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18 Days Silk Road & Tibet Impression

Price From: US$ 3,245

Departure: Daily
Duration: 18 days
Accommodation: 16 nights in well selected hotel (2 persons share one room with daily breakfasts).
Destination: Beijing - Urumqi - Turpan - Dunhuang - Xian - Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Lhasa - Shanghai
Payment Method: Cash, Credit Cards, Wire, Western Union
Tour Guide Language: English, other language speaking guide is available, if need, please contact us!  

Itinerary of: 18 Days Silk Road & Tibet Impression

Day 1
Arrive in Beijing

Our guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area at Beijing Airport and take you to the hotel. The rest of the day is your own to explore the city at leisure.

Day 2
Beijing (B, L, D)
Temple of Heaven

Pick you up from your hotel and visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. A Beijing Duck Dinner will be served at a famous restaurant, followed by a lively Peking Opera performance at the Liyuan Theatre. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel.
- Tiananmen Square: the largest public square in the world. It is 880 meters from north to south, and 500 meters from east to west, with a total area of 440,000 square meters and can hold one million people.
- Forbidden City: the largest ancient imperial palaces where 24 emperors, 14 of the Ming and 10 of the Qing, ruled the country from here over a span of nearly 500 years.
- Temple of Heaven: The temple was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvests.

Day 3
Beijing (B, L)
Badaling Great Wall

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Badaling Great Wall. To avoid having lunch at shopping site restaurants, you will be driven to have Sichuan food at a local popular restaurant. Visit the Sacred Way, the Ming Tomb, the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium), You will see its appearance at a distance.
- Badaling Great Wall: With an elevation of 600 meters it is the most famous and best-preserved section of the Great Wall.
- Ming Tombs: also called Shisanling (literally, Thirteen Tombs), it is the largest clusters of imperial cemeteries in China. They are mausoleums of thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty.
- Sacred Road: Which means the road leading to heaven is lined with 18 pairs of stone human figures and animals, they are important decorations of the mausoleum.

Day 4
Beijing - Urumqi (B, L)
Summer Palace

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Summer Palace. Then take a flight to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and transfer to the hotel.
- Summer Palace: the largest and best preserved imperial garden of the Qing Dynasty extant in Beijing, as well as a famous classical imperial garden.

Day 5
Urumqi - Turpan (B)
Karez Well

Drive to Turpan and transfer to the hotel. Visit the Jiaohe Ruins, the Karez Well and the Sugong Pagoda.
- Jiaohe Ruins: Jiaohe means twisting rivers in Chinese, it is surrounded by sheer cliffs and it is the best preserved town ruin in China.
- Karez Well: is a kind of underground water works invented and built by laboring people of various ethnic groups in China to adapt to the natural environment in dry region.
- Sugong Pagoda: is the largest extant old tower in Xinjiang; it is the only Islamic tower among the hundred famous towers in China.

Day 6
Turpan - Dunhuang (B)
Flaming Hill

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Gaochang Ruins, the Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave and the Flaming Hill. Take an overnight soft sleeper train to Dunhuang.
- Gaochang Ruins: used to be a key point along the Silk Road, Gaochang ancient city was now one of the best-preserved ruins of the ancient cities in China.
- Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave: stand high on the cliffs of west Mutou Valley, 45 km (28miles) east of Turpan. The Caves had been the Buddhist center of Gaochang.
- Flaming Hill: is a small mountain running across the basin. the mountain is a combination of red sand and rocks, looking at the mountain from the distance in the sunsight, the heat waves and the floating clouds will make the mountain appear as though it is on fire.

