Day 1 (12th Oct) Arrival in Beijing
Met and greeted by our local driver at Beijing airport and transfer to your hotel in Beijing for check in. The rest of the day is free at your own disposal.
Day 2 (13th Oct) Beijing
Attractions: Dingling Tomb, Mutianyu Great Wall (Breakfast+Lunch )
Our guide and driver will pick you up from hotel after breakfast. Your 13 Days silk road tour will begin with the Dingling Tomb which is one of the 13 Ming Dynasty Imperial Tombs. It is the only one of the 13 Ming Tombs to have been excavated. A short visit to a Jade Carving Factory is scheduled before lunch. After lunch, we continue to visit the Mutianyu Great Wall. Built along steep ridges, green, densely wooded deep valleys, Mutianyu Great Wall boasts spectacular view with less crowded visitors than Badaling Great Wall. When back to the downtown city, you will have a chance to enjoy the Chinese traditional Tea Ceremony. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 3 (14th Oct) Beijing – Xian by Overnight Train
Attractions: Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace (Breakfast + Lunch)
Today’s tour starts at northern part of Tian’anmen Square. From there you will proceed to the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palaces group with 500 years history in the world. On the way to Temple of Heaven, you will have a chance to visit the Chinese traditional medicine culture. On the way to the Temple of Heaven, you will have a chance to visit the Chinese traditional medicine culture. After a short rest, we’ll visit the Temple of Heaven which is served as a complex of sacrificial building where Emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties prayed for peace and harvest. After Chinese lunch, enjoy a short visit to a pearl free market. Drive (30minutes) to Summer Palace, the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. The Beijing tour will end up with transferring to Beijing West Train Station to take your overnight train Z19 (20:40/8:31+1) to Xian.
Accommodation: On the Train
Day 4 (15th Oct) Xian Arrival
Attractions: Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Shaanxi History Museum, Bell and Drum Tower Square (Lunch)
Upon your arrival, you will visit the world’s eighth wonder, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. After lunch, we will head back to the downtown city to visit the Shaanxi History Museum. Next, continue to visit the Bell and Drum Tower Square to have an outer look of Bell Tower and Drum Tower.
Teracotta Warriors and Horses
Day 5 (16th Oct) Xian
Attractions: Xian Ancient City Wall, Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area, Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Breakfast + Lunch)
The morning excursion will take you to the Xian Ancient City Wall, the best preserved and the largest military defense city wall in China. Then move on to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area. After lunch, you will go to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which was originally built in the Tang Dynasty to keep Buddhist sutra brought from India by Master Xuanzang.
Xian City Wall
Day 6 (17th Oct) Xian- Dunhuang
Attractions: Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake, Dunhuang Shazhou Night Market (Breakfast + Lunch)
Transfer to Xian airport to take your flight for Dunhuang. Upon arrival, the local guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After a short rest in hotel, we will visit one of the most famous attractions along the Silk Road- the Echoing-Sand Mountain. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. You are encouraged to try a short Camel Ride (optional) which will take you to the Crescent Lake, your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert. Next you will come to the Dunhuang Shazhou Night Market.
Day 7 (18th Oct) Dunhuang – Turpan by Overnight Train
Attractions: Dunhuang Museum, Mogao Grottoes (Breakfast + Lunch)
After breakfast, you will go to visit the Dunhuang Museum where the exhibited historical relics will tell tourists more details things about ancient Silk Road. Then continue your trip to Mogao Grottoes, one of the four most famous caves in China. At last, board the overnight train K2629 (21:52/6:34+1) to Turpan.
Accommodation: On the train
Day 8 (19th Oct) Turpan
Attractions: Jiaohe Ruins, Karez Well, Sugong Pagoda (No meals)
Met and greeted by local guide at Turpan train station. You will start today’s tour with Jiaohe Ruins, one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road and the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world. Then go to visit the Karez Well— an amazing irrigation system which made Turpan a rich oasis.The last stop will be Sugong Pagoda, the largest existed ancient Islamic pagoda in Xinjiang. Then back to hotel.
Day 9 (20th Oct) Turpan – Urumqi
Attractions: Gaochang Ruins, Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, the Flaming Hill (Breakfast)
Today you will visit three famous sites all together. The first stop will be Gaochang Ruins, the ruins of capital of ancient Gaochang Kingdom which existed from 500AD to 700AD. Then you will go to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, a series of caves with thousands of Buddhism murals that show many Buddhism figures, stories, and the social life about 1,500 years ago in Ancient Gaochang Kingdom. The last stop will be the hottest place along Silk Road in China– the Flaming Hill. The temperature in summer could reach 47.8 ℃. After finished the trip in Turpan , we will drive to Urumqi.
Day 10 (21st Oct) Urumqi
Attractions: Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang Regional Museum, Erdaoqiao International Bazaar (Breakfast)
After breakfast, we will drive about 1.5hr (120km) to the Heavenly Lake to experience the lifestyle of the local Kazaks in the deep of Tianshan Mountain. After lunch, we will be back to the city to visit the Xinjiang Regional Museum where over 50,000 items in the collection about the Niya Ruins, Loulan Ruins. At last, visit Erdaoqiao International Bazaar. This Bazaar is the largest one in Urumqi and Sundays are the busiest time for the market.
Day 11 (22nd Oct) Urumqi – Shanghai by Flight
Attractions: Night Cruise on the Huangpu River (Breakfast)
Transfer to Urumqi airport by our driver and take flight FM9220 (9:30/14:10) to Shanghai. Met by driver at Shanghai airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at on your leisure. In the evening, you will be picked up from the hotel for a Night Cruise on the Huangpu River.
Please book the flight on your own. Upon your request, we could book the flight with extra airfare.
Day 12 (23rd Oct) Shanghai
Attractions: Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Hall, Sinan Road, Tianzifang, the Bund, Nanjing Road (Breakfast + Lunch)
Today starts from Shanghai Museum, a collection of more than 120,00 rare cultural pieces from the Old Stone Age to modern times. Then you will visit the Yuyuan Garden, a famous classical garden which was originally built for Pan’s parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. Then move on to visit Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Hall, the best and most visited museum in Shanghai which showcases the ever-changing face of Shanghai and is an essential vising point for those interested in the evolution of the city. Then we will drive you to the Sinan Road, from where we will proceed to the Tianzifang. At last, we will move to the Nanjing Road. After the tour, you can take a nice walk along the Bund.
Day 13 (24th Oct ) Shanghai Departure (Breakfast)
You will be transferred from your hotel to Shanghai airport for your onward trip.