15-Day Silk Road Adventure Tours

  • Tour Code: CNSR03

  • Destinations:Kashgar; Karakoram Highway; Karakul lake; Tashkorgan; Yarkand; Hotan; Taklamakan Desert; Kucha; Korla; Turpan; Dunhuang; Xian

  • Tour Type: Private Tour


Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy stunning sceneries along the Karakorom Highway with Tajik and Kyrgiz people’s cultures.
  • Discover hand made silk textiles, carpets, papers and unique Jades of Hotan.
  • Enjoy the earliest Buddhism Art, Ancient Xinjiang Buddhism and the Silk Road center of Xinjiang.
  • Experience desert camp and camel ride in the second largest desert in the World.
  • Visit mysterious Crescent Lake in the middle of Gobi Desert.
  • Admire the most valuable Buddhist Treasure house of Mogao Grottoes in the World.
  • Understand the ancient history of China in Xi’an Museum.
  • Enjoy the greatest archaeological discoveries of Terra-Cotta Warriors in China.
  • Understand the secrets of the longest ancient underground irrigation system Karez.
  • Explore the culture, history and see the real life of Kashgar in the Old City.
  • Admire the earliest Buddha paintings of Kizil thousand caves in China.
  • Enjoy ancient cities perspectives by walking in the streets of Jiaohe and Gaochang.

Day 1
Arrive in Kashgar
Activities:Warmly welcome you at Kashgar airport and transfer to your hotel

Our professional tour guide and driver will welcome you at Kashgar airport and transfer to your Hotel. Have a good rest after a long flight.
Kashgar, an oasis city in Xinjiang, is the westernmost city in China, located near the borders of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. It has a history of over 2,000 years and served as a trading post and strategically important city on the Silk Road between China,Middle East and Europe.
Day 2
Kashgar to Tashkorgan
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Drive along the KKH, Stop at Opal Village, Oytagh Kunlun Colorful mountain range, Gaz Valley and check point, Bulungkol Valley (white sand mountain), Karakul lake and local Kyrgyz family visit

We set out along the Sino – Pakistan Karakorum Highway, on the Pamir plateau (the roof of the world) visit Karakul Lake (3600m above sea level). The lake sits at the foot of the notorious Muztagh Ata (7546m) and Gongur (7719m) mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountains and is one of the most beautiful and mysterious mountain in the world.
Lunch will be at a local Kyrgyz family or at the lake side restaurant.
Arrive Tashkorgan in late afternoon and stay overnight
Day 3
Tashkorgan to Kashgar
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Stone Fort, Tajik village, Hike on the Grassland and drive back to Kashgar after lunch
Tashkurgan Tajik autonomous county was once an important hub on the old Silk Road. The area borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan via the Kunjerab Pass and Wahan Corridor.

After breakfast, you’ll visit the town’s ancient Stone Fort – still standing after 2200 years! ‘Tashkurgan’ means ‘Fort made out of stones’ Later Hike on the grassland next to the Stone Fort.
After lunch drive back to Kashgar and you can have stops along the way if you like.
Day 4
Explore Kashgar city
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Grand mosque, Apak Hoja tomb (which is also called Fragrant Concubine Tomb), Old city walking tours, livestock market, Sunday market and dinner at a local Uighur family

Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First enjoy the famous livestock market which happens on every Sunday and people bring their horses, sheep, goats, camels,cows, bulls and other livestocks to the market from all the directions for sale. It provides a great opportunity to take photos of the faces of local people, enjoy the traditional local market culture, test-drive a donkey or a horse or even make its shoes. Like opening a window, today is a real glimpse into a time lost in the annals of the Silk Road’s past and an opportunity not to be missed.
Later moving to Sunday market main Bazaar which is considered one of the largest market in Central Asia. From fluffy sheepskin hats to rugged camel-hide boots, not to mention beads, buttons and buckets of locals. Everything – including plenty of kitchen sinks – is for sale at this fairytale bazaar. It is the best chance to practice your bargaining skills.
After lunch, visit the Grand Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Tomb which is also known as Fragrant concubine tomb).
We’ll enjoy the Old Town of Kashgar by walk.walking is the best way to see and understand the ancient historical parts,streets,handicraft workshops and many more;enjoy a century-old Kashgar tea house’s atmoshpere for a short break. sitting by the locals and try various medicinal teas such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and many other ingredients.
Finally, we wrap up one day tour with a dinner at a local family which offers a great opportunity to deeply understand real local life, culture and traditions of Uighurs.
Day 5
Kashgar to Hotan
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Drive along the Southern Silk Road, stop at Yarkant, Kaghilik for sightseeing

