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

Tour Type : Group Tour

Best Season :Summer Autumn

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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Starting from Urumqi all the way to the ancient capitals Xi'an and Beijing, Shangri-la Express (aka Oriental Express) will replay history for you. Note: Cabins are sold out due to the popular of the route, please see the similar private tours.

Highlights

  • World's luxurious train China Orient Express
  • New travel style experience several regional customs and sceneries
  • Price in twin-bed cabin

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Urumqi Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Urumqi)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Hoi Tak Hotel 5-star hotel  |  

Upon arrival in Urumqi, your Urumqi 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.
  • Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel or same class

    Day 2 Urumqi
    • Activities: Heavenly Lake, Boat for Cruise on the Heavenly Lake, Night Activity, International Bazaar, The Xinjiang Museum
    • 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 while traditional dance show.

    Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel or same class

    Day 3 Urumqi to Turpan by ExpressBus,Turpan to Dunhuang by Train No. Shangri-La Express 02 (Turfan Railway Station - Dunhuang Railway Station) Dep 20:30 - Arr 11:30
    • Activities: Hotel to bus station Transfer (Urumqi), Express bus station transfer (Turpan), The Karez Wells, The Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe, The Flaming Mountain, Train station Transfer (Turpan)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Stay on train

    After breakfast, you will take a coach to Turpan. As arrival, a trip to the ancient water system Karez Wells follows. Later, visit the Flaming Mountain, the hottest place in China, overshadow the cradle of the Turpan ancient civilization and oasis agriculture. Taste Xinjiang's famous dish Taipan Chicken for lunch.

    In the afternoon, you will tour the Jiaohe Ancient City. At night, Shangri-la Express will take you to Dunhuang.

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Express

    The Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe

    Day 4 Dunhuang
    • Activities: Dunhuang Night Market, Silk Road Lecture, Mogao caves
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Dunhuang Hotel 4-star hotel  |  

    Before arrival in Dunhuang, a professor will give an entertaining and insightful lecture on the history and culture of the Silk Road in the Shangri-la Express bar car.

    A hidden treasure in the desert, Mogao Grottoes is always a big draw for Silk Road adventurers. Today you will spend some time in some of the grottoes. At night, you can hunt some souvenir at Dunhuang Night Market.

    Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel or same class

    Day 5 Dunhuang to Jiayuguan by Train No. Shangri-La Express 02 (Dunhuang Railway Station - Jiayuguan Railway Station) Dep 15:00 - Arr 20:00
    • Activities: The Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Dunhuang)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Holidays Plaza Hotel  |  

    As an important stop on the Silk Road, Dunhuang has been a mystery to outsiders. Today, you will visit Dunhuang's highlights: Singing Sand Mountain, Crescent Srping and feel the exotic atmosphere. At night, you will board on the express heading to Jiayu Guan. After 5 hours, you will arrive in Jiayu Guan. Check in hotel and stay overnight.

    Accommodation: Holidays Plaza Hotel or same class

    Day 6 Jiayuguan to Tianshui by Train No. Shangri-La Express 02 (Jiayuguan Railway Station - Tianshui Railway Station) Dep 20:30 - Arr 11:30
    • Activities: The Great Wall on the Cliff, Jiayuguan Pass, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Jiayuguan)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Stay on train

    Known as the first pass under heaven, Jiayu Guan was firstly built at the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is the most magnificent and best-preserved pass among over a thousand Great Wall passes. Today, after your arrival and check-in, you will take a visit to the Watch Tower, and the Great Wall on the Cliff.

    At night, a roasted gigot dinner will be served for you. Later, board on the express heading to Tianshui.

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Express

    Day 7 Tianshui to Xian by Train No. Shangri-La Express 02 (Tianshui Railway Station - Xi'an Railway Station) Dep 22:30 - Arr 07:00
    • Activities: The Mount Maiji Grottoes
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Stay on train

    Arrive in Tianshui at noon. 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: Xi'an.

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Express

    Day 8 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

    Day 9 Xian to Luoyang by Train No. Shangri-La Express 02 (Xi'an Railway Station - Luoyang Railway Station) Dep 22:30 - Arr 07:00
    • 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 Luoyang.

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Express

    Day 10 Luoyang to Beijing by Train No. Shangri-La Express 02 (Luoyang Railway Station - Beijing Railway Station) Dep 22:00 - Arr 10:00
    • Activities: Longmen Grottoes, Ming Tang
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Stay on train

    Around 7:00am, you will arrive in Luoyang. Frist, we will visit Longmen Grottoesis one of the four largest grottoes in China. Live cultural relics lie amid green mountains and serpentine rivers.

    After dinner, you will be on the way to Beijing at 10:00pm.

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Express or same class

    Day 11 Beijing
    • Activities: The Forbidden City, Beijing Capital Museum, Exterior visit of Beijing Olympic Stadiums(Bird's Nest and Water Cube)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Hepingmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant, Dinner
    • Hotels: Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall 5-star hotel  |  

    Arrive in Beijing at 10:00am. After check-in, your Beijing visit 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 we will watch the Olympic Park nest and water cube appearance.

    Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel Beijing or same class

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

    Your Silk Road adventure has come to an end. Today, you will depart from Beijing. 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
    Sept. 13 - Sept. 24, 2016 $ 2,9492,949 $ 1,2591,259 Sold Out
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    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.

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