14 Days Best Silk Road Tour

Shanghai, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Beijing

Traveler Reviews


Tour Code: TCT-Silk-Road-01

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

  Fine-designed 14 Days tour to explore the real Silk Road in west China
  Private service caters to your personal interests
  Present  the metropolis of Shanghai, the world wonders in Xian, the ancient city and the cultural relics in Beijing
  Discover the legendary historic attractions in Dunhuang, Turpan and Urumqi
 

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

Price from $ 2477 2229

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Day 1Arrival Shanghai
Be transferred to the hotel

Meals: No meal
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Tips: Besides coach transfer, we also can arrange meglev transfer service between Shanghai downtown and Shanghai Pudong Airport.

Shanghai City View
Shanghai City View

Day 2Shanghai
Yuyuan Garden, Consucius Temple, the Bund, Xintiandi & French Concession, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Shanghai
Optional Night Activities: Acrobatic Show about 2 hours (daily 19:30)

The last day but still an inspiring day to explore the city of Shanghai,the largest and most modern city in mainland China. We will start the tour by short trip to Yuyuan Garden which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. And then we will enjoy a Chinese tea ceremony at nearby tea house. After that, we will walk to visit Confucius Temple, which is not far from Yuyuan Garden. Before lunch, walk along the Bund, admiring the illuminated buildings lining the Huangpu River. From the Bund, Multinational Classic Buildings Complex, you could see the landmark of Shanghai--- The Oriental Pearl TV Tower as well as other high-rised buildings from the Bund.

A Chinese lunch is arranged for you at a local restaurant, and then drive to visit Xintiandi & Former French Concession,  to enjoy the traditional Shanghai architecture like Shikumen. Then we will visit Jade Buddha Temple, one of the Shanghai must-see attractions, and till now, it is still an active one that with 70 resident monks at last count. In order to make it convenient for the adherents to visit, it was bodily moved to Shanghai City at the present sire in 1918. Then you will have a chance to visit Silk Museum where you will how silk is produced.  Then our group will drive by Shanghai People's Square to visit Shanghai Museum, a large museum of ancient Chinese art and just sited on the People's Square of Shanghai. Then the tour is finished by a drop-off at your hotel.

The Bund
The Bund

Day 3Shanghai - Xian
Flight to Xian, Shaanxi History Museum

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum

Day 4Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda North Square

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: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)

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 to visit the Xian City Wall (1 hour) - represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Then walk around Wild Goose Pagoda North Square, from which you can have a panoramic view of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Tips: You can have a general idea after you read What is Terracotta Warriors page

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 5Xian - Dunhuang
Flight to Dunhuang, transfer service to hotel

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Dunhuang City View
Dunhuang City View

Day 6Dunhuang
Yumenguan Pass, Dunhuang Yadan National Geologic Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: 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.

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
Yumenguan Pass

Day 7Dunhuang - Turpan
Mogao Grottoes, Train to Turpan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

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

Mogao Grottoes
Mogao Grottoes

Day 8Turpan
Gaochang Ancient City, Bezeklik Cave, Flaming Mountain

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel: In 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. Tonight, we will have a special dinner under the grape trellis in a local family house.  When finish today’s tour, drive you back to the hotel and have a rest of this day.

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.

Grape trellis
Grape trellis

Day 9Turpan - Urumqi
Emin Minaret, Karez Well, Coach to Urumqi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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, have a 2.5-hour driving to Urumqi, free at leisure in rest of this day in your Urumqi hotel.

Emin Minaret
Emin Minaret

Day 10Urumqi
Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Heavenly Lake (Tianchi)
Heavenly Lake (Tianchi)

Day 11Urumqi - Beijing
Flight to Beijing, Hutong Tour by rickshaw

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Tips: About Beijing Hutong sightseeing details can be found on Beijing Hutong Tour Tips.

Hutong Tour by Rickshaw
Hutong Tour by Rickshaw

Day 12Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Beijing
Optional Night Activities: Peking Opera 1.5 hours (daily 19:30)

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.

Tips: How to visit Forbidden City can be found in Forbidden City Tour Tips.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Day 13Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Beijing
Optional Night Activities: Peking Roasted Duck around 1 hour

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.  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.

