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The Silk Road

Small group tour
16 days - From AU$7332*PP

One of the world’s great trade routes, the Silk Road has captured the imaginations of many, stirring visions of an exotic region steeped in time. Bring the adventure to life on this incredible journey. Experience the rich convergence of cultures and religions as you travel from Xian to Kashgar. Visit a Uighur home in an oasis town, ride a camel among the sand dunes and experience Kashgar’s Sunday Market.

Inclusions

  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 overnight trains (soft sleeper
  • four-berth cabin)
  • breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • 3 internal flights within Asia
  • 2 day trains
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees
  • Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travellers
  • local English-speaking guides
  • return transfers

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MAY 8th
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End

MAY 23rd
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Per person from:

AU$7332*

Single supplement:
AU$1501*
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JULY 17th
(Monday)

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AUGUST 1st
(Tuesday)

Per person from:

AU$7544*

Single supplement:
AU$1657*
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SEPTEMBER 11th
(Monday)

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SEPTEMBER 26th
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Per person from:

AU$7544*

Single supplement:
AU$1657*
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MAY 7th
(Monday)

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MAY 22nd
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Per person from:

AU$7700*

Single supplement:
AU$1575*
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JULY 16th
(Monday)

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JULY 31st
(Tuesday)

Per person from:

AU$7921*

Single supplement:
AU$1741*
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SEPTEMBER 10th
(Monday)

End

SEPTEMBER 25th
(Tuesday)

Per person from:

AU$7921*

Single supplement:
AU$1741*
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Small Group Tour Itinerary

2017

DAYS 1-3: XIAN
On arrival in Xian, transfer to your hotel. Visit the remarkable Army of Terracotta Warriors, a huge number of intricate, life-size warriors, undiscovered for centuries. Get a taste for the Silk Road with a visit to its start site before an option dumpling dinner. Wander the fascinating streets of the thriving Muslim Quarter and explore City Park before your flight to Lanzhou.

Hotel: Mercure Xian on Renmin Square

DAYS 4-5: LANZHOU & XIAHE
Nestled in a narrow valley, Lanzhou was once a major transport hub and garrison on the Silk Road. Wander along the banks of the Yellow River and climb the peak of White Pagoda Hill for incredible views of the city below. A tranquil boat journey brings you to the beguiling Bingling Si Caves. Drive to Xiahe where you visit the fascinating Labrang Monastery and a welcoming nunnery, and gain a fascinating insight into local life at a Tibetan home in the Sangke Grassland.

Hotel: Lanzhou Legend Hotel
Hotel: Xiahe Xiling Hotel

DAYS 6-7: JIAYUGUAN
On your return to Lanzhou take a high-speed train to beautiful and remote Jiayuguan. Here, the vast desert is flanked by snow-capped peaks, making for a stunning contrast. Discover an ancient frontier fortress and climb a remote part of the Great Wall, before stopping at the Great Wall Museum.

Hotel: Jiayuguan Holiday Inn Hotel

DAYS 8-11: DUNHUANG & TURPAN
Travel by road to the oasis town of Dunhuang and take an exhilarating camel ride through the desert. At the spectacular Mogao Caves, witness ancient Buddhist cave art before taking a high-speed train to Turpan, home to the striking Emin Minaret. After lunch with a local Uighur family, wander the colourful bazaar, and then head into the Flaming Mountains to see the haunting ruins of Gaochang and Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves.

Hotel: Dunhuang Tianrun Hotel
Hotel: Turpan Huozhou Hotel

DAYS 12-16: URUMQI & KASHGAR
Drive through desert scenery to Urumqi, where the fascinating Xinjiang Provincial Museum awaits. Wander the bustling market before your flight to Kashgar, still an important trading hub. Experience the clamour and excitement of the Sunday Bazaar, the impressive Id Kah Mosque and take a walking tour through the city's ancient backstreets. Return to Urumqi for a trip to the beautiful Heavenly Lake, set against the spectacular ice-capped Tianshan Mountain Range. The area is dotted with traditional yurts inhabited by Kazak people. On your last day, enjoy some free time before your departure transfer.

Hotel: Kashgar Tianyuan International Hotel
Hotel: BingTuan Grand Hotel

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