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15 Days Silk Road Essence Tour

15 Days Silk Road Essence Tour

This tour will include the most valuable sites along the Silk Road. It will cover part of the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau with its most renowned monasteries. The snow caped Qilian Mountain with its beautiful slopes. The famous Hexi corridor with the Great wall and Buddhist grottoes. Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region with its beautiful scenery and historical sites.
  • Tour Type: Private tour
  • Tour Price: From 2698 Note!
  • Destinations: Beijing - Lanzhou - Xiahe - Tongren - Xining - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Beijing
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Day 1

  • Arrival Beijing
  • Meals: No
  • Accommodation: In Beijing

Arrive in Beijing. Your local guide will meet you at the airport and send you to the hotel. Today you can stroll around in Beijing and prepare youself for an wonderful Silk Road tour.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 2

  • Beijing   Lanzhou
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Lanzhou

Taking morning flight to Lanzhou, You will be met by our guide at the airport. After lunch in the city, Our guide will show you one of the best museum on the Silk Road --The Gansu Provincial Museum, which will give you a general idea to the history of Gansu and the Silk Road. After that you will visit three sites along the yellow river -- The Yellow River Mother Sculpture ,The Water Wheel Garden and The First Bridge on the Yellow River. They can make you well understandlocal people's life and its connection with the yellow river. To recall the time when the Silk Road traders went cross the yellow river here.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 3

  • Lanzhou   Xiahe
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Xiahe

After breakfast, drive to Liujiaxia, one of China's earliest and biggest hydropower dams, and take speed boat to Binglingsi grottoes. Bingling is a transliteration of Tibetan, which means Ten Thousand Buddha, just the common name of Buddhist caves in China. They were initially made in 420 AD by daring Buddhists who descended from the cliff on ropes to carve their masterpieces, and expanded several times through the ages. Nowadays, there still exist 183 niches, 694 stone statues, 82 clay sculptures, and 900 square meters of murals.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Then take speed boat back the dam and drive to Xiahe city, which is located in the northwest region of the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and it is adjacent to Qinghai Province.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 4

  • Xiahe   Tongren
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Tongren

After breakfast you will visit one of the six most important Tibetan monastery of Gelugpa sect -- Labrang Monastery, which boasts to have preserved the best teaching system of Tibetan Buddhism in China. You can also follow the Tibetan pilgrimages to see the longest prayer corridor of the world.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

After lunch, drive from Xiahe toTongren city,On the way you will see many yaks,sheep and the beautiful Ganjia grassland. Stroll about the small Tibetan city on arrival, which known as "hometown of Tibetan Tangkas art".rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 5

  • Tongren   Xining
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Xining

After breakfast, visit Longwu Monastery (Rongwo Gonchen Gompa), Wutun Si Monastery, which are the biggest Tibetan Monasteries in Huangnan area, famous for the beatiful mural painting and Tangkas art.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

After lunch, taking 3-4 hours driving to Xining city, and check in hotel on arrival.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 6

  • Xining  
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Xining

After breakfast you will visit the famous Kumbum Monastery also known as Ta'ersi --the birth place of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

After lunch, you will start your tour to Qinghai Lake (160km from Xining City). After 2.5 hours driving, you will reach this largest inland and salty lake of China. During the way, you can have a short stop at the Sun & Moon Mountain site (about 1 hour driving from Xining city). Then drive back to Xining City and check in hotel .rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 7

  • Xining   Zhangye
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Zhangye

After breakfast, take speed train from xining to Zhangye, the trian goes through Qilian mountain, which is caped with snow all year round. The northern and southern slope of the Qilian Mountain covered with natural forest and rape field. Each year during July and early August the slopes of Qilian Mountain become a sea of flowers. Afer lunch in the city, visit Giant Buddha Temple , famous for housing China's biggest indoor clay Nirvana Buddha. The Temple was initially built in 1098 AD of Western Xia dynasty, and it’s the only Western Xia royal temple survived by far.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 8

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

After breakfast,drive to Matisi Grottoes . Matisi Grottoes is also known as the Horse’s Hoof Temple. It is a very popular scenic spot which integrates Yugu minority group’s folk customs, mountain views and Buddhist cave art. After luch, visit famous Danxia Landform . It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. The best time to photograph the Danxia Landform is the sunset in the evening.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 9

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

After breakfast drive to Jiayuguan City. After lunch you will visit the WeiJin Tombs, which enjoy another name as Gobi art gallery. Then you will visit the maganificent Jiayuguan Pass -- The western start point of the Great wall.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 10

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

Drive for 3 hours to the Guazhou city in the morning,where you will have lunch. On the way you will see vast areasof Gobi desert , oasis andwind farm, to have a close contact with the wild west of China. After lunch drive to the Yulin Grottoes(1.5 hours driving) which is one of the most important Buddhist grottoes in China. Then drive to Dunhuang city and check in hotel.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 11

  • Dunhuang  
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Dunhung

Today, enjoy a cultural tour begin with the visit to Mogao Grottoes. The site is considered the great treasure house of Buddhist arts in existence. Then, continue your trip to Crescent Lake and Singing Sand Dune. In the evening stroll about the small city and the famous local night market.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 12

  • Dunhuang   Liuyuang   Turpan
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Turpan

After breakfast visit Dunhuang Museum. After lunch drive to Liuyuang Speed Train Station (120km) and take speed train to Turpan. On arrival our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to your hotel.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 13

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

After breakfast visit the mysterious death city, the Ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City, which reveals traces of a prosperous ancient trading center and military stronghold 1,600 years ago. And then Emin Minaret (Sugong Pagoda) - the biggest ancient pagoda existing in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient pagoda in the country and ancient Karez Well, the underground water supply and irrigation system. After lunch, visit Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, which is a complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to 14th century between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan (Loulan) at the north-east of the Taklamakan Desert near the ancient ruins of Gaochang in the Mutou Valley, a gorge in the Flaming Mountains.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 14

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

After breakfast, we set off for Heavenly Lake.Also named asTianchi, nestled high in the Bogda Mountains of the Tianshan Mountain Range of Xinjiang, lies 115 kilometers west of the city of Urumqui. Then drive to Urumqi and check in hotel.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 15

  • Urumqi   Beijing
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: No

After breakfast you will visit Xinjiang Museum, which is one of the best museum on the silk road. Then be transfered to Urumqi airport and take flight to Beijing. The facinating 15 days silk road essence tour end.rFWSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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
  • Speed train ticket from Xining to Zhangye
  • Flight tickets from Beijing to Lanzhou and Urumqi to Beijing
  • Train ticket from Liuyuan to Turpan(soft sleeper)
  • Entrance fee as listed in the itinerary
  • 24 H / 7D English speaking telephone service
  • China Life Tourist Accident / Casualty Insurance
  • 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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