12 Days Silk Road Tour with Zhangye Danxia Landform

Beijing, Lanzhou, Wuwei, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Beijing

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Tour Code: TCT-Silk-Road-05

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

  Fine designed 12 days China Silk Road tour
  Present the rich historical and cultural treasure of ancient Silk Road
  Cover all the important cities in Gansu Province along silk road
  Enjoy the cultural relics, temples, ancient pass, grottoes in west part of China,
  Stunned by Zhangye Danxia landform, gobi surrounding Jiayuguan, desert in Dunhuang, ect.
 

Best Travel Time: April to October

Price from $ 2268

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Day 1Arrival Beijing
Be transferred to the hotel

Meals: No Meals
Accommodation: In Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. Be met at the ansferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Beijing City View
Beijing City View

Day 2Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

Depart from hotel in the morning to visit Tian'anmen Square, the largest urban square and Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. If you are interested, you can enjoy the gorgeous Peking Opera Or Kungfu Show tonight as an optional activity.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Day 3Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, overview of Bird Nest and Water Cube

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In 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 Mutianyu Great Wall. In the afternoon, you will be driven back to Beijing downtown. You will have a picture stop at Olympic Green, to have a short exterior view of Bird Nest and Water Cube.  After the tour, You will have a leisure night on your own. You could choose to taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck for your optional dinner.

Great Wall Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 4Beijing - Lanzhou
Hutong exploration on foot, Flight to Lanzhou

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Lanzhou

After breakfast, you could have a leisure walk with our local guide to explore the Hutong area in Beijing on foot, discovery the local people’s life. After lunch, you will be transferred to take the afternoon flight to Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu Province, where you local guide will pick you up and transfer to check your local hotel for overnight.

Beijing Hutong Tour
Hutong

Day 5Lanzhou
White Pagoda Hill Park, Liujiaxia, Bingling Thousand-Buddha Caves

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Langzhou

From today, you will start your silk road tour to explore the rich Chinese historical and cultural treasure. Pick up from hotel, In the morning, have a visit to those must-see sites covering White Pagoda Hill Park, and then drive to Liujiaxia, take yacht to visit Bingling Thousand-Buddha Caves and back to Lanzhou for overnight at night.

White Pagoda Park
White Pagoda Park 

Day 6Lanzhou - Wuwei
Gansu Provincial Museum, Private vehicle to Wuwei, Tiantishan Grottoes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Wuwei

Today after breakfast, visit Gansu Provincial Museum (close every Monday). After that drive to Wuwei and visit Tiantishan Grottoes. Overnight in Wuwei.  

Tiantishan Grottoes
Tiantishan Grottoes 

Day 7Wuwei - Zhangye
Leitai Tomb, Wuwei Wen Miao, Private vehicle to Zhangye, Zhangye Danxia Landform Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Zhangye

Today, after breakfast, enjoy your visit to Leitai Tomb and Wuwei Wen Miao (Confucian Temple). After the tour drive to Zhangye and visit Zhangye Danxia Landform Park to appreciate the beautiful sunset. You will stay in Zhangye tonight.

Zhangye Danxia Landform Park
Zhangye Danxia Landform

Day 8Zhangye - Jiayuguan
Wooden Tower, Grand Buddha Temple, Private vehicle to Jiayuguan City

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Jiayuguan City

In the morning, visit Wooden Tower of Sui Dynasty and Grand Buddha Temple which is home to China largest indoor reclining Buddha.  Continue to drive to Jiayuguan City.

Zhangye Wooden Pagoda Temple
Wooden Pagoda Temple

Day 9Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
Jiayuguan Pass, Overhanging Great Wall, Private vehicle to Dunhuang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Dunhuang

In the morning, you will firstly take a truly special excursion to Jiayuguan Pass and Overhanging Great Wall. And then drive to Dunhuang and have a rest of this day. Enroute, enjoy the fascinating view of Gobi desert.

Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass

Day 10Dunhuang
Yumenguan Pass, Dunhuang Yadan National Geologic Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In 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.

Jiayuguan Pass
Yumenguan Pass

Day 11Dunhuang
Mogao Grottoes, Mingsha Sand Dunes and

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Dunhuang

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, go to have a visit of Mingsha Sand Dunes (Crescent Spring and Sighing Sand Dune) (2 hours) - Singing Sand Dune (Mingsha Hill) helps people free from all worries and Crescent Spring purifies people's minds.

Mogao Grottoes
Mogao Grottoes

Day 12Dunhuang-Beijing, Departure
Be transferred to airport for flight to Beijing, Departure

Meals: Breakfast

After a leisure hotel breakfast, transfer to take a morning flight to Beijing capital airport, where you will need to transit to your departure flight on your own.

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $2946 $3019
6 ~ 9 pax $2268 $2341
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3035 $3089
6 ~ 9 pax $2357 $2411
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3331 $3439
6 ~ 9 pax $2653 $2761
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

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, 2019 to Feb 29, 2020, 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.

