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China: The Silk Road
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China: The Silk Road

14 days & 13 nights, Private Journey

Beijing, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar & Shanghai

Trace the ancient Silk Road, where camel caravans once journeyed across the deserts and mountains between the cities of the East and Arabia, Persia and Rome. On this modern-day expedition, travel from the Tang Dynasty capital of Xian, through oasis towns in the Gobi Desert to Kashgar in the west. Along the way, tour Beijing's Old Town, marvel at Buddhist cave art and shop at Kashgar's Sunday Market.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Beijing

    Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings representative and escorted to your hotel.

    Four Seasons Hotel Beijing - 2 Nights
  • Day 2
    Beijing

    Explore expansive Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world. Then, visit the Forbidden City, the home of emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. After lunch, discover the wonders of the stunning Summer Palace, which was constructed beginning in 1750 as a complex of royal gardens for the emperor. End your day with a relaxing boat ride on Kunming Lake.

    Four Seasons Hotel Beijing (B, L)
  • Day 3
    To Xian

    After breakfast, visit the magnificent and colorful Temple of Heaven, dating from the Ming dynasty and one of the city's architectural masterpieces. Get to know Old China on a fascinating tour of the hutongs, the narrow winding back streets of Beijing. This afternoon, fly to Xian.

    Sofitel Xian - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 4
    Xian

    Enter a subterranean world of wonders today as you visit the army of Terracotta Warriors, one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century.

    Sofitel Xian (B, L)
  • Day 5
    To Dunhuang

    Fly to the oasis city of Dunhuang on the edge of the inhospitable Taklamakan Desert. During the 1980s, a series of perfectly preserved mummies were discovered in the Taklamakan desert. This afternoon, visit Singing Sand Mountain and Crescent Moon Lake.

    The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 6
    Dunhuang

    Set off to explore the wondrous sacred art of the Mogao Grottoes and the Western Thousand Buddha Caves. Back in town, visit the Dunhuang Museum.

    The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel (B, L)
  • Day 7
    To Turpan

    Take a short flight to Urumqi before continuing by road to the Silk Road city of Turpan, the second lowest place on earth after the Dead Sea.

    Tuha Petroleum Hotel - 2 Nights (B, L)
  • Day 8
    Turpan

    Enjoy a full-day exploration of the area, including the striking Emin minaret, the ruins of former capitals and trading cities and an ancient cave monastery. This evening, attend a festive performance of Uyghur song and dance.

    Tuha Petroleum Hotel (B, L)
  • Day 9
    To Urumqi

    En route to Urumqi, visit an ingenious desert irrigation system, which allowed farmers to raise crops in this stark and arid land. Marvel at the dramatic peaks of the Flaming Mountains in the background.

    Sheraton Urumqi Hotel - 2 Nights (B, L)
  • Day 10
    Urumqi

    Explore the fantastic collection of mummies at the impressive Provincial Museum before traveling outside the city to Tianchi Lake. Back in Urumqi, join your guide on a private visit to the local markets.

    Sheraton Urumqi Hotel (B, L)
  • Day 11
    To Kashgar

    Fly to Kashgar, the meeting point of the northern and southern Silk Roads. In the afternoon, explore Kashgar's Old Town and visit the 15th century Id Kah Grand Mosque, one of the only remaining statues of Mao Zedong and the 16th century tomb of Abakh Hoja.

    Radisson Hotel - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 12
    Kashgar

    One of the most isolated cities in the world, Kashgar is home to the largest mosque in China, as well as a famous Sunday market, which attracts traders from the far-flung regions of Central Asia.

    Radisson Hotel (B)
  • Day 13
    To Shanghai

    Return to Urumqi and connect to your onward flight to Shanghai.

    The Peninsula Shanghai - 1 Night (B)
  • Day 14
    Depart Shanghai

    Bid farewell to China today as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

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