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Silk Route

Kashgar - Xi'an

22 DAYS THROUGH China
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
Was: $2,470 USD + 660 KITTY USD
Now: $1,976 (USD) + 660 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
22 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Public bus, Boat
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew
ACCOM:
10%
90%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZKX
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Explore Kashgar's traditional Sunday market and Animal market

  Cross the Taklamakan Desert

  Exploration of the oasis and the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan

  Guided tour of the Mogao caves, Dunhuang

  Wild camp near an adobe section of the Great Wall near Jiayuguan

  Explore the colourful natural phenomenon of the Rainbow Mountains

  Cross the northern end of the Tibetan Plateau

  Explore Xiahe - one of Tibets most historic cities

  See Bingling Si's vast Buddha statue and outstanding cave sculptures

  Explore the stunningly beautiful Mt. Kongtong and its temples

  Guided tour of Xi'an's world famous Terracotta Warriors

  SHOW MORE HIGHLIGHTS  

Itinerary

Day 1 - Kashgar ( 18th May 2019 )

Border Information: if joining in Kashgar, you will most likely enter China at Kashgar Airport (IATA code: KHG).

Welcome to Kashgar, one of the ancient trading posts on the Silk Route! If you are joining in Kashgar, you are free to explore the city, and there will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm. Please do not be alarmed if there is no welcome note at the hotel on your arrival, as this is often a travelling day for the tour leader and they will often arrive in Kashgar mid-afternoon.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kashgar before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kashgar.

In Kashgar we will stay in a hotel with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Hike up to Shiptons Arch - the largest natural arch in the world. 

Included in Kitty
Day 2-3 - Kashgar ( 19th May 2019 to 20th May 2019 )

Today we will visit the animal market just outside of town, and then the famous Kashgar Sunday Bazaar.

We will also have an included visit to Shiptons Arch - the largest natural arch in the world! 

The following day we will have a free day to explore the town, the central Id Kah Mosque and its surrounding square, while your crew finalise the customs procedures for our truck to continue further into China.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore Kashgar's Sunday market and Animal market.

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Id Kah Mosque, the finest example of Islamic architecture in Kashgar and the centre of religious life in the city

CNY 20

Discover the history of the ancient Silk Road at Kashgar's Silk Road Museum

CNY 15

Visit the mausoleum of the 17th-century religious leader Afaq Khoja, considered the holiest site in Xinjiang Province

CNY 15
Day 4-5 - Aksu, Bayanbulak ( 21st May 2019 to 22nd May 2019 )

Our journey through China begins as we leave Kashgar and head east through the Taklamakan Desert! Our crossing of the desert usually takes 3 days/2 nights, and we plan to stay in local hotels en route.

Estimated Drive Times - 8-9 hours each day (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 6-7 - Heavenly Lake ( 23rd May 2019 to 24th May 2019 )

Today we will complete our drive through the Taklamakan Desert and arrive at Heavenly Lake, a beautiful lake set in the Tian Shan mountains.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

We will stay here for 2 nights, and will have many opportunities to relax in the incredible scenery and walk around the lake.

In Heavenly Lake we will stay in local yurts with very basic facilities.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy a tranquil yurt stay at the beautiful Heavenly Lake

Included in Kitty
Day 8-9 - Turpan ( 25th May 2019 to 26th May 2019 )

Today we will travel to the oasis town of Turpan, where we stay for 2 days exploring the surrounding sites including the famous Jiaohe ruins.

In Turpan we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Exploration of the oasis and the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan

Included in Kitty

Learn about the Karez water system, the ingenious method of irrigating the area that was developed by the Han Dynasty and allowed Turpan to flourish as an oasis town

Included in Kitty
See the striking red sandstone landscape of the Flaming Mountains near Turpan
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

See the Emin Minaret, a beautiful Uighur mosque built in the 18th century which is the tallest minaret in China
CNY 30
Explore the ancient oasis city of Gaochang, once a bustling trading trading centre along the Silk Road
CNY 40
Day 10-11 - Dunhuang ( 27th May 2019 to 28th May 2019 )

Today we will have an early start and a big drive to the city of Dunhuang.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

Please note that sometimes it may be preferred by the group and the leader to split this drive over 2 days, wild camping in between - in this case we will have 1 less night in Pingliang towards the end of the trip.