We set out from Kashgar to Hotan after breakfast,first stop at Yarkand for a few hours to enjoy local culture and do some sightseeing. like visiting the Golden Mosque (built in 1533) and its royal graveyard which includes several hundred-year-old tombs. Yarkand was once the capital of many Uighur Kingdoms in ancient times and an important station on the old Silk Road. It has more than 2000 years of history.
After Yarkand we’ll call at Kargilik another former hub on the Silk Road. The Tibet highway starts from Kargilik and we’ll stop at the grand mosque (1533) for a visit before move on to Hotan
Day 6
Hotan to desert for camel safari
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Grand Bazaar; after lunch drive to Desert for overnight camping

Sight-seeing in Hotan to see Hotan Grand Bazaar which is less touristic and more traditional; Then visit local Carpet, Silk and Jade factories, These three handicraft goods are famous from Hotan.
After lunch drive to Desert for Camel Safari and camping. Upon arrival at the desert, we load everything on the camel and begin to trek.
As the sun sets down, select a nice place for camping and set up tents. Our guide will make desert kebabs for you as shooting stars light the sky and the desert welcomes you to rest.
Day 7
Desert to Kucha
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Ride the camels out of the desert and keep driving till Kucha through desert Highway

After breakfast, load everything on the same camels and come out of the desert where our driver awaits you and then keep driving along the desert highway.
The word ‘Taklimakan’ means “Sea of Death”: ‘once you come in you can never go back.’ This is absolutely certain to be an unforgettable part of your trip and we arrive at Kucha in the evening and check into our hotel.
A shower is always nice to get rid of sands and grits, but the experience and memories will remain with you forever.
Day 8
Kucha for whole day
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Kizil Thousand Budha caves and Tianshan mysterious Grand Canyon

In the morning visit the Kizil Thousand Buddha caves which sits high on the cliff over the Northern bank of the Muzat River, 75km (46miles) from Kucha city. The caves were hewn between the 3rd and 8th century and formed one of the earliest Buddhist art treasure troves in China. In fact the caves were in use one century before the famous Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang.
we have lunch at a restuarant next to the caves and head to Tianshan mysterious Grand Canyon which is about a little more than an hour drive from the caves. Tianshan Great Canyon is located about 70km from Kucha city. The canyon is attractive not only for its colors but also the formation of the mountains. Today, Tianshan Grand Canyon is regarded as one of the ten most beautiful in China.
Drive back to Kucha after a long and exciting day trip and have dinner before going back to hotel.
Day 9
Kucha to Korla
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:visit Kucha’s Grand mosque and old city, Subash Ancient Buddha ruins and Kizil Kagha Beacon tower. Then drive to Korla after lunch

After breakfast, we’ll spend time at old city area and visit Kucha’s Grand mosque. The mosque was built in the 17th Century and roof of the mosque was constructed with 300,000 eggs, cement and bricks.
Then head to visit the ancient city of Subash (2nd-3rd century A.D.) and the Ancient Kizil Kagha Beacon tower which was an ancient military outpost. Then drive to Korla after lunch and arrive in the evening.
Day 10
Korla to Turpan
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:leave for Turpan after breakfast then arrive at about noon; After lunch visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigation system and Emin Minaret

Leave Korla after breakfast and arrive Turpan around Lunch time. In Turpan we’ll begin our local tour at the Yargul 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 lunch visiting around the ancient city area for an hour , then head on to see 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.
Then visit the Emin Suliman minaret which is a magnificent combination of ancient Uighur and Islamic architecture. It is the tallest ancient tower in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient minaret in the country. Locals call it “pure tower”.
Day 11
Turpan to Dunhuang
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:visit Idikut (Gaochang) ancient city, Toyuq village,Flaming Mountain and take overnight train to Dunhuang

