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Silk Road Tour 9 Days

Silk Road Tour 9 Days
• Tour Code: GGT01
• Starting Price: USD1618 per person
• Departure Dates: Upon request at any date
• Features: Private guide & vehicle
• Starts from: Beijing
• Departs from: Urumqi
• Destinations: Beijing, Kashgar, Turpan & Urumqi

 

  • Day 1: Arrival in Beijing, Meet & Greet at Airport, Transfer to Hotel
    Meals Included: No meals 
     
    Our GCT representative will meet you at the airport and assists you to your hotel. Relax during the remainder of the afternoon and evening to recover from the jet lag.
    Day 2: Beijing, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Chinese Tea Ceremony, Temple of Heaven
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    Optional Tour: Acrobatic show performance with Chinese dinner
     
    We will start to explore Beijing from Tiananmen Square in the morning. Located in the center of Beijing, Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world and it has great cultural significance as it was the site of many important events in Chinese history such as Chairman Mao's declaration of the establishment of the People's Republic of China on Oct, 01, 1949. Next we will walk to the Forbidden City. As the royal residences of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties from the 15th to 20th century, the Forbidden City was the centre of state power in late feudal China and witnessed the enthronement of 14 Ming and 10 Qing emperors. After lunch we will visit the Temple of Heaven. This temple, built between 1406 and 1420, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site regarded as a masterpiece of architectural and landscape design.
     
     
    Day 3: Beijing, Great Wall of China, Jade Museum, Ming Tombs (Dingling Tomb), Photo Stop at Olympic Venues of Bird Nest & Water Cube
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    Optional Tour: Chinese Kungfu show with Chinese dinner
     
    Morning visit to the Jade Museum and the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall was continuously built from the 3rd century BC to the 17th century AD on the northern border of China as the great military defense project of successive Chinese Empires. Today, the wall is still impressive at 3,750 miles in length, stretching from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. The Great Wall embodies unparalleled significance as the national symbol for safeguarding the security of the country and Chinese people. After lunch we will visit the Dingling Tomb. Constructed for the 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty, the Ming tombs follow the precepts of traditional Chinese geomancy and fengshui theory. They feature rich decoration of stone statues and carvings and tiles with dragon motifs, illustrating the development of the funerary architecture of the Ming Dynasty. Next we will make a photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Venues of Bird Nest and Water Cube.
     
     
    Day 4: Beijing, Summer Palace, Fresh Water Pearl, Fly to Urumqi
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
     
    This morning we will visit the the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China, the Summer Palace. Using Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill as the basic framework, the Summer Palace combined political and administrative, residential, spiritual, and recreational functions within a landscape of lakes and mountains, in accordance with the Chinese philosophy of balancing the works of man with nature. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. Fly to Urumqi, capital city of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the afternoon.
     
     
    Day 5: Fly to Kashgar, Abakh Hoja Mausoleum
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
     
    Fly to Kashgar in the morning. Kashgar is the Uyghur capital of Xinjiang, known as the pearl on the ancient Silk Road. Once the meeting point of the northern and southern silk routes, Kashgar was described as “fruitful soil, cotton aplenty, and inhabitants who live by trade” by Marco Polo. Upon arrival we will visit the 500 year old Idkah Mosque. This mosque is built in the Central Asian style, making it appear different from the mosques found in Turkey and the Middle East. Then visit Abakh Hoja Mausoleum, one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in China. Also known as Xiangfei Tomb, this is is an ancient Islamic building complex and a cemetery where five generations of a famous Islamic master were buried. It is also the burial place of the “Fragrant Concubine,” whose body naturally produced a sweet scent.
     
     
    Day 6: Kashgar Old Town, Grand Sunday Bazaar, Fly to Urumqi
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
     
    Visit Kashgar Old Town in the morning. The Old Town of Kashgar has a history of more than 2,000 years. We will take a walk through Old Town and visit the friendly Uyghur people in their home and experience their unique culture. Walking through the narrow lanes of this old town evokes a scene from the Arabian Nights. Then we will explore the bustling Grand Sunday Bazaar, one of China’s most famous weekend markets. The weekly Sunday Bazaar that draws a variety of ethnic groups like the Uyghur, Tajik, Kyrgyz and Kazakh to the streets of Kashgar. They come on foot, bikes, horsebacks, modern motorcycles and donkey carts, all with the hope of selling merchandise that ranges form scissors to camels. Fly to Urumqi in the afternoon.
     
