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Mysterious Silk Road Explorer

Destinations:Xian,Lanzhou,Xiahe,Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar

from: US$3166
Tour Code: CITIC-GR15-01
Summary: Follow the footsteps of Marco Polo to explore the historic Silk Road, a centuries old route heavily influenced by Muslim and Buddhist cultures.Beautiful ancient carvings, holy sites and the incredible Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar.our Silk Road Group Tour (full inclusive tour)will arrange a national guide who will accompany through out the itinerary,Groups size from 4-8pax, small group=flexible,detail experience,less compromise,more fun.

Day 1

Arrive / Xi'an

International flight on your own arrangement. Once arrive in Xi'an ,our nice guide will meet you at the airport. our group members may arrive in the airport at the similar timeand then you will be transferred to your hotel (1hour drive). our escorted guide will have a group meeting and tour introduction in the hotel. and then you will back  to your room for rest after the long flight. No

 

Meals: No
Accomodation:Xi'an Grand Noble Hotel 5* 

 

Day 2

Xi'an
The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

After we have buffet breakfast in the hotel and then Visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, (1hr drive, 2hrs visiting time), From the Parking to the entrance is 15minus walking, you can take the electronic cart with $ 2 or walk (the fee is on your own).vThe greatest archaeological findings of the century: the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb, after lunch in the restaurant we will head to the Bell Tower  The emblem of Xian city .and the Wild Goose Pagoda. where you can enjoy the Musical Fountain. The pagoda where widely renowned Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his classics brought from India. In the evening we will arrange  the Tang Dynasty show with Dumpling Banquet  for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation: Xi'an Grand Noble Hotel 5* 

 

Day 3

Xi'anLanzhou (K 119, 22:36-06:38    8hrs 12 mins driving)
The Ancient City Wall

After breakfast we first start the your with visiting Shaanxi historical museumOne of the main museums in China which holds numerous unearthed cultural relics of China.and Xian City Wall,  An extension of the old Tang Dynasty structure boasting the most complete city wall that survives through Chinese long history.you will be required to walk up stairs to the City Wall. then you will have 1 hrs free time (either ride the bicycle or take the cart to drive along the wall., after lunch visit the The Grand Mosque. the rest of the day is free for you to explore the muslim Street. please watch your valueables and you may do some simple shopping for the overnight train. at the same time our Escorted guide will prepare some snacks for you. after dinner you will be transferred to the train station and take the soft sleeper train to Lanzhou, we will arrange the porters to carry your luggages to the your cabin :)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation: Soft Sleeper Train 
 

Day 4

Lanzhou  Xiahe (300kms, 4hrs)
Binglinsi Temple

Our nice guide will meet you at the train station! then you will go to the Hotel to take the buffet breakfast and take shower (today we will not overnight in Lanzhou ciy, but Xiahe county, so we arranged the room for you to fresh up and nice breakfast) , after breakfast drive about 1.5 hrs to visit the Binglinsi Temple.  Cruise from Liujiaxia Gorge to Binglingsi (fast boat). These caves, which stretch for 200 meters, were built during the Western Qin, North Wei, Sui, Tang, and Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing dynasties (between the 3rd and 18th centuries). They are highly valued for their contribution to research into the history of Chinese painting, and the spread of Buddhism during that timand after lunch drive to Xiahe to visit Labrang Monastery and Songke Grassland to know about the mysterious Tibetan culture.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation: Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel 4* (local best)

 

Day 5

Xiahe  Lanzhou  Jiayuguan  (K9661, 21:45-07:58.  10hrs,12 mins driving)
Labrang Monastery

After Break visit the Labrang Monastery,Walking  the  pilgrim  circuit  (kora)  involves  walking  for  almost  2 
miles over uneven ground and climbing some slopes. (please note, you have to take a circle kora,as the buddism say never back the same way), Labrang Monastery is one of the major monasteries of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect. The architectural layout follows the Tibetan style, while the construction patterns are mostly Tibetan, Han, or a mixture of the two. The White Towers (in the northeast and in the northwest) are very typical, after lunch you will be back to Lanzhou and take the city Tour to the Huanghe Riiver Mother Statue and the Water Garden. after dinner take the soft sleeper train to Jiayuguan.our escorted guide will prepare the snacks, fruit and water for you :)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation: Soft Sleeper Train 

