15 Days Historical China Silk Road Tour

Tour Type: Private Package Tour
Tour Duration: 15 Days
Destination: Beijing - Urummqi - Turpan - Dunhuang - Lanzhou - Xian - Shanghai
Service: Personal English-speaking Guide, Private car and driver + Entrance fees + Hotel

Price from $ 2520

 Tour Itinerary

* B(Breakfast), L(Lunch), D(Dinner)

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Upon your arrival at Beijing Airport or Beijing Train Station. Our guide will hold a sign with your name waiting for you at Exit. Transfer to Beijing downtown to visit Temple of Heaven, the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world where the ancient Emperors prayed for peace and harvest.

Transfer you back to the hotel.

Potala Palace 03

This morning, our guide will pick you up from your hotel. You will visit the Tiananmen Square firstly. Tiananmen Square is the world's largest city center square and was the locality of numerous major political and historical events. It is the witness of Chinese development. Then go through an underground tunnel to the imperial palace, also known as the "Forbidden City", which functioned as the house of emperors and their families, and also the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government for up to 500 years.

In the afternoon, move on to the Summer Palace, The Summer Palace is known as the Gardens of Nurtured Harmony, it has been included in World Heritage List in December 1998. It stated that the Summer Palace "a masterpiece of China landscape garden layout. Natural landscape of hills and open water is along with man-made features like pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to create a harmonious ensemble of remarkable aesthetic value."

Potala Palace 03

After breakfast, you are picked up at your hotel around 8:00am. Drive to visit the Ming Tombs, there are 13 Ming Dynasty Emperors were buried in this area. You will visit the Dingling Tomb today, which is the only one of the Ming Dynasty Tombs to have been excavated. Visit the Jade Factory, where they explained the difference types of jade and how jade can be carved in a great variety of shapes.

Potala Palace 03


After lunch, you will visit the Mutianyu Great Wall, which is known for its beautiful surroundings - dense woods and rich pastures changing colors with the seasons of a year. Mutianyu Great Wall is located in Huai Rou County on the north-east of Beijing. This section of the Great Wall is about 75 KM from the center of Beijing. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, Mutianyu section of Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs.

On the way back to your hotel. You will have a short visit to see the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube - the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games.

Pick up from the hotel. Take morning flight to Urumqi. On your arrival at the airport, your local tour guide will pick you up.
Transfer to visit the Tianchi Lake, also called Heavenly Lake, which situated on Tianshan Mountain. You will have chance to boat on Tianchi Lake.
Last, back to Urumqi, check in the hotel.

Pick up from the hotel. Drive to Turpan.
Today you will visit Jiaohe Ruins, the place of ancient Chinese ruins found in the Yarnaz Valley, 10 km west of the city of Turpan. The city of Jiaohe was the capital of the Anterior Jushi Kingdom, concurrent with the Han Dynasty, Jin Dynasty and Southern and Northern Dynasties in China. Then, visit Karez Well, it is a qanat system that has been regarded as one of the three greatest water projects of ancient China together with the Du Jiang Yan Irrigation System, and the Grand Canal.
Continue to visit Flaming Mountains, the mountain climate is harsh and the temperature is extremely hot in the summer, the hottest site in China. Last you will visit Grape Valley, which is 8km long from north to south and 0.5km wide.

Today you will visit Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves which are a group of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to the 9th centuries. There are 77 rock-cut caves at the site. Most have rectangular spaces with rounded arch ceilings often divided into four sections, each with a mural of Buddha.

Take train to Liuyuan. On your arrival at Liuyuan Station, your local tour guide will pick you up and driver 150KM to Dunhuang.

Pick you up from the hotel. Today you will visit Echoing-Sand Dune, which offers fantastic desert scenery. The dune, surrounded by rolling ridges and precipitous cliffs, reaches a relative height of 250 meters. Continue to visit Crescent Lake, a crescent-shaped lake in the oasis, 5 km southwest of the city Dunhuang. And then, you will visit Mogao Grottoes, a group of 492 temples 25 km southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road. The caves house some of the finest examples of Buddhist art with a span of 1,000 years. Last, you will visit Dunhuang Museum, a local museum for housing the cultural relics that were excavated in the Dunhuang area.

This moring, you will take train to Jiayuguan. On your arrival, our guide will pick you up. In the afternoon, you will visit Jiayuguan Pass, which is the first pass at the west end of the Great Wall of China, 6 kilometers southwest of the city of Jiayuguan. Continue to visit Suspension Great Wall, which looks like a dragon about to extend its body towards the ground from a distance. Last you will visit Wei-jin MuralTombs, a big tomb group with over 1,400 tombs built between the 3rd Century and 5th Century during the Wei and Jin dynasties. It is the largest subterranean art gallery in the world, containing a large number of colorful murals, attracting tourists from both home and abroad.

After breakfast, take flight to Lanzhou. On your arrival, the local guide will pick you up. Visit Gansu Provincial Museum, a local comprehensive museum. The Museum has five exhibition halls, which boasts 75,000 cultural relics ranging from natural specimens to historical, revolutionary and national heritages. In the afternoon walking along the bank of Yellow River.

