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10 Days Silk Road Classic Tour

10 Days Silk Road Classic Tour

This tour included all the must see sites on the Silk Road in China. Within 10 days time you will cover a distance of 2600 km and stop at Silk Road cities, such as Xian, Zhangye, Jiayguan, Dunhuang, Turpan and Urumqi. You will not only see important historical and Buddhist relics but also explore the natural wonders .
  • Tour Type: Private tour
  • Tour Price: From *** Note!
  • Destinations: Xian - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi
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Day 1

  • Xian Arrival  
  • Meals: No
  • Accommodation: In Xian

Pick up at Xian airport and drive to Muslim quarter to see the hub of the Muslim community in Xian City. Then be transfered to the hotel.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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Muslim quarter is one of busiest place in Xi'an, which has been a home to Chinese Muslims for over one thousand years. It’s a fascinating area where you can find exotic food, interesting people (some of the residents are still look like their Arabian cousins) and great souvenir stalls.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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Day 2

  • Xian  
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Xian

After breakfast visit Terracotta Army and after lunch visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Then be transfered to the hotel.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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Terracotta Army was constructed to accompany the tomb of China’s First Emperor as an afterlife guard. It’s the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is no doubt a must-see for every visitor to Xian.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Big Wild Goose Pagoda (also called Giant Wild Goose Pagoda) is a symbol of the old-line Xian. and a holy place for Buddhists. This whole scenic area includes the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Da ci'en Temple, and the various squares, gardens and other facilities around.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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Muslim quarter
Terracotta Army
Muslim quarter
Terracotta Army
Muslim quarter
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Muslim quarter
Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Day 3

  • Xian   Zhangye
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Zhangye

After breakfast visit Xian City Wall and after lunch take flight or speed train to Zhangye. On arrival of Zhangye, be picked up and transfered to the hotel.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Xian City Wall is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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Xi 'an city wall
Xi 'an city wally
Xi 'an city wall
Xi 'an city wall
Xi 'an city wall
Xi 'an city wall
Xi 'an city wall
Xi 'an city wall

Day 4

  • Zhangye  
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Zhangye

After breakfast visit Matisi Grottoes and in the afternoon visit Danxia Landform at sunset, then be transferred to the hotel.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Matisi Grottoes is also known as the Horse’s Hoof Temple. It’s one of the three most famous Buddhist Grottoes in Gansu and a very popular site which integrates Yugu folk customs, snow mountain views and cave art.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Danxia Landform is also Know as Rainbow Mountain. It’s a photographer’s dream, by boasting the spectacle of Danxia landforms extending for 410 square kilometers in Linze and Sunan counties. With its majestic table mountain terrain, odd-shaped Danxia cliffs, and dynamic, dramatic colors, Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is one of the most beautiful corners on earth and displays a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Matisi Grottoes
Matisi Grottoesy
Matisi Grottoes
Matisi Grottoes
Danxia Landform
Danxia Landform
Danxia Landform
Danxia Landform

Day 5

  • Zhangye   Jiayuguan
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Jiayuguan

After breakfast visit Giant Buddha temple, and then Drive to Jiayuguan city and visit Weijin Tomb and Jiayuguan Pass.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Giant Buddha temple is the only survived royal temple of Western Xia Dynasty. It houses the largest clay reclining Buddha of Asia. 7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Weijin Tomb Renowned as the largest subterranean art gallery in the world, housing a great deal of colorful murals, Wei-Jin tomb has attracted tourists from both home and abroad since 1972. Most tombs are of families, housing bodies of three or four generations, and now only Grave 6 is open for tourism.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Jiayuguan Pass is the western end the Great wall in China, also known as "the Impregnable Pass under Heaven". It’s the most magnificent and best-preserved pass among the Great Wall of 6000 km. 7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Giant Buddha temple
Giant Buddha temple
Weijin Tomb
Weijin Tomb
Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass

Day 6

  • Jiayuguan   Dunhuang
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Dunhuang

After breakfast drive to Dunhuang and in the afternoon visit Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent lake is a combination of two natural wonders. The beautiful sand dunes that can make sounds as thundering and the beautiful lake in shape of crescent moon which is totally enclosed by the sand dunes around, but never been buried by sand.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent lake
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent lakey
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent lake
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent lake
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent lake
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent lake
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent lake
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent lake

Day 7

  • Dunhuang  Turpan
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Turpan

Visit Mogao grottoes and take speed train to Turpan. On arrival be picked up and transferred to the hotel.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Mogao Grottoes (also known as Thousand Buddha Cave) is one of three noted Buddhist caves in China and also the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Buddhist art in the world.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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Mogao grottoes
Mogao grottoesy
Mogao grottoes
Mogao grottoes
Mogao grottoes
Mogao grottoes
Mogao grottoes
Mogao grottoes

