16 Days Marco Polo Silk Road Tour

Beijing, Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Xian, Shanghai

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Tour Code: TCT-Silk-Road-02

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

  Well-designed 16 Days Marco Polo Silk Road Tour
  Suitable for those tourists who are interested in China history and culture
  Re-step the destionations of Marco Polo in China includes Beijing and Shanghai
  Silk Road route includes the visit to Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, and Xian
 

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

Price from $ 3293

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Day 1Arrival Beijing
Be transferred to the hotel

Meals : No meal
Recommended Hotel: In Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, your gateway city of China tour, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. With no sightseeing planned, the remainder of the day is spent free at leisure.

Beijing City View
Beijing City View

Day 2Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: 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. Then you will have a short visit to Summer Palace. After the tour, how about taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck for your optional dinner.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
 

Day 3Beijing - Urumqi
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Flight to Urumqi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Urumqi

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. Take night flight for Urumqi.

Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven

Day 4Urumqi
Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang Regional Museum, Erdaoqiao Bazaar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Urumqi

Take a driving for 120km northeast to visit the holy Heavenly Lake (Tianchi). The beautiful lake is flanked by rugged pines and cypresses, with clear melting waters reflecting the surrounding of snow capped mount Bogeda. Drive back to downtown in the afternoon, visit Xingjiang Regional Museum, a a large integrated museum and a study on cultural relics in Xinjiang. Then enjoy your free time at Erdaoqiao Bazaar.

Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lake

Day 5Kashgar - Kashgar
Flight to Kashgar, Zhiren Street, Id Kah Mosque, Apak Hoja Tomb, local bazaar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Kashgar

Check out from hotel in the morning and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kashgar. Today, take a visit to Zhiren Street, an old street with an amazing hand-made stuff from strictly utilitarian cookware to exotic musical instruments. Then continue your trip to Id Kah Mosque, which is one of the largest and busiest in China. Then, you can take a short visit to Apak Hoja Tomb. If it is Sunday, the local Bazaar will be a good place for you to have a visit. This ancient market attracts locals and merchants from all over Xinjiang and nearby countries such as Pakistan and Kirghizstan.

Apak Hoja Tomb
Apak Hoja Tomb

Day 6Kashgar - Urumqi
Karakul Lake, Flight to Urumqi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Urumqi 

Take a tour through the Karakurum Highway to Karakul Lake, enjoy the beautiful snow- capped mountain of Muztagh Ata and the lake. Be transferred back to Kashgar after visiting, and fly back to Urumqi.

Karakul Lake
Karakul Lake

Day 7Urumqi - Turpan
Coach to Turpan, Jiaohe Ancient City, Karez Well, Emin Minaret

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: In Turpan

In the morning, you will take a 2.5-3hours driving to Turpan that locates in the southeast of Urumqi. You will then visit Jiaohe Ancient City and Karez Well - the underground irrigation system with the history of 2,000 years and Emin Minaret which is the largest extant ancient Islamic tower in Xinjiang on the way. Tonight, we will have a special dinner under the grape trellis in a local family house.

Jiaohe Ancient City
Jiaohe Ancient City

Day 8Turpan - Dunhuang
Train to Dunhuang, Free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
Accmoodation: In Dunhuang

In the morning, drive for 50 km to Turpan railway station to take the bullet train (4 hours) to Liuyuan, which also need another 2 hours driving to the downtown of Dunhuang. Have a good rest today after a long train journey.

Dunhuang City View
Dunhuang City View

Day 9Dunhuang
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.

Yumenguan Pass
Yumenguan Pass

Day 10Dunhuang
Mingsha Sand Dunes, Mogao Grottoes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Dunhuang

After a breakfast, you will then take driving to Dunhuang for your exciting excursion to one of the must-see attractions in Dunhuang - Crescent Spring and Singing Sand Dune. In the afternoon, you will start your trip with a visiting to Mogao Grottoes, the site is considered the great treasure house of Buddhist arts in existence.

