This classic adventure takes you along the legendary Silk Road through China, the route that linked Asia to Europe through much of history, the route of camel caravans a thousand years ago. Experience the layers of civilization as you engage 21st century China and the cultures, sights, smells, flavors, and sounds of an earlier era. See the famous Terra-cotta Warriors of Xian and travel across the vast deserts of Western China, with a detour to amazing Xiahe, a place of pilgrimage for Tibetan Lamaism, and other renowned Buddhist sites. Savor such treasures as the superb Buddhist paintings at Dunhuang, and learn about ethnic groups such as the Mongols and the Turkish-speaking Uighurs of Central Asia. Explore the remote oasis towns of Kashgar. A local guide will stay with you throughout the adventure to assist with the challenges of local train travel and language barriers.