Multi-Day Tour | Private

Marco Polo's Silk Road - China (7 days)

WildChina

Turpan, China To Dunhuang, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Turpan, China
Tuha Petroleum Hotel Dinner

Upon arrival in Urumqi, your WildChina guide and chauffeur will take you to Turpan in your private vehicle, where you will spend the evening

Day 2
Turpan, China
Tuha Petroleum Hotel Dinner

In the morning, wander through the ruins in the old city of Jiaohe, once a flourishing, multiethnic city that wars were fought over

- Explore Turpan’s ingenious ancient karez water system, one of the oldest irrigation systems in the world

- In the afternoon, pass by the surreal sight of the Flaming Mountains, a scorching set of red sandstone ridges

Day 3
Turpan, China
kashgar, China
Radisson Blu Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit Xinjiang Provincial Museum, home to terracotta figures, porcelain, weapons, and 4,000 year old mummies

- In the late afternoon, travel to the airport for your flight to Kashgar

- Your WildChina Kashgar guide will meet you in the arrival hall of the airport upon your arrival in Kashgar with your chauffeur and private vehicle ready to take you to your hotel

- Savor the flavors of Xinjiang at a local restaurant for dinner

Day 4
kashgar, China
Radisson Blu Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day by the clear blue waters of Karakul Lake, surrounded by pristine scenery(located 3 hours outside of Kashgar Old Town) (note: The visitor center is under construction and the local guide suggests not visit until June 2016. The road to the lake is also under construction and the journey may take longer than 3 hrs)

Day 5
kashgar, China
Radisson Blu Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Admire the distinctive Islamic architecture of Abakh Khoja Mausoleum and the Id Kah Mosque

- Enjoy the vibrant bursts of color and sound at the famous Kashgar Sunday Bazaar (30 min outside of town)

- Relax with a dinner of traditional Uighur cuisine with a local family

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

- If time permits, be sure to drop by the Monday Market!- In the morning, fly back to Urumqi and catch your connecting flight to Dunhuang - Upon arriving, you will be picked up by your WildChina Dunhuang guide and driver and

taken to your hotel

- Explore the Mogao Grottoes, also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, an ancient treasure trove filled with numerous manuscripts, frescoes, paintings, and sculptures

- Enjoy the rest of evening at your leisure

Day 7
Dunhuang, China
None Breakfast

- Set out for the Mingsha Sand Dunes, which Marco Polo dubbed “the rumbling sands” for the sound they make when the wind blows

- Return to your hotel

- In the late afternoon, your WildChina guide will escort you to the airport and see you offon your departing flight

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Description

The Silk Road remains one of the world's most legendary journeys, full of dusty desert roads and ancient towns immortalized in the accounts of Marco Polo. Desert landscapes stretch out seemingly endlessly along this ancient crossroads of civilization, broken up only by occasional oasis settlements. The legacy of this trade route has shaped the region's multiculturalism, home as it is to several ethnicities, religions, and languages. Retrace the footsteps of traders long gone by exploring bustling bazaars, gazing upon the desolateness of the Taklamakan Desert, and wandering through cities that seem more Central Asian than Chinese.

About Us

We believe that luxury and sustainability come hand-in-hand. From picking tea in Yunnan to making hand-spun yak wool with nomads in Gansu, our journeys are accented by sophisticated interpretation of nature and local artisan culture through genuine interactions with local communities. Our innovative way of travel has been critically recognized through numerous awards including National Geographic Traveler - "Tours of a Lifetime; Travel + Leisure - “Best Life Changing Trips”; and Fast Company - “50 Most Innovative Companies”. In 2017 we were honored to be nominated for two Virtuoso Awards including "Destinations Partner of the Year".

Insider Tip

For first-timers, cover Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai in a week. Save five to ten days to explore the southern and western provinces and experience the true diversity of China.

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By: Angie


Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2014

Our travel agent used the services of Wild China for our recent trip to Shanghai and Beijing. Overall the guides were good and having their services proved very helpful in a country where the language & driving were very different from our own. 2 of our 3 guides were quite insightful & accommodating and enhanced our trip in many ways. Our only complaint was that 1 of the guides in Shanghai was quick to deliver us to tourist-trap locations where she would receive a kick-back from any purchase we made. We only learned of this after we had already made a few unwise purchases and then wished maybe we had spent less time with her. My advice would be to use the help, but be forewarned & slightly wary of any guide suggested "tours" or shopping.

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Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2016

WildChina provided outstanding service during our recent trip to China. Our guide, Anna, was suburb! Thank you, WildChina!
Travel Advisor:  Bobbi Nappi

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By: Bookstaver


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2016

Wild China setup up the perfect itinerary for my trip to China and Tibet. A different well versed guide met me in each section of my trip and showed me the trip of a lifetime
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

Fantastic trip

By: Jeff


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Very good experience. Well thought out trip and every detail was covered. Flexibility was also a key factor.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Rosenberg

And on my next trip to China as well.

By: Guy


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

We spent two full days touring Beijing with Wild China and they really could not have been better. Couldn't ask our guide a question he couldn't answer about what were seeing (and in 9.5/10 english fluency). Always on time and always with a smile and great attitude throughout the tour. Very flexible, even on the fly! We made several requests in the car that required slight deviations from the original plan. No problem.
Travel Advisor:  Trish Mercer

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By: Rhonda Erwin


Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2018

Rachel Dicker partnered with WildChina to plan our custom Chinese Adventure for our family of four (two boys ages 12 and 16). We experienced REAL China! We're a global family and we've never experienced the professionalism and attention-to-detail as we did from both Wild China (supervisor Kendra Tombolato) and Rachel Dicker Travel (owner Rachel Dicker). We particularly want to say that Joyce Ying (Shanghai), An Na (Beijing), Jessica Zhu (Xian), Dustin Zhang (Chengdu), James Lee (Guilin), and David Leung (Hong Kong) enhanced our trip each day with their warmth, humor, knowledge, and suggestions of off-the-beaten-path of things to see, do, buy and explore...things we would have never discovered on our own. Things we didn't necessarily plan for as well as fulfilling our requests of stuff we wanted to do. They are true GEMS in the sea of tour guides. We cannot say enough about how they made our trip and memories of China unforgettable.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

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By: The Wellford family


Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2018

So glad to have this group as a resource for airport transfers and especially in Beijing where weather became a factor and Nancy Hsu and the team were able to completely rearrange their days and schedules at the last minute in order to accommodate our requests. Couldn’t have been more grateful for that and I would recommend this team to anyone with travel needs in China.
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By: China Yunnan 2018


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

The guides were well educated, courteous, kind, thoughtful, and friendly. They were all knowledgeable about each area we visited. We could not have navigated this trip without the guides. Also, the trip was too vast and expansive to try and go it alone. Literally, we would never have gotten out of Beijing without the guide's help. Also, when the chair lift at the park stopped working, when our car over heated and when we needed a toilet, we were graciously helped! It was a trip of a lifetime and we loved every minute of the vacation. Many of the details were so well suited to our family- hiking, natural sites, luxurious lodges, delicious (and clean, safe) food and water, tea, religious monuments, and a spacious and comfortable van. We felt safe and well attended at all times.
Travel Advisor:  Jay Musgrove