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Silk Road Best Value Vacations (locally escorted)
Tour code: SRBV
17 days … Beijing, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar & Shanghai
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Beijing, the Capital & 2008 Olympic city (3 nights)
Xian, the great terra cotta army (2 nights)

City modules to complement your vacation

Tour Features
  • 15 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals: 9 breakfast (B), 12 lunches (L), 8 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing of each city’s highlights
  • Professional English speaking tour guide service in each city
  • Fully escorted by professional tour manager (16 or more)
  • Domestic airfare within China
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers in each city
  • Hotel & airport taxes and service fees
  • Optional - Choice of airlines with lowest airfare
Detailed Itinerary
Day 1, Mon: Depart Hometown
Depart hometown via selected air carrier.
Day 2, Tue: Arrive Beijing
Arrive Beijing. Meet and transfer to the hotel.
Day 3, Wed: Beijing – Meals (B,L)
Full-day sightseeing: Tai Chi and morning exercises, Temple of Heaven, Museum of China Ancient Architecture & History of Beijing (UNESCO), Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City (UNESCO), Summer Palace (UNESCO).
Day 4, Thu: Beijing – Meals (B,L)
Full-day sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall (UNESCO) and Changling of Ming Tombs with (Sacred Way or Shaolin Kungfu training school) and the Olympic Sites (the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube) if time permits.
Day 5, Fri: Beijing/Xian – Meals (B,L)
Fly to Xian. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing: the Grand Mosque, Muslim Street and Bell Tower.
HOTEL: JIAN GUO or similar
Day 6, Sat: Xian – Meals (B,L,SD)
Full-day sightseeing: the Terra-cotta Museum (UNESCO), the City Wall, and the Ceramics & Pottery Center, popular Dumpling Dinner & Tang Dynasty Show.
Day 7, Sun: Xian/Dunhuang – Meals (B)
Fly to Dunhuang. Transfer to hotel. The rest of the day at leisure.
HOTEL: SILK ROAD or similar
Day 8, Mon: Dunhuang – Meals: (B,L,D)
Full day Sightseeing: Mogao Grottoes, Sounding Dune and Crescent Lake with Camel ride. If time permits, a visit to the village nearby.
Day 9, Tue: Dunhuang/Liuyuan/Turpan – Meals: (B,L,D)
Travel by train to Yumen Pass, back to Dunhuang and visit the Dunhuang Museum. After dinner transfer to Liuyuan station for overnight train to Turpan.
OVERNIGHT TRAIN (soft berth with 4 in a cabin)
Day 10, Wed: Arrive Turpan – Meals: (B,L,D)
Upon arrival, meet and transfer to Hotel for breakfast. After freshen up at the hotel, visit the Grape Valley, the Karez Irrigation System and the Jiaohe Ancient Ruins at sunset. Dinner and Uygur minority dancing and singing performance at the hotel.
HOTEL: HUOZHOU or similar
Day 11, Thu: Turpan/Urumqi – Meals: (B,L,D)
Sightseeing: the Emin Minerat, Bezklik Thousand Buddha Caves and the Flaming Mountain. Lunch at a Uygur family. Travel to Urumqi.
HOTEL: MIRAGE or similar
Day 12, Fri: Urumqi – Meals: (B,L,D)
Full-day excursion to the Heavenly Lake with a cruise, then visit a Kazakh family at a pasture nearby. Return to the city and visit the Xinjiang Museum.
Day 13, Sat: Urumqi/Kashgar – Meals: (B,L,D)
Fly to Kashgar. Upon arrival, meet at airport and visit the Kashgari Tomb and the Id Kah Mosque.
Day 14, Sun: Kashgar/Urumqi – Meals: (B,L,D)
Visit the Sunday Bazaar and the Kashgar old town including a home visit to a Uygur family. Evening flight to Urumqi.
HOTEL: MIRAGE or similar
Day 15, Mon: Urumqi/Shanghai – Meals: (B)
Fly to Shanghai. Rest of day at leisure.
HOTEL: OCEAN or similar
Day 16, Tue: Shanghai – Meals: (B,L)
Full-day sightseeing: The Old Town, classical Yu Garden (UNESCO), the Shanghai Museum, the Bund Area and Xintiandi, a well-known boutique area.
Day 17, Wed: Depart Shanghai/Hometown – Meals (B)
Departure transfer to airport for homeward flight.
Suggested PRE or POST-TOUR: 4 days Hong Kong or Tokyo. Additional nights in Beijing or Shanghai (see FLEXIBLE CITY MODULES).
The above is the suggested itinerary for individual, family and group travel. The itinerary and features may be changed to suit your needs. For further details and competitive pricing please contact us at info@bestour.com.

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