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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Make this 9-day China tour a precious memory! Start with Xi'an and carry on to Urumqi via Dunhuang, Turpan and Kashgar with all the highlights.

Highlights

  • Silk Road adventure
  • Train ride experience
  • Riding camel
  • Visiting local family in Turpan
  • Safe and sound escort

Tour Itinerary

DAY
1
Xian Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Xian)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Xian City Hotel 3-star hotel

Today you will land in Xi'an, a charmning ancient city that welcomes you with a friendly smile. Check in hotel upon arrival.

- Smart Tips:

  • No international flights included in this package, however, please feel free to contact us if you need help booking flights or trains.
  • DAY
    2
    Xian
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarters, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Xian City Hotel 3-star hotel

    Set out early in the morning, we will visit China's great wonder at Terracotta Army. Have lunch and stop by an art center.

    Feel Xi'an's lively everyday life in Muslim Quarter and take a free stroll at Ancient City Wall at sunset.

     

    DAY
    3
    Xian to Dunhuang by Flight No. GS7469 Dep 11:35 - Arr 14:05
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Dunhuang), Dunhuang Museum, Dunhuang Night Market
    • Meals: Breakfast, , Dinner
    • Hotels: Dun Huang Hotel 3-star hotel

    Have some free time in the morning. At noon, you will fly to Dunhuang. Check in upon arrival.

    Despite its standing as an important stop of the Silk Road, Dunhuang is now still a humble small town yet historically charming. This afternoon, we will learn its history at Dunhuang Museum. After dinner, our local tour guide will lead your way in the famous Shazhou Night Market.

    - Smart Tips:

  • There will be a great temperature drop at night, so please bring heavy clothes when you are out.
  • Night Market

    DAY
    4
    Dunhuang to Overnight Train by Train No. K1583 (Liuyuan Railway Station - Turfan Railway Station) Dep 22:50 - Arr 08:01
    • Activities: Mogao caves, The Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring, Riding on a Camel, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Dunhuang)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: No

    After breakfast, we will visit the world-famous Mogao Grottoes. Later, we will drive to the desert which is known as Mingsha Mountain, aka Singing Sand Mountain. Ride on a camel and reach the Crescent Lake for a rest.

    At the evening, you will get on an overnight train heading to Turpan in Xinjiang.

    - Smart Tips:

  • No photo-taking inside the Mogao Grottoes, however, you will have a chance to take photos of the exterior of the caves when the tour is finished.
  • Please protect your camera lens, glasses, eyes, face and body from the blowing sand when you are in Mingsha Mountain. Also, the camels might have a special smell and we won't suggest elders or young kids take a ride.
  • The drive from Dunhuang to its train station, Liuyuan Train Station, takes about 2 hours.
  • We will book soft sleepers for you, however, you might share cabins with strangers. We'd suggest you keep an eye on your belongings.
  • DAY
    5
    Turpan
    • Activities: Train station Transfer (Turpan), The Karez Wells, The Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe, Local vineyard visit, Turpan Minority Souvenir and Carpet Shop
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Jiaohe Manor Hotel 3-star hotel

    In the early morning, you will reach Turpan. Check in upon arrival.

    Our Turpan tour starts with a visit at Jiaohe Ancient Ruins, the remains of the long-gone city of Jiaohe, dating back to the 2nd century BC. Later, we will get some knowledge of the old irrigation system at Karez Well. Stop by a local vineyard and the house owner will tell you how they turn juicy grapes into raisins.

    - Smart Tips:

  • Please bring sunblock, glasses and hats when we are out sightseeing.
  • Please don't pick grapes unless the house owener allows you to.
  • The Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe

    DAY
    6
    Urumqi
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Turpan to Urumqi, Boat for Cruise on the Heavenly Lake, Heavenly Lake
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: City Hotel 3-star hotel

    After breakfast, we will drive to Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang. Check in upon arrival.

    Drive to Heavenly Mountain and have lunch. Later, we will take a relaxing boat trip in Heavenly Lake.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • The drive from Turpan to Urumqi takes about 2 hours.
  • After driving 2 hours from the city, you will get to the Heavenly Lake and it might be colder so we'd suggest you bring heavy coats and sun glasses.
  • DAY
    7
    Urumqi to Kashgar by Hainan Airlines HU7744 Dep 14:00 - Arr 15:45
    • Activities: The Xinjiang Museum, Erdaoqiao Market, Hotel to airport Transfer (Urumqi), Airport Transfer (Kashgar)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Kashgar Seman Hotel  3-star hotel

    Xinjiang covers a vast land and has a profound history and interesting folklores. Today we will get to know it better by a visit at Xinjiang Museum. Later, get to the bustling International Bazaar.

    After lunch, you will fly to Kashgar. Chekc in upon arrival.

    DAY
    8
    Kashgar
    • Activities: Lake Karakuli
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Kashgar Seman Hotel  3-star hotel

    Destinations & activities: Lake Karakuli

    The peaceful glacier lake Karakuli Lake is one of the biggest attractions in Kashgar. Today you will visit the lake and feel up its clarity.

     

    DAY
    9
    Kashgar to Urumqi by Flight No. JD5142 Dep 16:10 - Arr 17:50
    • Activities: Id Kah Mosque, Zhiren Street, Xinjiang Minority Handicraft Center , Hotel to airport Transfer (Kashgar)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    After breakfast, you will visit the holy mosque of Id Kah Mosque. Later, go to Zhiren Street, offering a lively picture of professional artists at work.

    Later today, you will fly back to Urumqi and catch your departure flight.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • If you'd like to bring something home, hand-made carpets or beddings can be your best bet.
  • If your departue flight is in the morning or early afternoon, we might arrangement one-night stay in Urumqi. Please request with our travel advise for different quotation.
  • Id Kah Mosque

    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.
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    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 :All seasons

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