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From Beijing to Urumqi in the China Orient Express

duracion Duration:
12 days
duracion Travel guides:
English
duracion Departures from:
Beijing, September 7th
ingo Highlights:
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Enjoy a unique trip following the Silk Road in this magical train designed specially for the route. Don't forget to check the video "China Orient Express, the Silk Road in a luxury train" on our YouTube channel.

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Itinerary
Day 01, Origin/Beijing
-Pick up at the airport;

Day 02, Beijing/Luoyang
-Forbidden City;
-Lunch; Beijing Roasted Duck;
-Capital City Museum;
-Olympic Games Area;

Day 03, Luoyang/Xian
-Shaolin Temple;
-Vegetarian lunch at Yongtaisi Shaolin;

Day 04, Xian
-Xian's old city wall;
-Silk Road starting point;
-Wild Goose Pagoda;
-Dinner – show in the Tang dynasty Palace;

Day 05, Xian/Tianshui
-Terracota warriors;
-Huaqing Hot Spring in Mount Lishan;

Day 06, Tianshui/Jiayuguan
-Mount Maiji;
-Maiji Grottoes;

Day 07, Jiayuguan
-Jiayuguan;
-Overhanging Wall;

Day 08, Jiayuguan/Dunhuang
-Transfer to Dunhuang by a special trainl;
-Mingsha Hill;
-Yueya Spring;
-Shazhou Night Market;

Day 09, Dunhuang/Turpan
-Mogao Caves;

Day 10, Turpan/Urumqi 
-Karez irrigation system;
-Flaming Mountains;
-Jiaohe Ancient City;

Day 11, Urumqi 
-Tianshan Tianchi (boat tour);
-Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum;
-Internatuonal Bazaar;

Day 12, Urumqi/Destination
-Transfer to the airport.

-Compulsory travel insurance;
-Local guide speaking English;
-Vehicle for the excursion out of the train;
-Accommodation in the train as indicated in the itinerary;
-Hotel in a double bedroom with breakfast;
-Tickets for the visited places;
-Full board.
-Excursions or extra services;
-Tips for the tour guide and the driver;
-Single room supplement;
-Personal expenses;
-Any service not mentioned in “Includes”.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at the airport to transfer them to their hotel in Beijing.
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

The Forbidden City 
Let yourself be dazzled by the incomparable and magnificent Imperial architecture! Also known as Beijing’s Imperial Palace, this is the biggest and best-preserved palace in China, a must-see.

Beijing Roasted Duck
Taste the Beijing Roasted Duck, the city’s most famous dish and maybe one of the best-known ones in China. A delicious and tasteful duck wrapped in rice wafers combined with gravy and vegetables.

Capital Museum
Admire its more than 5000 pieces showed in the permanent exhibition and learn about the Chinese history.

Beijing Olympic Park
Walk around Beijing’s Olympic area, where you could enjoy the view of astonishing buildings such as the Nest or the Water Cube. (The entrance inside the buildings is not included).
We recommend visiting the area just after the Great Wall due to its situation, far from the city centre.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guest at the train station to begin the tour.

Shaolin Temple

The most famous temple in China and the place where the kungfu was born. Enjoy the Kungfu Show performed at the theatre at 14:00. 

Vegetarian lunch in Yongtaisi Shaolin
Taste this delicious lunch prepared in the Yongtaisi Nunnery, located close to the Shaoling Temple. 

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests to the train station at 22:30 h. 
Arrival to Xian a las 10,00 h.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at the train station to begin today visits.

Xian's old city wall
Admire this fragment of the wall, the most complete one in China. Discover one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.

Silk Road starting point
Find out about the Silk Road admiring it starting point and feel as a real merchant.

Wild Goose Pagoda
Enjoy the view of this tall pagoda and its seven floors while discovering one of the most important centers for the Buddhist scriptures. 

Dinner – show in the Tang Dynasty Palace 
The marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at Tang Dynasty Palace will be prepared for you to give satisfaction to your appetite, your eyes and your mind.  

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Terracota Warriors
Delight yourself with the view ofone of the eight wonders of the world. Admire the grandiose of the Qin Dynasty army learning about the life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses arranged in battle formation in a huge burial pit. 

