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8 Days Silk Road tour from Xian to Dunhuang

Hotel pickup by our driver in Xian at confirmed time and transfer to train station for overnight train to Lanzhou.We will book the train tickets and send them to your hotel in advance.

  • Huahefengqing Line, Binglingsi Grottoes, Labrang Monastery,Leitai Han Tomb, Confucius Temple,Giant Buddha Temple, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Jiayuguan Pass, Wei-Jin Art Gallery,Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Museum, Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake.
  • Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance tickets + Hotel with breakfast+Train tickets of Xian-Lanzhou, Jiayuguan-Dunhuang+Flight tickets Dunhuang-Xi'an
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8 Days Silk Road tour from Xian to Dunhuang
Day 1 Xian-Lanzou by Soft-sleeper Train

Hotel pickup by our driver in Xian at confirmed time and transfer to train station for overnight train to Lanzhou.We will book the train tickets and send them to your hotel in advance.

Accommodation: Soft sleeper train

Day 2 Lanzhou -Xiahe by Private Car

Attractions: Yellow River Park, Binglingsi Grottoes (Lunch)

In the morning you will arrive in Lanzhou.Our local guide will meet you at train exit and drive to visit Yellow River Park. Yellow River is the mother river of Chinese nation and when walking along the river you will see quiet e few highlights offered by the river or built by local people. After visit here we will drive to visit Binglingsi Grottoes by boat and spend a whole day in there. Thanks to the good natural conditions and little man-made damages, the Grottoes have been well- protected comparatively. About 776 Buddha statues, over 1,076 square yards murals and 6 stones sculptures are remained here after a long history of 1,600 years.In the evening, arrive in Xiahe and check in local hotel.

Accommodation: Xiahe

Yellow River Park

Day 3 Xiahe-Lanzhou by Car

Attractions: Labrang Monastery (Breakfast+Lunch)

After hotel breakfast, you will have a visit to the well-known Labrang Monastery. What makes it so famous is that it is one of the six most renowned monasteries as well as the largest Buddhist Institute of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery boasts tens of thousands of statues of Buddha made of various materials. It must be a special experience to watch the morning devotion there. In the afternoon, you will be escorted back to Lanzhou. The rest day will be free for you.

Accommodation: Lanzhou

Labrang Monastery

Day 4 Lanzhou -Wuwei by Car

Attractions: Leitai Han Tomb, Confucius Temple (Breakfast+Lunch)

Today you will be escorted to Wuwei by car. After arrival, you will visit three sites. The first one is Lei Tai Tomb. It was built in the late Han Dynasty. Now it is famous for excavating the cultural treasure bronze galloping horse. Then continue to visit Confucius Temple. Confucius is the great educator in ancient China and there are Confucius Temples in may cities in China. Rest of the day is free at your disposal

Accommodation: Wuwei

Leitai Han Tomb

Day 5 Wuwei-Zhangye by Car

Attractions: Giant Buddha Temple, Bell Tower, Drum Tower(Breakfast+Lunch)

In the morning pick up by our driver and guide and drive for about 3 hours to arrive in Zhangye. Upon arrival, we will first have a visit to Giant Buddha Temple, which is the centerpiece of Zhangye in Gansu Province. It is located in the southwest corner of Zhangye. The magnificent Giant Buddha Temple owns the position of the largest architectural relic of the western Xia (1038-1227) period. As the well-preserved and largest reclining Buddha, its calm and amiable expression and natural looking moves all visitors. Later pay a visit to the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower in downtown area and at last transfer back to hotel.

