Take a Silk Road journey from Beijing to Kashgar
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.
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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!
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
Experience the unique atmosphere of Kashgar’s Sunday Market
This trip travels on overnight hard sleeper trains on sections of the journey. Train travel in China may not be entirely luxurious, but it's certainly one of the best ways to travel long distances and come face-to-face with the country and its people. It's the main form of transport for locals, so take the chance to interact.
This trip isn’t your average China itinerary, with visits to places that many haven’t heard of, such as Zhangye.
You’ll be crossing one of the largest countries in the world, from the west coast along the ancient Silk Road route of the central plains to the remote frontier province of Xinjiang, so be prepared for some long travelling days.
This trip finishes in Kashgar. Kashgar Airport is domestic only. For international connections you will need to book a flight from Kashgar to Urumqi, where the closest international airport is located.
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1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip, subject to availability, excluding overnight trains.
2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking in order for us to purchase your train tickets.
3. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
5. In 2017 this trip was named "Travel the Silk Road".
Our China's Silk Road trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 9 reviews in the last year.
The Great Silk Road trip is a 32 day adventure travelling the old Silk Road from Beijing to Samarkand. It takes in many incredible sights and lots of history.
Review submitted 09 Jun 2018
The Great Silk Road is an excellent trip is you are interested in the history of Central Asia and the routes linking China with the West. This trip highlights the incredibly rapid rate of modernisation in China. A very informative journey.
Review submitted 09 Jun 2018