Day 1
Xian, China
Shangri-La Hotel, Xian Dinner

Arrive in historic Xian, one of the oldest cities in China, and once the most populated city in the world.  Check in to your luxury hotel - we recommend the five-star Shangri-La Hotel, Xian. Explore some of Xian’s most famous sites today, starting with the Han Mausoleum. Your next stop will be the world-famous Terracotta Army, a UNESCO World Heritage Site holding an entire army of thousands of life-sized intricately-carved clay soldier statues and more. Round off your day with a trip to Muslim Street, the hub of the city’s thriving Muslim population.

Day 2
Zhangye, China
Hua Chen International Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy an early breakfast this morning at your hotel before heading back out into Xian to check out the fascinating Archeological Institute. Visit the city wall, a majestic testament to Xian’s one-time unrivaled power. Next, you’ll be escorted by car to the airport, where you will board your private jet for a flight to Jiayuguan in the northwestern Gansu Province. You will then be driven to Zhangye to check in to the comfortable Hua Chen International Hotel.

Day 3
Zhangye, China
Hua Chen International Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Zhangye Danxia holds geological wonders that have to be seen to believe. The rock formations and cliffs here are vibrantly-colored, with hues of blues and reds that look as though they were painted on. Spend today hiking Zhangye’s incredible mountains and cliffs, and countryside. Look for shallow caves hidden in the mountains, and keep an eye out for the rarely-seen Bingguo rock formation. Rest your tired feet back at your hotel this evening, and dine on tasty local cuisine.

Day 4
Jiayuguan, China
Holiday Plaza Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Before you leave stunning Zhangye, visit the Matisi Cave temple and Giant Buddha Temple, home to China’s largest reclining Buddha. You’ll be escorted by car to Jiayuguan, where you’ll check in to your room at the Holiday Plaza Hotel.

Day 5
Dunhuang, China
Silk Road Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start your morning off with a visit to Jiayuguan Fortress, one of the main passes of the Great Wall of China, and learn about its interesting history. Now it’s time to board your private jet once again and fly to Dunhuang, once a major stop along the ancient Silk Road, and home to famous caves. Spend the night at the Silk Road Hotel.

Day 6
Dunhuang, China
Silk Road Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore Dunhuang today - head first to Crescent Moon Lake, an oasis not far from the city. For the full effect, hop on the back of a camel and peruse the area like the travelling traders once did. Mogao Caves are your next stop. Marvel at one of Asia’s greatest archaeological treasures. Explore the small area that is downtown Dunhuang as evening sets in before heading back to your hotel.

Day 7
Turpan, China
Tuha Petroleum Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, check out of your hotel, and board your private jet once again, this time for Turpan. The city is a fertile oasis and important trade center. Check in to one of our two recommended hotels: Tuha Petroleum or Huozhou Hotel. Once settled in, go for a tour of Turpan. See the Jiaohe Ruins and then take a trip to the Karez water system to observe the unique method locals have devised for obtaining their water.

Day 8
Turpan, China
Tuha Petroleum Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Discover more of Turpan today. Emin Minaret, the tallest minaret in China, is your first stop. Continue onwards to the Flaming Mountains, red sandstone hills near the northern rim of the Taklamakan Desert. The nearby Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves are the final stop, where you can admire the ancient Buddhist murals that decorate the cave walls. Return to your hotel to relax this evening.

Day 9
kashgar, China
Kashi Tianyuan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take in some final must-see sights in Turpan today: the Astana Tombs and Turpan Museum, both of which will provide you with further insight into the Silk Road’s lengthy and fascinating. Following this, board your private jet once again, this time for Kashgar, yet another oasis along the Silk Road. Check in to your luxury hotel, the Kashi Tianyuan. Those traveling after Fall 2014 may also choose to stay in the newly-opened Radisson Blu.

Day 10
kashgar, China
Kashi Tianyuan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start your first full day in Kashgar with a visit to what has been called the best Sunday market in the world. Here, you’ll find a wide selection of everything from food to clothing to live animals. Take in some of Kashgar‘s religious culture at Ab Koja Tomb and a local mosque before retiring to your hotel for the evening.

Day 11
kashgar, China
Kashi Tianyuan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take a day trip to the beautiful Karakul Lake, located high up in the Pamir Plateau. The scenery up here is absolutely breathtaking, from the surrounding majestic mountains to the deep colors of the highly-reflective lake, which range from dark green to azure.

Day 12
kashgar, China
None Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before checking out. You’ll step aboard your private jet one final time and be transferred to the airport in time for your onward travels, either home or to your next exciting destination.

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  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
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 Follow one of the world’s most famous trade routes on this breathtaking 12-day journey along China’s ancient Silk Road. Discover major hubs, oases, and ancient cities where traders and merchants once discovered one another’s cultures and broadened their minds through travel, just as you will do. The difference? You’ll be making the journey aboard your luxury private jet, hopping from destination to destination in complete style and comfort. Fly from Xian to Zhangye Danxia, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, and Turpan, taking in not only fascinating history and culture, but also majestic panoramas that will doubt remain in your memory for a lifetime.

Why fly by private jet?

Travel China’s Silk Road in total comfort. A private jet brings with it a whole new dimension of travel, where lines, transfers, wait times, flight delays, and cancellations are a thing of the past. A private jet is a safe, comfortable, and exclusive mode of transportation that will elevate your journey to the next level.


  •     See Xian’s world-famous Terracotta Warriors

  •     Marvel at the geological wonder of Zhangye Danxia’s colorful cliffs

  •     Check out one of Asia’s greatest archaeological treasures, the Mogao Caves

  •     Take a day-trip to the stunning Karakul lake

About Us

Remote Lands creates highly personalized itineraries with extraordinary experiences for discerning travelers, based on their own passions, interests and needs. The world’s most elite travel advisors rely on us for our deep knowledge of Asia and entrust us with their highly discerning clients, from celebrities to CEO’s, Wall Street titans to professional athletes. We are available to travel advisors 24/7 from the initial consultation to the day your clients return from Asia.

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By: Squash1

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

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By: Mike53-Birmingham

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu was fantastic as was the Kinabatangan River Resort. Raimie our guide was first-rate!
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Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Remote Lands coordinated our trip and made the experience worry-free. All of our transfers and guides were on time, professional, kind and even went above and beyond when a couple of unexpected needs arose. Thank you!
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By: Cindi

Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

Wonderful experience! This was my daughter’s senior trip prior to going away to college and it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Great guide, driver, travel agent, etc. Overall a very positive experience!!
Travel Advisor:  Deanna Byrd

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By: Mike

Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

we had to different tour guides, both were just excellent and well worth the money definitely made the trip more memorable
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By: Joel and Kathy

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

The Remote Lands Guides were excellent. The cars used for transportation were roomy and clean. The hotels were 5 star and their attention to detail was over the top. There was only perfection from the people we met and it was also comforting to know that our trip was being carefully monitored by Remote Lands supervisors every step of the way. We would recommend Remote Lands to anyone needing exceptional service in Asia.
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Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

Terrific professionals! Looked out for us the entire time we were on the road!! Many thanks!
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