The special thing of this tour package is the combination of Tibet tour and Silk Road tour. The 13 days China tour includes 4 days in Lhasa to visit 5 top sites here and then fly to Xian to start Silk Road tour. The Silk Road cities you will visit are: Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar.
Day 1 Lhasa Arrival Meal: No Meal Accommodation: Hotel in Lhasa
Sweet meet with your local driver at either train station or airport, and then transfer to your hotel in Lhasa. Enjoy your free time for the rest of the day. Or take a rest and get use to the high altitude. Day 2 Lhasa Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Lhasa
After Breakfast, we will head to see the World Cultural Heritage Potala Palace which was the winter palace of the sovrans of Tibetan area in ancient time. After Lunch, move to another World Heritage Jokhang Temple. That 1400 years old temple is the most sacred temple Tibetan Buddhists’ mind. And then on the Barkhor Street around Jokhang Temple you will have some free time to have a glimpse and feel daily life of nowadays Tibetan people. The devout people doing Kora (a special way of pilgrims by circle around a building or mountain) have impressed lots of visitors. Today you will have chance to try Tibetan Tea in a local tea house. In the evening a welcome dinner will be waiting for you.
Day 3 Lhasa Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Lhasa
After Breakfast, start your visit with Drepung Monastery, located 11km away from Lhasa city, that 700 years old monastery is one of three greatest monasteries of Gulug (Yellow Hat) of Tibetan Buddhism. In the afternoon, we will visit the Sera Monastery, which located at the north top of Lhasa city, about half hour drive from Drepung Monastery. Public debate on Buddhist classics among monks is a highlight attraction of the monastery. Transfer back to your hotel when tour finished.
Day 4 Lhasa – Xian by Flight Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Xian
Meet your guide and driver in hotel and transfer to airport for flight to Xian. Arriving in Xian meet your guide and driver. Then transfer to check in the hotel. Day 5 Xian Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Xian
After breakfast transfer to the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. After Chinese style lunch, you will be escorted to visit City Wall. It is the largest and best preserved city wall in China. End today’s tour with Muslim Quarter, the most famous food street in Xian.
Day 6 Xian – Dunhuang by Flight Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Dunhuang
After hotel breakfast we will pay a visit to Shaanxi History Museum, the largest comprehensive museum in Shaanxi Province. In this museum you will also learn about the brief history of Chinese nation. After that drive to visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Finally take a flight to Dunhuang. Met by local guide and driver and check in hotel.
Day 7 Dunhuang Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Dunhuang
Dunhuang is one of the best known Silk Road tour cities due to its location and cultural heritage. In the morning we will visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes. The large quantities of murals present modern people some facts of daily life, Buddhist culture, Silk Road business, and other facts in ancient time. Next we will move to visit Echoing Sand Hill, each time when it blows, the flying sands will make the sound liking singing. Walking for sometime you will reach Crescent Lake which has been coexist with the desert for thousands of years.
Day 8 Dunhuang – Turpan by Train Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: On the train
Before departing Dunhuang we will pay a visit to YUmen Pass which used to be the important pass along Silk Road for jade produce in Xinjiang entering central China. Then drive to Liuyuan Station to take an overnight train to Turpan. Day 9 Turpan Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Turpan
Upon arrival in Turpan, met by local guide and driver at the railway station and transfer to visit Sugong Pagoda. Then continue to visit the Jiaohe Ruins, one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road and the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world. Followed by the Karez Well— an amazing irrigation system which made Turpan a rich oasis.
Day 10 Turpan – Urumqi Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Urumqi
In the morning board the car and drive toward Urumqi. Arriving in Urumqi you will visit Uygur Autonomous Region Museum where you will have a glimpse of Xinjiang history and costume. The museum collects thousands of precious cultural relics unearthed in Xinjiang. Day 11 Urumqi – Kashgar Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Kashgar
In the morning go to visit Abakh Khoja Tomb, an ancient Islamic building complex and a cemetery where five generations of famous Islamic masters were buried. Then visit Id Kah Mosque, a typical Islamic architecture like domes, minarets and arches, as well as pious prayers. This 500 years old Mosque is the largest mosque in China where 2000-3000 Muslim do their prayers every day. Finally walk around Old Town of Kashgar.
Day 12 Kashgar – Urumqi Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Urumqi
Before departing we will visit famous Sunday Market, also known as Sunday Bazaar, the largest international trade market on the northwest boundary line of China. Then transfer to take the flight back to Urumqi. Enjoy your free time. Day 13 Urumqi Departure Meal: Breakfast
Enjoy your free time till the hotel pickup. Then transfer to airport or train station for your next destination.
*Economy flights and overnight train listed in itinerary
*Tibet travel permit
*Entrance tickets to sites listed
*Professional English speaking guide
*Licensed driver and tourist van in good condition
*All transfer and airport pickup/drop off
*One shared oxygen tank each van
*Tourist insurance Price Excludes:
*Flight or train arriving/departing Lhasa
*Meal not listed (Average meal cost USD 3-15 per person per meal )
*Gratuities to guide and driver
*Single room supplement
*Optional activities and personal expense
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