China Silk Road Tour

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  • 15 Days
  • Private Tour
  • Multi language
  • Beijing, Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar, Dunhuang, Xian, Shanghai, Suzhou

Visit China top cities of Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and trace the footprints of ancient travelers along the world’s oldest and most historically important trade route. Explorer China’s wild west to learn the local customs, cultural relics and natural beauties.

Departure

Departs daily. Pick up from Beijing (PEK) Airport.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Beijing

Arrive Beijing. Our tour guide will meet you at airport and transfer to hotel for check in.

Day 2Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City Tour (B, L, D)

Morning tour visit the Temple of Heaven, a complex visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Now days, you will find locals practicing Taichi and other unique morning exercises. After lunch, visiting Tiananmen Square and explore the Forbidden City, the largest imperial palace in the world. Enjoy the famous Beijing Duck dinner in evening.

Day 3Great Wall (B)

Tour visit the Great Wall. You may hike or take the cable car to the top to enjoy the magnificent view. Afternoon, return back to Beijing and rest day free to rest or explore the Wangfujing area on own.

Day 4Summer Palace and Hutong Tour (B, L)

Morning tour to Summer Palace, an imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty and the largest and the most well-preserved imperial garden in China. Afternoon, visit the Hutong alley ways with rickshaw ride to learn traditional Beijing culture and history. Then take a leisure stroll through the NanluoguXiang, an alley way in old part of Beijing combining old architecture and modern gallery, cafe and souvenir shops.

Day 5Beijing - Urumqi (B, L)

Take morning flight to Urumqi (3 hrs) – the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous. Upon arrival, guide meets and take city tour to the Provincial Museum to see the incredible mummies from 2,000 years ago, then visit the Red Hill Park and the local Bazaar.

Day 6Urumqi - Turpan (B, L, D)

Drive along the ancient Silk Road across the Heavenly Mount to Turpan (2.5 hrs) – an oasis surrounded by desert and dry mountains. Upon arrival, visit the mysterious ruins of Jiaohe city (UNESCO world heritage site), the Karez – the ancient underground water supply and irrigation system (UNESCO world heritage site), and the Grape Valley.

Day 7(Saturday) Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar (B, L)

Morning tour to Sugong Pagoda, the Flaming Mountain, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Grottoes and visit a local family. Return Urumqi in later afternoon and take evening flight to Kashgar (2.5 hrs). Transfer to hotel upon arrival.

Day 8(Sunday) Kashgar - Urumqi (B, L)

Morning tour starts with watching the Moslems Sunday pray. Then, visit the famous Sunday Bazaar (only open on Sunday) – the largest outdoor market in mid-Asia. In the afternoon, visit the Tombs of the Fragrant Concubine and the well-preserved Old Town of Kashigar (UNESCO world heritage site). Take late flight back to Urumqi.

Day 9Urumqi - Dunhuang Mogao Cave (B, L)

Depart Urumqi to Dunhuang by morning flight (2 hrs). Upon arrival, visit Mogao Grottoes (UNECO world heritage site). The grottoes preserve nearly a thousand years of Buddhist cave-temple architecture, clay sculpture, mural paintings, and manuscripts, dating from the 5th to 14th centuries.

Day 10Dunhuang Tour (B, L)

Drive across the desert to Yumen (Jade Gate) Pass, which is the west terminal of the Great Wall built 2,100 years ago. Then, visit the Crescent Moon Lake and Singing Sand Dunes. Ride a camel and enjoy the marvelous sunset.

Day 11Dunhuang - Xian Terracotta Warriors and City Tour (B, L, D)

Take morning flight to Xian (2.5 hrs). Upon arrival, take tour visit Terracotta Warriors Museum, a collection of life size terracotta sculptures in battle formation guarding the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China for over 2000 years. Afternoon, tour visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Grand Mosque and Muslim Quarter. For dinner, you will experience the famous dumpling feast where you can choose from over 100 varieties. After dinner, attend the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Day 12 Xian - Shanghai (B, L)

Morning tour to the ancient city wall and Provincial Historical Museum. Afternoon, depart for Shanghai by flight (2.5 hrs). Upon arrival, guide meet and transfer to hotel. Rest day free.

Day 13Shanghai Highlights (B, L)

Morning tour the old part of Shanghai by visiting the famousYu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum, Xintiandi and Tianzifang area. Later afternoon, visit the the Bund to see the charming view of Huangpu river and distinctive architectures. Later stroll through the famous Nanjing Road, the main shopping streets of Shanghai.

Day 14Shanghai - Suzhou (B, L)

Day tour to Suzhou by car (1.5 hrs) and visiting Lingering Garden, Penman Gate, boat ride on the Grand Canal and Embroidery Institute. Return to Shanghai in later afternoon.

Day 15Shanghai - Departure (B)

Transfer to airport for departure.

Based on flight schedule, can arrange optional tour visit the Pudong New Development Zone and Shanghai Tower (as of 2019, it’s the 2nd tallest building with world’s tallest observation deck).

Accommodation

Centrally located 3, 4 or 5 star hotels available

Price Includes

  • China domestic train or flight
  • Hotel Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Meal as mentioned (L - lunch, D - dinner)
  • Experienced private tour guide (various language guides available)
  • Admission
  • All local transportation with private car and driver

Price Excludes

  • Tipping for guide and driver
  • International flight
  • China Visa
  • Optional tour, service not mentioned in itinerary
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