Silk Road

Day 1 | Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, China’s capital, you will be greeted and escorted to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to relax or begin exploring on your own.

Day 2 | Beijing (B, L, SD)
Enjoy a full day tour of China’s fascinating capital begins with the Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, home of Chinese emperors for more than 500 years. After lunch, visit the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and later enjoy a boat ride on Kunming Lake (weather permitting).
Tonight enjoy a fabulous welcome banquet featuring Peking duck at Qianmen 1416 Duck Restaurant.

Day 3 | Beijing (B, L)
The highlight today is an excursion to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. A scenic cable car ride enhances your visit through the steep hills. Later visit the 798 Art District, known as the “ Soho of Beijing”, now developed into galleries, art centers, artist’s studios, design companies, restaurants and bars. En route back to the city, drive around with photo stop at the National Stadium nicknamed the “Bird Nest”, because of its unique design and the National Aquatics Center, known as the “Water Cube”. Then, stroll down Houhai Bar Street, a beautiful lake which is surrounded by numerous of traditional hutongs and courtyards with popular bars and restaurants. Choose one for dinner on your own or with your guide’s recommendation.

Day 4 | Beijing Xi’an (B, L)
This morning, take high speed train to the ancient city of Xi’an. Upon arrival, explore the Ancient Wall, built during the 14th century. Then visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of Xi’an. Check into your hotel.

Day 5 | Xi'an (B, L, DS)
Today's highlight is a visit to the Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, home to an army of more than 6,000 life-size statues excavated from the tomb of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. After lunch, visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, renowned for its collection of Han-and Tang-dynasty antiquities. A briefing will be given by an expert regarding the history, routes and stories of the ancient Silk Road – for Xi’an is the starting point of this age-old, strategic transportation channel. In the evening, enjoy a special dumpling dinner and cultural show recreating the music, costumes and dances of the Tang Dynasty.

Day 6 | Xi'an Dunhuang (B, L, D)
In the morning visit the Grand Mosque and the Muslim quarter. Take an afternoon flight to Dunhuang and transfer to the hotel.

Day 7 | Dunhuang (B, L, D)
Take an excursion to the Mogao Grottoes, the world's richest treasure trove of Buddhist manuscripts and art. Begun in 386 A.D. and added to over the next 9 centuries, the grottoes total over 45,000 square meters and boast over 2,000 murals and sculptures. Continue to Crescent Moon Lake and the impressive Singing Sand Dunes, where the oasis meets the desert.
Optional: Enjoy a camel ride into the dunes

Day 8 | Dunhuang Turpan (B, L, D)
Visit the White Horse Pagoda, then drive from Dunhuang to Liuyuan, passing sections of the Han Great Wall and several beacon tower ruins along the way. Board the overnight train to Turpan.

Day 9 | Turpan (B, L, D)
This morning you'll arrive in Turpan, the lowest place in China. Sightseeing features Gaochang, the ancient walled capital of the Uyghurs, which flourished between the 7th and 14th centuries. And the Flaming Mountains, named for their vibrant color. You'll also visit Grape Valley, in lush contrast to the desert surrounding it, and the amazing 2,000-year-old Karez Irrigation Tunnels, which brought water from melting snow on the mountains to this parched city. In the evening, attend a Cultural Show of Uygur Songs and Dances

Day 10 | Turpan Urumqi AB, L)
This morning's tour includes Suliman's Minaret and a local village. You'll also visit the ruins of Jiaohe City, where large fragments of actual streets and buildings remain. Drive to Urumqi after lunch. Enjoy the beautiful scenery en route.

Day 11 | Urumqi Kashgar (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive about 2 hours to the Heavenly Lake with a visit to a yurt, traditional tent dwelling, on the way. This pristine lake is situated at a refreshing height of 1,980meters and is surrounded by jagged snow-covered peaks, forests of pine trees and green meadows. You will relish the lush scenery as you take a boat on the lake and do some light hiking. In the afternoon, view the significant archeological exhibits in Xinjiang Regional Museum, giving you real insight into the various customs and folklore of the area's dozen ethnic minorities. In addition, more than 10,000 cultural relics are displayed, including about eleven intriguing 3,000 year old corpses, some of European origin. After dinner, transfer to the airport for evening flight to Kashgar.

Day 12 | Kashgar Kalakuli Lake Kashgar (B, L, D)
After breakfast drive about 3 to 4 hours to Karakul Lake. The lake is located at 3,800 meters, close to two majestic permanently snow-capped mountains. The Tajiks, who graze camels and yaks, live in these high mountain pasturelands. Our journey there is along the scenic Karakorum Highway, followed by some hiking around the lake and lunch at local Uygur restaurant.
Drive back to Kashgar in the late afternoon.

Day 13 | Kashgar Urumqi (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit Sunday Bazaar, a massive gathering of farmers and merchants from across the area. This colorful and lively market provides a great opportunity to pick up some of the Silk Road's most interesting souvenirs, from handmade leather boots, to traditional musical instruments, to bags of fresh spices. Kashgar is also the heart of Islam within China, and thus we pay a visit to the Id Kah Mosque, the largest in China. This beautifully decorated mosque more closely resembles a mosque in Pakistan or Afghanistan than China, and will attract up to 10,000 worshippers for Friday prayers. Visit Abakh Hoja Tomb, the burial place of a Muslim missionary and saint, and his 72 descendants. It looks like a multicolored miniature with green tiles on the walls and dome. After dinner fly to Urumqi and check into hotel.

Day 14 | Urumqi Shanghai (B, L)
Today’s full-day excursion takes you to the pastures by the Southern Mountains where you will visit local herds. Take an evening flight to Shanghai and transfer to your hotel.

Day 15 | Shanghai (B, L, D)
This morning, visit to the Bund, the famous promenade along the Huangpu River. Then pay a visit to Shanghai Museum, China’s most up-to-date museum showcasing the country’s ancient glory. In the afternoon, visit Yu Garden, famous for its rock gardens, pavilions, halls and ponds, and Old Shanghai Bazaar, with shops filled with all manner of interesting curios. Enjoy the acrobatic show in the evening.

Day 16 | Shanghai Home (B)
Farewell to Shanghai. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to USA.


Tour Dates & Prices
Land Package is per person in double occupancy.
Travel Month Land Only
2–5 Travelers
Land Only
6–9 Travelers
Single
Supplement
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, 2017 $6,402 $5,222 $899

China Classic Discovery Includes

  • All intra–China air fare and land transportation
  • Superior First Class Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary including admission charges where applicable
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary at local restaurants
  • Experienced English speaking local guides
  • Baggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes and all local taxes

Culinary Specialties / Regional Cultural Show

  • Beijing: Peking Duck Dinner
  • Xi’an: Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show
  • Turpan: The Cultural Show of Uygur Songs and Dances
  • Shanghai: Acrobatic Show

Superior First Class Accommodations:

  • Beijing:
    Jianguo Hotel
  • Xi’an:
    Grand Noble Hotel
  • Dunhuang:
    Dunhuang Resort Hotel
  • Turpan:
    Huozhou Hotel
  • Urumqi:
    Yilite Hotel
  • Kashgar:
    Qinibagh Hotel
  • Shanghai:
    Central Hotel Shanghai

Special Notes

  • Land package does not include transpacific air
  • Transpacific airfare, US domestic add-on airfares are available. Please call for details.
  • Preferred accommodations subject to change to similar class.
  • All prices are subject to change without prior notice.
  • B – Breakfast
  • L – Lunch
  • SL – Special Lunch
  • D – Dinner
  • SD – Special Dinner
  • DS – Dinner & Show