Lake, you'll head to the Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar, a vibrant and bustling marketplace that offers a glimpse into the rich cultural diversity of the region. Wander through the stalls, browsing the array of handicrafts, textiles, spices, and local delicacies on offer, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of this iconic Uyghur-influenced marketplace. As you soak in the sights, sounds, and aromas of the bazaar, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the unique character of Urumqi and the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

Accommodation - Universal Hotel Urumqi or similar

Included Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


This morning after breakfast, we will take a short flight to the historic city of Kashgar - an ancient Silk Road oasis city in western China, a captivating blend of Uyghur culture, bustling markets, historic architecture, and stunning natural landscapes that offers a truly immersive and unforgettable travel experience. Upon arrival, you'll have the afternoon free to explore the local handicrafts market, a vibrant hub of artisanal creativity and cultural exchange. Wander through the bustling stalls, browsing the diverse array of handmade textiles, woodcarvings, metalwork, and other traditional crafts that showcase the skilled artistry of the region. Take your time to interact with the local vendors, learn about the stories behind the products, and perhaps even find the perfect souvenir to commemorate your journey. As the day draws to a close, you'll enjoy a delightful dinner before checking into your hotel, setting the stage for your continued exploration of Kashgar's rich cultural heritage.

Accommodation - Mercure Hotel or similar

Included Meals - Breakfast / Dinner

Day 13 - KASHGAR

Today will be a tour of the fascinating city of Kashgar. You'll begin your exploration of the city by visiting the historic Old Town, a well-preserved example of traditional Uyghur architecture and way of life. Next, you'll head to the iconic Id Kah Mosque, one of the largest mosques in China and a centerpiece of Kashgar's vibrant Islamic culture. After taking in the mosque's ornate design and spiritual atmosphere, you'll stroll through the lively Id Kah Square, a bustling public space that serves as the heart of the local community. Finally, you'll conclude your morning with a visit to the Abakh Hoja Tomb, the impressive mausoleum of a revered Uyghur leader and a testament to the region's rich history and cultural heritage.

Accommodation - Mercure Hotel or similar

Included Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Very early this morning, we head to Kashgar airport for our flight home. Due to only 1 flight out of Kashgar daily, there will be a quite a long stopover in Guangzhou (6 hours) before we reboard our overnight flight home.

Included Meals - Boxed Breakfast / As per flight


We hope you enjoyed your amazing journey of the Silk Road region as you arrive back home this morning.

Included Meals - As per flight

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