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China's Silk Road
Commences Beijing 06 October and ends Shanghai 29 October 2021

  • Fort at Jiayuguan
    Fort at Jiayuguan
  • Bund, Shanghai
    Bund, Shanghai
  • Great Wall, Jiayuguan
    Great Wall, Jiayuguan
  • Karakul Lake
    Karakul Lake
  • Mingsha Shan
    Mingsha Shan
  • Labrang Monastery, Xiahe
    Labrang Monastery, Xiahe
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price $9,990
  • Program Code GCTCSR21
  • Single Supplement $1,420
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader Mark Goodwin

Tour Itinerary

  • 23 Nights
    • 4 - Beijing
    • 3 - Xi'an
    • 1 - Xiahe
    • 1 - Lanzhou
    • 1 - Wuwei
    • 1 - Zhangye
    • 1 - Jiayuguan
    • 2 - Dunhuang
    • 2 - Turpan
    • 2 - Űrümqi
    • 2 - Kashgar
    • 3 - Shanghai

Commences Beijing 06 October and ends Shanghai 29 October 2021

Tour Highlights

  • View Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors along with its still intact city walls and Great Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Experience Beijing's Forbidden City, Summer Palace and enjoy a culinary 'hutong' tour
  • Discover the stunning Tibetan monastery of Labrang
  • Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo along China's legendary Silk Road to visit temples, forts, monasteries and the very end of the Great Wall
  • Experience the diversity of China's landscape from the 'singing' sand dunes of Mingsha Shan and the 'Rainbow Mountains' of Zhangye to Űrümqi's 'Heaven Lake' and the peaks around Lake Karakul
  • Learn about minority peoples such as the Uighurs and taste some of their local dishes
  • Explore the mosques, markets and old town of Kashgar
  • Experience the icons of Shanghai with walks along the Bund and through the French Concession
  • Discover the canals and gardens of 'China's Venice', Suzhou

Tour Overview

For centuries the Silk Road was the thread that linked east and west. From as early as 200BC, the Silk merchants of Xi'an, China's ancient capital, set off with their camel caravans on the long trek to distant Constantinople and to Europe beyond. From Xi'an they headed west into the Hexi corridor, the western outpost of the Chinese Empire, to reach the fortress town of Jiayuguan, and then on to the oasis town of Dunhuang before splitting into a northern or southern route, which reconnected at Kashgar on the threshold of Central Asia. They skirted the ferocious Gobi and Taklamakan deserts and crossed the 'Roof of the World', over the Pamirs and Karakorams.

Our 23-night tour allows you to follow in their footsteps and to travel the legendry route of Marco Polo. Our Silk Road adventure features some of China's most dramatic and splendid scenery and allows us to learn about the history, culture and lives of the minority peoples along our route.

For ease of arrival and departure to China, we commence our tour with the ever-stimulating Chinese capital, Beijing, and end with an exploration of fascinating, ever-changing Shanghai along with charming Suzhou.

Tour Inclusions

    • 23 nights en-suite hotel accommodation
    • Local bullet train Beijing - Xi'an, Xi'an - Lanzhou and Dunhuang - Turpan
    • Local flights Űrümqi - Kashgar and Kashgar - Shanghai
    • Typical local breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
    • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
    • Transport and field trips as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Chinese e-visa
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet

Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin has been in the travel profession for over 35 years, first as a tour guide, then rising to Director of Operations with SAGA Holidays, the UK's leading tour operator for the senior market, as Commercial Director with Rank Education, one of Britain's leading educational operators, as Director of Operations with the Travel Organisation, the UK's then leading conference and incentive Operator and the last 20 years as President and CEO of Golden Compass. Mark has now retired from his role as CEO but still enjoys arranging and leading specialist groups for Golden Compass Tours.

Mark is double Honours graduate from King's College London in Modern Languages – French and German, an Associate of Kings College (Divinity) and a Fellow of the Institute of Travel & Tourism, as well as a past Member of the Institute of Directors.

He has taught in France as well as spending significant periods of time in Germany, Italy and Austria as well as travelling extensively through almost all of Europe and North Africa. He has led a number of tours through Scandinavia, the Baltics and the Balkans. 


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.