Adventurous Silk Road with Splendid Yangtze Cruise

606: 17 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Urumqi - Kashgar - Urumqi - Turpan - Dunhuang - Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - 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: 16 western buffet breakfasts, 9 lunches with some being a la carte style, 2 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Trace back to the Silk Road of 2,000 years ago & learn about the culture and history
  • Marvel at the pearl in the Gobi Desert - Dunhuang and enjoy an exciting camel riding
  • Enjoy the Three Gorges scenery on Yangtze River cruise & feel totally relaxed
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Our guide will greet you outside the customs of Beijing Airport and transfer you to check in the hotel. You are free to have a good rest and get ready for the following 17 days China tours or explore the city during the remaining time of the day.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Famous Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar
This morning, firstly go to Tiananmen Square in the city center and then walk into the splendid Forbidden City. In the world's largest imperial palace complex, there were altogether 24 emperors implementing their power successively for 490 years. Nowadays, travelers could trace its gorgeous history from the well-preserved majestic palaces and valued collections. 

To avoid the cheap tourist eateries arranged by most agencies, you will feast on a delicious a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a noted local restaurant to taste the authentic Chinese food. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven where the ancient emperors held the grand sacrificial ceremony annually. Both of the design and constructions in the temple have embodied the ancient doctrine of the 'divine right of kings'. 

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)
Flaming Hill, Urumqi
It is suggested that you have a larger breakfast before taking the excursion to Mutianyu Great Wall, which is a popular section of China Great Wall with the round-way cable car included.

While driving back to downtown Beijing, you could pass by the Bird's Nest, namely the Olympic National Stadium, and have a short stop for photo taking. After that, we will proceed to visit a featured local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Urumqi
Summer Palace. Fly to Urumqi. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
A private morning excursion will be arranged for you to visit the scenic Summer Palace. The park will present you the harmonious combination of Chinese royal buildings, Buddhist pagoda, classical garden design, man-made hills and lakes. Lunch is not included today. In the afternoon, you will take a flight to Urumqi and stay at the hotel for one night.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Urumqi - Kashgar
Fly to Kashgar. Airport-hotel transfer, Sunday Market. (B+L)
A family visit in Turpan
Flying over the snow-capped Tianshan Mountain, you will arrive at Kashgar today. Our guide will be waiting for you at the airport and then transfer you to the best local hotel. Praised as 'the pearl on the Ancient Silk Road', Kashgar has been the highlight city in south Xinjiang, where you could experience the exotic Uigur culture. At the famous Sunday Bazaar, you could find various kinds of local products and imported goods from Western Asia, such as Uygur clothes, carpets, jewelry, instruments, food and fruits.

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 to Turpan. (B+L)
Today's visit will start at the Id Kah Mosque, which is the largest mosque in China with featured Islamic style. The following Old Street of Kashgar is the local residential area where you will find groups of adobe houses as well as bustling market. Finally go to the Abakh Khoja Tomb which is a typical Islamic family graveyard where 72 people were buried. After that, you will take a flight back to Urumqi. Our guide will pick you up at the airport and then drive you to Turpan for a two-night stay.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Turpan
Jiaohe Ruins, Sugong Pagoda, Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave, Flaming Hill. (B+L)
Camel ride along the Echoing-Sand Dune, Dunhuang
Photo by our client Ms. Jolene Cheng
As a vital communication hub on the ancient Silk Road, Turpan was left with a great number of historical relics. You could visit the famous Ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City,  the Emin Minaret (Sugong Pagoda), Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves and Flaming Mountain. The Ancient City of Jiaohe is the best-preserved and oldest earthen city, where the streets, temples, residential area and government offices could be recognized. Built at the end of 18th Century, the Emin Minaret is the only existing Islamic tower in China. Afterwards, you will head for the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves which was the Buddhist center of ancient Gaochang, and preserves a series of Buddhist murals and statues. The last stop is the noted Flaming Mountain with gullies and trenches, where the highest temperature could reach 47.8℃ in summer.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Turpan - Dunhuang
Karez Well. High speed train to Dunhuang. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B)
The Turpan historical tour will be extended to the Karez System, which was excavated in large number, which made up of a unique underground irrigating system in desert. Tonight, you will take a high speed train proceeding to Dunhuang. Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at Liuyuan Railway Station of Dunhuang and then escort you to the hotel after about two hours' drive.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Dunhuang
Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Museum. (B+L)
Today you are going to the well-known Mogao Caves and Dunhuang Museum. Lying on the mountain, Mogao Caves is the largest and best-preserved Buddhist art gallery, mainly consisting of abundant ancient buildings, statues and murals.

