14 April 2019
5 May 2019
6 October 2019
Xian: Come face to face with Xian's most famous army, the Terracotta Warriors
Mogao Grottoes: See the exhibits of Buddhist paintings, statues and sculptures
Xinjiang: Visit the striking red sandstone Flaming Mountains and the elegant Emin Minaret
Tian Chi: Relax and unwind at the alpine banks of placid Heavenly Lake
International flights and current taxes
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Most meals (25 breakfasts, 24 lunches & 25 dinners)
Our Silk Road Explorer itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Days 1 2: Australia to Xian
Fly overnight with China Southern Airlines to Xian. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3: Terracotta Warriors
Housed in three immense hangars, the ranks of the Terracotta Army stand sentinel in their subterranean necropolis, constructed to protect China’s first Emperor in the afterlife. Gaze over the warriors and horses, each one unique, whilst your guide introduces you to these life-like soldiers’ fascinating story. Later, enjoy a gentle cycle around the ancient city wall and take a walking tour of the narrow and twisting streets of the Muslim Quarter. Sample the delicious, freshly cooked snacks and gain an insight into the city’s fascinating culture. Tonight, dine on Xian’s traditional and delicious dumplings.
Day 4: Train to Lanzhou
Start the morning with an optional visit to the local park to see Xian’s residents taking part in Tai Chi and dancing. Visit the Xian Museum and the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Later board the train to Lanzhou.
Day 5: Explore Lanzhou
Enjoy a moment of tranquillity at the hilltop Baita Temple and tuck into some noodles made with hand stretched dough. Visit the Yellow River night markets.
Day 6: Bingling Temple
Head to Liujiaxia Lake to explore the extraordinary Thousand Buddha Caves of Bingling Temple and their Buddhist murals, statues and sculptures.
Day 7: Journey to Xiahe
Conquer the scenic Jishi Mountain Pass to arrive at Tibetan Xiahe. Take some time to acclimatise to the higher altitude.
Day 8: Labrang Monastery
Labrang Monastery is a fascinating maze of prayer wheels, chapels and chortens. Dine on traditional Tibetan food for lunch, including momo dumplings. There will also be time to wander through Xiahe Township.
Day 9: Zhangye
Return to Lanzhou by road and take the bullet train to Zhangye, once an important commercial town along the Silk Road.
Day 10: Danxia Sunrise
Rise early to witness sunrise over the kaleidoscopic mountains in Danxia National Park. Return to Zhangye and explore the Giant Buddha Temple. Later, travel by bullet train to Jiayuguan, an ideal location to expand your knowledge of Silk Road history.
Day 11: Great Wall at Jiayuguan
Visit the Jiayu Fortress and take a walk on the western extremes of the Great Wall for panoramic views over the beautiful landscape of the Gobi Desert
Day 12: City of Sands
Located on a major trade and cultural crossroads, Dunhuang, known as the ‘City of the Sands’, sits in a verdant oasis on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert. Visit a silk carpet museum and the Shazhou Night Market.
Day 13: Mogao Grottoes
A system of temples and sanctuaries, the Mogao Grottoes exhibit Buddhist paintings and statues that span thousands of years
Day 14: Singing Sand Dunes
Visit Crescent Moon Spring, nestled amongst the famous Singing Sand Dunes, a phenomena produced by the wind blowing through the grains.
Day 15: Turpan
Catch the bullet train to Turpan, a lush green oasis set in a barren landscape. An easy-going town, famed for its grapes, the pleasant streets are lined with lush vine trellises.
Day 16: Explore Turpan
Visit the ruins of ancient Jiaohe and the striking red sandstone Flaming Mountains. View the elegant Emin Minaret before visiting a typical family home in Grape Valley.
Day 17: Journey to Kurla
Learn about the fascinating Keraz irrigation canals. Travel to Kurla
Day 18: Subashi Ruins
Continue along the Silk Road to the ruins of Subashi, before arriving in Kuqa for an overnight stay.
Day 19: Thousand Buddha Caves
Discover the Kyzil Thousand Buddha Caves before travelling to Aksu in the early evening.
Day 20: Kashgar
Continue the journey by road to Kashgar, a fabled Silk Road city, its skyline punctured by many towering minarets.
Day 21: Explore Kashgar
Although now a modern city, the sights and sounds of Kashgar’s bazaar have remained unchanged for millennia, as it continues to be an integral trading post as in its Silk Road heyday. Explore Abakh Hoja Tomb, Id Kah Mosque and the atmospheric alleyways around Id Kah Square.
Day 22: Sunday Bazaar
Dive headlong into Central Asia’s largest bazaar. Within a riot of textures and vivid colours, browse hundreds of stalls selling anything from spices and carpets to boots and blenders. Fly to Urumqi.
Days 23 24: Discover Urumqi
Escape to the tranquillity of Tian Chi (Heavenly Lake) formed in a crater. Pay a visit to a Kazak minority family in their yurt and spend some time with them. Tonight enjoy local Uyghur lamb skewers for dinner. The following day, pay a short visit to Xinjiang Museum before farewelling western China to fly back to Beijing.
Days 24: Discover Urumqi
Day 25: The Great Wall
This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate its sheer magnificence. Jade has been long cherished by the Chinese – at a jade factory you can understand and appreciate the delicate process of carving the stone and buy a piece if you wish. In the afternoon, savour the idyllic landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace.
DAY 26: IMPERIAL BEIJING
Stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you’ll find a complex full of imperial treasures. Soak up the ambience of the Temple of Heaven before visiting Yandaixiejie, where you’ll have some free time to wander the hutongs. Sit down for lunch with one of the families who call the hutongs home. This evening dine on Peking Duck and enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.
DAYS 27-28: BEIJING TO AUSTRALIA
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day.
Tour prices are subject to availability of tour, airline, special economy class fare and specific airfare class availability. Prices may differ once airfare is sold out. All services are subject to availability. Please forward a deposit of $300 per person to Wendy Wu Tours or your travel agent to arrive within three days of receiving confirmation that the company is holding space for you. All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.