Day 7
Dunhuang
Echoing-Sand Dune

The guide will pick you up at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel. You will experience a short camel-riding along the Echoing-Sand Dune to reach the Crescent Spring and visit the Mogao Grottoes. Breakfast is on your side.
- Echoing-Sand Dune: The Echoing-Sand Dune got it's name from if one person was slide down its slopes, he could hear the echoes to the sound of sand.
- Crescent Spring: The crescent spring is about 6 kilometers (3.73 miles) south of Dunhuang city, and surrounded by the Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Spring can be called a natural wonder in the Gobi Desert.
- Mogao Grottoes: Mogao means high up in the desert. The Mogao Caves are the best known of the Chinese Buddhist grottoes and, along with Longmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes, are one of the three famous ancient sculptural sites of China.

Day 8
Dunhuang - Xian (B, L)
Xian City Wall

Take a flight to Xian and you will be picked up at the airport. On the way to the hotel, visit the City Wall. After enjoying the a la carte lunch at a local famous restaurant, check in at the hotel.
- Ancient City Wall: the most complete city wall survived in China as well as one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.

Day 9
Xian (B, L)
Tang Dynasty Show

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the TerrCotta Warriors.a  To avoid having the poor food at the site, you will take highway back to downtown to have lunch at a well-known Cantonese cuisine restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. This evening you will be entertained with the marvelous Tang Dynasty Show. Transfer back to your hotel.
- Terra Cotta Warriors: It is a part of the Qin emperor's tomb complex, the Terra Cotta Warriors is the greatest findings in the archeology world.
- Big Wild Goose Pagoda: the symbol of the long history of Xi'an, and a well-preserved ancient building and holy worshipping shrine for Buddhists.
- Tang Dynasty Show: a wonderful performance of the ancient music and dance, is a must when you visit Xian.

Day 10
Xian - Lhasa (B)
Great Mosque

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Great Mosque and a local family in the morning. Take flight to Lhasa, with an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level and transfer to the hotel. Acclimatize yourself to the high altitude in the afternoon. Lunch is on your side.
- Great Mosque: is one of the oldest and best preserved as well as most renowned mosques in the country. It is northwest of the Drum Tower on 30 Huajue Lane.

Day 11
Lhasa (B)
Potala Palace

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the magnificent Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery, the Norbulingka Park and a local Tibetan family.
- Potala Palace: A UNESCO endorsed world cultural heritage site. It was where Dalai Lama lived. The palace consists of White Palace and Red Palace, with nearly 10,000 rooms.
- Sera Monastery: It is dedicated to the Gelugpa Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism and is famous for debates on Buddhist doctrines. Almost 10,000 Buddhist statues are preserved here.
- Norbulingka Park: The biggest man-made garden in Tibet. It consists of palaces such as Kelsang Potrang, Golden Potrang and Takten Migyur Potrang, with totally 374 rooms.

Day 12
Lhasa (B)
Barkhor Street

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, the Tibet Museum, the Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital and the Carpet Factory.
- Jokhang Temple: built in 647 as the earliest wood-masonry structure in Tibet. It is dedicated to a statue of Sakyamni. It has a collection of cultural relics dating back to the Tang, which includes statues of Songtsan Gambo and Princess Wencheng.
- Barkhor Street: Also called Bajiao Street - an ancient circular street with strong Tibetan flavor. It is a route where pilgrims holding prayer wheel walk clockwise. And now a famous commercial street.

Day 13
Lhasa - Gyangtse (B)
Yamdrok Yumtso Lake

Transfer to Gyangtse. Stop off at the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake. Visit the Palkhor Monastery and the Gyangtse Old Street.
- Yamdrok Yumtso Lake: It lies within the boundary of Nankartse county, on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, Lhokha Prefecture, surrounded by mountains. Beautiful Holy lake which everybody is looking forward to.
- Palkhor Monastery: Pelkhor Choede (Kumbum), also named Palcho Monastery, is very different from other monasteries. Built as a Tibetan monastery, its structural style is very unique, reputed as the lord of Tibetan stupas.

Day 14
Gyangtse - Shigatse (B)
New Palace of Panchen

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen.
- Tashilunpo Monastery: One of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet.