Accommodation: Zhangye

Giant Buddha Temple

Day 6 Day 6 Zhangye-Jiayuguan by Car

Attractions: Jiayuguan Pass, Wei-Jin Art Gallery(Breakfast+Lunch)

Driving westward, we will arrive in Jiangyuguan City and visit the well-known Jiayuanguan Pass. As one of the most grandiose ancient forts on the Silk Road, JIayuguan was named the First Pass under Heaven. Then you will proceed to the First Fire Tower of Great Wall, known as the west end of the Ming-dynasty Great Wall. The 56-meter-high (184 feet) tower stands on the cliff of the Gobi desert, with the Talai River flowing by and the majestic Jiayuguan Pass at a distance. Then the next stop is the Wei-Jin Art Gallery. Named Wei-Jin Mural Brick Tomb, it is a huge tomb group with more than 1,400 tombs. What is the most amazing is that they all were constructed in the 3rd and 5th century during the Wei and Jin dynasties. Regarded as the largest underground gallery in the world, it houses a huge collection of murals, bringing you back to the Wei and Jin dynasties about 1,500 years ago

Accommodation: Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan Pass

Day 7 Jiayuguan -Dunhuang by Train

Attractions: Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Museum (Breakfast+Lunch)

In the early morning pick up from hotel and transfer to train station for train T303(07:25/10:27) or similar train to Liuyuan Train station from where your local guide and driver in Dunhuang will pick you up by holding your name and directly transfer to visit Mogao Grottoes, one of the four most famous caves in China and a rare pearl on the Silk Road. Afterwards we will drive to downtown Dunhuang to visit Dunhuang Museum where the numerous exhibits will explain the story of Dunhuang City and the development of the ancient Silk Road in every details. Afterwards back to hotel.

Accommodation: Dunhuang

Mogao Grottoes

Day 8 Dunhuang -Xian by Flight

Attractions: Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake(Breakfast+Lunch)

In the morning you will be pick up from hotel by our local guide and then visit one of the most famous attractions along the Silk Road- Echoing-Sand Mountain. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. Then take a walk you will arrive at Crescent Lake, your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert. It has not dried up over the past one thousand years and still gushes with fresh current. Afterward be transferred to airport for flight to Xian. When the flight arrives in Xian our local driver will meet you at airport terminal and transfer you to hotel.

Crescent Lake

Tour Price Per Person ($=USD)

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Hotel Standard 5 star
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Price includes

  • Economy class flight of Dunhuang/Xi’an
  • Train tickets of Xi’an/Lanzhou, Jiayuguan/Dunhuang
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites

Price excludes

  • International airfares
  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers

Booking Method

  • Please send your travel request via e-mail [email protected] to us. You are also welcome to call us at 0086-15129005119 from Mon to Sun 24 hours.
  • Our real trip advisors will have your booking confirmed no more than 1 working day. We even take last minute booking if time is pressing. When your booking is confirmed, you will get a confirmation email from us, which includes the confirmed detailed itinerary with prices.
  • A small amount of deposit will be charged in advance via paypal for tour booking (Deposit for tours excluding train/flight/hotel: USD50-USD100; Deposit for tours including train/flight: your travel consultant will advise according to group size and itinerary). The balance can be paid to our tour guide when you are on the tour, or the credit card balance payment via Paypal latest 3 days ahead of the tour date. Both RMB and hard currency are acceptable.

Our Tour guide

Over 15 years, we had built up a professional guide team. They are 100% guaranteed licensed guide. Apart from been knowledgeable, they are also friendly, fun, attentive, and flexible. Nothing is too difficult or troublesome for them, as they will always try their best to make a pleasant journey for you! You may get new friend after travelling in China!

Our Driver and Vehicle

Always makes you feel safe and comfortable is the main goal of our service. The vehicles we use are all air-conditioned and kept in good safety and sanitary condition. The drivers we use are all licensed driver with many years driving experience. More attentive, we offer you a free baby seatservice if you travel with your baby. 
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Food is a part of the important culture for Chinese people. China fits for all budgets. Hotels booked by us will include breakfast. Lunch is chosen at restaurant which is popular among locals, and with good environment. (All restaurants have Western styled Washroom available if this is what makes you feel headache about China) Dinner is mostly left for yourself, so you enjoy more freedom on your local food adventure or some familiar hometown food.
If you are a Vegetarian, or Muslim , or allergy on any kind of food, you are suggested to inform this to your travel consultant, they will help arrange proper restaurant or food to meet your needs. 
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