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In the footsteps of Marco Polo

Best time to travel
Mar – May & Sep – Nov
Ideal length
12 nights
Perfect for

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Xi’an and home from Shanghai.
  • All private transfers and reserved seats on the bullet train.
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in Xi’an, Dunhuang, Turpan, Kashgar and Shanghai.
  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime luxury exploration of China’s Silk Road including guided tours and cultural experiences.
  • Enjoy unique expertly guided tours and experiences in Hong Kong and Shanghai including a private dining experience in Kowloon, private excursion to Victoria Peak and a day tour to Suzhou.
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Set out on an exploration of China’s Silk Road, the ancient trade route that linked China with the ancient western empires. On this suggested itinerary, unlock the mystery of China’s historic past as you explore the highlights of Dunhuang, Turpan and Kashgar. Celebrating the past and the present, we have combined this journey with a stop in the contemporary metropolis of Shanghai, creating the ideal balance for a luxury journey to Asia.

Luxury bespoke services

China’s historical and cultural encounters are spectacularly rewarding when done right. Combatting language barriers and distinct cultural differences is the key to success when journeying through Asia. That is why we have arranged a momentous selection of guided tours with professional English-speaking guides to give you the greatest insights into Chinese culture and tradition. Our comprehensive services not only include bespoke guided tours, but reserved seats aboard the bullet train, luxury accommodation, private transfers, restaurant reservations and in-depth recommendations and maps.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province.
Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your luxury hotel. Often referred to the birthplace of Chinese civilisation, Xi’an offers incredible history and insight into ancient ruling dynasties.
Explore the city, where emperors reigned for thousands of years.
Visit highlights like the impressive Terracotta Army, ancient City Wall, vibrant food streets of the Muslim Quarter and the Great Mosque.
Terra Cotta Army
Fly to Dunhuang, a fertile oasis on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert.
Starting your exploration of the Silk Road, spend two nights in the ancient city which was one of the first trading cities encountered by merchants arriving in China.
Dunhuang, China
Discover Dunhuang’s incredible natural treasures.
Embark on guided tours of Mingsha Sand Dunes and the Crescent Moon Lake that sits in the 2,000-year-old oasis. Continue to the ancient Mogao Grottos and return to admire the crafts of Shazhou Night Market.
Dunhuang desert, China
Transfer to Turpan, via bullet train.
During your two night stay, explore the ruins of the old city of Jiaohe, be amazed by the ancient karez water system of Turpan and admire the astonishing scenery of the Flaming Mountains, one of the hottest places on earth!
Flaming mountains, Turpan
Continue your exploration of the Silk Road.
Staying in Turpan’s unique landscape, embark on guided tours of the Astana Cemetery, Gaocheng Ruins, Tuyugou Valley, Sugong Mosque and Emin Minaret.
Jiaohe ruins, Turpan
Depart for Kashgar, an oasis city along the Silk Road.
Spend two nights in the city, visiting the Kashgar Sunday Bazaar, the Old Town, Abakh Khoja Mausoleum and Id Kah Mosque. You’ll also enjoy a dinner with a local family in beautiful surroundings.
Local man Kashgar Old Town
Depart for the global financial hub of Shanghai.
Spend three nights in the modern city that was once a humble fishing village. Set out on explorations of the art deco buildings of The Bund and the elegant streets of the French Concession.
Shanghai, China
Spend a day exploring Suzhou, a city renowned for its bridges, canals and beautiful gardens.
Visit Zhuozheng, the largest and most impressive garden of Suzhou. Continue to the Master of the Nets Garden and the striking space of Suzhou Museum.
Suzhou, China
Transfer to the international airport.
Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Where to rest your head

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Radisson Kashgar

Radisson Blu Kashgar

Radisson Blu Kashgar is a modern property in the centre of the city. It features an indoor pool, fitness centre and two on-site restaurants. Those wishing to explore will find a variety of landmarks nearby including Stone City, Abakh Khoja Tomb and Three Immortals Buddhist Caves. The Grand Bazaar Kashgar is also just a short drive away and offers a selection of souvenirs, traditional herbs and spices.

The Middle House Shanghai

The Middle House

Designed by renowned architect Piero Lissoni, The Middle House is a luxurious hotel that perfectly balances Chinese and European design influences. Housed in a high rise building in Shanghai’s Jing’an District, interiors will astonish with showstopping pieces like mammoth Venetian chandeliers, atmospheric low-lit winding staircases and glittering wall art. The Middle House is home to Mi Xun Spa, which specialises in traditional Chinese medicinal therapies and treatments. The indoor pool is another excellent place to relax, an adults-only zone surrounded by comfy loungers.

What people are saying

“I’ve been a customer of OROKO for the last 12 months and have booked family holidays, ski trips and short breaks. The whole experience is brilliant; you explain the type of holiday that you are hoping to have, without specifying necessarily where and the team will present you a series of ideas and options, all costed out. It takes away all the stress of planning a trip. On top of this, you receive a full itinerary, and all activities can be sourced in advance. I’m a big fan.”

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