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Let the world’s unique train—China Orient Express (also known as Shangri-la Express) take you back to the Silk Road dating back to over 1000 years ago, to explore the best attractions of ancient Silk Road in 2020! With the fabulous design and intimate services on China Orient Express , as well as the various haunting sights along Silk Road, we promise that you'll be dazzled!

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Day 1Arrival in Xi'an

Arrival in Xi' an, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to hotel. Xi’an is a city with over 3000 years history and it is also the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.

Traffic: Coach/Van
Hotel: Grand Melia Hotel Xi'an or same class
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude: 400m

Day 2Meet the Eight Wonders of the World: Terracotta Warriors

Have breakfast in the hotel, then we 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.

Traffic: Coach/Van
Hotel: Grand Melia Hotel Xi'an or same class
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude: 400m
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    Terracotta Warriors

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    Huaqing Hot Spring

Day 3Visit the Oldest Irrigation Tool in Yellow River

After breakfast, we will transfer to train station for high-speed train to Lanzhou. It takes only three hours to complete the 700-kilometer distance on China’s fastest and comfortable bullet train. Upon arrival, meet your Lanzhou guide and visit the Waterwheel Garden. Originated from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the waterwheel is the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River area of Lanzhou. The Waterwheel Garden is a theme garden exhibiting the waterwheel culture. Here, we could appreciate the waterwheel driven by the flowing water all year round to collect water from the river or cofferdam. At 22:00pm, we embark the 'China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Jiayuguan. Have a nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside.

Traffic: Coach/Van, China Orient Express
Hotel: China Orient Express
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude: 1520m
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    Water Garden

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    Water Garden

Day 4Explore the Western End of the Great Wall

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.

Traffic: Coach/Van, China Orient Express
Hotel: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude: 1462m
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    Jiayuguan Pass

  • Jiayuguan Pass

    Jiayuguan Pass

Day 5Discover the Beautiful Desert Oasis

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 & 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.

Traffic: Coach/Van, China Orient Express
Hotel: Dunhuang Hotel or same class the best local hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude: 1138m
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    Echoing Sand Moutain

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    Shazhou Night Market

Day 6Visit the World Cultural Heritage Site: Mogao Grottoes

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 17:00hr, we embark the 'China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Turpan.

Traffic: Coach/Van, China Orient Express
Hotel: China Orient Express
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude: 1138m
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    Mogao Grottoes

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    Mogao Grottoes

Day 7Meet the 6000 years Old City in the Hottest Place of China

It’s a day for Turpan sightseeing! Visit Karez irrigation system 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.

Traffic: Coach/Van, China Orient Express
Hotel: Universal Hotel Urumqi or same class
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude: 918m
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    Karez Well

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    Flaming Moutains

Day 8Explore the Heavenly Lake and Graceful Prairie City

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 International Bazaar.

Traffic: Car/Van, Boat
Hotel: Universal Hotel Urumqi or same class
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude: 918m
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    Heavenly Lake

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    Xinjiang International Bazaar

Day 9Time to Say Goodbye to your Unforgettable Silk Road trip

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!

Traffic: Coach/Van
Hotel: No accommodation

Dates & availability

Prices may change, so secure your trip today!

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2020-09-09 2020-09-17 Guests Booked $1260 $2899 Book Now
2020-09-09 2020-09-17 Guests Booked $2060 $3399 Book Now

INCLUDES

  • Private transportation through out the itinerary. SRT will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure based on your flight info.

  • Shared accommodations in well located, tourist to superior class hotels include breakfast, service charge and government tax.

  • All entrance fees(shuttle bus) sightseeing; excursions and activities as per the itinerary

  • Domestic flights and 2nd class express train listed in the itinerary

  • Private friendly and professional English-Speaking guides (French, Italy, Russian, German can be arranged per your request)

  • Visa support letter for you to apply Chinese visa easily.

  • Travel and health insurance when travel with us.

  • 8, A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling.

EXCLUDES

  • International and domestic flights not indicated.

  • Food, Lunch or dinner not specified

  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers

  • Personal expenses and the other tours or activities not mentioned

TRIP NOTES

  • We will upgrade trains to 1st class where available if book the tour 5 months in advance of departure.

  • There is no problem to travel Silk Road during Ramadan.

  • Complimentary 2 bottles of water each person on daily use.

Transportation

We will use business MPV to luxurious coaches and trains.

Accommodation

All the hotels we selected are 4-5star well-located in the city center with good and proper breakfast for our clients.

Guides

Our guides are very friendly, knowledgeable, helpful. And our group tours will be escorted from SRT.

Climate and Altitude

Generally speaking Mid March—End Oct are the best time to visit Silk Road. And we strongly suggest you come in May, June, October to avoid the heat and crowd. No need to worry about high altitude along the Silk Road. We will prepare Oxygen bags if the package includes Xiahe, Qinghai Lake and Taxkorgan County.

We offer beneficial Cancellation Policy to our customers.

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