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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.ccCSilk 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 idear 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.ccCSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 3

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

Drive 4 hours from Lanzhou to Xiahe city, which is located in the northwest region of the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and it is adjacent to Qinghai Province. After lunch you will visit one ofthe six most important Tibetan monastery of Gelugpa sect--The Labrang Monastery, which boasts to have preserved the best teaching system of Tibetan Buddhism in China.ccCSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 4

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

Drive from Xiahe toTongren city in the morning. On the way you will see many yaks,sheepandthe beautifulGanjia grassland. After lunch you will visitLongwu Monastery(Rongwo Gonchen Gompa), Wutun Si Monastery. To ramble in the hometown of Tibetan Tangkas art.ccCSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 5

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

After breakfast, taking 3-4 hours driving toXining city. In the afternoon 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.ccCSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 6

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

After breakfast, 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). In the afternoon drive back to Xining City and visit one of the four most important mosques in north western China - Dongguan Mosque .ccCSilk 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. On arrival of Zhangye you will have lunch in the city and then 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.ccCSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 8

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

After breakfast visit the Giant Buddha Templein the city, which was built in Western Xia dynasty of 11 CE, houses the biggest sleeping buddha of China. and then be transferred to  Binggou Danxia Landform - the Mullion-like palace style Danxia Landform, which was nominated by China National Geographic Magazine as one of the 7 most beautiful Danxia Landform in China and by National Geographic Magazine as the World's top ten magical geographical wonders. This is also an ideal place for hiking.ccCSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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In the afternoon 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.ccCSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 9

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

Today our driver and guide will escort you to the Jiayuguan City. After lunch you will visit theWeiJin 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.ccCSilk 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 morningwhere 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.ccCSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 11

  • Dunhuang   Liuyuan   Turpan
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: On Train

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. after the sand dunes our guide and driver will escort you to the Liuyuan train station where you take a over night train tothe next city Turpan.ccCSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 12

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

Arrive in Turpan, your local guide will meet you at the railway station and accompany you for a visit to 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.ccCSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 13

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

Today you willdrive 2.5 hours to Urumqi. After lunch you will visit The Xinjiang Museum, which is one of the best museum on the silk road.ccCSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 14

  • 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.ccCSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 15

  • Urumqi   Beijing
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: No

Today is the last day of the tour. After breakfast you will be transfered to Urumqi airport and take the flight from Urumqi to Beijing. The facinating 15 days silk road essence tour end.ccCSilk 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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