China Silk Road tour

“Two week small group tour from Xi'an to Kashgar on the border with Tibet. Travel by train and plane to some of the key cultural sites on China's fabled Silk Road.”


Xi'an | Qin Terra-Cotta Army | Shanxi History Museum | Bingling Temple Grottoes | Yellow River | Giant Buddha Temple | Zhangye | Qilian Mountains | Great Gobi Desert | Singing Sand Mountains | Dunhuang City | Yadan National Geologic Park | Caves of the Thousand Buddha | Gaochang Ancient City | Turpan | Wood Valley of the Flame Mountain | Kashgar | Tashkurgan | Karakuri Lake | Muztagh Mountain | Heavenly Lake Heavenly Lake | Bogda Peak of Tian Shan |

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14 May 2019
£ 2830
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04 Jun 2019
£ 2830
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27 Aug 2019
£ 2830
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17 Sep 2019
£ 2830
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08 Oct 2019
£ 2710
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29 Oct 2019
£ 2710
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Top tip:
Take a blow up pillow for the drives, a headscarf for the desert and sensible walking shoes. Also, keep a diary that you can update on flights and train rides - remember to leave space on the pages so you can add photos when you return home.
Trip type:
Small group.
Activity level:
Active. Overland drives, camel rides, hiking and leisurely walks.
Twin bed accomm in good standard hotels. Soft sleeper train and night flight.
14 breakfasts and 14 lunches.
Accomm, domestic flights, transfers, sleeper train, entrance fees, English speaking guide, and camel ride in Gobi Desert.
About this vacation company:
This company specialise in tailor made active vacations across China for people who prefer independent travel away from tourist hot spots. They work closely with local businesses and communities to offer an authentic experience that benefits both travelers and local people alike.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: China Silk Road tour


This tour will transport you to an eclectic and culturally significant range of heritage sites that date back to ancient times and it will also take you to unique places of natural beauty, including lakes, deserts and mountain ranges of spectacular beauty. It therefore exceptionally important that we fully understand and appreciate the importance of developing tours that are sustainable and reduce the impacts of tourism on the human and natural environment wherever possible. Indeed, all of our tours maintain a great respect for the cultural and natural surroundings in which we visit and travel, and we have opted to use only essential methods of public or private transport for this itinerary.

To help us protect and preserve what remains of both China’s wonderful cultural and natural heritage, we ask that all of our travel participants help care for the environments they visit by being respectfully aware of the unique locations we take them to. The importance of sustainable travel, particularly in sensitive natural environments and ecosystems, is something we also value highly. As a bonus of our unique approach, you will also discover that our tour groups are small in size so that are impacts are minimised, and of course, so that we can afford you the attention you deserve!


Our itinerary has been designed to fully incorporate the local communities of the regions we visit. We value their unique insights, knowledge, and hospitality, and believe that they too should benefit from tourism too. We respect their traditions and beliefs, and are acutely aware of the need to respect indigenous people and religious sites in particular.

Wherever possible, we use locally-owned guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, and services to ensure that local communities and business prosper in a highly competitive market. An added bonus of using locally-owned services and people is that they will often be highly enthusiastic, generous and proud to welcome you into the places where many have been born and raised.

We are also exceptionally aware of the need to use local ‘green’ tourism services and businesses to ensure that the natural and social environments that host tourism are protected and well-managed. This includes the use of locally-sourced produce such as food and crafts, for example. However, perhaps one of the greatest reasons for using locally-owned accommodation is that you will see the ‘real’ China in its various guises. You will sample traditional villages, entertainment shows, cuisines and ways of life that can be significantly different to anything you may have experienced before. We will also take you to incredible places away from the tourist crowds to ensure that your experiences are genuinely unique. We fully believe that this is a wonderful way to learn about this spectacular country and have no doubt that you will agree!

1 Reviews of China Silk Road tour

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The people we met, the range of places we visited, the quality of our guides. The drive through the Karakoram Mountain range from Kashgar to Tashkurgen

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't go with any fixed ideas about what it might be like. Be open to everything you see.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

The vacation was excellent and I would recommend it to others.
If I was redesigning the itinerary I would not include the Yadan National Geologic Park - too much driving in one day.
Include a visit to Yar ancient city
Have the extra day by not visiting the national geological park in Urumqi

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