15 Days Mystery of the Silk Road

15 Days Mystery of the Silk Road

  1. This price is based on a group (2 to 5 travelers) accommodated in 3-star hotel in shoulder seasons.
  2. This price is subject to change according your group members and traveling time. Usually lower price with more travelers, higher price in high seasons, and lower in low seasons.

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Tour Length:
15 Days & 14 Nights
Departure Date:
Daily in March, April & May
Service:
Private tour guide & driver + Private car/van
Features:
Beijing-Xian-Dunhuan-Ancient Silk Road-Great Wall of Han Dynasty-Turpan-Urumqi-Kashgar-Shanghai. Experience both historic wonders and natural marvels, especially from ancient Silk Road Visit the legendary royal palace and museum – The Forbidden City View the ancient life size Terra-Cotta Warrior Corps Stroll on Huangpu River Bund and view modern constructions at Shanghai.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Welcome to Beijing! Upon your arrival at Beijing international airport, our guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be your own leisure.

Day 2 Beijing ( B, L )

Today our guide will pick you up at your hotel. Firstly you will visit the world's biggest city plaza, Tiananmen Square (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace). Then walk to the marvelous "Egg" (the National Centre for the Performing Arts) to take some pictures from its outside.

Subsequently you will move on to the Forbidden City, the most complete imperial palace in China. Afterwards, pay a visit to the Jingshan Park to enjoy the panorama view of the whole Forbidden City and the City of Beijing, and view the peony flower. The peony is one of the most favored traditional flowers in China. Along with the plum blossom, peony is a traditional floral symbol of China. It is called “Mudan” in Chinese, known as “flower of riches and honor”.

After having Chinese lunch, you'll visit the Temple of Heaven -- the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world where the ancient Emperors prayed for peace and harvest.

Peony Flowers in Jingshan Park

Day 3 Beijing ( B, L )

Our English speaking tour guide and experienced drive pick you up at your hotel and then go straight to the Mutianyu Great Wall. The Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the best preserved parts of the Great Wall, is famous for its beautiful surroundings.
You have about 2 hours to hike the Mutianyu Great Wall. If you want to reach the highest point, you can try the cable car (optional).

After a Chinese typical lunch, set off to the Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort. It's awesome to soak in the hot spring and relax yourself after a morning hiking. You have 2-3 hours to enjoy the spa bathing here. Hot springs of Chunhuiyuan contain many chemical elements and minerals which can keep you beauty and healthy.

After enjoy the open-air hot spring with charming landscape around, transfer back to your hotel.

 

Relaxing Spa Experience

Day 4 Beijing - Xian ( B, L )

Today after breakfast, picked up in your hotel and head to Yuan Dynasty City Wall Relics Park, built on the original city wall relics in Yuan Dynasty. Every year, the park will hold its Chinese Flowing Crabapple Festival, which will draw thousands of visitors to appreciate the grand view of over 2,000 flowering Chinese crabapple trees with a dozen of varieties.

Then we move ahead and marvel at the splendid Summer Palace, the former royal garden, it is the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden.

Take a night flight to Xi'an, taking one and half hours, overnight in the Hotel in Xi'an.

Kunming Lake of Summer Palace

Day 5 Xian ( B, L )

In the morning be picked up at your hotel then driven to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses; the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century, It is one of the most popular tourist spots not to be missed by any visitor to China. After lunch, move on to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Ancient City Wall; enjoy the local speciality Dumpling Dinner served in a fine restaurant in the evening.

Overnight in the Hotel in Xi'an.

 

Terracotta Warriors-2

Day 6 Flight to Dunhuang from Xian ( B, L )

After breakfast pay a visit to the Shaanxi History Museum and the Grand Mosque; After enjoying the lunch at a local famous restaurant, transferred to the airport to Dunhuang City. Overnight in the Hotel in Dunhuang.

shengxin tower of Grand Mosuqe

Day 7 Dunhuang ( B, L )

After breakfast, picked up at your hotel and head to the world-famous Mogao Grottoes, constructed over a millennium, from the 4th to the 14th centuries, the caves hold the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures, including the world’s third largest giant Buddha.

After lunch at a local restaurant, escort to the Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring. Crescent Spring (Yueya Quan) is in the Singing Sand Mountains (Mingsha Shan), 6 km (4 mi) south of Dunhuang. It is an oasis in the desert. Riding on a Camel on the desert is a great experience. You can enjoy the beautiful wavy shapes of the smooth yellow dunes against the deep blue sky and imagine you are traveling the ancient Silk Road.

Then transferred to your hotel in Dunhuang.

Riding a Camel to the ancient Silk Road

Day 8 Dunhuang to Turfan by Overnight Train

After breakfast at your hotel, picked up to the Great Wall of the Han Dynasty, built for defending the normadic Xiongnu during the Han Dynasty. Then move on to the Yumenguan Pass, once as one of the west gates out of the country of the Han Dynasty. It is quite ruined by the shifting sands but still shows the ever splendor. Yemen Town is the site of China’s first oil field.

