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Tibet & Silk Road Adventure - China Orient Express

   
from US
$2740

Tour code:

OE01

Days:

13

Destination:

Lhasa - Sigaze - Gyantse - Qinghai-Tibet railway - Xining - Lanzhou - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan

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 Lhasa (14 Jun, 2017)
Arrival in Lhasa (14 Jun, 2017)

Lhasa--the capital of the Tiber Autonomous Region. Upon arrival, meet by your guide and represent you a hada, a white scarf which is the Tibetan traditional way to wish you good luck. Then transfer to hotel to take rest for acclimatization of the high altitude. Overnight at hotel.

  • Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa or same class
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Day 2 : Explore the holy city of Tibet (15 Jun, 2017)
Explore the holy city of Tibet (15 Jun, 2017)

Following breakfast, we begin our exploration of the famous Potala Palace, perched on the northern side of Mountain. Throughout the ages, it had been the winter palace of Dalai Lamas. Its name means 'sacred Buddhist site' in the Tibetan language. This palace-like complex of buildings was first built in the 7th century AD by King Songtsen Gampo to mark his marriage with the Tang princess Wencheng as well as to house the Buddha images brought by Wencheng and the Nepalese princess Bhrikuti Devi. The palace also houses priceless artifacts and artworks.Continue to Jokhang Monastery, situated in the center of Lhasa. It was first built in 674A'D to celebrate the marriage of King Songtsen Gampo with Princess Wencheng and Bhrikuti Devi, both devout Buddhists. This monastery underwent expansion over the years and today, its four-level main hall sports a gilded roof and a blend of Han Chinese,Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian architectural styles. Proceed to Barkhor Street in the old city, which offers glimpses of traditional Tibetan life. The faithful chant and circumambulate around Jokhang Monastery. In this circular street there are also shops selling a wide variety of crafts such as Tibetan knives, bangles, shoes and more.


  • Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 3 : Feel the breathtaking scenery of Yamzho Yumco Lake (16 Jun, 2017)
Feel the breathtaking scenery of Yamzho Yumco Lake (16 Jun, 2017)

Following breakfast, we depart for Xigaze. Along the way, we pass Yamzho Lake, whose name means 'swanlake'. Also known as Baidi Lake, it is wedged between two mountains, hence likea swan spanning its wings. The crystal-clear lake, located over 4,000m abovesea level, has an area of 638m2. It is the largest freshwater lake in Tibet, with a depth of up to 59m. Thereafter, we continue to Xigaze.

  • Shigatse Hotel or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 4 : Discover the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Rear Tibet (17 Jun, 2017)
Discover the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Rear Tibet (17 Jun, 2017)

In the morning we will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo Monastery where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future Buddha) in the world. This monastery, whose beauty is on par with that of Potala Palace, is located 2km west of Shigatse. It was founded by the first Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drup, in 1447AD. Its name means 'all fortune and happiness gather here. The Main Chanting Hall houses the Panchen Lama's throne and several chapels, including a Sakyamuni chapel, Bodhisattva chapel and Tara chapel. Don't miss the Tenth Panchen Lama's Stupa. The Tenth Panchen Lama was a highly respected Tibetan Buddhist leader. We proceed back to Lhasa. On the way, we can enjoy scenic views of the Yarlung Zangbo Gorge / Bhamaputra River ( the Longest and largest river inTibet ). Stay Overnight in Lhasa.

  • Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 5 : Enjoy the scenic journey on the World's Highest Railway (18 Jun, 2017)
Enjoy the scenic journey on the World's Highest Railway  (18 Jun, 2017)

After breakfast, free at own leisure till we onboard the train on the world's highest railway. Thereafter, we begin the scenic train journey through the highest Point in the world. Along the way, we pass magnificent sights: snow-capped mountains such as Yuzhu Peak and Mt Kunlunshan; Kekexili reserve; Tuotuo River, the source of Yangtze River; Fenghuo Mountain Tunnel, the world's highest mountain tunnel; Tanggula Station, the world's highest railway station located at 5,072m above sea level; Qiangtang Grassland and more.

