Explore the splendid Danxia Rainbow Mountain in Zhangye
Discover the famous Mogao Caves which was built up from 4th Century AD
Explore Dunhuang' s markets and soak up a very different culture to that of western China
Explore one of the oldest cities in Xinjiang - Turpan, the best place for you to know the Silk Road Culture.
Enjoy the Fantastic landscape in Heavenly Lake, where the thick forest, vast grassland, magnificent snow mountain, experience the unique nomadic culture of local Kazakhs
Today your travel begins with a welcome meeting at airport. After checking in the hotel, rest of your time is free to explore Lanzhou with a long history and colorful culture. There are many historical sites worth visiting.
With a early start today, we will arrive Binlings Temple at 09:30 after 1.5hrs' driving. Taking the 40mins fast boat to the inside of the park , enjoy the variety of artworks in different styles and observe the social situations and customs in ancient times when seeing the stone sculptures and appreciate the miracle of Buddha caves.
We will then head back to downtown to continue tour at the visit the first bridge Of the Yellow River, it is the first highway bridge in the ancient Yellow River, also the second city steel bridge in China. Yellow River's Mother Statue consisting of “a mother” and “a baby boy” which symbolizes the mother of the Yellow River nurturing the Chinese nation. Stroll around the Waterwheel park, an ancient irrigation tool.
After the visiting, you will be transferred to the train station and take an express train to Zhangye for rest.
After breakfast, take you to visit the Grand Buddha Temple, which is the important place of the Silk Road. the Giant Buddha Temple is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia (1038-1227) period. China's largest reclining Buddha is well preserved in this temple.
After lunch, we will drive 3hrs to the masterpiece of nature Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, which is situated in the north of Qilian mountains with a distance of 40 km from east Zhangye city. You will be marveled by the colorful layers of mountain ridges in the 4hr’s adventure to the different platforms.
Afterwards, 3hrs driving to Jiayuguan for a refreshing dinner and a good rest.
Today we begin our journey to the Jiayuguan Fortress. Standing among vast desert and surrounded by rolling mountains, it looks like a dignified general guarding the grand land. It was constructed with the most integrated defensive system: an inner city, an outer city, and a moat. Besides functioning as a frontier military fortress, it was also an important traffic hub along the Silk Road, the oldest worldwide trading route.
Continue the sightseeing to renowned underground gallery Weijin Tombs.There we can enjoy lifelike and succinct wall paintings covering a wide range of subjects including politics, economics, culture, military affairs, folk customs, and science and technology during the Wei and Jin periods (4AD)
After lunch, 4hrs driving to Dunhuang to visit Echoing Sand Mountain, where you can ride the camels for 40mins to experience the beautiful desert scenery in the sunset.
After an extraordinary day, freshen up and enjoy a good dinner, we continue to appreciate the bustling Shazhou Night Markets dotted with special commodities and souvenirs.
Today we are going to appreciate the Holy Center of Buddhism Culture and Art-UNESCO of Mogao Grottoes, enjoying the 40mins 4D movie to learn the development of the grottoes and then we will be escorted by the professional guides from Mogao to enjoy the the 8 caves mainly.
With an early start today our first stop the Karez Well irrigation system that produce the best melons and grapes in China. Following is the visiting to Sugong Minaret, a conduit for cultural exchange between different ethnic and religious groups.
Today's tour end up with the 2hrs's exploration of Jiaohe Ruins, resembles Pompei, but 300 years older，a Chinese archaeological site found in the Yarnaz Valley, 10 km west of the city of Turpan and a natural fortress located atop a steep cliff on a leaf-shaped plateau between two deep river valleys where you can experience the way of life of the Uygur ancestors.
We will drive 1.5 hours to entrance of the Heavenly Lake about 08:30, following is the 40-minutes shuttle bus twisting through the picturesque Tianshan mountains to the edge of the Lake. Either Trek around the lake, enjoy the boating cruise, or even take the cable car to the explore the Maya Mountain for the incredible view of Bogoda Peak. Lunch will be arranged in the Yurt of the local Kazakhs.
Back to Urumqi and head to Xinjiang International Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine.
Today you will say goodbye to Urumqi, be transferred based on your flight or train schedule. Wish you a pleasant journey home!
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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
2nd class express train form Lanzhou to Zhangye, Dunhuang (Liuyuan Station) to Turpan 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.
International flight arrive in Lanzhou and leave from Urumqi 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
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.
We will use business MPV to luxurious coaches and trains.
All the hotels we selected are 4-5star well-located in the city center with good and proper breakfast for our clients.
Our guides are very friendly, knowledgeable, helpful. And our group tours will be escorted from SRT.
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.
Review submitted 6th June 2019
We saw and learned a lot on the journey. Very enjoyable. Use both high speed train and private car as transportation is a good idea.
Review submitted 8th May 2018
With Lesley efficiency, responsiveness and flexibility, she got my sister and me onto a private tour within 2 weeks of first contact.
This trip has surprising, amazing and wonderful as i did minimum research on the tour and agent. I just went with my guts to engage Lesley. I would absolutely come back for the other parts of china in future.
No words can describe the service, tours and sights that we have been put up and seen. It was a trip of a life time and i would definitely recommend Lesley to anyone for her service and the itinerary that she has planned. With the Birthday surprise, constant checking on our comfort through the trip and stepping in to help us with our flight, i cant thank her enough and am very grateful that Lesley is always there to help us.
Lesley is an above and beyond agent that 5 stars rating is not enough!!
Review submitted 6th May 2018
Many thanks to Lesley of China SilkRoad Travel for planning and putting this itinerary together for us. She was very prompt and responsive to our questions and assisted us during our trip when we had issues with airport check-in (even thought it was not a matter concerning tour package). Thanks for arranging for the birthday surprise as well! Trip wise, it was packed with the key attractions for the route we took An eye opening experience facilitated by friendly, informative, good English-speaking local guides. Must mind to pack snacks or take heavy breakfast as lunch may be skipped. The driver and guide took good care of us and made sure the road trips and transfers were as comfortable and smooth as they could be. At Kashgar, guide also acceded our request to visit a livestock market which was not in the original plan. Blessed and best decision we made for going with China Silk Road Travel.
Review submitted 8th April 2018
This was one of our best holidays, a Silk Road private tour. Lesley took great care in accommodating our requests at the planning stage and always responded to emails promptly. We had a rather complicated itinerary, with 7 stops, as many different hotels, 6 high speed train journeys, all in 10 days, and with 5 different sets of Guide and Driver. Everything worked like clockwork. Excellent choice of itinerary, great hotels and very helpful and experienced guides and drivers The price was very reasonable. I would highly recommend booking private Silk Road tours with this company.