China travel map - Amazing Silk Road Odyssey Tour from Xian

This is an amazing Silk Road Odyssey Tour starting from ancient city Xi’an; it is specially designed for travelers who are interested in the brilliant culture and history of western China. From the life-sized terracotta army to well-preserved Buddhist art palace, enjoy the mysterious journey to vast grassland in Gansu. You will visit other highlights like Great Mosque, Muslim Quaters, Dunhuang Museum, Yadan Geo Park, Yumen Pass, Mogao Caves, Singging Sand Mountains and Crescent Moon Lake, First Beacon Tower, Great Wall Museum...

Duration: 11 days & 10 nights

Destinations: Xi'an - Dunhuang - Jiayuguan - Lanzhou - Xiahe - Lanzhou

Starting Point: Xi'an

Ending Point: Lanzhou

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Arrive in Xian, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Transfer to visit Chinese Herbal Medicine Market and gain knowledge about Chinese medicine. Then drive to the most famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is one of the top attractions in China and famous for its historical significance and uniqueness. Later, proceed to Bell Tower, which originally built in Ming Dynasty and used to house the bells that were sounded every morning to announce the time to the ancient capital’s inhabitants.

Meal: B, L

Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum

A visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda which is a less-visited spot but with its own unique designs. Then pay a visit to Xian Museum, as many as 130, 000 fine cultural relics are preserved here, most of which were unearthed in the ancient tombs from different dynasties before Tang Dynasty (618-907). Watch Shadow Puppet Play at Gao’s Courtyard House to appreciate its unique art. At last, visit Great Mosque and stroll at the Muslim quarters of the city.

Meal: B, L

Transfer to fly to Dunhuang, transfer from the airport to hotel. If time permits, pay a visit to Dunhuang Museum, which reflects the flourishing social development and cultural exchange between China and the West during the time when Dunhuang was a major hub along the Silk Road.

Meal: B, D

Dunhuang Museum

Drive 180km to Yadan Geo Park to see the spectacular landform, then on the way to see the Yumen Pass, which was originally built more than 2000 year ago. You can also have the chance to see the ruined Great Wall of Han Dynasty.

Meal: B, L

Visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes, the 492 cells and cave sanctuaries are famous for their statues and wall paintings, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art. Then proceed to the Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Moon Lake, try a short camel ride in the desert. Transfer to take an evening train to Jiayuguan. Overnight at the hotel.

Meal: B, L

Mogao Grottoes

Visit Jiayuguan City Wall, the first pass at the west end of the Great Wall of China; the First Beacon Tower of the Great Wall and the Great Wall Museum. These spots will let you gain a better knowledge of Chinese great ancient project of the Great Wall.

Meal: B, L

Visit Wei-Jin Art Gallery (mausoleum) and Overhanging Great Wall on a sharp cliff. Transfer to take flight to Lanzhou. Be met and transferred to the hotel.

Meal: B, L

Overhanging Great Wall

One full day trip to Bingling Temple, a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculpture carved into natural caves and caverns in a canyon of Liujiaxia Reservior built on Yellow River. Dive back to Lanzhou. 

Meal: B, L

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Xiahe, visit the Sangke Grassland and a home visit to a local Tibetan family. Overnight at Xiahe.

Meal: B, L, D

Visit the Labrang Monstery - the center of Lamaism in South Gansu, which preserves the best Lamaism teaching system. Drive back to Lanzhou to connect your flight or train to your next destination.

Meal: B, L

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Labrang Monstery

What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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