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15-day Silk Road Adventure at Soft Grade

Tour code: ETC-B09   

Follow the footsteps of ancient merchants and camel who traveling along the ancient Silk Road, to adventure along the edge of Taklamakan Deserts, fabled oasis, magnificent Tianshan Mountain, vast grassland, magnificent ancient ruins and experience the dramatic sights in northwest China. The improved infrastructure and reduced cost make the renowned Silk Road more accessible for small group tour, individual, family or friends who want to journey for the splendid civilizations along the trading route.

Tour DateCityTour Brief
1Beijing
Beijing Arrival
2Beijing
Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
3Beijing
Great Wall, Ming Tomb, Scared Road, Pecking Duck Dinner
4Beijing / Xi'an
Hutongs by Rickshaw, Fly to Xi'an, Ancient City Wall
5Xi'an
Terra-cotta Warriors & Horses, Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda
6Xi'an / Dunhuang
Fly to Dunhuang, Yumen Guan Pass, Great Wall of Han Dynasty
7Dunhuang / Turpan
Mogao Caves, Cresent Lake, Overnight Train to Turpan
8Turpan
Gaochang Ancient City, Astana Tombs, Flaming Mountain
9Turpan / Urumqi
Karez System, the Emin Minaret, Drive to Urumqi
10
Urumqi
Heavenly Lake
11Urumq / KashgarSouthern Pasture, Khazak Yurts, Fly to Kashgar
12
Kasha / Urumqi
Id Kah Mosque, the Abakh Khoja Tomb and the local kindergarten, Fly to Urumqi
13Urumqi / Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, the Bund
14
Shanghai
Free Day
15Shanghai
Shanghai Departure
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Arrival in Beijing, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to hotel. Free time at leisure.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
Full day trip to the Tiananmen Square first--it covers an area of 100 acres and can hold at least million people, which makes it the largest public square in the world. Then go to the Forbidden City, located in the center of Beijing Municipality, was once the home of the 24 emperors and their households of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and the ritual and political center of the Chinese government. Later, the Temple of Heaven visit will let you be amazed by its architecture and landscape design which was used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation. In the evening, enjoy the Peking Opera Show-- a form of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics.

Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D )
Private escorted tour to the Great Wall, the greatest of the eight ancient architectural wonders in the history of human civilization. Then go to Ming Tomb, about 50 kilometers from the northwest of Beijing, is the best preserved Chinese imperial tombs and have been nominated by UNESCO as world cultural heritage. The Sacred Road, namely "the way leading to Heaven", is affiliated with Ming Tomb. At night, a famous and delicious Peking Duck Banquet is offered.

Day 4 Beijing/Xian by flight (B, L)
Transfer to visit Hutongs by rickshaw, these crisscrossing old narrow paths with courtyard houses are the unique street design in Beijing. Then take afternoon flight to Xian. Arrive at Xian. Be met & transferred to visit Ancient City Wall, the best-kept and biggest city walls in China--13,912 meters in circumference, 12 meters in height, and the foundation is 18 meters in width and the top of the wall is 15 meters wide.

Day 5 Xian (B, L)
3 highlights today: first visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is known as the eighth wonder of the world and a museum to display terra-cotta warriors and horses in Qin Dynasty. Drive back to downtown area and visit the Bell Tower, first built in 1384, it is the largest and best preserved of its kind. Then go to visit the Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated inside Ci'en Temple (4 kilometers south of Xi'an City), it is one of the famous Buddhist pagodas in China.

Day 6 Xian/Dunhuang by flight (B, L)
Take a flight to Dunhuang, an oasis town under the administration of Jiuquan City. Be met and transferred to hotel. Then start 2 highlights today: first is the visit to Yumen Guan Pass, once as one of the west gates out of the country of the Han Dynasty (206 B. C. -220 A. D.), it is quite ruined by the shifting sands but still shows the ever splendor. Then wander on the Great Wall of Han Dynasty (about 2000 years ago which still remains very well though made in day and bulrushes.

Day 7 Dunhuang/Turpan by train (B, L)

In the morning, pay a visit to the Mogao Cave. It is famous for statues and wall paintings, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art that carved in 492 cells and cave sanctuaries. Next go to the Crescent Lake, a beautiful small crescent-shaped pond at where the sand dunes and the oasis meet. In the evening, take the overnight train to Turpan, where you can experience the unique Uygur customs, and also try the sweetest fruits produced at the desert oasis.

Day 8 Turpan (B, L)
Be met and transferred to visit 3 spots today: first, the Gaochang Ancient City. First built in the first century B.C and a strategic point along Silk Road, it was abandoned around 14th century. Secondly, the Astana Tombs, the public cemetery for the residents of Gaochang city, which has become part of Turpan underground Museum. Thirdly, the Flaming Mountain, which lies 10km east of Turpan. When the sun's rays beat down in mid-afternoon, the red rocks on the crisscross gullies and ravines reflect and the heat is intense as if the hillsides were engulfed by tongues of fire, hence the name.

Day 9 Turpan/Urumqi by car (B, L)
Full day trip to the Karez System first, an irrigation system connected by 5000km underground channels and is considered as "Underground Great Wall" in China. Then go to the Emin Minaret, built in 1777 to commemorate the general of Turpan--Emin Khoja, who achieved brilliant military success in defending the unification of China. Later, drive to Urumqi and check into the hotel.

Day 10 Urumqi (B, L)
Full Day tour to Heavenly Lake--115 km northeast of Urumqi at an elevation of 1980m, the small deep-blue lake is surrounded by hills covered with fir trees and grazed by horses.  Scattered around are the yurts of the Kazakh people who inhabit the mountains; nearby are the 5445m-high Bogda Peak and some other snow-covered ones in Tianshan Range.

Day 11 Urumqi/Kashgar by flight (B, L)
Go to the Southern Pasture, which is located in the valley of Tian Mountain, the pasture is a very beautiful place for graze with mountains, valleys, fountains, waterfalls, cypress and pine trees. Then pay a visit to the Kazakh Yurts, the hospitable Kazakh people will greet you with their traditional custom and milk tea. Take a flight to Kashgar. Be met and transferred to hotel.

Day 12 Kashgar/Urumqi by flight (B, L)
Tours to 3 places today: Id Kah Mosque comes first, built in 1426. It is the largest mosque in Xinjiang and the centre of the Moslem activities. Then visit the Abakh Khoja Tomb which is served as the family tomb of Abakh Khoja, the powerful ruler of Kashgar in the 17th century who was revered as a prophet and second only to Mohammed. Later, go to the local Kindergarten to get close to children there and know things about their life. Take an evening flight to Urumqi.

Day 13 Urumqi/Shanghai by flight (B, L)
Transfer to take flight to Shanghai . Be met & transferred to visit the Bund, one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai, is on the western bank of the 114 kilometer long Huangpu River, a tributary of the Yangtze River and Shanghai's most essential waterway. Later, check in hotel.

Day 14 Shanghai (B)
Free day, while we recommend you to have an in-depth Shanghai tour to Yu Garden, the Bund, Shanghai Museum, and French Concession. Explore your trip with great fun today!

Day 15 Shanghai departure

Transfer to airport and fly to your next destination.
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PRICES START FROM US$2900 PER PERSON

As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give an exact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$2900 for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services
Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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