Highlights

Calling all Silk Road admirers! Take the deluxe China Orient Express (also known as Shangri-la Express) to have an exciting Silk Road adventure in June and September 2018! There’s a lot to explore, from sand dunes of desert, splendid mountain ranges, to exotic cities of wild west, all in this well-crafted train tour package! Price:From US$ 2799 per personDate : SEP 02 - SEP 11, 2018

Duration: 10 days & 9 nights

Destinations: Urumqi - Turpan - Dunhuang - Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass) - Tianshui - Xi’an

Starting Point: Urumqi

Ending Point: Xi’an

Day

Arrival in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, and the "Shining Pearl On the Ancient Silk Road". Our bilingual tour guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for your acclimation and exploring Urumqi on your own.

Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel or same class 

After a pleasant breakfast, we drive to visit Tianchi Lake (Heavenly Lake) and Mt Tianshan. 115 km northeast of Urumqi at an elevation of 1980m, this lovely deep-blue lake is surrounded by hills covered with fir trees and grazed by horses. Have a relaxing boating in Tianchi Lake to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Nearby are the 5445m-high Bogda Peak and some other snow-covered ones on Tianshan Range. Next we visit the Museum of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. This museum is of Uygur and Russian styles, and collects over a thousand pieces of precious relics from four to five thousand years ago until modern times. Tonight, feast on roasted whole lamb dinner of Xinjiang flavor and enjoy the tribal song and dance performance.

Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel or same class 

Meal: B, L, D

After breakfast, we drive to Turpan and visit a karez irrigation system. It was invented to cope with the desert environment by ancient Uygur people at the second half of 18th century, This irrigation system is regarded as one of greatest public projects in ancient China'. Then we visit the Flaming Mountain, well known among Chinese people due to the legendary story 'Journey to the West'. We then drive to Jiaohe Ancient City, an island-shaped plateau situated at Yar Town. It is the largest, oldest and well preserved earth-structured city in the world, with a history of 2000-2300 years. Embark the 'China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Dunhuang at 20:30pm .

Accommodation: China Orient Express  

Meal: B, L, D

Have a tasty breakfast and then attend the train institute of Dunhuang introducing explained by experts and professors. Arrive in Dunhuang at 11:30am, and have lunch. After that, we visit world cultural heritage site Mogao Grottoes. The 492 cells and cave sanctuaries are famous for their statues and wall paintings, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art. After dinner, we continue to visit Dunhuang Night market -- Shazhou Night Market. It is one of the best night market in China and famous for its tasty snacks, local specialties, and crafts etc. 

Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel or same class 

Meal: B, L, D

After breakfast, we proceed to Crescent Lake & Singing Sand Mountains. The Singing Sand Mountains is so called for the sound of the wind whipping off the dunes. An amazing short camel ride along the Singing Sand Mountains will lead you to the Crescent Lake. It is an oasis Gobi desert, surrounded by numerous sand dunes, reaching a relative height of 250 meters (820 feet). After lunch, we onboard the ' China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass). Arrival at Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass) at 20:00pm.

Accommodation: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class 

Meal: B, L, D

Visit Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass) in the morning. It is the western end of the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty, and known as 'the First and Greatest Pass under Heaven, and best preserved and most magnificent military fort in China. Next, we proceed to Overhanging Great Wall, 7 miles away from Jiayu Pass. It got the named for riding on a mountain ridge that is 45 degrees from vertical and resembling a huge dragon. Take the ‘China Orient Express’ Train to Tianshui at 22:00pm.

Accommodation: China Orient Express  

Meal: B, L, D

Arrival in Tianshui at 08:00am. Have a delightful visit of Maiji Mountain. It is 142 meters high, shaped like a pile of wheat, and considered as the " Oriental Statues museum”. Then we head for Xi’an by “China Orient Express’ at 21:00pm. The overnight train is quite comfortable and offer wonderful evening and morning views of the regional countryside.