 

Day 6

Jiayuguan
The Jiayuguan Pass

Meeting and greeting then have buffet breakfast in the hotel, and start the Jiayuguan tour with visiting The Jiayuguan Pass and Great Walls Museum.which will takes us 15mins driving and 2hrs visiting, This Ming Dynasty fort guards the strategic Jiayuguan pass, at the western end of the Great Wall – this was the last section built by the Ming Dynasty. It was built in 1372, and subsequently enlarged and strengthened, and was known as 'the strongest pass under heaven'. and then head to The Great Wall on the Cliff, This is a nearby section of the Great wall which was built on the cliff, and includes sections at a 45 degrees angle, making it seem as if the wall is hanging from a cliff. after lunch drive about 15mins to visit the Weijin Tomb which were built during the Wei and Jin dynasties (between the 3rd and 5th century). They feature brick wall paintings showing various social activities of the times.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accomodation: Jiayuguan Hotel 4* 

 

Day 7

Jiayuguan  Dunhuang (350kms, 4.5hrs)
Yulin Grottoes

After breakfast drive to Dunhuang, and we drive about 2.5 hrs we will arrive inYulin Grottoewhich paintings are even better preseved than Mogao Caves, and you will have enough time to enjoy it due to few people visit this site. These caves, with their murals and sculptures, are in a valley among Qilian Mountain, about 180kms from the Mogao Caves. The name is derived from the elms in the valley, and as you travel along the valley road you can easily imagine how it must have been to be a poet or brave solder in the distant past. we will have lunch around the Grottoes and then drive to Dunhuang, we arrive in Dunhuang around 6:00 pm, check into the hotel to have dinner and then walk around the Shazhou Night Market.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accomodation: Silk Road Dunhuang Resort 4*

 

Day 8

Dunhuang  Turpan (K169,21:13-06:40.  9hrs, 27mins driving)
 Caravan in Sand Dune

After breakfast visit Mogao Grottoes,Constructed over a millennium, from the 4th to the 14th centuries, the caves hold the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures. Cameras are not permitted. In Mogao Caves you are requested to take the shuttle bus and the local guide will give you a professional introduction, and in the afternoon visit the Echoing-Sand Mountain and the Crescent Lake where you can experience the camel riding as the Silk Road caravan.Crescent Moon Spring is 6km south of Dunhuang in the Singing Sands Mountains and is quite literally an oasis in the desert. The spring's name derives from the crescent moon shape taken by the small pool of spring water between two large sand dunes. Although the area is very dry, the pool doesn't dry up as one might expect .after dinner you will be transferred to the railway station to catch the train to Turpan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation: Soft Sleeper Train 
 

Day 9

Turpan
Our American Clients in Tuyoq valley

Meet guide at train station, drive to Turpan (40mins).check in the hotel. Visit Astana Tombsthe Flaming Mountain, Bezklik Grottoes and Local Uyger family in the Vineyard
Astana Tombs : covering an area of 10 square kilometers, the Astana Tombs are the graveyard of the residents lived in the Gaochang City in the Jin-Tang times, including large sized family graveyard. had been excavated 13 times, a great number of cultural relics have been unearthed, Known as “the Underground Museum.
Bezklik Grotto . “Bezeklik”means “a place with beautiful decoration”. There are 83 numbered caves; among them 40 preserved murals totaling 1200 square meters. In some caves one can find that Buddhish murals are painted on Manichean murals.  
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation:  Turpan Huozhou Hotel 4* 

 

Day 10

Turpan  Urumqi (190kms 2.5hrs driving)
Our New Zealand  Clients in Karez Irrigation System

After breakfast start our Turpan excursion toJiaohe Ruined city which was built in the 3rd Centry AD includes city gates, streets and lanes, government office, temples, domestic houses, cave houses, wells, and an underground temple.and then Karez Irrigation system,which, taking advantage of the slopes, draws the underground water to flow by itself to irrigate farmland. Sugong Minerat,was built in the 41st year of the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty,It is an embodiment of the ancient architectural arts of the Uygur nationality. after lunch we will head to Urumqi visit Erdaoqiao & International Bazaar.the most welcomed place by tourist especialy by ladies where they can buy some traditional yugur make up cosmetic. Having dinner in the local restaurant around the Bazaar is recommended before we check in to the hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation: Hoitak Hotel  4*

