China's Silk Road by Train

Crescent Lake, Dunhuang
Crescent Lake, Dunhuang
  • Tour Information
  • Guide Price

    Prices from £5,495 per person based on a shared room for departures in September.

  • What´s Included
    • Return international flights
    • 19 nights' hotel accommodation
    • Breakfast daily, 13 lunches & 1 dinner 
    • Road transfers and tours on a private basis
    • Private English speaking guide
  • Departure Information

    Departures daily with Turkish Airlines.

    Flight options available:
    • UK regional departures
    • Cabin upgrades
    • Alternative carriers

This fascinating tour takes you along China’s ancient Silk Road to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. The journey, which would once have taken months, is now made quick and comfortable by the introduction of a new high-speed rail line from Lanzhou to Urumqi in China’s Far West. From Beijing’s Imperial grandeur, travel to the ancient capital of Xi’an, the traditional start of the Silk Road, before embarking on the journey of a lifetime across Western China. Join the new high speed railway line and pass through otherworldly landscapes at Zhangye; stand at the end of the Great Wall at Jiayuguan; take in a true desert oasis in Dunhuang and see the resting place of Xinjiang's Kings of old in Turpan. The next leg of the trip takes you to Urumqi, the most inland city in the world, and then on to the fabled crossroads of Kashgar - where cultures clash as east meets west. From here, cross the dramatic Torugart Pass into Kyrgyzstan and spend a few days travelling past alpine lakes, scenic valleys and snow-capped mountains, before finally finishing up in the capital city Bishkek.

  • Day
  • Itinerary
  • 1
  • London Heathrow - Beijing: with Turkish Airlines, via Istanbul.
  • 2
  • Beijing: arrive and check in. Afternoon at leisure in Beijing.
  • 3
  • Beijing: guided tour of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the hutongs.
  • 4
  • Beijing: trek the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Erchu.
  • 5
  • Beijing - Xi'an: fly to Xi’an for a 2 night stay. Afternoon tour of the Muslim Quarter & Great Mosque.
  • 6
  • Xi'an: full day excursion to the Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda & city walls.
  • 7
  • Xi'an - Zhangye: fly to Lanzhou and take a high-speed train to Zhangye for a 2 night stay.
  • 8
  • Zhangye: guided tour of the Danxia Landforms and Matisi Grottoes.
  • 9
  • Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang: high-speed train journey to Jiayuguan. Tour the Overhanging Great Wall and Jiayuguan Pass, before flying to Dunhuang for a 2 night stay.
  • 10
  • Dunhuang: guided tour of the Mogao Grottoes, Mingsha Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Lake.
  • 11
  • Dunhuang - Turpan: drive to Liuyuan, to take a high-speed train to Turpan for a 3 night stay.
  • 12
  • Turpan: guided tour of Gaochang Ruins, Astana Tombs, Flaming Mountain & Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves.
  • 13
  • Turpan: guided tour of Jiaohe Ruins, Karez Irrigation System, Grape Valley & Emin Minaret.
  • 14
  • Turpan - Urumqi: drive to Urumqi for an overnight stay.
  • 15
  • Urumqi - Kashgar: guided tour of the Xinjiang Museum & Nanshan Pasture. Evening fly to Kashgar for a 3 night stay.
  • 16
  • Kashgar: guided tour of Kashgar.
  • 17
  • Kashgar: round trip to Karakul Lake.
  • 18
  • Kashgar - Naryn: cross the Torugart Pass into Kyrgyzstan and drive to Naryn for an overnight stay.
  • 19
  • Naryn - Issyk-Kul: drive to Issyk-Kul for an overnight stay.
  • 20
  • Issyk-Kul - Bishkek: drive to Bishkek for an overnight stay. Afternoon tour of Ala Archa National Park.
  • 21
  • Bishkek - London Heathrow: morning Bishkek city tour. Afternoon fly to London with Turkish Airlines, via Istanbul.
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