Home > China Tours > 12-day Beijing to Urumqi Silk Road Adventure by Shangri-la Express

Tour Type : Group Tour

Best Season :Summer Autumn

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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Shangri-la Express takes you back to the Silk Road dating back to over 100 years ago. Beijing, Luoyang, Xi'an, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi and other highlights will delight your way!

Highlights

  • World's luxurious train China Orient Express
  • Different travel style to experience highlight of Silk Road
  • Two people share one room keep your privacy

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall 5-star hotel  |  

Upon arrival in Beijing, your Beijing tour guide will escort you to hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own.

* Note:

  • The quotation price is based on 2 people in one room. Single Occupancy is only for hotels. Single Occupancy on train is on request.
  • Tipping: A service fee of $150/CNY950 p/p must be paid for personal service on board the train. The service fee should be paid to the guide at the commencement of the trip. The guide will ensure that the staff on board the train receive are paid.
  • Day 2 Beijing to Luoyang by Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Beijing Railway Station - Luoyang Railway Station) Dep 21:30 - Arr 09:00
    • Activities: The Forbidden City, Beijing Capital Museum, Exterior visit of Beijing Olympic Stadiums(Bird's Nest and Water Cube), Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Hepingmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant, Dinner
    • Hotels: Stay on train

    Your first morning in Beijing will start with the Forbidden City, aka Royal Palace Museum, Gugong Museum or Purple Forbidden City. At noon, you will enjoy a Peking Duck banquet.

    In the afternoon, you will take a Beijing Capital Museum and watch Beijing Olympic Stadiums(Bird's Nest and Water Cube) appearance. At night, you will board on Shangri-la Express heading to Luoyang, enjoy your night!

    The Forbidden City

    Day 3 Luoyang to Xian by Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Luoyang Railway Station - Xi'an Railway Station) Dep 22:30 - Arr 06:00
    • Activities: Longmen Grottoes, Ming Tang, Train station Transfer (Xian)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Stay on train

    Around 9:00am, you will arrive in Luoyangvisit to the Longmen Grottoes. Longmen Grottoes is one of the four largest grottoes in China. Live cultural relics lie amid green mountains and serpentine rivers.

    In afternoon we went to visit Ming Tang which was built in Tang Dynasty during Wu ze tian - the female emperor period, is a miracle architecture uesed to meet with government officials. After dinner, you will be on the way to Xi'an at 10:30pm.

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Express

    Longmen Grottoes

    Day 4 Xian
    • Activities: Tang Imperial Banquet & Show, Ancient City Wall, Fountain Square of Wild Goose Pagoda
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Sheraton Xian Hotel  5-star hotel  |  

    You will arrive in Xi'an in the early morning. After some simple breakfast, you will visit the Ancient City Wall. Later, take a leisure walk on Fountain Square, where you can get a full view of the famous Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an's landmark. Have lunch and check in hotel.

    The rest of your day will be free. At night, you will attend a Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while dinner, hope you enjoy the food and the show!

    Accommodation: Sheraton Xian Hotel or same class

    Xi\'an Ancient City Wall

    Day 5 Xian to Tianshui by Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Xi'an Railway Station - Tianshui Railway Station) Dep 22:00 - Arr 06:30
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, TheTang Paradise, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Xian)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Stay on train

    The massive wonder of Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a highlight to your China tour. Today you will spend a couple of hours at this site. Have lunch afterwards.

    In the afternoon, you will visit Tang Paradise, a park constructed with rebuilt Tang Dynasty architectures located right next to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. At night, the express will take you to Tianshui.

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Express

    Terrocatto Amy

    Day 6 Tianshui to Jiayuguan by Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Tianshui Railway Station - Jiayuguan Railway Station) Dep 16:30 - Arr 09:30
    • Activities: The Mount Maiji Grottoes, Train station Transfer (Jiayuguan)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Stay on train

    Among the most famous grottoes, Mount Maiji Grottoes offers stunning view on the Silk Road. Today, you will arrive in Tianshui and take a visit at this awesome site.

