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.
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.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, 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. Overnight train accommodation on this tour is in 6-berth ‘hard-sleeper’ class. Bedding is provided and wash basins and toilet facilities (usually one with a toilet seat and one squat-style in each compartment) are available on all trains, but there are no showers or baths.
4. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
Our Travel the Silk Road trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.
This was a culturally fascinating and rich trip to a quite different area of China. Some of the highlights for me were the animal market in Kashgar, camel riding across the sandhills in Dunhuang, saffron tea and bagels at the 100 year old tea house in Kashgar, the Buddhist caves at Mogao and the great food!! I would recommend that people do this trip sooner rather than later as huge development is happening in western China and it is changing rapidly.
Review submitted 12 Oct 2017
The Silk Road is a fascinating and underrated part of our world. The trip included so much diversity of cultures. The food was excellent. The people extremely friendly. It was a varied and stimulating trip that I highly recommend to those with an adventurous spirit.
Review submitted 24 Jul 2017