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The Silk Road Journey via Luxury China Orient Express Train (11 Days)
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Save $200 per person with reservation and deposit submitted by Feb. 28th, 2017!
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  11 Days/10 Nights China Oreint Express Journey
All Inclusive Train & Land Tour Fare From $2995 P/P
(double occupancy for both hotel rooms and private train compartment)
(after early bird discount with resservation and deposit by Feb. 28th, 2017)

BEIJING –  XIAN – TIANSHUI – JIAYUGUAN (WEST END OF THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA) – DUNHUANG – TURPAN –  URUMQI 
(Optional Pre & Post Train Journey Tours Available At Additional Cost Upon Request)
 

This could be truly your once in a life time experience to explore the exotic cultures and unique natural beauty along the Silk Road while enjoying the first class service on China Orient Express Train. The Silk Road, once the trade and cultural exchange route connecting China and the western countries for over 2000 years, offers you the special opportunity to experience so many amazing UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites from the Terra-cotta Warriors  and Horses to Dunhuang Grottoes, and etc. By taking China Orient Express, you will also enjoy the first class service by the dedicated tour managers and train staff of this train that used to accommodate only the distinguished state leaders of China and its foreign counterparts during the sixties and seventies of the twentieth century.
Itinerary

AB: American breakfast buffet;  B: Breakfast;  L: Lunch;  D: Dinner

Day1   Beijing
Upon arrival at the Capital International Airport in Beijing, we will be greeted by our tour guide and transferred to our hotel in Beijing. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure.

Accommodation: Loong Palace Hotel or similar

Day2  Beijing/ Xian (B/L)
After breakfast, you will visit the Forbidden City-the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, the largest and most intact conglomeration of ancient structures of the imperial palace. This was the palace for 24 Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors who ruled China for over 500 years. Enjoy your Roast Peking Duck for lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a flight (or high speed train) to Xian, the ancient capital city for 11 dynasties in Chinese history and also the beginning of the ancient Silk Road. Listed as the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, the silk Road is a historically important trade and cultural exchange route connecting China and the West, which began during the Han Dynasty more than 2000 years ago. Upon arrival in Xian, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel or similar

Day 3  Xi'an (B/L/D)
After breakfast this morning, the excursion takes you to the awesome Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, widely considered the eighth wonder of the world, Listed as the UNESCO Cultual Heritage Site, the Museum of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses houses more than 6000 life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses that guard the Emperor Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of a unified China more than 2000 years ago. Later in the day you will drive the Huaqing Hot Spring for a tour. As the resort for the emperor and his concubines during Tang dynasty, Huaqing Hot Spring has been famous for its scenic views and the romantic stories of the Emperor Xuanzong and his concubine Yang Guifei.

Accommodation: Sheraton Xian North City Hotel or similar

Day 4  Xi'an/ Tianshui (B/L/D)
Today you will tour  the well preserved ancient City Wall of Xian, followed by a visit to the Statue of Start Point of the Silk Road. Later in the day, you will also visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square and Famen Temple, known for storing the veritable finger bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha. Attend the onstage Show of Tang Dynasty Dance and Music with Dinner Banquet tonight, before transfer to the train station to board the China Orient Express Train to start your train journey to Tianshui.

Accommodation: China Orient Express

Day 5  Tianshui/Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass) (B/L/D)
Early in the morning around 6:30 am, the train is scheduled to arrive in Tianshui. After breakfast, you will take a bus ride to Maiji (literally “wheatstack” in Chinese) Mountain to visit the impressive Maiji Grottoes which contain more than 7200 Buddhist sculptures and more than 1000 square meters murals. Work on these caves started in late Qin Dynasty (221 BC-206 BC) and progressed for many centuries afterwards. You will get aboard the train before it is scheduled to depart at 16:30 in the afternoon. Enjoy your scenic ride onboard the China Orient Express Train later this afternoon. Overnight on the train.

