Overview: 10-day Join-in Silk Road Small Group Xi'an to Urumqi Tour dates from July 12 to July 21 for 8-15 people to visit Terra Cotta Warriors, Terra Cotta Warriors factory, Xi'an Ancient City Wall, Weijing Tomb, Jiayuguan Fort, Great Wall on the Cliff, Mogao Caves, Echoing-Sand Mountain, Bezklik Grottoes, Astana Tombs, Jiaohe Ruined city, Karez Irrigation system, Sugong Minaret, Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao & International Bazaar
Day 1 Arrival in Xian
Via transfer: flight—by your own arrangement
Sites Visited: Shaanxi Provincial History Museum
Upon your arrival in Xi'an, your local guide will meet you at the Xian airport and escort you to check in the hotel. If you’re arriving time is on the noon or morning. Then pay a visit to the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum.
Day 2 Xian
Sites Visited: Terra Cotta Warriors, Terra Cotta Warriors factory, Xi'an Ancient City Wall
Full-day visit to the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses (include golf carts), then also will go to visit Terra Cotta Warriors factory, Half day tour ends with a walk or biking on the top of Xi'an Ancient City Wall, where give a bird view the ancient capital.
Optional night program: dumplings feast and the Tang Dynasty Song & Dance Show at Tang Yuegong Theatre.
Day 3 Xian/Jiayuguang
Sites Visited: Weijing Tomb
Today will take morning flight from Xian to Jiayuguan, when you arrive in Jiayugan, will meet you then transfer you to visit Weijing Tomb.
Day 4 Jiayuguang
Sites Visited: Jiayuguan Fort, Great Wall on the Cliff, Shazhou Night Market
After breakfast will go to visit Jiayuguan Fort, Great Wall on the Cliff. Jiayuguan Fortress is the western end of the Great Wall and first grand pass under the Heaven. It was built in 1372 in Ming Dynasty, it took 168 year to build this strategic outpost.
After visiting will drive you to Dunhuang. When you arrive in Dunhuang, you will be driven to check in your hotel. Enjoy a free relax in Shazhou Night Market in the city centre of Dunhuang. Overnight in Dunhuang.
Day 5 Dunhuang
Sites Visited: Mogao Caves, Echoing-Sand Mountain and the Crescent Lake, Camel Riding(for optional program)
Visit Mingsha Sands Mountian in the morning, you can enjoy the soft sands and nice sunshine, as well as camel riding for special experience. That should be another feeling to test Silk Road. Then you will visit the Crescent Lake.
In the afternoon, you will visit Mogao Grottoes. It is the first biggest Grottoes in China, and one of the four Greatest grottoes in China. We will take somewhat 2 hours for visiting, from different period caves, such as 5th- 9th centuries.
Day 6 Dunhuang /Turpan
Sites Visited: Baima Pagoda(White Hose Pagoda)
Morning will relax to visit Baima Pagoda(White Hose Pagoda), then transfer you to Liuyuan train station to catch high speed train to Turpan, about 3.5 hours on the way. When you arrive in Turpan, will meet you then transfer you to hotel for rest.
Day 7 Turpan
Places to visit: Bezklik Grottoes, Astana Tombs, overview the Flaming Mountain, visit local Uyger Family.
After breakfast will visit Astana Tombs, Bezklik Grottoes, and overview the Flaming Mountain. And Local Uyger family in the Vineyard.
The Astana Cemetery or Astana Graves is a large site 37 km southeast of present-day Turpan, 6 km from the ancient city of Gaochang. It served mainly as the cemetery for the descendents of Chinese settlers in Gaochang from the 4th century to the first half of the 8th century. The complex covers 10 square kilometres and contains over 1,000 tombs. Due to the arid environment many important artifacts have been well preserved at the tombs, including natural mummies.
The Bezeklik/Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves: Bezeklik means a place with beautiful decoration. It is famous for ancient murals with exsiting 60 caves, and over 40 caves have ancient murals of 1200 square meters.
Day 8 Turpan/Urumqi
Places to visit: Jiaohe Ruined city, Karez Irrigation system, Sugong Minaret
Pay a morning visit to Jiaohe Ruined city, Karez Irrigation system, Sugong Minaret; Back to Urumqi after lunch in Turpan, then drive you to Urumqi.
Jiaohe Ruins, is an archaeological site with the largest, oldest, and best preserved city gates, streets and lanes, government office, temples, domestic houses, cave houses, wells, and an underground temple, showing it as an important stop on the Ancient Silk Road.
Karez Irrigation System, made up of vertical wells, underground channels, ground canals and small reservoirs, is one of China's three greatest feats of ancient engineering of underground irrigation channel, along with the Great Wall and the Grand Canal.
The Sugong Pagoda, or Emin Minaret is a local Islamic building. At the time of some traditional festivals, Muslem people push their way to the Sugong Pagoda to pray for blessing just like a pilgrimage.
Day 9 Urumqi
Sites Visited: Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao & International Bazaar.
After breakfast will go to visit Heavenly Lake. In the afternoon will back city to visit Erdaoqiao & International Bazaar.
Heavenly Lake, covering an area of about 5.9 square kilometers, has eight beautiful scenic spots in the lake scenic area; they are "A Ray of Stone Gate", "Dragon's Pool and Green Moon", "Magic Needle for Guarding the See", "Three Stones Bearing the Sky".
Day 10 Urumqi/ Departure
After breakfast, transfer you to Urumqi airport to catch your departure flight.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The tour cost includes the planning, handling, booking, operation and communication charges.