EN431 Beijing-Urumqi-Turpan-Dunhuang-Xi'an--Shanghai 15 Days

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EN431 Beijing-Urumqi-Turpan-Dunhuang-Xi'an--Shanghai 15 Days
Ancient Silk Route 15 Days
Tour Code: EN431
Tour Itinerary:

DAY 1  USA-Beijing
You take the transpacific flight to Beijing.
DAY 2  Beijing (L)
Upon arrival, you are met and escorted to check into the hotel.
DAY 3  Beijing (B, L)
Today's highlights include Tiananmen Square and Ming extravagance in the Forbidden City's Imperial Palace, featuring the living quarters, museum and jewelry sections. In the afternoon, you take a pedicab tour of the ancient Hutong district including a visit with a local family and a kindergarten class (if school is open). Then you see the city views from atop the Drum Tower.

DAY 4  Beijing (B, L)
Today, you walk the ancient ramparts of the stupendous Great Wall. Then you stroll along the Sacred Way between statues of warriors and animals to the Ming Tombs and Chang Ling Exhibition Hall. In the afternoon, you visit a cloisonné factory.
DAY 5  Beijing-Urumqi-Turpan (B, L)
You take a mid-day flight to Urumqi, a city marked by ancient gates and towers. Upon arrival, you take motorcoach to Turpan, 500 feet below sea level and site of the ancient Che Shi Kingdom.
DAY 6  Turpan (B, L)
Today's sightseeing highlights include the underground Karez Well waterway, and the impressive ruins at Jiaohe and Gaochang, both important stops on the Silk Route. Then you tour the Astana Tombs, where the royalty of Gaochang were buried, and see The Flaming Mountains (said to resemble a fiery dragon in the desert light), as well as the massive Suliman Minaret.
DAY 7  Turpan-Urumqi (B, L)
You arre drived back to Urumqi and the rest of the day is free.
DAY 8  Urumqi (B, L)
Today's sightseeing includes the Xinjiang Provincial Museum, a boat ride on Lake Tianchi, and a visit with a Kazakhs family.
DAY 9  Urumqi-Dunhuang (B, L)
You take a morning flight to Dunhuang, an important junction on the Silk Route. Upon arrival, you visit White Horse Pagoda and see the area's remarkable singing sand dunes, where you may take a camel ride.
DAY 10  Dunhuang (B, L)
You have a half-day tour to visit the magnificent treasures at the famed Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can appreciate some of the world's finest Buddhist murals and statues. In the afternoon, you sightsee the collections at the Dunhuang Museum.
DAY 11  Dunhuang-Xi'an (B, L)
You fly to Xi'an, site of the archeological wonders of the terra-cotta warriors. In the afternoon, you visit the City Wall and the exquisitely constructed Wild Goose Pagoda.
DAY 12  Xi'an (B, L)
You view the famous 2200-year-old life-sized terra-cotta army uncovered in the first emperor's necropolis, Circle Vision Movie, the Bronze Chariot and renowned Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum. Tonight, you can enjoy a show.
DAY 13  Xi'an-Shanghai (B, L)
You take a morning flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you tour The Bund and the shopping streets of Nanjing Road or Huai Hai Road.
DAY 14  Shanghai (B, L)
Today you visit the Shanghai Museum with an audio tour that will guide you through the museum's magnificent collections of dynastic artifacts. Then you go to Yu Garden, the Children's Palace and a carpet factory. In the evening, you see the amazing Shanghai acrobatic show.
DAY 15  Shanghai-USA (B)
You are transferred to the airport and fly homeward.

Departure Date: January-December
Price: Special Offers on request.

Service Included:
* Entrance fees.
* Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=Dinner.
* Private Car/Van for transfers & sightseeing and English-speaking Local Guide.
* Hotels deluxe/comfort class (Land category 4-star or 5 star by any possibility, twin share bases with breakfast).
* Trains and Flights as listed in the itinerary and Airport Taxes.

Service not Included:
* Visa Fees and International flight.
* Gratuities, Tips to guides and drivers.
* Personal Expenses.
* Single Room Supplement.

Prices are not valid by High Season and Chinese holiday periods, for e.g.: April 30th - May 3th, Sep 30th to Oct 7th, and Chinese New Year period which usually falls in End of January. With high season and main holidays the Price will increase. Price for Superior class hotels will be some higher and for middle class hotels will be some lower.
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