Silk Road China Tour October 2014
Silk Road Tour
Beijing – Xi’an – Dunhuang – Turpan – Urumqi 10D 9N
Note: the staff at Tropical Sails Corp has been on this tour. See the Google blogspot link at the lower left of this page. Give us a call with your questions. Also, see the blog by Mike and Carol on their Silk Road Adventure. Link in the comment section.
Day 1: 16th Oct., 2014 Arrival Beijing D
Arrive in Beijing, our capital city, take a taxi to hotel, our guide will welcome you at the hotel, then take a walk at the Wangfujing Pedestrian Street. Option: Peking Roast Duck Dinner.
Overnight in Beijing
Day 2: 17th Oct., 2014 Beijing B/L
After breakfast, you will set out for the first highlight of this tour, the Great Wall at Badaling. You will have the opportunity to not only see one of the most impressive sections of the Great Wall of China but also have a walk along it. After lunch you will take a visit to the Underground Palace of Dingling which will allow you to see imperial coffins, burial artifacts and treasures. On the way back to hotel, take an outside sightseeing of the Bird Nest & Water Cube of 2008 Peking Olympic Game. Option: Peking Opera.
Overnight in Beijing
Day 3: 18th Oct., 2014 Beijing tour & take night train to Xi’an B/L
Today we will visit some of the contrasting sights of Beijing. Our first stop will be at Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Dominating the north side of the square is the massive red Tian’anmen Gate through which we will pass into the fabled Forbidden City and another age, where we will see the home of the members of the royal family and their court during China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties. After lunch, free time for shopping at Xiushui Market or take optional tour of Hutong Tour by rickshaw. After dinner, transfer to the train station to take sleeper train to Xi’an.
Overnight on train
Day 4: 19th Oct., 2014 Xi’an B/L
Arrive in Xi’an in the morning, after breakfast, we will set out for another highlight of your tour, the Terracotta Warriors Museum. The thousands of life size soldiers and horses were created to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Emperor to unite China under his firm rule. The royal tomb itself has yet to be opened but the rank upon rank of Warriors is a sight that is unrivalled anywhere in the world. Then visit the ancient Xi’an City Wall (14th century) one of the most important city walls in China. Option: Tang Dynasty Dinner Show.
Overnight in Xi’an
Day 5: 20th Oct., 2014 Xi’an – Dunhuang B/D
In the morning visit the Provincial History Museum which has the richest collection of artifacts in China. Then free time for your exploration on the Muslim Street. The afternoon is free for your leisure and in the evening take a night flight to Dunhuang.
Overnight in Dunhuang
Day 6: 21st Oct., 2014 Dunhuang tour & take night train to Turpan B/L/D
Transfer to visit the Mogao Grottoes also known as Thousand Buddha Cave is one of three noted grottoes in China and also the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. Despite years of erosion, the murals are still brightly colored, with clear lines. Through pictures of different styles and schools drawn in different historical periods, they tell Buddhist stories and ways as well as life in the secular world. Then, we go to Mingsha Mountain and Yueya (crescent moon) Spring. The sand storms at Mingsha Mountain are said to create almost melodic sounds as millions of minute particles bounce and rub. Countless Silk Road travelers, nomads, merchants and tourists today have quenched their thirsts at Yueya Spring or called Crescent Lake. Transfer to Liuyuan Train Station to take the train 1085 at 22:46 to Turpan.
Overnight on train
Day 7: 22nd Oct., 2014 Turpan B/L/D
Arrive in Turpan, visit Emin Minaret, then visit the Karez Well, the underground canal. It is one of the three greatest irrigation systems in ancient China together with the Jinghang Manmade Cannel, and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System. Jiaohe Ruin, an ancient ruined city is preserved pretty well due to its high location and scanty rainfall. Finally, we’ll visit a Uygur village in Turpan and have dinner in a Uygur family.
Overnight in Turpan
Day 8: 23rd Oct., 2014 Turpan – Urumqi (200km, 2.5 hrs) B/L
Today visit Gaochang Ruin, the Uygur city-state around the 9th century to the 13th, which was founded a few hundred years earlier than that, and gradually became known as a trading post on the Silk Road. Then drive to Urumqi.
Overnight in Urumqi
Day 9:24th Oct., 2014 Urumqi B/L/D
After breakfast, visit Tianchi (Heavenly Lake), a marvelous view of mountain lake formed more than million years ago in the 4th glacial epoch. It is famed as the “Jewel in the Crown”. The pine trees covering the hillsides and the snow capped mountains in the background make the huge clear water spectacular sight-reminiscent of Switzerland or the Rocky mountains but somehow with more vibrancy and color. Bogda Peak-the highest peak stands to the east of the lake in the east part of Tianshan Mountain which is capped by glacier and snow glistening in the sun, finely contrasted with blue lake water, forming fabulous scenery. Take a boat cruise on the lake. This afternoon is free for your leisure. Farewell dinner will be arranged tonight.
Overnight in Urumqi
Day 10: 25th Oct., 2014 Departure Urumqi B
Check out and go to the airport for flights by taxi according to your schedule. Note, it is possible to connect via Beijing, Shanghai for same day flight to USA.
Included in the price:
• 2 soft sleeper night trains: Beijing/Xi’an, Liuyuan/Turpan (4 pax in a cabin)
• 1 Chinese domestic flight in economy class with tax: Xi’an/Dunhuang
• Daily meals as shown in the program
• 5/4/3 star hotel or boutique inn (by this way to experience all kinds of accommodation), twin-bedded room with private shower and WC
• Admission charges where applicable as shown in the tour description
• Private A/C transportation for land tour
• Professional guide & driver in the land tour
• Two bottles of mineral water per person per day
• Service charges for baggage handling between airport, hotel and train station
• Travel Agencies’ Liability Insurance with the tour and domestic travel insurance inside China
• Government taxes & Service charge
Excluded in the price:
• International flight and tax
• Pre/post accommodation
• Options: Peking Roast Duck: 40USD p/p, Peking Opera: 10USD p/p, Hutong Tour by rickshaw: 15USD p/p & Tang Dynasty Dinner Show: 50USD p/p, above prices are for your reference, they may vary slightly, differ from the price our guides tell, please pay on spot according to the price from your guide.
• Personal consumption
• Visa fee
• Tips for driver, guide and porter
The cost price of this tour is 3266 USD p/p in twin share. $500 down refundable less credit card fees, balance due 70 days prior to trip start. Airfares and travel insurance is available from Tropical Sails Corp.