Mogao Grottoes
Mogao Grottoes

Day 11Dunhuang - Jiayuguan
Coach to Jiayuguan, Jiayuguan Pass

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Jiayuguan 

Departure from Dunhuang in the early morning, take about 4.5 hours driving (385km) to Jiayuguan City. Upon arriving, you will take a visit to Jiayuguan Pass, which has been praised as 'Mighty Pass No.1 under Heaven'.

Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass

Day 12Jiayuguan - Xian
Weijing Tomb Mural, Flight to Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian 

In the morning, visit to Weijin Tomb Mural, the famous JinWei Tombs, and they were reputed as “world’s largest underground art gallery”.After the tour, be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xi’an – the most famous ancient capital of China.

Weijin Tomb Mural
Weijin Tomb Mural

Day 13Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Xian

Today, take your time and enjoy the visits to the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation and then to see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the massive Xian City Wall. In the evening, Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner is available for your optional night activity.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 14Xian - Shanghai
Shaanxi History Museum, Flight to Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Shanghai 

Before heading to Shanghai, you can take a short visit to the famous Shaanxi History Museum. After lunch, be transferred to the airport to board a short flight to Shanghai.

Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum
 

Day 15Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund, Nanjing Road

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Shanghai

A full day sightseeing starts with Jade Buddha Temple and Yuyuan Garden, which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then visit the nearby Chenghuangmiao Old Street. Continue the trip to the famous Shanghai landmark – Oriental Pearl TV Tower. In the evening, have a walk along the Bund and Nanjing Road. Traditional Dim-sum Banquet and Acrobatics are available for your optional lunch and night entertainment.

The Bund
The Bund

Day 16Departure
Be transferred to the airport

Meals: Breakfast

Free at leisure until be transferred to the airport for the return flight.

Service Ends

Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4555 $4941
6 ~ 9 pax $3293 $3678
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4834 $5260
6 ~ 9 pax $3535 $3961
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $5159 $5745
6 ~ 9 pax $3839 $4425
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, 2021 to Feb 28, 2022, 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

Deepani999

5.0

Very well organized Tour, value for money, really good three star hotels with very good rooms, including Bfasts, really good guides expect in Beijing. Joe from Xian very knowledgble honest gentleman, same in Tibet Lobson. Very good Cruise.Manager with Personnel touch Alan, Very kind and helpful drivers with very good vehicles, Thanks REBECCA FROM TCT.for organizing this perfect busy still very fun holiday forus.
Sasikomakula

5.0

We had our family reunion 2017 in China, visiting Beijing, Xi’an and Chendge. Sophie was excellent and instrumental in helping us with the planning, she spent months organising and arranging. Her response was always prompt, helpful, and detailed while responding to our enquiries. We had Mr. Li in Xi’an as our guide who was phenomenal, he is very proficient in his English and knowledgeable of the city of Xian and Chinese history. Even though lunch was not included in our itinerary, Mr Li accompanied us to restaurants. In Beijing, initially we had Mr Leo who was energetic & caring, but was unable to deliver. From the second day for Beijing & Chengde we had Mr Mike as our guide who was professional. We were travelling with senior citizens & kids and all guides were extremely accommodating. I highly recommend TCT to anyone planning a trip to China. Thank you Sophie, Li, Leo and Mark for the fantastic trip!!
tonirxxx

5.0

I would highly recommend TCT to anyone. We did a 2 week private (Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Chengdu & Shanghai) tour with them and from the moment we arrived we felt like we were part of the family. Every guide was attentive, informative and an absolute pleasant to travel with. Special thanks to Rebecca for organising our itinerary and also a special mention to Tony, our guide in Beijing.
ter88nrth

5.0

This is a super trip takes about six hours by boat and includes a very good luch, pay a few extra dollars for the upgraded boat, many hotels at end of trip and best take taxi back to Guilin airport or Guilin
Salim A