Traveler Reviews Feedbacks & Photos >>

5.0

THELMACONTLA

5.0

My family and I chose a 12 day trip in China with Top China Travel: Beijing, Xi´an, Shanghai, Guilin and Hong Kong. It was a wonderful and unforgettable trip, everything was well organized by the company and I really recommend it.
Kmayer14

5.0

Our private tour guide, Jason, picked us up at our hotel and took us to the pier outside of Guilin where we boarded our boat for a cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. The experience was amazing!! The views were stunning, breathtaking... whichever word you want to use, but I can see why many claim this is the most beautiful region of China. And Jason was so warm, welcoming and accommodating. We learned so much about him, where he's from and the culture in southwest China. It was a great day and an experience I would highly recommend if you're visiting this part of China. We're so thankful Lily at Top China Travel helped us plan this awesome day trip!!
doronbron

5.0

We just came back from an eight days trip with Janet at TCT during March 2017. The trip was tailored to our needs as we were in Shanghai for 5 days before starting our trip. We visited Shanghai Xian and Beijing. The help and service received from Janet and TCT were outstanding. Our guides in Shanghai (Sarah) Xian (Cherry) and Beijing (Cathy) were excellent, they all knew the history and were very flexible. The guides were always on time and we had excellent drivers. We would highly recommend TCT and Janet on your next trip to China.
IleanaA644

5.0

On boat on LI RIVER from Guili to Yangshuo. 83 Km throught mountains, green hills and clear waters, a scenery that takes you back to ancient Chinese paintings. You can see bamboo boats and fishermen with straw hats and cormorants, people in camping on the riverbanck, buffalo grazing. Above all, you understand that there is a China different from the one of the great metropolises and you thinK " Oh, what a wonderful landscape...what a wonderful litgh, what awonderful air !"
rambleglobal

5.0

We used Top China Travel to book our entire 16-day trip through Beijing, Xian, Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu, Leshan, Guilin, Yangshuo, and Shanghai. We had a private guide and driver in each metro area who was always there to pick us up at the airport/train station and drop us off at the airport (and help us check-in for the next flights even). Our guides spoke English well, were very accommodating to our needs, and were fun be around throughout each segment. We were a little hesitant to book with a company based in China, but we combed the internet for reviews and found many that appeared authentic and all were good reviews. While in China, we met multiple people traveling with larger groups than us but paid more money than we did for our custom trip. If you're going to China, you have to at least consider Top China Travel - they were excellent.
JrnyJunkie

5.0

The views are stunning and the boat that we were on had VIP seating for just our group with a private balcony to view the river.
rmunzenmayer

5.0

Just returned from two weeks of travel through China set up by Rebecca at Top China Travel. Absolutely perfect experience. In each city our guides and drivers were the best! Started in Beijing, then Xian, Yangtze River Cruise, Wuhan and Shanghai. In each city a university educated tour guide was waiting for us full of local history and information. Additional evening attractions like Beijing Opera and Tang Dynasty Show were perfect. She set up a cooking lesson for us with a private family in Beijing that was the best. Each and every one of our requests were honored and planned specifically for us. A special trip to Wuhan, off the normal tourist path was delightful. We finished the trip with a visit to Shanghai Disney. So thankful to this organization for the trip of a lifetime.
Gin L

5.0

Recently, we joint a group tour organized by TCT. We had a excellent experience for the whole tour including the booking process. Here are some highlights. Tour booking I found TCT from the web with very positive reviews. I decided to book my China tour with them. Now, I am glad that I made right choice. TCT assigned a very experienced tour consultant, Raylene He, to work with me. Due to various reasons, we changed our tour plan a few times including changing starting date, hotels, the tour routes etc. Raylene was very patient to work with me to make sure every planned details were met our needs. She was also very responsive in answer my queries. Our family would like to give her a big THANKS. Hotels Best Location: Beijing, Guilin Very convenient. This allowed us to do more sightseeing by walking in the evening. Hotel room: the best hotel rooms were in Xi’an. They were a very spacious full suites. It was a welcome surprise. Breakfast: most of us like Beijing better. I personally like both Beijing and Xi’an. This is because of the preference of the types of food. Tour guide Tour guide in Beijing stayed with us one day longer so we got to know her better. We felt that she provided very good service. Tour guide in Shanghai was more knowledgeable. He provided different perspectives to various topics. His explanation/opinion made the tour more interesting. In general, all tour guides were very professional and made their best effort to make the tour run smoothly. Because traffic jams are common in China, they constantly discussed routes with drivers to pick the best route and drop off locations. Drivers: Drivers were very cooperative. We had an emergency in Guilin. One of us needed to go to washroom right away. Since it was rush hour and the traffic was very heavy, the bus could not stop anywhere, the Guide and the Driver found a hospital with washroom on the way and dropped us off. We wee appreciate it very much. We also noticed that the drivers were very conscious in helping TCT to save money. For example selecting a parking location in a free of charge location instead of a paid parking lot. Flexible route arrangement We joined a group tour. This group tour went to Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Guilin and Hong Kong as advertised. Our tour group started with four families. After the tour in Xi’an, One family left the group for Guilin and Yangtze River cruise. In Shanghai, the rest of us merged into another group. After Shanghai, a few families in the merged group left the group tour.. We left the group after Guilin. In general, the cost of group tour is lower. TCT allowed customer to pick and choice as you wish to fit customer’s needs. They also recommended group tour where possible to help customer to lower the cost, although this made their tour management a lot more complicated. I would like to say that TCT is an excellent tour operator compare with others. All the little efforts that employees made contributed to TCT’s success. It seems to us that TCT is a well run company. We wish TCT continued success in the future.
Jim S

