16-Day China Silk Road Tours

  • Tour Code: CNSR07

  • Destinations: Xian, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, Karakoram Highway, Tashkorgan

  • Tour Type: Private Tour


Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy stunning sceneries along the Karakorom Highway with Tajik and Kyrgiz people’s cultures.
  • Enjoy the old city, livestock market, grand mausoleum and the rich culture of Kashgar.
  • Enjoy camel ride around the Crescent lake in the Gobi Desert.
  • Admire the most valuable Buddhist Treasure house of Mogao Grottoes in the World.
  • Visit the most influential and the largest Monastery of (yellow hat sect)of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Enjoy the greatest archaeological discoveries of Terra-Cotta Warriors in China.
  • Admire the oldest Wooden Pagoda and the largest reclining Buddha Temples in China.
  • Enjoy the beauty of nature in Danxia National Geological Park.
  • Visit a unique combination Chinese and Islamic architecture of the Great Mosque of Xi’an.

Day 1
Arrive in Xi‘’an
Activities: Pick you up from 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 airport. Rest of the day is on your own to explore this ancient city by yourself.
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 memorable 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 is a Chinese traditional building and geographical center of the ancient capital, best preserved and largest wooden tower in China.
After an hour of visiting at this site then continue our tour to wild goose Pagoda which is a 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 3
Xi’an to Lanzhou

Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Xi’an city wall and provincial museum,after lunch catch a bullet train to Lanzhou

After breakfast visit the 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 to enjoy by walking around or riding bicycle as your like (on your own expenses).
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 a fast speed bullet train to Lanzhou, it is about 3:30-4:00 hours train journey. A new driver will wait for you at Railway station and transfer to the hotel.

Day 4
Lanzhou to Xiahe
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Drive to xiahe and visit Bingling temple on the way

Our guide and driver will be expecting you at the hotel lobby to give you an exciting tour today. Start driving to Xiahe, first stop at Liujiaxia small town for visiting Bingling Grottos which is filled with Buddhist sculptures carved into natural caves and caverns in a canyon along the Yellow River.
So we have to take a boat from Liujiaxia town to Bingling temple which takes about an hour to get there through Liujiaxia Reservoir and we will stop there for about 2 hours to explore the sculptures, carvings, and frescoes which are outstanding examples of Buddhist artwork.
Our driver will be Waiting for us at the other side of the Reservoir and keep driving until Xiahe through many small beautiful villages.
Upon arrival at Xiahe at about 5:00pm first check into the hotel and have dinner at a local restaurant after short rest.
Day 5
Xiahe to Lanzhou

Meals: B, L, D
Activities:visit Labrang Monastery, Tibetan family visit and then drive to Lanzhou

Our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to Labrang Monastery which is the largest, most influential and major monastery of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The architectural layout follows true Tibetan style, while construction patterns are mixed with Chinese styles.
We spend for about 3 hours to explore the monastery and have lunch at a local Tibetan family to learn more about Tibet culture and life.
Then leave for Lanzhou after lunch. It takes about 4 hours to get to Lanzhou and check into your hotel.

Day 6
Lanzhou to Zhangye
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Take bullet train to Zhangye and visit Danxia National Geopark (Rainbow Mountain)

After breakfast drive to Lanzhou railway station take a bullet train for (3:30)hours to your next trip to Zhangye. our guide and driver will pick up you from Zhangye railway station and then 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. These are the results 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.
You’ll appreciate the splendid scenery of Danxia landform under the sunset.
After a day of exciting tour, you will check into the hotel booked for you.
Day 7
Zhangye for another day
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:visit Giant Buddha Temple, the Wooden Pagoda Temple and Mati Temple Grottoes

After breakfast continue the tour around Zhangye and visit Giant Buddha Temple and the Wooden Pagoda Temple in the morning. As a landmark of Zhangye, the Giant Buddha Temple is renowned for the largest indoor reclining Buddha in China. Even a single finger of the Buddha can allow one adult to lie down. It is said that this giant Buddha statue is made in the image of Sakyamuni. Our guide will also introduce other statues and delicate murals in the hall. Numerous scriptures and ancient books are also displayed here. In this temple, we will not miss the earth tower and a typical folk residence with traditional carved beams and painted pillars. Stepping out of the Giant Buddha Temple, you will be taken to the Wooden Pagoda Temple built with wood and bricks.
After lunch, we will drive one hour to visit the Mati Temple Grottoes. It is said that a heavenly horse once left its hoof print on a rock there, so you can still find that print in the temple. It is a unique temple housing structure of both Han Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism. Follow the guide to admire the Buddha statues carved in the caves and appreciate the painted scriptures of heros in Tibetan myths.
Day 8
Zhangye to Jiayuguan
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Jiayuguan fort ; Overhanging cliff great wall ;Weijin Ancient Tomb ;

