Make like the merchants of old on this 8 day taste of Silk Road adventure. Launch the tour from Xian and explore this ancient capital’s highlights: the Terracotta Army, City Wall, Great Mosque, and fabulous Muslim Street. Enjoy the comfort of speedy bullet train travel as you move on to Jiayuguan with the extraordinary vistas of the Great Overhanging Wall and incredible Wei and Jin dynasty frescoes. Savor the Silk Road highlights of Dunhuang and Turpan, where you’ll experience once in a lifetime highlights: Mogao Caves, Crescent Lake, Echoing Sands Dune, Jiaohe Ruins, and Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Wrap up the tour in Urumqi, home of the Urumqi Grand Bazaar. Inclusive of 7 nights accommodation in four and five star hotels, a choice of first and second class seat bullet train travel between destinations, local knowledgeable guides in every destination, all transfers, and daily breakfasts, this Silk Road train tour is the ideal way to enjoy an authentic experience of this glorious region. Ready to book? Let’s do it!
Arrive at Xian airport and be welcomed by your local tour guide outside the baggage claim area. The drive from the airport to hotel is the opportunity to learn a little about this vibrant city. Take in the red lantern lined streets, pass the city wall and ask about the ideal local restaurant for your dinner. Your guide and driver will drive you directly to your four or five star inner city hotel. Take the remainder of the day to rest, relax, or explore.
Meals included: None
Few sights in China can match the magnitude and awe of the the world-renowned Terracotta Army. This first day of touring is the opportunity to take it all in. Considered by historians worldwide to be the largest underground military base in the world, the Terracotta Army defies belief with the thousands of unique life-sized figures, including soldiers, horses, carts and weapons. On return to Xian, enjoy a change of pace as you explore the ancient City Wall, currently the largest and best-preserved wall of its type in China. Enclosing China’s former capital city and almost 14 kilometres long, do a full circuit on a bike (tandems available!) or simply explore on foot. Spend the afternoon in contemplation at Xian’s Great Mosque. Beautiful gardens and a stunning complex of buildings built mid seventh century, the Great Mosque is the oldest and largest Islamic mosque in China. Follow your nose to Muslim Street, which is bustling with authentic eateries and souvenirs. Ask your guide for their favouriate foodie recommendations before the final destination of the day, the famous Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square. You will be returned to your hotel to relax and reflect on the day’s activities. Step out for your evening meal or dine in at the hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast
After breakfast and check out from your hotel, it’s time to explore the Xian Museum where you’ll discover over 110,000 relics of Chinese history. Finish your time in this lively city with a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the two iconic Buddhist pagodas in Xian. Enjoy a meditative walk through the temple and garden before being driven to the railway station to board the bullet train to Jiayuguan (on a D Series train which travels at speeds up to 250 km per hour). After a journey of 9 hours, you will be greeted by the local guide and transferred to the hotel in Jiayuguan. Take time to refresh from your travel and relax in advance of tomorrow’s activities.
Meals included: Breakfast
Note: Your tour guide may alter your itinerary as the Xian Museum is closed on Tuesdays.