Accommodation: China Orient Express 

Meal: B, L, D

Have breakfast in the hotel, then we drive to the famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, one of the eight wonders of the world. Be excited to observe China's first emperor - Emperor Qin's great army of 8000 life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses in three burial pits. Afterwards, we continue to Huaqing Hot Spring in Mt Lishan. In ancient time, emperors used to come here to bathe and enjoy the scenic beauty. It has become a favorite spa since the Tang Dynasty. 

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel or same class (5 stars)

Meal: B, L, D

Have breakfast in hotel,we visit to the Ancient City Wall of Xi'an, the most intact ancient Chinese wall in existence, that encircles and protects the old part of Xian City. Then proceed to visit Statue of Star Point of Silk Road and Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square, with one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China.After a drive of 120km west of Xian, we arrive at Famen Temple which was first set up during East Han Dynasty and is renowned for storing the veritable Finger Bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha.Thereafter we return to Xi’an,the marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at Tang Dynasty Palace will be prepared for you. The various savory dishes together with the exciting show will be sure to give satisfaction to your appetite, your eyes and your mind. Overnight at hotel.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel or same class (5 stars) 

Meal: B, L, D

Free at leisure. Your car, driver and guide will escort you to the airport on time and help you till security check. Fly home. 

Meal: B

What's included

Price Details
Type of Cabin RetailPrice USD p/p Single Room in hotel

 Single room in

China Orient Express

 Twin US$2799US$ 350 US$910
Diamond En-suiteUS$3499 US$350US$1500


  

Memo:

 

1. All prices in US dollars;  

 

2. Prices subject to change without any further notice;

 

3. Gratuities are not included, Current rate for all services is Total of USD $150 p.p

 

4. Accommodation and tour itineraries are subject to change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control;

 

5. We reserve the right to distribute passengers of sharing cabins; in case the cabin cannot be share, the cost applies on the passengers in the cabin

 

6. Children age under 11, will be credit only the difference on hotel room costs

 

Price Inclusion:

 

1.EXPERIENCED TOUR MANAGERS

Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and organizational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your voyage of a lifetime. We receive many exceptional passenger comments about our Tour Managers and their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your holiday.

 

2.ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TRANSFERS

Arrival and departure transfers are included.

 

3.HOTEL AND ONBOARD ACCOMMODATION

Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or relaxing in the train’s public areas, you will find your hotel room or cabin a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day. Hotel and onboard accommodation as described in your individual tour itinerary are included in the tour price. All hotels are of 5 star standard or, in certain locations, the best available. Room upgrades are available on request and at extra cost.

 

4.ROUTE GUIDE, ITINERARY AND INFORMATION PACK

When you board the train there will be a brochure in your cabin detailing more about your journey and the places en-route. Our Tour Manager will organize a programed of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a programed for the next day’s touring schedule.

 

5.BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER DAILY

All departures feature one or two uniquely designed restaurant cars where you can enjoy the excellent waiter-served food and wine. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.

 

6.DRINKS WITH MEALS ONBOARD
A drinks allowance is included with lunch and dinner.

7.ON BOARD SERVICE
Throughout your tour you can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unobtrusive. The high ratio of staff to passenger’s means there is always someone available should you need assistance.

8.ON BOARD DOCTOR AND MEDICAL FACILITIES
To give you peace of mind our tours are accompanied by a doctor who travels with us for the entire journey; so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required.

9.24 HOUR SERVICE ATTENDANT
Your car attendants provide 24-hour housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant always on duty to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.


Price Exclusion:

1.International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China

2.China Entry Visa Fees

3.Excess Baggage Charges

4.Personal Expenses such as visa costs, insurance, drinks from the bar car, laundry, spa treatments, hairdressing.

5. Single Room Supplement.

6. Tip:Full Service Staff Tip USD150.00/p.p.Train staff, Special train porter, the tour leader, local driver and local guide.

  

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