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Ancient Silk Road: Xian to Urumqi

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,578

Traverse part of the ancient silk trading route between the Far East and Europe. This itinerary introduces you to so many contrasts in cultures, landscapes and customs, you’ll be enchanted.


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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,578

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Day 1

Arrive Xian

Upon arrival at Xian, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Reminder of the day is free at leisure.

Duration1 Night
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Wyndham Grand Xian South

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    Wyndham Grand Xian South



    Boasting an incredible location in the center of Qujiang New District near the Dayan Pagoda and Xi'an Qujiang International Convention and Exhibition Center, the Wyndham Grand Xian South offers luxurious amenities in Shaanxi's historic capital city. Effortlessly fusing traditional architectural influences with contemporary styling, our ...

    Boasting an incredible location in the center of Qujiang New District near the Dayan Pagoda and Xi'an Qujiang International Convention and Exhibition Center, the Wyndham Grand Xian South offers luxurious amenities in Shaanxi's historic capital city. Effortlessly fusing traditional architectural influences with contemporary styling, our hotel features world-class services, a chic lobby lounge, mouth-watering dining options, and 5,000-square-meters of chic meeting and event space. Find iconic attractions like the Dayan Pagoda, The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, and Tang Paradise nearby, as well as major corporations including Cisco Systems, Intel, and the Xi'an Economic and Technological Development Zone. Xi'an Xianyang International Airport is just 35 kilometers away.

    Facilities

    • Ballroom
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Business Centre
    • Dry-cleaning service
    • Fitness Centre
    • Gym
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Karaoke Lounge
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Theater

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Day 2

Xian to Dunhuang

Transfer to the airport and fly to Dunhuang. Arrive Dunhuang, transfer to your hotel for check in. Lunch is on your own. Begin your time in Dunhuang with a camel ride over the sand dunes at Crescent Moon Spring.

Enjoy a Welcome Rooftop Dinner at hotel with the beautiful sunset view in the dessert.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel

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    Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel



    The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel was founded in 1995. Situated against the backdrop of the picturesque Mingsha Sand Dunes in Dunhuang, Gansu Province, the hotel captures the spirit of the Tang Dynasty with its unique architectural design - the large rooftops and winding corridors of ...

    The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel was founded in 1995. Situated against the backdrop of the picturesque Mingsha Sand Dunes in Dunhuang, Gansu Province, the hotel captures the spirit of the Tang Dynasty with its unique architectural design - the large rooftops and winding corridors of the Han and Tang dynasties; the typical enclosed courtyard style design and mud walls of the north-western part of China; and the replica of the late Tang, Ming and Qing dynasties furniture. All these work together to recapture the flavour of a bygone era with their simplicity and use of natural building materials.

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Day 3

Dunhuang

Tour the Mogao Caves in the morning. The Mogao Caves are cut into steep cliffs along a riverbed, providing a perfect location for the thousands of Buddhist murals and statuary. An old inscription records that the first cave was created in 366 CE and UNESCO listed the Mogao Caves as a World Heritage Site in 1987. Despite erosion and man-made destruction, 492 caves are preserved. Wander through a succession of grottoes, marveling at the interiors of Buddhas and bodhisattvas dating from the 4th through the 14th century. Return to hotel and lunch is on own at hotel

In the afternoon visit the Dunhuang Museum, which is a comprehensive topography one principally exhibits historic and cultural relics.

In the evening visit the famous Shazhou Night Market with round way transfers.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Dunhuang to Turpan

Morning free at leisure until transfer to Liuyuan Railway Station (2 hours drive). Taking the high-speed train.

Upon arrival in Turpan, wander the site of Jiaohe, the ancient walled capital that originated in the Han dynasty. This was a fortress intended to protect against raids by the Xiongnu. The ruins date mostly to the Tang dynasty, and include a large Buddhist stupa.
Check in at hotel. Dinner is arranged at hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Jinjiang Hotel Turpan

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    Jinjiang Hotel Turpan



    Metropolo Jin Jiang Hotels Turpan administrative The Heart of Pai is offering accommodations in Turfan. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. The property has a business center and free WiFi. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with ...

    Metropolo Jin Jiang Hotels Turpan administrative The Heart of Pai is offering accommodations in Turfan. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. The property has a business center and free WiFi.

