Classical Silk Road

602: 14 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Urumqi - Kashgar - Urumqi - Turpan - Dunhuang - Xian - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 13 western buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches with some being a la carte style

Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Marvel at the art treasure - Mogao Caves & enjoy an exciting camel riding in the Gobi Desert
  • Explore the famous Kashgar Sunday Market and experience the local life with locals
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
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Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang
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Day 1 Arrive in Beijing
Upon your arrival at Beijing Capital Airport, our guide will be waiting for you outside the customs of the airport, holding a welcome sign with your name on it. We will escort you to the downtown to check in at the hotel we have reserved for you. The remainder of the day is on your own to take a rest or explore the city. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Forbidden City, Beijing
In the morning, you will visit the famous Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. After a short stroll around the world's largest city square, Tiananmen Square, you will walk across the Golden Water Bridge and come to the splendid Forbidden City built 600 years ago, where you will be impressed by the gorgeous imperial palaces and vast storage of historical relics. 

As is our practice to avoid the poor food at the cheap tourist eateries, we will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a nice local restaurant, where you can taste the authentic Chinese food. 

Your private visit continues to the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. Being a royal temple from the 17th to early 20th century in the Qing Dynasty, it will fascinate you with the unique architecture like Hall of Prayer of Good Harvest and Echo Wall. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Early in the morning, you will head to the famous world's heritage, Mutianyu Great Wall. You will use the cable car to get up and down the wall. Standing on the solid wall, you can see the great wall winding its way over the rolling mountains like a huge dragon, as well as the gorgeous landscape. 

On the way back to downtown, we will drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium), where you can have a short stay to take some photos with the huge nest. A local market will be our last stop, and some free time will be left for you to stroll around on your own.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Urumqi
Summer Palace. Fly to Urumqi. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Delicious local cakes, Urumqi
You will visit the Summer Palace in the morning. As a representative of traditional Chinese garden, it merges natural scenery borrowed from the surrounding landscape into the magnificent architecture of imperial gardens, perfectly reflecting the Chinese gardening principle, 'the Works of Man Should Match the Works of Heaven'. After that, you will board a flight to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Our guide will be waiting for you outside the Arrival Hall of the airport and escort you to the hotel in downtown.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Urumqi - Kashgar
Fly to Kashgar. Airport-hotel transfer, Sunday Market. (B+L)
You will board a morning flight to Kashgar - the pearl on the ancient Silk Road, described as “fruitful soil, cotton aplenty, and inhabitants who live by trade” by Marco Polo. Upon your arrival, our local guide will escort you to a local hotel in Kashgar. After a short rest, you will visit the famous Sunday Market, namely Sunday Bazaar, a famous local market which is considered the largest international trade market in northwest China. Traders at home and abroad come to purchase or sell all kinds of goods. The bazaar opens everyday in Kashgar, but the one on Sunday is the liveliest, as the whole community gets together.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Kashgar - Urumqi - Turpan
Id Kah Mosque, Old Street, Abakh Khoja Tomb. Fly to Urumqi. Land transfer from Urumqi Airport to Turpan. (B+L)
Sunday Bazaar, Kashgar
Today's visit starts from the Id Kah Mosque, a 500-year-old important mosque for the locals. There you will see the typical Islamic architecture like domes, minarets and arches, as well as pious prayers. Just a few minutes' walk, you will come to the Old Street of Kashgar. The maze of narrow alleys and traditional houses built with earth or bricks may give you the illusion of walking into the ancient Kashgar. The last stop in Kashgar will be the Abakh Khoja Tomb, which is an ancient Islamic building complex and a cemetery where five generations of a famous Islamic master were buried. You will see the largest dome architecture of Xinjiang in the east of the cemetery. Then you will board a return flight to Urumqi. Our guide will meet you at the Airport and escort you to Turpan by car. Check in at the hotel in downtown upon arrival.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Turpan
Jiaohe Ruins, Sugong Pagoda, Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave, Flaming Hill. (B+L)
Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang
Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang
In the morning, you will visit Jiaohe Ruins, which is one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road. It is also the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world. Although 2,000 years have passed, the former glory of Jiaohe can still be found from the ruins. Then you will visit the existing largest ancient pagoda in Xinjiang, Sugong Pagoda. The pagoda is a 44-meter-high (144 feet) Islamic pagoda, which bears a history of over 200 years. Then you will go to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, a cluster of caves with thousands of Buddhism murals. The vivid murals show many Buddhism figures, stories, and the social life about 1,000 years ago in Ancient Gaochang Kingdom. The last stop will be the hottest place in China, the Flaming Hill, which is located at the north of ancient Silk Road. Nothing grows on the hill and the highest temperature of summer could reach 47.8 ℃ (118 ℉). Seen from afar, the Flaming Hill resembles a red fire dragon flying upward.  

