The Silk Road evokes exotic images of long caravan stretching across vast sand dunes and dusty travelers relaxing in the shade of the desert oasis.
Retrace this ancient trade route, be mesmerized by the ethnic cultures of the Tibetans, Tajiks and Uygurs and be awed by the impressive grottoes at Dunhuang and gorgeous ruins in Turpan. Visit the ancient archaeological sites deep in the Taklamankan Desert and enjoy the alpine scenery in Tian Shan.
The very mention of the Silk Road evokes a sense of romance and remoteness. Retrace this ancient trade route. This itinerary traverses off-the-beaten path to lesser-visited Silk Road gems such as Hotan and Kuqa . Treat yourself to an extension into Kanas Lake, one of the most picturesque ones in China!
The mountain range known as Tian Shan (‘Celestial Mountains’) marks the border of Chinese Xinjiang and the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan, and continues across northern Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan border. This is a country of dramatic scenery, with dozens of peaks over 5000 m high, thousands of glaciers and some beautiful highland lakes.
Much lesser known by modern tourists as compared to Xinjiang, this slender province of Gansu has long seen travelers and goods of all kinds traveling between China and Central Asia. This itinerary covers the highlights of the Hexi Corridor, including the famous Rainbow Rocks of Zhangye Danxia to the Mogao Caves.
The epitome of luxury – the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Retracing one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilization, the Silk Road follows in the footsteps of such legendary figures as Alexander the Great and Marco Polo.
Stand in front of Binglingsi Cave and enjoy the magnificent grottoes of ancient China. Walk the “kora” around Labrang Monastery and witness the monk debating for the Buddhist classics. Sip a cup of milk tea and immerse into the real life of local nomad life. This is the most authentic of Tibetan Culture.