Stretching 6,437 kilometers (4,000 miles) from Xian to Rome, the Silk Road took shape between the 2nd century BC and 1st century AD and remained in use until the 16th century, linking multiple civilizations and facilitating far-reaching exchanges of activities in trade, religious beliefs, scientific knowledge, technological innovation, cultural practices and the arts. Following footsteps of Zhang Qian who opened up the Silk Road in 138 BC, This 12-Day Silk Road Tour takes you to visit Xian, Zhangye, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Turpan, Urumqi and Kashgar. Xian is the ancient imperial capital of China and eastern departure point of the Silk Road. Zhangye boasts the Rainbow Colored Mountain, one of Allah’s creations mentioned in the holy Quran. Dunhuang is where the two branches of the Silk Road, running around the Tarim Basin on the north and on the south, converged. Jiayuguan is the western end of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall of China. Turpan is famed as China’s hottest city. Get a glimpse of the Beauty of Loulan Mummy at Xinjiang Regional Museum. Locked away in the westernmost corner of China, Kashgar is the Uyghur capital of Xinjiang.