Beijing to Urumqi Silk Road Adventure by Shangri-La Express

Beijing, Luoyang, Xian, Tianshui, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan and Urumqi Tour
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Shangri-La Express takes you back to the Silk Road dating back to over 1000 years ago. Beijing, Luoyang, Xi'an, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi and other highlights will delight your way! This tour has been fully booked for 2015 departure, and we will keep you updated of 2016 departure.

Highlights

  • Spacious compartment on luxury train for maximum comfort during the trip
  • Special lecture on Dunhuang culture by academic expert
  • Shaolin Temple and authentic Kungfu performance by monks
  • Jiayuguan Pass - Western end of the Great Wall
  • Precious frescos and relics at Mogao Grottoes
  • Roast lamb dinner and Uygur traditional dance in the vineyard

What's Included

  • Entrance to attractions listed in the itinerary
  • Coach transfers between the airport, train station, attractions and hotels
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local English-speaking tour guide
  • Specified trains and buses

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing Arrival (Flight not included)

Upon arrival in Beijing, your Beijing tour guide will escort you to hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel Beijing

Day 2Beijing to Luoyang (By Shangri-la Express)
The Forbidden City The Forbidden City

Your first morning in Beijing will start with the Forbidden City, aka Royal Palace Museum, the largest and best preserved ancient imperial architectural complex in the world. At noon, you will enjoy a Peking Duck banquet.

In the afternoon, proceed to Capital Museum, whose architectural style has both classical and modern beauty. and then watch the Bird Nest and Water Cube appearance from outside. We are onboard Shangri-La Express to Luoyang after dinner.

Day 3Luoyang to Xi'an (By Shangri-la Express)
Shaolin Kungfu Performance Shaolin Kungfu Performance

Around 9:00am, you will arrive in Luoyang. Luoyang is famous for Shaolin Kungfu, and today you will visit where the legend began: Shaolin Temple. At noon, have vegetarian lunch near the temple.

After dinner, you will board theShangri-La Expressat 10:30 pm and head for Xi'an.

Day 4Xi'an: Anciet City Wall, Fountain Square behind the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
Big Wild Goose Pagoda Big Wild Goose Pagoda

You will arrive in Xi'an in the early morning. After some simple breakfast, you will visit the Ancient City Wall. Later, take a leisure walk on Fountain Square, where you can get a full view of the famous Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an's landmark. Have lunch and check in hotel.

The rest of your day will be free. At night, you will attend a Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while dinner, hope you enjoy the food and the show!

Accommodation: Sheraton Xi'an North City Hotel

Day 5Xi'an to Tianshui (by Shangri-la Express)
Terra Cotta Army The Terracotta Army

The massive wonder of Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a highlight to your China tour. Today you will spend a couple of hours at this site. Have lunch afterwards. In the afternoon, you will visit Huaqing Hot Springs, a part of the royal palace for Tang emperor Tang Xuanzong and his concubine Yang Guifei. At night, board the express and head for Tianshui.

Day 6Tianshui to Jiayu Guan (by Shangri-la Express)
Maiji Grottoes Statue at Maiji Grottoes

Among the most famous grottoes, Mount Maiji Grottoes offers stunning view on the Silk Road. Today, you will arrive in Tianshui and take a visit at this awesome site. At night, you will head for Jiayu Guan on Shangri-La Express.

Day 7Jiayu Guan: Jiayu Guan Watch Tower, OverHanging Ancient Great Wall
Jiayu Pass of the Great Wall Jiayu Pass of the Great Wall

Known as the first pass under heaven, Jiayu Guan was firstly built at the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), being the western end of the ancient Great Wall. Today, after your arrival and check-in, you will take a visit to the Watch Tower, and the Anicent Great Wall.

Accommodation: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan

Day 8Jiayu Guan to Dunhuang (By Shangri-la Express)
Singing Sand Mountain Singing Sand Mountain

On the train, after breakfast, we specially arrange for you on the train institute of Dunhuang experts and professors to explain the history and stories of Dunhuang.

As an important stop on the Silk Road, Dunhuang has been a mystery to outsiders. Today, you will arrive in Dunhuang after 3 hours on the express.In the afternoon, you will visit Dunhuang's highlights: Singing Sand Mountain, Crescent Spring and feel the exotic atmosphere. At night, you will visit the famous Dunhuang Night Market - Shazhou Night Market.

Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel

Day 9Dunhuang to Turpan (By Shangri-la Express); Mogao Grottoes
Statue at Mogao Grottoes Statue at Mogao Grottoes

A hidden treasure in the desert, Mogao Grottoes is always a big draw for Silk Road adventurers. Today you will spend some time here before the night ride to Turpan on Shangri-la Express.

Day 10Turpan to Urumqi (By Coach); Jiaohe Ancient City, The Karez Wells, Flaming Mountain
Jiaohe Ancient City Jiaohe Ancient City

Arrive in Turpan at 9:00am, you will visit Turpan's highlights: Jiaohe Ancient City and Karez Wells.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Flaming Mountain, the hottest place in China, overshadow the cradle of the Turpan ancient civilization and oasis agriculture. Later, a long distance coach will take you to Urumqi. Check in hotel after arrival.

Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel

Day 11Urumqi: Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang Museum, International Bazaar
Heavenly Lake Heavenly Lake

This morning, you will take a boat trip on Heavenly Lake. Later, learn something about beautiful Xinjiang at Xinjiang Museum. In the afternoon, you will get to the International Bazaar, symbolizes the boom of Xinjiang's commerce and tourism. It is the landscape architecture as well as landmark architecture. At night, you will attend a party where you can sample Xinjiang's widely known roast lamb and enjoy their song and dance performances.

Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel

Day 12Urumqi Departure (Flight not Included)

Your Silk Road adventure has come to an end. After breakfast, free at leisure till the assemble time for the transfer to airport for the flight back to hometown. Thanks for traveling with us. Hope to see you again soon!

Trip Notes

1. Service and facilities on Shangri-La Express

The accommodation on board the Shangri-La Express offers passengers comfort with modern facilities and air conditioned cars. A wash basin facility is shared between adjoining compartments for the convenience of our guests and toilet/wash facilities are available at each end of the sleeping carriages. A separate state of the art shower car with individual compartments, each containing a shower and changing area is located centrally on the train. Towels and robes are provided. The train also offers, at extra cost, an on board laundry service.

A western breakfast is available to all guests before embarking upon the day's adventures. A variety of Chinese food is served at lunch and dinner using the finest local ingredients. Quality wines are available with both lunch and dinner, along with beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Most meals are taken at hotels and restaurants in the cities visited.

A "Shangri-La Express VIP certificate" is issued to each passenger as a souvenir of the trip.

2. On the Tour

As the Shangri-La Express must fit in with the China Rail Authorities’ schedule, in the event of an unforeseen delay, the itinerary may need to be altered slightly. The guide will inform you of the train change times.

Each tour group, of about 30 people, will be given a tour escort who will accompany the group, handling all the logistics throughout the whole trip. Local guides will be arranged in each destination.

Large Luggage will be taken to your room every day by porters. You can take a small backpack yourself during the tour for your convenience.