Huaqing Hot Spring in Mount Lishan
Feel like an ancient emperor in the Tang Dynasty and enjoy the scenic beauty. It has become a favorite spa since the Tang Dynasty

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests to the  train station at 22,00 h.
Day 06
Arrival at Tiangshui at 06,30 a.m.

The guide, together with the private vehicle, pick up customers in Tianshui train station to begin today visits.

Maiji Hill
Admire this 150 meters tall mountain and discover why it's name refers to a pile of wheat.

Maiji Grottoes
Excavated during the Hou Qin Dinasty are stunning sculptures of the Sixteen Kingdom Period.

The guide, together with the private vehicle, transfer customers to the train station at 4.30 pm.

Day 07
The guide, together with the private vehicle, pick up customers at the Jiayuguan train station to begin today visits.

Jiayuguan Fort
The most western area of the Great Wall was very important due its strategic location. For many centuries it worked as the Chinese border for the Silk Road. This used to be the place where the border officers produced the passports for the travellers, writing their personal details and drawing their portraits by hand.


Overhanging Great Wall
Discover one of the less visited sections of the Great Wall and also one of the driest, where we could observe the sculptures that commemorate the Silk Road. This complex will give you a completely different point of view and you will have time to take singular pictures.

The guide, together with the private vehicle, transfer guests to their hotel.

Day 08
The guide, together with the private vehicle, pick up guests in hotel to begin today visits.

Transfer to Dunhuang
in a special train that departs at 10.00 am
Enjoy the trip till Dunhuang where different experts will advise you about the landscape and interesting facts.

Mingsha Hill

Listen to the air and enjoy the natural concert that makes the wind passing by the sand. Do you hear it?

Yueya Spring
Enjoy the views and practice your photographic skills to remember this amazing landscape.

Shazhou Night Market (Dunhuang)
Dunhuang Night Market is the perfect place to buy any local snacks and enjoy one of the biggest markets in China, don't forget to buy some presents!

The guide, together with the private vehicle, transfer customers to their hotel.

Day 09
The guide, together with the private vehicle, pick up customers in hotel to begin today's tour.

Mogao Grottoes
Admire one of the biggest buddhist artistic representation of the world, nonetheless they are declared by the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

The guide, together with the private vehicle, transfer customers to the train around 05.00 pm.

Day 10
Arrival in Turpan at 07.00 am.

The guide, together with the private vehicle, pick up customers in the Turpan train station to begin today visits.
 
Karez underground irrigation channels
Learn about the irrigation system of this area that witness survival in the dry areas like this one.

Flaming Mountains
Admire these flaming mountains and guess why they have this name, test your picture abilities for bringing back home nice pictures.

Jiaohe Ancient City
Ancient city famous for it's buildings built directly on the earth a World Heritage declared by the UNESCO.

The guide, together with the private vehicle, transfer customers to their hotel.

Day 11
The guide, together with the private vehicle, pick up customers at hotel to begin today visits.

Heavenly Lake by boat
Discover this amazing lake located at the feet of Tianshan Mountains, around 1980 meters above the sea level and considered one of the most beautifull places in China.

Xinjiang Regional Museum
Explore more than ten thousand pieces of this museum that covers back 5000 years of history, you can take special attention to their mummies.

International Bazaar
Take your time to visit this bazaar in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang province, last chance for buying some gifts!

The guide, together with the private vehicle, transfer customers to their hotel.

Day 12
The guide, together with the private vehicle, transfer customers to the airport.

With the aim of offering the best price and promote the local economy, we have included a daily visit to a touristic interesting shop (buying is optional). These shops are interesting for adults and especially for children because they usually offer exhibitions about the different production processes with duration no longer than 20 minutes. If the client is not interested in this kind of visits, we can exclude them from the itinerary, but an extra cost will be applied to the final price.

In remote areas of China is possible that we couldn’t satisfy the same requirements of western food, amenities and facilities that could be expected from more developed cities such as Shanghai or Beijing. We beg for your sympathy and understanding.

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