Discover the treasures of the Silk Road on this 13-day adventure through China, retracing part of the ancient trade route that linked East and West. An epic journey from bustling Beijing to the colourful frontier town of Kashgar, travel by train across diverse and beautifully rugged landscapes to see some of the country’s most spectacular relics. From dynastic palaces and Muslim minarets to hidden grottoes and rock-cut Buddhist masterpieces, this is an unforgettable Eastern odyssey. TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017: From 1st January this trip will become 15 days to allow more time in Xi'an and conclude the trip in Kashgar. A more detailed itinerary will be released by October 2016, but the destinations will be as below: 1 Beijing 2 Xi'an 3 Xi'an 4 Overnight Train 5 Zhangye 6 Zhangye 7 Jiayuguan 8 Dunhuang 9 Dunhuang 10 Turpan 11 Turpan 12 Overnight Train 13 Kashgar 14 Kashgar 15 Depart

Highlights

Follow the route of the ancient Silk Road, travelling in the footsteps of countless generations of nomads and traders

Explore the incredible World Heritage site of Maijishan, and try to work out how statues, reliefs, and 194 caves were carved into the side of this mountain 1,500 years ago

Discover the unreal, ancient rainbow-coloured landscape of Zhangye, a UNESCO site that looks like countless pots of bright paint have been spilled across sandstone mountains. You won't be able to put your camera away!

Uncover the ‘other warriors’ in Xi’an’s Han Yang Ling Museum, an authentic and more personal burial site that’s home to tens of thousands of buried pottery figures

Experience the unique atmosphere of Kashgar’s Sunday Market, maybe the largest bazaar on the continent