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Xi'an to Urumqi Silk Road Adventure by China Orient Express

10-Day Xian, Tianshui, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan and Urumqi Tour
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China Orient Express takes you back to the Silk Road dating back to over 1000 years ago. Xi'an, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi and other highlights will delight your way!
Departure date in 2017 has been fully booked. The departure date of 2018 will be announced at the end of 2017.


  • Spacious compartment on luxury train for maximum comfort during the trip
  • Special lecture on Dunhuang culture by academic expert
  • Jiayuguan Pass - Western end of the Great Wall
  • Precious frescos and relics at Mogao Grottoes
  • Uygur traditional food and dance in the vineyard

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Note: This route very popular, less than 10 cabins 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
Fully Booked
Quad $2299 $420 ——
Triple $2399 ——
Twin $2499 $700
Luxury twin N/A N/A

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 1Arrival in Xi'an

Arrival in Xi'an, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to hotel.Xi'an is a city with over 3000years history and it is also the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel or same class (5 stars)

Day 2Meet the eight wonders of the world: Terracotta Warriors
Terra Cotta Army 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.

Accommodation: Sheraton Xi'an North City Hotel

Day 3Feel the beauty of ancient capital of China
Big Wild Goose Pagoda Big Wild Goose Pagoda

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. 22:00pm, we onboard the ' China Orient Express ' Train to Tianshui.

Accommodation: China Orient Express

Day 4See the mysterious Maiji Grottoes
Maiji Grottoes Statue at Maiji Grottoes

Arrival in Tianshui at 06:30am. After breakfast, we drive to visit Maiji Mountain. The natural scenery of Maiji Mountain is the most beautiful among the famous resorts of grottoes in China. The Maiji Grottoes were first constructed in 384 and thereafter gradually became one of the large-scale grotto groups in China and the famous artistic spots in the world through continuous chiseling and reconstruction during more than ten dynasties. There are extant 194 grottoes, including more than 7,200 clay and stone statues and frescoes with an area of 1,300 square meters, which are retained from the 4th o 19th century. We will take the ‘China Orient Express' train to Jiayuguan at 16:30pm. Have another nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside.

Accommodation: China Orient Express

Day 5Jiayu Guan: Jiayu Guan Watch Tower, OverHanging Ancient Great Wall
Jiayu Pass of the Great Wall Jiayu Pass of the Great Wall

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 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.

Accommodation: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class (5 stars)

Day 6Discover the beautiful desert oasis
Singing Sand Mountain Singing Sand Mountain

After a pleasant breakfast, take this deluxe train to Dunhuang at 10:00am. 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.

Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel or same class (4 stars, the best local hotel)

Day 7 Visit the world cultural heritage site: Mogao Grottoes
Statue at Mogao Grottoes Statue at Mogao Grottoes

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.

Accommodation: China Orient Express

Day 8Meet the 6000 years old city in the hottest place of China
Jiaohe Ancient City Jiaohe Ancient City

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 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.

Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel or same class (5 stars)

Day 9Explore the heavenly lake and graceful prairie city
Heavenly Lake Heavenly Lake

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 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.

Accommodatio: Hoi Tak Hotel or same class (5 stars)

Day 10Urumqi Departure (Flight not Included)

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!

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.