The Silk Road has long passed into lore and legend. Connecting China with the unknown lands to the west, it once spanned great swathes of Central Asia, crossing nearly 6,500 kilometres of burning deserts and high mountain passes.
This exceptional adventure takes us through some of the most culturally and geographically diverse landscapes along the Chinese section of the Silk Road; travelling through the harsh Taklamakan Desert to pick up both the more regularly travelled northern route, as well as the less travelled southern section. We’ll begin in Xian, home to the fabulous Terracotta Warriors and the easternmost point of the Silk Road, before moving on to explore the ancient cities that lay along its course. Along the way we will visit Tibetan Monasteries and ancient ruins, take in the Great Wall at Jiayuguan and explore the ancient Buddhist caves at Dunhuang. We continue on to Turpan, one of the lowest points on earth, and famous for its backdrop of the Flaming Mountains. Our journey then continues through Urumqi to our desert camp outside Khotan.
Our tour finishes in the fabled town of Kashgar – the meeting point of both northern and southern routes - and the end of this remarkable odyssey.
Discover the ancient trading outposts of China’s northern and southern Silk Roads
Visit the Terracotta Army in Xi’an and the Great Wall at remote Jiayuguan
Explore the great Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Labrang at Xiahe
Visit the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang and the historic Silk Road city of Turpan
Camp out overnight in the Taklamakan Desert
Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
17 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 17 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
Drinking water throughout
All transport (minibuses, overnight trains)
17 nights' accommodation (13 in hotels, 3 on overnight trains in soft sleepers and 1 desert camp)
All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)
ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.
Please note that the itinerary for the 2016 departure varies slightly from the 2017 version. Please see individual dossiers for details.
When you book a holiday with Wild Frontiers you are awarded ‘miles’, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Wild Miles are awarded for all our holidays, from walking tours to riding holidays and from escorted group tours to tailor-made trips. When you accrue Wild Miles, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:
Blue: More than 10,000 miles travelled - 2.5% discount Bronze: More than 30,000 miles travelled - 5% discount Silver: More than 45,000 miles travelled - 7.5% discount Gold: More than 60,000 miles travelled - 10% discount
At Wild Frontiers we have always strived to offer the most authentic, safe and ethically sensitive travel experiences on the market, not necessarily the cheapest. From the support system in London to the holiday itself, we feel we offer the best way to see and experience a destination and that is why our loyal clients come back to us time and again. So when making price comparisons, please bear in mind the following:
On your trip
On all but a handful of group tours our maximum size is 12.
We use dedicated tour leaders as well as local guides.
We aim to use quality, interesting and experiential accommodation – usually the best available.
We tend to offer our trips on an all-inclusive basis. (Please check specific dossier for details but this could add in excess of £400 to competitors pricing!).
We include drinking water, and often soft drinks.
We aim to use the most efficient, interesting, safe and comfortable transport available.
As part of our ethical policy, we pay a fair price for the services offered to us, thus making sure our local staff and crews receive a fair wage.
Peace of mind
We are fully ATOL & ABTOT protected – with us your money is safe!
We have full public liability insurance – to the tune of £5,000,000.
We work in association with the security company Control Risks in order to receive live security updates, briefings and emergency evacuation protocols if needed.
We have an office in London, staffed by a professional team of adventure holiday planners.
We have a 24 hour emergency helpline.
We have full Crisis Management training.
Each trip is managed by a specific operations manager with whom you will have direct access.
All our itineraries are designed by us, not bought ‘off the shelf’ from local companies.
A percentage of all income generated by our trips goes to The Wild Frontiers Foundation.
It is for these reasons, and the expert delivery of our trips, that we have won so many awards and have so many loyal clients. As we say, we are not the cheapest, but we do fell we are the best.
NB: Please see dossier for exact details of what is included on this specific tour.