5.0

When I planning our private trip to china I have read many trip adviser reviews and I have noticed Janet Chan’s name came up a number of times so i sent her an e-mail asked for the best two weeks private tour in China for 6 persons , whiten two days she replied me recommending 5 cities ( Zhangjiajie, hangzhuo , shanghai, Beijing , Guilin ) we went through the program which she sent to us it was excellent so we asked her to go ahead to arrange our journey . it was a great choice we made, The tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful. The hotels which reserved for us by TCT were excellent We can only say thanks for TCT and especially Janet Chan
GroovyGoofie

5.0

We planned a family trip around China with people joining and leaving during the journey as they had to go back to work. Going the first time to China we decided to book trough an agency to simplify things from our side. We contacted several agencies asking for an offer. TCT was by far the first one to in the most professional way, so we went with them. After 3 weeks of travelling with them I can fully recommend this company when travelling in China.
Especially our consultant, Vicky of whom we just can speak highly of, did a great job with managing to get all things together always on time and the way we wanted it. If there was an issue we could contact her at any time and we could be sure that she will get it done, somehow. 
Note: WeChat used to prove very useful when travelling around and get in touch with guides etc.
Thank you TCT Team for organizing this great family holiday.
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.
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 !"
FromCanada514

5.0

We still can't believe that we've spent 11 days of dream in China, organized for us by TCT Guilin. The pick ups at the different airports went without a hitch. our guides were warm and so friendly, although a few were quite busy with their IPhone. The hotels recommended were outstanding. The breakfast at The Marriott were excellent. The terra cotta army in Xian is a marvel. The dumpling banquet in Xian was somewhat below our expectations though. The cruise on the Yang Tse river, a once in a lifetime experience though a bit too short. Don t hesitate to upgrade to the suite on the Victoria cruises (Victoria Selena), you won't regret it, a panoramic view of breath taking intensity....quite interesting shore excursions, they are worth the money. We would hesitate one second to book another and longer trip with TCT Guilin.
عبدالرحمن ا

5.0

My trip with tour was beijing-xian-zhaj-chengdue -beijing . It was one of the amazing tour group that i ever had . I recomended rylen ,she was my best tour guide around china , she is an excelent follow up with all location and activities .
ourview_11

5.0

From the first email to Top China Travel with Joyce to our wonderful Tour Guide Linda and our driver I can not say more happily what a wonderful trip we have had. Linda was very Kind and very informative with all your tours. The vehicle used was at very high standard and the Driver very safe. We had a private Tour for myself and my Husband we would totally recommend this company.
spenceralain1201

5.0

We had a fantastic 6 day trip. The guide and driver were very friendly and kind to us. Everything was well organised, Yangshuo is definitely the highlights of Guilin. We hope we could spend longer time there. We did everything fun, Bamboo rafting on Yulong River, Xingping Old Town.The cycling was amazing , we really enjoyed the ride in stunning the scenery. Guilin is also a nice city with nature, we climbed the Diecai hill to see the whole city. Very impressive. Good job, good arrangement.
pao t

5.0

Top China Tour-Joyce Tang was our tour coordinator and I can only have praises for her professionalism,her attention to details, and accommodations to make our lifelong dream of visiting china a memorable experience. Joyce listened to our needs and made recommendations and tailored the tour to fit our schedule. We spent 9 days visiting Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. The daily schedule was perfect which allowed us to see all the highlights as well as enough time to spend on our own to explore the local culture. I would not hesitate to contact Joyce for our next trip to China.
tvschidambaram

5.0

Ms.Joyce of Top China Travel ( TCT ) made a wonderful program for my family in a short notice. Highly committed and tour operators are excellent and good in communication. Shown us all beautiful places and were amazing. Commitment to time was so good and we never had any problems anywhere.
zaheer12a

5.0

I took the boat cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Lunch was included on board. The day of the trip it was raining, which I felt added something to the ambiance. There aren't any buildings along the way, it's pretty much all nature. I liked the experience personally, but I feel that the price was a little high. The food on board was decent as well, but drinks were outrageously expensive.
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