10 Days Silk Road Adventure by China Orient Express

Xian, Tianshui, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi

Tour Code: TCT-Silk-Road-04

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: Annually fixed departure dates

Price from $ 3360

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Authorized by China Ministry of Railway. China Orient Express now is a high-end train used to recept state leaders and foreign envoys. 10 Days Silk Road Adventures by China Orient Express offers a luxury train tour from Xian to Urumqi with a superior 5 star service experience.

Day Destination Highlights
01 Xian Transfer service to hotel
02 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Huaqing Hot Spring
03 Xian-Tianshui Xian City Wall, Statue of Star Point of Silk Road, Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square, Famen Temple, Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show
04 Tianshui-Jiayuguan Maiji Mountain
05 Jiayuguan Jiayuguan Pass, Overhanging Great Wall
06 Jiayuguan-Dunhuang Crescent Lake & Mingsha Sand Dunes, Shazhou Night Market
07 Dunhuang-Turpan Mogao Grottoes
08 Turpan-Urumqi Karez irrigation system, Flaming Mountain, Jiaohe Ancient City
09 Urumqi Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar
10 Urumqi Transfer service to airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Xian

Arrival in Xi’an, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to hotel.Xi’an is a city with over 3000 years history and it is also the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.

Meals: No meal
Recommended Hotel: Sheraton Hotel or same class

Xian City View
Xian City View

Day 2 Xian

Have breakfast in the hotel, then we drive to the famous Terracotta Warriors, one of the eight wonders of the world. Be excited to observe China's first emperor - Emperor Qin's great army of 8000 life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses in three burial pits. Afterwards,we continue to Huaqing Hot Spring in Mt Lishan. In ancient time, emperors used to come here to bathe and enjoy the scenic beauty. It has become a favorite spa since the Tang Dynasty.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel:Sheraton Hotel or same class

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 3 Xian Tianshui

Have breakfast in hotel,we visit to the Xian City Wall, the most intact ancient Chinese wall in existence, that encircles and protects the old part of Xian City. Then proceed to visit Statue of Star Point of Silk Road and Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square, with one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China. After a drive of 120km west of Xian, we will arrive at Famen Temple which was first set up during East Han Dynasty and is renowned for storing the veritable Finger Bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha.Thereafter we return to Xi’an,the marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at Tang Dynasty Palace will be prepared for you. The various savory dishes together with the exciting show will be sure to give satisfaction to your appetite, your eyes and your mind. 22:00pm, we onboard the ' China Orient Express ' Train to Tianshui.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tang Dynasty Dinner Show
Recommended Hotel:China Orient Express Train

Xian City Wall
Xian City Wall

Day 4 Tianshui Jiayuguan

Arrival in Tianshui at 06:30am. After breakfast, we drive to visit Maiji Mountain. The natural scenery of Maiji Mountain is the most beautiful among the famous resorts of grottoes in China. The Maiji Grottoes were first constructed in 384 and thereafter gradually became one of the large-scale grotto groups in China and the famous artistic spots in the world through continuous chiseling and reconstruction during more than ten dynasties. There are extant 194 grottoes, including more than 7,200 clay and stone statues and frescoes with an area of 1,300 square meters, which are retained from the 4th o 19th century. We will take the ‘China Orient Express’ train to Jiayuguan at 16:30pm. Have another nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel: China Orient Express Train

Maiji Mountain

Day 5 Jiayuguan

After breakfast, have a visit to the Jiayuguan Pass (Jiayu Pass), the western end of the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty. It is known as 'the First and Greatest Pass under Heaven', and best preserved and most magnificent military fort in China. Then we drive 7 miles away for the Overhanging Great Wall. It got the named for riding on a mountain ridge that is 45 degrees from vertical and resembling a huge dragon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class

Jiayuguan Pass

Day 6 Jiayuguan Dunhuang

After a pleasant breakfast, 10:00 special train to Dunhuang, we specially arranged for you on the train institute of Dunhuang experts and professors explain in detail for you. Reaching Dunhuang, we proceed to Mingsha Sand Dunes (Crescent Spring and Sighing Sand Dune) - Singing Sand Dune (Mingsha Hill) helps people free from all worries and Crescent Spring purifies people's minds. After dinner, we will continue to visit Dunhuang Shazhou Night Market. It is one of the best night market in China and famous for its tasty snacks, local specialties, and crafts etc.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel: Dunhuang Hotel or same class

Mingsha Sand Dunes

Day 7 Dunhuang Turpan

After breakfast, let's visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes, which was designated as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its 1600 years accumulated cultural, architectural, and art treasures. There remains 492 cave temple and 45000 square meters of frescos. According to Tang Dynasty records, a monk had witnessed onsite a vision of thousand Buddhas under showers of golden rays. Thus inspired, he started the caves construction work that spanned ten dynasties. Mogao Caves are commonly known as the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. At 17:00hr, we embark the 'China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Turpan. Over night in China Orient Express

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel:China Orient Express Train

