9-Day Silk Road Tours From Xi’an To Urumqi

  • Tour Code: CNSR05

  • Destinations:Xian; Zhangye; Jiayuguan; Dunhuang; Turpan;

  • Tour Type: Private Tour


Tour Highlights

  • Experience the live ancient Tuyuk Village with a lunch at a local house.
  • Visit mysterious Crescent Lake in the middle of Gobi Desert.
  • Admire the most valuable Buddhist Treasure house of Mogao Grottoes in the World.
  • Enjoy the greatest archaeological discoveries of Terra-Cotta Warriors in China.
  • Understand the secrets of the longest ancient underground irrigation system Karez.
  • Admire the oldest Wooden Pagoda and the largest reclining Buddha Temples in China.
  • Enjoy the beauty of nature in Danxia National Geological Park.
  • Enjoy ancient cities perspectives by walking in the streets of Jaohe and Gaochang.

Day 1
Arrive in Xi’an
Activities: Warmly welcome you at the airport and transfer to the Hotel

Our professional, friendly local guide will meet you with experienced driver at the airport and transfer to your hotel. It takes about one hour to your hotel from the airport. Rest of the day is on your own to explore this ancient city.
It is said that if you want to see 800 years history of China, visit Beijing; if you want to see 3000 years history of China visit Xi’an. The root of Chinese history and culture remained there. It used to be the ancient capitals of many dynasties and the starting point of the Silk Road of China.
Day 2
Explore Xi’an for whole day
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Terra-Cotta Warriors; Bell Tower; Wild Goose Pagoda and Hui Mosque

After breakfast, we start our wonderful day tour by visiting Terra-Cotta Warriors which is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. This site is about an hour drive from Xi’an city.
After lunch Visit Bell tower which is located in downtown area and a Chinese traditional building and geographical center of the ancient capital, best preserved and largest wooden tower in China.
After spending an hour here we continue our tour to wild goose Pagoda which is a well preserved ancient holy structure of Buddhism.
Finally visit Hui grand mosque located in Hui minority area, construction of the mosque has rich Chinese features combined with Arabic style. It is one of the oldest and largest mosque in China.
Day 3
Xi’an to Zhangye
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Xi’an city wall ,Provincial Museum and take bullet train to Zhangye

After breakfast, first visit the city wall which is the symbol of Xi’an and the most ancient existing city wall in China up till now. enjoy the wall for a few hours by walking around or riding bicycles as your wish (on your own expense). Then drive to provincial Museum, which is a famous first-class museum in China with its outstanding architectural buildings, internal apparatus and exhibits.
After lunch take fast speed bullet train to Zhangye which is about 7:00 hours train Journey.
Our local guide/driver will pick up you from Zhangye railway station and transfer to your hotel
Day 4
zhangye tours
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Danxia National Geopark (Rainbow Mountain) and Giant Buddha Temple

After breakfast visit Danxia National Geopark (also called rainbow mountain) which is Known for its colorful rock formations, known for the unusual colors of the rocks, which are smooth, sharp and several hundred meters tall. They are the result of deposits of sandstone and other minerals that occurred over 24 million years ago. It has been voted by Chinese media as one of the most beautiful landforms in China.
After lunch visit the ancient Giant Buddha Temple in Zhangye, notable for its gigantic reclining Buddha statue of around 1100ft, which is thirty-five meters long. The temple is a huge statue made of clay on a wooden frame with his ten disciples standing behind, Depicting Gautama Buddha’s attainment of Nirvana.
Day 5
Zhangye to Jiayuguan
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Jiayuguan fort ; Overhanging cliff great wall ;Weijin Ancient Tomb;

After breakfast we will drive 250km 3Hours to Jiayuguan, ; then visit Jiayuguan fort ; the greatest and the best preserved one all along the Great Walls in China ;
then drive to Overhanging Cliff Great wall on the north part of Jiayuguan fort,which was used for defense purpose, You can climb up to the top according to yourself.
later visit Weijin Ancient Tomb which is a well-known biggest underground art gallery in the world;
Finally check into your hotel which we booked.
Day 6
Jiayuguan to Dunhuang
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:After breakfast Drive to Dunhuang and visit Crescent lake

After breakfast at the hotel , Drive to Dunhuang takes around 5 hours. Once arrive in Dunhuang, First have lunch and then visit Mysterious Crescent lake which it’s name derives from the crescent moon shaped by small pool of spring water between two large sand dunes. Here you’ll have chance to ride camels on the sand dunes of Sounding Sand mountain which makes sounds when the wind blows(camel is on your own expense). If you like you can stay to enjoy the sunset on the desert and back to hotel later
Day 7
Dunhuang to Turpan
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:After breakfast Visit Mogao Grottoes; After lunch fast speed train to Turpan

We spend the whole morning at Mogao Grottoes which were constructed over a millennium ago, from the 4th to 14th centuries. The caves are also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves have two distinctions of being one of the most notable grottoes in China and the best-preserved treasure house of Buddhist arts, sutras, murals and sculptures in the world.
After lunch drive Dunhuang fast speed train station for your journey to Turpan which is about 3.30 hours train journey
Day 8
Turpan for whole day
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city,Toyuq village,Flaming Mountain Karez underground Irrigation system and Emin Minaret

