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 $ 3181

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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
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

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4226 $4534
6 ~ 9 pax $3181 $3489
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4518 $4870
6 ~ 9 pax $3441 $3794
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4865 $5336
6 ~ 9 pax $3739 $4210
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

Donmac_10

5.0

A educational tour through the history of the Silk Road, well organised by Janet Chan who was very helpful and easy to communicate with. It is an extensive tour covering great distance-the western border of China - near Afghanistan. There were different tour guides in each area and all were great and some were excellent, Abdul, Shir and Vicky were standouts! as there was little or no English spoken in the western provinces it was necessary to have a guide to explain the sights as well as organise travel and hotel arrangements-also were great in recommending and taking us to great local restaurants. as we are experienced and usually individual travellers we had to suggest that we wanted to see the local areas and sights/people, guides were happy to do so especially in Kashgar where we changed to itinerary from the lake trip to spend time in the markets, teahouses etc -well worth doing as Kashgar and the Uygur people were a highlight of the trip. The tour involved 3 rail, 4 flights and numerous private vehicle trips-all went smoothly although we were not met at one rail station and had to make our own way to the hotel-normally not an issue but at this town there was no-one to speak english so was not a smooth transition. Highlights were off course the big tourist spots of the Beijing , Xian and the incredible terracotta warriors, the Magao grottoes , Labrang Monastery,and the very colourful Zhangye Dana Landform Geological Park, and Dunhuang. We extend our tour spending extra days in Shanghai where we didn't have guides and could be free to get to art galleries etc and then went to Guilin and Yanshuo which were a wonderful and greener change from the western provinces. We were pleased to meet Janet in Guilin. Overall it was a great trip and covered the Silk Road and the rich history that it encompassed, i would suggest less time spent in Urumqi and more tome in Kashgar -there was no need to visa two lakes (we went to the Sacred lake in Urumqi but on reflection would not have that included in the tour. We highly recommend Janet and Top China Travel, but be aware they are a company that has shopping included in Beijing and Xian !
lonabrunton

5.0

We started out in Beijing and then traveled by fast train and airplanes, visiting Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshou, and finally Shanghai. We saw all the most famous and auspicious sites, scenery and nature and experienced the amazing people and culture of China. Having tour guides and drivers to ourselves made the trip intimate, friendly and provided a rare opportunity to be part of the travel rather than onlookers. Eating lunch with a retired woman in Shanghai in her home was a highlight. This is one of the best trips we have ever taken. Thank you to all our guides and drivers, Janet and Top China Travel.
SheenaLeask

5.0

Huge thank you to Janet and Eric for an excellent trip to Beijing. Booking our trip with Janet was informative of all the available itineraries and destinations to visit and she made it easy to book our chosen one. Janet kept in touch even on our birthdays, most appreciated. We were met at the airport by Eric who was very friendly and knowledgable about Beijing and very happy to answer questions we had.The days were well planned and included several attractions all in one day. For example in one day we visited Tian'an,en square, the Forbidden city and the temple of heaven. Transport from place to place was seamless and very comfortable. Overall our experience in Beijing was extremely interesting and stress free. We will definitely highly recommend Top China Travel to friends who want a great experience in Beijing.
bob

5.0

My wife and I chose TCT to plan a two week private tour of China for us and we are very glad that we did. Yocky, our travel planner, was excellent and everything worked out exactly as she had told us it would. The guides were well chosen and by and large spoke quite passable English. The younger ones sometimes tended to try and cram too much to do in one day for an older couple, but they were very flexible and quite willing to make minor alterations to our set progamme on our request. All in all, I would recommend TCT to anyone who wants an in depth look at China and its people.
pravin55

5.0

We travelled to china with TCT visiting Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, and had a wonderful time To begin with it was a pleasure interacting with our tour adviser LILY, who never got tired with our frequent change of program and dates.The arrangements were perfect, (the pickups and drops, the guides and other services).Being a vegetarian we were a bit apprehensive, but to our surprise it was also taken care very well. We have no reservations to recommend TCT and would love to take their services in future
jennysl2015

5.0

We booked a trip with Janet at TCT during February 2017. The trip needed to be tailored to our needs.... few days in Beijing, few days in Xian and a few days in QuFu (Shandong Province) where we were visiting our son. The help and service received from Janet and TCT were outstanding. Recommended, and we will definitely use Janet on our next trip to China. All guides were fine, and for individual trips we had transfers arranged, and they were always on time and excellent drivers. Thank you Janet and TCT.
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
Patricia S

5.0

We only had a few days to get a taste of China and we couldn't be happier. We visited Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. In each city our guide had exceptional local knowledge. Our tour was not set in stone with the guides flexible to suit the needs of the group. We not only saw the sites but gained in depth knowledge about them. The drivers were amazing, negotiating the hectic traffic conditions we felt very safe in their care. The guides take a personal interest in their group and look after their every need. I booked the trip over the net and had fantastic communication from start to finish. TCT is great!
Ms Masha B

5.0

My husband and I booked a two week private tour of China with Top China Travel. It was an excellent experience. Vicky, a tour consultant, offered us a very good program visiting Beijing, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai and Nanjing. We really enjoyed every location. The tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful. In Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing me made our own hotel reservation and in Xian an Zhangjiajie TCT made the reservations for us. Lunch was included in the tour and the selection of the restaurants was excellent in most locations (except Xian). Overall great tour!
StuS81

5.0

Booked on this site via tour. Gorgeous scenery throughout relaxing morning cruise down Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. Provided decent lunch on board. However, couldn't understand English of guide on board ship. After cruise group divided into side tours. Bus was 2 hours late in picking us up for return to Guilin and due to lack of organization and incompetent, non English speaking tour guide, bus dropped us off 30 minutes from our hotel at 9 pm at night with no taxi in sight.
Rick U-C

5.0

I did this tour with my wife and our adult son in early February - in fact it was Chinese New Year's eve day. We enjoyed it. We did the three star version and were impressed with how easy the guide on the tour bus made it for us. She was attentive and her English was great. The three star boats are remarkably comfortable. We were expecting wooden benches, but the cabin was carpeted, well appointed, and very comfortable. We spent much of the trip on the deck looking at the scenery of the Karst Mountain Formations, which was pretty incredible. At the end of the trip, our guide offered another smaller river cruise that included a cave, but we chose to go off on our own. We rented scooters and had fund going out to see the huge Banyan tree outside of town. Our guide had given us clear instructions on how to find the hotel where the bus picked us up on time for a drive of a couple of hours back to Guilin.
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.
A TripAdvisor Member

5.0

Enjoyed touring the Forbidden City and Great Wall of China in Beijing. Thanks to our guide Mark. He was very knowledgeable and made our time there very enjoyable.
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.
Guide39633

5.0

Our 14-day tour went great. Our online agent, Yocky, was very responsive to all the questions I had before the trip. We were met and sent off at each airport, railroad, and bus ride by local tour guides of TCT who were prompt, friendly, knowledgeable, and professionals. Thorough in explaining each of the places we visited and gladly took our questions and responded. The hotels we were checked-in were 4 stars as expected, clean and centrally located, clean, and served a great buffet breakfast (included). The respective tour guides effectively managed the time and arranged lunch stops close by the sites we visited thus not wasting touring time. Overall experience was great. Great value for the price of the tour. If we decide to tour other sites in China in the future I will definitely use TCT again.
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