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Splendid Silk Road Trip

10-Day, Xian, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Private Tour (CT-SL-02)

Splendid Silk Road Trip
Splendid Silk Road Trip


Peggie Lv,

Tour Manager

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.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Xi'an Arrival (Flight not Included)

Destinations & activities: Airport - hotel transfer

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.
  • Meals: None


    Day 2


    Terracotta Army
    Terracotta Army

    Destinations & activities: The Terracotta Army, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and an art center

    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.


    Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant


    Day 3

    Xi'an to Lanzhou (Flight No.FM9213)

    Splendid Silk Road Trip
    Destinations & activities: The Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter and transfer to the airport

    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.
  • Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

    Day 4

    Lanzhou to Xiahe

    Bingling Temple
    Buddha figure carved into the stone in Bingling Temple, Lanzhou
    Destinations & activities: Bingling Temple, boat ride and land transfer to Xiahe

    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.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Quanshunlou Restaurant

    Day 5

    Xiahe to Lanzhou

    Labrang Monastery
    Lamas in Labrang Monastery

    Destinations & activities: Sangke Grassland, Labrang Monastery and land transfer to Lanzhou

    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.
  • Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch at Xiling Hotel Restaurant


    Day 6

    Lanzhou to Dunhuang (Flight No.MU2223)

    Mingsha Mountain
    Riding camel in Mingsha Mountain

    Destinations & activities: Transfer to the airport, Singing Sand Mountain and riding camel

    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.
  • Meals: Breakfast

    Day 7

    Dunhuang to Turpan (Flight No.GS7497)

    Mogao Grottoes
    Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang

    Destinations & activities: Mogao Grottoes, Yumenguan Pass, Great Wall of the Han Dynasty and transfer to the airport

    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.


    Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch at Caigenxiang Restaurant

    Day 8


    Jiaohe Ancient Town
    The ruins of Jiaohe Ancient Town

    Destinations & activities: Jiaohe Ancient Town, Karez Wells, a local vineyard and a carpet store

    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.


    Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch at Red Rose Restaurant


    Day 9

    Turpan to Urumqi

    International Bazaar
    Fruit vendor at International Bazaar

    Destinations & activities: Land transfer to Urumqi, Heavenly Lake and International Bazaar

    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.


    Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch at May Flower Restaurant

    Day 10

    Urumqi Departure (Flight not Included)

    Destinations & activities: Transfer to the airport

    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!


    Meals: Breakfast



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    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.

    Special Terms

    • Price may change during some Chinese festivals.
    • Price is subject to change based on exchange rate.
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    Tour 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

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    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.

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