15-Day Silk Road Tour
Tour Code: BTG-176
Tour Type: Private Tour
Starting Date: Daily
Day 1 Entry Beijing (B)
Be met at the exit of the airport by the tour guide, who will hold a paper sign with your name on for you to recognize.
Day 2 Beijing (B,L)
Today you will be able to see the World Heritage-Great Wall of China. We select Mutianyu Great Wall which is less crowded and preferred by foreign tourists. Drop by the Cloisonne Factory to appreciate Chinese handicraft culture.
Drive back downtown to visit the majestic Temple of Heaven, where the empeors worshiped heaven for good harvest.
Optional Add-on: Chinese Kung Fu Show, Quanjude Roasted Duck Dinner
Day 3 Beijing (B,L)
In the morning, visit the historic Tiananmen Square and the majestic imperial palace Forbidden City nearby.
Drop by the Pearl Factory before heading to the old Hutong area. A Hutong rickshaw trip leads you to where old Beijingers lived, passing through the narrow alleys and lines of courtyard houses.
Optional Add-on: Peking Opera
Day 4 Beijing-Xian (B,L)
Have a pleasant morning in the beautiful imperial garden Summer Palace, drop by Pearl Factory to know pearl culture.
After lunch, be transferred to airport and fly to Xian. Xian airport to hotel transfer.
Day 5 Xian (B,L)
Our first stop in Xian is the most famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses-hundreds of real-size army has guarding the tomb of the first Chinese emperor for more than 2000 years. The drop-by visit to the Xian Art Pottery Factory gives you oppotunity to buy copies of Terracotta Warriors and Horses as souvenirs.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the ancient City Wall. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda houses a good collection of Buddhist relics. Cycling on the ancient wall is a special experience that many people like to try (extra charge).
Optional Add-on: Dumpling Banquet, Tang Dynasty Dances and Music
Day 6 Xian-Dunhuang (B,L)
Morning visit at the Shaanxi History Museum, a first-rate museum that displays Chinese history, and the famous islamic historical site-Great Mosque.
Be transfered to airport and fly to Dunhuang. Dunhuang airport pickup and transfer to hotel.
Day 7 Dunhuang (B,L)
After breakfast, we are going to Mogao Grottoes, a world reputed Buddhist art treasure, history of over 1,600 years. After lunch, you will experience a short camel ride along the Echoing Sand Mountain to reach the Crescent Lake, a natural wonder that the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert. Transfer back to hotel.
Day 8 Dunhuang-Turpan (B,L)
Morning, we are going to the Great Wall of the Han Dynasty, roaming to Desert Discovery at Yadan Landform Park, be transferred to Railway Station and take an overnight soft sleeper train to Turpan.
Day 9 Turpan (B,L)
In the morning, you will visit Jiaohe Ruins, which is one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road. Then you will visit the famous Karez Well, the gigantic underground irrigation system created by ancient Xinjiang people. Continue to Crape Valley, drop by Turpan Carpet Factory, drive back to hotel.
Day 10 Turpan-Urumqi-Kashgar (B,L)
Our tour will start with Heavenly Lake, relic of the Quaternary Period Glacier and its surrounding geological relics. Then transfer to airport and fly to Kashgar, Kashgar airport to hotel transfer.
Day 11 Kashgar (B,L)
This morning, we are heading to Id Kah Mosque, a 500-year-old important mosque for the locals. Pay a visit to Zhiren Street, soak in Sunday Bazaar, a famous local market which is considered the largest international trade market in northwest China.Transfer back to hotel.
Day 12 Kashgar-Urumqi (B,L)
Today, we will visit Lake Karakuli first, resembling a glittering pearl embedded among the alpine peaks, reflecting the surrounding snow-capped mountains. After lunch, be transferred to airport and fly to Urumqi.
Day 13 Urumqi-Shanghai (B,L)
After breakfast, be transferred to airport and fly to Shanghai, visit Yuyuan Garden, a famous south China classical garden with pavilions, bridges, and streams. Finally we will stroll in the symbolic attractions of Shanghai-the Bund where you can trace Shanghai’s past and Nanjing Road, the famous pedestrian shopping street in the world.
Optional Add-on: Acrobatics Show
Day 14 Shanghai (B,L)
Today our tour will start with Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the world’s third tallest TV and radio tower surpassed in height only by towers in Toronto and Moscow. Come to Shanghai Museum, soak in Jade Buddha Temple, famous for the two jade Buddha statues brought from Burma. Drop by silk factory.
Day 15 Depart Shanghai (B)
Morning, you will have free time before departure. Later on transfer to airport and fly back to your hometown.
*Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary.
*Meals as listed in the itinerary.
*China internal flights: Beijing-Xian, Xian-Dunhuang, Urumqi-Kashgar, Kashgar-Urumqi, Urumqi-Shanghai
*Soft sleeper train ticket: Dunhuang-Turpan
*Free-bottled mineral water.
*Free visits to handicraft factories.
*Private English-speaking tour guide and private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing.
*Luggage transfers between airports/raiway station and hotels.
*Service charge & government taxes.
*China life tourist accident/casualty insurance.
*Entry or exit China airfare.
*Gratuities, tips to guides or drivers.
*Discount for children from 2 to 12 years old differs according to your tour size.
*If you are a group of 10 or 10 people above, please tell us, we could give a very competitive discount.
*If you need to prolong your stay in China, or arrive a few days earlier, please let us know and we’d be happy to extend your hotel bookings, or arrange additional tours for you.