After breakfast, visit the ancient city of Idikut (Gaochang). The city was first built in the first Century BC and later became capital of the Idikut (Gaochang) Uighur Kingdom in the 8th Century.
We’ll enjoy visiting the ancient city for about 40 minutes and then drive to Toyuq village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a friendly Uighur community. Here we visit several local families and have tea with a local family at their home. This could be the highlight of your tour of the day.
On the way back to hotel we will also stop at the Flaming Mountains 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”
Finally take overnight trian to Dunhuang.
Train Info
This Tour includes one way train Journey from Turpan to Dunhuang which is about 9-10 hours. We book first class soft sleeper tickets, there are 4 beds in one compartment, this tour includes one ticket per person. so if you are less than 4 people and want to get all 4 beds, you have to pay for the rest of beds then you can stay privately without any other strangers. please let us know when you make booking.
Day 12
Dunhuang for whole day
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Arrive in Dunhuang train station in the morning and visit Mogao Grottoes, Museum, Crescent Lake and Mingsha Echo-sand Mountain

Our Dunhuang local guide will be holding your name in front of the Dunhuang train station and first have breakfast and then go for sight-seeing.
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 has two distinctions of being one of the most notable grottoes in China as well as the best-preserved treasure house of Buddhist arts, sutras, murals and sculptures in the world.
After lunch, visit Dunhuang Museum which exhibits relics excavated from the local area, such as paper, coins, a model of the Great Wall as it appeared during the Han Dynasty.
Then drive to Mysterious Crescent lake which it’s name derives from the crescent moon shaped the small pool of spring water between two large sand dunes. Here you can ride camels on the sand dunes of Sounding Sand mountain which makes sounds when the wind blows.
We highly recommend you to enjoy the Sunset over the high sand dunes before back to hotel.
Day 13
Dunhuang to Xi’an
Meals: B, L, D
Activities: Take morning flight to Xi’an and visit Xi’an city wall and Provincial Museum

Our guide and driver from Dunhuang see you off at Dunhuang Airport and another Knowledgeable and friendly local guide will meet you with experienced driver at Xi’an airport and transfer to Xi’an city which is about 1.5 hours drive.
First have lunch and then drive to Xi’an city wall which is the symbol of Xi’an and the most ancient existing city wall in China until today. We spend a few hours here to walk around or ride bicycles as your wish.
Finally visit Shanxi provincial Museum which is one of the first largest state museum with modern facilities in China. The museum houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins,bronze, gold,silver, and many more. The modern museum is built between 1983 and 2001 and its appearance recalls the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty.
Day 14
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 memorable day tour by visiting Terra-Cotta Warriors which is one of the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. This site is about an hour drive from Xi’an city.
Visit Bell tower after lunch which is located in downtown area and is 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 well preserved ancient holy building for Buddhism.
Finally visit the 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 15
Xi’an to your Next destination
Meals: B
Activities:See you off at Xi’an airport

Today is the last day of your tour with us, so we wish this shouldn’t be the last. We strive to make every day of your time with us the one that you’ll always remember and if you’d like to book some other tours please Contact us for more information.

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 38418 39893 43268
2 Pax 22518 22910 24943
3 Pax 18959 19697 21384
4-6 Pax 16418 17155 18843
6718 7455 9143
Based on Chinese RMB

Tour Price from 1st Nov till 31st May

Pax 3* 4* 5*
1 Pax 34093 35630 38643
2 Pax 20105 20874 22380
3 Pax 16797 17565 19072
4-6 Pax 14568 15336 16843
4243 4243 4243
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
Kashgar Qinibagh Hotel 3* building
Tashkorgan jincaotan Hotel
Hotan Yudu Hotel
Kucha Kucha grand Hotel (3* building) 
Korla Jinye Hotel
Turpan jinxiujinhua Hotel
Dunhuang Jinlong Hotel
Xi’an Chenggong International Hotel

4-star Hotel list

Destination Hotel Name
Kashgar Qinibagh Hotel (4* building)
Tashkorgan Crown inn (Local best) 
Hotan Western Lake hotel
Kucha Kucha Grand Hotel (5* building)
Korla Silver Star Hotel (4-star)
Turpan Huozhou Hotel
Dunhuang Fuguo Hotel 
Xi’an Huashan Mountain International Hotel

5-star Hotel list

Destination Hotel Name
Kashgar Radisson Blue Hotel
Tashkorgan Crown inn (Local best) 
Hotan Western Lake hotel
Kucha Kucha Grand Hotel (5* building)
Korla Kangcheng Jianguo International Hotel
Turpan Silk Road Lodges
Dunhuang Grand Soluxe Hotel Dunhuang Building A
Xi’an Sheraton Xi’an North City Hotel

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)
  • One way flight ticket from Dunhuang to Xi’an
  • Soft Sleeper train ticket from Turpan to Dunhuang
  • 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 could also join the 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 country, 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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