Silk Road Adventures -10 Days Ultimate Cultural Experience On The Rail by China Orient Express

    • Tour Code : CNOE10E
    • Duration : 10 Day
  • -Xi'an
    -Tianshui
    -Jiayuguan
    -Dunhuang
    -Turpan
    -Urumqi

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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 2017! 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!

Day1 Arrival in Xi’an
Itinerary
Destination: Xi’an
Activities: Pick-up, Hotel Check-in
China Orient Express, the most unique Chinese world-class train, was born in 1992. Designed and constructed by Mercedes Benz Company and built by China's Ministry of Railways, for the first time, the luxurious European Orient Express set foot on the land of ancient China. In 2009, China Orient Express (or named Shangri-La Express) was voted top 10 of 25 luxurious train tours in the World Train Traveler Association.

We offer our guests first-class customer service, a romantic exploration of the Chinese most remarkable sites and a constantly changing room with a view. You can expect welcoming cabins, fine dining and elegant surrounding no matter which remote corner of the China you choose to explore.
Arrival in Xi’an, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to hotel.Xi’an is a city with over 3000years history and it is also the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.
Cities
  • Xi'an

    Xi'an

Meals
N/A
Hotel
: Sheraton Hotel or same class (5 stars)
Day2 Meet the eight wonders of the world: Terracotta Warriors
Itinerary
Destination: Xi'an
Activities: Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Huaqing Hot Spring, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Statue of Star Point of Silk Road, Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square
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.
Cities
  • Xi'an

    Xi'an

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner(Tang Dynasty Dinner Show)
Hotel
Sheraton Hotel or same class (5 stars)
Day3 Feel the beauty of ancient capital of China
Itinerary
Destination: Xi'an-Tianshui
Activities:Famen Temple,Ancient City Wall of Xi'an,Statue of Star Point of Silk Road,Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square,Tang Dynasty Dinner Show
Have breakfast in hotel,we visit to the Ancient City Wall of Xi'an, the most intact ancient Chinese wall in existence, that encircles and protects the old part of Xian City. Then proceed to visit Statue of Star Point of Silk Road and Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square, with one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China.After a drive of 120km west of Xian, we will arrive at Famen Temple which was first set up during East Han Dynasty and is renowned for storing the veritable Finger Bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha.Thereafter we return to Xi’an,the marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at Tang Dynasty Palace will be prepared for you. The various savory dishes together with the exciting show will be sure to give satisfaction to your appetite, your eyes and your mind. 22:00pm, we onboard the ' China Orient Express ' Train to Tianshui.
Cities
  • Xi'an

    Xi'an

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
China Orient Express
Day4 See the mysterious Maiji Grottoes
Itinerary
Activities: Maiji Mountain
Arrival in Tianshui at 06:30am. After breakfast, we drive to visit Maiji Mountain. The natural scenery of Maiji Mountain is the most beautiful among the famous resorts of grottoes in China. The Maiji Grottoes were first constructed in 384 and thereafter gradually became one of the large-scale grotto groups in China and the famous artistic spots in the world through continuous chiseling and reconstruction during more than ten dynasties. There are extant 194 grottoes, including more than 7,200 clay and stone statues and frescoes with an area of 1,300 square meters, which are retained from the 4th o 19th century. We will take the ‘China Orient Express’ train to Jiayuguan at 16:30pm. Have another nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside.
Cities
  • Tianshui

    Tianshui

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
China Orient Express
Day5 Explore the western end of the Great Wall
Itinerary
Activities: Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass), Overhanging 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.
Cities
  • The great wall

    The great wall

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class (5 stars)
Day6 Discover the beautiful desert oasis
Itinerary
Activities: Crescent Lake & Singing Sand Mountains, Shazhou Night Market
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.
Cities
  • Dunhuang

    Dunhuang

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Dunhuang Hotel or same class (4 stars, the best local hotel)
Day7 Visit the world cultural heritage site: Mogao Grottoes
Itinerary
Destination: Dunhuang-Turpan
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.
Cities
  • Dunhuang

    Dunhuang

  • Turpan

    Turpan

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
China Orient Express
Day8 Meet the 6000 years old city in the hottest place of China
Itinerary
Destination: Turpan-Urumqi
Activities: Karez irrigation system, Flaming Mountain, Jiaohe Ancient City
It’s a day for Turpan sightseeing! Visit Karez irrigation system at 07:00am, 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.
Cities
  • Turpan

    Turpan

  • Urumqi

    Urumqi

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Hoi Tak Hotel or same class (5 stars)
Day9 Explore the heavenly lake and graceful prairie city
Itinerary
Destination: Urumqi
Activities: Heavenly Lake on Tianshan (boat tour), Uygur Autonomous Region Museum, International Bazaar
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 Uygur Autonomous Region Museum. It is of Uygur and Russian styles, and collects over a thousand pieces of precious relics from four to five thousand years ago until modern times. Lastly, visit Xinjiang International Bazaar.