  • Over Night Train of Qingzang (soft sleeper for 4 guests)
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 6 : Meet the three treasures of Ta’er Monastery (19 Jun, 2017)
Meet the three treasures of Ta’er Monastery (19 Jun, 2017)

You could enjoy the fabulous scenery along your train trip. Today you will arrive Xining station and visit the Ta'er Monastery, whose name means '10,000 Buddhas'. Its construction began in the Ming Dynasty during the Jiaqing period. In 1560AD it was one of the six principal temples of the Tibetan Buddhist Yellow Sect. Don't miss its three treasures, which are of high artistic value. Buttered figurines, sculpted from colored butter, are lively and realistic depictions of stories, nature and humans, while colorful murals adorn the monastery's walls. The third treasure is satin appliques in the shapes of Buddha and nature subjects, which are filled with cotton or wool and sewn on large fabrics. Thereafter, we embark on our night train to Lhasa. And then you will be escorted to the hotel for check in.

  • 5* Sanwant Hotel Xining or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 7 : Visit the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River (20 Jun, 2017)
Visit the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River (20 Jun, 2017)

After breakfast, we will visit Zhongshan Bridge, also called the first bridge over the Yellow River. In the year 1907, under the proposal of local officers in Lanzhou and Gansu and the help of a Germany businessman, the Qing Government began to build this first iron bridge over the upper reaches of the Yellow River. All materials, even the rivets, were transported from Germany to China using ships, trains, carts and any other means possible. The bridge was completed in two years, and named 'Lanzhou Iron Bridge over the Yellow River'. And then,we will drive to Lanzhou after a visit to the Waterwheel Garden. Originated from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the waterwheel is the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River area of Lanzhou. The Waterwheel Gardenis a theme garden exhibiting the waterwheel culture. Here, you could appreciate the waterwheel driven by the flowing water all year round to collect water from the river or cofferdam. We will take the ‘China Orient Express’ train to Jiayuguan at 16:30pm. Have a nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside. 

  • China Orient Express
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Day 8 : Explore the western end of the Great Wall (21 Jun, 2017)
Explore the western end of the Great Wall (21 Jun, 2017)

After breakfast, have a visit to the Jiayuguan (JiayuPass), 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.  

  • 5* Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 9 : Discover the beautiful desert oasis (22 Jun, 2017)
Discover the beautiful desert oasis (22 Jun, 2017)

After a pleasant breakfast, take this deluxe train to Dunhuang at10:00am. We specially arrange Dunhuang experts and professors who'll introducethis 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 10 : Visit the world cultural heritage site: Mogao Grottoes (23 Jun, 2017)
Visit the world cultural heritage site: Mogao Grottoes (23 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 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.

  • China Orient Express
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 11 : 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 at 07:00am, to witness the wisdom of Uygur people. The irrigation system is especially designed fordesert. 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.

  • 5* Hoi Tak Hotel or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 12 : Explore the heavenly lake and graceful prairie city (25 Jun, 2017)
Explore the heavenly lake and graceful prairie city (25 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
Day 13 : Time to say goodbye to your unforgettable silk road trip (26 Jun, 2017)
Time to say goodbye to your unforgettable silk road trip (26 Jun, 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: USD2699/person
Cabin Triple: USD2799/person
Cabin Twin: USD2999/person; Orient Express Single Room Supplement: USD700/person
Hotel Single Room Supplement: USD470/person

1. All internal transportations and transfers in China, including China Orient Express and Tibet railway.
2. 9 nights accommodation in above mentioned hotels with private facilities.
3. 2 nights accommodation on the luxurious China Orient Express with private facilities.
4. Soft sleeper overnight train from Qinghai to Tibet.
5. All meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with an English speaking guide and all entrance fees.
7. On board service.
8. On board doctor and medical facilities.

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