Academy Travel is the largest cultural themed tour operator in Australia and we are pleased to offer this tour to our UK travellers through our London office.

Western China on the Silk Road

Oct 10 - 30, 2019
21 days
£5,500 per person, twin share (land content only). £1,090 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.


Ben Churcher


Take a journey through western China, exploring its history, cultural diversity and extraordinary achievements. The region’s most famous monuments – the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors – are certainly highlights, but they are just a small part of what western China offers the cultural traveller. This 21-day tour explores the region in depth, revealing a wealth of treasures and giving you insight into the complex histories, peoples and cultures of China. The tour includes visits to the brilliantly decorated Buddhist monasteries at Mogao Grottoes, the Silk Road market towns of Turpan, Urumqi and Kashgar, and Islamic Linxia.

Follow the Silk Road’s ancient caravan routes through western China and discover millennia of history, art and culture, preserved through successive dynasties.


  • The Great Wall outside Beijing, a lasting monument to the achievements of China
  • The overwhelming sight of over 8000 Terracotta Warriors, lined up in rows ready for battle since the 3rd century BC
  • Remarkable Buddhist sculptures and over 1000 square metres of murals, carved into the mountain face at the Maijishan Grottoes
  • A day immersed in the bustling Sunday markets at Kashgar, and an encounter with Urumqi’s well-preserved mummies
  • The ubiquitous red sandstone of the Flaming Mountains gorge in the Mutou Valley outside Turpan

Itinerary overview

Days 1–3:  In Beijing, explore the Forbidden City and visit the Great Wall.

Days 4–6:  Fly to Xi’an to encounter the Terracotta Warriors and explore other sites.

Days 7–10:  Admire Buddhist sculptures at Tianshui. Travel to Lanzhou; discover the Bingling Grottoes and Islamic Linxia. Survey the Gansu Museum; visit Tibetan Xiahe and the Labrang Lamasery.

Days 11–13:  Fly to Dunhuang, explore the famous Buddhist Caves.

Days 14–17:  Cross the Taklamakan Desert to ancient Turpan. Meet Urumqi’s mummies.

Days 18–21:  Explore remote Kashgar, its vibrant markets and extraordinary mosque complex.


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