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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

A 10-day adventure with reasonable price for you to escape into the Silk Road history. Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Dunhuang, Turpan and Urumqi, you are on the way to the places that not a lot of travelers have been to.

Highlights

  • Historic sites in Xi'an
  • Earthy life in Xiahe and Turpan
  • Amazing views at Heavenly Lake
  • Labrang Monastery in a close distance
  • Local cuisine freshly served

Tour Itinerary

DAY
1
Xian Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Xian)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

Today you will take land in the ancient city of Xi'an. Your Xi'an tour guide will introduce the history and culture on the way to your hotel for check-in.

 

- Smart Tips:

  • This tour dosen't include international flights. However, we will be more than happy to assist you. Please contact us to check out our flight deals.
  • DAY
    2
    Xian
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant(Qinling Branch)
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    Firstly discovered in 1974, the massive site of Terracotta Warriors and Horses has been standing as an important symbol of China's history and culture. Today you will spend some hours at this wonderful site.

    After lunch in a Sichuan-style restaurant, you will stop by an art center.

    In the afternoon, you will get to an important site for China's Buddhism community: Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

     

    The Terracotta Warriors and Horses

    DAY
    3
    Xian to Lanzhou by Shanghai Airlines FM9213 Dep 18:35 - Arr 19:40
    • Activities: Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarters, Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Lanzhou)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Qianzhou Restaurant (Xiao Yanta Branch)
    • Hotels: Sunshine Plaza 5-star hotel  |  JJ Sun Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Jinchen Hotel 3-star hotel

    The sunlight breaks through the city's morning, and you will walk on the Ancient City Wall. Later, get to Muslim Quarter and discover their daily life.

    Afternoon will be free on your own. Remember, you will catch an evening flight to Lanzhou at around 6pm. At around 8pm, you will be checking in hotel in Lanzhou.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Your Silk Road adventure will start off tomorrow. Friendly note: please take some sunblock, hat and shades to protect yourself from sun burn.
  • For the last few hours in Xi'an, you can check out Great Mosque, Gao's Grand Courtyard and Bell Tower, which are all near the Muslim Quarter.
  • DAY
    4
    Xiahe
    • Activities: Bingling Si, Cruise from Liujiaxia Gorge to Binglingsi( fast boat), Our guide and driver will escort you from Lanzhou to Xiahe
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Quanshunlou Restaurant
    • Hotels: Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel  |  Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel  |  Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel

    Overlooking the Yellow River down the hill foot, Bingling Temple. Dating back to 420 AD, the temple is known for a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculptures. You will take a boat ride to visit this impressive site. Have lunch before we head to Xiahe.

    The drive to Xiahe takes about 3 hours. Kick back and relax on our comfortable private car.

    Check in upon arrival in Xiahe.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • There will be quite a temperature difference between day and night, so please bring some warm clothes with you.
  • Xiahe is a smally humble town with nothing fancy or luxurious to expect. For a real Tibeten meal with warm hospitality from the restaurant owner, Qudeng Gabu Sunshine Restaurant (or Zudonga Bbu) on the 4th floor of Qudeng Gabu Hotel.
  • DAY
    5
    Lanzhou
    • Activities: Labrang Monastery, Songke Grassland, Our guide and driver will escort you from Xiahe to Lanzhou
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xilin Hotel
    • Hotels: Sunshine Plaza 5-star hotel  |  JJ Sun Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Jinchen Hotel 3-star hotel

    Nomads are on the move when dry season hits the grass yet the vast Sangke Grassland is oftern flowing with green and numerous wild flowers. Today we will drive and stop by this spot. Later, carry on to the famous Labrang Monastery.

    After lunch, your private guide will take you back to Lanzhou. Check in and have a night to relax.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Note: please ask for permission before you take photos of the monks or certain parts of the monastery.
  • Don't want to stay in all night? There are some local night markets in Lanzhou worthy a look-see. Xiguan Night Market in Yongchang Road, Square Night Market near the Dong Fang Hong Square and Zhengning Night Market in Zhengning Road. Ask your Lanzhou tour guide for direction.
  • Sangke Grassland

    DAY
    6
    Lanzhou to Dunhuang by China Eastern Airline MU2223 Dep 12:40 - Arr 14:25
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Lanzhou), Airport Transfer (Dunhuang), The Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring, Riding on a Camel
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Grand Soluxs Hotel Dunhuang 5-star hotel  |  Dunhuang Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dun Huang Hotel 3-star hotel

    This morning you will be free in Lanzhou. Take a noon flight to Dunhuang. Check in upon arrival.