Tips: Click What to pack for Great Wall Trips to find some tips when climbing the Great Wall of China.

Great Wall
Great Wall

Day 14Departure Beijing
Be transferred to the airport

Meals: Breakfast

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

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.

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3196 2876 $3438 3095
6 ~ 9 pax $2477 2229 $2719 2447
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3459 3113 $3749 3374
6 ~ 9 pax $2713 2442 $3004 2704
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3836 3452 $4274 3847
6 ~ 9 pax $3046 2741 $3484 3136
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

johnhagnas

5.0

In september 2016 we (2 couples from Finland) started to plan for a real encounter with Asia. Quite soon the project grew and we decided to ask for help. Top China Travel made it easy for us in China. We gave rough guidelines and Janet made a proposal based on that. After some iteration (we did not want everything) we ended up in a plan. The plan was good, if not excellent, and the price within our budget. Deal! In april we spent three incredible weeks in China. Now we are back home and have digested the whole thing. We are very happy. Janet and her guides made it so easy for us and everything worked perfect. This is incredble, because we traveled around a lot. By train, car, air...tickets, time schedules, hotels...perfect! Thank you. In really recommend. John
Robin C

5.0

I used TCT to book a tailor-made 5 day tour of Yunnan for a small family group consisting of two couples of 60+ and 3 in their 30s. In the planning stage- conducted by email - their local rep Daniel Mo was extremely professional, helpful and very prompt in his replies. In the event, all the arrangements worked very smoothly. All three guides we encountered were also very professional, attentive and very supportive. We were in Yunnan for a wedding and added this short tour at the end of our trip. Time was limited so we could only see a bit of Kunming and then a few days in Lijiang but this in addition to the 5 days we spent down near the border with Myanmar made us fall in love with Yunnan. Lijiang in particular is a joy. Do go to the Impressions show as well as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
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!
rachs84

5.0

We worked with Janet who created the most incredible 10 day trip to China. We were so happy she recommended Yellow Mountain (one of the biggest highlights of the trip.) Not only was the itinerary perfect, but we have the most amazing, knowledgable and friendly tour guides. We loved Olivia in Beijing and April in Huangshan. I am glad we decided to do private tour. I don't think we would have been able to appreciate and enjoy all of the cities and sites we saw if we were in a group. The food was incredible, easy transition from city to city with the help of the tour guides. This trip exceeded our expectations. Thank you, Janet and Top China Travel!
Leandri P

5.0

We did a private tour of Beijing and the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall in October. The company seamlessly put together the tour for us (graciously making changes to accommodate our preferences) without any problems. All the staff I dealt with (Joyce as the organizer and Sisi as the tour guide) was absolutely fantastic. Very kind and knowledgeable people who goes out of their way to make suggestions to ensure the most amazing experience you could possibly have. I wholeheartedly recommend this company for anyone wanting to travel to China. Truly an amazing company!
Helen L

5.0

We have just returned from a very satisfying trip to China. One of the highlights was the lovely city of Guilin. We had no idea that this would be such a pleasant spot in which to stroll around and enjoy the bridges and walkways. The temperature was comfortable and we felt at home walking around the park, footbridges, and along the lakes. Helen and Jim from Canada
Luis Miguel P

5.0

I just did a 8 day tour going from Beijing,xian,Shanghai and it was fenomenal this company has an extraordinary service the hotels,restaurantes,sites,shows,etc.. were very good if you planing to go to china visite the TCT page to look for the best tour because they have many.You won't regret it
Neumannafn

5.0

We took a Li river tour into the mountains on our only day off. All I can say is do not miss this opportunity. The views are spectacular and you will even go past the scene on the back of the 20 yuan bill. Amazing!
rr201410

5.0

We book a China Tour through TCT. We received great assistance during the planning phase when our trip advisor (Rebecca) gave as details of all the visits, shows and transportation between cities and was very attentive to our demands. The tour was great, run according to the script and we want to send our words of thanks and appreciations for the efforts, knowledge, flexibility and punctuality to our guides: Lily (1) in Beijing, Lily (2) in Xian, Jane in Guilin, David in Chongqing, Helen in Yichang, Ryan in Shanghai. Many thanks to TCT for the great tour of China.
Allessandr0