Mogao Grottoes

Day 8 Turpan Urumqi

It’s a day for Turpan sightseeing! Visit Karez irrigation system at 07:00am, to witness the wisdom of Uygur people. The irrigation system is especially designed for desert. If connecting all these underground channels, the total length will reach more than 5000 km, so it is regarded as one of the three engineering miracles of ancient China, along with the Great Wall and the Jinghang Grand Canal. Thereafter, we move to Flaming Mountain, well known by Chinese people because of the legendary story 'Journey to the West'. It is regarded as the hottest place in China. Then We drive to Jiaohe Ancient City, an island-shaped plateau situated at Yar Town. It is the largest, oldest and well preserved earth-structured city in the world, with a history of 2000-2300 years.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel: Hoi Tak Hotel or same class

Jiaohe Ancient City

Day 9 Urumqi

After breakfast, visit Heavenly Lake on Tianshan (boat tour). The mountain Lake stands 1980 meters above sea level and features picturesque scenery of snowcapped peaks. It a great pleasure to boat travel Heavenly Lake, with a layer of magical color covering the lake, and hearing many beautiful myths and legends. Then head for Urumqi, and visit Xinjiang  Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner(Xinjiang Roasted Whole Lamb)
Recommended Hotel: Hoi Tak Hotel or same class

Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar

Day 10 Departure Urumqi

Today is the day of farewell to your memorable silk road trip and the unique China Orient Express. After a pleasant breakfast, free at your own leisure till the assemble time for the transferring to airport for the flight back to your hometown or next destination. Bon voyage!

Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Prices (per person in US$)

1. For travelers who plan to take China Orient Express from Xian to Urumqi or Urumqi to Xian
10-Day Route in September : Xian-Tianshui-Jiayuguan-Dunhuang-Turpan-Urumqi or vice versa
Tour Date: Sep 02-Sep 11 (Route A: Urumqi to Xi'an), Sep 07-Sep 16 (Route B: Xian to Urumqi)

9-Day Route in June: Xi'an-Lanzhou-Jiayuguan-Dunhuang-Turpan-Urumqi or vice versa
Tour Date: May 26-Jun 03 (Route A: Urumqi to Xi'an), May 30-Jun 07 (Route B: Xian to Urumqi)
What you need to know: The itinerary in June is a bit different from the 10-day itinerary in September. We cut one day Xian tour and the stop of Tianshui, instead we arrange take high speed train on the morning of Day3 to Lanzhou, from Lanzhou, the tourists will change to China Oriental Express Train. For more detailed itinerary of tour in June, please request by contacting with us.
Type of Cabin
Single Supplement (S.S.)
S.S. in Hotel
S.S. in China Orient Express
(A) Urumqi—Xian
(B) Xian—Urumqi
(A) 09.02-09.11
(B) 09.07-09.16
Diamond En-Suite
Type of Cabin
Single Supplement (S.S.)
S.S. in Hotel
S.S. in China Orient Express
(A) Urumqi—Xian
(B) Xian—Urumqi
(A) 05.26-06.03
(B) 05.30-06.07
Diamond En-Suite
Note: Diamond En-Suite is luxury double room with personal wash room and shower room in each room. The above price is based on 2 persons sharing a room. If one person would like to stay a room, he or she need to pay single supplement.
1. All prices in US dollars;
2. Prices subject to change without any further notice;
3. Minimum two (2) passengers booking
4. Gratuities are not included, Current rate for all services is Total of USD10.00 per person per day
5. Accommodation and tour itineraries are subject to change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control
6. We reserve the right to distribute passengers of sharing cabins; in case the cabin cannot be share, the cost applies on the passengers in the cabin
7. Children age under 11, will be credit only the difference on hotel room costs
8. No 3 passengers share one hotel room. If only 3 passengers in a 4-person cabin, one passenger has to pay extra hotel room costs.

Price includes:
Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and organizational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your voyage of a lifetime. We receive many exceptional passenger comments about our Tour Managers and their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your holiday.

Arrival and departure transfers are included.

Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or relaxing in the train’s public areas, you will find your hotel room or cabin a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day. Hotel and onboard accommodation as described in your individual tour itinerary are included in the tour price. All hotels are of 5 star standard or, in certain locations, the best available. Room upgrades are available on request and at extra cost.

When you board the train there will be a brochure in your cabin detailing more about your journey and the places en-route. Our Tour Manager will organize a programed of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a programed for the next day’s touring schedule.

All departures feature one or two uniquely designed restaurant cars where you can enjoy the excellent waiter-served food and wine. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.

A drinks allowance is included with lunch and dinner.

Throughout your tour you can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unobtrusive. The high ratio of staff to passenger’s means there is always someone available should you need assistance.

To give you peace of mind our tours are accompanied by a doctor who travels with us for the entire journey; so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required.

Your car attendants provide 24-hour housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant always on duty to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.

Price excludes:
1.International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
2.China Entry Visa Fees
3.Excess Baggage Charges
4.Personal Expenses such as visa costs, insurance, drinks from the bar car, laundry, spa treatments, hairdressing.
5. Single Room Supplement.
6. Tip: Full Service Staff Tip USD10.00 per person per day (Train staff, Special train porter, the tour leader, local driver and local guide).

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City Local Specialties Nights Shows

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