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China's Silk Road

From £2175 for 15 days
Trip Overview
Discover the treasures of the Silk Road on this 15-day adventure through China, retracing part of the ancient trade route that linked East and West. An epic journey from bustling Beijing to the frontier city of Kashgar, travel by train across diverse and beautifully rugged landscapes to see some of the country’s most spectacular relics. From dynastic palaces and Muslim minarets to hidden grottoes and rock-cut Buddhist masterpieces, this is an unforgettable Eastern odyssey.
Essential Info
Starts: Beijing
Ends: Kashgar
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: ICBSZ
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: China
What's Included

Meals

No meals included

Transport

Overnight Sleeper Train,Private Bus,Public Bus,High Speed Train,Subway,Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights),Guesthouse (1 nt),Overnight Sleeper Train (2 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   Follow the route of the ancient Silk Road, travelling in the footsteps of countless generations of nomads and traders

•   Discover the unreal, ancient rainbow-coloured landscape of Zhangye, a UNESCO site that looks like countless pots of bright paint have been spilled across sandstone mountains. You won't be able to put your camera away!

•   Learn about the rapid development happening in western China as you travel between ancient regional centres and modern cities.

•   Ride a camel across the sand dunes in Dunhuang in search of Crescent Lake, a desert oasis that has to be seen to be believed.

•   Uncover the ‘other terracotta warriors’ in Xi’an’s Hanyangling Mausoleum, an authentic and more personal burial site that’s home to tens of thousands of buried pottery figures

•   Visit the frontier town of Kashgar and take in the animal market before sipping tea at a 100-year-old tea house.

•   Explore the famous Mogao Caves, which have been called home by Buddhist monks since the fourth century AD.

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 26th Apr 2021
Returning: 10th May 2021
£2,175pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 10th May 2021
Returning: 24th May 2021
£2,175pp
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Departing: 17th May 2021
Returning: 31st May 2021
£2,350pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 12th Jul 2021
Returning: 26th Jul 2021
£2,350pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 2nd Aug 2021
Returning: 16th Aug 2021
£2,260pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 9th Aug 2021
Returning: 23rd Aug 2021
£2,260pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 16th Aug 2021
Returning: 30th Aug 2021
£2,350pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 2nd Sep 2021
Returning: 16th Sep 2021
£2,350pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 13th Sep 2021
Returning: 27th Sep 2021
£2,260pp
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Availability: Good
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Itinerary & Notes
Nimen Hao! Welcome to Beijing - the capital of the most populous country on earth. China's capital is quickly shedding its historical face in favour of modernity, however there are still plenty of places that give an insight into the nation's ancient past, as well as sights that showcase China's contemporary culture. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm today, where your insurance and next of kin details will be collected. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where the meeting will take place – if you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. Any free time today in Beijing is taken at your leisure, so get out and start exploring this vast and amazing city. It's recommended that you arrive a few days early to experience all that Beijing has to offer. Beijing's food is a highlight, from the famous Beijing Roast Duck to dumplings in a tiny backstreet eatery, there’s no chance you’ll go hungry here!
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