• Duration : 24 days
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Journey to Kashgar in the far north-west to visit the fabled city at the junction of the northern and southern Silk Routes. Travel back to centres of historical interest to see an amazing wealth of relics, artworks and artefacts.

Day 1 MON: ARRIVE BEIJING

On arrival, transfer to the New Otani Hotel for four nights. 

Day 2-4 TUE-THU: BEIJING 

Three days visiting fascinating sights such as the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall. Witness the ‘hutongs’ – the ‘back alley’ by cycle rickshaw and have lunch with a local family. Enjoy a performance of ‘The Legend of Kung Fu’ during your stay. 

Meals: Breakfast 3 | Lunch 3 | Dinner 

Day 5 FRI: BEIJING/URUMQI 

Fly to Urumqi and stay one night at the Haide Hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner 

Day 6 SAT: URUMQI/KASHGAR 

Visit to the Museum of National Minorities and History, then the Hong Shan Park with a stop at the International Bazaar. In the evening fly to Kashgar for one night at the Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 7 SUN: KASHGAR/URUMQI 

Step back in time to medieval days as you wander through Kasghar’s famed Sunday Market. Visit the Id Kah Mosque and the Abakh Hoja Tomb. In the evening fly back to Urumqi for two nights. 

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 8 MON: URUMQI 

Enjoy a scenic drive past Kazakh yurt encampments to experience the beauty of ‘Heaven Lake’ located halfway up Bogda Mountain. 

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 9 TUE: URUMQI/TURPAN 

Pass through spectacular desert and small oasis towns on your way to Turpan and stay one night. Visit the ruins of an ancient city of Gaochang and the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, a picturesque site overlooking the lush river valley in the heart of the Flaming Mountains. Stop at the Astana Tombs. 

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 10 WED: TURPAN/DUNHUANG 

Visit the ruined city of Jiaohe, one of the architectural gems of the Silk Road. Join the high- speed train to Dunhuang and stay one night at the Dunhuang Hotel. Explore the night market tonight. 

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner 

Day 11 THU: DUNHUANG/JIAYUGUAN 

Visit the Mogao Caves, one of the greatest treasure troves of Buddhist art. Stop at Mingsha Dunes, often called the ‘Singing Sands’ and climb the massive sand dunes for a great view of Crescent Moon Lake. Stay one night at the Holiday Inn Hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 12 FRI: JIAYUGUAN/LANZHOU 

Visit the Great Wall Museum, an underground gallery’ located in tombs from the Wei and Jin periods of AD220-240. Stop at the Jiayu Fort, known as the ‘Impregnable Pass Under Heaven’. In the afternoon, take a high-speed train journey to Lanzhou on the Yellow River and stay two nights at the Legend Hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 13 SAT: LANZHOU 

Today, you will visit the Provincial Museum, White Pagoda Hill, Five Springs Park and Water Mills Park. 

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 14 SUN: LANZHOU/BINGLINGSI/XIAHE 

Drive to Liujiaxia Dam on the Yellow River tributary. Board a small boat and cruise through dramatic scenery to the Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves where niches and statues are cut deep into high cliffs. Continue onto Xiahe and stay two nights at the Aviation Hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 15 MON: XIAHE 

Often referred to as ‘Little Tibet’, Xiahe is famous for the Labuleng Lamasery. As one of the six leading Buddhist lamaseries in China, it is home to thousands of cultural relics.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 16 TUE: XIAHE/TIANSHUI 

Enjoy a scenic coach journey back to Lanzhou. Join the train to Tianshui and stay two nights at the Sunshine Hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 17 WED: TIANSHUI 

Travel through the beautiful countryside to Maijishan, one of China’s fourth largest Buddhist cave complexes. Cut into an overhanging cliff, the grottoes contain more than 7200 clay or stone sculptures and over 1300 square metres of murals dating back to the 4th century. Also visit Fuxi Temple and Jade Spring Temple 

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 18 THU: TIANSHUI/XIAN 

Take a relaxing train journey to Xian and stay two nights at the Grand Noble Hotel 

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch 

Day 19 FRI: XIAN 

Marvel at amazing silent Army of the Terracotta Warriors that were created to guard the tomb of the first China’s emperor and see his unearthed bronze chariots on display in the Exhibition Hall. Continue to Xian’s premier attractions, the modern Shaanxi History Museum where you will find relics dates back prehistoric times. Enjoy a cultural show with dinner at the Tang Dynasty Theatre. 

Meals Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 20 SAT: XIAN/SHANGHAI 

Take a morning walk on the 14th Century Old City Wall. Fly to Shanghai and stay three nights at the Central Hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast 

Day 21 SUN: SHANGHAI 

Spend a day exploring this gracious and cosmopolitan city. See the former Colonial Concessions along the Bund for a view of the ‘yesterday & today’ of Shanghai. Travel to Pudong and stop at the soaring Jin Mao Tower for a breathtaking panorama of the city. After a dumpling lunch, stroll along the alleyways of Old Chinatown, visit the Yu Garden and enjoy a river cruise before returning to your hotel. This evening enjoy an acrobatic show. 

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch 

Day 22 MON: SHANGHAI 

Visit Shanghai Museum and enjoy your time at Tianzi Fang where many artists and local designers have set up art studios and galleries – a great chance to shop at the boutiques or just relax at one of the street cafes. This evening enjoy a farwell dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch 

Day 23 TUE: DEPART SHANGHAI

Farewell China as you board the Maglev, the world’s fastest train for a ride to the airport to join your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast 

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 

  • Economy class airfare within China
  • First class seat high speed train travel
  • 22 nights 4-5 star hotel accommodation
  • 22 buffet breakfasts, 17 lunches & 16 dinners
  • 3 evening cultural shows
  • Return transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Travel kit and backpack