After breakfast,we start our tour in Turpan with a visit to Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city which is one of the best preserved ancient cities in China. The ruins of the buildings are divided into temples, civilian dwellings and government offices. Workshops and residential houses are still visible and time there is a time spent in a long lost world.
After an hour of walking around the ancient city,Move on to Toyuq village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with friendly Uighur community. Here we visit several local families and lunch with a local family at their home. This could be the highlight of your tour of the day.
After lunch, we’ll visit the world famous Karez irrigation system, unique to this part of the world. The system is considered as one of the three great projects in China with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal.
on the way, we will stop at the Flaming Mountain which people claimed to be the hottest and driest on the silk road that “flying birds even a thousand miles away dare not to come” (just on the road side for photo)
Finally the Emin Suliman minaret which is a magnificent combination of an ancient Uighur and Islamic architecture. It is the tallest ancient Minaret in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient tower in the country. Locals call it “pure tower”.
Day 9
Turpan to Urumqi airport
Meals: B
Activities:After Breakfast drive to Urumqi airport and depart

After Breakfast drive to Urumqi airport for your next flight destination which is 200Kms and takes about 3-4 hours.

Tour price

  • Following is our price lists, it is always better to keep all the services as standard as possible for the tours. However, if the tour is beyond your budget, we’ll try our best to accommodate your needs while still maintaining our high standard of services.

Tour Price from 1st June till 31st Oct

Pax 3* 4* 5*
1 Pax 20213 21629 23400
2 Pax 11885 12593 13478
3 Pax 9857 10565 11450
4-6 Pax 8627 9335 10220
1265 1914 2726
Based on Chinese RMB

Tour Price from 1st Nov till 31st May

Pax 3* 4* 5*
1 Pax 17333 18701 20501
2 Pax 10445 11129 12029
3 Pax 8697 9381 10281
4-6 Pax 7697 8381 9281
1045 1672 2497
Based on Chinese RMB

Featured Hotels

  • Following is the hotel lists we will book for the tour at different standards based on your requests; these hotels have been rated by our clients in the past years. If you have any more requests for different hotels. you can always let us know and we will try our best to meet your demands.
    If 4-5 star hotels are not available in some areas, we will book the local best hotels.

3-star Hotel list

Destination Hotel Name
Xi’an Chenggong International Hotel
Zhangye Long Sheng Holiday Hotel
Jiayuguan Huili Business Hotel 
Dunhuang Jinlong Hotel
Turpan jinxiujinhua Hotel

4-star Hotel list

Destination Hotel Name
Xi’an Huashan Mountain International Hotel
Zhangye Tianyu International Hotel 
Jiayuguan Jiayuguan hotel
Dunhuang Fuguo Hotel 
Turpan Huozhou Hotel

5-star Hotel list

Destination Hotel Name
Xi’an Sheraton Xi’an North City Hotel
Zhangye Zhangye Hotel
Jiayuguan Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan
Dunhuang Grand Soluxe Hotel Dunhuang Building A
Turpan Silk Road Lodges

Service Includes

  • Air-conditioned private Vehicle for whole land transportation
  • Private excellent English speaking local Tour guides
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary (one room shared by two people)
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee for the sights as listed in the program (including shuttle bus)
  • Expenses of the guides, drivers and vehicles (Accommodation and meals for guide and driver; Highway fee, oil and parking fees for the car)
  • First class bullet train ticket from Xi’an to Zhangye
  • First class bullet train ticket from Dunhuang to Turpan
  • Visa support

Service excludes

  • Tips for the guides and drivers
  • Beverages
  • Arrival and Departure flights
  • Chinese visa
  • Personal excursions like horse or camel riding at the spots or boating Etc.

Trip Notes

  • Here is some notes for above tour. If you want to make any changes according to your personal request , please let us know , one of our tour specialist will tailor make your tour just for your needs

1. Accommodation

  • —Different types of Hotels are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in the best locations, good value 3-star hotels, or boutique hotels that reflect the style of the region.
    —Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds at the hotels listed above
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities
    –If you have any special requests for your hotels, please let us know, our travel experts will try to meet your requests and find out the perfect one for you.

2. Meals

  • Breakfast is usually at the hotels. Lunch and dinners will be provided at good conditioned, clean local restaurants or tourist restaurants.
    You can also taste authentic local dishes of different minorities along the Silk Road.
    sometime also arrange local family meals wherever it is possible to let you deeply understand local life and culture. You would also to join cooking if you like.

3. Transportation

  • Air-conditioned good conditioned vehicles for whole land transportation including Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing. China is a big county, distance from one city to another is a long way to drive, so We usually arrange flights or trains to connect your destinations.

4. Drivers and Car Types

  • All of our tour guides are very experienced and helpful, who create unique and unforgettable experiences to share with you.
    Our tours include excellent English-speaking local tour guides in each destination, so they don’t travel with you on the trains or flights. But our driver/guide always pick up you from railway stations or airports with “your name” on a welcome board.

    All of our drivers are experienced licensed tourism drivers who are very helpful, friendly and easy going.
    We provide the following cars for the tour:
    1. 1-2 PAX: Sedan, SUV or MPV
    2. 3-5 PAX: MPV
    3. 6-8 PAX: 13-15-Seater minibus
    4. 9-10 PAX: 17-22 Seater Minibus
    5. 11 or more PAX: 33 seater or bigger coaches.

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