Afterwards, head to the Evil City, which is located the south to the Wubao town in Hami and 20kms far from Wubao while 100kms far from Hami city. The Evil city is famous for its night sound and vivid rocks in various shapes those look like animals or other world famous attractions in the world.

After today's tour, escorted to the railway station and take a overnight train to the Turfan.

The Great Wall of Han Dynasty

Day 9 Turpan ( B, L )

After arrival in Turpan railway station, picked up to your hotel in Turpan and have a rest. After lunch, head to the Karez Wells, this irrigation system of wells connected by underground channels is considered to be one of the three great ancient projects in China. Then move to the Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe, which is the biggest, oldest and best-preserved city of its construction in the world. Afterwards, visit a local vineyard, as Turpan is famous for its fruits with grapes being the most famous.

After the tour, transferred to your hotel.

visit a local vineyard

Day 10 Turpan to Urumqi to Kashgar by Flight

This morning, our guide and driver will escort you from Turpan to Urumqi and visit the Heavenly Lake, a beautiful blue mountain lake. The blue lake water is finely contrasted with steep forested hills, high meadows and snowy Heavenly Mountain peaks behind. You’ll have a boat cruise on the lake, and it will be a great experience!

Then, transferred to the airport and take a flight to Kashgar.

Heavenly Lake

Day 11 Kashgar ( B, L )

After breakfast at your hotel, transferred to the Zhiren Street and Id Kah Mosque, which are close to each other. Zhiren Street is an old street with an amazing range of goods being crafted for sale by hand, from strictly utilitarian cookware to exotic musical instruments. Id Kah Mosque is one of the largest and busiest in China. As you stroll under the trees in the pleasant courtyards, you glimpse the strength and care of the local community.

Afterwards, go to the Bazaar, famous throughout Asia, this ancient market attracts locals and merchants from all over Xinjiang and nearby countries such as Pakistan and Kirghizstan.

After a day's tour, transferred to your hotel in Kashgar.

Bazaar of Kashgar

Day 12 Flight to Urumqi from Kashgar

After breakfast at the hotel, head to the Lake Karakuli, a sparking glacial lake located at the foot of 'the Father of Glaciers' – Muztagata Mountains. Then transferred to the airport and take a flight back to Urumqi.

Lake Karakuli

Day 13 Flight to Shanghai from Urumqi ( B )

Today will be free until our tour guide picks you up to the airport and flight to Shanghai. On your arrival at Shanghai airport, your tour guide will meet you and bring you to your hotel in Shanghai. Rest of the day is free for you to explore the metropolis.

Day 14 Shanghai ( B, L )

Today you will first visit the magnificent Yu Garden. Right out of the Yu Garden, you can observe local people's life at the Yuyuan Market (Yu Garden Market). Proceed to the Temple of Jade Buddha. Take a shopping bummel in the famed Nanjing Road and then down to the Bund alongside the Huangpu River to explore the modern aspect of Shanghai. Drive to the Pudong New Area to enjoy a bird's eye view of Shanghai from the Jinmao Tower.

The Bund1

Day 15 Shanghai Departure ( B )

Depending on your departure flight schedule, you may pay a visit to the People's Square and the Shanghai Museum then the tour guide would escort you to the airport to return Beijing City or to the next destination.

People's Square

Recommended Add-on Options

+ One day Panda house and Hutong Bus tour only US $30 p/p

Pick up at your hotel between 7:00am and 8:30am, and then driving to Beijing Zoo where you can see the lovely Giant Pandas. The Panda Zoo visit takes about 40 minutes. Then take you to the largest Lama Temple of Beijing --- Yonghe Temple, 1 hour tour for the mysterious Tibet style Buddhism temple. The Lama Temple tour finishes at about 11:00.

You will be arranged to have lunch with locals in a typical Beijing resident's house. Then you will be arranged to visit the old Beijing lanes by taking rickshaws. Hutong tour lasts for 2 hours. You can also have the chance to enjoy the porcelain factory,which is also a must in ancient Beijing tour.

We will arrange 45 minutes to take pictures at the Bird's nest and water cube. If you are interested in the inner structure of the stadiums, the tour guide will assist you in buying the tickets, and you could enter in the stadiums for a visit yourself. Driving the travelers back to their hotel.

On the way to your hotels, we also arrange the short visit to a China Tea House to enjoy tea ceremony. Transferred back to your hotels.

visiting Beijing hutongs by a richshaw

Price Inclusions:

  1. Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in the itinerary;
  2. Accommodations: twin-based room with breakfasts as indicated;
  3. Meals indicated in the itinerary;
  4. Personal Beijing local English-speaking tour guide;
  5. Private transfers with experienced driver between airports, hotels, scenic spots, etc;
  6. Arrangements: charges of planning, handling, operational and communication.

Price Exclusions:

  1. International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave Beijing;
  2. Beijing Entry Visa Fees;
  3. Optional day tours or activities you’ve chosen;
  4. Tips & gratitude to drivers and guides;
  5. Personal expenses;

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