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The Silk Road of China Adventure Tour

Asia

  • China

Geographically and culturally, Northwest China is about as far away from 'traditional China as you can get without crossing the border. The source of the Silk Road ' the ancient trade route that helped create the modern world ' is unlike anything you'll find in Beijing or Xi'an, and this 18-day adventure crossing the country via rail takes you deep into the China few ever see. Otherworldly experiences abound, both on train and off: watch the sun rise over the dunes outside Dunhuang, explore the world of the Muslim Uyghurs, spend the night in traditional yurts near Urumqi, and venture into the Taklamakan Desert to Kashgar. There's more, of course, but we've got to keep a few secrets, right?


Highlights

Walk along two sections of the Great Wall, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, learn about the Uyghur culture, stay in a traditional Kazakh yurt, bargain at Kashgar's Sunday bazaar


What's Included

Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in a Yurt, Heavenly Lake. Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing). Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour. Terracotta Warriors tour (Xi'an). Great Wall visit (Jiayuguan). Mogao Grottoes (Dunhuang). Turpan guided sightseeing tour. Yurt stay in the Tian Shan Mountains. Taklamakan Desert train. Hotan village and workshop tour by donkey cart. Kashgar orientation walk. Sunday bazaar and animal bazaar visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.


Accommodation

Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts), yurt (1 nt, multi
share), sleeper train (5 nts).


Meals Included

12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Transport

Train, private van, subway, taxi, public bus, donkey cart.


Group Leader Description

Your G Adventures group trip is accompanied by a G Adventures Chief Experience Officer (CEO) in China. The aim of your CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. G Adventures CEOs are experts in their region with a broad, general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local expert guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting
we think it's the best of both worlds.


Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!


Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi
share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.


Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.


What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15
20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10
15kg/22
30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit under the beds when travelling on sleeper trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones.

Day 1 Beijing

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 2 Beijing

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 3 Beijing/Xiâ??an

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 4 Xiâ??an

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 5 Xiâ??an/Jiayuguan

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 6 Jiayuguan

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 7 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 8 Dunhuang/Turpan

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 9 Turpan

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 10 Turpan

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 11 Turpan/Heavenly Lake

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There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 12 Heavenly Lake/Urumqi

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There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 13 Urumqi/Hotan

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There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 14 Hotan

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 15 Hotan

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 16 Hotan/Kashgar

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 17 Kashgar

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Day 18 Kashgar

Arrive at any time.

There are activities planned until an evening welcome meeting and optional group dinner -- the famous Beijing Duck is on the menu.

Details

Duration: 18 Days

Trip Style: Rail

Service Level: Standard

Physical Demands Rating: 2 - Light

Group Size Notes: Max: 16

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My Own Room Exceptions

Nights 3, 5 and 13, Sleeper trains.

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