Silk Road Explorer

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  • Wendy Wu

Follow in the footsteps of intrepid adventurers by journeying along one of the world’s most famous trading routes, the Silk Road. Beginning in ancient Xian, venture across this vast land to reach the fascinating outpost of Kashgar. Hike along the Jiayuguan area of the Great Wall and spend time exploring Imperial Beijing.

Highlights
  • See the exhibits of Buddhist paintings, statues and sculptures at the Mogao Grottoes.
  • Visit the striking red sandstone Flaming Mountains and the elegant Emin Minaret.
  • Explore Kashgar's history.
  • Retire to the alpine banks of placid Tian Chi Heavenly Lake.
  • Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors.
  • Listen to the hum and whistle of the Singing Sand Dunes.
Destinations
  • China
  • Far East
Tour Types
  • Foodie
  • Youth
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Ruins-Archaeology
  • Adventure
  • Scenic
  • Traditional Coach
  • 50 plus
  • Seniors
  • Singles
  • Museum
  • Sightseeing
  • Active

Location: London, Xi'an

Fly overnight to Xian, the ancient former capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

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Location: Xi'an

Gaze over the ranks of warriors and horses, each one unique, whilst your guide introduces you to these life-like soldiers' fascinating story. Later, enjoy a gentle cycle ride that will take you the nine miles around the ancient city wall and take a walking tour of the narrow and winding streets of the Muslim Quarter. Tonight, enjoy a traditional dumpling dinner and take an optional 'Xian by night' tour.

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Location: Lanzhou

Start the day with a visit to Xian Museum and the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Later, board the bullet train to Lanzhou.

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Location: Lanzhou

Begin today with a leisurely walk along the Yellow River and then head to the hilltop Baita Temple for a moment of tranquillity. Along the river and in Baita Park you can see locals practising Tai Chi. Later, tuck into some delicious Lanzhou-style noodles made with hand stretched dough. The next day, cross Liujiaxia Lake by speed boat and head into the green hills around Liujiaxia to explore the extraordinary Thousand Buddha Caves of Bingling Temple and their wealth of Buddhist murals, statues and sculptures. Also visit the statue of Maitreya.

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Location: Xiahe County

Conquer the scenic Jishi Mountain Pass to arrive at Tibetan Xiahe and spend time acclimatising to the altitude.

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Location: Xiahe County

Giving a taste of the mysteries of Tibet, Labrang Monastery is a fascinating maze of prayer wheels, chapels and chortens. Dine on traditional Tibetan food for lunch, including Tibetan dumplings, known as momos.

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Location: Zhangye

Return to Lanzhou and take the speedy bullet train to Zhangye, once an important commercial town along the Silk Road.

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Location: Zhangye, Jiayuguan City

Rise early this morning to witness the sunrise over the kaleidoscopic mountains in Danxia National Park. Return to Zhangye and visit the Giant Buddha Temple before boarding your bullet train to Jiayuguan.

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Location: Jiayuguan City

Seen as China's western gateway, Jiayuguan is the perfect place to get to grips with your Silk Road history. Visit the Jiayu Fortress and take a walk on the western extremes of the magnificent Great Wall for panoramic views over the starkly beautiful Gobi Desert.

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Location: Dunhuang

Drive to Dunhuang. Located on a major trade and cultural crossroads, Dunhuang, known as the 'City of the Sands', sits in a verdant oasis on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert. Visit the Shazhou Night Market where you can wander amongst the stalls.

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Location: Dunhuang

A system of temples and sanctuaries, visit the Mogao Grottoes that exhibit wonderful examples of Buddhist paintings and statues that span thousands of years.

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Location: Dunhuang

Visit Crescent Moon Spring, nestled amongst rolling dunes and the famous Singing Sand Dunes, a phenomenon produced by the wind blowing through grains of sand.

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Location: Turpan

Take the bullet train to Turpan, a lush green oasis set in a barren landscape. An easy-going town famed for its grapes, its pleasant streets are lined with lush vine trellises.

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Location: Turpan, Korla

Visit the ruins of ancient Jiaohe and see the elegant Emin Minaret, the tallest in China. The next day, learn about the fascinating 2000-year-old Kerez irrigation canals and drive to Kurla.

