14 Days China Silk Road Tour

Tour Route: Shanghai, Xian, Lanzhou, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Beijing

This tour will take you to the mysterious and attractive historical Silk Route in old China, it covers most of the famous spots in Silk Road and together with Top 3 destinations in China. Arrival in Shanghai,fly to Xian-the start point of the Silk Road, along the road to Dunhuang,Turpan,Urumqi and fly to Beijing at the end.

TCT-08
Daily
Private Tour
Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai

Our local professional guide and experienced driver will expect you at the airport after your baggage reclaim and customs clearance, and then escort you to check in the hotel in downtown area. Relax during the rest time of the day to recover from the jet leg.

Meals: No meal
Day 2 Shanghai

Today you will taste the feature of Shanghai both "Classic and Modern".
First stop is Yu Garden,which reflects a very typical southern China garden style. Jagged pavilion with elegant decoration, glittering pools with roving fish, sprouting pine trees, all these pleasant scenes refresh your mood.Continue to visit the nearby Yuyuan Market which is a bustling bazaar in old town of Shanghai. Visit Old French Concession for the featured architectures there.
Drive to Pudong New Area to explore the modern Shanghai. Visit Oriental Pearl Tower to have a bird view of Shanghai.
Lastly, enjoy a leisure walk along the Bund to appreciate the historical architecture and the skyline of this modern city along the Huangpu River.

Free-time Ideas(Optional): a night cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy a fantastic view of Shanghai or a breathtaking Acrabatic Show.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Shanghai to Xian

Today you will be transferred to Shanghai airport and fly to Xian. Be met by our Xian guide and transfer to your Xian hotel.
In the afternoon,visit Ancient City Wall--the best preserved ancient city wall in China. The wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide encircles the city and is perfect for panoramic view of the city.
Followed by a relaxing wandering around the bustling and lively Muslim Street, where you can taste the most famous Xian food and experience local culture.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Xian

In the morning, visit one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world-Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The terracotta warriors and horses of life size are arranged in battle formations at the museum.
After lunch, be driven back to city area and visit Shaanxi Historical Museum, where over 300,000 invaluable historical items are on exhibition.
Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda-- the very important Buddhism temple in China.

Free-time Ideas(Optional): Enjoy the Dummpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Dance Show.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Xian to Dunhuang

Free activities in the morning. Fly to Dunhuang in the afternoon, be met by local guide and check into your Dunhuang hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Dunhuang

In the morning, visit the famous Mogao Caves, containing some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years.
Then take a Camel-Riding along the Echoing-Sand Dune to reach the Crescent Lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Dunhuang to Turpan

Today’s highlight is the Yardang National Geopark. Yardang has been created over time by the sort part of the earth surface having being eroded by wind and rain, with the hard part of the rocks remaining in the desert. You will drive from Dunhuang city westwards.
On route, visit the Yumenguan Pass and Ruin of Great Wall of Han Dynasty.
Be driven back to Dunhuang city and take the overnight train to Turpan.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Turpan

Your guide will meet you at Railway Station and escort you to your hotel in Turpan. After a brief rest in hotel, visit Jiaohe Ruins, lies ten kilometers to the west of Turpan, situated on an island in the middle of river waters flowing throug the Yarnaz Valley—the name itself means "at the confluence of two rivers."
Next proceed to the famous Karez Well. Some people hold the view that Karez Wells of Xinjiang, the Great Wall and Canal constitute three Ancient Chinese Works.
After that, you'll have a visit to the Sugong Pagoda. The pagoda displays the typical features of Uygur architecture.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Turpan to Urumqi

In the morning, you will visit the Gaochang Ruins. Gaochang was built in the 1st century BC, it was an important site along the Silk Road. It played a key role as a transportation hub in western China.
After that, pay a visit to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave. These caves used to be palace temples of the Huihu Kingdom.
Afterwards, you'll move to the Flaming Hill. The climate of this mountain is harsh and the temperature is extremely hot in the summer, the hottest spot in China with frequent temperature reaching over 50 °C or higher. After the sightseeing, you will be driven to Urumqi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Urumqi

After breakfast, drive to visit the beautiful Heaven lake. It is located on the Heaven Mountain. In ancient fairytale, it was the fairyland where the Heavenly Queen lived. It is the best summer resort in Xinjiang. Cruising on a boat, enjoying the breathtaking picturesque views of inverted reflection of snow mountains, flourishing plants and blooming flowers around the lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Urumqi to Beijing

Fly to Beijing in the morning, be met by local guide and check into your Beijing hotel. Then visit the Temple of Heaven, the sacred altar for worshiping the God of Heaven in the world.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 12 Beijing

A buffet breakfast & real fresh coffee will kick start your day. Your private guide will be on time and waiting in arrivals.
First stop, Tiananmen Square. It is the third largest city square in the world. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.
Next visit the Forbidden City, which is 24 emperor's palace in Dynasty Ming and Qing. It is called Gu Gong in Chinese, located in the Center of Beijing. It is the ancient palace which has the largest scale, most magnificent, and best reservation in the world.
Explore the construction art and royal dignity in the largest, most beautiful and exquisite imperial garden--Summer Palace.

Free-time Ideas(Optional): Kungfu Show/Peking Opera is highly recommended in Beijing. Your guide can help you get tickets.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Beijing

In the morning, you take a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to reach China's most renowned monument—Great Wall(Mutianyu section, less crowed). Take a cable car up to the Great Wall, climbing up the venerable ramparts,you will marvel at this great constructions. On the way down,those of you feeling adventurous can choose the gravity-propelled toboggan!
In the afternoon, visit Ding Tomb, mausoleum of the 13th emperor of Ming Dynasty.
Drive back to Beijing city, have an exterior visit of Beijing Olympic Village (Bird's Nest and Water Cube).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Depart from Beijing

Your private car, driver and guide will be ready and waiting at your hotel lobby to get you to the airport on time. Sit back and relax as they help you check-in and escort you to the correct security gate.

