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Ancient Silk Road (17 Days)

Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Jiayuguan, Turpan, Urumqi & Guangzhou

The luxury Silk Road tour gives you the best opportunity to immerse yourself in life across Western and Southern China. Travel in luxury by railway and domestic airlines to visit World Heritage listed sites. Encounter ancient Imperial life while enjoying the local feasts of Emperors, stay in luxury accommodation, and truly experience the fabulous life on the Silk Road!

Day 01: Depart Australia – Arrive Beijing (-/-/-)

Enjoy your morning flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by the local tour guide who will check you in for three nights at the Novotel Peace or similar hotel.

Day 02: Beijing (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the hotel, today’s highlights include tours of Tiananmen Square, the largest city centre square of its kind in China; the Forbidden City, the site of thousands of palaces and spellbinding artworks that will give you an in depth insight in to the royal life of Chinese Emperors and Concubines; and the Summer Palace, home of a World Heritage listed Imperial Garden. In the evening you will enjoy a feast of Peking Duck, as well as an entertaining acrobatic show.

Day 03: Beijing (B/L/D)

Wear comfortable walking shoes today as you will explore the Great Wall after breakfast. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour to the famous Ming Tombs. Return to Beijing for free time, shopping and walking along the famous Wangfujing Street.

Day 04: Beijing (B/L/-)

After breakfast, tour the Temple of Heaven. The focus here is the famed Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, a round edifice constructed of wood without a single nail. Spend the afternoon at leisure; visiting local markets or explore Beijing at your own pace.

Day 05: Beijing – Xi’an (B/L/D)

Morning flight to Xi’an. On arrival, transfer to downtown and visit the Provincial History Museum where you can feast your eyes on thousands of treasures and precious historical relics. Check in at the Golden Flower hotel for two nights stay. For dinner, feast on a Dumpling Banquet followed by a show of Tang Dynasty singing and dancing.

Day 06: Xi’an (B/L/-)

After breakfast, today’s full day tour includes the world famous 6,000 life-size Terracotta Warriors and Horses, and the Wild Goose Pagoda.

Day 07: Xi’an – Lanzhou (B/-/D)

In the morning take a tour to the Drum and Bell Tower Square. You will also visit the Muslim Quarter and food market. An afternoon flight to the historic city of Lanzhou, located on the banks of the Huanghe (Yellow River), will be followed by the famous Lanzhou Handmade Beef Noodles for dinner.

Day 08: Lanzhou – Jiayuguan (B/L/-)

Today’s attractions include a visit to White Pagoda Hill, Mount Wuqian, the Statue of Mother Huanghe, the old Huanghe Iron Bridge, and Water Wheel Park. Late in the afternoon you will board your four-berth soft sleeper compartment for the overnight train journey to Jiayuguan. Dinner and beverages are available for purchase in the train’s restaurant car.

Day 09: Jiayuguan (B/-/D)

Arrive in Jiayuguan (the city at the western end of the Great Wall) in the morning. After breakfast, you will visit the Jiayuguan Fort. Its impressive Gate Towers, from where you can get sweeping views of the desert, the oasis of Jiayuguan, and the snow-capped mountains are not to be missed. Then on to Jiuquan County to see the Luminous Cup Factory and Jiuquan Park.

Day 10: Jiayuguan – Dunhuang (B/-/D)

After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the railway station for your express train to Dunhuang, the 2000-year ‘Oasis City’. It is regarded by Silk Road travellers as “the first and last city in China”. Your sightseeing tour includes a visit to the spectacular sand dunes of Mingsha Hill and Crescent Moon Lake, with camel riding included.

Day 11: Dunhuang – Turpan (B/L/-)

Today’s tour takes you to the World Heritage listed Mogao Caves, to see magnificent Buddhist cave paintings and sculptures dating back to the 4th Century AD. Late afternoon, you will catch the overnight train to Turpan. The night will be spent in a four-berth soft sleeper compartment. Dinner and beverages can be purchased in the train’s restaurant.

Day 12: Turpan (B/-/D)

Arrive in the ‘Oasis City’ of Turpan in the morning. Today’s tour will take you to the Flaming Mountain, Sugong Tower, and Karez. The ancient Karez system is comprised of a series of wells and linked underground channels that use gravity to bring ground water to the surface, usually far away from the source. You will also see Grape Valley, a famous 8km long and 1/2km wide gorge that is inhabited by about 6,000 people of the Uigur, Hui, and Han. It has more than 400 hectares of cultivated land, 220 hectares of which is dedicated to growing grapes, thus the name. the tour will finish at ancient Jiaohe City and its famous ruins. In the evening enjoy Uyghur music, in a traditional song and dance show.

Day 13: Turpan – Urumqi (B/L/D)

Travel to Urumqi, the furthest city in the world from any ocean. Situated in the foothills of snow-capped mountains, Urumqi is home to people from more than a dozen different ethnic backgrounds. In the afternoon, visit the stunningly beautiful Heavenly Lake, an alpine lake situated at an elevation of 1980 metres on the slopes of Mount Tian and surrounded by fir trees. Enjoy a special roast lamb dinner.

Day 14: Urumqi (B/L/-)

After breakfast, travel by coach to the picturesque Nanshan grazing area, and the Urumqi Huts (Yurts) belonging to the local Kazakh tribes who live throughout this area of China. In the afternoon visit the Grand Bazaar.

Day 15: Urumqi – Guangzhou (B/-/-)

The morning is free at your leisure until transfer to Urumqi Airport for your flight to Guangzhou. Upon arrival, the local tour guide will meet and check you in to the local hotel.

Day 16: Depart Guangzhou (B/-/-)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then spend your day shopping or sightseeing until it is time to transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Day 17: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)

Arrive home in the morning.

Number of Days 17

Price From $5895

Departure Dates

2019:
6th May – 22nd May
24th June – 10th July*
22nd July – 7th August*
19th August – 9th September*
2nd September – 22nd September

*Peak season surcharges apply from $300 per person


Inclusions

Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines
Domestic airfare and taxes
Tipping for guide and driver
Most meals as indicated
Deluxe or best local accommodation with daily breakfast
All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
Professional English speaking guide


Exclusions

Travel Insurance
Personal expenditures
Chinese Visa

*Surcharges may apply for select departure dates


Price Details

(Fully Inclusive Twin Share)

From $5,895 per person Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth flying China Southern Airlines. Surcharge applies for other city departure.

Single Room Supplement from $1,695pp
Land Only Including Tipping from $4,995pp (15 Nights)


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