Day 15
Shigatse - Lhasa (B)

Drive back to Lhasa and transfer to the hotel.

Day 16
Lhasa - Shanghai (B, L)

Pick you up from your hotel and visit a Tibetan family. Transfer to the airport and take flight to Shanghai, after arrival at Shanghai, transfer to the hotel.

Day 17
Shanghai (B, L, D)
Huangpu River

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Shanghai Museum and the Yuyuan Garden. After lunch, transfer you to the Bund area, where you will take a cruise tour on the Huangpu River. The cruise will start at 14:00, reach the Wusongkou pier and then get back to the Bund at 17:00. Leave you some free time to explore the Bund area on your own. Tonight an a la carte farewell dinner is served at Central Hotel, whose restaurant Wang Bao He has a history of around 260 years and is the best place to serve Shanghai Cuisine. The memorable dinner will be followed by the Portman Acrobatic Show at the Shanghai Centre Theatre.
- Shanghai Museum: ranked as the best museum of China.
- Yuyuan Garden: is considered one of the most lavish and finest Chinese gardens in the region.
- The Bund: the picturesque bund with tall building of various tower over the river, looking as a museum of modern world architecture.
- Nanjing Road: the most famous thoroughfare for shopping and entertainment in Shanghai.
- Huangpu River: one of the most important rivers in Shanghai, like an undulating dragon from Wusong to the East Sea.

Day 18
Departure from Shanghai (B)

Pick you from your hotel and transfer to the airport. See off.

Tour Price for Per Person(US$)
18 Days Silk Road & Tibet Impression Package– Hotel in Use
City
Luxury Class
Standard Class
Beijing
Urumqi
Turpan
Turpan Oasis Hotel
Turpan Oasis Hotel
Dunhuang
Dunhuang Hotel
Dunhuang Hotel
Xian
Xian Grand New World Hotel
Lhasa
Lhasa Hotel
ShangBala Hotel
Gyangtse
Gyangtse Hotel
Gyangtse Hotel
Shigatse
Shigatse Hotel
Shigatse Hotel
Shanghai
Price List for 18 Days Silk Road & Tibet Impression Tour Package - price for per person
Tour Type
2~5 persons
6~9 persons
10 persons above
Luxury Class
US$ 4704
US$ 4027
US$ 3657
Standard Class
US$ 4271
US$ 3583
US$ 3245

Price including:  
1. Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel;
2. Entrance fees for sightseeing;
3. Meals as listed in itinerary, B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner;
4. Personal English-speaking tour Guide & Driver;
5. Private air-conditioned car or van;
6. Hotels (twin share bases) as listed in the itinerary;
7. Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels;
8. All domestic flights and train tickets from city to city mentioned above.

Price excluding:
1. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets;
2. Visa Fees;
3. Personal Expenses;
4. Single Room Supplement;
5. Tips to the driver and the guide.

 

Please Note:
1. Price may vary according to different seasons. You can extend your stay in Shanghai after this package finished, we will keep the discount hotel rate for you for the extended days.
2. You could choose any hotel in our website and tell us, we will tell you a price of this tour.
3. Children taller than 1.1 meter should be charged as full price, children shorter than 1.1 meter should be charged only half of the price.

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Traveller Reviews of: 18 Days Silk Road & Tibet Impression
Written by: Afra ★★★★★ Added: 2011-08-04

I have to say this Silk Road & Tibet Impression is soooo perfect. Beijing, Shanghai, and Tibet are my favorite cities. However I like the scenery in Tibet better, it’s amazing. In this 18 days, I felt like reading the 5,000 years history. I love this tour.

Written by: Morton Bielecka ★★☆☆☆ Added: 2011-07-29

I have to say this Silk Road & Tibet Impression tour is so amazing. I have visited Xian, Lhasa that i am longing for. The nine cities this tour covered are all wonderful. The tour guide is very friendly, and considerate. She helped us a lot during the trip.

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