19 Days Silk Road Experience

Beijing, Xian, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Wuwei, Zhangye, Jiayuguan Pass, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, Shanghai

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Tour Code: TCT-Silk-Road-03

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

  Discover the wonders along Silk Road to Gansu and Xinjiang Province
  Start from Beijing, the ancient and modern capital of China with cultural relics
  Xian, the eastern terminus and also the start of your very Silk Road adventure
  Visit those most important passes in the ancient time like Jiayuguan and Yumenguan
  Tour ends by flying via Urumqi to the metropolis of Shanghai
 

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

Price from $ 3170

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Day 1Arrival Beijing
Be transferred to the hotel

Meals: No meals
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
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: 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 tonight as an optional activity.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Day 3Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs

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 Ming Tombs (Changling Tomb). After the tour, how about taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck for your optional dinner.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 4Beijing - Xian
Hutong Tour by rickshaw, High speed train to Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Xian

In the morning, take a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw to visit the ancient lanes and alleyways of Beijing. Be transferred to take a high speed train (5.5 hours) to Xian in the afternoon.

Hutong Tour by Rickshaw
Hutong Tour by Rickshaw

Day 5Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient Xian City Wall

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Xian

Today, enjoy your full day visit 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. If you are interested, you can enjoy the Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner as your optional night activity.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 6Xian - Xiahe
Flight to Xiahe, Sangke Grass

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Xiahe

In the morning, take an early morning flight to Xiahe for a visit to Sangke Grass, which is famous for summer-blooming Sangke flowers and frequent magnificent Buddhist ceremonies. Stay overnight near Labrang Monastery.

Sangke Grass
Sangke Grass

Day 7Xiahe - Lanzhou
Labrang Lamasery, private transfer to Lanzhou

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Lanzhou

Before driving to Lanzhou, you will take a short visit to Labrang Lamasery, one of the six great monasteries of the Geluk (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism. You will then transferred to Lanzhou.

Labrang Lamasery
Labrang Lamasery

Day 8Lanzhou - Wuwei
White Pagoda Hill Park, Gansu Provincial Museum, Private transfer to Wuwei

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Wuwei

Today after breakfast, have a visit to those must-see sites covering White Pagoda Hill Park and Gansu Provincial Museum. After that drive to Wuwei and stay overnight there.

Gansu Provincial Museum
Gansu Provincial Museum

Day 9Wuwei - Zhangye
Leitai Tomb, Wuwei Wen Miao, Tiantishan Grottoes Coach to Zhangye

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Zhangye

Today, after breakfast, enjoy your visit to Leitai Tomb, Wuwei Wen Miao (Confucian Temple) and Tiantishan Grottoes. After the tour drive to Zhangye and have a rest of this day.

Tiantishan Grottoes
Tiantishan Grottoes

Day 10Zhangye - Jiayuguan City
Wooden Tower, Grand Buddha Temple, Zhangye Danxia Landform Park, Coach to Jiayuguan City

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: 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. And then drive to visit Zhangye Danxia Landform Park to appreciate the beautiful rainbow mountain there. Continue to drive to Jiayuguan City.

Zhangye Danxia Landform Park
Zhangye Danxia Landform Park

Day 11Jiayuguan City - Dunhuang
Jiayuguan Pass, Overhanging Great Wall, Coach to Dunhuang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: 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.

Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass

Day 12Dunhuang
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 13Dunhuang -Turpan
Mogao Grottoes, Train to Turpan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Turpan

Today, you will take a visit to Mogao Grottoes (4 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 have a bullet train (4 hours) from Liuyuan railway station to Turpan, an oasis city, is located at the southern foot of Bogda Peak and in the center of Turpan Depression.

Mogao GrottoesMogao Grottoes

Day 14Turpan-Urumqi
Emin Minaret, Karez Well,Ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City, Private transfer 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. Then go to visit the mysterious death city-the Ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City, which reveals traces of a prosperous ancient trading center and military stronghold 1,600 years ago. Then be transferred to Urumqi (Turpan-Urumqi 200km, about 2 - 2.5 hours driving)

Note: Click Xinjiang Map to see about the general geography of this place. 

Jiaohe Ancient City
Jiaohe Ancient City

Day 15Urumqi
Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang Regional Museum, Erdaoqiao Bazaar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: 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.

Tianchi Lake
Tianchi Lake

Day 16Urumqi - Kashgar
Flihght to Kashgar, Zhiren Street, Id Kah Mosque, Apak Hoja Tomb, Local Bazaar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Kashgar

In the morning, check out from hotel in the morning and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kashgar. Continue a leisure stroll along Zhiren Street, an old street with an amazing hand-made stuff from strictly utilitarian cookware to exotic musical instruments. Then come to visit the 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 17Kashgar
Karakul Lake

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Kashgar

Today you will have a leisure day in Kashgar. Take a bus tour through the Karakurum Highway to Karakul Lake, enjoy the beautiful snow –capped mountain of Muztagh Ata and the lake. Then drive back to overnight in Kashgar.