Accommodation: China Orient Express

Day 6  Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass) (B/L/D)
Upon arrival in Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass) City this morning, you will take your excursion to visit Jiayuguan or Jiayu Pass, the most western end of the Great Wall and the best preserved military fortress of the Great Wall. Afterwards, you will visit the Overhanging Great Wall. As part of Jiayu Pass defensive work, this section of the Great Wall is located 7 miles from downtown Jiayuguan, and appears from a distance like a dragon overhanging on the slope. Tonight you will stay overnight in the city of Jiayuguan.

Accommodation: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or similar

Day 7 Jiayuguan/ Dunhuang (B/L/D)
After a nice breakfast buffet at the hotel, you will get aboard the train before its scheduled departure at 10:00hrs am for Dunhuang. During the train ride, our invited professors from Dunhuang Research Institute will give you a presentation on Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang. Upon arrival in Dunhuang, you will be taken to visit Mingsha Hill and the Crescent Moon Pool. Where you will have the opportunity to take camel ride over the sand dune, and may hear the sound echoes of wind whipping off the dunes. After dinner tonight, you will take a stroll around  Shazhou Night Market, a local night market in Dunhuang well known for its local specialties including the local crafts and gourmet snacks. Stay overnight in Dunhuang

Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel or similar

Day 8  Dunhuang/ Turpan (B/L/D)
The highlight today is a visit to the famed Mogao Grottoes or Mogao Caves, known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas. Designated as the World Cultural Heritage Site by the UNESCO, Mogao Caves comprise the largest, most richly endowed, and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art in the world, and represent the great achievement of Buddhist art from the 4th to the 14th century. Many visitors find themselves deeply touched by the immortal works of art. In the afternoon, you will be transferred back to the train station to board China Orient Express Train for your ride to the next destination-Turpan.

Accommodation: China Orient Express

Day 9  Turpan/ Urumqi (B/L/D)
Around 7:00 am in the morning, the train is scheduled to arrive in Turpan. Today you will visit Karez Well- the amazing ancient underground irrigation system consisting of vertical wells linked by underground water canals, surface canals and small reservoirs. At its peak, the total length of the irrigation system was more than 3000 miles with most of the irrigation system still in use by the local residents. Due to the hot and dry weather in Turpan, this system has efficiently reduced the evaporation, and is considered one of the three greatest water projects in Chinese history. Afterwards, you will visit the Flaming Mountain, featured in the classic novel 'Journey to the West'. The Flaming Mountain is believed to be the hottest spot in China with its summer temperature reaching 120 F frequently and its striking gullies and trenches caused by the erosion of the red sandstone bedrock give the mountain flaming appearance. bright red soil of the mountain glows even more under the glaring sun, and it is no wonder we feel the heat. Finally, you will take a tour of the ruins of the ancient City of Jiahe (Yarkhoto) with a history of 2300 years. This ancient city used to be the capital of former Cheshi. After dinner you will board the China Orient Express Train with scheduled departure at 20:30 pm for Urumqi, the final destination. Urumqi is the capital city of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Upon arrival in Urumqi, you will be transferred to your hotel for hotel check in.

Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel or similar

Day 10  Urumqi (B/L/D)
Today’s excursion takes you to the beautiful Lake of Heaven (Tianchi Lake), where you will take a boat ride. Located in the middle of Bogda Peak, this apline lake has a water coverage of 1.9 square miles with its water source coming from the melting snow of Tianshan (literally “heavenly mountain” in Chinese) Mountain. Upon returning to the city of Urumqi, you will visit the Historical Museum of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, which has an extensive collection of Silk Road artifacts and houses the famous mummies of Indo-European ancestry. Finally, enjoy some time at a bustling local bazaar.

Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel or similar

Day 11  Urumqi/Hometown (B)  
After your buffet breakfast at the hotel, enjoy some time for leisure before taking a departure transfer to the airport for your flight back home. You may also take optional post tour of Shanghai, Beijijng or other destinations in China and Asia. Details are available upon request.