      
    Day 7: Urumqi, Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang Regional Museum, Drive to Turpan
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
     
    Morning visit to Heavenly Lake. With Pine trees covering the hillsides and the snow capped mountains in the background, this huge lake (3km long and 1km wide) sits half way (560 ft) up the Tianshan mountain range and offers excellent walking with breathtaking views. We will take a boat ride around the lake and see some local nomadic Kazakhs herding their sheep. After lunch we will visit Xinjiang Regional Museum which is famous for its rich collections of silk artifacts, brocades from Eastern Han Dynasty, as well as all kinds of specialized silk-woven items from the Tang Dynasty. Later we will drive to Turpan, an oasis town famous for its grapes and melons, as well as being the lowest point in China.
     
     
    Day 8: Turpan, Ruins of Gaochang Ancient City, Flaming Mountain, Emin Minaret, Karez Wells
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
     
    Visit the ancient city of Gaochang in the morning. Built of mud and adobe bricks as a garrison town in the 1st century AD, the city of Gaochang was abandoned during the early Ming dynasty and what is left now is just ruins of the ancient temples, houses, palaces and the old city wall. We will then visit the Flaming Mountain. Nothing grows on this mountain and the highest temperature of summer could reach 47.8 degree centigrade or 118 degree fahrenheit, making it the hottest place in China. After lunch we will visit Emin Minaret. This 40 meter-high brick minaret is part of a large mosque, built in 1778. Afterwards we will visit the Karez Wells, covered water channels that bring melt-water from the Tianshan Mountains to the north and west into the Turpan basin.
     
     
     
    Day 9: Drive to Urumqi, Departure from Urumqi
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
    Transfer to the Urumqi airport for your departure flight.

     

  • Deluxe Prices (5-star hotel accommodation)

    Valid Time

    Room Type

    2 Pax

    3-5 Pax

    6-9 Pax

    10 Pax & Above

    Mar to Nov

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD2468

    USD2238

    USD2048

    USD1978

    Single Room Supplement

    USD480

    USD480

    USD480

    USD380

    Dec to Feb

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD2368

    USD2138

    USD1948

    USD1918

    Single Room Supplement

    USD380

    USD380

    USD380

    USD320


    Standard Prices (4-star hotel accommodation)

    Valid Time

    Room Type

    2 Pax

    3-5 Pax

    6-9 Pax

    10 Pax & Above

    Mar to Nov

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD2288

    USD2198

    USD1958

    USD1798

    Single Room Supplement

    USD390

    USD390

    USD390

    USD300

    Dec to Feb

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD2108

    USD2018

    USD1868

    USD1708

    Single Room Supplement

    USD300

    USD300

    USD300

    USD220


    Budget Prices (3-star hotel accommodation)

    Valid Time

    Room Type

    2 Pax

    3-5 Pax

    6-9 Pax

    10 Pax & Above

    Mar to Nov

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD2198

    USD2108

    USD1868

    USD1708

    Single Room Supplement

    USD190

    USD190

    USD190

    USD160

    Dec to Feb

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD2018

    USD1928

    USD1778

    USD1618

    Single Room Supplement

    USD170

    USD170

    USD170

    USD140

     
     
    Booking Notice
    Tour starts in Beijing
    Tour ends in Shanghai
    Tour Feature: Exclusive private tour (with private guide and private vehicle)
    Departure Dates: Upon request at your time of convenience
    Minimum of two persons are required at the time of booking
     
    Pricing Policy
    The prices are based on per person, twin sharing basis
    Infants (under 2 years of age) traveling with parents: free of charge
    Child (2 -12 years of age) sharing a bed: 80% of the adult price
    Child (2 -12 years of age) sharing no bed: 60% of the adult price
    Tour Price Inclusions
    Hotel accommodations with daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel
    Domestic flight with tax included: Beijing/Urumqi/Kashgar/Urumqi
    Meals as specified in the itinerary
    Private air-conditioned car/van/coach for land transportation
    Experienced English language speaking tour guide
    All admission tickets to sightseeing places
    All government taxes
    Tour Price Exclusions
    Optional tour & Insurance
    International airfare to Beijing and departing from Shanghai
    Chinese Tourist Visa
    Excursions and activities not included in itinerary
    Gratuities to GCT service staffs (please refer to Travel Information)
    Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc
    Reservation
    For reservation, please send an email to info@GrandChinaTravel.com. Please inform us: the tour code; the number of travelers; your name as appeared in passport; your passport number; the date of arrival in China and your international flight number. For details of payment, please read our Terms & Conditions.

