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12-day Ancient Silk Road Route Trip

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  • Destination:
  • Xian, Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan, Dunhuang, Beijing
  • Tour Highlights:
  • >>Terra Cotta Warriors
  • >> Heavenly Lake
  • >> Sunday bazaar
  • >> Id Kah Mosque
  • >> Emin Minaret
  • >> Crescent Moon Lake
Day By Day

Day 1 Arrival/Xian
 
Arrive in Xian at and transfer to the deluxe Hotel.Have a good night sleep.

Day 2 Xian
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Terra Cotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Show

A full day excursion to the world famous tomb of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang, guarded by the famous Terra-catta Army, 7000 life-size clay statues, each individually crafted, complete with chariots and horses. Back to the city, you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Attend the Tang Dynasty Show after the local Dumpling Dinner tonight.


Day 3 Xian/Urumqi
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Shanxi Provincial Museum, Erdaoqiao International Grand Bazaar
  
In the morning, visit the Shanxi Provincial Museum. Fly to Urumqi, the capital City of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China’s huge western province. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.then visit the Erdaoqiao International Grand Bazaar.

Day 4 Urumqi/Heavenly Lake/Kashgar
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Tianshan Mountains, Heavenly Lake, Mt.Bogoda Shan

Excursion to Tianshan Mountains ,visit the beautiful mountain lake-the Heavenly Lake and Mt.Bogoda Shan(5445m in altitude). it is snow-capped all year around.drive back to Urumqi, take evening flight to Kashgar.

Day 5 Kashgar/Karakul Lake/Kashgar
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Muztagh Ata, Konger Shan Mountain, Karakul lake
 
Drive 200km to Karakul Lake along China-Pakistan highway,enjoy the majestice Pamir plateau,encounter the local nomads called”Kirgiz”.admire the snow-capped mountain called “Muztagh Ata”(7546M in altitude),and “Konger Shan Mountain”(7719M.),walk around(1-2 hours) the Karakul lake (3800M),
Coach back to Kashgar.

Day 6 Kashgar/Urumqi
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Sunday bazaar, Id Kah Mosque, Tomb of Abakh Khoja

Kashgar is a fabled city embracing a rich mix of peoples and cultures, with Mosques and veiled women contributing to its Middle Eastern atmosphere. No visitors to Kashgar should miss the Sunday bazaar. In the teeming market, you can buy anything from herbal medicines to carpets, from a cradle to a camel. In the afternoon, visit the town center the vast Id Kah Mosque. afterwards, you visit the a school and a workshop where traditional carpets are made. You also tour in a donkey cart taxi the Old Town, a warren of twisting alleys and white-washed walls, and the Tomb of Abakh Khoja(also called Fragrant Concubine tomb).then take evening flight back to Urumqi

Day 7 Urumqi/Turpan
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Oasis town of Turpan, Jiaohe ruins

This morning we drive to the oasis town of Turpan, famous for its melons and vineyards. Here Marco Polo first encountered spaghetti, an idea he took home to Italy. In the late afternoon, you winder through the streets of ruined city Jiaohe, inspect the 2000 year old Karez Wells, a remarkable underground irrigation system.

Day 8 Turpan/Dunhuang
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Bezeklik Caves, Astana Underground Tomb, Emin Minaret

Today’s tour includes morning visits to the Bezeklik Caves whose walls are adorned with Buddhist frescoes and the legendary Flaming Mountains. and also see the Astana Underground Tomb. In the afternoon, we will explore Emin Minaret, one of the finest buildings on the Silk Road. we will walk through the amazing village street . Take an overnight train to the City of Dunhuang via Liuyuan.

Day 9 Dunhuang
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Mogao Caves, Mingsha Mountain, Crescent Moon Lake

Dunhuang oasis was a strategic staging post on the Silk Road, and the end of the Great Wall. Today’s highlight is to tour the Mogao Caves, popularly known as the “Thousand Buddha Caves”. An art gallery in the desert, the walls of the caves lined with Buddha frescoes and sculpted figures, said to be the finest examples of Buddha art in the world. Mixing India and Chinese styles, they are a remarkable record of Silk Road civilization.
Late afternoon, visits to Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Moon Lake set in an amphitheater of sand dunes. In the evening, you sample a local snack and a drink at the pavement cafes in the main street.

Day 10 Dunhuang/Beijing
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Tian’An Men Square, Fobidden City, Heaven Temple

Fly to Beijing, visit the Tian’An Men Square,the Fobidden City, the Heaven Temple. transfer to the hotel,

Day 11 Beijing
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Mutianyu Great Wall, 2008 Beijing Olympics’ Venues

Full day excursion to Mutianyu Great Wall,visit the National Stadium (The Bird's Nest) and the National Aquatic Centre (The Water Cube), ,enjoy the farewell diner--Beijing Roast Duck.

Day 12 Departure
Meals: B

Transfer to the airport, take a flight and go back home

Tour Overview
The Silk Road China travel tour itinerary & service cover top tourist attracions such as Xian Terra Cotta Warriors, Urumqi Heavenly Lake, Kashgar Sunday bazaar, Id Kah Mosque, Emin Minaret, Dunhuang Crescent Moon Lake and more.
Tour Fee
Price Includes:

Transportation & Private Transfers:

Transportation cost covers all the domestic airfare of economy class with airport tax, train tickets between the cities as the itinerary specified.


Transfer between airports, railway station, hotels and scenic spots for sightseeing around the cities that are specified by the itinerary with private air conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.


Entrance Fees:

All entrance fees to the scenic spots listed in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by private tour guides depends on the real-time local circumstances wheather are beyond the control of Access China Travel. We will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible.


Normal Meals:

All normal meals as the itinerary specified: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner in local restaurant. Breakfasts are served in hotel, breakfasts have Chinese or Western style for your option; Lunches are served in carefully selected quality local Chinese restaurants with best service, your lunches will be ordered by your guide catering to your preferences within normal standard. Dinners as the itinerary specified will be also served in local Chinese restaurants. The meal quotation is normalized. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, famous rare dishes, Indian food or more, please inform us in advance. For the unspecified dinners, you will have dinner on your own. Feel free to ask your local guide for suggestions or recommendation.


Private Sightseeing Escort:

Normal sightseeing activities as the itinerary listed will be escorted with English-speaking guide. The English-speaking guide and driver in each city are with you throughout the entire itinerary around that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.


Hotel Accommodation:

Hotel service criterion: two adults share on one standard twin/double-bed room; solo traveler who want to occupy one twin/double-bed room assigned is required for extra single supplement rate. A single room is available on prior request at an additional cost; if a recommended hotel unavailable, it will be replaced by one of the same class. All hotels as the itinerary listed serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.


Tour Arrangements:

The tour cost includes the planning, handling, booking, operation and communication charges.

Service Charge & Government Taxes

Price Excludes:

International airfare or train tickets for entry or exit China, unless that is noted or required otherwise.

Visa Fees, passport application or renewal fee.

Excess Baggage Charges.
Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as excess luggage fees, laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities (shows) and meals, beverages...

Meals:
Any meal are not specified in the itinerary with "B", "L" or "D".
Any extra cost caused by the changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, government and local authority orders, politics, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations; as well as tourist law violation, accident damages or injury incurred out of Access China Travel control.

Gratuities:
Tips to guides, escort, drivers bellman, etc.
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