13 Days Silk Road Small Group Tour Beijing, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Shanghai

This 13 days Silk Road Tour combines China’s must-see cities Beijing and Shanghai with the important cities along the ever world famous Silk Road, including Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan and Urumqi. The modern city tour plus ancient China Silk Road Group Tour enables you to explore the most highlights of China and appreciate different beauty of this charming old country with the best service and lowest price.

  • Dingling Tomb, Mutianyu Great Wall, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Shaanxi History Museum, Bell and Drum Tower Square, Xian Ancient City Wall, Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Echoing-Sand Mountain, Camel Ride, Crescent Lake, Dunhuang Shazhou Night Market, Dunhuang Museum, Mogao Grottoes, Jiaohe Ruins, Karez Well, Sugong Pagoda, Gaochang Ruins, Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, the Flaming Hill, H
  • Tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance tickets + Hotel with breakfast + Overnight Train + Lunches
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  • Start from $1860 per person
13 Days Silk Road Small Group Tour Beijing, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Shanghai
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.

Accommodation: Beijing

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. 

Accommodation: Beijing

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

Forbidden City


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. 

Accommodation: Xian

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. 

Accommodation: Xian

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.

Accommodation: Dunhuang

Crescent Lake


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

Mogao Grottoes

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.

Accommodation: Turpan

Jiaohe Ruins


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. 

Accommodation: Urumqi

Flaming Hill


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.

Accommodation: Urumqi

Heavenly Lake


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. 

Accommodation: Shanghai

Huangpu River



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.

Accommodation: Shanghai

 Yuyuan Garden

Day 13 (24th Oct ) Shanghai Departure (Breakfast)

You will be transferred from your hotel to Shanghai airport for your onward trip.


Tour Price Per Person ($=USD)

Date  Minimum Passengers for Booking
May 12-24, 2017 2
Jun 12-24, 2017 2
Jul 12-24, 2017 2
Aug 12-24, 2017 2
Sept 12-24, 2017 2
Oct 12-24, 2017 1
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  • Other tour date available if minimum 2 passengers book the tour.
  • All prices in US dollars.
  • Prices subject to change due to practical situation.
  • Gratuities are not included, Current rate for services is Total of USD $10 per day.
  • Accommodation and tour itineraries are subject to change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control.
  • We reserve the right to distribute passengers of sharing rooms if there are tourists travel alone who prefer to share room with others.
  • Children age under 11, will be credit only the difference on hotel room costs.

Price Inclusions

  • Overnight train (4-bed soft sleeper cabin) Beijing – Xian; Dunhuang – Turpan
  • Main Entrance fees to the attractions listed
  • 7 Chinese style lunches as mentioned
  • 2 nights hotels stay in Beijing, 2 nights in Xian, 1 night in Dunhuang, 1 night in Turpan, 2 nights in Urumqi,  and 2 nights in Shanghai as mentioned (twin beds room) with breakfasts as mentioned
  • English-speaking guides during guided tours
  • Professional drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • China Travel Accident Insurance
  • Government taxes and service charges

Price Exclusions

  • International flights & domestic flights
  • Entrance to Bell Tower, Drum Tower; Cost of climbing the small pagoda
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activity such as Camel ride
  • Single room supplement 
  • Gratuities

Booking Method

  • Step 1: You can directly book online or please feel free to share your tour plans or thoughts at [email protected] , our travel consultant will contact you within 12 hours.
  • Step 2: A small amount deposit will be required to book a tour. After deposit received, a detailed service voucher will be sent to you to confirm the booking.
  • Step 3: Balance due will be required 7-15 days ahead of your travel date.

If you have any further question, please feel free to contact us!
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Our Tour Guide

The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.

Our Driver and Vehicle

The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.


Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!

Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.

For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.

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