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Silk Road Explorer

From $5,890 - 24 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities

The Silk Road trading route was the world’s first super-highway, a 4,500km series of desert and mountain crossings. Almost 2,000 years before being named, this route was first travelled by emissaries of the Han Dynasty. As the centuries passed many traders set out from Xian and ventured westward to Kashgar, over the Pamir Mountains to Central Asia and finally to Rome. The trading route allowed links between China and the west to flourish and encouraged an exchange of art, ideas, culture and trade. Many of our customers who have travelled on this tour congratulate us for an outstanding journey that leaves a long-lasting and favourable impression.


As you travel along the original trade route you will be following in the footsteps of Marco Polo and Genghis Khan. This is a remarkable journey, one that seamlessly joins modern-paced adventure with ancient culture.

TOUR ITINERARY

DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO XIAN

Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways to Xian, the former imperial capital of China, for a two night stay.

DAY 3: XIAN

Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, visit the ancient City Wall.

DAY 4: XIAN TO LANZHOU

Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and take in the sights of the Islamic food market. Later this evening you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to Lanzhou.

DAY 5: LANZHOU

Arrive in Lanzhou this morning where you will visit the Baita (White) Temple. For dinner this evening sample the local specialty, Hand Stretched Noodles.

DAY 6: LANZHOU

Travel by speedboat on Lioujiaxia Lake to see the extraordinary Thousand Buddha Caves of Bingling Temple.

DAYS 7-8: LANZHOU TO XIAHE

Journey through the scenic Jishi Mountain Pass to Xiahe, set in a beautiful valley and home to a largely Tibetan population. Tomorrow you will visit the Labrang Monastery, which boasts thousands of Buddhas made from gold, silver, copper and aluminium. Later, you will explore the local township.

DAYS 9-10: XIAHE TO JIAYUGUAN

Return to Lanzhou where you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to Jiayuguan, an ancient pass of the Silk Road. Tomorrow, see the Jiayu Fortress which marks the beginning and the end of the Great Wall. Take a walk along the western end of the Great Wall.

DAYS 11-12: JIAYUGUAN TO DUNHUANG

Travel by road to Dunhuang, formerly an ancient hub of the Silk Road. Tomorrow, enjoy a tour to the Magao Grottoes, also known as ‘Caves of the Thousand Buddhas’.

DAY 13: DUNHUANG TO TURPAN

Visit the Crescent Moon Spring and Singing Sand Dunes before boarding your overnight soft sleeper train to Turpan.

DAYS 14-15: TURPAN

Arrive in Turpan this morning where you will visit the ancient city ruins of Jiaohe and see the Flaming Mountains. Tomorrow, see the Emin Minaret, visit the local homes at Grape Valley and learn about the 2,000-year-old Kerez irrigation canals.

DAYS 16-17: TURPAN TO KASHGAR

Travel by overnight train to Kashgar, a journey of about 24 hours which skirts the Taklamaken Desert, one of the most remote parts of China. Arrive in Kashgar early tomorrow morning. Kashgar was once the flourishing centre of the Silk Road. Visit the Abakh Hoja Tomb and the Id Kah Mosque. Explore the old alleys that intertwine around Id Kah Square.

DAY 18: KASHGAR TO URUMQI

See the world’s largest Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar before flying to Urumqi.

DAY 19: URUMQI

Travel to Tian Chi (Heavenly Lake), enjoying breathtaking views of the crystal-clear lake at the top of a mountain range. Dinner this evening will be a traditional meal of Uyghur lamb skewers.

DAY 20: URUMQI TO BEIJING

Visit the Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum, where some 1,000-year-old mummies are housed. This afternoon fly to Beijing for a three night stay.

DAY 21: BEIJING

It is often quoted in Beijing that `you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. Visit the Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

DAY 22: BEIJING

Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Later, see the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. This evening your farewell dinner will include a sample of the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 23: DEPART BEIJING

This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 24: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Arrive home today.

Tour reviews

Wendy Wu Tours Review:

"My Wendy Wu Tours tour of the Silk Road was everything and more that I was hoping to experience. Michael, our NE is an amazing young man. He was very professional and efficient but also compassionate, caring – taking care of us and our wellbeing when he was not feeling so good himself. He was very accommodating if we asked could we do/see something extra he would try his upmost to make it happen. Nothing was a problem. He and the local guides made the whole 28 days go very smoothly, even at the train stations and airports. All the local guides were magnificent, organised and made sure we did what was set on the itinerary, but came up with a few surprises.

A big thanks to them for getting us around China comfortably and safely. Congratulations for a comprehensive, awesome and mind boggling tour. True value for money."

Mrs Merran Lepper, Auckland - August 2012

Price guide

From $5,999 per person 24 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share
Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane*, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways
*Brisbane and Adelaide passengers may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost.
From Price Includes Tour cost $5,528, Cathay Pacific Airways Fuel Surcharge $365 & Tipping $106 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in China. See Booking Conditions)
From $1,050 Single Hotel Room Option
From $4,910 Land Only (Xian to Beijing) including Tipping

Depart Australia

Arrive Australia

Twin Share Price AUD

2014 

 

 

24 Apr

17 May

$5,999

08 May

31 May

$6,199

11 Sep

04 Oct

$6,199

25 Sep

18 Oct

$6,199
2015    
23 Apr 16 May $6,599
07 May 30 May $6,819
27 Aug 19 Sep $6,599
10 Sep 03 Oct $6,840
24 Sep 17 Oct $6,630

Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $466 (correct as at Dec 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD98 (AUD106) is payable on arrival in China.

Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book.  Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.

easter special pricesSpecials

 

From $5,890 per person

24 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share
Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane*, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways
*Brisbane passengers may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost

 Adelaide passengers may require a two night stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost.

From Price Includes Tour cost $5,424, Cathay Pacific Airways Fuel Surcharge $360 & Tipping $106 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in China. See Booking Conditions)
From $1,050 Single Hotel Room Option

Depart Australia

Arrive Australia

Twin Share Price AUD

2014 

 

 

11 Sep

04 Oct

$5,890

25 Sep

18 Oct

$5,890

Important Note: Above prices include Cathay Pacific Airways Fuel Surcharge of $360 and tipping of $106 (correct as at Mar 2014 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD98 (AUD106) is payable on arrival in China.

Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book.  Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.

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