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)
A short but interesting camel-ride in desert will be arranged today. You will take it along the Echoing-Sand Mountain to reach the Crescent Lake surround by dunes. This oasis has existed in the desert for hundreds of years but never attacked by sands. After that, a flight will take you to Xian, east terminal of the Ancient Silk Road. The local guide will wait for you at Xian Airport and then escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Xian
Terracotta Warriors Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall. (B)
Terracotta soldiers, Xian
It will be an exciting morning to see the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum at short distance. You will be astonished by the large quantity of life-size and vivid terracotta statuaries made 2,000 years ago. 

This afternoon will be spent to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall. As the capital for 13 dynasties, Xian has profound history especially in the powerful Tang Dynasty of 1,300 years ago. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 12 Xian - Chongqing
Provincial History Museum. Fly to Chongqing. Airport-cruise port transfer. (B)
Captain's Welcome Party on the cruise
Shaanxi Provincial History Museum has collected 1,000-square-meters tomb mural paintings from nearly twenty burial sites of the Tang Dynasty, ranking the first in China's museums in terms of storage. After that, you will take a flight to Chongqing, where you will board a comfortable cruise ship to begin your memorable Yangtze River cruise.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 13 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City or Shuangguishan National Forest Park, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
This morning or the night before, you could get a brief introduction on the cruise and the daily schedule from the river guide. An onshore excursion will be arranged when the ship arrives at Fengdu. Clients on New Century Cruise will visit the Ghost City. As the name implied, visitors could get to know Chinese ghost legends from various kinds of statues and buildings in ghostdom. The President Cruise passengers will visit the Shuangguishan National Forest Park. As the excursion ends, you will return to the ship and prepare for the Captain's Welcome Party tonight.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream. (B+L+D)
Attractive Shennong Stream cruising
Please make sure that your camera has enough memory since the cruise will sail to the picturesque Three Gorges today. Downstream along the Yangtze River, you will see the short but grand Qutang Gorge, the steep Wu Gorge and the long Xiling Gorge in turn. On the voyage from Wu Gorge to Xiling Gorge, you are going to experience a three to four hours' motorized ferry riding along the river to explore the narrow but scenic Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
After the ship docks in the early morning, you will check out the ship and disembark to take a bus to see the under-construction Three Gorges Dam. The bus will stop at a platform which is located at a good altitude for you to overlook the layout of this grand dam. After that, the cruise ship company will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our guide will pick you up there and take you to the railway station where you will leave for Shanghai by a 7.5-hour bullet train. Our guide in Shanghai will meet you at the train station and then escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 16 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and an old cultural street. (B+L)
Yuyuan Garden
Your private morning sightseeing will be started from Shanghai Museum. Praised as the largest Chinese ancient art gallery, you could appreciate excellent collections as many as possible, such as pottery, porcelain, jade, painting, seal and ancient furniture. After that, you will continue to the Yuyuan Garden which is an unsophisticated world in the bustling city. You will feast on the most elaborate man-made scenery of this Chinese classical garden.
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 both Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines. In the afternoon, there will be a short cruise tour on the Huangpu River, the scenery on the two banks of which stand for different appearances of Shanghai, historic and international. The cruise will end on the Bund area, where you could walk around and then visit an old street. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 17 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A pleasant trip home! (B)
The 17 days Silk Road tour comes to an end today. According to your international flight schedule, our guide will fix a meeting time with you beforehand and escort you to the airport on time. We wish you a nice trip flying back home.

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
Yangtze RiverNew Century Cruises with balconyPresident No.7/No.8 with balcony
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$5519 $4967$5019 $4517$4509 $4058
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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$5259 $4733$4759 $4283$4249 $3824
  • 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
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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