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Off the Beaten Track along the Silk Road

Tour Code: WT-L/S602
22 Days to Beijing, Urumqi, Korla, Kuqa, Aksu, Kashgar, Hetian, Minfeng, Turpan, Dunhuang, Xian and Shanghai
Starting from US per person
  • Day
    Entry Beijing

    Our professional tour guide will hold a welcome banner with your name on it at the airport. After you walk out, you will meet each other and the private and comfortable drive will take you to the hotel. The rest day is all free on your own to explore the surrounding area on your own pace.

  • Day

    Forbidden City, Beijing

    The guide will meet you and then start the visit from the center of the city. The first stop will be the vast Tiananmen Square. Walking on the world’s largest outdoor square, you will admire the ampleness of its proportions. Walk northward for about one kilometer; you will make the stop at the second sight to see the world’s largest palace with long history. Forbidden City, you may feel the time change in the former imperial palace of the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. You will enjoy an a la carte lunch at a nice restaurant. Then the last visit today will be the Temple of Heaven which was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven. It is larger than the Forbidden City but smaller than the Summer Palace. In the evening, the fabulous Chinese Kungfu Show at Red Theater will be arranged for you. (B, L)

  • Day

    In the morning, drive to visit the world’s man-made wonder - the Badaling section of the Great Wall. At noon, you will be driven out of the shopping sites to a local popular restaurant to enjoy a Sichuan lunch. The holy Sacred Path will be arranged. Once you walk over the path, you will reach the Ming Tomb. Here you got an uncommon chance to walk down to see the under-earth palace for the posthumous life for the ancient emperors or the Royal relatives. On the way back to the downtown, the car will drive by the famous Olympic venues-the Bird’s Nest. You may see the appearance away from it.  (B, L)

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    Beijing/ Urumqi

    Before say goodbye to the capital city, visit the Summer Palace. Although located in the north of China, to satisfy the needs of the hereditary ruler of the Qing Dynasty, It was designed according to the West Lake in Hangzhou and various arts on the garden of southern Yangtze River delta. After an a la carte lunch, fly to the southern city Urumqi. The Urumqi guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for rest. Dinner is on your own. (B, L)

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    Urumqi/ Korla

    Bazzar, Kashgar

    Drive for hours to the city of Korla. Once you get here in the right season, you can not miss to try the local specialty called Korla fragrant pear. The pears become another name for the city. At the same time, the city got fame from the pears selling well all over the country and the neighboring countries. After lunch, visit the Tiemen Pass. As one of the 26 famous passes in China and the natural barrier between the south and North Xinjing, the Pass was also an important strategic passage of Silk Road and got its name for it as solid and firm as an iron gate. (B, L)

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    Korla/ Kuqa

    A morning drive will take you to Kuqa and the hotel. Located in the hinterland of the South Xinjiang, Kuqa has another former name called “Qiu Ci” which is one of the 36 ancient western countries in China. Although it was a hard journey to reach here in the past, Buddhism was so prevalent that popular Buddhist temples were once built here. Nowadays, you may only see the ruins of the temples. In the afternoon, we will arrange you the famous Subashi Ruins. (B, L)

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    Kuqa/ Aksu

    Visit the kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves. With a long history can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty, some of the Caves were destroyed but most of them are still there. Drive to Aksu and transfer to the hotel.(B, L)

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    Aksu/ Kashgar

    You will be transferred to Kashgar and check in the local best hotel. (B, L)

  • Day
    Kashgar/ Karakuri Lake/ Kashgar

    Drive to Karakuri Lake and have a visit there. Located 3600 meters above the see-level and surrounded by a series if mountains, the highland lake is not only for its beauty and peace, but also famous as a nice place to view the “the Father of Iceberg” named Mount Muztagata. The Mount on the east side of the lake reflects its charming white capped peaks on the blue lakefront. Then, drive on to the hotel in Kashgar and rest. (B, L)

  • Day

    The full day Kashgar tour covers the famous Sunday Marcket (it is an open absorbing Bazzar with a variety of commodities), the Id Kah Mosque and the Abakh Khoja Tomb. (B, L)

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    Kashgar/ Hetian

    Abakh Khoja Tomb, Kashgar

    Drive to Hetian. Although located on the southern edge of the Taklamakan Desert, Hetian is famous in the world by virtue of its rich jade products and breeds of tasty fruits. Visit the Yarkant King Mausoleum and the Yingisar Uigur Knife Making. Stay overnight at the local hotel. (B, L))

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    Hetian/ Minfeng

    Visit the Silk Village and see a hundred years old walnut tree as well as learn about paper making. On the way to Minfeng, a local bazaar visit will be arranged and you will see the unique minority peoples costume in Yutian city. Stay at a local hotel for overnight. (B, L)

