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Silk Road Highlights Tours and China's Gateway Cities

13-Day Beijing- Xian- Dunhuang- Urumqi- Shanghai
Day 1–4 Beijing
  • Forbidden City
  • Great Wall Hiking
2 hrs
Day 5-6 Xi'an
  • Terracotta Army
  • Make a terracotta warrior
2.5 hrs
Day 7-8 Dunhuang
  • Mogao Caves
  • Desert Scenery
3 hrs
Day 9-11 Turpan and Urumqi
  • Karez Wells
  • Heavenly Lake
5 hrs
Day 11-13 Shanghai
  • The Bund
  • Shanghai Tower


  • Climb the Great Wall of China and learn about the history of the country's oldest defensive system.
  • Meet the Terracotta Army and make a mini terracotta warrior on your own.
  • Appreciate the murals in the Mogao Caves and copy one of them on a mud slab by yourself.
  • Explore the ruins of an ancient city and visit a Uyghur vineyard on the Silk Road.
  • Experience both the ancient and modern parts of Shanghai in one day.
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Tailor Make Your Tour:
  • Your Schedule
  • Your Interests
  • Your Hotel Tastes
From US$3,599 p/p

Based on 2 persons & 4-star hotels for reference

Itinerary Details

Connected with Beijing and Shanghai, this Silk Road tour is best for people who come to China for the first time, and interested in the Silk Road's culture and history.

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Day 1Beijing Arrival

Your private guide will be waiting for you in the airport arrivals area. Your vehicle (non-smoking) and driver will be ready to transfer you directly to your hotel.

Tips to tailor-make your tour:

Most people like to have some free time on the first day of arrival to adjust to their jet lag. If, however, you are an energetic person and prefer to explore the city upon your arrival, we can fill your schedule for you.

Hotel options:
Pentahotel Beijing
Hotel Éclat Beijing

Day 2 Beijing City Highlights
Day 3 The Great Wall
Day 4 The Summer Palace, a Peking Duck Lunch, and a Flight to Xi'an
Day 5 The Terracotta Army and a Traditional Cave Dwelling
Day 6 Xi'an City Highlights and a Flight to Dunhuang
Day 7 The Mogao Caves and Sand Dunes
Day 8 The Remote Great Wall and a Train to Turpan
Day 9Turpan Highlights
Day 10Heavenly Lake
Day 11 Urumqi City Highlights and a Flight to Shanghai
Day 12 Shanghai, the Ancient and the Modern Aspects
Day 13Shanghai Departure

Our Service Includes

  • One-to-one consultancy with our travel expert
  • Versatile and knowledgeable local guides
  • Your own chauffeur and comfortable vehicle
  • Hand-picked hotels to suit your preferences
  • Hotel buffet breakfasts and local restaurant lunches
  • Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
  • The booking of internal transportation per your preferences
  • A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling

Trip Notes

1. Extend the Tour

  • Jiayuguan: add 1 day — The Jiayuguan Pass(including Great Walls Museum)
  • Suzhou: add 1–2 days — water towns, gardens
  • Hangzhou: add 1-2 days — the Grand Canal, and West Lake
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2. Accommodation

Various types of accommodation are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in the best locations, good value 3-starhotels, or boutique hotels that reflect the style of the region.

Whatever your accommodation preferences are, our travel experts will seek out and find the perfect one for you.

3. Transportation

China is a huge country, so to make your travel experience more efficient, we usually arrange flights to connect your destinations.

China's high-speed rail network is afast-paced way to travel. We recommend taking high-speed trains for journeys of less than 6 hours to interested customers — please tell us if you are one of them.