With the improvement of bullet train system, an increasing number of tourists choose bullet train as the inter-city transfer method. Especially for the Silk Road tour, the bullet train would help tourists save either time or money. This 8 days Silk Road tour will lead you to visit Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, and Urumqi.
Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Grottoes, Giant Buddha Temple, Rainbow Mountain, Jiayuguan Pass, Weijin Art Gallery, Mogao Grottoes, Echoing Sand Hill, Crescent Lake, Karez Well, Sugong Pagoda, Jiaohe Ruins, Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang Museum.
Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance fees + Train tickets + Hotel
Upon your arrival, our guide and driver will greet you at train station / airport by holding the board with your name. Then you will be escorted to check in hotel. Enjoy your free time in the rest of the day.
Day 2 Lanzhou – Zhangye by D2753(18:27-21:53)
Attractions: Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Grottoes (Breakfast)
After hotel breakfast, you will be escorted to visit Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Grottoes which is nearby the Liujiaxia Reservoir. It is one of the best known ancient Buddhist grottoes in China. At present there are 183 caves and 694 Buddhist figures in preserved. In 2014, Binglingsi Grottoes was selected as a world cultural heritage site. After the visiting you will be escorted to train station for the bullet train to Zhangye. Met by driver in Zhangye and check in hotel.
Day 3 Zhangye – Jiayuguan by D2749 (17:19-18:28)
Attractions: Giant Buddha Temple, Rainbow Mountain (Breakfast)
In the morning, we will pay a visit to Giant Buddha Temple. Built in 1098, the temple is said to be Kublai Khan’s birthplace. Here you can appreciate the largest indoor clay reclined Buddha in Asia. The rare hand-written classics of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)and thousands of cultural relics. Then head to visit the best known natural landscape in Zhangye – the Rainbow Mountain. Within the area of 10km2 visitors could see the rock strips of red, yellow, orange, green, white, steel grey, greyish black, etc. They make the valleys and hills colorful and attractive. Then take the late afternoon bullet train to Jiayuguan. Met by local driver and check in hotel.
Day 4 Jiayuguan – Dunhuang by D2711(15:34-17:40)
Attractions: Jiayuguan Pass, Weijin Art Gallery (Breakfast)
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. Then take the bullet train to Dunhuang. Met by local driver and check in hotel.
Day 5 Dunhuang – Turpan by D2711(17:43-21:17)
Attractions: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing Sand Hill, Crescent Lake (Breakfast)
Today we will firstly go to visit the Mogao Caves, one of the four most famous caves in China and a rare pearl on the Silk Road. Afterwards we will continue to visit Echoing-Sand Mountain. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. A short camel ride will leave you a unforgettable memory. Riding along the mountain to reach the 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. Then take the bullet train to Turpan. Met by local guide and driver and then transfer to hotel.
Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you at the Turpan Railway Station and escort you to the hotel in downtown city. Today we are going to visit three famous places. In the morning, you will have an exploration of Jiaohe Ruins, which is one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road. It is also the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world. Although 2,000 years have passed, the former brilliants of Jiaohe can still be found from the ruins. Then you will visit the well-known Karez Well, the gigantic underground irrigation system created by ancient Xinjiang people. There are over 1,100 Karez Wells in Turpan, providing precious water source to this dry and hot area during the past 400 years. The last stop of today will be the existed largest ancient pagoda in Xinjiang, Sugong Pagoda. Then you will be transferred to Urumqi.
Day 7 Urumqi
Attractions: Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang Museum (Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will be invited to visit warm-hearted Kazak People Family, they will offer fried cookies, milk tea dried grapes which are local specialty. Then, we will visit Heavenly Lake. 100 kilometers away from city of Urumqi, Heavenly Lake gives the impression of nobleness, elegance and beauty. Clear lake, snow mountains and soaring pin trees compose the charming scenery of the Heavenly Lake. Come to Heavenly Lake, and you will find words are so weak for the surrounding. It will make you totally relaxed no matter you are sitting in a boat, walking in the mountains, or just standing by the lake. Then will drive to Urumqi and pay a visit to Xinjiang Museum. The large numbers of cultural relics collected in the museum will introduce Xinjiang’s past to visitors. And the mummies are the highlight and the must see things in the museum.
Day 8 Urumqi Departure (Breakfast)
At confirmed time, the guide and driver will meet you in hotel and transfer to airport / train station for departure.
Our expert consultant will have your booking confirmed in 12 hours. We accept the last-minute booking for most of time even if time is pressing. After your booking is confirmed, we will send you a confirmation email which includes the agreed 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-USD200; deposit for tours including train/flight: your travel consultant will advise according to group size and itinerary). Balance is acceptable via PayPal at least 3 days ahead of the tour or with cash paid to the tour guide on the tour. 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!
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.
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.
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 an important part of Chinese culture. China fits for all budgets. Hotels booked by us include breakfasts. Lunches are arranged at restaurants which are popular among the real locals with good environment (You might be a little worried about using washrooms in China, please rest assured that all restaurants have western style washroom). Dinners are mostly left for yourself to allow you more freedom on your own discovery to local food or having some familiar hometown food.
If you are vegetarian, Muslim, or allergic to any kind of food, please feel free to tell your travel consultant in advance. We will help arrange proper restaurant or food to meet your needs.