Classical Silk Road

602: 14 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Urumqi - Kashgar - Urumqi - Turpan - Dunhuang - Xian - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 13 western buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches with some being a la carte style
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
  • Explore Kashgar Sunday Market and experience the local life with locals
  • Visit Mogao Caves & enjoy an exciting camel riding in the Gobi Desert
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Upon landing at the airport, you will find our private guide waiting for you outside the customs hall. Our guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel that we booked for you, and they will also help you check-in. The rest of the day you are on your own. You can get advice about things to do from our guide.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Our clients at Tiananmen Square
After a buffet breakfast in the hotel, you will leave for Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City. We will explore the largest city center square in the world, around which you can see many historical sites such as the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People and the Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao. Afterwards, you will take a stroll to the Forbidden City, an unparalleled masterpiece of Chinese classic architecture. It used to be the living palace of 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Afterwards, an a la carte lunch will be arranged in a local high quality restaurant. After a short rest, you will proceed to the Temple of Heaven, which is an ancient royal temple where emperors used to pray for blessings for the people. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Today's private sightseeing starts with the world wonder, the Great Wall. Mutianyu is one of the best preserved sections and is noted for its majestic vigor and stunning scenery. You will go up the wall by cable car and take a relaxing walk along the top. Then, take the cable car again to get down from the wall.

On our way back to downtown, the car will pass by the Bird Nest National Stadium. During the short pause, you can take a photo of its unique structure from a distance. After we arrive at a local market, we will set aside some time for you to stroll around.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Urumqi
Summer Palace. Fly to Urumqi. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Retired people's Life, Beijing
After breakfast, we will head to the Summer Palace, a well-preserved imperial garden, which used to be the summer resort for the royal families. It is a man-made stunner based on the shapes of Kunming Lake and Wanshou Mountain. Every gallery, corridor and pavilion is worth savoring.

Lunch is on your own arrangement. Then, you will take an onward flight to Urumqi. Our guide will pick you up outside the arrival lobby and escort you to the hotel we booked for you.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Urumqi - Kashgar
Fly to Kashgar. Airport-hotel transfer, Sunday Market. (B+L)
After breakfast, take a morning flight to Kashgar, a city located in the eastern part of Xinjiang province. Our guide will be waiting for you at the airport, and will help you check in to a nice hotel. After a short rest, we will gather to start exploring the city. The fascinating Sunday Market is your destination. It is a large market for international traders. People from different areas and countries come to this place for business. It is open every day, but Sunday is the busiest. In the market, you can select some crafts or dried fruits to take home.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Kashgar - Urumqi - Turpan
Id Kah Mosque, Old Street, Abakh Khoja Tomb. Fly to Urumqi. Land transfer from Urumqi Airport to Turpan. (B+L)
Local Bazaar in Kashgar
In the morning, you will pay a visit to the greatest mosque of Xinjiang Province, Id Kah Mosque. Located at the city center, the grand mosque has a history reaching back over half a century. Take a stroll for a few minutes, and you will reach the old street quarter. Touring the narrow alleys, you will see local people's dwellings. Next, we'll make our way to Abakh Khoja Tomb, a typical Islamic tomb complex for a family of many generations. Afterwards, board a flight back to Urumqi. Our guide will meet you in the airport, and they will drive you to Turpan. After arrival, you will check in to a hotel and have a good rest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Turpan
Jiaohe Ruins, Sugong Pagoda, Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave, Flaming Hill. (B+L)
Today's private tour starts with the Jiaohe Ruins, one of the largest and oldest earth architectures in the world. It used to be a prosperous city along the ancient Silk Road, and you can still see traces of it through the ruins. Then you will go to the Islam Sugong Pagoda built in 1778 and the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave. It is a 57-cave complex, inside which you can view a lot of Buddhist statues and murals. Near the cave, we will drop by Flaming Mountain. The temperature at the mountain is pretty high. It can reach 47.8 ℃ in the summer heat. You can see the changing temperature from the giant thermometer. Viewed at a distance, the mountain seems like it's on fire.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Turpan - Dunhuang
Karez Well. High speed train to Dunhuang. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B)
Ancient City of Jiaohe, Turpan
After breakfast, you will visit the Karez Well. In this barren land, water is an important resource, but it will easily dry up. Taking advantage of the mountain slope, ancient Xinjiang people created a huge underground irrigation system. There are thousands of water channels with a total length of 5,000km. After sightseeing, you will take a high-speed train to Dunhuang. You will be met at the Liuyuan railway station, and our guide will help you check in at the hotel in Dunhuang. The transfer takes about two hours from Liuyuan Station to Dunhuang.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Dunhuang
Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Museum. (B+L)
Today, your journey begins with the famous Mogao Caves, which are known as one of the four most renowned caves in China. Thousands of Buddhist murals and statues lie in the cave awaiting your exploration. Then we will pay a visit to Duhuang Museum, where you can learn more about the ancient Silk Road through the abundant relics.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Dunhuang - Xian
Echoing-Sand Dune (camel-riding) and Crescent Lake. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
In the morning, you will visit the well-known Echoing-sand Mountain. When wind blows over the sand dunes, it rustles loudly. Walking in the sand will also make such a sound. Then you will have an interesting activity, a camel ride, which is a great way to experience Silk Road culture. After that you will come to the Crescent Lake. The lake is really a natural wonder, which never dries up in the vast desert. At last, you will board a flight to Xian, and our guide will meet you in the airport and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Xian
Terracotta Warriors Museum, Provincial History Museum, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. (B)
Our clients on the ancient City Wall, Xian
Today you will visit the highlight of Xian, the Terracotta Warriors and Horse Museum. It is the largest underground military museum anywhere. Thousands of life-size pottery figures are buried with the dead emperor Qinshihuang. If you observe them carefully, you will find every figure wears a different look.