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Turpan - Dunhuang
Karez Well. High speed train to Dunhuang. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B)
Today you will visit the famous Karez Well, the gigantic underground irrigation system created by ancient Xinjiang people. Over 1,100 Karez Wells in Turpan have provided precious water source to this dry and hot area during the past 400 years. Afterwards, you will board a high-speed train to Dunhuang. Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you at Liuyuan railway station and escort you to the hotel in Dunhuang. It will take about two hours' drive from Liuyuan Station to Dunhuang.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Dunhuang
Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Museum. (B+L)
Camel riding along the Echoing-Sand Dune
After breakfast, you will visit the famous Mogao Caves, which is one of the four most famous caves in China. Known as the “Oriental Louvre”, the Mogao Caves not only boasts a large number of vivid Buddhism murals, statues and architecture, but also is renowned as the treasure house of Buddhism culture. Then continue your trip to Dunhuang Museum, where you will get a better understanding of the Silk Road from the exhibited historical relics.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Dunhuang - Xian
Echoing-Sand Dune (camel-riding) and Crescent Lake. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Today you will visit one of the most famous attractions along the Silk Road, the Echoing-Sand Mountain. It is so named because when you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands. You will experience a short camel ride along the mountain to reach the Crescent Lake. It is really a natural wonder that the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert has not dried up over the past one thousand years and still gushes with fresh current. Then you will board a flight to Xian. Our guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel in downtown.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Xian
Terracotta Warriors Museum, Provincial History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B)
Terracotta warriors and horses
In the morning, you will visit the world's eighth wonder, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Lunch is not included today.

In the afternoon, continue your visit to Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. The gallery of this Museum wins high reputation for its superior advantages in quantity, species of relic and quality. Bronze wares, potter a figurine, gold and silver objects as well as Tang tomb painting are all wonderful rarities. Then you will be guided to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Initially built in the Tang Dynasty to collect sutra from India, the seven-story pagoda witnessed much changes and development of Xian in the past 1,300 years. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 12 Xian - Shanghai
City Wall, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
In the morning, you will visit the ancient City Wall, which is regarded as another symbol of this city. Then we specially arrange a family visit for you to get close touch with the local people's life and taste the home-cooked a la carte lunch in the home of the family you visit. After that, you will board a flight to Shanghai. Our guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel in downtown.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 13 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and a cultural street. (B+L)
Our guide with her client
photo by our client Mr. John Anthony Harbottle
Today starts from Shanghai Museum, which is one of the best museums and earns its fame for vast storage of historical relics. Then you will visit the Yuyuan Garden, one of the most famous southern China gardens, where you will see the typical architecture of Chinese gardens, such as halls with flying eaves and pointed corners, long corridors and grotesque artificial hills. 

Afterwards, we will invite you to an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy and famous local restaurant, which offers authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines. 

In the afternoon, you will take a short cruise tour along the Huangpu River, discovering the history and modernness from the totally different scenes along the banks of Huangpu River. Debark at the Bund area, where you will have some free time to stroll around. Then visit an old street.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 14 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A pleasant trip home! (B)
Today our guide will see you off at the airport for your homeward flight. Hope our dedicated service gives you a pleasant memory for this private China tour.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
UrumqiSheraton Urumqi Hotel Excemon Xinjiang Yilite Hotel
KashgarRadisson Blu Hotel Kashgar Radisson Blu Hotel Kashgar
TurpanHuozhou Hotel Huozhou Hotel
DunhuangDunhuang Hotel Building No. 8Dunhuang Hotel Building No. 8
XianWyndham Grand Xian South Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$4879 $4391$4399 $3959$3939 $3545
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$4629 $4166$4149 $3734$3689 $3320
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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