5.0

I am a tour leader from Italy and this was my first cooperation with Janet and how lucky we met her!! We followed the trip with her to remote areas in China including some ethnic group area in Guizhou province and Sanjiang, Longsheng and Guilin, we enjoyed completely throughout the whole trip and some arrangement even out of our surprise, like we went to Janet’s home to learn how to pack Chinese Ravioli, she invited a Taichi teacher and we had a 1 hour Taichi class inside her home community. Everything was fine and our group members are all like her very much. We strongly recommend Janet Chan (janet@topchinatravel.com) as your China trip consultant! She is so considerate and carefully planned each detail of our trip. Guizhou is a very interesting and primitive place for visiting, you should include in your China trip as well! Thank you Janet! You are very professional!!
hahnss

5.0

During the last week in April and the beginning of May 2017, my wife and I toured southwestern parts of China - Guilin, Yangshuo, Xian, Zhangjiajie and Shanghai- in 8 days, starting from Hong Kong. The online booking process with Top China Travel ("TCT") went smoothly with a very knowledgeable and responsive (via e-mails) TCT sales representative, named Janet ("Dan Dan") Chan. It was a private tour with English-speaking guides in private vehicles and via air travels between cities (thus, a bit pricey). The guides all spoke excellent English and drivers were very helpful and courteous. The hotels and China domestic flights, arranged by TCT, were generally very good to excellent. The scenery in Guilin/Yanshuo and Zhangjiajie were breathtaking, although these popular tour destinations were very crowded, as expected. The foods were not as impressive as we expected, sometimes hampered by the language barrier in local Chinese restaurants. All in all, we enjoyed our trip very much, and can recommend TCT to our friends. Steve H.
efjm23

5.0

My wife (34) and I (35) took a 13-day trip to China during the last two weeks of May organized by Top China Travel. Our tour organizer was Janet Chan with whom we had a very excellent experience. The arrangements were flawless. We did not join a group, all the arrangements were made only for the two of us. We had a guide, a driver and a sedan car in each city. All the internal flights, cruise and train tickets, and any other ground transportation was arranged by TCT. We visited Beijing, Xian, Guilin-Yangshuo, Chongxing-Yangtze River Cruise, and Shanghai. I won't talk too much about the cities since there is plenty of information in the internet. I just can tell that China is amazing. My top favorite sites/monuments/attractions were: The Great Wall (Mutianyu section), Terracotta Warriors, bicycle ride in Yangshuo, bicycle ride in Xian City Wall, cooking lesson in Yangshuo, shopping at Tianzifang and Old Town market in Shanghai and the food EVERYWHERE. The hotel selection by TCT was good, however, depending on needs and tastes, I would recommend to discuss and agree with TCT on specific hotels after doing a little research. Reasons: breakfast selection might not be suitable for everybody (chinese breakfast is very different from occidental breakfast), some hotels might not enforce non-smoking policies hard enough (Novotel Peace in Beijing for example). The Yangtze River cruise was a really nice experience, the landscapes are unique. It's something worth seeing. We took the President #8 Ship, the rooms are clean and comfortable, however, the entertainment activities on board are limited. Overall experience in China was excellent and I definitely recommend Top China Travel as the agency of choice.
NicosiaSylvia

5.0

We visited Beijing, Guilin, Xi'an and Shanghai. Our itinerary was followed as planned. All our guides well very professional, well educated and spoke english very well. Value for money. Hotels booked were great. I would definitely travel again with TCT. They have great service and very flexible.
BAFARAT

5.0

During the three days in BEIJING,we visited the Tiananmen square,forbidden city,temple of heaven,the Great Wall,summer palace etc.Our tour guide Eric was very helpful and knowledgeable.We were so lucky to have Rebecca as our tour agent,she organized everything for us and we really enjoyed it.It was one of the most enjoyable locations I ever spent.
carsomyrx

5.0

This fantastic tour covered the cities of Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. On Shanghai the tour guide was Daniel, who was really skilled and accurate, always making appropriate description and tips related to the surroundings. For Beijing, the guide was Dean, who had superb details on every historical details for every monument. Also, he was really helpful and was always checking to make the trip really smooth. This is by far one of the best experiences I ever had!
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