     

  • Silk Road Odyssey Tour 18 Days Optional Tours
     
    Day 2: Acrobatic Show Performance with Chinese Dinner, USD30 per person
    Join an optional tour to a dazzling acrobatic performance by local acrobats at Beijing’s    Chaoyang Theater with an included dinner. Chinese acrobatics ranks among the best arts in the world. The history of acrobatic show has been existent for more than two thousand years. The acrobatic shows are characterized by feats of strength and daring performed cleverly, precisely and accurately, and the ability of retaining balance in motion.
     
     
    Day 3: Chinese Kungfu Show at Red Theater with Chinese Dinner, USD35 per person
    The show of the Legend of Kungfu at Red Theatre Beijing is a high level performance with the wonderful story layout, perfect stage design, professional martial arts actors, and the real Kungfu actions and scenes. You will be strongly impacted both mentally and physically by this show.
     
     
    Day 15: Tang Dynasty Dance & Music Performance with Dumplings Banquet Dinner, USD40 per person
    Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show integrates a program of several interpretations of  music, singing and dancing depicting the typical style, landscapes, traditions and costumes  of the Tang Dynasty. The Provincial Song and Dance Ensemble has had about 7,000 performances during the past 20 years recreating the amazing culture and history of the prosperous Tang Dynasty for over 5 million visitors.
     
     
    Day 17: Huangpu River cruise & night view of Shanghai, USD40 per person
    The cruise starts from the Bund and goes upstream. Towards the south, it takes you to look at the Nanpu Bridge, and then turns round to the north to go to the Yangpu Bridge and back to where it is started. Between the stately colonial edifices along the Bund, the glittering skyscrapers on the eastern shore of Pudong, and the unceasing river traffic, there is plenty to keep your eyes from ever resting.
     
     
  • Deluxe Hotels for Silk Road Tour 9 Days

    Beijing

    Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Beijing or similar

    Kashgar

    Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel Kashgar or similar

    Turpan

    Tuha Petroleum Hotel Turpan or similar

    Urumqi

    Hoi Tak Hotel Urumqi or similar


    Standard Hotels for Silk Road Tour 9 Days

    Beijing

    Sunworld Hotel Beijing or similar

    Kashgar

    Tianyuan Business Hotel Kashgar or similar

    Turpan

    Huozhou Hotel Turpan or similar

    Urumqi

    Orient Dynasty Hotel Urumqi or similar


    Budget Hotels for Silk Road Tour 9 Days

    Beijing

    City Inn Happy Valley Beijing or similar

    Kashgar

    Seman Hotel Kashgar or similar

    Turpan

    Huozhou Hotel Turpan or similar

    Urumqi

    City Hotel Urumqi or similar

    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Beijing
    Add: 50 Wangfujing Avenue. Dongcheng District, Wangfujing Street & Forbidden City, Beijing
    Tel: +86-10-58168888
     
    Sunworld Dynasty Hotel is located in Wangfujing Avenue within walking distance to Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The property features 395 luxurious guestrooms equipped with modern amenities suitable for business and leisure travelers. If you are here for business, the hotel provides conference and function rooms for meetings and special events. Savor Asian and European cuisine at Dynasty Plaza or Cantonese and Northern Chinese specialties at Royal Restaurant. Spend your day with the recreational facilities including a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, and spa. Whatever the reason for your visit, Sunworld Dynasty Hotel is a must for your stay.
     
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel
    Add: NO.291 Western Refions Road Kashgar
    Tel: +86-998-2318888
     
    Kashi Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel is a five-star international business hotel. The hotel design features western regional styles. This hotel will have 323 guestrooms and suites, equipped with high-end amenities. The hotel will also have a range of multi-functional rooms to host conferences, meetings, special events and high-end banquets. Similarly, there will be several dining options, including a Teppanyaki restaurant and a restaurant serving a combination of gourmet Chinese cuisines including traditional Xinjiang dishes. Additional facilities include a business center, a fitness center, heated indoor swimming pool, spa, beauty salon and games room.
     
