5-Night Private Tour: Silk Road From Urumqi To Dunhuang

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This 5 nights classic private tour takes you to explore Chinese section of ancient Silk Road northern route from Urumqi to Dunhuang. You will travel the path of thousands of merchants and camel caravans and witness its changes in modern days. Attractions you will visit during this tour includes Mogao Grottos, Turpan Oasis, Loulan Mummies, and Heavenly Lake located on the northern side of Tianshan Mountains.
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  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • All entrance fees included
  • Breakfast included
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
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Day 1: Arriving Urumqi
Pick up from Diwopu International Airport or Urumqi Rail Station and transfer you to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure exploring the streets of Urumqi.
Accommodation: 4-Star Xiangjiang Lihua Hotel, Urumqi

Day 2: Urumqi - Heavenly Lake - Urumqi (B)
Visit Xinjiang Museum where well-preserved Chinese mummies are exhibited. The spectacular one stands out from the rest named "Beauty of Loulan," who was buried 4,000 years ago near the town of Loulan in Taklimakan Desert. "Beauty of Loulan" was remarkably preserved in an open coffin under hot desert sands of the Taklamakan when she was excavated in 1980. 

After lunch, head up to Heavenly Lake, located on the north side of the Bodga Shan range of the Tianshan Mountains t. Later, return to Urumqi and stroll through the wonderful Erdaoqiao Bazaar before driving back your hotel.
Accommodation: 4-Star Xiangjiang Lihua Hotel, Urumqi

Day 3: Urumqi - Turpan (B, L)
Visit Turpan, the centre of a fertile oasis and an important trade center along the Silk Road that was once adjacent to the kingdoms of Kroran and Yanqi. Visit Emin Minaret, the symbol of Turpan before your authentic local lunch at a Uyghur home under the grape vine in open air. Explore the Ancient City of Gaochang, Bezklik Grottos, Astana Ancient Tombs before returning to your hotel.
Accommodation: 4-Star Xiangjiang Lihua Hotel, Urumqi

Day 4. Turpan - Liuyuan (via bullet train) - Dunhuang (B)
Explore ruin of ancient Jiaohe city, the capital of Anterior Jushi kingdom during 108 B.C. to 450 A.D. With Karez Irrigation System helps irrigating the oasis, Jiaohe was an important site along the Silk Road trade route leading west adjacent to Korla and Karasahr kingdoms. Catch a bullet train to Liuyuan and be transferred to Dunhuang hotel.  Visit the night market nearby the hotel if you like.
Accommodation: 4-Star Dunhuang Hotel

Day 5: Dunhuang (B)
Visit the highlight of Silk Road today, Mogao Grottoes (Caves of the Thousand Buddhas), where you will be impressed by the fresco and statues in the caves. These caves are examples of rock-cut architecture of soft gravel conglomerate not suitable for either sculpture or elaborate architectural details. Enjoy a fun hike on the sand dunes to visit the Crescent Spring.
Accommodation: 4-Star Dunhuang Hotel

Day 6: Departing Dunhuang (B)
If time allows, visit Dunhuang Museum before heading to Dunhuang Airport where this 6 days trip concludes.
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Inclusions for 5-Night Private Tour: Silk Road From Urumqi To Dunhuang

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch)
  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Bullet train from Turpan to Liuyuan (Dunhuang)
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Exclusions for 5-Night Private Tour: Silk Road From Urumqi To Dunhuang

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available for purchase)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Airfare for flight to/from Urumqi/Dunhuang
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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Dress code is smart casual

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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