Karakul Lake
Karakul Lake

Day 18Kashgar - Shanghai
Flight to Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: In Shanghai

Free at leisure until be transferred to the airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, be transferred to hotel and the rest time is free.

The Bund
Shanghai City View

Day 19Departure Shanghai
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 $4286 $4633
6 ~ 9 pax $3170 $3517
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4542 $4893
6 ~ 9 pax $3414 $3765
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4905 $5419
6 ~ 9 pax $3749 $4263
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

Mishki_12

5.0

We used Top China Travel for planning our trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou. Bonnie from TCT was our contact person. She was very helpful, corresponded with us by email before our trip and was extremely responsive and flexible, trying to accommodate our interests. . Every aspect of the trip was well planned and organized. She purchased our tickets on the bullet train, reserved our hotel in Hangzhou (hotel Shangri-La), arranged for airport transfer, and excellent private guide in Hangzhou and Shanghai. We highly recommend TCT for visiting China. Thank you Bonnie.
yunhoh212

5.0

I traveled Zhangjiajie with my wife. After finding TCT, I customized my travel with TCT. Vicky in TCT offered me a right plan that I was looking for. Travel guide, Victor was sincerely guided us and responded to our on-site requests. I left my earrings in the hotel and contacted Victor for it. With his help, Hotel sent it to me with one-day shipping and I received it safely. This made my travel more enjoyable with one more great memory. Zhangjiajie is must see place. I still remember breath-taking view. With kind people, it is more shiny.
PunkNelson

5.0

Great Hotel stay Very Nice Tour guides Convenient planned daily trips Average selection of restaurant for food though
Natasha J

5.0

I can't recommend this company enough!! I started talking to Yocky via the chat system on their website, as we wanted to do a 2.5 week trip around China. Our itinerary was: Shenzhen-Beijing-Xian-Kunming-Dongchuan-Chengdu-Guilin-Sanya Here's how things went: 1) She was instant in her replies and responded to subsequent emails within the hour (and trust me, I sent A LOT of emails). She was always so thorough and efficient. 2) She made us a tailor made trip that covered everything we wanted, including some slightly more off the beaten track attractions. 3) She helped us keep to our budget and suggested reasonable things we could cut out when things were too expensive (not something many companies would do as they are trying to make a quick buck). 4) She listened to all of our requests for things such as early morning flights, vegetarian food, and readjusting itineraries. 5) All our drivers and guides were EXCELLENT; they were prompt, kind, spoke excellent English and had a wealth of knowledge about all the sites we saw. All the cars on our private tours were nice and comfortable and had water. 6) Despite asking for 3* hotels, all 7 hotels we stayed in seemed like 4* to us and all included breakfast. 7) With such a large and complicated trip there were bound to be a few hiccups (e.g. there was a marathon in Xian one day which meant a lot of roads were closed, so we couldn't access sites). Yocky was in touch with us the entire time and helped us rearrange our plans quickly and ordered complimentary tickets to a show to make up for the inconvenience. We were so nervous about our first trip to China as we speak no mandarin and are strict vegetarian but honestly this was one of the best trips of our life; this company made it so easy for us and I really can't imagine having been able to do it myself any better!
Niels d

5.0

My girlfriend and I just returned from our first holiday to China, and we are very satisfied with the service Top China Travel provided.
Our trip included visiting Hong Kong (own arrangement), Guilin, Fenghuang and Zhangjiajie and was very spectacular!
Our organizer Janet Chan was very helpful in the months preceding our trip and was able to tailor our itinerary to our needs and budget.
TCT provided knowledgable, English speaking guides with attention to our specific wishes.
Drivers were always nice, polite and experienced, although they did not speak English (which was not necessary, as the guide was always with us to translate).
We also enjoyed good help in traveling between places in China by means of public ground transport (buses and trains), which is very well organized in China and is recommended above flying both in terms of comfort and price plus you see more of the country.
We were able to get the best out of our stay in China thanks to the service of Top China Travel and would heartily recommend this agency to everyone who is planning a holiday to China!
Marfutta

5.0

We took the private 21 day Panorama tour for two, and it was above an beyond any expectations. We've got absolutely impeccable service - the guides / drivers were never late, even for a second - they were expecting us at the airports, train stations, hotel lobbies, always ready to take care of us. All the hotels were great, with very ample buffet breakfast included. Cars were nice and comfortable, equipped with A/C, and bottled water was always there for us. Great itineraries too, with Tibet included - a lot of incredible sightseeing - never were disappointed. Couple tips: 1.Tibet was a bit tough due to high altitude - if we knew, we'd ask for the room with oxygen - they are about $40-50 more per night, but totally worth it. 2.There is optional ERA show in Shanghai, but if you want to see it, you need to book it at least 2 months in advance. We didn't know, so we had to miss it. 3.I'd recommend you take some toilet paper with you, when you head for excursions.
A TripAdvisor Member