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Tuha Petroleum Hotel Turpan
    Add: No. 230 Wenhua Road, Turpan
    Tel: +86-995-8666666
     
    This Turpan hotel offers standard rooms with modern facilities, including broadband Internet access. Diners will find both Chinese and Western cuisines available, but specialties here include local Xinjiang dishes. And no Xinjiang experience would be complete without barbeque and room service available for your stay. For business travelers, there is a business center as well as meeting rooms to suit any request. When it comes to entertainment, guests can relax with a the massage or in the sauna, socialize in the night club, sing to their hearts' content in the private karaoke rooms or just play a game of billiards, chess or cards in one of the hotel's game rooms.
     
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Hoi Tak Hotel Urumqi
    Add: No.1 Dongfeng Road, Urumqi
    Tel: +86-991-2322828
     
    Hoi Tak Hotel is 22 km to the International Airport, 7 km to the railway station and 1.5 km to Red Mountain which is a symbol of Urumqi city. Situated in the central business district of Urumqi. The first deluxe international hotel with 5 star facilities, managed by Hoi Tak International (HK) Ltd. With panoramic view of the famous snow capped 'Tian Shan' mountains, it elegant architectural and interior design and variety of facilities will surely make an ideal place both for business and leisure. 318 tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites well decorated with all the comforts of home.  2 executive floors for the business travelers. The hotel has several restaurants, The Village Inn provides authentic Cantonese cuisine, The Muslim Restaurant specialize in local Xinjiang food, Le Grand Restaurant and Cafe offers western food in a romantic surrounding and the Food Court serves quick meals at good prices. For recreation, the hotel has a gorgeous indoor heated swimming pool, a gym, bowling center and a great sauna. There is also an advanced business center, meeting rooms and a well equipped conference hall. The elegant architecture and interior design of the building here, and the wide variety of facilities available, make this an ideal place both for business and leisure.
     
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Sunworld Hotel Beijing 
    Add: 88 Dengshikou, Dongcheng District, Wangfujing Street & Forbidden City, Beijing
    Tel: +86-10-58168999
     
    Strategically placed in the heart of downtown Beijing, this 4-star luxury offers a full list of comfortable room accommodations along with professional services. Each spacious guestroom is equipped with the necessary modern amenities. Guests may savor Chinese dishes from the in-house Spring Garden Chinese Restaurant or enjoy exotic Thai cuisine at the Sawasdee Restaurant, once awarded as Beijing’s best Thai restaurant. International fare is also offered at the Song He Cafe. Guests may unwind at the Lobby Lounge with their favorite cocktails and drinks. Business travelers may utilize the fully-equipped function rooms equipped with meeting and banquet facilities. Sunworld Hotel also offers several recreational facilities, ensuring an enhancement to your trip to Beijing.
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Tianyuan Business Hotel 
    Add: No. 8 East Renmin Road Kashgar
    Tel: +86-998-2802222
     
    Featuring an on-site night club and a beauty parlour, Kashi Tianyuan International Hotel is located in Kashgar and offers 4-star accommodation. The various facilities this modern hotel has to offer include a coffee bar, massage services and a sauna. Tianyuan Business hotel has 168 rooms and has been recently refurnished. Staff are available 24-hours a day. Those who staying at Tianyuan International Hotel Kashgar can relax in their luxurious rooms that feature a refrigerator, movies-on-demand and a mini bar. The bathrooms have a shower and provide a hair dryer and bathrobes. Kashi Tianyuan International Hotel houses a restaurant and a bar where guests are able to unwind at the end of the day with a meal and a drink. Places of interest close to Tianyuan International Hotel Kashgar include Hasi Tomb and Gaotai Ancient Homes. The hotel's multilingual staff are available to ensure that every guest has a comfortable visit.
     
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Huozhou Hotel
    Add: Shuiyun Square, Donghuan Road, Turpan
    Tel: +86-995-8666888
     
    Huozhou Hotel is a 4-star property located on Shuirun Square in the heart of Turpan. Each of its 145 rooms are comfortable and appointed with modern conveniences. Facilities include a swimming pool, sauna and restaurant serving Chinese and western cuisine. 
     
