16 Days Standard History and Legend Tour to Silk Road

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

One of the Top Three Grottoes in Gansu-Binglingsi Grottoes,One of the Eight Wonders of the World-Terracotta Warriors Museum,The Highest Tower in Asia & The Symbol of Shanghai-Oriental Pear Tower,Reasonable Tour Arrangement & Meals Quality Guarantee

Private Tour
Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai

After you arrive in Shanghai, our local guide will pick you up and then drive to hotel for a good rest.

Meals: No meal
Day 2 Shanghai

After breakfast, you will visit a place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden(1 hour). Then head to Jade Buddha Temple, a venerable and famous Buddhist temple in Shanghai. Next visit the Nanjing Road, the most famous shopping street in Shanghai. Atferwards, proceed to the Bund, home to international architecture with dozens of high buildings standing (40 minutes)and a large museum of ancient Chinese art, Shanghai Meseum(1.5 hours). At night, appreciate a fantastic Acrobatic Show.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Shanghai to Xian

After breakfast, take a morning flight to Xian. Arrive in Xian, your guide will meet you at the airport and help you check in the hotel. The rest time will be free on your own.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Xian

Today you will go to take a Terrecotta Warriors and Horses travel, the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century (2 hours); and Qin Tomb, Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (1 hour). Then head to the Big Wild Googse Pagoda, one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China (1 hour). After that, go ahead to visit a complex and well-organized system of defense for the city - Ancient City Wall (1 hour). At night, you will enjoy Dumpling Dinner (1 hour) and Tang Dynasty Dance Show (1 hour).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Xian to Lanzhou

In the morning, your guide will pick you up from the hotel, you will visit the Great Mosque. Afterwards, take a flight to Lanzhou. Arrive in Lanzhou, your guide will help you check in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Lanzhou

Today you will have a day's time to visit the Binglingsi Grottoes, a very important historical site, both amazing in craft art and in religious meaning.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Lanzhou to Xiahe

In the morning, you will be driven to Xiahe. Visit the Sangke Grassland, famous for its excellent pasture and frequent magnificent Buddhist ceremonies.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Xiahe to Lanzhou

In the morning, visit the Labrang Monastery. It is Tibetan Buddhism's most important monastery town outside Tibet itself. It is famous for thousands of statues of Buddha made of gold, silver, copper, and aluminum. Then you will be driven back to Lanzhou, visit the Gansu Provincial Museum. It has an excellent selection of exhibits relating to Gansu and the Silk Road. 75,000 cultural relics including natural resources and historical exhibits are exhibited here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Lanzhou to Dunhuang

Today begin your tour with a visit to the Ancient Water Mill, Water Mill is a kind of ancient implement for irrigating at past. This Mill Wheel was imitated by Lanzhou Government for reappearance.Driven to airport to take a flight to Dunhuang. Arrive in Dunhuang, check in your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Dunhuang to Turpan

In the morning, your guide will pick you up from the train station. Then transfer to 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.
Take an overnight soft-sleeper train to Turpan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Turpan

In the morning, 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 12 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. In the morning, our local professional guide will take you to visit the Buddhist Bezelkik Caves. 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 13 Urumqi to Beijing

Today you'll take a morning flight to Beijing. Check in your hotel. Then pay a visit the Summer Palace, the largest, most beautiful and exquisite imperial garden in the world. (90 minutes).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Beijing

You will start your Beijing day trip from the Tiananmen Square including Tiananmen Rostrum, the symbolic landmark of Beijing and China and other main buildings such as National Museum of China, Great Hall of the People, parliament building of China, etc. (30 minutes). Afterwards, visit the Forbidden City, the largest imperial palace complex in the world. (2 hours) After lunch, visit , the largest building complex for worshiping the God of Heaven in the worldTemple of Heaven(90 minutes).
At night, enjoy the Beijing Duck Dinner and appreciate a Chinese Kung Fu Show.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15 Beijing

First visit Mutianyu Great Wall, which is the best preserved section of the Great Wall. Climb up the Great Wall, well-known for the longest defense wall in the world. (Cable Car is optional). (2 hours)

After lunch, visit Ming Tombs – Dingling, the mausoleum of Emperor Yongle who was the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty. (1 hour) Then driven back to the hotel, on the way, visit the Bird’s Nest from the exterior.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 16 Depart Beijing

Today you will be transfered to the airport for your departure flight, tour ends.

Meals: Breakfast
Travel Period 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers
Dec.1- Feb.28 US$3951 US$3353
Mar.1- Nov.30 US$4217 US$3455

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. Buffet breakfast, Chinese lunch or dinner as listed in the itinerary.
3. Well-equipped 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 unless specified.
5. Airfare of Shanghai-Xian, Xian-Lanzhou, Lanzhou-Dunhuang, Urumqi-Beijing. Soft-sleeper train from Dunhuang-Turpan.
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.

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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.

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