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Location: Kuqa, Xinjiang, Aksu Prefecture, Kashgar Prefecture

Over the next three days travel along the original Silk Road through the Xinjiang Region, viewing ruins and sights largely unvisited by tourists. Start with a visit to see the ruins of Subashi, before arriving in Kuqa to see the Kyzil A Thousand Buddha Caves. Continue travelling to Aksu, and on to the fabled city of Kashgar.

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Location: Kashgar Prefecture

Its skyline punctured by minarets, Kashgar feels a million miles from China – in fact, it feels a million miles from anywhere! Although now a modern city, the sights and sounds of Kashgar's bazaar have remained unchanged for millennia. Sightseeing today includes a visit to Abakh Hoja Tomb, ID Kah Mosque and a stroll through the narrow atmospheric alleyways around ID Kah Square.

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Location: Kashgar Prefecture, Ürümqi

Dive headlong into Central Asia's largest bazaar. Within this riot of textures, vivid colours and traditional dress, you can browse hundreds of stalls selling anything from spices and carpets to boots and blenders. Later, fly to Urumqi.

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Location: Ürümqi, Beijing

Escape to the tranquillity of Tianchi (Heavenly Lake), formed in a crater. Pay a visit to a Kazakh minority family in their yurt and spend some time with them, learning their way of life. Tonight, enjoy local Uyghur lamb skewers for dinner. The following day, make a short visit to the Xinjiang Museum before flying to Beijing, China’s historic capital.

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Location: Great Wall of China

This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. In the afternoon, enjoy the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and see the exquisite architecture.

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Location: Beijing

Head to Beijing's symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you will find a complex full of imperial treasures. Soak up the ambience of the Temple of Heaven before visiting Yandaixiejie, where you will have some free time to wander the hutongs. This evening, dine on Peking duck and enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.

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Location: London

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

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Included
  • Accommodation
    -25 nights in 4 star
  • Airport Transfers at Destination
  • Entrance Fees
  • Flights
    -International flights and current taxes
  • Fully Inclusive
    -Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Country Entry Visas
  • More Free Time
  • Meals – Full Board
    -Breakfasts: 24, Lunches: 23, Dinners: 24
  • International Travel
  • Fully Guided
  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)
  • Local Taxes

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
    -

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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Touring with Wendy Wu

Wendy Wu Tours is the UK’s leading Asia travel specialist, offering a comprehensive range of group, private and tailor-made holidays to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Japan, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. Their tours have won a host of prestigious travel awards including The British Travel Awards plus a variety of high profile travel agent awards including the prestigious Travel Weekly Globe Awards for the last six years running and the TTG Travel Awards. What’s more, they enjoy a 5-star Trip Advisor rating and a 4.7/5 independent Feefo customer rating.

Their inspiring range of escorted group tours are fully inclusive, offering outstanding value to the customer. They even include your visa! As well as Classic Group Tours, the company also offers more adventurous journeys in their Immerse Yourself range, luxury journeys in their Exclusive Collection, bespoke, tailor made holidays and river cruising holidays throughout Asia.

For 2020 they’ve even built their own state-of-the-art vessel, Victoria Mekong, to operate a series of Mekong River Cruises that can be booked either as a cruise only option or as part of a tour. No matter what style of travel you enjoy, Wendy Wu Tours can provide a comprehensive and expert guiding hand to your travel plans. More recently, they have launched tours beyond Asia to South America. Each tour aims to showcase both the iconic sights as well as uncover the hidden gems of each destination.

By using local personnel, they can offer genuinely insightful and expert guiding and their award-winning National Escorts have a reputation for transforming a good tour into a truly great one - indeed many customers will name check their guides when they return saying how wonderful they were and how they performed beyond expectations. Recommendations and repeat travel are the foundation of the business and the guides are key to this success. Wendy Wu Tours is a truly global company with offices in London, New York, Sydney and Auckland plus an operational base in China. 

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Start:UK
Finish: UK
Group size:8 - 18
Suitable for: 16-70+
Accommodation:3* plus - 4* accommodation
Physical rating:Medium, Reasonable level of fitness required. A lot of time spent on your feet rather than covering long distances.
Meals:25 Breakfasts, 24 Lunches & 25 Dinners
Diets:Vegetarians, Meat
Tour operated in: English
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