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10-day Classic Silk Road Tour plus Buddhist Grottoes Exploration

Tour code: ETC-Q134   

Book this Silk Road adventure tour to set foot again on this ancient political, economic, cultural exchange route, and discover many great Buddhist Grottoes all along. Enjoy the finest examples of ancient Buddhist art in China, with the Buddha statues, ancient murals, Buddhist grottoes, caves and architectures.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Tianshui Arrival in Tianshui,  Fuxi Temple
2 Tianshui Maijishan Grottoes
3 Tianshui- Lanzhou Shuiliandong Caves, transfer to Lanzhou
4 Lanzhou - Xiahe  Binglingsi Temple Caves, drive to Xiahe
5 Xiahe - Lanzhou 

Labrang Monastery, drive back to Lanzhou

6 Lanzhou - Zhangye Train to Zhangye, Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park
7 Zhangye - Jiayuguan Dafo Temple, drive to Jiayuguan, Jiayuguan fortress
8 Jiayuguan - Dunhuang Drive to Dunhuang, Yulin Grottoes
9 Dunhuang Mingsha Sand Dunes, Mogao Grottoes
10 Dunhuang End of Service

Day 01 Arrival in Tianshui (D)

Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check in. Drive to visit Fuxi Temple. Named after Chinese nation’s earliest ancestor Fuxi, it is one of top ancient architectural complexes in Northwest China.  

Day 02 Tianshui (B, L)

Drive to visit Maijishan Grottoes. It is one of China’s top four famous Buddhist grottoes, and famed as an "Oriental Statues Museum", being the finest example of China's sculpture.  

Day 03 Tianshui - Lanzhou (B, L)

After Breakfast, drive 25km/16mi for Shuiliandong Caves, divided into four parts: Shuiliandong Cave, Lashao Si, Thousand Buddha Cave and Xiansheng Pond. Transfer to Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province.  

Day 04 Lanzhou - Xiahe (B, L)

Drive about 5 hours from Lanzhou to Xiahe. Visit Binglingsi Temple Caves en route. Built in 420AD of Western Qin Dynasty, it is rare treasure house of Buddhist art along Ancient Silk Road. Overnight in Xiahe.  

Day 05 Xiahe - Lanzhou (B, L)

Xiahe is a tiny but important Tibetan town in Gansu. Drive to visit Labrang Monastery. Built in 1709, the monastery is the activity center of the town and one of the six most important monasteries of the Gelupka sect of Tibetan Buddhist. Drive back to Lanzhou.  

Day 06 Lanzhou - Zhangye (B, L)

Transfer to the train station, and take train to Zhangye. Visit Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park. Marvel at its majestic table mountain terrain, odd-shaped Danxia cliffs, and dynamic, dramatic colors. Get ready for taking some breathtaking photos.  

Day 07 Zhangye - Jiayuguan (B, L)

After breakfast, visit Dafo Temple (Giant Buddha Temple). This 900-year-old temple is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in China. Then head for Jiayuguan. After arrival, visit Jiayuguan fortress in the afternoon. The fortress is the west end of the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty, and a magnificent, well-preserved ancient military fort. 

Day 08 Jiayuguan - Dunhuang (B, L) 

Transfer to Dunhuang in the morning, and visit Yulin Grottoes in Anxi. Yulin Grottoes is the sister grottoes of Mogao grottoes in Dunhuang. You can see stunning flying Apsaras on the wall painting. It has 42 caves, mostly of Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) style.  

Day 09 Dunhuang (B, L)

After breakfast, drive to visit Mingsha Sand Dunes. Enjoy the soft sands and the lovely oasis in Gobi desert, optional camel riding available. After lunch, visit Mogao Grottoes, which is known as the Gallery of Perfectly Beautiful Murals, and another splendid treasure of Buddhist art. 

Day 10 Dunhuang departure (B) 

Transfer to the airport or train station to head for your next destination. 

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As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact 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$ 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";

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