Trip reference number: CFC

Trip Operator: Undiscovered Destinations

China - Forgotten Cities of the Silk Road

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Day 1 – Urumqi

Arrive in Urumqi and transfer to your hotel.Depending on your time of arrival, you may have the opportunity to explore thecity. In the evening share a welcome dinner with the rest of your group.Overnight at Yilite Hotel or similar. (D)

Day 2 – Urumqi - Jiayuguan

Visit nearby Tian Chi or Heavenly Lake which sitsamidst spectacular mountains and take a boat ride across the lake. We thenreturn to Urumqi and take a night train to Jiayuguan (Depart: 2111 Arrive: 1159the next day (BLD)

Day 3 – Jiayuguan

On arrival in Jiayuguan we will head for theWei-Jin tombs, with their excellent frescoes, which depict everyday life fromthe 3rd century. Overnight at Jiayuguan Hotel or similar. (LD)

Day 4 – Jiayuguan- Dunhuang (375 kms,approx. 5 hours)

This morning we will visit the iconic JiayuguanFort and the Overhanging Great Wall, a section of the Great Wall dating backoriginally to the 1500s. We will then transfer by road to the remote andimpressive oasis town of Dunhuang. Overnight at Tianrun International Hotel orsimilar. (BLD)

Day 5 – Dunhuang

We will visit the Mogao Caves or Caves of theThousand Buddahs, site of the first Buddhist temples in China, which containsplendid examples of ancient artwork. We then take a short camel ride among thedunes to visit the Singing Sand Mountain which is said to make a humming noiseon occasions. The view across the sands is impressive and we will also seeCrescent Moon Lake at the base of the dunes.  Overnight at DunhuangTianrun Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 6 – Dunhuang- Turpan

After breakfast we will visit the interestingDunhuang Museum before transferring to Liuyuan station to catch the train toTurpan (Depart 15:44 Arrive 19:26). On arrival you will transfer to your hotel.Overnight at Turpan Huozhou Hotel. (BL)

Day 7 – Turpan

We will spend today visiting some of the manyintriguing sites surrounding Turpan, including the Flaming Mountains, the ruinsof the ancient city of Jiaohe, the 18th Century Emin Minaret and theKerez irrigation system. Overnight at Turpan Huozhou Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 8 – Turpan- Kashgar

After the morning at leisure we transfer to thetrain station to catch the overnight train (Soft sleeper class) to Kashgarpassing through the spectacular scenery of the Tian Shan Mountains (Depart13:26 Arrive 06:54 the next day). (B)

Day 9 – Kashgar

On arrival in Kashgar you will begin a tour ofsome of the sights including the ancient city, Idkah Mosque and Abakh HojaMausoleum. Overnight at Qinibagh Hotel or similar. (LD)

Day 10 – Kashgar Sunday Market

Kashgar’s Sunday Market is famed as the largestand most important trading centre in the region, with traders coming fromsurrounding countries such as Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan to sell theirwares. We have a full day to take in the sights and sounds of this amazingspectacle. Before returning to your hotel you will stroll through the GrandBazaar to take in the sights, sounds and smells. Overnight at Qinibagh Hotel orsimilar.  (BD)

Day 11 – Lake Karakul- Tashkurgan

Today we drive along the famed Karakoram Highway,one of the most spectacular roads in the world, climbing to 4100m to LakeKarakul. This area is home to Kyrgyz people who live a semi nomadic lifestyle.Later we continue to Tashkurgan for the night. Overnight at Tashkurgan CrownInn or similar. (BLD)

Some people may feel the effects ofaltitude on this journey and in Tashkurgan.

Day 12 – Tashkurgan - Kashgar

This morning you will visit the Stone Fort on theedge of the town and afterwards descend to the beautiful Golden Grasslands, anarea of wetland with a backdrop of surrounding mountains. Later we will returnalong the Karakorum Highway to Kashgar. Overnight at Qinibagh Hotel or similar.(BL)   

Day 13 – Urumqi

The morning will be at leisure before youtransfer to the airport for an early afternoon flight across the TaklamakanDesert to Urumqi. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnightat Yilite Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 14 – Urumqi- Airport

The tour ends with a transfer to the airport. (B)

Please note that due to government restrictionsit may be necessary to vary the itinerary on occasion.


Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
03/09/2021 16/09/2021 Please contact £3205.00

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