Silk Road Explorer

Follow in the footsteps of adventurers by journeying along one of the world's most famous trading routes, the Silk Road. Beginning in ancient Xian, venture across this vast land to reach the fascinating outpost of Kashgar and its famous Sunday market.

Members from: $7,135 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $7,280 P.P Twin Share

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination


  • Supplier

    Wendy Wu

  • Booking Code


  • Departs

    14 April 2019

    5 May 2019

    6 October 2019

  • Company

    Wendy Wu


  • 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

  • Accommodation

  • Domestic transportation

  • 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.


  1. Day 1

    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.

  2. Day 2

    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.

  3. Day 3

    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.

  4. Day 4

    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.

  5. Day 5

    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.

  6. Day 6

    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.

  7. Day 7

    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.

  8. Day 8

    Day 9: Zhangye

    Return to Lanzhou by road and take the bullet train to Zhangye, once an important commercial town along the Silk Road.

  9. Day 9

    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.

  10. Day 10

    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

  11. Day 11

    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.

  12. Day 12

    Day 13: Mogao Grottoes

    A system of temples and sanctuaries, the Mogao Grottoes exhibit Buddhist paintings and statues that span thousands of years

  13. Day 13

    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.

  14. Day 14

    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.

  15. Day 15

    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.

  16. Day 16

    Day 17: Journey to Kurla

    Learn about the fascinating Keraz irrigation canals. Travel to Kurla

  17. Day 17

    Day 18: Subashi Ruins

    Continue along the Silk Road to the ruins of Subashi, before arriving in Kuqa for an overnight stay.

  18. Day 18

    Day 19: Thousand Buddha Caves

    Discover the Kyzil Thousand Buddha Caves before travelling to Aksu in the early evening.

  19. Day 19

    Day 20: Kashgar

    Continue the journey by road to Kashgar, a fabled Silk Road city, its skyline punctured by many towering minarets.

  20. Day 20

    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.

  21. Day 21

    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.

  22. Day 22

    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.

  23. Day 23

    Days 24: Discover Urumqi

  24. Day 24

    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.

  25. Day 25


    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.

  26. Day 26


    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.

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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.