Tour Features

  • All domestic airport transfers and ground transportation in China.
  • Seven nights hotel accommodations at five-star deluxe ( or the best available locally) hotels with full American breakfast buffet.
  • Three nights on board accommodations at China Orient Express based on double occupancy in private superior compartment with all meals
  • Local transfers and escorted tours and sightseeing of unique attractions and cultural sites including four UNESCO World Cultural & Heritage Sites with admission and English speaking tour guides in each city.
  • 27 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches including Peking Duck Lunch, 8 dinners including Tang Dynasty Dinner Show in Xian.
  • Cultural entertainments: Tang Dynasty dance and music show with dinner in Xian.
To reserve this tour, simply fill out our online reservation form and our representatives will contact you
Tour Dates & All Inclusive Land Tour Fares:

Juen 16-26, 2017:  $3195 P/P (double occupancy for both hotel rooms and private compartment on China Orient Express Train)
Sept. 3-13, 2017:    $3195 P/P (double occupancy for both hotel rooms and private compartment on China Orient Express Train)

Triple Room Discount: $180 Off Per Person

Non-stop transpacific air fare from $1100 available from the following gateway cities upon reservation request submitted at least 90 days or more prior to departure. Reservation is subject to confirmation.

GATEWAY CITIES FROM THE US:  SFO (San Francisco), LAX (Los Angeles), JFK/ERW (New York)

To reserve this tour, simply fill out our online reservation form and our representatives will contact you
Optional Pre Train Journey Tours:
 
  1. Four Days Three Nights Beijing Package Tour (9/03-9/06)
Day 1 (9/03)          Beijing
Upon arrival at the Capital International Airport in Beijing, you will be met by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure.
 
Day 2 (9/04)          Beijing            AB/L
This morning you will visit the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site - the Temple of Heaven where emperors used to pray for good harvest. You will also attend a morning lesson of Taiji (also referred to as Taichi by the Westerners) exercise on the site of the Temple of Heaven given by a professional. Taichi is a type of internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. T’ai chi theory and practice evolved in agreement with many Chinese philosophical principles, including those of Taoism and Confucianism. After lunch, you will take a tour of Hutong (Chinese alleyways) by riding aboard a rickshaw pedicab through the narrow lanes of the old residential quarters in the afternoon.

Hutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys in Beijing,  formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. Hutongs represent an important cultural element of the city of Beijing. Thanks to Beijing’s long history and status as capital for six dynasties, almost every hutong has its anecdotes, and some are even associated with historic events. In contrast to the court life and elite culture represented by the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven, the hutongs reflect the culture of grassroots Beijingers. The hutongs are residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of Old Beijing. Taking a Hutong tour is a great way to enjoy the local cultures, giving you a unique opportunity to glimpse into the local resident's daily life.
 
Day 3 (9/05)     Beijing  AB/L/D
The highlight today is a trip to the astonishing Great Wall of China at Juyongguan Pass, one of the most remarkable feats of mankind. After lunch, you will stroll along the Sacred Way guarding the Ming Tombs, lined with different statutes of animals such as lions, elephants, camels and etc. Upon return to the city proper of Beijing, visit a tea house to learn some Chinese tea culture and enjoy the foot massage for your relaxation. Spend the rest of the evening for leisure.
 
Day 4 (9/06)    Beijing            AB/L
This morning You will tour the Summer Palace, the famous resort of Empress Dowager Ci Xi. Feast your eyes on the Long Corridor, Longevity Hill, and Kunming Lake. If time permits, you may also have the opportunity to see pandas at Beijing Zoo located nearby the Summer Palace. After lunch, you will be transferred to the group hotel for China Orient Express Journey. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure.
 
  1. Six Days Five Nights Beijing + Shanghai Package Tour (9/02-9/07)
 
Day 1 (9/01)    Shanghai
Upon arrival at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, you will be met by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure.
 
