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Dates
  • Sep 1-15, 2014
  • Duration 15 days
    Group Size 2-12
    Land Cost $3,950-$4,600 Details
    Single Supplement $750 Details
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    Grade II
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    Tracing the Ancient Silk Route

    Xian to Kashgar via Lanzhou, Xiahe, Jiayuguan, the Western Desert, and Dunhuang

    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.


    Brief Itinerary

    Day 1Arrive Xian
    Day 2Explore Xian
    Day 3Terracotta Warriors
    Day 4Buddhist Center of Langzhou / Xiahe
    Day 5Sangki Grasslands / Bajiao Ancient Village
    Day 6Xiahe / Lanzhou / Train to Jiayuguan
    Day 7Jiayuguan / Dunhuang: Desert Meets Town
    Day 8Dunhuang
    Day 9Dunhuan / Train to Turpan
    Day 10Turpan
    Day 11Turpan
    Day 12Urumqi / Kashgar
    Day 13Markets and Mosques
    Day 14Kashgar / Urumqi
    Day 15Urumqi / Onward

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