Beijing to Urumqi Silk Road Adventure by China Orient Express

Beijing, Luoyang, Xian, Tianshui, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan and Urumqi Tour
Family Culture

China Orient 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! Departure date in 2016: June 13rd and September 6th.


  • 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

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Note: This route very popular, less than 10 carbins left at present, please contact us to check the availability. Early booking is recommended!

Date Type of Cabin Price per person Option
Single Room in hotel p.p Single room in China Orient Express p.p
06.13—06.24 09.06—09.17 Quad $2649 $350 ——
Triple $2749 ——
Twin $2949 $910
Luxury twin $3149 $1020

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: Beijing Sheraton Chaobai River Hotel

Day 2Beijing to Luoyang (By China Orient 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 China Orient Express to Luoyang after dinner.

Accommodation: China Orient Express

Day 3Luoyang to Xi'an (By China Orient Express)
Shaolin Kungfu PerformanceLongmen Grottoes

After breakfast around 9:00am, we will arrive in Luoyang and visit one of the Top 4 Grottoes in China-- the Longmen Grottoes. The Longmen Grottoes, Yungang Caves and Mogao Caves are regarded as the three most famous treasure houses of stone inscriptions in China. This afternoon we went to visit Ming Tang. 22:30hrs we are onboard the ‘China Orient Express’ train to Xian after dinner.

After dinner, you will board the China Orient Express at 10:30 pm and head for Xi'an.

Accommodation: China Orient Express

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 China Orient Express)
Terra Cotta Army The Terracotta Army

After breakfast, we drive to one of the eight wonders of the world, the Terracotta Warriors' Museum, for a visit. Here we can observe the grandiose of the Qin Dynasty army. Life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses are arranged in battle formation in a huge burial pit. The Terracotta Warriors are among the greatest troves of historical artifacts and art in the world today. Lastly, we continue to Hibiscus Park. 22:00hrs, we onboard the ' China Orient Express ' Train to Tianshui.

Accommodation: China Orient Express

Day 6Tianshui to Jiayu Guan (by China Orient 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 China Orient Express.

Accommodation: China Orient Express

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

This morning we visit Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass), is the most western end of the Great Wall. Also known as 'the First and Greatest Pass under Heaven, and it is the best preserved and most magnificent military building among the passes of the Great Wall.

Next, we move on to Overhanging Ancient Great Wall. It is about 7 mimes away from Jiayu Pass. It's located on a ridge that is 45 degrees from vertical hence the name Overhanging Great Wall.

Accommodation: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan

Day 8Jiayu Guan to Dunhuang (By China Orient 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 China Orient Express); Mogao Grottoes
Statue at Mogao Grottoes Statue at Mogao Grottoes

After breakfast, we shall visit the world famous – Mogao Grottoes, designate as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its 1600 year accumulated cultural, architectural, and art treasures. There remains 492 cave temple and 45000 square meters of frescos. At 17:00hrs, we embark the 'China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Turpan.

Accommodation: China Orient Express

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

At07:00hrs, we visit Karez irrigation system. Embodying the wisdom of the Xinjiang people, this irrigation system is designed for the desert, comprising surface drains underground canals and reservoirs. Currently there are some 1,258 systems in use, of a total length of over 3,000krn. It is said that the Karez irrigation system, the Great Wall of China and the Jinghang Grand Canal are the engineering miracles of ancient China.

Following this, we visit the Flaming Mountain, immortalized in the classic story 'Journey to the West'. The bright red soil of the mountain glows even more under the glaring sun, and it is no wonder we feel the heat. We drive to Jiaohe Ancient City. Also known as Ya'er City, it is located 10km from Turpan, so named because it lies where two rivers meet. It is also said to be a Han Period Cheshi structure.

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.

Accommodatio: 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 China Orient Express

The accommodation on board the China Orient 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 "China Orient Express VIP certificate" is issued to each passenger as a souvenir of the trip.

2. On the Tour

As the China Orient 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.