Classical Silk Road

602: 14 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Urumqi - Kashgar - Urumqi - Turpan - Dunhuang - Xi'an - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part 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 Army Museum
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
  • Explore Kashgar's famed Sunday Market and experience the local culture and lifestyle
  • Appreciate murals of the Mogao Caves & enjoy an exciting camel ride in the Gobi Desert
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Upon landing at the airport in Beijing, you will find your private guide waiting for you outside the Arrival Hall. Your guide and driver will then transfer you to the hotel and help you check in. The rest of the day remains free for you. You can get advice about things to do from your guide or relax at the hotel.
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. Explore the largest central city 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 be accompanied to take a short walk to the Forbidden City, an unparalleled masterpiece of Chinese classic architecture. It was the residence of 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Your professional guide will give you full explanations about its history and culture.

Around noon, an a la carte lunch will be arranged for you at a good local restaurant. After lunch, you will proceed to the Temple of Heaven, which is an ancient royal temple where the emperors used to pray for blessings for people. Then, the guide will take you to visit the Hutongs by rickshaw, where you will experience the Beijing's traditional residential area and the people's lives. Finally, we will transfer you back to your hotel.

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 a world wonder, the Great Wall. Mutianyu is one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall and is noted for its majestic vigor and stunning scenery. You will go up the wall by a cable car or a chairlift and take a relaxing walk towards the top. Enough time will be left for you to admire the majestic wall and its surrounding mountain scenery. After the visit, you will take a cable car or a toboggan down from the wall.

On the way back to downtown, we will pass by the Bird Nest National Stadium and make a photo stop for you. After we arrive at a local market, we will set aside some time for you to stroll around and explore for some interesting gifts for your families or friends.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing to Urumqi by Flight
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 the Kunming Lake and the Wanshou Mountain. Every gallery, corridor and pavilion is worth savoring. You will enjoy a leisurely time here before saying goodbye to Beijing.

Lunch is by your own arrangement. Then, we see you off to take an onward flight to Urumqi. Your local guide will pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel in Urumqi.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Urumqi to Kashgar by Flight
Fly to Kashgar. Airport-hotel transfer, Sunday Market. (B+L)
After breakfast, take the morning flight to Kashgar, a city located in the eastern part of Xinjiang province. Your guide will be waiting for you at the airport, and then help you check in at a nice hotel. After a short rest, we will start exploring this city. The fascinating Sunday Market is an important 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 also buy some local crafts or dried fruits to take home.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Kashgar to Urumqi by Flight, Drive to 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, the Id Kah Mosque. Located at the city center, this grand mosque has a history tracing back over half a century. Then take a stroll for a few minutes, and you will reach the old street quarter. Touring the narrow alleys, you will see the local people's dwellings. Next, we will visit the Abakh Khoja Tomb, a typical Islamic tomb complex for a family of many generations.

In the afternoon, you will board a flight back to Urumqi. Your guide and driver will meet you in the airport and drive you to Turpan. After arrival, you will check in at the 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 from the Jiaohe Ruins, one of the largest and oldest earth architecture in the world. It used to be a prosperous city along the ancient Silk Road, and now you can still see traces of the architecture through the ruins. Then we will visit the Islam Sugong Pagoda built in 1778 and the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave. It is a 57-cave complex, inside which you can view many 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 ℃ (118°F) in the summer heat. You can see the changing temperature from the giant thermometer there. Viewed from a distance, the mountain seems on fire.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Turpan to Dunhuang by High-Speed Train
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 can easily dry up. Taking advantage of the mountain slope, the ancient Xinjiang people created a huge underground irrigation system. There are thousands of water channels with a total length of 5,000km. You will be amazed by such a great project and be impressed by the wisdom of the ancient people. After sightseeing, you will take a high-speed train for about 3 hours to Dunhuang. Upon arrival, you will be met at the station and transferred to check in at the hotel in Dunhuang.

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

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Dunhuang to Xi’an by Flight
Echoing-Sand Dune (camel-riding) and Crescent Lake. Fly to Xi'an. 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 take an interesting activity, a camel ride, which is a great way to experience the Silk Road culture. After that, you will come to the Crescent Lake. The lake is really a natural wonder, as it never dries up in the vast desert. There are two best angles from which to enjoy or photograph the Crescent Lake. One is from the top of the Echoing-sand Mountain and overlooking the lake; the other is the close-up view from the shore of the Lake.

Finally, you will board the flight to Xi'an, where your guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Xi'an
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 Xi'an, the Terracotta Army Museum. It is the largest underground military museum anywhere. Thousands of life-size pottery figures were buried with the emperor Qinshihuang. If you observe them carefully, you will find every figure has individual features.

Then we will go to the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. The museum houses about 370,000 exhibits and most of them dated from the Han and Tang dynasties. You can follow a timeline to visit different exhibition halls for bronzes, murals, ancient weapons, pottery figures and bronze mirrors. Afterwards, continue your travel to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, the landmark of Xi'an. With a history of over 1,300 years, it used to be the pagoda where the Xuanzang Master translated the sutras.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 12 Xi’an to Shanghai by Flight
City Wall Park, Xi'an City Wall, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Our first stop today is the City Wall Park, where you could see the local people doing morning exercises, running, dancing, playing table tennis or playing Tai Chi. Take a leisurely walk to enjoy a refresh morning time. Then we will ascend the ancient City Wall of the Ming Dynasty. It's a fantastic experience to cycle on the Wall. Finishing the sightseeing, we will arrange 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 the lunch break, we will see you off to board a flight to Shanghai. Your local guide and driver will pick you up in the airport and drive you to the hotel for a 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, Tianzifang Cultural Street. (B+L)
Huangpu River Cruise, Shanghai
After breakfast, you will start a visit to the Shanghai Museum, located at the south side of the People's Square. The museum displays a large number of bronzeware, ceramics, jade, sculptures, currency and ancient furniture. Next, we will travel to the classic Yu 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, continue your tour with a one-hour cruise on the Huangpu River, which enables you to view the modern and futuristic building complex from 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 named Tianzifang before driving you back 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 today. Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport according to your homebound flight schedule. If you prefer to experience the maglev train ride heading for Shanghai Pudong Airport, we can adjust the arrangement for you. If you plan to travel on to other cities, please feel free to contact your travel consultant. Thank you!

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
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$4889 $4400$4409 $3968$3949 $3554
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$4639 $4175$4159 $3743$3699 $3329
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part 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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