5.0

Our family of my wife and I plus two children and their families worked with Top China Tours on an 11-day private tour. The result was a smoothly run tour with excellent guides, good buses and well handled air and rail journeys. The 5-start hotels were top notch. Our family of 8 had a fantastic learning experience going to Beijing, Xian, Gulin/Yangshou and Shanghai. We hit the usual tourist spots, but Janet, our tour director also included smaller sites and special events to enhance the private tour. She was excellent at adding flexibility to the tour so that one couple went on a pre-tour Yangtze cruise, and the family with two children got to Happy Valley park so the kids could experience a Chines theme park. Overall the whole family had a great travel experience thanks to Janet and the others at Top China Tours.
vosoledad

5.0

From the planning of the trip with Janet to the amazing private guided tour given by Jimmy and driving by Mr. I, we felt cared for and pampered. We arrived on my birthday and Jimmy waited for hours for us due to a delayed flight for one of our party, with a beautiful bouquet of flowers for my birthday. We had asked for a hike along the Great Wall and were able to hike a five hour stretch on a nearly deserted piece of mountain trail culminating in a fantastic view of the snaking wall near Inner Mongolia. Jimmy was encouraging to us as not all of our party were the best hikers. Jimmy gave accurate historical descriptions of what we were about to see, he didn't make up answers to our sometimes random questions, but tried to find out the answers to them if he didn't know. He was personable and seemed to know what we needed before we did. Mr. I is a talented driver, navigating the chaotic Beijing streets with smoothness and skill getting us to our destinations in a timely manner. He also made sure we had water, which was essential for the hot (90*) and above days we were there. Our three star hotel the Holiday Inn Express was a new facility with great amenities. We had been worried that three stars in China might be a bit iffy, but this was very nice. We just happened upon Top China Travel on the Internet, but couldn't be more pleased with our experience.
Gary U

5.0

Lily from Top China Travel and her staff provided us an amazing 15 day visit to China last month, which featured Guilin and Yangshuo besides other major China destinations. Our hotels, guides, drivers and itineraries all more than met our expectations. We had lots of opportunities to add to or modify our itineraries, which we did. Whatever any changes were made, our guides and drivers helped us with transport and purchasing of entries. The hotels were superb, as were the meals. I highly recommend using Top China Travel to anyone wishing an excellent visit to China.
Bianca v

5.0

My mother and I recently visited China from 4 September 2017 to 18 September 2017. Our private tour with Top China Travel (TCT) started in Beijing and ended in Shanghai. Along the way we visited Xian, Guilin and did a 3 day cruise down the Yangtze river. We were very very impressed with the services provided by TCT. The guides and drivers who met us in every city where enthusiastic, friendly, helpful and entertaining. They continuously strived to do their utmost best to accommodate us and make our experience a pleasant one. Having the guides definately made our trip a relaxing one especially with the language barrier. Our trip planner from TCT, Bonnie even met up with us in Guilin to meet us and give us gifts which was really something special. TCT made sure we experienced all the best and most amazing sites of China, both old and new! The tour was attentive and personal and I would definitely recommend it as a MUST to anybody travelling to China!!! Thank you to our tour Guides Linda, Lucy, Michelle, Cherry, Victor, Jakob and our tour planner Bonnie for the most wonderful visit. China is an exquisite and vibrant country which will definitely see me again!
Maciej_UW

5.0

The Top China Travel organised for 40 persons a tour in Guilin, Beijing, Xi'an area and especially in Gansu province. All things e.g. transport (flight, train tickets, bus) accommodation and guide service was professional, also in the remote area of Badain Jaran Desert or Qilian Mountain in Gansu province where organisation of the trip for a big group is not always easy. Months of contact with TCT office (responsible Janet Chan) was professional, reliable and always fast so all details were clear before the group departure. During the trip the the guide/office work was also excellent which is important for big groups (but also for small groups or family). The trip was without major problems. The smaller one, which always can happen, was resolved fast by the TCT (Janet Chan). That proves the high quality of the Tour Operator. I can recommend Top China Travel as an reliable Tour Operator for groups or individual travellers to organise a tour in most known China tourist spot but also to more remote areas. Maciej
Frank T

5.0

The city at night is breathtaking with great shopping, night clubs, and activities. Everywhere was beautiful and colorful. Abundant restaurants. A delightful city to visit.
Richard B

5.0

A wonderful experience travelling down the river Li in the mist - fairyland paradise all rolled into one. Our guide Arther was excellent and was able to point out places of interest on the trip. Top China Travel who organised the whole trip were extremely efficient. A must place to visit even if time is limited.
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