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Orient Dynasty Hotel Urumqi
    Add: No.17 Xinhua Sourth Road, Tianshan District, Urumqi  
    Tel: +86-991-2335678
     
    Orient Dynasty Hotel Urumchi provides a comfortable setting. It is conveniently positioned for those wishing to visit local attractions. This 4-star hotel provides meeting rooms, a safe and room service. A gym is available to those wanting to keep up their exercise regimes while travelling. Rooms feature slippers, tea and coffee making facilities and a refrigerator. All offer a telephone, a desk and bottled water. Orient Dynasty Hotel Urumchi features a restaurant and a bar where guests are able to relax at the end of the day with a meal and a drink. Guests looking for after-dinner entertainment can visit the in-house casino. The hotel is situated just a short walk from The Eighth Route Army Xinjiang Office Memorial Hall. Under a 25-minute car ride away, Urumqi Diwopu International Airport is within easy reach.
     
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 3-star City Inn Happy Valley Hotel Beijing 
    Add: Vecchio Shopping Street, North Xiaowuji Road, East 4th Ring, Chaoyang District, Beijing
    Tel: +86-10-67376688
     
    City Inn Happy Valley Beijing is a chain of fine business hotel brand developed by the OCT IHMC, located in the center of Beijing City that gives traveler the great location for business and financial purposes. The hotel is also easily reachable the city’s major shopping area and famous attractions nearby such as Beijing National Stadium, the Summer Palace. The hotel boasts excellent accommodation among Beijing hotels, good service and well appointed facility. In the hotel there are 224 rooms that have contemporary interiors and diverse room types. It offers the ideal setting for conferences, meetings, special events, business trips, and the Internet access helps guests keeping in touch with their friends and family when traveling in Beijing. Free broad video and self-help laundry house are available for guests. Restaurants, Bars, Sauna, Foot Massage, Beauty Salon, Supermarket, Banks, and Hospital are all around the hotel. An attentive and professional staff is always pleased to provide you all the necessary information for your successful Beijing travel.
     
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 3-star Kashgar Seman Hotel
    Add: No. 137, Seman Road, Kashgar
    Tel: +86-998-2582129
     
    Kashgar Seman Hotel is built under the former site of Russia Consulate in 1890. It is approved by the National Tourist Bureau to be the 3-star foreign-involved tourist hotel.The hotel can hold more than 400 guests to accommodate together. All rooms are equipped with hot water, free city telephone service, air-conditioning service and DDD telephone. There are totally 7 restaurants in the hotel: Grape Garden Restaurant, Flavor Restaurant, Game Restaurant, Muslim Restaurant, Chinese Restaurant and Chinese Buffet.Except for that, the hotel also offers service of meeting, salon, medical care, laundry, department store, business center and taxi.
     
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 3-star Huozhou Hotel
    Add: Shuiyun Square, Donghuan Road, Turpan 838000, China
    Tel: +86-995-8666888
     
    Huozhou Hotel is a 4-star property located on Shuirun Square in the heart of Turpan. Each of its 145 rooms are comfortable and appointed with modern conveniences. Facilities include a swimming pool, sauna and restaurant serving Chinese and western cuisine. 
     
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 3-star Urumqi City Hotel
    Add: No.27 Hongqi Road, Urumchi
    Tel: +86-991-2207666
     
    The City Hotel is located in the city center of Tianshan District. It is 18 kilometers from the Urumqi International Airport. Remodeled in 2009, the hotel features 226 rooms. The hotel property features a sauna center, night club, restaurant, currency exchange, concierge service, parking, limousine rentals, laundry, safe-deposit boxes, meeting room and business center. It also provides meeting rooms and luggage storage. The rooms offer slippers, a refrigerator and bottled water. Hot drinks can be brewed with complimentary coffee and tea supplies. On-site dining options include a restaurant, which is an ideal spot to have a meal. 
     
     
     
     

     

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We have returned safe, sound and very pleased. This is just a brief note to thank you for your hospitality, care and attention for details. We were a bit anxious before starting this tour but thanks to your organizing skills we have returned with great bundles of very happy memories. Your guides are all wonderfully dedicated individuals. They made our stay and movements easy, enjoyable and educational.

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