EN432 Beijing-Xi'an-Dunhuang-Turpan-Kuche-Kashgar-Urumqi 15 Days

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EN432 Beijing-Xi'an-Dunhuang-Turpan-Kuche-Kashgar-Urumqi 15 Days
The Ancient Silk Road: Follow the ancient route of traders and adventurers!
Tour Code:EN432
Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 USA- Beijing
Depart from USA for Beijing.

Day 2 Beijing (L)
Upon arrival in Beijing, you are met and transferred to the hotel.

Day 3 Beijing-Xi'an (B,L)
You take a morning flight to Xi'an, where you will be transferred to the hotel. Xi'an, known as Chang'An in ancient times, was the gateway to the Silk Road and a crossroads for traders and pilgrims from faraway lands. You visit the Bell Tower and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. In the evening you attend a cultural show, recreating the music, costumes and dance from the Tang Dynasty.

Day 4 Xi'an (B,L)
Today's highlight is a visit to the Archaeological Museum, home to more than 6,000 life-sized terra-cotta warriors and horses excavated from the tomb of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. In the afternoon, you visit the Forest of Stelae Museum(Beilin).

Day 5 Xi'an-Dunhuang (B,L)
In the morning you visit the Grand Mosque and the Muslim quarter. Then you take an afternoon flight to Dunhuang and are transferred to the hotel.

Day 6 Dunhuang (B,L)
You have an excursion to the Mogao Grottoes, the world's richest treasure trove of Buddhist manuscripts and art. Begun in 386 AD and added to over the next 9 centuries, the grottoes total over 45,000 square meters and boast over 2,000 murals and sculptures. Then you continue to the Singing Sand Dunes and enjoy a camel ride into the dunes.

Day 7 Dunhuang-Turpan (B,L)
You first visit White Horse Pagoda and Crescent Moon Lake.  Then you are drived from Dunhuang to Liuyuan, passing sections of the Han Great Wall and several beacon tower ruins along the way.  Next you board the overnight train to Turpan.

Day 8 Turpan (B,L)
You will arrive Turpan in the morning and check into the hotel. Today's sightseeing features Gaochang, the ancient walled capital of the Uighurs which flourished between the 7th and 14th centuries, and the ruins of Jiaohe City, where large fragments of actual streets and buildings remain. You'll also visit Grape Valley, in lush contrast to the desert surrounding it, and the amazing 2,000 year old Karez Irrigation Tunnels, which brought water from melting snow on the mountains to this parched city. Besides, you sttend a music and dance performance in the evening.
Day 9 Turpan-Kuche (B,L)
This morning's tour includes the Flaming Mountains, named for their vibrant color, Suliman's Minaret and a local village. Then you are transferred to the train station for the mid-afternoon express train to Kuche. You can relax and enjoy the scenery as the train travels past Bosten Lake, then go along the edge of the Taklamakan Desert, second largest in the world after the Sahara.

Day 10 Kuche (B,L,D)
Upon arrival in Kuche, you are met and transferred to hotel. You take jeep along the Gobi Desert to the Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves, enroute passing several Great Wall Beacon Towers.

Day 11 Kuche-Kashgar (B,L)
Early morning you are transferred to the train station for your ride with merchants to Kashgar, a key hub on the ancient silk road. Late afternoon you will arrive Kashgar, be met and transferred to the hotel. In the evening, you are free at leisure, perhaps you can stroll along the lively night market.

Day 12 Kashgar-Urumqi (B,L)
In the morning, you head directly to the Great Bazaar, alive with storybook scenes: thousands of merchants haggling for camels, carpets and other native goods; imams on donkeys and veiled women in their black robes. After wandering the Great Bazaar, you will visit Id Kah Emin mosque, one of the largest in China, and the Tomb of the Fragrant Lady before flying to Urumqi in the evening and check into the hotel.

Day 13 Urumqi (B,L)
In the morning, you enjoy an excursion to Heavenly Lake, nestled in the Tianshan Mountain range. Then you return to Urumqi and take a city tour, which gives you a glimpse of the major sights of this northwestern city. Populated by Han people and thirteen ethnic minorities, Urumqi is quite different form the usual Chinese street scene. Here you can see nomadic Khazakhs, a Middle Eastern bazaar, a jade-carving center and more.

Day 14 Urumqi-Beijing (B,L)
Today's full day excursion takes you to the pasture by the Southern Mountains where you will visit local herds. Then you take an evening flight to Beijing and transfer to the hotel.

Day 15 Beijing-USA (B)
You are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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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