After breakfast, visit the spectacular Jiayuguan Pass, the western end and best-preserved ancient military castle of the Ming Dynasty’s Great Wall. Hike along the Overhanging Great Wall, which received its name for the uncanny resemblance it bears to the wall hanging upside down (due to its construction at a 45 degree angle). Enter the world’s largest underground art gallery – frescoes of the Wei and Jin Dynasties Graves – to delight in the amazing brick murals depicting life, culture, farming, hunting, banquet and costume during the period 220-419AD. A walk through the Jiayuguan Museum reveals more about the region’s culture from the wealth of the national treasurers exhibited there. Finish your exploration in Jiayuguan by take the bullet train to Dunhuang (on a D Series train which travels at speeds up to 250 km per hour) with a wonderful opportunity to marvel at the Gobi desert on the way. Upon arrival, the local tour guide will collect and escort you to the hotel in Dunhuang. Be sure to ask about local dining options from your guide
Meals included: Breakfast
Begin today’s along the magnificent Silk Road in Dunhuang, considered a symbolic pearl from China’s ancient past. First stop is a visit to the Mogao Grottoes. Spectacular on a whole different level, gain a deeper understanding of origins and meaning of the grottoes with a documentary and tour through the Visitor Center. Marvel at the gorgeous murals and sculptures reflecting the different stages of development, as well as the cultural and intellectual influence over a thousand years. Move on from the grottoes and be amazed by the stunning beauty of the crescent-shaped oasis, Crescent Lake, embraced by the Echoing Sand Dune. Named for the roaring sound made when things slide down from above, gain a unique perspective and insight to ancient modes of travel along the Silk Road when you enjoy a camel ride across the stunning landscape. In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to the Liuyuannan Railway Station for a bullet train ride to Turpan (on a D Series train which travels at speeds up to 250 km per hour) where you’ll be greeted by your local Turpan guide and transferred to the hotel in Turpan.
Meals included: Breakfast
Commence sightseeing in Turpan with the Jiaohe Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which originated in the 2nd century BC. These ruins are the largest, oldest and best-preserved of their kind in the world and will make for a truly memorable experience on your tour. Proceed to the intriguing Karez Well, a unique irrigation system, only found in Turpan. With an underground flow, the water from the well is stored and used for irrigation with minimal loss. Finish the tour of Turpan with a visit to the Sugong Pagoda, the tallest ancient pagoda extant in Xijiang, reputed for its novel and unique architectural style. Make a stop at Flaming Hill, impressive for its reddish vista, particularly in summer, when temperatures may reach close to 50 degrees, making it the hottest place in China.
Meals included: Breakfast
Check out from your hotel in Turpan and be transferred to take the bullet train to Urumqi (on a D Series train which travels at speeds up to 250 km per hour). Upon arrival, enjoy the afternoon with your guide exploring the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum where you’ll view the stunning collection of artefacts and relics from the Xinjiang region. Wandering in the Urumqi Grand Bazaar and nearby Er Dao Qiao Market is an enlivening experience in Urumqi that will make you feel you’re part of Silk Road culture. Relax on the final evening of your tour.
Meals included: Breakfast
Note: Be sure to consult with your guide about local dining options. They can assist with restaurant selection and meal ordering. Just ask!
Enjoy your final hours before departure, exploring around the hotel precinct. Once you’ve checked out from your hotel, your guide will escort you to the airport. Your Silk Road adventure ends with your departure from Urumqi to your next destination.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Inclusions / Exclusions
- Admission fees: to sightseeing spots and activities specified
- Accommodation: hotels based on double/twin occupancy as specified
- Meals: as specified in the itinerary
- Tour guide: excellent private English-speaking guide
- Transportation: bullet train (D series 200-250 km/hr) between Xian/Jiayuguan/Dunhuang, Dunhuang (Liuyuan train station)/Turpan/Urumqi (First class seat for Luxury tours; second class seat for Superior tours). Upgrades can be arranged. Please advise of your requirements at the time of booking. Note, a surcharge will apply. Upgrades can be arranged. Please advise of your requirements at the time of booking. Note, a surcharge will apply.
- Transfers: land transfer with drivers as specified
- Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
- Government taxes and fees.
- International/domestic flights and trains to Xian/from Urumqi
- China visa fees
- Gratuities to guides and drivers and any expense of a personal nature
- Our tour package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase travel insurance before your trip to protect for any unforeseen circumstances.
Important information – PRIVATE TOUR
- This is a private tour for your group of family or friends. There will be no other travellers in the group apart from you. It’s always available for your schedule!
- Smart casual dress and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Prices based on twin occupancy.
- The prices shown are not valid during China’s Official Holidays (such as National Day and Chinese Spring Festival).
- The tour guide may adjust the itinerary due to closure of the museums each Monday.
- Optional tours to Suzhou, Hangzhou or nearby Watertown, and other destinations are also available.