5.0

I booked the 8 day Beijing, Xian and Shanghai tour. Merry was our guide in Beijing. She was great. Met us at airport. Was on time for all transfers and communicated everything to us ahead of time. We let her make the food choices for us after she enquirered what we like. She chose very well. The food was outstanding. She asked what we liked and catered our tour to our liking. We added to one day making it a 12 hour day. She was polite and professional throughout. We stayed at Howard Johnsons Paragon hotel. It wAs a nice hotel and the complimentary breakfasts were great. Off to the next portion of our trip.
tornadoetienne

5.0

We travelled to China for our honeymoon and selected Top China Travel as our travel partner when visiting Zhangjiajie and Guilin. From the moment we spoke to Vicky Lu (the travel advisor), we knew that TopChinaTravel was a reliable company to join. Victor, our guide in Zhangjiajie was excellent. He took us to the best spots and gave us some valuable tips in order to avoid queues and the masses. We spent 4 days in Zhangjiajie. It was raining heavily on the first day and we didn't get to see much, but Victor went out of his way and changed around the itinerary in order for us to see the attractions on other days. We really appreciated this! In Guilin we were met by another excellent guide Ms. Liu. She was very helpful and noted carefully our wants and needs. We were never met with a negative answer whenever and whatever we asked. On the whole, this was an adventour of a lifetime for both myself and my wife! We definitely recommend Top China Travel as a tour operator in China!
Gamini H

5.0

We went on an 11 day Private tour organised by TCT to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Cruise on Li River and Shanghai. Everything was so perfectly and professionally organized by Bonnie. Prior to the commencement of the holiday she was so helpful and responded very promptly to all our questions and requests. The tour was perfectly tailored to our taste and we have seen and experienced more than what we expected. The Guides were very knowledgeable, especially Christina in regards to her proficiency in English and the knowledge (Sabrina – Beijing, Christina – Xian, Jay Guilin and Alice Shanghai). They were very helpful and went out of their way to help us and make us happy. At times communication became somewhat challenging though, it did not significantly affect us. They recommended very pleasing, fantastic and one of a kind shows that left memorable impressions on us. We highly recommend TCT to anyone who is planning to have a tour in China. Thank you Bonnie and the team for the wonderful and memorable holiday. Gamini & Wijitha
Gamini H

5.0

We went on an 11 day Private tour organised by TCT to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Cruise on Li River and Shanghai. Everything was so perfectly and professionally organized by Bonnie. Prior to the commencement of the holiday she was so helpful and responded very promptly to all our questions and requests. The tour was perfectly tailored to our taste and we have seen and experienced more than what we expected. The Guides were very knowledgeable, especially Christina in regards to her proficiency in English and the knowledge (Sabrina – Beijing, Christina – Xian, Jay Guilin and Alice Shanghai). They were very helpful and went out of their way to help us and make us happy. At times communication became somewhat challenging though, it did not significantly affect us. They recommended very pleasing, fantastic and one of a kind shows that left memorable impressions on us. We highly recommend TCT to anyone who is planning to have a tour in China. Thank you Bonnie and the team for the wonderful and memorable holiday. Gamini & Wijitha
fitness4everq8

5.0

Planned a trip to china and searched many companies online. Top China Travel was the best one. Their agent Vicky was amazing and gave us with a great offer. When we got there , we were amazed by their services. Guides were fluent in English, very friendly, and punctual. We had a great time and I really recommend TopChinaTravel for anyone who wants to see the best in China.
WojtekPoland2015

5.0

As a partner for few events in China in a different localisation and with different programs, the TCT represented by Mrs Janet Chan, showed unexpected involvement on all details. Helpful hints, flexibility and many other features ( relations with local subcontractors ) made our business on highest leavel with uncommon feedback....
Samin I

5.0

The country is beautiful and glamorous from the inside and the outside. Including the people. Special thanks to our tour guide,LILY who made our trip memorable She planned everything from our our tickets to our food and shopping. Her service was excellent just like her behaviour. We had a misfortune of losing three newly bought phones. Even though we couldn't get the phones back lilly helped us through all the procedure from the police station to the street cc tv. And the lunch she provided us today in front of the great wall was perfect and elegant. Thank you for everything lilly. Hope we get you the next time we visit china again. And visit my country bangladesh anytime you like with your daughter and husband :)
nt281

5.0

Our guide picked us up on time despite all the traffic of National Holiday Week and explained to us early on that her English was not great (however still enough to communicate some history of the village and the region) but she was very friendly and helpful. We were told we would go to another village rather than Ping'an because of the crowds which we much preferred because it meant we could explore this one (however we did not see a long hair show).
FromRichmondVA

5.0

Almost every Guilin hotel can provide something like this tour, including a bus return with a couple of pleasant stops. The basic set up is hotel pickup, transport to a boat loading area, a flotilla of those boats going down the river, and then some time in Yangshuo. But be careful about the return. It is often an add on item for an additional cost, and the connection in Yangshuo can be a bit dicey if your boat happens to be going behind schedule. So book through your hotel and take a phone so you can contact the tour guide if you need to. But you might also want to stay overnight in Yangshuo. That's probably what I would do if I had it to do over.
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