    The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. The rooms have a private bathroom with free toiletries. All guest rooms at Metropolo Jin Jiang Hotels Turpan a have air conditioning and a desk.

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Day 5

Turpan

Let your imaginations soar amid the vast ruins of Gaochang, a city surrounded by 33 feet high walls. Gaochang was founded as a garrison town in the 1st century CE and by the 4th century had become the capital of the western Han Empire. It was abandoned during the early Ming era. The ruins are extensive, though in a diminished state after centuries of erosion. Examine the collections of the Underground Museum at Astana. Get an overview of the artifacts and contents of graves that provide such a fascinating window on the history of the Silk Road. Numerous expeditions in the 20th century, including one by Aurel Stein in 1914, have unearthed more than 10,000 objects. Make your way to the Thousand Buddha Caves hewn into the sides of the Sengim Gorge. See the Emin Minaret. Built in 1777, this wood and brick minaret uses local materials to create a mixture of Chinese and Islamic designs found only in this region. Lunch at local restaurant and enjoy dinner at local's home with aminoritymusic & dance performance. At the local family, you will have a private cooking class to learn how to do Uighur stretched noodles (laghmen), and join the local musicians to learn how to play the local instruments and Uighur dance named Nazirkom!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Turpan to Urumqi to Kashgar

In the morning take the high-speed train(1 hour) to Urumqi and fly to Kashgar.

Arrive Kashgar, transfer to hotel for check in. Dinner is at a local Uygur Restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel

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    Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel


    Kashi Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel is a five-star international business hotel invested by Shanghai Yue Xing Group, operated by Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotel (Group) Co., Ltd. The appearance of the hotel is designed with western region style, and the hall is splendid. ...

    Kashi Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel is a five-star international business hotel invested by Shanghai Yue Xing Group, operated by Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotel (Group) Co., Ltd. The appearance of the hotel is designed with western region style, and the hall is splendid. The hotel has 28 floors with many kinds of guest rooms and integrated the meeting, vacation, catering, entertainment and shopping together. Kashi Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel is your ideal place for business and relaxation. Kashi Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel has 323 guest rooms, with eleven room types ranging from comfortable deluxe rooms to luxurious presidential suites. The exquisite details and elegant decorative style add warm and coziness to every room and manage to satisfy the unique needs of every guest in order to make the guest enjoy more comfortable working, leisure and recreation.

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Day 7

Kashgar

Visit the Aba Khoja Mausoleum. The mausoleum is perhaps the finest example of Islamic architecture in Xinjiang. A large dome of 56 ft (17 m) is at the center surrounded by four corner minarets with stripes and arabesque floral patterns. Wander the Great Bazaar. Bazaar means market in Uygur language. Kashgar Bazaar has been the gathering point of businessmen since ancient time. It is the largest international trade market in northwest China. Lunch is at QASIR Restaurant.

Visit Id Kah Mosque. As the biggest mosque in China, it is a group of old Islamic constructions with strong ethnic style and religious features.'Id Kah' means 'a place of praying and celebrating in festivals'. Visita local Uygur's Family at Old Town. Visit the Old Town of Kashgar, where we have our guests experience a local makeup - Uighur ladies put osma plant (after squashed) on their eyebrows (Uighur, Uzbek, Tajik girls put that plant from their childhood, so that their eyelash and eyebrows become thick and black!

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Kashgar to Urumqi

Transfer to airport for morning flight flying back to Urumqi, private transfer to hotel for check in.

Afternoon visit the Xinjiang Provincial Museum and Erdaoqiao local bazaar. This evening is free with dinner on own

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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Sheraton

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    Sheraton



    It is one of the best hotels in the city with excellent service, facilities and location, it is recommended to both business and leisure guests. Located in the center of the city, 30 minutes to the airport and the nearest bus station is within walking ...

    It is one of the best hotels in the city with excellent service, facilities and location, it is recommended to both business and leisure guests. Located in the center of the city, 30 minutes to the airport and the nearest bus station is within walking distance. Rooms are large in size and feature a well appointed bathroom, high speed internet access, and much more amenities, butler service is available on the executive floor. All rooms are decorated in very modern style and cosy, warm color. Both rooms and bathrooms are in very good condition.

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Day 9

Depart Urumqi

Transfer to airport for your flight to next destination.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Domestic airfare within China
  • Rail fares within China
  • Meals as specified
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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11 Nov 2019
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