- Any city not included in the existing tour package can be blended into as Private tour.
- Entering and exiting China from Hong Kong and Taipei are also available.
- Stays at entering and exiting cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei) can be extended.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation email with a Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of the purchase.
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
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Tour Start Dates
Private and custom tours can be scheduled to commence on any day. Multi-day small group tours start on set dates as indicated in the booking calendar for the specific tour.
Cities for Commencement of Tours
Beijing is the city in which multi-day small group tours start. Multi-day tours with set itineraries booked as a private tour, commence in Beijing, unless otherwise arranged with ChinaTours.com. Tours booked as custom tours can start in any destination listed on the ChinaTours.com website.
High Speed Trains
First class seat for five star (Luxury) tour packages and second class seat for four star (Superior) tour packages.
High Speed Train Seat Upgrades
Seat upgrades are available on high speed trains on request at an additional charge and subject to availability. A limited number of first class seats are available on high speed trains. ChinaTours.com cannot guarantee high speed train seat upgrades due to third party or supplier’s shortage.
Transfers from airport to hotel provided as air-conditioned vehicle with driver.
Accommodation options for early arrival prior to commencement of tour are available. Bookings can be made online prior to checkout or arrangements can be made with a ChinaTours.com travel consultant.
Accommodation options for stay behind after completion of tour are available. Bookings can be made online prior to checkout or arrangements can be made with a ChinaTours.com travel consultant.
All ChinaTours.com tour guides are bilingual speakers with intimate knowledge of an area/city, its culture, history, people, and food, which they will share on tour. ChinaTours.com does not operate commission-based shopping tours which means our tour guides do not receive commissions for commission-based shopping stops. Small group and private tour groups of 1-2 (<3) people will be provided with a guide/driver rather than a driver and a guide.
Optional tour activities are available on request. Please contact ChinaTours.com directly to customize your optional tour activities and destinations.
ChinaTours.com selects international four star and five star hotels located in the inner city centre. In small, regional destinations, ChinaTours.com selects the best available hotel.
Bedding included in accommodation is double or twin bedding (subject to availability). Special arrangements available on request; additional charges may apply due to third party or hotel request.
Adjoining/Interconnecting rooms are available subject to passenger’s request. Additional charges may apply due to third party or hotel request.
Pricing for child and infant can be quoted separately.
Infant price is valid for children 0 to 2 years. Child price is valid for children aged 2 to 11 years. Adult pricing apply for passengers aged 12 years and over. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 18 years or over. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
All breakfast included. Lunch and dinner are excluded allowing passengers to make their own selection for lunch and dinner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided on the Yangtze River Cruise only. Lunch provided on the Li River Cruise. Local guides can be consulted to provide recommendations and assist with eating arrangements on request.
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or within 72 hours of purchase. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
Passport validity should be at least six months for entering China.
A tourist visa for China is a strict requirement if travelling on a foreign passport.
Please make arrangements for your visa as soon as you receive your documentation to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
Gratuities (tips) for services of the tour guide and driver throughout the tour are not included in the tour package price.
ChinaTours.com tour packages do not include travel insurance. We strongly recommend purchase of comprehensive travel insurance prior to departure to provide for any unforeseen circumstances.
Schedule of Fees
For changes to travel arrangements:
- First change – No charge.
- For all subsequent changes – USD50.
- Any charges applied by a third party (for example, airline, cruise company, accommodation provider, other travel provider) cannot be waived.
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- More than 60 days prior to tour start date: 15 percent cancellation fee
- 45 – 59 days prior to tour start date: 20 percent cancellation fee
- 30 – 44 days prior to tour start date: 30 percent cancellation fee
- 15 – 29 days prior to tour start date: 50 percent cancellation fee
- Within 14 days prior to tour start date: 100 percent cancellation fee
Any charges applied by a third party (for example, airline, cruise company, accommodation provider, other travel provider, credit card fee, bank fee) cannot be waived.