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5-Night Silk Road Tour from Urumqi to Dunhuang

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    What to Expect
    Day 1: Urumqi

    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.

    Overnight: 5-star Urumqi Hoi Tak Hotel

    Day 2: Urumqi – Heavenly Lake – Turpan (B)

    After breakfast, drive to Heavenly Lake (Tianshan), a gorgeous alpine lake situated 6,257 feet (1,907 meters) above sea level. 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.

    Overnight: 5-star Turpan Tuha Hotel

    Day 3: Turpan (B, L)

    Discover the ancient civilization of Turpan as you visit highlights including the ancient city of Jiaohe, the Emin Minaret, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, the World Heritage–listed Karez Wells, and Astana–Karakhoja Ancient Tombs. Your tour includes lunch at a Uighur home, which provides an intimate experience of the culture.

    Overnight: 5-star Turpan Tuha Hotel

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

    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.

    Overnight: 5-star Dunhuang Hotel

    Day 5: Dunhuang (B)

    Visit the World Heritage–listed Mogao Caves, an exquisite Buddhist sanctuary with superb art. See documentary films about the Silk Road and the Mogao Caves, then tour the caves with a guide who explains the colorful frescoes, Buddhist statues, and other artworks, which date from between the fourth to fourteenth centuries. In the afternoon, head to the Crescent Spring and the Singing Sand Dunes.

    Overnight: 5-star Dunhuang Hotel

    Day 6: Dunhuang (B)

    Your tour ends in Dunhuang with transport to the Dunhuang Airport or your next hotel, depending on your schedule.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your hotel in Urumqi or Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC)
    Departure Time
    6 days
    Return Details
    Your hotel in Dunhuang or Dunhuang Airport
    • 5 nights accommodation (5-star hotel)
    • One-way high-speed train from Turpan to Liuyuan (second class)
    • Driver/guide
    • Transfer by private vehicle
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Lunch at Uyghur house in Turpan on Day 3
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days 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 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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