  • Day
    Minfeng/ Korla

    Drive to Korla through the Taklamakan Desert and enjoy the scenery of sand dunes. In the vast Xinjiang Province, there are always long distances among places. Today, you will have a 7-8 hours’ drive on the way. But you may experience the world’ s longest desert road and the amazing desert poplars which have lived without water over hundreds of years. Arrive in Korla and stay overnight at the local hotel. (B, L)

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    Korla/ Turpan

    The whole day is on the way to Turpan. Upon arrival, check in the hotel.(B, L)

  • Day

    Visit the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Then visit the Gaochang Ruins. In Uyghur, Gaochang means "City of King", because Gaochang was the capital of Gaochang Huihu Kingdom in the past. The last stop will be the Flaming Hill. (B, L)

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    Turpan/ Dunhuang

    Uigur girls, Urumqi

    Visit the Jiaohe Ruins and the Karez Well. Then visit the Sugong Pagoda which is the largest ancient tower in existence in Xinjiang and also the only Islamic tower in China. Take an overnight soft sleeper train to Dunhuang.(B, L)

  • Day

    Our guide will pick up at the Railway Station and transfer you to the hotel. Please have breakfast on your own. After a short rest, visit the Mogao Grottoes and the Dunhuang Museum. Please kindly note that cameras are not allowed to be taken to Mogao Grottoes for the sake of protecting the frescos. Looking from afar, the 735 Mogao Grottoes of different sizes spread along a 1,600 meters long cliff at five different levels, just like a gigantic honeycomb. In the grottoes, there is a rich collection of murals and painted sculptures with historical value and great aesthetic. (L)

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    Dunhuang/ Xian

    Before fly to Xian, you will have a short but memorable camel-ride along the Echoing-Sand Dune to reach the Crescent Lake. The guide will transfer you to take flight to Xian. The Xian guide will meet you with a big smile on the face and transfer you to check in the hotel. (B, L)

  • Day

    The first sight today will be the most significant one-the visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. You will have enough time to enjoy the visit and observation on the warriors which were in the same manner looked when excavated. We well selected a well known restaurant for you to enjoy an a la carte lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall. Tonight you will enjoy the Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Music and Dances Show at Shaanxi Opera Theater. (B, L, D)

  • Day
    Xian/ Shanghai

    A visit to the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum will be arranged in the morning. Then, go and visit a local family to know and feel the Chinese-style life. Enjoy a nice a la carte lunch in the family, fly to Shanghai and check in the hotel.(B, L)

  • Day

    Architectures along the
    Bund area, Shanghai

    Although Shanghai is a top and modern city in the world, a visit to the Shanghai Museum will reveal the history and culture of the area. After that, you will visit the classic garden named Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai. The Garden embodies the traditional garden arts of south China, in its fine and slim, ingenious and delicate styles. After an a la carte lunch at a reputable restaurant, you will be taken to have a Huangpu River cruise tour. Then explore the Bund and visit an old street in Shanghai. (B, L)

  • Day
    Exit Shanghai

    Please check out before 12:00. Our guide will meet you at the fixed time and see you off at the airport. Hope you will visit other cities in China in the next tour. (B)

City Luxury Standard
BeijingCrowne Plaza Hotel  Holiday Inn Central Plaza  
UrumqiHoi Tak Hotel  Mirage Hotel B Tower  
KorlaKangcheng Jianguo International Hotel  Loulan Hotel  
KuqaKuqa Hotel  Kuqa Hotel  
AksuHongfu Jinlan Hotel  Hongfu Jinlan Hotel  
Kashgarthe local best hotel the local best hotel
HetianHetian Hotel  Hetian Hotel  
MinfengNi Ya Hotel  Ni Ya Hotel  
TurpanHuozhou Hotel  Huozhou Hotel  
DunhuangDunhuang Hotel  Dunhuang Hotel  
XianSheraton Hotel  Bell Tower Hotel  
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel  Grand Mercure Shanghai Zhongya  
Private Tour Prices
Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
Luxury Standard
Travelers High Season Low Season High Season Low Season
Room Occupancy Room Occupancy Room Occupancy Room Occupancy
Double Sole Double Sole Double Sole Double Sole
2-5 $5550 $6640 $5240 $6130 $5380 $6290 $5130 $5860
6-9 $4200 $5290 $3890 $4780 $4030 $4940 $3780 $4510
10 & above $3600 $4670 $3330 $4130 $3300 $4120 $3140 $3780

The above private guided tour is tailored for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other participants will be in your group. In other words, others will not join in your tour and you will not take part into any tours of others on our land services.

More Silk Road Discovery Tours:
Silk Road Safari: 14-Day Beijing/ Urumqi/ Kashgar/ Urumqi/ Turpan/ Dunhuang/ Xian/ Shanghai 
Silk Road Panorama: 16-Day Beijing/ Xian/ Jiayuguan/ Dunhuang/ Turpan/ Urumqi/ Kashgar/ Shanghai