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9 Days Silk Road Tour from Xian to Dunhuang

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8-9 Hours Each Day
Availability : Departure Every Day
Visit Cities: Xian, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang
Transportation: Car, Bullet Train
Tour Highlgihts

Visit the highlights along the Silk Road on this 9-day tour. You will get access to amazing cultural heritages, stunning natural scenery, and unique local customs. Terra-cotta Warriors, a symbol of ancient Chinese civilization, has swept the world since its accidental discovery in 1974. Danxia Landform in Zhangye is like an overturned palette, and you’ll be amazed at the beautiful colors. If you visit Sangke Prairie in June, you can celebrate Xianglang Festival with the locals through various entertainment activities. Join this hassle-free tour to see western China and enjoy yourself.

  • Marvel at “the Eighth Wonder of the World” – Terracotta Army
  • Gallop on the boundless Sangke Prairie and experience unique Tibetan customs
  • Explore the history of the great wall at Great Wall Museum
  • Walk into “the Biggest Underground Gallery in the World” -- Wei-jin Art Gallery
  • Learn more about grotto art at Yulin Grottoes and Mogao Caves

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Price Includes

  • All entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary
  • All private transfer as mentioned in itinerary
  • 2nd class bullet train Xian/Lanzhou/ Zhangye
  • Air-condition car and driver,English speaking tour guide
  • One bottle of mineral water per day
  • Accommodations with breakfasts

Price Excludes

  • Personal expense
  • Optional activities
  • Transportation arriving Xian or departing Dunhuang
  • Gratuities (recommended)
    Tour Abstract

    Day 1 Xian Arrival: Muslim Quarter, Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square

    Day 2 Xian: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Banpo Neolithic Village

    Day 3 Xian – Lanzhou by Bullet Train: Xian Ancient City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum

    Day 4 Lanzhou – Xiahe by Car: Binglingsi Temple, Sangke Prairie

    Day 5 Xiahe – Lanzhou by Car – Zhangye by Train: Labrang Monastery, Mother Sculpture of Yellow River, Huanghe Fengqing Line

    Day 6 Zhangye – Jiayuguan by Car: Giant Buddha Temple, Danxia Mountain

    Day 7 Jiayuguan: Jiayuguan Pass, Great Wall Museum, Wei-jin Art Gallery

    Day 8 Jiayuguan – Dunhuang by Car: Yulin Grottoes

    Day 9 Dunhuang Departure: Mogao Caves, Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake

    Itinerary Details

    Day 1 Xian Arrival

    Met by your local guide and driver upon your arrival in Xian and transfer to hotel to rest for some time. Then transfer to visit the Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square and Muslim Quarter area. Then back to hotel for rest. Accommodation: Xian

    Day 2Xian 

    After breakfast, pick up from hotel and start today’s trip with Banpo Neolithic village.This New Stone Age site, dating from approximately 5,000 to 4,000 B.C., is one of the most complete examples of a Neolithic agricultural settlement in the world. Then head to the most notable stop Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. After the tour, back to hotel. Accommodation: Xian

    Day 3Xian to Lanzhou by Bullet train

    Start today’s tour with ancient City Wall, the largest and best preserved city wall in China. Then move to pay a visit in Shaanxi History Museum which is one the biggest museums in China housing the cultural heritage of Shaanxi Province and shows the development of the Chinese civilization. Then transfer to take the bullet train to Lanzhou.  Upon arrival in Lanzhou, met by guide and driver, transfer to hotel. Accommodation: Lanzhou

    Day 4Lanzhou to Xiahe by Car

    You will be met at hotel lobby and transfer to visit Binglingsi Grottoes.There are776 Buddha statues, over 1,076 square yards murals and 6 stones sculptures from 1,600 years ago waiting for your exploring. After lunch, drive to Xiahe to Sangke Prairie where you will witness the typical plateau grassland. Accommodation: Xiahe

    Day 5Xiahe to Lanzhou by private car and to Zhangye by bullet train

    After hotel breakfast, take your private van to Xianhe to visit Labrang Monastery, the largest Buddhist Institute of Tibetan Buddhism. Where tourists will also appreciate thousands of statues of Buddha made of various materials. Then back to Lanzhou City to walk along the Huahefengqing Line and appreciate Mother Sculpture of Yellow River which is located at the south bank of Yellow River. Then take the high speed train to Zhangye. Upon arrival in Zhangye, pick up by local guide and driver and escort to hotel. Accommodation: Zhangye

    Day 6Zhangye to Jiayuguan by private car

    After breakfast, we will first pay a visit to the Danxia Mountain, where you will see a truly picturesque world. Then move to the Giant Buddha which is considered the largest architectural relics in Gansu Province. Then drive to Jiayuguan in the afternoon . Upon arrival in Jiayuguan, check in the hotel for rest. Accommodation: Jiayuguan

    Day 7Jiayuguan

    After breakfast, drive to visit Jiayuguan Pass,the very west starting point of the Chinese Great Wall. Here you will see the Great Wall constructed on cliff. Next move to the Great Wall Museum where you will get some comprehensive knowledge of Great Wall as a military defensive system in ancient China. Concludes today’s tour with the Wei-jin Art Gallery, which actually is the group of brick tombs from the Wei and Jin Periods. Accommodation: Jiayuguan

    Day 8Jiayuguan to Dunhuang by private car

    In the morning, we will drive to Dunhuang to visit the Yulin Grottoes, a group of grottoes dig in a valley along Qilian Mountain. Accommodation:Dunhuang

    Day 9Dunhuang Departure

    Start today’s tour with Mogao Caves, one of the four most famous caves in China. In the afternoon, continue to visit the Echoing-Sand Mountain. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. A short Camel Ride will leave you a unforgettable memory. Riding along the mountain to reach the Crescent Lake, your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert. After the whole day’s tour, drive to train station for train departing Dunhuang.