Discover the ancient houses and twisting alleyways of Kashgar Old Town, once the central trade post along the Silk Road.
Take a small boat ride across the tranquil surface of Heavenly Lake, located in the picture-perfect Tien Shan region.
In Dunhuang, take a camel ride across this section of the Gobi Desert, a truly unforgettable experience.
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Beginning in the port city of Guangzhou, we’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome reception to meet your fellow travellers.
Stay: Two Nights, Guangzhou, White Swan Hotel
Your day is off to an exciting start with a picturesque cruise along Pearl River. End your cruise at the Guangzhou TV Tower, where you are rewarded with sweeping panoramas of the city. Afterwards, you’re spoilt for choice with a delicious dim sum lunch. With bellies full, a relaxing stroll along the concession section of Shamian is a welcome option. During your ambling, admire the mixture of European and traditional Cantonese architecture. Dinner tonight is enjoyed at your hotel.Daily :
After breakfast, we transfer you to the airport for your included flight onwards to Kashgar, China’s westernmost corner. Kashgar was once the centre of trade along the Silk Road for more than two millennia, and you have the opportunity to delve into the city’s history. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights, Kashgar, Radisson Blu HotelDaily :
For a dose of authentic Kashgar culture, visit the Livestock Market, which has been in operation every Sunday for two thousand years. Continue to the Kashgar Sunday Bazaar, a lively marketplace where you can find goods such as vibrant handwoven rugs, silk, semi-precious stones and spices. After lunch, visit the Abakh Khoja Tomb, the holiest Muslim site in the region. Nestled among the poplar trees, this vibrant tomb has often been compared with the Taj Mahal. Tonight, a folk dance and music show is the perfect end to an exciting day.Daily :
The day is spent navigating the narrow alleyways of the Old Town. After breakfast, head to the east city gate to witness the gate opening ceremony. After, wander the century-old houses of the Old Town, passing street stalls selling everything from freshly made dumplings to fabric and musical instruments. You will then visit Id Kah Mosque, the largest in China that can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers. For lunch, feast on lamb kebabs, the regional dish. Later, fly to Ürümqi.
Stay: Three Nights, Ürümqi, Grand Mecure HotelDaily :
At your hotel, you might like to fill your plate up with international cuisine at a buffet. Or, sample some of China’s signature dishes.
Head to the city’s outskirts, to the alpine region of Tien Shan. The name is translated to mean “Celestial Mountains”. Visit Heavenly Lake and take a small boat ride across the tranquil surface, admiring the picture-perfect scenery drift by. Get a taste for local life and visit a yurt, a traditional home for the Kazakh people. The choice is up to you for dinner tonight.Daily :
The capital of the Xinjiang region in the far northwest of China is yours to discover today. Head out for lunch on your own and enjoy some time to explore independently. It’s then onwards to the Ürümqi Provincial Museum. Here you have the chance to view around 50,000 relics which have been excavated along the Silk Road. These include silk, terracotta figurines, weapons and scriptures. The main event is undoubtedly the 10 excavated mummies of the Loulan Ruins, the most famous being ‘Sleeping Beauty’, the best-preserved mummified body in China, buried underground for approximately 3,800 years. Feast tonight on a lamb hotpot with local entertainment.Daily :
A real highlight for today is a sunset camel ride along the sand slopes of the Gobi Desert to the ancient, half-moon oasis of Crescent Spring. You can be forgiven for thinking this tiny slice of paradise is a mirage. Spend some time here enjoying your surrounds.
Hop on a train this morning for the journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Kunlun Mountains to Liuyuan. Disembark your train and climb into a coach for the drive to Dunhuang, once a flourishing trade centre along the Silk Road. It is here that you’ll enjoy a Signature Experience.
Stay: Two Nights, Dunhuang, Silk Road HotelDaily :
Visit Dunhuang’s best-known landmark, the Mogao Buddhist Caves. Over 500 caves have been carved into the eastern slopes of Echoing Sand Mountain (Mingsha Shan). Discover Buddhist murals, statues and hidden manuscripts.
Spend today on an exciting Signature Experience. Gather tonight for a special dinner as you farewell the silk road.Daily :
It’s time to say goodbye to the Silk Road and board your flight to China’s cosmopolitan capital. How you spend the afternoon is up to you. You might like to relax in your room, or explore the city at your own pace. Tonight, celebrate a memorable journey with a delicious farewell dinner.
Stay: Beijing, Regent HotelDaily :
Your journey ends after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.Daily :
Base your time in Guangzhou at the White Swan Hotel, situated in the heart of the historic city.
Follow the railway tracks through the breathtaking vistas of the Kunlun Mountains to Liyuan on your way to Dunhuang.
Luxury accommodation with a second to none location, the Regent Beijing is the perfect base for your China adventure.
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