Then we will go to the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. The museum collects about 370,000 exhibits most of them dating from the Han and Tang dynasties. You can follow a time line to cover different exhibition halls for bronzeware, murals, ancient weapons, pottery figures and bronze mirrors. Afterwards, continue your travel to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, a landmark of Xian. With a history of over 1,300 years, it used to be the pagoda for the Xuanzang Master to translate the sutra.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 12 Xian - Shanghai
City Wall, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Our first stop today is the ancient City Wall surviving from the Ming Dynasty. It's a fantastic experience to cycle on the wall. Finishing the sightseeing, we prepare a local family visit for you. The hostess will treat you to an authentic a la carte lunch, and you will also get a chance to learn to cook Chinese dishes. After a short rest, board a flight to modern Shanghai city. Our guide will pick you up in the airport and drive you to the hotel for rest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 13 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and a cultural street. (B+L)
Huangpu River Cruise, Shanghai
After the breakfast, you will visit Shanghai Museum, located at the south side of People's Square. The museum displays exhibits such as bronzeware, ceramics, jade, sculptures, currency and ancient furniture. There you will sense the wisdom of China's ancient people. Next, we will journey to Yu Garden. It is a classic garden, which was a private palace owned by a celebrity in the Ming dynasty. With smart design, it is characterized by its delicacy and elegance, and that can be traced through every tile, brick and carving.

Afterwards, you will take a cruise on the Huangpu River, which enables you to view the modern and futuristic building complexes for a different perspective. Landing at the Bund area, where you can take a relaxing stroll, enjoy the soft breeze and refresh yourself. Finally, we will visit an old-fashioned street before returning to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 14 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A pleasant trip home! (B)
Your private Silk Road tour comes to an end. Our guide will see you off at the airport according to your homebound flight schedule. If you plan to travel on to other cities, please feel free to contact our travel consultant.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
UrumqiSheraton Urumqi Hotel Excemon Xinjiang Yilite Hotel
KashgarRadisson Blu Hotel Kashgar Radisson Blu Hotel Kashgar
TurpanHuozhou Hotel Huozhou Hotel
DunhuangDunhuang Hotel Building No. 8Dunhuang Hotel Building No. 8
XianWyndham Grand Xian South Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$4709 $4143$4249 $3739$3799 $3343
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$4469 $3932$4009 $3527$3559 $3131
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Mohamed Shibly Salahudeen from SRI LANKA | Jan. 09, 2018 15:24Reply
Xinjiang / Urumqi Kashkar/ Kashkar /Kazakhstan
Please be kind enough to let me know a round trip by road to above places,Will I be able to join a group tour,Do I have to take any special visa to travel inside China,I am from Srilanka, Please let me where should I start the journey from China or Kazakisthan, which sthan is near to China, thankyou
Answers (1)
Answered by Travel China Guide from CHINA | Jan. 09, 2018 21:30

Dear user,
Glad to tell you we provide the Silk Road Tour, but the tour only covers domestic cities. If you are interested, welcome to send us e-mails:
Asked by chen zhao from MALAYSIA | Oct. 29, 2017 09:09Reply
I want to travel by train from Dunhuang to Turpan.
Which railway station should i use?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 29, 2017 20:46

You are suggested to take a long-distance bus at Dunhuang Bus Station to Liuyuan. Then change to a train to Turpan within 6-7h.
Asked by Chris from SINGAPORE | Sep. 19, 2017 17:57Reply
Hi, I am planning to tour Xinjiang in 1st week of Oct. Is it still a good time to go?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily from FINLAND | Sep. 20, 2017 04:33

Although it can be a good timing to visit that area, there will be many touirists due to the National Day Holiday. If you really wanna go, do the bookings in advance.
Asked by Faith from MALAYSIA | Aug. 28, 2017 08:24Reply
We are planning to visit Xinjiang in May 2018, what are the places to visit ? Thx
Answers (2)
Answered by Nigel from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 29, 2017 22:30

Well, Xinjiang is a big province, so there are many famous attractions, I will give you a popular route- Heavenly Lake line, and you can enjoy the famous eight attractions in Heavenly Lake, such as South Mountain Snow, Waterfalls and Pools plus Lakes.
By the way, it’s not easy to visit these places by yourself, so you are suggested to join a tour.
Answered by Yoyo from NEW ZEALAND | Aug. 30, 2017 01:47

There are many nice attrations there. Here are some worthy ones:
Urumqi: Grand Bazaar, Heavenly Lake and Kanas Nature Reserve.
Turpan: Karez System, Flaming Mountain
Ili: Sayram Lake, Nalati Grassland

Due to the large size of the province, it is best to join a tour to see as many as you can. I know Travel China Guide can arrange Xinjiang Tours. If you are interested, contact them through!
Asked by Marissa from INDONESIA | Aug. 21, 2017 06:28Reply
2 nights + 1 half day
Hi all,

I'll be traveling solo but can only stay in Urumqi for 2nights+1half day in early September. Would love to stay in one of the yurts, visiting pasture and the national park plus grand bazaar. Any suggestion on how to make most of my trip? bcs I've been looking around for itinerary sample, all of them are at least for 4 nights :( (wish I have more time for this trip really) thanks in advanced!
Answers (1)
Answered by Hefinny from SINGAPORE | Aug. 22, 2017 01:46

First of all, it is a little chanllenging for you to experience the trip alone. If possible, book a tour. Anyway, here is the suggestion for your itinerary:
Day 1: Tianshan & Heavenly Lake
Day 2: Southern Pasture - Xinjiang Regional Museum
Day 3: Grand Bazaar
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