Ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City

Urumqi to Xi'an Silk Road Adventure by Shangri-la Express

Destinations: 12-Day Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Tianshui, Xian, Luoyang and Beijing Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Urumqi Arrival (Flight not Included)

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

Day 2: Urumqi: Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang Museum
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 Sinkiang's commerce and tourism. It is the landscape architecture as well as landmark architecture. Tonight, we can catch a tribal song and dance performance after the Xinjiang flavor of roasted whole lamb dinner.

Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel

Day 3: Urumqi to Turpan (By Coach): Jiaohe Ancient City, The Karez Wells, Flaming Mountain
xinjiang flaming mountain

After breakfast, you will take a coach to Turpan. As arrival, a trip to the ancient water system Karez Wells follows. Later, visit the Flaming Mountain, the hottest place in China, overshadow the cradle of the Turpan ancient civilization and oasis agriculture.
In the afternoon, you will tour the Jiaohe Ancient City. At night, Shangri-la Express will take you to Dunhuang.

Day 4: Dunhuang: Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Night Market
mogao caves dunhuang

A hidden treasure in the desert, Mogao Grottoes is always a big draw for Silk Road adventurers. Today you will spend some time in some of the grottoes. At night, you can hunt some souvenir at Dunhuang Night Market - Shazhou Night Market.

Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel

Day 5: Dunhuang to Jiayu Guan (By Shangri-la Express); Singing Sand Mountain, Crescent Spring

As an important stop on the Silk Road, Dunhuang has been a mystery to outsiders. Today, you will visit Dunhuang's highlights: Singing Sand Mountain, Crescent Srping and feel the exotic atmosphere. At night, you will board on the express heading to Jiayu Guan. After 5 hours, you will arrive in Jiayu Guan. Check in hotel and stay overnight.

Accommodation: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan

Day 6: Jiayu Guan to Tianshui (By Shangri-la Express); Jiayu Guan Watch Tower, Overhanging Ancient Great Wall
jiayuguan pass

Known as the first pass under heaven, Jiayu Guan was firstly built at the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Today, you will take a visit to the Jiayu Guan Watch Tower, and the Overhanging Ancient Great Wall.

Later at night, board on the express heading for Tianshui.

Day 7: Tianshui to Xi'an (by Shangri-la Express); Mount Maiji Grottoes

Arrive in Tianshui at noon. 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 Xi'an on Shangri-La Express.

Day 8: Xi'an: Meet the eight wonders of the world: Terracotta Warriors
The Terracotta Army

Have breakfast in the hotel, then we drive to the famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, one of the eight wonders of the world. Be excited to observe China's first emperor - Emperor Qin's great army of 8000 life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses in three burial pits. Afterwards,we continue to Huaqing Hot Spring in Mt Lishan. In ancient time, emperors used to come here to bathe and enjoy the scenic beauty. It has become a favorite spa since the Tang Dynasty. Ancient City Wall of Xian, Statue of Star Point of Silk Road, Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square.

Accommodation: Sheraton Xi'an North City Hotel

Day 9: Xi'an; Famen Temple,Ancient City Wall of Xi'an,Statue of Star Point of Silk Road,Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square,Tang Dynasty Dinner Show
Xian Terracotta Warriors

Have breakfast in hotel,we visit to the Ancient City Wall of Xi'an, the most intact ancient Chinese wall in existence, that encircles and protects the old part of Xian City. Then proceed to visit Statue of Star Point of Silk Road and Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square, with one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China.After a drive of 120km west of Xian, we will arrive at Famen Temple which was first set up during East Han Dynasty and is renowned for storing the veritable Finger Bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha.Thereafter we return to Xi’an,the marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at Tang Dynasty Palace will be prepared for you. The various savory dishes together with the exciting show will be sure to give satisfaction to your appetite, your eyes and your mind.Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Xi'an Departure
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!