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Silk Road & Amdo Tibet Adventure (B) - China Orient Express

   
from US
$2334

Tour code:

OE05

Days:

10

Destination:

Urumqi - Turpan - Dunhuang - Jiayuguan - Xiahe - Linxia - Lanzhou

Summary:

China Orient Express offers 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.

 
Tour Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival in Urumqi (22 Jun, 2017)
Arrival in Urumqi (22 Jun, 2017)

Arrival in Urumqi, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to hotel. Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, the farthest city from the ocean. It is Mongolian for 'beautiful farm'. Our bilingual tour guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

  • 5* Hoi Tak Hotel or same class
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Day 2 : Explore the heavenly lake and graceful prairie city (23 Jun, 2017)
Explore the heavenly lake and graceful prairie city (23 Jun, 2017)

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 is 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.

  • 5* Hoi Tak Hotel or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner (Xinjiang Roasted Whole Lamb)
Day 3 : Meet the 6000 years old city in the hottest place of China (24 Jun, 2017)
Meet the 6000 years old city in the hottest place of China (24 Jun, 2017)

It’s a day for Turpan sightseeing! Visit Karez irrigation system 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 structure. After breakfast, take this deluxe train to Dunhuang at 22:00pm. Have a nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside.

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Day 4 : Discover the beautiful desert oasis (25 Jun, 2017)
Discover the beautiful desert oasis (25 Jun, 2017)

After a pleasant breakfast, 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.

  • 4* Dunhuang Hotel or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 5 : Visit the world cultural heritage site: Mogao Grottoes (26 Jun, 2017)
Visit the world cultural heritage site: Mogao Grottoes (26 Jun, 2017)

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 temples 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. After lunch, we embark the 'China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Jiayuguan at 15:00 and 20:00pm arrived.

  • 5* Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 6 : Explore the western end of the Great Wall (27 Jun, 2017)
Explore the western end of the Great Wall (27 Jun, 2017)

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 Passunder 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 forriding on a mountain ridge that is 45 degrees from vertical and resembling a huge dragon. 22:00pm, we take the China Orient Express to Lanzhou.

  • China Orient Express
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 7 : See the mysterious Bingling Grottoes (28 Jun, 2017)
See the mysterious Bingling Grottoes (28 Jun, 2017)

Arrival in Lanzhou at 06:30am, our tour will begin with a boat trip to Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves on this day. 'Bingling' means 'tens of thousand Buddhas' in Tibetan language, for there are many stone Buddha sculptures here. Due to good natural conditions and less artificial destruction, the site is well-preserved, including 183 caves, 776 Buddha statues, more than 900 squaremeters' mural painting and 6 pieces of calligraphy or carving inscriptions. Among the caves, Cave No.169 is worthy of a particular mention. Made in the Northern Dynasties (386-581), it is the most imposing and delicate one which holds the clay sculptures of Kwan-yin, Dali Buddha (Dali means powerful strength in Chinese), etc. Dali Buddha has a round face, sitting with legs crossed. When we see this sculpture we will feel its expression as being very solemn.

  • 4* Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 8 : Watch Lamas doing morning practice in Labrang Monastery (29 Jun, 2017)
Watch Lamas doing morning practice in Labrang Monastery (29 Jun, 2017)

The tour today will focus on the Labrang Monastery, the center of Tibetan Buddhism and culture of Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan. The monastery mainly consists of six grand halls, 84 temples, 31 Tibetan-style buildings and 30 Buddhist palaces. In the morning, an English speaking monk guide from the monastery will show you around some main chapels of this monastery and you will also watch Lamas doing morning practice when touring the monastery. Then, our guide will take you to see the printing temple where the sutras are still printed by using wooden blocks. After lunch, we will come to Sangke Prairie, a natural prairie which looks like a green carpet with numerous colorful flowers dotted on. Encircled by the mountains and cut through by a river in the middle like a Tibetan Hada, we will be astonished by this pastoral painting once arriving. The following Tibetan family visit will help you know more about the shepherd's life style and local customs in depth.

  • 4* Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 9 : Visit the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River (30 Jun, 2017)
Visit the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River (30 Jun, 2017)

In the morning, we will get back to Lanzhou. Afterwards, continue the tour to Waterwheel Garden, originated from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the waterwheel is the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River area of Lanzhou. The Waterwheel Garden is a theme garden exhibiting the waterwheel culture. Here, we could appreciate the waterwheel driven by the flowing water all year round to collect water from the river or cofferdam.

  • 5* Grand Soluxe Hotel Gansu or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 10 : Time to say goodbye to your unforgettable silk road trip (1 Jul, 2017)
Time to say goodbye to your unforgettable silk road trip (1 Jul, 2017)

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! 

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Notes: ¥=RMB or CNY (Chinese Yuan, Renminbi)   $=USD, US Dollars

* Price is for per person, based on two persons sharing one room.
* If one person uses one room, he/she is required to pay additional charge named single supplement.

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Tour Cost:
Cabin Quad: USD2299/person
Cabin Triple: USD2399/person
Cabin Twin: USD2499/person; Orient Express Single Room Supplement: USD700/person
Hotel Single Room Supplement: USD420/person

1. All internal transportations and transfers in China, including China Orient Express.
2. 7 nights accommodation in above mentioned hotels with private facilities.
3. 2 nights accommodation on the luxurious China Orient Express with private facilities.
4. All meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
5. Comprehensive sightseeing with an English speaking guide and all entrance fees.
6. On board service.
7. On board doctor and medical facilities.

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