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12 Days Gansu Highlights Tour

12 Days Gansu Highlights Tour

Gansu ranks as the “Best in Asia” in 2017 by Lonely Planets. The slender province flows east to west along the Hexi Corridor, the gap through which goods and ideas once streamed between China and Central Asia. Gansu offers an entrancingly rich cultural and geographic diversity. Welcome to Gansu, the golden part of the Silk Road.
  • Tour Type: Private tour
  • Tour Price: From *** Note!
  • Destinations: Xian – Tianshui – Lanzhou – Xiahe – Langmusi – Hezuo – Zhangye – Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
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Day 1

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

Arrival at Xian and be transferred to hotel.bBcSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Xi'an is the regional capital of Shaanxi, the largest city in north-west China. It had served as the nation's capital for more than 1000 years, which combine ancient China capital culture with amazing historical relics.bBcSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 2

  • Xian   Tianshui
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Tianshui

After breakfast, take speed train to Tianshui (1 hour and 40 minutes).On arrival be picked up by our guide and driver, and then visit Maijishan Grottoes. Maijishan Grottoes is one of China’s four greatest Buddhist grottoes, which is also known as “Oriental Sculpture Museum”.bBcSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 3

  • Tianshui   Lanzhou
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Lanzhou

After breakfast, take speed train to Lanzhou (1.5 hours). On arrival be picked up by our guide and driver and then visit Yellow river scenery and Gansu Museum - one of the best Museums on Silk Road.bBcSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 4

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

AAfter breakfast, drive to Liujiuxia Reservoir – one of the earliest and most important hydropower stations of China. Take a speed boat from the huge dam of Liujiaxia to Binglingsi grottoes. After sightseeing take speed boat back the dam and drive 150km to Xiahe city.bBcSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 5

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

After breakfast, follow Tibetan pilgrims to see the longest prayer wheel corridor of the world and then visit Labrang Monastery – the largest Tibetan Buddhism College of the world. After lunch, drive about 185km to Langmusi and check in hotel.bBcSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 6

  • Langmusi   Hezuo
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Hezuo

After breakfast, visit Sertri Gompa monastery on Gansu side and Kirti Gompa on Sichuan side. After lunch stroll about the small city and then drive about 170km to Hezuo city.bBcSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 7

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

After breakfast, drive about 230km to Lanzhou city and take speed train to Zhangye (3 hours). On arrival, drive 60km to visit Danxia Landform (sunset). Zhangye Danxia Landform is also known as Rainbow Mountains, which is one of the most beautiful Danxia Landform of the world.bBcSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 8

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

After breakfast, visit Giant Buddha temple. Giant Buddha Temple is the only Western Xia dynasty royal temple preserved in China, which houses the largest clay reclining Buddha of Asia. After lunch drive about 70km to visit Matisi Grottoes.bBcSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 9

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

After breakfast, drive about 230km to Jiayuguan city and visit the famous underground art gallery - Wei-jin tomb and the western end of the Great wall - Jiayuguan Pass and overhanging great wall. Then check in the hotel.bBcSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 10

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

After breakfast, drive about 300km to Suoyang Town where to have lunch, and then drive 30km to visit Yulin grottoes. Yulin Grottoes is an important UNESCO site, which is famous for exquisite mural painting from Tang and Western Xia dynasties. Then drive 160km to Dunhuang and check in hotel.bBcSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 11

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

After breakfast, drive 15km to visit Mogao Grottoes - the biggest Buddhist Art gallery of the world. After lunch, visit Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake. In the evening stroll to the famous local night market.bBcSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 12

  • Dunhuang Departure  
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: No

Be transferred to the airport and tour end.bBcSilk 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 Xian to Tianshui
  • Speed train ticket from Tianshui to Lanzhou
  • Speed train ticket from Lanzhou to Zhangye
  • Entrance fee as listed in the itinerary
  • 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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