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Highlights of Western China

14 days from £4,995pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Visit the Terracotta Army in Xian.

  • Walking through the Mingsha Dunes in Dunhuang.

  • Look over the Flaming Mountains in Turpan.

  • Experience Kashgar's Sunday market.

  • Travel along the Karakoram Highway to Lake Karakul and Mount Muztagata.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
All accommodation
  • Beijing
  • Xian
  • Dunhuang
  • Turpan
  • Urumqi
  • Kashgar
  • Beijing

Itinerary idea in detail

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With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Beijing.

Day 2 Beijing

Day 2 Beijing

Beijing

Once you've arrived and cleared customs and baggage claim you'll be met by your private guide and driven to your hotel.

Day 3 Beijing

Day 3 Beijing

Beijing

You'll spend the whole day today out of the city visiting the Great Wall. You private driver and guide will meet you at your hotel and drive you out to the Great Wall. You'll have time with your guide to walk along the wall and learn more about its history before returning to Beijing.

Day 4 Beijing

Day 4 Beijing

Beijing

This morning you'll be collected from your hotel to have a private guided tour of Tiannamen Square and the forbidden city. You have the rest of the day at leisure. We'd suggest visiting Jingshan or Baihai park just north of the Forbidden City or exploring one of the cities Hutongs.

Day 5 Xian

Day 5 Xian

Beijing , Xian

Your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel this morning for your transfer to the station to take the high speed train to Xian, a journey of between four and a half to six hours. On arrival you'll be met by your new guide and transferred to your hotel. This evening is an excellent opportunity to explore the Muslim Quarter of the city a short walk from your hotel.

Day 6 Dunhuang

Day 6 Dunhuang

Xian , Dunhuang

This morning your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel to take you on your private guided tour of the Terracotta army. In the afternoon they'll transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to Dunhuang. On arrival you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Day 7 Dunhuang

Day 7 Dunhuang

Dunhuang

Today will be a full day of visiting the key sights around Dunhuang with your private driver and guide. These include the Mingsha 'Singing' Sand Dunes, the Mogao Caves, the Western Thousand Buddha Caves and the Yumen Pass.

Day 8 Turpan

Day 8 Turpan

Dunhuang , Liuyuan , Turpan

This morning you'll be collection from your hotel for the drive to Liuyuan station which usually takes around two hours. You'll then take the high speed train to Turpan a journey of between five and a half hours and six hours. On arrival you'll be met and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation

Day 9 Turpan

Day 9 Turpan

Turpan

You have another full day of excursions today. You'll be visiting The Tuyaq Valley - Nestled within the Tuyaq Valley are several traditional ethnic Uighur villages, Gaochang - another time-eroded Silk Route garrison town and the Bezeklik and the Flaming Mountains.

Accommodation

Day 10 Kashgar

Day 10 Kashgar

Turpan , Urumqi , Kashgar

This morning you'll be collected from your hotel and taken to visit Jiaohe. You'll then be driven to Urumqi, a journey of around three hours, in time to take your flight to Kashgar. On arrival you'll be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 11 Kashgar

Day 11 Kashgar

Kashgar

This morning you'll visit Kashgar's Sunday livestock market an essential Silk Route experience. In the afternoon you'll have a tour of the city visiting some of the other sights it has to offer.

Day 12 Kashgar

Day 12 Kashgar

Kashgar

Today you'll drive into the mountains on the legendary Karakoram Highway to Lake Karakul where you get stunning views of Mount Muztagata.

Day 13 Beijing

Day 13 Beijing

Kashgar , Beijing

This morning you'll be collected from your hotel and driven to the airport in time for your journey to Beijing. This indirect flights usually with a stopover in Urumqi.

Day 14 International return flight

Day 14 International return flight

Beijing , International return flight

Today you'll be collected from your hotel and driven to the airport for your onward fight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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