5-Night Silk Road Tour from Urumqi to Dunhuang

5-Night Silk Road Tour from Urumqi to Dunhuang

Explore the highlights of the Silk Road during a 5-night tour one-way from Urumqui to Dunhuang. Travel by train and private vehicle to visit the Gobi desert, Mogao Grottoes, ancient ruins in Turpan, Heavenly Lake (Tianchi), and Crescent Spring and the Singing Sand Dunes. Experience local culture during lunch at a Uighur home and a stop at the night market in Dunhuang. Includes five nights of 5-star accommodation, high-speed train ticket, entrance fees, private guide and vehicle, breakfasts, and one lunch.


Day 1: Urumqi

Stop At: Urumqi, Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur
Your guide picks you up when you arrive at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC), then transfers you to your hotel for check-in. Have the rest of the day free to relax on your own.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight: in Urumqi Hoi Tak Hotel 5-star

Day 2: Urumqi – Heavenly Lake – Turpan

Stop At: Tianshan Tianchi Lake, Within Tianshan Scenic Resort, Urumqi 830002 China
After breakfast, drive to Heavenly Lake (Tianshan), a gorgeous alpine lake situated 6,257 feet (1,907 meters) above sea level.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Turpan Bazaar, Laocheng West Road, Turpan China
In the afternoon, drop down to Turpan, located at 505 feet (154 meters) below sea level, known to be the lowest, driest, and hottest place in China. The dry climate has preserved the region’s ancient sites remarkably well. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the local bazaar.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in Turpan Tuha Hotel 5*

Day 3: Turpan

Stop At: Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto), Jianggelemaisi Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000 China
Located at the junction of the east and the west of China, Turpan is a marvelous city combining Western and Eastern religions and culture entirely. After breakfast, visit the Jiaohe Ruins. It is a natural fortress located atop a cliff, and a Chinese archaeological site found in the Yarnaz Valley. It is the largest, oldest and best preserved ancient capital city relics in the world. In 2014, the Jiaohe Ruins became part of the Silk Road UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta), Munage Village, Putao Country, Turpan 838000 China
Later, pay a visit to the Emin Minaret, a tower stands by the Uyghur mosque. With a height of 44 m, it is the tallest minaret in China.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Shengjin Country, Turpan 838000 China
Then, we will visit The Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves are a collection of retreats once inhabited by Buddhist monks dating from the 5th to the 9th centuries between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan (Loulan) to the north-east of the Taklamakan Desert of Xinjiang Province. These caves are found high on the cliffs of the west Mutou Valley under the Flaming Mountains.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Karez System, Xincheng Ximen Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000 China
Turpan praised as the 'Hometown of Grapes'. Later in the afternoon, we will visit Grape Valley and Karez Waterways, the famous underground irrigation system
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in Turpan Tuha Hotel 5*

Day 4: Turpan – Liuyuan (by high-speed train) – Dunhuang

Stop At: Dunhuang, Dunhuang, Gansu
Ride the high-speed train from Turpan to Liuyuan, which takes about four hours, then continue by private vehicle from Liuyuan to Dunhuang for another two hours. In Dunhuang, have time to check out the night market, which offers good shopping and local snacks.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in Dunhuang Hotel 5*

Day 5: Dunhuang

Stop At: Mogao Caves, West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200 China
We will visit Mogao Caves in the morning; the Mogao Caves are the best known of the Chinese Buddhist grottoes and, along with Longmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes, are one of the three famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Crescent Moon Pool, 5km South of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200 China
This afternoon we will visit Ming-Sha Dunes and Crescent Lake. Ming-Sha Dunes is 5 km far away from the city, where you have a chance to take a camel ride in the desert and enjoy the beautiful desert and oasis scenery. The spring has thousands years history in Dunhaung, it has become hot attraction since Han dynasty , 2000 years ago. If you like you may climb the sand dunes and take a sand sliding in the dunes.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnihgt in Dunhuang Hotel 5*

Day 6: Dunhuang Departure

Stop At: Dunhuang, Dunhuang, Gansu
Your tour ends in Dunhuang with transport to the Dunhuang airport or Liuyuan railway station, or your next hotel, depending on your schedule.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Children must be accompanied by an adult"
"Minimum age is 16 years"
"Discount price is available for group size of 2, 4 or more"
"Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Service animals allowed"
"Infant seats available"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Face masks required for travelers in public areas"
"Face masks required for guides in public areas"
"Face masks provided for travelers"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Social distancing enforced throughout experience"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"Regular temperature checks for staff"
"Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival"
"Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms"
"Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons"

Hora de Inicio: 08:00 AM
Duración: 6 Days
Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
This is an layover tour. The arrival and departure transfers can be moved to any day as you like.


  • Urumqi Airport, Urumqi China

Cancelaciones y devoluciones: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


  • 5x Breakfast
  • 1x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 5 nights
  • 5 nights accommodation (5-star hotel)
  • One-way high-speed train from Turpan to Liuyuan (second class)
  • English speaking guide service with private transfers
  • Entry/Admission - Tianshan Tianchi Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto)
  • Entry/Admission - Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta)
  • Entry/Admission - Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Karez System
  • Entry/Admission - Mogao Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Crescent Moon Pool

No Incluye

  • Gratuities


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