Meals: Breakfast
Travel Period 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers
Dec.1- Feb.28 US$3100 US$2650
Mar.1- Nov.30 US$3400 US$2950

1. The price is based on stay in China four star hotels. If you want to deduct, upgrade or downgrade the hotel, please indicate this while sending the inquiry.
2. You will enjoy more discounts if there is more people join the tour.
3. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Qingming Festival Holiday (Apr. 4 - 6, 2020 ), Labor's Day Holiday (May 1 - 3, 2020) ,Dragon Boat Festival Holiday (Jun. 25 - 27, 2020) and National Day Holiday (Oct 1- Oct 8, 2020).

1. All arrangements and first admission/entrance fees of scenic spots specified in the itinerary.
2. Meals as listed in the itinerary.
3. Well-equipped private commercial vehicle with excellent private guide and driver accompanied on your tour between airports, train stations, scenic spots and hotels.
4. Four Star Hotel based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast.
5. Shanghai-Xian-Dunhuang/ Urumqi-Beijing airfare with airports taxes, fuel charges;Dunhuang-Turpan high speed train,
6. Travel Agency’s Liability Insurance with your tour inside China.
7. Chinese government taxes and the city construction fees on your travel tour.

1. China entry visa fees.
2. International or domestic airfare or train tickets not included in the itinerary.
3. Meals not specified in the itinerary and extra and alcoholic or beverages during meals.
4. Tips for guides and drivers.
5. Personal expense: e.g. mini bar, personal telecommunications, laundry, excess baggage charges etc.)
6. Excursions and activities not included in itinerary.
7. Single room supplement.


Interested in this itinerary but would like to make changes to the hotels, destinations, sites, or anything else? Contact us here to customize this itinerary just for you.

It is flexible to change the duration, attractions, starting and ending cities according to your interests. Also the tour can be extended or shorten as your preference, just let your trip consultant know.
All of the tour packages exclude the international airfares. We suggest you can book it one your own. You can compare the price between OTAs (Expedia, Priceline, Sky scanner...) and the airlines. When you have a confirmed date, set alarm and compare it always.
As the China Visa, we cannot apply for you as we are an China inbound travel company. However, we can send you our invitation letter with our company's official seal to you after you booked the tour from us, which could assist you to get China Visa from China embassy easily. Usually, we suggest you to apply the visa about one month or one month and a half before your travel date.
For the breakfast, it is offered by the hotel you stay, usually Chinese and Western buffet breakfast. As for the lunch, we offer 80RMB per person for a standard Chinese meal at a nice tourist restaurant. If you want to order other kind of meals, such as vegetarian, Muslim meals, Indian Meals, please let your trip consultant know. Dinner usually will be left for you to choose the food you prefer. Our guide will help you to balance each meal such as your taboo, your preference and avoid repeated food. You have to pay for the extra cost if you want to take better or more. The meals on Yangtze Cruise are fixed Chinese and Western Buffet.
All the hotels can be replaced by your favorite ones or you can book your own hotels. And the hotel room we offered here usually is standard with twin beds. If you want to have king-size bed room or suite, please let your trip advisor know. Besides, all the accommodation are quoted on two persons sharing one room. The room supplement must be paid if you want to have a single room.
* Most hotels we offered in our tour package have WIFI in the lobby, and some of which have WIFI in hotel rooms. If you need the WIFI in your room, please make sure with your trip advisor.
We have non-shopping private tour and tour with carefully selected shops. For tour with shops, the price will be lower, and you will enter one or two shops in every tourist city. The shops could be jade, silk, pearl, Chinese tea etc., all of which have strong China's character and is worthy to buy. Each shop will take you around 45 minutes. We promise there is no compulsory consumption at all. You get the situation in your hands.
* Department stores, supermarkets, boutiques, hotel and restaurants in most cities of China do accept the credit card with the sigh of MasterCard, VISA and JCB. However, it does generate commission charge. Please check the regulations with your bank manager.
All domestic flight we offered is the economic class, which you can carry one hand-on luggage no more than 5 kg for free. The total of free registered luggage is no more than 20kg. Excess luggage will charge you some extra fees, be aware of that. The free registered luggage allowance in China domestic train is 20kg.
The insurance provided by us is called Travel Agencies' Liability Insurance, which covers accidents occurring during the activities arranged by travel agency. It does not cover mishaps or physical problems occurring outside the guided tour period or caused by clients themsevles, so we highly suggest you purchase the full coverage travel insurance from your country of origin.
For group of 1-4 passengers, recommend US$ 4-8 per tourist per day for guide, and US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide; for group of 5 and above, recommend US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide, and US$2-4 per tourist per day for driver. Besides, we highly recommend you to tip every day to encourage better service from them in the next coming days. However, if you have genuine reason not to tip, don't.
Usually, the deposit of tour package accounts for 30% of the total quotation, and the balance should be paid 30 days before your tour date. Payment methods we accept include Bank Transfer and PayPal, Credit Card and so on. More details you can check the Payment Guide page. Moreover, Children who are less than 12 y/o have their own discounts, please contact with your trip advisor.

write your question

Your Name: E-mail:

Any part of this itinerary can be altered to fit your need, e.g. accommodation, add/skip city, tour length... Click below to tell us what you're looking for:

Inquire about this trip

If you want to make some change about this itinerary, let us customize a private China tour for you to meet your requirements. You will get:

  • 100% tailor-made trip
  • Quality service at best value
  • Authentic travel experiences

Help Me Creat My Trip
Free travel guide & quotation within 24 hrs!

<