After breakfast we will drive to Jiayuguan, 250km 3Hours; then visit Jiayuguan fort ; the greatest and best preserved one along all of the Great Walls in China ;
then drive to Overhanging Cliff great wall, the north part of Jiayuguan fort is used for defense, You can climb up to the top of the wall 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.
Day 9
Jiayuguan to Dunhuang
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Drive to Dunhuang and visit Singing Sand dunes and Crescent Moon Lake; Shazhou Night market

After breakfast , drive to Dunhuang takes about 5 hours and arrive by lunch time.
After lunch visit Singing Sand dunes and Crescent Moon Lake and you will have a chance to ride a camel ;it is really a memorable experience .
After dinner we can enjoy Shazhou Night Market ; we will see different kinds of souvenirs, fruits and local foods ;
Day 10
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 known as the Thousand Buddha Caves,which has two distinctions of being one of the most notable grottoes in China as well as the best-preserved treasure house of Buddhism arts, sutras, murals and sculptures in the world.
After lunch drive Dunhuang fast speed train station for your journey to Turpan which takes 3.30 hours.
Day 11
Turpan for whole day
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:visit Idikut (Gaochang) ancient city, Toyuq village, Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves and Flaming Mountains

After breakfast at the hotel, We start our tour in Turpan with a visit to 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 visit this ancient city for about 40 minutes and then Move on to Toyuq village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a 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 visit Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves which used to be an important center for Buddhist worshipers under the Xizhou Huigu government of the Idikut (Gaochang) Kingdom.
On the way back to the hotel we will stop at the Flaming Mountains which people claimed to be the hottest and driest along the silk road that “flying birds even a thousand miles away dare not to come”.
Day 12
Turpan to Urumqi, fly Kashgar
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigation system and Emin Minaret. After lunch Drive to Urumqi airport and take evening flight to Kashgar

Following breakfast at the Hotel we start our another wonderful day in Turpan. Our special itinerary today includes sightseeing in Turpan and drive to Urumqi airport after Lunch.
First we visit 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 visiting around the ancient city, we’ll head 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.
Finally visit Emin Sulaiman 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”.
After lunch we’ll leave Turpan to Urumqi airport and take evening flight to Kashgar.
Day 13
Kashgar to Tashkorgan
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Drive along the KKH, Stop at Opal Village, Oytagh Kunlunshan 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 mountains in the world.
Lunch will be at a local Kyrgyz family or at the lake side restaurant as your like Arrive in Tashkorgan in the late afternoon and stay overnight.
Day 14
Tashkorgan to Kashgar
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Stone Fort, Tajik village, Hiking on the Grassland and drive back 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 have an opportunity to see the town’s ancient Stone Fort – still standing after 2200 years! ‘Tashkurgan’ means ‘Fort made out of stones ‘
Hike on the grassland After lunch then drive back to Kashgar.
Day 15
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 only 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 move on 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 century-old Kashgar tea house atmosphere for a short break. sitting by 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 16
Kashgar to your next destination
Meals: B
Activities:see you off at Kashgar airport

Today is the last day of your tour with us,so we hope this tour shouldn’t be the last. We strive to make every day of your time with us the one that you’ll always miss and remember. 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 34288 36488 40370
2 Pax 20663 21763 23704
3 Pax 17677 18777 20718
4-6 Pax 15497 16597 18538
2305 3273 4981
Based on Chinese RMB

Tour Price from 1st Nov till 31st May

Pax 3* 4* 5*
1 Pax 30288 32563 35725
2 Pax 18513 19650 21231
3 Pax 15725 16863 18444
4-6 Pax 13847 14984 16566
1128 1529 2305
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
Lanzhou Nongken Hotel
Xiahe Wangfu Hotel 
Zhangye Long Sheng Holiday Hotel
Jiayuguan Huili Business Hotel 
Dunhuang Jinlong Hotel
Turpan Jinxiujinhua Hotel
kashgar Qinibagh Hotel 3* building
Tashkorgan jincaotan Hotel

4-star Hotel list

Destination Hotel Name
Xi’an Huashan Mountain International Hotel
Lanzhou Legend hotel 
Xiahe Civil Aviation Hotel 
Zhangye Tianyu International Hotel 
Jiayuguan Jiayuguan hotel
Dunhuang Fuguo Hotel 
Turpan Huozhou Hotel
kashgar Qinibagh Hotel (4* building)
Tashkorgan Crown inn (Local best) 

5-star Hotel list

Destination Hotel Name
Xi’an Sheraton Xi’an North City Hotel
Lanzhou Grand Soluxe Hotel Gansu
Xiahe Jiusheng International Hotel (local best new hotel based on 4-star) 
Zhangye Zhangye Hotel
Jiayuguan Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan
Dunhuang Grand Soluxe Hotel Dunhuang Building A
Turpan Silk Road Lodges
kashgar Radisson Blue Hotel
Tashkorgan Crown inn (Local best) 

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 Urimqi to Kashgar
  • Firsrt class bullet train tickets from Xi’an to Lanzhou; Lanzhou to Zhangye and 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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