    After a short break, you will visit the Singing Sand Mountain and ride on camel back. The dune will make a great photo at sunset.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • You have probably tried noodles in Lanzhou or Xiahe, but Mazilu Beef Noodle at No.86, Dazhong Xiang is known among the locals as the real deal of the authentic taste. A vat of boiling beef broth intends to creat one of your best experiences of noodles.
  • Crescent Spring

    DAY
    7
    Dunhuang to Turpan by Flight No. GS7497 Dep 18:50 - Arr 19:50
    • Activities: Mogao caves, Yumenguan Pass, The Great Wall of the Han Dynasty, Hotel to airport Transfer (Dunhuang), Airport Transfer (Turpan)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Caigenxiang Restaurant
    • Hotels: Huozhou Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Huozhou Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Jiaohe Manor Hotel 3-star hotel

    Stories that were buried in the sand show themselves as the famous Mogao Grottoes. After a couple of hours, you will dig more historic gems at Yumenguan Pass and the Great Wall of the Han Dynasty.

    At the evening, your Dunhuang tour guide will take you to the airport for the ongoing flight to Turpan. Check in upon arrival.

    Great Wall of Han Dynasty

    DAY
    8
    Turpan
    • Activities: The Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe, The Karez Wells, Local vineyard visit, Turpan Minority Souvenir and Carpet Shop
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Red Rose Restaurant
    • Hotels: Huozhou Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Huozhou Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Jiaohe Manor Hotel 3-star hotel

    After breakfast, you will head out to the exotic land of Turpan.

    Firstly, you will dwell around the ruins of the mysterious Jiaohe Ancient Town and learn about the history of Karez Well System that is still pumping water for the locals. Try some Xinjiang local food for your lunch.

    In the afternoon, you will knock on the door of a local vineyard. The owner will tell you how they make delectable wine out of grapes. A local carpet store will be the last stop for today.

     

    DAY
    9
    Urumqi
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Turpan to Urumqi, Heavenly Lake, Boat for Cruise on the Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao Market
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at May Flower Restaurant
    • Hotels: Bingtuan Grand Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Ramada Tunhe Hotel 4-star hotel  |  City Hotel 3-star hotel

    The sun rises up early in Turpan. After breakfast, we will drive to Urumqi. Check in upon arrival.

    Heavenly Lake offers amazing views and a boat trip will immerse you with the breeze and sunshine. Have lunch in a local restaurant.

    In the afternoon, you will get to the International Bazaar, a symbol for Urumqi's thriving days.

    Local Food

    DAY
    10
    Urumqi Departure
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Urumqi)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    Today you will take a departure flight will take you back home.

    Thanks for traveling with China Travel. We hope to see you again soon!

    Prices (Go Solo Private Tour)

    $ USD
    Apr.1- Nov.31 Superior Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class Single Room Supplement
    1 person -
    2-5 persons / /
    6-9 persons / /

    * The price may change during some festivals including the Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid Autumn Day and National Day (1st Oct.).

    * The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

    What's Included & Excluded

    Price Inclusion

    • Entrance fees.
    • Meals listed in the itinerary.
    • Private transfers.
    • Private English-speaking guide and driver.
    • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
    • Service Charge & Taxes.
    • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    • Luggage Transfers.

    Price Exclusion

    • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    • China Entry Visa Fees.
    • Excess Baggage Charges.
    • Personal Expenses.
    • Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
    • Single Room Supplement.

    Good to know

    Please take some sunblock, hat and shades to protect yourself from sunburn.

    Please ask for permission before taking any photos of the monks in the monastery.

    Vanessa Zheng

    Tailor-make a China tour based on your needs.

    Key sites in the three major cities Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai are all included in this 8-day China tour. Plus, No hidden fees and No tourist traps at all!

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    Tour Type : Private Tour

    Best Season :Summer Autumn Winter

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