After meet and assist at the airport, we will be transferred to hotel and check in, rest of the day free at leisure. We would go for sightseeing tour if time allows. End of first day of Silk Route tour. Overnight stay in hotel at Beijing.
We will go for full day tour of the Imperial Palace, the palace of the Ming and the Qing dynasty emperors also known as the ‘Forbidden City’. In the afternoon, we will visit Summer Palace, a prime example of the classical Imperial Chinese garden. Overnight stay in hotel at Beijing.
Today we will fly to Xian, Imperial capital for over a thousand years and the eastern end of the Silk Road. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay in hotel at Xian.
Xian is the capital of Shaanxi Province, and the most popular tourist attraction in China. We will visit the army of 6000 life-size terracotta warriors guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi. On the return trip to Xian, visit the Neolithic village of Banpo inhabited between 4500 BC and 3750 BC. Next stop is the Chinese cradle of Calligraphy – the museum of forest of stone tablets on which the entire works of Confucius were preserved for posterity. Visit the Big Goose Pagoda before returning to the hotel. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay in hotel at Xian.
A short flight takes us to Dunhuang, the 2000 year-old town on the edge of the desert. It was once an important Silk Route Caravan stop and where the silk route splits into different routes stretching 7000 Kms. all the way to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Afternoon we visit Duhuang’s famous sand dunes with a chance to ride on a Bactrian camel. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay in hotel at Dunhuang.
We will go to visit the Magao Caves, the oldest Buddhist shrines in China. These ancient hand-carved caves are a national treasure and represent a thousand years of devotion to Buddha between the 2nd and12th C. In the evening, we take an overnight train to the oasis of Turpan, which lies in one of the world’s great land depressions, 505 feet below sea level. Turpan was the most important city of the Middle Ancient Silk Route. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay in hotel at Turpan.
We will take full day tour to include Gaochang, the Flaming Mountain and the Bezkilik Thousand Buddha caves followed by Jiaohe, the Emin Tower and the famous Karez underground irrigation System. Evening, we will have time to visit the oasis town centre. Overnight stay in hotel at Turpan.
Morning we will depart for Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region situated at the northern foot of the Tianshan Mountains. Urumqi is a modern Han city and, apart from its museum and its bazaar, holds little interest. Urumqi does, however, have the distinction of being the most landlocked city in the entire world. Our Urumqi tour includes the Museum of National Minorities and History housing the bodies from Turpan’s Astana tombs, the Ardaoqiao Market, a covered street of food and textile stalls. Later we take our short flight to Kashgar. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay in hotel at Kashgar.
Our tour of Kashgar includes the Eid Gah Mosque, built in 1442, and the Abakh Hoja Tomb, Kashgar’s finest piece of Islamic architecture. Evening we stroll through this very traditional town. Overnight stay in hotel at Kashgar.
Visit the famous Sunday Bazaar which has been described as the most varied and fascinating bazaar in the world. In the afternoon, depart for Tashkurghan via Karakol with its view of the Muztagh Ata peak in the Pamirs. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay in hotel at Tashkurgan.
After crossing the world’s highest international border, you will arrive in Gulmit. This is one of the most scenic drives in the world along the narrow valleys of the Indus River with panoramic views of 7000 and 8000 metre (22,000 to 25,000 feet) peaks above. In Pajistan Silk Route is called Karakoram Highway. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay in hotel at Gulmit.
We will walk through Gulmit, four and a half hour trek through the village and around its outskirts, on to a Borith lake, over a glacier and on Passu glacier. After lunch we will drive to Karimabad (the capital of the semi mythical valley of Hunza). On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay in hotel at Karimabad.
Visit the Tibetan style Baltit and the 900 year old Altit Forts. Later visit a home of the Hunzakuts and walk through the town of Karimabad. Hunza is important station for Silk Route tour. The afternoon is free to wander in the Hunza valley. Overnight stay in hotel at Karimabad.
Driving on the Karakorum Highway with its majestic scenery we will reach the ancient Skardu (known as little Tibet). En route lunch break at Gilgit, also visit the old suspension bridge and Bazaar. After the visit of Gilgit proceed to Skardu. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay in hotel at Skardu.
After breakfast we will visit Satpara Lake and local bazaar. In the afternoon we go for half day jeep excursion for Shigar. Overnight stay in hotel at Skardu.
Morning we will take flight to Islamabad. Up on arrival transfer to hotel and check in. In the afternoon, we will go for sightseeing tour of Islamabad. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.
We will leave for half day excursion for Taxila, over there visit Museum and the ruins, afternoon free at leisure or we will go for shopping. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.
After breakfast drive to Lahore, en route visit Khewra Salt Mine (the largest in the world), afterwards we will proceed to Lahore. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay at Lahore.
Our day in Lahore will start with a visit to the Imperial and magnificent Badshahi Mosque. Built in 1674, it is an example of some of the most aesthetic Moghul architecture. Next is the Lahore Fort where we also see several pavilions, including Shish Mahal, the “Palace of Mirrors”, which was built by Shah Jahan in 1631 as private apartments for his empress. Later we visit the fascinating Lahore Museum which houses the famous statue of the Fasting Buddha and Kim’s Gun, immortalized by Rudyard Kipling. Our day culminates with the sensational Shalimar Gardens. Overnight stay in hotel at Lahore.
After exploring this first capital of the Moghuls, we will be transferred to the airport for our onward flight. End of Silk route tour and end of Pakistan tours services of Tourism Incentives.
*Price quoted is per person and in USD – Price will come down if group size is bigger than 12 pax