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Tour Type : Group Tour

Best Season :Summer

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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Back to the Silk Road dating back to over 1000 years ago by take the world’s unique train—China Orient Express (also known as Shangri-la Express), to explore the best attractions of ancient Silk Road in 2017! This special experience will be an once-in-a-life travel story.


  • Take the train along silk road to follow the footsteps of Marco PoloFace
  • Face to face seeing The Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  • Standing on the beiging of the Great Wall
  • Visit Mogao Cave to experience Buddhist culture

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Xian Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Xian)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Sheraton Xian Hotel  5-star hotel  |  

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

Xi’an is a city with over 3000years history and it is also the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.

* 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 Xian
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Huaqing Hot Springs
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Sheraton Xian Hotel  5-star hotel  |  

    Have breakfast in the hotel, then we will drive to the famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, one of the eight wonders of the world. Be excited to observe China's first emperor - Emperor Qin's great army of 8000 life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses in three burial pits. Afterwards,we continue to Huaqing Hot Spring in Mt Lishan. In ancient time, emperors used to come here to bathe and enjoy the scenic beauty. It has become a favorite spa since the Tang Dynasty.

    Day 3 Xian to Tianshui by Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Xi'an Railway Station - Tianshui Railway Station) Dep 22:00 - Arr 06:30
    • Activities: Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall, Famen Temple, Tang Imperial Banquet & Show, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Xian)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Stay on train

    Have breakfast in hotel, we visit to the Ancient City Wall of Xi'an, the most intact ancient Chinese wall in existence, that encircles and protects the old part of Xian City.

    Then proceed to visit Statue of Star Point of Silk Road - Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square, with one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China.

    After a drive of 120km west of Xian, we will arrive at Famen Temple which was first set up during East Han Dynasty and is renowned for storing the veritable Finger Bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha.

    After we return to Xi'an,the marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at Tang Dynasty Palace will be prepared for you. The various savory dishes together with the exciting show will be sure to give satisfaction to your appetite, your eyes and your mind. We onboard the China Orient Express Train to Tianshui at 22:00pm.

    Day 4 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

    We will rrival in Tianshui at 06:30am. After breakfast, we drive to visit Maiji Mountainaz. The natural scenery of Maiji Mountain is the most beautiful among the famous resorts of grottoes in China. The Maiji Grottoes were first constructed in 384 and thereafter gradually became one of the large-scale grotto groups in China and the famous artistic spots in the world through continuous chiseling and reconstruction during more than ten dynasties. There are extant 194 grottoes, including more than 7,200 clay and stone statues and frescoes with an area of 1,300 square meters, which are retained from the 4th o 19th century. We will take the ‘China Orient Express’ train to Jiayuguan at 16:30pm. Have another nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside.


    Day 5 Jiayuguan
    • Activities: The Great Wall on the Cliff, Jiayuguan Pass
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Hotels: Holidays Plaza Hotel  |  

    After breakfast, have a visit to the Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass), the western end of the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty. It is known as the First and Greatest Pass under Heaven, and best preserved and most magnificent military fort in China. Then we drive 7 miles away for the Overhanging Great Wall. It got the named for riding on a mountain ridge that is 45 degrees from vertical and resembling a huge dragon.

    Day 6 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  |  

    After a pleasant breakfast, take this deluxe train to Dunhuang at 10:00am. We specially arrange Dunhuang experts and professors who'll introduce this exotic city in detail to you. After arriving in Dunhuang, we visit beautiful Crescent Lake and Singing Sand Mountains. The Crescent Lake is an oasis Gobi desert, surrounded by numerous sand dunes, reaching a relative height of 250 meters (820 feet). The Mingsha Shan is so named for the sound of the wind whipping off the dunes. After dinner, we move to Dunhuang Night market - bustling Shazhou Night Market. Never miss its tasty snacks, local specialties, and crafts etc.

    Crescent Spring

    Day 7 Dunhuang to Turpan by Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Dunhuang Railway Station - Turfan 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

    After breakfast, let's visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes, which was designated as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its 1600 years accumulated cultural, architectural, and art treasures. There remains 492 cave temple and 45000 square meters of frescos. According to Tang Dynasty records, a monk had witnessed onsite a vision of thousand Buddhas under showers of golden rays. Thus inspired, he started the caves construction work that spanned ten dynasties. Mogao Caves are commonly known as the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. At 17:00, we embark the 'China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Turpan.

    Day 8 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  |  

    It's a day for Turpan sightseeing! Visit Karez irrigation system at 07:00am, to witness the wisdom of Uygur people. The irrigation system is especially designed for desert. If connecting all these underground channels, the total length will reach more than 5000 km, so it is regarded as one of the three engineering miracles of ancient China, along with the Great Wall and the Jinghang Grand Canal. Thereafter, we move to Flaming Mountain, well known by Chinese people because of the legendary story 'Journey to the West'. It is regarded as the hottest place in China. Then We drive to Jiaohe Ancient City, an island-shaped plateau situated at Yar Town. It is the largest, oldest and well preserved earth-structured city in the world, with a history of 2000-2300 years.

    Jiaohe Ancient City

    Day 9 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  |  

    After breakfast, visit Heavenly Lake on Tianshan (boat tour). The mountain Lake stands 1980 meters above sea level and features picturesque scenery of snowcapped peaks. It a great pleasure to boat travel Heavenly Lake, with a layer of magical color covering the lake, and hearing many beautiful myths and legends. Then head for Urumqi, and visit Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum. It is of Uygur and Russian styles, and collects over a thousand pieces of precious relics from four to five thousand years ago until modern times. Lastly, visit Xinjiang International Bazaar.

    International Bazaar

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

    Today is the day of farewell to your memorable silk road trip and the unique China Orient Express. After a pleasant breakfast, free at your own leisure till the assemble time for the transferring to airport for the flight back to your hometown or next destination. Bon voyage!

    Dates and Prices (Join a Group)

    $ USD
    Departure Price per person Single Room Supplement Availability
    Jun. 17 - Jun. 26, 2017 $ 2,6992,699 $ 1,2591,259 Sold Out
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    Sept. 4 - Sept. 13, 2017 $ 2,7992,799 $ 909909 Sold Out
    Please tailor-made a tour

    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.