14 Days Best Silk Road Tour

Shanghai, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Beijing

Tour Code: TCT-Silk-Road-01

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to October.

Price From $ 2252

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Take our 14 Days China Silk Road Tour, you will have chance to discover the wonders of the vast mysterious west land, and to discover the legendary historic attractions during the way. You will begin with a leisure visiting in Shanghai, then, start your real Silk Road adventure from Xian, the ancient city, and then continue the trip to Dunhuang, Turpan and Urumqi. Your departure city will be Beijing, the capital of China. Zai Jian,... but it is only temporary; we will be here to welcome your return.


Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Shanghai Be transferred to the hotel
02 Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Nanjing Road, The Bund
03 Shanghai - Xian Flight to Xian, Shaanxi History Museum
04 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall
05 Xian - Dunhuang Flight to Dunhuang
06 Dunhuang Yumenguan Pass, Dunhuang Yadan National Geologic Park
07 Dunhuang - Turpan Mogao Grottoes, Train to Turpan
08 Turpan Gaochang Ancient City, Bezeklik Cave, Flaming Mountain
09 Turpan - Urumqi Emin Minaret, Karez Well, Grape Valley, Coach to Urumqi
10 Urumqi Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar
11  Urumqi - Beijing Flight to Beijing, Hutong Tour by rickshaw
12 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
13 Beijing Badaling Great Wall, Summer Palace
14 Departure Beijing Be transferred to the airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Shanghai

Arrival Shanghai your start point of this China tour, you will be met at the airport and transferred to hotel to catch up on some rest after international fight.

Meals: No meal
Accommodation: In Shanghai
Tips: Besides coach transfer, we also can arrange meglev transfer service between Shanghai downtown and Shanghai Pudong Airport.


Shanghai City View


Day 2 Shanghai

A full day sightseeing starts with Longhua Temple (1 hour) -  the oldest temple in Shanghai for its long history of over 1700 years. And then, go to Yuyuan Garden (1 hour) - a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then visit the nearby Chenghuangmiao Old Street (1 hour). After lunch time, you will have an exterior tour of the Shanghai World Financial Center (1 hour) - (1 hour) - the 3rd tallest building in the world. After the tour, have a walk along. And the tour, have a leisure walk along the Bund (30 min) - famous as a group of building known as "a Gallery of world architecture". After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai
Optional Night Activities: Acrobatic Show about 2 hours (daily 19:30)
Tips: Traditional Dim-sum Banquet in Yuyuan Garden is recommended as today’s lunch choice.


The Bund



Day 3 Shanghai Xian

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for a 2.5 hours flight to Xian, a city experiencing the full history of China in its entirety. Your Xian tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to the hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, drive to the downtown and visit the Shaanxi History Museum (2 hours) - one of the first huge state museums with modern facilities in China. After that, drive to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xi’an


Shaanxi History Museum



Day 4 Xian

Ample time will be provided for visits to Terracotta Warriors (2.5 - 3 hours) - one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. After lunch near the Terracotta Warriors area, drive back to the downtown for a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (1 hour) - the site of the old Han and Tang capital Chang'an. After that, continue to visit the Xian City Wall (1 hour) - represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian
Optional Night Activities: Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner 3.5 hours (daily 18:00 - 20:30 for dinner, 20:30 – 21:35 for Tang Dynasty Show)
Tips: You can have a general idea after you read What is Terracotta Warriors page


Terracotta Warriors



Day 5 Xian Dunhuang

Enjoy your own exploration in the morning. Be transferred to the airport for a 2.5 hours flight to Dunhuang, a small oasis surrounded by high mountain, deserts and the Gobi Desert with Dang River as the city's water supply. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Dunhuang


Dunhuang City View


Day 6 Dunhuang

Today after breakfast, you will firstly have a 3-hour driving to the Yumenguan Pass (30 min) - strategic pass on the ancient Silk Road. And then, continue to experience the amazing Dunhuang Yadan National Geologic Park (1 hour) - the largest one of Yadan Landform found so far. When finish the tour, you will have another 3-hour driving back to the Dunhuang downtown. After that, have a rest of this day in hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Dunhuang

Tips:
1) The road between Dunhuang downtown and Yumengguan Pass is bumping, so it will be a comparative tired trip in this day.
2) Things to see in Yadan National Geologic Park: Yadan Landforms were superlatively marvelous with different size of areas, and varied forms of topography. Dunhuang Dveil Town - a visiting to thie town is like visiting a magnificent museum of architecture


Yumenguan Pass



Day 7 Dunhuang  Liuyuan Turpan

Today, you will take a visit to Mogao Grottoes (2 hours) - which is considered the great treasure house of Buddhist arts in existence. After lunch, firstly have a 3-hour driving to the Liuyuan Train Station and help you to get on the train. You will take a bullet train (4 hours) from Liuyuan Railway Statio to Turpan, an oasis city, is located at the southern foot of Bogda Peak and in the center of Turpan Depression.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Turpan

Tips:
When visiting Mogao Grottoes:
Only electric torches can be used inside the grottoes
It is forbidden to take photos inside the grottoes in order to protect the wall paintings
Mogao Grottoes is close during the rainy day


Mogao Grottoes



Day 8  Turpan

Upon arrival Turpan , your tour guide will wait meet you at the train station and help you to check in the hotel firstly. After breakfast, visit Gaochang Ancient City (2 hours) - which was an important garrison town on the Silk Road. And then, go to have a trip to Bezeklik Caves (1 hour) - more than 100 caves were hewn out of this cliff face between the 6th and 9th centuries by Buddhist monks. After that, continue to visit Flaming Mountain (1.5 hours) - named because in the evenings the red clay mountains reflect the heat and glow of the desert and seem to burn. When finish today’s tour, drive you back to the hotel and have a rest of this day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Turpan

Tips:
1) Your may arrival Turpan between 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., depending on the chosen train schedule
2) Turpen is a minority area. Most residents are Muslims. Better to follow the tour guide’s instruction.