    At night, you will head to next destination: Jiayu Guan.

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Express

    Maijishan Grotto

    Day 7 Jiayuguan
    • Activities: The Great Wall on the Cliff, Jiayuguan Pass
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Holidays Plaza Hotel  |  

    Known as the first pass of Great Wall under heaven, Jiayu Guan was firstly built at the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Today, after your arrival and check-in, you will take a visit to the Watch Tower, and the Overhanging Great Wall.

    At night, a roasted gigot dinner will be served for you.

    Accommodation: Holidays Plaza Hotel or same class

    Jiayu Pass

    Day 8 Jiayuguan to Dunhuang by Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Jiayuguan Railway Station - Dunhuang Railway Station) Dep 10:00 - Arr 15:00
    • Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Jiayuguan), Train station Transfer (Dunhuang), Silk Road Lecture, Dunhuang Night Market, The Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Dunhuang Hotel 4-star hotel  |  

    As an important stop on the Silk Road, Dunhuang has been a mystery to outsiders. Today, you will arrive in Dunhuang after 3 hours on the express.

    In the afternoon, you will visit Dunhuang's highlights: Singing Sand Mountain, Crescent Srping and feel the exotic atmosphere. At night, you will visit the famous Dunhuang Night Market

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    Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel or same class

    Mingsha Hill and Yueya Spring

    Day 9 Dunhuang to Turpan by Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Dunhuang Railway Station - Tulufan Railway Station) Dep 17:00 - Arr 09:00
    • Activities: Mogao caves, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Dunhuang), Train station Transfer (Turpan)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Stay on train

    A hidden treasure in the desert, Mogao Grottoes is always a big draw for Silk Road adventurers. Today you will spend some time here before the night ride to Turpan on Shangri-la Express.

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    Day 10 Turpan to Urumqi by ExpressBus.
    • Activities: The Karez Wells, The Flaming Mountain, The Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe, Express bus station transfer (Turpan), Express bus station transfer (Urumqi)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Hoi Tak Hotel 5-star hotel  |  

    Arrive in Turpan at 9:00am, you will visit Turpan's highlights: Jiaohe Ancient City and Karez Wells

    . Lunch you will taste Xinjiang's famous cuisine: Taipan Chicken.

    In the afternoon, you will visit the Flaming Mountain, the hottest place in China, overshadow the cradle of the Turpan ancient civilization and oasis agriculture. Later, a long distance coach will take you to Urumqi. Check in hotel after arrival.

    Day 11 Urumqi
    • Activities: The Xinjiang Museum, Heavenly Lake, Boat for Cruise on the Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao Market, Night Activity,
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Hoi Tak Hotel 5-star hotel  |  

    This morning, you will take a boat trip on Heavenly Lake. Later, learn something about beautiful Xinjiang at Xinjiang Museum.

    In the afternoon, you will get to the International Bazaar, symbolizes the boom of Sinkiang's commerce and tourism. It is the landscape architecture as well as landmark architecture. At night, you will attend a party where you can sample Xinjiang's widely known roast lamb.

    Day 12 Urumqi Departure
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Urumqi)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    Your Silk Road adventure has come to an end. Today, you will depart from Urumqi. Thanks for traveling with us. Hope to see you again soon!

    Dates and Prices (Join a Group)

    $ USD
    Departure Price per person Single Room Supplement Availability
    Jun. 13 - Jun. 24, 2016 $ 2,9492,949 $ 1,2591,259 Sold Out
    Please tailor-made a tour
    Sept. 6 - Sept. 17, 2016 $ 2,9492,949 $ 1,2591,259 Sold Out
    Please tailor-made a tour

    Good to know

    • The quotation price is based on 2 people in one cabin. Please contact us for prices on different cabin occupancy.
    • Service fee of $150/CNY950 p/p must be paid for personal service on board the train.
    • Single Occupancy cost included hotel and cabin on train.

    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.

      Tailor-made