This morning you will visit Binglingsi Grottoes. The "Bingling" means "thousand Buddhas" or "ten-thousand Buddhas" in the Tibetan language. Also known as Bingling Temple, the grottoes are carved on Jishi Hill 75 km from Lanzhou. Bingling Temple Grottoes are famous for stone sculptures of Budda Buddhist pagodas in relief and murals of Esoteric Buddhism.

In the late afternoon, you will take flight to Xian and check in the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel. Drive to visit famous and must-see spot, the Terra-Cotta Warriors, which is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

In the evening, you will enjoy a delicious Dumpling Dinner, dumpling also called jiaozi in Chinese, is one of the most representative Chinese food. Then the Tang Dynasty Show will be on performance. The Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show is a wonderful performance of the ancient music and dance has history of more than 1000 years ago.

After breakfast, pick up from the hotel. Continue to visit the Big Goose Pagoda. A major Buddhist site, the simple, elegant brick Pagoda stands in the grounds of the attractive Da Ci'en Temple. The Pagoda was built in the 7th century to house the Buddhist materials that Xuanzang (Tripitaka) brought back from his epic journey to India. Continue to visit Shaanxi Provincial History Museum - a large modern museum of the national level where you will see the artifacts that have been collected in Shaanxi Province since the upper Cave Man 18,000 years ago.

After lunch, you will visit Xian Ancient City Wall, which is one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world and the most complete ancient city wall in China. And today, the city wall is regarded as a landmark dividing the Xian city into the inner part and the outer part. You are free to take the bicycle around the city wall at your own expenses(optional). Move onto Great Mosque, the biggest and most preserved complete Chinese existent mosque. It was first built at the Tianbao first year (742 years) during Tang Dynasty.

Take morning flight to Shainghai. On your arrival, pick up and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Yu Garden. Yuyuan is the famous gardens in Shanghai where you will see how a large beautiful garden was made by a rich rice merchant 400 years ago. Adjoining these gardens is an old shopping area with narrow streets and buildings that were of a typically old Chinese style. There are many small streets and lanes where vendors sell their products and food stuffs to the tourists and local people. Back to your hotel.

First visit Shanghai Museum, the selection of over 112,000 Chinese cultural relics from the Old Stone Age to modern times. You will be amazed to see the pottery that is over 10,000 years old. You have to go quickly though all the 4 floors. Then proceed to visit the pedestrians only Nanjing Pedestrian Road, a walking bustling street that is always packed with people watching other people. Then move on to the Bund, one of the most noted waterfront and architectural symbols of Shanghai. Then visit a Silk Factory, where you can bargain for silk products and China's traditional silk arts.

After lunch, take one hour cruising on Huang Pu River. You start with the Hangpu River Cruise that will take you along the skyscrapers on the new area known as Pudong. Then you ruise to the west side of the river that has many skyscrapers and the famous Bund that has a row of the early 20th century buildings near the river. Back to your hotel.

Free at leisure until be transferred to the airport to see you off.

 Tour Feature

1. Our private car and driver, professional English-speaking Guide only serve you. No other travelers will join in your group.
2. You will have flexible time on sites.
3. You will obtain informative knowledge about the China history and culture.

 Tour Prices (per person in US $)

Dec. 01 - Feb. 28 Deluxe Standard
2 Travelers $ 3800 $ 3620
3-5 Travelers $ 3360 $ 3180
6-9 Travelers $ 3010 $ 2830
10+ Traveler $ 2700 $ 2520
Single Room Supplement $ 690 $ 520
Mar. 01 - Nov. 30 Deluxe Standard
2 Travelers $ 4040 $ 3760
3-5 Travelers $ 3600 $ 3320
6-9 Travelers $ 3250 $ 2970
10+ Traveler $ 2940 $ 2660
Single Room Supplement $ 930 $ 660
 Price Includes
  • All site Entrance Tickets
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Air-conditioned Private Car with driver
  • Airport-hotels transfers or vice versa
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Domestic flights with tax
  Price Excludes
  • Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers
  • Travel Insurance


City
Deluxe
★★★★★
Standard
★★★★
Beijing Crowne Plaza Beijing Howard Johnson Hotel, Beijing
Urumqi Hoi Tak Hotel or similar Bing Tuan Grand Hotel or similar 
Turpan Huozhou Hotel or similar Turpan Hotel or similar 
Dunhuang Dunhuang Grand Hotel or similar Dunhuang Hotel or similar 
Lanzhou Sunshine Plaza or similar Fei Tian Hotel or similar 
Xian Sharaton Hotel Xian Shenzhou Gaosu Hotel
Shanghai Majesty Plaza Shanghai Jiulong Hotel Shanghai

 Tour Note

1. Infant Price: for an infant of 0-2 years old, this tour is free of charge.
2. Confirmation: Upon receiving your booking request, tour booking confirmation will be sent within 24 hours.