Experience the famous Silk Road and its wonders on this six-day heritage tour. You will see the most fascinating sites and enjoy the sounds and smells of the ancient Silk Road in the western part of China.
Your guide and driver will welcome you at Kashgar airport and transfer you to your hotel. You will learn about the culture and history of Kashgar and enjoy some free time exploring based on suggestions by your guide.
Get to know the culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. Visit the largest bazaar in Central Asia at the Kashgar Sunday Market, the Id Kah Mosque, the largest mosque in China and see the architecture of Kashgar historic Apak Hoja Tomb. You will also spend time with a local family in the Kashgar Old Town. You will fly to Urumqi later in the evening to meet with your next guide and be transferred to your hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to Turpan and check into your hotel. Visit the ancient city of Idikut and take a donkey cart to visit the site. We’ll then drive to Kara Khoja Astana Tombs, a Tang-dynasty burial ground. Travel to Toyup Village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a friendly Uighur community. Enjoy a traditional lunch with a local family and spend time in the community. We will also visit Bezeklik Thousand Buddha caves before heading to the Flaming Mountains before returning to hotel.
In the morning, we will have a day sightseeing in the area and you will take an overnight train to Dunhuang. Here, your local guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for breakfast before a day of sightseeing. We visit the Mogao Grottoes, the Dunhuang Museum and then travel to Mysterious Crescent Lake. Ride a camel across the sand dunes to Sounding Sand Mountain which can make sounds when the wind passes. Enjoy a sunset on the high sand dunes before returning to hotel.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport if need be.