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10 / 12 Days Silk Road Train Tour by China Orient Express

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A top choice for you to explore the magnificent cultural heritages of Beijing & Luoyang and legendary Silk Road, along with the fantasitc train experience on the luxury China Orient Express featuring comfortable stay and high quality service. This cheerful train journey is held once a year, offering two itineraries for you to choose from (Beijing - Urumqi, or Xi'an - Urumqi). Let's have a date with the fantastic train tour in the September of 2014 !

Explore the legendary history of Beijing & Luoyang and savor the exotic flavors of Silk Road.

Enjoy diverse food and cultural shows, such as Tang Dynasty Show and Xinjiang Folk Misic & Dance.

One-stop service, incl. tour guide, hotels, meals, transportation, attraction admissions and insurance, etc.

Sept. 2 of 2014: Arrive in Beijing
Today's Activities Welcome to join in the fantastic train journey through the extensive northern and western mainland full of legends and imagination - from Beijing to Urumqi (12- day tour starting in Sept. 2, 2014), or from Xi’an to Urumqi (10-day tour starting in Sept. 4, 2014).

Upon arrival in Beijing on Sept. 2 of 2014, the first stop of the 12-day train tour our tour guide will pick you up and escort you to Sheraton Hotel for check-in and tiredness elimination. The rest of the day is free at your proposal.
Sept. 3 of 2014: Beijing - Luoyang( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
Today's Activities Admire the magnificent Forbidden City, the first highlight after breakfast, to savor the unrivaled historical and cultural arts as the world’s largest, most complete ancient wooden architectural complex.

Then you can enjoy an excellent Beijing Roast Duck lunch which will melt in your mouth. Afternoon proceed to Capital Museum in distinctive architectural style with both classical and modern beauty, to appreciate the outstanding over 5000 precious artifacts on display. Later catch a glimpse of the exterior outline of Beijing’s symbol buildings - Bird Nest (Olympic National Stadium) and Water Cube (Olympic Aquatics).

After dinner, at 9:30pm, board the luxury train “China Orient Express”, accompanying you to enjoy the upcoming Silk Road adventure, to the next destination, Luoyang, one of China’s eight ancient cities, which tells about colorful legends and historical stories.
Forbidden City Capital Museum Water Cube          
Fobidden City Capital Museum Water Cube          
Sept. 4 of 2014: Luoyang - Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )

Today's Activities

Your first morning on the train is opened with a distinctive breakfast. Arrive in Luoyang at 9:00am and enjoy a visit to Shaolin Temple shrouded in legend and mystery. The origin of martial arts and kung fu is part of the mystique of Shaolin Temple and the Shaolin monks. It has a long history and plays an important role in Chinese Buddhism, as well as the martial arts.

Have a taste of Yongtaisi Shaolin Vegetarian food for lunch near Shaolin Temple. There is a theatre here which presents the famous Kungfu Show at 2:00pm. At 10:30pm in the evening, take "China Orient Express" to Xi’an and enjoy a unique night life on the train.

Notice: If you choose the 10-day Xi'an - Urumqi tour, the starting date is Sept. 4, 2014 and your first stop is Xi'an. On arrival in Xi’an, you are picked up by the local tour guide and transferred to Sheraton Xian North City Hotel for rest. Next day will serve you a wonderful excursion around this ancient city.
Shaolin Temple          
Shaolin Temple Shaolin Temple Kungfu Show          
Sept. 5 of 2014: Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
Today's Activities Early morning arrive in Xi’an at 10:00am, step into the starting point of Silk Road for the great trade caravans in the ancient time and enjoy an interesting city tour to experience this over-3000-year-old ancient city.

Xi’an Ancient City Wall is the most complete one that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Visit the Statue of Star Point of Silk Road and Big Wild Goose Pagoda, thereafter back to the hotel for a break.

The marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at Tang Dynasty Palace serves you a feast of satisfaction to your appetite, eyes and mind, decorated with various savory dishes and exciting show. Stay overnight in Sheraton Xian North City Hotel.
Xian City Wall Big Wild Goose Pagoda Tang Dynasty Show          
Cycling on City Wall Big Wild Goose Pagoda Tang Dynasty Show          
Sept. 6 of 2014: Xi'an - Tianshui ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
Today's Activities After breakfast, drive to one of the world’s eight wonders, Terracotta Warriors' Museum, for an exploration of China’s long history. Here you can observe the grandiose of the Qin Dynasty army. Life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses are arranged in battle formation in a huge burial pit. The Terracotta Warriors are among the greatest troves of historical artifacts and art in the world today.

Afterwards continue on to Huaqing Hot Spring in Mount Lishan, a favorite spa since the Tang Dynasty, where emperors came come here to bathe and enjoyed the scenic beauty in the ancient time. At 10:00pm get on the train to set out for Tianshui.
Terracotta Warriors Terracotta Warriors Terracotta Warriors          
Terracotta Warriors' Museum Terracotta Warriors Soldiers Terracotta Warriors Chariot Army          
Sept. 7 of 2014: Tianshui - Jiayuguan ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
Today's Activities Reach Tianshui, the birthplace of ancient Chinese culture, about 6:30am in the morning, renowned for Maiji Mountain and Maiji Grottoes, one of China’s four famous grottoes. Maiji Mountain is 150 meters tall, named for its shape - like that of a pile of wheat. According to historical records, Maiji Grottoes were excavated during the Hou Qin Dynasty of the Sixteen Kingdom Period.