Day 2 (9/02)    Shanghai          AB/L/D
The excursion today takes you to the Bund - a waterfront area that showcases many landmark buildings of western style built in the early 20th century, the bustling Nanjing Road, Chenghuangmiao Old Town, and Tianzifang, an old neighborhood with hidden alleyways full of boutiques and art galleries. You will also visit the well-known Shanghai Museum of Art and History, which ranks among the great museums of the world. After dinner, you will take a night cruise on Huangpu River to enjoy a fascinating night view of Shanghai.
 
Day 3 (9/03)     Shanghai/Beijing            AB
Enjoy this morning for leisure, or take an optional tour of Zhujiajiao Water Village. Located on the outskirts of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao Water Town enjoys a history of more than 1700 years, has been well known for the well preserved cultures and ancient architectural style buildings including the unique old stone bridges.
Take a departure transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at the airport in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
 
Day 4 (9/04)    Beijing            AB/L
This morning you will visit the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site - the Temple of Heaven where emperors used to pray for good harvest. You will also attend a morning lesson of Taiji (also referred to as Taichi by the Westerners) exercise on the site of the Temple of Heaven given by a professional. Taichi is a type of internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. T’ai chi theory and practice evolved in agreement with many Chinese philosophical principles, including those of Taoism and Confucianism. After lunch, you will take a tour of Hutong (Chinese alleyways) by riding aboard a rickshaw pedicab through the narrow lanes of the old residential quarters in the afternoon.

Hutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys in Beijing,  formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. Hutongs represent an important cultural element of the city of Beijing. Thanks to Beijing’s long history and status as capital for six dynasties, almost every hutong has its anecdotes, and some are even associated with historic events. In contrast to the court life and elite culture represented by the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven, the hutongs reflect the culture of grassroots Beijingers. The hutongs are residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of Old Beijing. Taking a Hutong tour is a great way to enjoy the local cultures, giving you a unique opportunity to glimpse into the local resident's daily life.
 
Day 5 (9/05)     Beijing  AB/L/D
The highlight today is a trip to the astonishing Great Wall of China at Juyongguan Pass, one of the most remarkable feats of mankind. After lunch, you will stroll along the Sacred Way guarding the Ming Tombs, lined with different statutes of animals such as lions, elephants, camels and etc. Upon return to the city proper of Beijing, visit a tea house to learn some Chinese tea culture and enjoy the foot massage for your relaxation. Spend the rest of the evening for leisure.
 
Day 6 (9/06)    Beijing            AB/L
This morning You will tour the Summer Palace, the famous resort of Empress Dowager Ci Xi. Feast your eyes on the Long Corridor, Longevity Hill, and Kunming Lake. If time permits, you may also have the opportunity to see pandas at Beijing Zoo located nearby the Summer Palace. After lunch, you will be transferred to the group hotel for China Orient Express Journey. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure.
 
Optional Post Train Journey Tours:
  1. Two Days One Night Stopover Package in Beijing
Day 1 (9/17)           Urumqi/Beijing  AB
Take a departure transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at the airport in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure.
 
Day 2 (9/18)           Beijing/US        AB
Take a departure transfer to the airport for flight back home.
 
  1. Four Days Three Nights Beijing Package
Day 1 (9/17)          Beijing
Take a departure transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at the Capital International Airport in Beijing, you will be met by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure.
 
Day 2 (9/18)          Beijing            AB/L
This morning you will visit the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site - the Temple of Heaven where emperors used to pray for good harvest. You will also attend a morning lesson of Taiji (also referred to as Taichi by the Westerners) exercise on the site of the Temple of Heaven given by a professional. Taichi is a type of internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. T’ai chi theory and practice evolved in agreement with many Chinese philosophical principles, including those of Taoism and Confucianism. After lunch, you will take a tour of Hutong (Chinese alleyways) by riding aboard a rickshaw pedicab through the narrow lanes of the old residential quarters in the afternoon.

Hutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys in Beijing,  formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. Hutongs represent an important cultural element of the city of Beijing. Thanks to Beijing’s long history and status as capital for six dynasties, almost every hutong has its anecdotes, and some are even associated with historic events. In contrast to the court life and elite culture represented by the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven, the hutongs reflect the culture of grassroots Beijingers. The hutongs are residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of Old Beijing. Taking a Hutong tour is a great way to enjoy the local cultures, giving you a unique opportunity to glimpse into the local resident's daily life.
 
Day 3 (9/19)     Beijing  AB/L/D
The highlight today is a trip to the astonishing Great Wall of China at Juyongguan Pass, one of the most remarkable feats of mankind. After lunch, you will stroll along the Sacred Way guarding the Ming Tombs, lined with different statutes of animals such as lions, elephants, camels and etc. Upon return to the city proper of Beijing, visit a tea house to learn some Chinese tea culture and enjoy the foot massage for your relaxation. Spend the rest of the evening for leisure.
 
Day 4 (9/20)          Beijing            AB
Take a departure transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
 
  1. Six Days 5 Nights Yangtze River Cruise Plus Shanghai
Day 1 (9/17)          Urumqi/Chongqing     AB, D
you will take a flight to Chongqing. the largest city in Southwest China with a population of more than 30 million. Upon arrival in Chongqing, you will be met and taken to enjoy the special hot pot food for dinner before being transferred to the pier for embarking on the Five Star MV. President No. 7 Cruise Ship. Spend the night on the cruise ship which is scheduled to depart later tonight.

Day 2 (9/18) THE YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: SHIBAOZHAI (AB, L, D)
Today’s shore excursion takes you to Shibaozhai, which literally means Stone Treasure Fortress, or Fengdu. Built with wooden structure without using any nails in 1819, the nine-story Shibaozhai Pagoda was constructed leaning against the rocky and craggy hill facing the Yangtze River. As the legendary home of the King of Hades, Fengdu is often referred to as the “ghost city”. Return aboard to attend the Captain’s Welcome Party tonight.

Day 3 (9/19)  THE YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: QUTANG GORGE/WU GORGE/SHENNU STREAM EXCURSION (AB, L, D)
Early in the morning, ship is scheduled to arrive at the White Emperor City, where you may go ashore for optional excursion. Around mid morning you will start cruising through the magnificent Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge before arrival in Wushan at noontime. Transfer to a small boat for Shennu Stream excursion to experience the breathtaking scenery. Resume your sail on the Yangtze River for San Dou Ping, and pass through the last gorge – Xiling Gorge. Attend Captain’s Farewell Dinner Banquet, followed by the talent show performed by the crew tonight. Late at night, the cruise ship will pass through the five level shiplocks of the well-known Three Gorges Dam, which gives you a unique opportunity to experience the grandeur of the world’s biggest dam project. Arrive in San Dou Ping, where the Three Gorges Dam Project Site is located.

Day 4 (9/20)  THE YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: YICHANG/SHANGAI  (AB, L)
This morning you will visit the Three Gorges Dam Project Site. After lunch, you will be transferred to Yichang Train Station to board bullet train to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure.
 
Day 5 (9/21)            Shanghai           AB, L
The excursion today takes you to the Bund - a waterfront area that showcases many landmark buildings of western style built in the early 20th century, the bustling Nanjing Road, Chenghuangmiao Old Town, and Tianzifang, an old neighborhood with hidden alleyways full of boutiques and art galleries. You will also visit the well-known Shanghai Museum of Art and History, which ranks among the great museums of the world. After dinner, you will take a night cruise on Huangpu River to enjoy a fascinating night view of Shanghai.
 
Day 6 (9/22)     Shanghai/US     AB
Take a departure transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
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