Follow in Marco Polo's Footsteps





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Follow in Marco Polo's Footsteps - The Silk Road

From the title, you’d be forgiven for thinking this is two weeks of playing the American, blindfolded hide-and-seek game “Marco Polo” but instead, this amazing holiday gives you the opportunity to actually follow Marco Polo's Silk Road Route.

This thirteen-day tour will take you back in time to China’s northwestern Gansu and Xinjiang Provinces - two oases on the edge of the Gobi Desert. Once a frontier garrison on the Silk Road, the area is influenced by the cultures of Russia and Mongolia to the north, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to the west and Tibet and India to the south.

The Silk Road is the ancient trade route that linked East and West and features a spectacular journey through rugged mountain sceneries, deserts and bazaar towns. From grottoes covered with mural paintings in Dunhuang and Kuqa to the bustling bazaars of Kashgar and Urumqi…

Silk Road Highlights

Your trip begins in UNESCO-protected Dunhuang, known today for the perfectly persevered Mogao Caves, a complex of five hundred grottoes adorned with 4th Century, Wei Dynasty, Buddhist statues and frescoes. You’ll travel to see the Crescent Moon Lake and Mingsha Shan - sand dunes that sing as the wind caresses them.

There are too many amazing sites to list here, but highlights include Urumiqi, where you’ll explore the ruins of the ancient clay city Gaochang and Mulberry papermaking workshop in Khotan You’ll visit the Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves, take in the beautiful scenery at Karakul Lake and haggle with nomads at Kashgar's bazaar.

In a nutshell, The Silk Road has everything you could want from a tour; inclusive international and domestic flights, luxury hotels and travel, breathtaking scenery, bustling bazaars, incredible history, stunning Buddhist and Muslim architecture, and culture, foods and people who live as they did centuries ago.

In short:

  • Travel to the edge of China’s Gobi Desert
  • Begin in Dunhuang with the Mogao Caves and Crescent Moon Lake
  • Hear the wind sing at the Singing Sand Dunes
  • Step back in time as you follow Marco Polo's Silk Road Route.
Will Howell Cornes
Will Howell Cornes Author & Events Manager