Day 8

  • Turpan  
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Turpan

After breakfast visit Jiaohe city and after lunch visit Karez well, flaming mountain and Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, and then be transferred to the hotel.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Jiaohe City, Jiaohe means where two rivers meet in Chinese, was once the most forward outpost in the West for ages. Historical records and excavation reveal evidence of a prosperous ancient trading center and military stronghold from 1,600 years ago. Owing to the arid climate and remote location, Jiaohe remains relatively intact, leaving us a rare example of an earthen castle, the largest, oldest and best-preserved earthen city in the world7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Karez Well is very delicate irrigation systems made up of vertical wells, underground canals, above-ground canals and small reservoirs. Karez systems are the life source of Turpan. In a sense, without them, there would be no Turpan culture.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Flaming mountain, also called “Red Mountain”, is located in the north of Turpan in China’s northwest Xinjiang Region. It lies 6.2 miles to the east of Turpan city, stretching about 62 miles from the east Shanshan County to the west Turpan with a width of 5.6 miles. 7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

The Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves were carved over a 900 year period of time between about 400 and 1,300 AD. In these grottoes, people created artwork depicting daily life and their religion. Bezeklik Caves was the royal temple of Huihu (the predecessor of today’s Uyghurs) State and the present remains were enlarged or renovated during that time. The murals take us back to the ancient Huihu State, where we can see the King and Queen and people from all walks of life. The inscriptions, written in ancient Uyghur, Chinese and other languages, provide authentic reference for valuable historic research.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Jiaohe City
Jiaohe City
Karez well
Karez well
Flaming mountain
Flaming mountain
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

Day 9

  • Turpan  Urumqi
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Urumqi

Drive to Tianshan Mountain and visit heavenly lake. Then drive to Urumqi and check in hotel.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Heavenly Lake nestles on the northern side of the Bogeda Peak of the Tianshan Mountains,120 kilometers away from Urumqi City It covers the area of 3 square kilometers,105 meters deep at the deepest point,and 40 meters deep in average,this crescent-shaped lake deserves its name.“Pearl of the Heavenly Mountain (Tianshan Mountain)”.With melted snow as its source,the Heavy Lake enjoys crystal water.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lakey
Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lake

Day 10

  • Urumqi  
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: No

Visit Xinjiang Museum and be transferred to the airport. The tour end.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Xinjiang Museum was built in 1953, with a total ground area of 41,000 square meters and exhibiting area of 7800 square meters, the 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.7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

7ubSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Xinjiang Museum
Xinjiang Museumy
Xinjiang Museum
Xinjiang Museum
Xinjiang Museum
Xinjiang Museum
Xinjiang Museum
Xinjiang Museum

Price Includes

  • Private car with air-conditioning and driver
  • Land transfers between airport / train station / hotels and scenic sites
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast (4 stars with nice breakfast)
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Lunch and dinner as listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee as listed in the itinerary
  • Flight ticket or Speed train ticket from Xian to Zhangye
  • Speed train ticket from Dunhuang to Turpan
  • 24 H / 7D English speaking telephone service
  • Government taxes

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, phone bills and optional activities …
  • Gratitude for guides and drivers as international practice
  • China Entry Visa
  • Travel insurance (full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin)

Hotels

For all standard tours, The Silk Road China Tours will choose the best 4 stars hotel in different destinations. The hotel was evaluated comprehensively by its room size, cleanness, location, service and breakfast. It can well satisfy most western travelers and brings you relaxation, comfort and convenience.


If you want to upgrade the hotel to Deluxe standard or you have some special requirements, please inform us in the booking form or email us.


At some remote regions or ethnic area, there are no 4 stars or 5 stars hotels available. So we will arrange the best local hotel and notify the situation in advance.

Meals

Normally The Silk Road China Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


Breakfast


It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, Chinese style, or a combination.


Lunch


When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We will provide lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. The meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family


Your own dinner choice


Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in China. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All of our tour guides are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides in China who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed safe drivers.


Private Tour Guide


You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, your guide will stay at your side until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our travel guides in every destination are locals, who know the area well, they are very good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for taking your best photos.
When changing your itinerary is needed due to unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you have a wonderful experience.


Private Transportation


When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We will provide lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. The meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family


Your own dinner choice


With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most of your experience in China.

In every destination visited, your vehicle is air conditioned, clean, and expertly maintained. Your private driver is licensed, insured, and very experienced.

To maximize your comfort, we use vehicles with extra space for you and your luggage. Depending on how many are traveling together, we generally use sedans or mini vans (7 seats) for 4 people or less, large vans or small coaches (12-22 seats) for 5-12 people, medium coaches (33 – 37 seats) for 13 – 25 people, and large coaches (45 seats over) for more than 25 people.

Tipping Guidelines

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (5 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service.

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