The following day we will have an included visit to the awe-inspiring Mogao Buddha Caves in the morning. We will then have a free afternoon to explore this amazing town and it’s surroundings - there are possibilities for camel rides along the sand dunes and bicycle rides out to the nearby White Goose Pagoda!

In Dunhuang we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided tour of the Mogao caves, Dunhuang

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Stopover and time to explore historic Dunhuang

CNY 20

Take a camel ride to Crescent Moon Lake, Dunhuang

CNY 120
Day 12 - Jiayuguan ( 29th May 2019 )

Today we continue our journey with a drive to Jiayuguan, where we will have an included visit to the Jiayuguan Fort - the most western point of the Great Wall of China. Please note the Great Wall in this area is adobe, unlike the more famous stone sections further to the east.

We will wild camp near an adobe section of the Great Wall near Jiayuguan.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Journey down the Gansu Corridor to Jiayuguan Fort, our first stop at the Great Wall

Included in Kitty
Day 13 - Zhangye ( 30th May 2019 )

Today we will drive to the incredible Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Mountains - we'll spend some time exploring the region before heading off to wild camp nearby.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the incredible and colourful natural phenomenon of the Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Mountains

Included in Kitty
Day 14 - Liujiaxia ( 31st May 2019 )

Today we will drive onto the lower slopes of the remote Tibetan plateau and reach the small city of Liujiaxia. 

In Liujiaxia we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Day 15-17 - Xiahe, Bingling Si ( 1st Jun 2019 to 3rd Jun 2019 )

Today we set off to the enchanting Tibetan town of Xiahe where we spend the next 3 nights. We will have an included visit to the incredible Bingling Si Buddha Caves en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

The next few days are free to explore this beautiful town and surrounding grasslands. We can take a guided visit to the Labrang Monastery where Tibetan monks can be seen doing their daily rituals and chants. There may also be a chance to go trekking, horse riding or exploring the surrounding grasslands, visiting Tibetan families and perhaps trying the local Yak butter tea.

In Xiahe we will stay in a local Tibetan-owned hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

See the vast Buddha statue and the outstanding Buddhist cave sculptures at the fabulous Bingling Si gorge

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Climb up onto the lower slopes of the remote Tibetan Plateau

Free

2 night detour to the Tibetan town of Xiahe, one of the main pilgrimage sites for Tibetan Buddhists

CNY 40
Take a day trip up into the Sangke or Ganjia grasslands of the lower Tibetan Plateau surrounding Xiahe
CNY 400
Day 18 - Lanzhou ( 4th Jun 2019 )

Today we will leave Xiahe and head to the chaotic capital city of Gansu province, Lanzhou. We will have some free time this evening to explore the city.

In Lanzhou we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Day 19-20 - Pingliang ( 5th Jun 2019 to 6th Jun 2019 )

Today we will drive to the small town of Pingliang at the base of the Mount Kongtong, one of the holiest mountains in Chinese Taoism.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

The following day we will have an included visit to Mount Kongtong, and will have the full day to explore the temples and walk and explore the pilgrimage routes on the mountain. 

In Pingliang we will stay in a decent local hotel.

Please note that if the drive between Turpan and Dunhuang was split over 2 days, there will only be 1 night in Pingliang and a half-day exploration of Mount Kongtong.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the stunningly beautiful Mt. Kongtong and its temples

Included in Kitty
Day 21 - Xi'an ( 7th Jun 2019 )

Today we will journey to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'! We will have a free afternoon to fully explore the city, it's famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.

In Xi'an we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 22 - Xi'an ( 8th Jun 2019 )

Border Information: if finishing in Xi'an, you will most likely exit China at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA code: XIY).

This morning we head ouf Xi'an on the truck to the site of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, where we have an included visit and a guided tour.

We will return to Xi'an for the afternoon, where we'll have a free afternoon to further explore this incredible city.

