Silk Road tours offer up numerous spectacular highlights for the intrepid traveler wanting to discover more of China’s remarkable past. Ancient grottoes and ruins, awe-inspiring passes formed by nature, stunning architecture, and incredible landscapes are the content of travel dreams - and you’ll discover them all on the Silk Road tours created by our tour design team.
Expect amazing things on China’s Silk Road.
An ancient trading route extending nearly 6,500 kilometers and originating in Xian, the Silk Road was a vital trade route between the Roman empire in the west and China in the east. On one of our Silk Road tours, you can travel in the footsteps of merchants and the many others involved in trade and commerce from centuries ago. Learn about commodities like wool, gold, and silver that were traded. Discover how the influence of Christianity and Buddhism from India spread as trade expanded.
Don’t settle for just any Silk Road tour
With a relaxed travel itinerary and the insights provided by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides, your eyes will be opened to discover real China. Our creatively curated tours of the Silk Road reveal a world of spectacular natural scenery, an intricate network of cultures and religions, and aromatic and delicious food. Read more
As with any destination in China, travelers can find a wide diversity to experience, including traditional culture, cuisine, and people. Customers wanting a real experience from their travel adventures will find that’s exactly the approach we take with all our Silk Road tours.
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Destinations you’ll find on our Silk Road tours are some of the most iconic in China:
- In Lanzhou, you’ll visit the impressive Bingling Si Grottoes, a Buddhist treasure in Gansu. Here marvel at the incredible carvings which have been etched into the steep canyon walls over a period of 1,600 years.
- At Zhangye, take in the vision of the incredible rainbow landscape of Zhangye Danxia National Park, located at the northern foot of Qilian Mountain. Find yourself steeped in local legend when you visit Horseshoe Hall, named after the temple’s treasure – horseshoe footprints left by a heavenly horse.
- In Jiayuguan, visit the spectacular Jiayuguan Pass, the western end and best-preserved ancient military castle of the Ming Dynasty’s Great Wall and hike along the Overhanging Great Wall.
- Be mesmerized in Dunhuang and savor the experience of the stunning Gobi desert. Here you’ll witness the beauty of an oasis, Crescent Lake, which is embraced by the Echoing Sands Dunes.
- A visit to Dunhuang wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Mogao Grottoes, a UNESCO heritage site and the largest grottoes in China. Boasting over 700 caves, 2,000 painted statues, and 40 thousand square meters of mural paintings, it’s a favorite part for many travelers on our Silk Road tours.
- The Jiaohe Ruins are just the start of your sightseeing in Turpan. Marvel at this UNESCO World Heritage site, which originated in the 2nd century BC.
While we take great care to design tours that are unique and memorable, we understand certain travelers have in mind what they want to do and see on tour. If that’s you and you’re after something extra special, our team of experienced travel consultants loves to help. It’s entirely possible to create a China Silk Road tour that is customized to your own schedule, destinations, and bucket list. Just ask us! Our specialty is creating dream adventures for discerning travelers, so why not let us design one for you to remember well beyond the final sunset on your China Silk Road tour.
With numerous highlights to be found on Silk Road China Tours, it’s hard to single out just one location, however, Dunhuang offers much to delight. It’s here you’ll discover magical photographic opportunities that are worth the trek. The extraordinary Gobi Desert, Mogao Caves, Echoing Sands Dune and much more are waiting for you here. With additional time spent in Dunhuang, you can also visit the Overhanging Great Wall, built over a steeply sloping valley and the amazing Wei and Jin Dynasties’ Graves dating back to 220. A place that is rich in ancient history and culture, you will find few places can compare to Dunhuang on Silk Road China Tours.
Want more adventure in a particular location? No problem. Whether it’s more time in Turpan or an extra night in Urumqi, extending your Silk Road tour is easy. Because all our specially designed Silk Road tours are taken as private tours, you can enjoy maximum flexibility with arrangements. All itineraries can be configured to extend time in one or more locations. Optional tour activities can be added to your tour easily. Choose from camel riding, desert camping, a visit to the Yadan Geologic National Park, or a trek through Jiayuguan Pass. It’s all waiting for you.
And if you’re looking to travel elsewhere in China, we can help with that too. Although a number of our Silk Road tours include time in Beijing and Shanghai, your bucket list might extend beyond these cities. With a network that expands to over 20 destinations in China, you’re bound to find a place (or two!) that will captivate your imagination. Travel across and within China is made simple by its expanding high speed train network and the increase in domestic airports.
What about travel beyond China, including further along the Silk Road? We’re pleased to offer our customers the opportunity to advance their journey into China’s intriguing ancient past with a Central Asia Silk Road tour. Winding its way through other regions across the Asian continent, we can extend your Silk Road tour beyond China’s borders to other fascinating countries. Just ask us!
Let our tour design consultants help you plan the kind of Silk Road tour that will make for beautiful travel memories. Having created and delivered tours for well over a decade, we know a thing or two about what it takes to plan the perfect tour. When it comes to the Silk Road, there are a few things you have to know to ensure you make the most of every minute on tour. For a start, scheduling your holiday for the best time of year is a must. Even during milder months, there is wide variability in temperature, so it helps to know that May or October are the ideal times to visit, with May the preferred time. If your interest is in learning more about the diverse local cultures along the Silk Road, you’ll discover much to enjoy. Around 20 different ethnic minorities can be found along the Silk Road route and each brings its own unique traditions, culture, and festivals. Be sure to ask us about timing your visit with major celebrations of interest.
Talk to one of our ChinaTour.com travel consultants about booking one of these additional activities while on a Silk Road tour.
- Camp in the desert - Anyone up for camping in the desert? You can do that on the west side of Echo Sound Mountain located at Crescent Spring, which features pristine sand dunes and breathtaking natural landscape of the region.
- Go all terrain on a buggy - All terrain buggy vehicles (ATV) are available for hire at various locations along the Silk Road. They make for an adventure with a difference.
- Ride a camel on the Silk Road - Prefer a slower pace? Have a real experience of Silk Road travel on a camel. Start on the east side of Echo Sand Mountain and work your way around just travelers from previous centuries did.