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Silk Road Tour

This adventure tour is designed for teens and adults.  This tour will lead you on a path of discovery to explore and retrace the ancient path of the Silk Road.  This tour starts in the roots of world civilization, explores the outer edge of the outposts of the Great Wall and takes one into the cultural icons of Buddhist history as well as ethnic cultures within China. Take this tour and enjoy the various geographic sites including views across the plateaus near the Gobi desert; visit colorful, stunning grottoes and such sites as the Flaming Mountains. The varied sites on this will provide stunning photographs and priceless memories for all!

Tour Overview
Trip Duration: 12 days/ 11 nights   Tour Price/Accommodations
Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Urumqi, Turpan
Departure Dates: Every Wednesday


Day 01: US / Lanzhou
meals: N/A

Depart the United States today to begin your tour of the Ancient Routes of the Silk Road. Cross the International Date Line en route to China.

Day 02: Lanzhou
meals: N/A
Arrive at Lanzhou Airport. Meet your local English-speaking tour guide and driver at the Lanzhou Airport Exit for transfer to the hotel. Take some time to relax as you have arrived in the capital city of Gansu, a province that served as a center for East-West cultural and trade exchanges as early as the Han and Tang dynasties. Gansu province is an ideal location to seek out the roots of world civilization, since there are more hundreds of ancient sights attributed to different periods of Chinese history.
Day 03: Lanzhou 
meals: B/L

Today you will visit the Yellow River Mother Sculpture, Gansu Provincial Museum, and the Yellow River Iron Bridge, which is located at the foot of White Pagoda Mountain. This bridge has a unique history, in that it used to be comprised of 20 ships which held it together and was rebuilt every spring when the ice melted. It was first built during the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In 1907, it was rebuilt with iron, therefore it was renamed Yellow River Iron Bridge and is the first big iron bridge over the famed Yellow River in Chinese history. After touring, enjoy your included Chinese lunch and explore the town and relax as you enjoy spending time in this off the beaten path province.

Day 04: Lanzhou/Jiayuguan
meals: B/L
This morning you will visit the Waterwheel Garden, which has two huge waterwheels on the south bank of the Yellow River.   Lanzhou is the only city through which the Yellow River flows; as a result there are many irrigation systems in the city and has shaped the character of the city. One of the oldest ones was invented during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and remains today. In the garden there are two huge waterwheels.  After the included Chinese lunch, you will be transferred to the Lanzhou Airport for your flight to the ancient outpost city of JiaYuGuan.  Here is a site where the Ming emperor constructed the last fortress of the Great Wall in 1372.
Lanzhou/Jiayuguan MU2412 (2:40P/3:50P) (e-tickets issued by the local office)
Meet your local English-speaking tour guide and drive at the Jiayuguan Airport exit for transfer to the hotel.
Day 05: Jiayuguan
meals: B/L
Visit the JiaYuGuan Fortress of the Great Wall today. This pivotal fortress was considered to be both the western tip of the Great Wall and the western boundary of the Chinese empire. Your visit will then continue to the Overhanging Great Wall (Xuanbi Changcheng).  You can challenge yourself by climbing the 400 steps to the top of the wall and capture the view of the far-flung desert stretching to the horizon that is decorated with scattered oases. This is the spot that connects the JiaYuGuan Fortress to the Mazong mountain range and it is memorable.   By visiting this spot you will gain deeper understanding of the local people who have lived and thrived in these harsh conditions. This afternoon, tour the Wei Jin Tombs which are considered to be the largest underground art gallery in the world with hundreds of colorful murals.
Day 06: Jiayuguan/Dunhuang     
meals: B/L

This morning, visit the Great Wall Museum and learn more about the comprehensive and systematic history of the Great Wall. In this remote area the Wall is comprised of a “beacon tower” style complex. At this location, you will get to view seven different sections of the Wall with displays, artworks and photos. After the included Chinese lunch, travel by private van to the oasis town of Dunhuang with its dramatic views of mountainous sand dunes, lush green fields and the stunning artwork of the Mogao Grottoes.

Day 07: Dunhuang  
meals: B/L

Founded in 111 BC, Dunhuang was an important stopping point on the Silk Road. The 1,600 km trade route splits into both northern and southern routes from Dunhuang, giving the city a rich cultural and historical background. This morning visit the Dunhuang County Museum displaying exquisite Buddhist art and manuscripts, with historical connection to the passage of numerous monks who traveled the Silk Road.   You will also have a chance to view relics from the Han and Tang Dynasties including silks and brocades. This afternoon, travel out of Dunhuang to Jade Gate Pass (Yumenguan) which used to mark the western border of China. On the return trip to Dunhuang, stop at the nine- tiered White Horse Dagoba (Baima Ta) and see the place where the legend has it that the statue was built in memory of a white horse that had carried Kumarajiva, a master of Buddhist dharma, through the Gobi desert and  saved his life several times.  