Cities
  • Urumqi

    Urumqi

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Xinjiang Roasted Whole Lamb)
Hotel
Hoi Tak Hotel or same class (5 stars)
Day10 Time to say goodbye to your unforgettable silk road trip
Itinerary
Destination: Urumqi
Activities: Dropp-off at Airport
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!
Cities
  • Urumqi

    Urumqi

Meals
Breakfast
Pricing
- SingleDouble/per personTriple/per personQuad/per person
[ USD ] Sep 04-13,2017$4,059.00$2,799.00$2,599.00$2,499.00
Terms

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Inclusions:
1.
EXPERIENCED TOUR MANAGERS: Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and organizational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your voyage of a lifetime. We receive many exceptional passenger comments about our Tour Managers and their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your holiday.

2.HOTEL AND ONBOARD ACCOMMODATION: Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or relaxing in the train’s public areas, you will find your hotel room or cabin a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day. Hotel and onboard accommodation as described in your individual tour itinerary are included in the tour price. All hotels are of 5 star standard or, in certain locations, the best available. Room upgrades are available on request and at extra cost.

3.ROUTE GUIDE, ITINERARY AND INFORMATION PACK: When you board the train there will be a brochure in your cabin detailing more about your journey and the places en-route. Our Tour Manager will organize a programed of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a programed for the next day’s touring schedule.

4.BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER DAILY: All departures feature one or two uniquely designed restaurant cars where you can enjoy the excellent waiter-served food and wine. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.

5.DRINKS WITH MEALSONBOARD: A drinks allowance is included with lunch and dinner.

6.ON BOARD SERVICE: Throughout your tour you can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unobtrusive. The high ratio of staff to passenger’s means there is always someone available should you need assistance.

7.ON BOARD DOCTOR AND MEDICAL FACILITIES: To give you peace of mind our tours are accompanied by a doctor who travels with us for the entire journey; so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required.

8.24 HOUR SERVICE ATTENDANT: Your car attendants provide 24-hour housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant always on duty to assist you and to ensure you are

comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.

9. International airfare departure from Toronto.

Exclusion

1.Airport taxes CAD480/per person

2.China Entry Visa Fees

3.Excess Baggage Charges

4.Personal Expenses such as visa costs, insurance, drinks from the bar car, laundry, spa treatments, hairdressing.

5. Single Room Supplement.

6. Tip:Full Service Staff Tip USD150.00/per (Train staff, Special train porter, the tour leader, local driver and local guide).


Terms & Conditions

1. Valid for Canadian / USA / Australia passport / PR holder with English speaking tour guide service;
2. This is a shopping tour required to make several stops of one to two hours as outlined in the itinerary, but you aren't obligated to purchase. 
3. The tour fee excluded Optional tour Fee listed on the itinerary and Compulsory Tips.
4. The date of early arrival or extended stay guests without arrange free shuttle;
5. All the tour program including the attraction and hotels are subject to change;
6. The tour does not include additional costs when unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances or events arising. Unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances or events including private demand, flight delays / cancellations, the threat of war / potential threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorism / actual terrorist activities, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, etc. .
7. Please double confirm 24 hours prior to departure for your flights statues, the first night hotel and tour guide information to avoid any mistake.
10. Passenger who 70 years old or above we suggested have accompanied by relative travel together and is strongly recommended to purchase and other necessary medical and accident travel insurance;
11. In case of delayed or canceled flights and other causes of delays or changes , please contact your travel agent or the local emergency contacts as soon as possible, any tickets and transportation costs incurred loss, please be borne by the guests.
12. For any tours involving an altitude of 3000m and above, seniors and those who suffer from hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases and other related health issues must decide on their own if their health is fit for the tours prior to booking. Once booked, we would assume that guests and families were aware of any associated risks. Should guests experience any health problems on the trip, guests and families need to bear all the responsibilities and costs.



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