Gaochang Ancient City



Day 9 Turpan Urumqi

Today after breakfast and check-out of the hotel, firstly drive you to visit Emin Minaret (Sugong Pagoda) (1 hour) - the biggest ancient pagoda existing in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient pagoda in the country. Continue to the Karez Well (30 min) - reputed as one of the three major construction projects in ancient China. After lunch, you will visit the unique Turpan featured attraction Grape Valley (2 hours) - famous for the cultivation of the sweetest, tastiest grapes. After this tour, have a 2.5-hour to Urumqi, free at leisure in rest of this day in your Urumqi hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Urumqi


Grape Valley



Day 10  Urumqi

Take a driving for 120km northeast to visit the holy Heavenly Lake (Tianchi) (3 hours) - the beautiful lake is flanked by rugged pines and cypresses, with clear melting waters reflecting the surrounding of snow capped mount Bogeda. After the tour, be transferred back to downtown. You will then have chance to take a short visit to Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar (sightseeing time depending on your own) - which is believed to be the largest outdoor market in town. After this tour, drive you back to the hotel and free at leisure in rest of this day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Urumqi


Heavenly Lake (Tianchi)



Day 11 Urumqi Beijing

In the morning, take a 3.5- hour flight to Beijing. Your tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to check in the hotel firstly. After a short rest and then, enjoy you leisure visit to Hutong Tour by rickshaw (Short route, 40 min) - the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing
Tips: About Beijing Hutong sightseeing details can be found on Beijing Hutong Tour Tips.


Hutong Tour by Rickshaw



Day 12 Beijing

Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tiananmen Square (40min) - the World's largest urban square, and the Forbidden City (2.5 - 3 hours) - the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven (1 hour) in the afternoon. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing
Optional Night Activities: Peking Opera 1.5 hours (daily 19:30)
Tips: How to visit Forbidden City can be found in Forbidden City Tour Tips.


Forbidden City



Day 13 Beijing

The star attraction of China is its Great Wall, a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders from entering the mainland. Today you will have the opportunity to traverse the ancient steps of Badaling Great Wall. Then drive back to the city for Summer Palace (1.5 hours) - the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing
Optional Night Activities: Peking Roasted Duck around 1 hour
Tips: Click What to pack for Great Wall Trips to find some tips when climbing the Great Wall of China.


Badaling Great Wall



Day 14 Departure Beijing

Bid China a fond farewell as this trip draws to a close. Be transferred to the airport for flight home.
Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends.

Note: Visiting time, transporting time, and duration of shows and meals in the itinerary are suggested and will be subject to change particular situations.

Prices (per person in US$)

January, February, December
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
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1 person   4569   5047   5733
2-5 persons 2906 3404 3144 3881 3487 4567
6-9 persons 2252 2707 2467 3137 2769 3742
≥10 persons 1830 2170 2060 2631 2311 3133
March, June, July, August
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
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1 person   4762   5303   6157
2-5 persons 3055 3597 3325 4137 3752 4992
6-9 persons 2401 2901 2648 3393 3034 4166
≥10 persons 1942 2341 2198 2854 2532 3523
April, May, September, October, November
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   4851   5416   6371
2-5 persons 3126 3686 3408 4251 3886 5206
6-9 persons 2472 2989 2731 3507 3168 4380
≥10 persons 2018 2441 2276 2957 2648 3701


Price includes:
  Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
  Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
  Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
  All attraction entrance fees as specified
  Meals mentioned in the itinerary, Chinese local food
  China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
  Tibet Permit

Price excludes:
  International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
  Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
  China Entry Visa Fees
  Personal expenses
  Optional tours, meals, activities and services

Remarks:
※ Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2016 to Feb 28, 2017, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
※ TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※ No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise. 
※ Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
※ Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
※ TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control

Recommended Hotels

City Economy Hotel ★★★ Comfortable Hotel ★★★★ Deluxe Hotel ★★★★★
ShanghaiHoliday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai
Add:843 Guang Fu Xi Road, Putuo District, Shanghai
Central Hotel Shanghai
Add:555 jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Add: No. 88, Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
XianSkytel Hotel Xian
Add: No.32 South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an
Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing Xian
Add: No.189 Jinhua North Road, Xi’an
Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian
Add: 319 Dongxin Street, Xian, China, 710004
DunhuangThe Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
Add: Dunyue Road, Dunhuang
The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
Add: Dunyue Road, Dunhuang
Grand Soluxe Hotel Dunhuang
Add: No. 31 Mid. Yangguan Road, Dunhuang
TurpanTurpan Hotel
Add: 22 South Youth Road, Turpan
Huozhou Hotel Turpan
Add: Shuiyun Square, Donghuan Road, Turpan
Tuha Petroleum Hotel Turpan
Add: No.230 Wenhua Road, Turpan
UrumqiJingu Hotel
Add:258 Xinhua North Street, Tianshan District, Urumqi
Luxemon Xinjiang Yindu hotel
Add:179 Xihong West Street, Urumqi
Universal Hotel Urumqi
Add: No. 76, Beijing South Road, Xinshi District, Urumqi
BeijingHoliday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven
Add: No.36 Nanwei Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100050, China
Beijing Hejing Fu Hotel
Add: 7 Zhangzizhong Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Add: 57 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Optional Activities

City Local Specialties Nights Shows
Shanghai Xiao Long BaoAcrobatics Show
Beijing Beijing Roasted DuckPeking Opera

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