Day 08: Dunhuang/Urumqi 
meals: B/L

Begin your visit at the Mogao Caves (also known as Caves of a Thousand Buddha’s). The caves are the most impressive and best-preserved examples of Buddhist cave art in China, housing more than 2,415 painted statues and 4,500 square meters of painted murals. Continue on to the Singing Sand Dunes (Mingshashan), which contain the most spectacular sand dune scenery in China, with dunes 200 to 300 meters high. During windy weather conditions, the sand reportedly makes humming sounds and hence receiving the name “Singing Sand Dunes”. Fun activities at the dunes include climbing, paragliding, sand sledding and camel riding. You will be transferred to the Dunhuang Airport late this afternoon for the flight to Urumqi.
Meet your local English-speaking tour guide and driver at the Urumqi Airport for transfer t to the hotel.

Day 09: Urumqi   
meals: B/L

After breakfast, begin your tour of Urumqi with a visit at the Lake of Heaven (Tianchi). Located among pine trees, grassy meadows and snowcapped peaks, the lake bears a sharp contrast to the sand dunes and dry conditions of Urumqi and its surrounding areas.  After lunch, visit the Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum and explore the cultural richness of the thirteen Chinese ethnic minority groups residing in the region. Continue on to the local Bazaar to experience the local way of trading and shopping of common goods, antiques and food items.

Day 10: Urumqi/Turpan               

Travel to the oasis town of Turpan by car today to explore the Flaming Mountains (Huoyanshan). Appropriately named, the hills appear to be on fire under the sun. Explore the ancient Buddhist murals of the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves near the Flaming Mountains. After lunch, continue your tour at the Atsana Ancient Tombs to visit three of the 500 area tombs dating from the Tang Dynasty. Artifacts on display include silks, brocades and important historical records.

Day 11: Turpan/Urumqi                 

After breakfast, visit the ancient Jiaohe Ruins (confluence of two rivers), which was established by the Chinese as a stronghold to defend the neighboring lands during the Han Dynasty. Your tour continues with a visit to the 18th century Emin Minaret and adjoining mosque built in Afghani style with its decorative 44-meter high circular minaret. This afternoon, visit the Karez Wells, one of China’s greatest public works projects. The ancient well system, constructed by hand and simple tools is made up of a series of wells and underground channels over 3,000 km in length and linked together to utilize the force of gravity to bring water to the surface. Return to Urumqi this afternoon.

Day 12: Urumqi/US    

After your breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the Urumqi Airport for traveling to the next destination city, or to any Chinese gateway city for connecting your international flight home.

Tour Prices:
2 – 5 People:   USD2,750.00/per adult
6 – 9 People:   USD2,250.00/per adult

City Hotel

JinJiang Sun Hotel, Lanzhou


JiaYuGuan Hotel


Grand Silk Road Hotel, DunHuang


Ramada Hotel, Urumqi


Turpan Huozhou Hotel

Hotel Information:
Hotel Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool Gym Safe Box Refrigerator Hair Dryer Kitchen

JinJiang Sun Hotel, Lanzhou






JiaYuGuan Hotel







Grand Silk Road Hotel, DunHuang





Ramada Hotel, Urumqi





Turpan Huozhou Hotel






  • Airfare of Lanzhou/JiaYuGuan & DunHuang/Urumqi;
  • Private transportation of JiaYuGuan/DunHuang;
  • Airport/hotel/airport transfer as listed on itinerary.
  • All listed sightseeing and tour programs with private English-speaking tour guide and private van or bus with driver.
  • Hotels and meals as stipulated on itinerary.
  • All prices are quoted in US Dollars and are subject to change without notice. Please check at time of booking.
  • All prices are quoted per person based on two people sharing a room (double occupancy). Single supplement applies for single travelers.


  • US/Lanzhou, Urumqi/US international airfare. Please contact us for discount international airfare starting from your city.
  • Passport and/or China Visa Fees
  • Some meals
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses of a personal nature


  • For different scheduled tour, please contact us for a price quote
  • A $500.00 per person non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • Balance is due 60 days before departure.


B = Breakfast

L = Chinese Lunch

D = Chinese Dinner

AA = American Airlines

CA= Air China

MU=China Eastern Airlines

CX = Cathay Pacific Airways

CZ=China Southern Airline


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