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Xi'an. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the world-famous site of the Terracotta Warriors, an army of 8000 life-size figures built to protect the Emporer Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Walk or cycle around the Ming Dynasty Xi'an City Wall, the largest city wall in the world

CNY 80

Wander through the atmospheric Muslim Quarter and visit the Xi'an Great Mosque, the first mosque constructed in China

CNY 30

Learn about the fascinating history of the ancient Chinese capital of Chang'an at the Shaanxi History Museum, without doubt one of the finest museums in China

CNY 30

Visit the mind-blowing Tomb of Emporer Jingdi of the Han Dynasty, containing 50,000 doll-sized terracotta figures

CNY 90

Visit the ornate 14th-century Bell and Drum towers, which originally marked the sunrise and sunset

CNY 40

Visit the impressive Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an's most famous landmark dating from the Tang and Ming Dynasties

CNY 80
Visit the Forest of Stelae Museum, a collection of 3000 stone tablets of Chinese calligraphy that has been collected here since 1057
CNY 50
Visit the huge former Tang Dynasty royal palace of Daming, and explore its vast parks and gardens
Free

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Departing: 18 May 2019
Returning: 8 Jun 2019
Duration: 22 days
Route: Kashgar - Xi'an
$1,976 USD + $660 Kitty (USD)
Was $2470.00 - Save $494
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Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 5 Jun 2019
Returning: 26 Jun 2019
Duration: 22 days
Route: Xi'an - Kashgar
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Departing: 29 Jun 2019
Returning: 20 Jul 2019
Duration: 22 days
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Departing: 24 Jul 2019
Returning: 14 Aug 2019
Duration: 22 days
Route: Xi'an - Kashgar
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Departing: 24 Aug 2019
Returning: 14 Sep 2019
Duration: 22 days
Route: Kashgar - Xi'an
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Was $2470.00 - Save $494
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Departing: 4 Sep 2019
Returning: 25 Sep 2019
Duration: 22 days
Route: Xi'an - Kashgar
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Departing: 3 Jun 2020
Returning: 24 Jun 2020
Duration: 22 days
Route: Xi'an - Kashgar
$2,560 USD + $690 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 4 Jul 2020
Returning: 25 Jul 2020
Duration: 22 days
Route: Kashgar - Xi'an
$2,560 USD + $660 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 29 Jul 2020
Returning: 19 Aug 2020
Duration: 22 days
Route: Xi'an - Kashgar
$2,560 USD + $690 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 19 Aug 2020
Returning: 9 Sep 2020
Duration: 22 days
Route: Xi'an - Kashgar
$2,560 USD + $690 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 29 Aug 2020
Returning: 19 Sep 2020
Duration: 22 days
Route: Kashgar - Xi'an
$2,560 USD + $660 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

I would recommend Dragoman to anyone.
Mary L
The trip was excellent overall.
Kirsten D
Claire was very helpful and I enjoyed spending time with her.
Julia S
Claire was always on top of things and showed an enthusiasm for her job, she definitely added to the trip.
Clifford K
Gino was great overall, and Jim was a spectacular driver.
Kirsten D
A great team, made the whole trip swing.
Kathryn Jane W
The trip and truck were amazing.
Huu Truc C
The itinerary was spot on and the included activities were all interesting.
Huu Truc C
Domingo, Euan and Claire were great and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them.
Huu Truc C
A great team! They proved it pays to match up crew that get along really well together.
Elizabeth M
Our local guides were excellent, smart, informative and helpful.
Charleen K
Claire in China was a very enthusiastic, young guide who was especially good when organising group meals, confirming arrangements and attending to problems and misunderstandings.
Peter R
I was continually amazed at Domingo's persistent optimism. He kept us informed and told us truthfully and accurately what we could expect as we traveled. He was a competent and fun group leader. Euan Park is one of the most delightful people I have ever met, I found his driving excellent and my conversations with him quite enjoyable. I would see Euan working on the truck from time to time - when I asked him if anything was wrong, he would say something like, "I'm just making sure everything is the way it is supposed to be. I'm a big believer in preventive maintenance." Wonderful travel companion.
Joseph K
Both Dom and Euan were excellent leaders!
Peter R
Our guide in China was Claire. She was pleasant and efficient. She assisted us with buying tickets, placing complicated dinner orders, and assisted with special requests from the travellers. She provided brief descriptions of the sights we visited, and answered any any questions asked of her. She interacted well with the group.
Joseph K
Clare was very helpful, supportive and most considerate - and fun too.
Elva B