China's Silk Road: Mummies, Deserts, Caves and Markets
Imagine departing Xian in a camel caravan laden with silk, spices, incense and gems for the far-away Mediterranean. Your path will not take you all the way to Italy, but only to the border with the Stans. You can see the famous terra cotta soldiers of Xian, drive across the menacing Taklimakan Desert, explore the oasis towns of Turfan, Kuqa, and Hotan, spend a day with the nomads near the Heavenly Lake, shop the famous Sunday Market in exotic Hotan (far better than Kashgar today), and mingle with the people of Xinjiang - Uighurs, Kazaks, Tajiks and others.
Dates and Land Cost
Starting at $5995.00 per person (based on groups of four or more)
Dates: Friday, May 2, 2014 - Sunday, May 18, 2014 and Friday, September 12, 2014 - Sunday, September 28, 2014
Please note: Custom dates and prices available
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|Day 1||Arrive in Beijing|
|Day 2||Fly to Xian; Visit the Terracotta Soldier and Horse Museum; Explore the Muslim Quarter|
|Day 3||Tour Xian including Little Goose Pagoda, Big White Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi Museum|
|Day 4||Fly to Dunhuang; Drive out to Crescent Lake and the Gobi Desert|
|Day 5||Visit the Dunhuang Grotto Art and Mogao Grottos; Board an overnight sleeper train to Turpan|
|Day 6||Explore the ruins of Gaochang, Huoyan Shan and Bazelik Thousand Buddha Caves|
|Day 7||Wander the market, visit the Emin Minaret, the Jiaohe Ruins and a few grape farms|
|Day 8||Head west to Urumqi and visit the Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum; Fly to Hotan|
|Day 9||Hike in the desert out to the Rawak Pagoda or explore the town|
|Day 10||Head to Mingfeng; Stop in Yu Tien for the market and visit the mosque|
|Day 11||Drive to Kuqa|
|Day 12||Explore Kizil Caves and the Kezikalahan War Signaling Station|
|Day 13||Explore Kuqa|
|Day 14||Fly back to Urumqi and drive out to Heavenly Lake|
|Day 15||Morning at leisure and then drive back to Urumqi|
|Day 16||Fly to Beijing|
|Day 17||Transfer to the airport for your fight home|