Great Wall Trek

I so appreciated to spend those days close to the Wall and not just to “fly in” for one day. This enables me to get a bit of a “feel” for the country. To be with the Chinese crew also was a privilege I won’t forget. Our tour guide gave us valuable insights. I am thankful that I could be part of this challenge, it was worth it.

C. Strohmeier | United Kingdom

China Silk Road

The Silk Road conjures images of camel caravans transporting an incredible wealth of goods across the deserts and mountains - images of colourful bazaars, priceless jewels, richly woven carpets and fabrics and exotic perfumes and spices. This remarkable journey takes you along the Chinese part of this ancient route. In Beijing we visit the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City before travelling to Xian to view the impressive Terracotta Warriors. In Xiahe we visit the enormous Buddhist monastery of Labrang, the largest outside of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, which will surely impress. In Dunhuang we appreciate the magnificent Buddhist grottos of Magao, before skirting the Gobi Desert to the oasis town of Turpan. From Urumqi we explore the exquisite Heavenly Lake before flying on to the frenetic and unique market town of Kashgar, where our journey concludes. This is an inspiring journey of cultural contrasts.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Beijing
DAY 2 Visit Great Wall
DAY 3 Visit Forbidden City
DAY 4 At leisure in Beijing before train to Xi'an
DAY 5 In Xi'an
DAY 6 In Xi'an
DAY 7 Fly to Lanzhou
DAY 8 Visit Bing Ling Temple, transfer to Xiahe
DAY 9 Labrang Monastery, return to Lanzhou and overnight train to Jiayuguan.
DAY 10 In Jiayuguan
DAY 11 To Dunhuang
DAY 12 At Magao Caves. Train to Turpan
DAY 13 In Turpan (or Tulufun)
DAY 14 Drive to Urumqi
DAY 15 Heaven's Lake. Evening flight to Kashgar
DAY 16 Markets in Kashgar
DAY 17 In Kashgar, trip concludes

traveller reviews

From 0-10, I would rate this trip with the highest grade: 10! I got more than I expected and enjoyed every part of the China part of the Silk Road. It is a very interesting trip and very well organised.

l. Padjen-Pajovic, USA

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Trip Grading: Adventure Touring
Duration:  17 days
Activities:  Adventure Touring Day Walking
Next Trip:  12 August 2017
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