 

Day 11

Urumqi  Kashgar
our Singapore group in Heavenly Lake

After the buffet breakfast in the hotel, we will go to visit Xinjiang Museum ,is the main institution to collect and investigate the unearthed cultural relics and specimens in Xinjiang. There are more than 50 thousand pieces of various kinds of cultural relics stored in the museum, among them, the ancient mummies represented by ‘the Loulan Beauty', manuscripts in Chinese, Kharosthi, Qiuci, Yanji, Tibetan, Uigurian and other characters prevailed in ancient Westen Regions, the silk ,wool, cotton and hemp fabrics and folk rainment, etc., are unusual tidbits in the world.and then head to whichis 120kms from Urumqi. Heavenly Lake covering an area of about 5.9 square kilometers. There are eight beautiful scenic spots in the lake scenic area, they are “A Ray of Stone Gate”, “Dragon's Pool and Green Moon”, “Magic Needle for Guarding the See”, “Three Stones Bearing the Sky”, PM around 17:00 take the flight to Kashgar and check in the hotel upon arrival.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation: Tianyuan International Hotel 4*

 

Day 12

 Kashgar  Karakul Lake (200kms 3 hrs driving)
Our Spain clients at Karakul Lake

After breakfast take the drive on the China and Pakistan highway to visit the Karakul Lake and enjoy the Pamir landscape.
Karakul Lake At an altitude of 3,600 m. it is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau, near the junction of the Pamir, Tianshan and Kunlun Mountain ranges. Surrounded by mountains which remain snow-covered throughout the year, the three highest peaks visible from the lake are the Muztag Ata (7546m), Kongur Tagh (7,649m) and Kongur Tiube (7,530 m).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation: Tianyuan International Hotel 4*

 

Day 13

Kashgar
Sunday Bazaar

Visit Sunday Bazaar, Id Kah Mosque, Old Town, Apak Hoja Tomb, Handicraft Street
Sunday Bazaar
 (livestock Market)Streets near this big market are choked on Sundays with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, ute, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive, eat breakfast, set up their animals and check out the action. Cattle, sheep (they definitely look different), goats, donkeys, horses have their own sections; sellers show their animals are "good eaters"(most go as livestock not meat) and the entire experience is fascinating and fun.
Id Kah Mosque It is the large Mosque in China and most famous one in Xinjiang. 
Apak Hoja Tomb is the holiest place in Xinjiang and an architectural treasure . Built in 1640 , it is reminiscent of the Central Asian artistic style of Samarkand or Isfahan.It most complete Islamic tomb of the Qing Dynasty up-to-now in China.
Old town Kashgar is an ancient city, and in walking the streets of its Old Town, will provide a sense of what this legendary Central Asian hub was like in the days when the Silk Road was at its zenith. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation: Tianyuan International Hotel 4*


Day 14

Kashgar  Your destination

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and take the flight back to your destination. you can extend your tour to Beijing/ Shanghai, or continue your silk road tour to Central Asia route, you can cross the border on day 6th , 


Prices are in U.S. dollars and based on per person

Arrival  Dates Price Per Person Single Supplement Availability
12th May $3166 $790
15th Sept 
$3366
 
$860
Guranteed departure with 4 persons

Silk Road Travel Tips. Terms & Condition

Service included:

Full Inclusive Tour
*Private transportation with good AC ( Excellent and experienced driver guaranteed)
*Accommodation with breakfast (twins bed shared room)
*English speaking guide (Professional guide service)
*All the entrance fee through out the itinerary(Boat cruise in Binglingsi, Shuttle bus in Heavenly Lake are included)
*Travel insurance (please note: only the International travel agency have the insurance service) 
* Meals listed in the itinerary
*Soft Sleeper train from Xi'an to Lanzhou, Lanzhou to Jiayuguan, Dunhuang to Turpan (4 berths in one private room)
*Flight with tax from Urumqi to Kashgar.
*Travel insurance (please note: only the International travel agency have the insurance service) 
* Visa support letter.
* Tips to the guide and driver
* Service charge and government tax
* Two bottles of mineral water per person per day
* Camel Riding in Sand Dune of Dunhuang.
* Tang Show in Xi'an
* Banquet with Culture Show in the International of Bazaar
 

Service excluded:

* All the personal expense
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