Take the overnight train to Jiayuguan at 4:30pm, which is quite comfortable and feasts your eyes on the spectacular evening and morning views of the regional countryside.
China Orient Express Maiji Mountain and Maiji Grottoes Maiji Mountain and Maiji Grottoes          
Bar on the Train Maiji Grottoes Carvings in Maiji Grottoes          
Sept. 8 of 2014: Jiayuguan Pass( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )

Today's Activities

Get off the China Orient Express to explore the grand Jiayuguan Pass, the most western end of the world-famous extensive Great Wall, with a reputation of “First and Greatest Pass under Heaven”. As one of the most important passes in the ancient Silk Road, Jiayuguan Pass, a significant communication hub of Eastern and Western cultures, is the best preserved and most magnificent military building among the passes of Great Wall.

Admire the aesthetic picture scroll by climbing up to the top of the tower: the southern part faces the spectacular Qilian Mountain covered by snow all the year round, while the waving Mazong Mountain stands in front of you.

Afternoon move on to Overhanging Great Wall, located on a ridge that is 45 degrees from vertical. Then appreciate the process of Luminous Cups, which can, if filled with wine, give off light in the moonlight. Later have a taste of a delicious Chinese dinner with Fried Gigot. Stay overnight in Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan.
Jiayuguan Pass Wang Family Compound Overhanging Great Wall          
Jiayuguan Pass Faceing Qilian Mountain Jiayuguang Pass in Sunshine Overhanging Great Wall          
Sept. 9 of 2014: Jiayuguan Pass - Dunhuang ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )

Today's Activities

Leave Jiayuguan Pass at 10:00am for Dunhuang by rail. On the train, experts of Dunhuang Institute are specially arranged for you to explain the outstanding Dunhuang culture in detail.

Upon arrival, visit Mingsha Hill, one of China’s 4 famous mingsha hills, named after a saying that if sliding down its sleep slopes, you can hear sounds made by the moving sand and the sounds are likened to melodious orchestral music if the weather is good. In the same time, you can look at your reflection at the crystal clear crescent-shape spring - Crescent Moon Spring.

After dinner, take a leisure stroll around Dunhuang night market - Shazhou Night Market, one of the best night market in China and famous for its tasty snacks, local specialties, and crafts etc. Stay overnight in Dunhuang Hotel.
Mingsha Hill Crescent Moon Spring Camels Walking on the Desert          
Sept. 10 of 2014: Dunhuang - Turpan ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )

Today's Activities

This day is highlighted by the renowned Mogao Grottoes, designated as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its 1600 year accumulated cultural, architectural, and art treasures. Considered as the eastern Louvre Museum, Mogao Grottoes will impress you with the remaining 492 cave temple and 45000 square meters of frescos. At 5:00pm in the afternoon, get on the “China Orient Express” to Turpan. Enjoy a delicious dinner on the train.
Mogao Grottoes Mogao Grottoes Mogao Grottoes          
Mogao Grottoes Exterior Buddha Statue in Great Mosque Fresco in Mogao Grottoes          
Sept. 11 of 2014: Turpan - Urumqi ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )

Today's Activities

At 7:00am arrive in Turpan, visit Karez Irrigation System, a masterpiece of the smart Xinjiang people, which is designed for the desert, comprising surface drains underground canals and reservoirs. Currently there are some 1,258 systems in use, of a total length of over 3,000krn. It is said that Karez irrigation system, Great Wall of China and Jinghang Grand Canal are the engineering miracles of ancient China.

Enjoy a distinctive lunch with Huge-plate Chicken. Next hit is Flaming Mountain, immortalized in the classic story 'Journey to the West'. The bright red soil of the mountain glows even more under the glaring sun.

Drive to Jiaohe Ancient City, also called Ya'er City and located 10km from Turpan, is said to be a Han Period Cheshi structure. Continue on to Urumqi and stay overnight in Hoi Tak Hotel.
Karez Irrigation System Flaming Mountain Jiaohe Ancient City          
Karez Irrigation System Flaming Mountain Jiaohe Ancient City Ruins          
Sept. 12 of 2014: Urumqi ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
Today's Activities Head to Mount Tianshan to overlook the waving snow-capped peaks, and enjoy a boat cruise on Tianchi Lake (Heavenly Lake) to appreciate the breathtaking natural landscape, especially the reflection of the snow peaks on the crystal surface. Tianchi Lake is nestled high in the Mount Tianshan with many intoxicating myths and legends, covered with a layer of magical color.

Visit Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum to have a look at a thousand pieces of precious cultural relics with over five thousand years history. Turn your attention to Xinjiang and Nephrite Museum and make time to roam around International Bazaar. Later enjoy a Xinjiang Roast Sheep dinner with a distinct flavor. Then back to Hoi Tak Hotel for rest.
Heavenly Lake Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum International Bazaar          
Heavenly Lake Boat Cruise on Heavenly Lake International Bazaar          
Sept. 13 of 2014: Urumqi Departure ( Breakfast )
Today's Activities After breakfast in the hotel, enjoy your free leisure time until the transfer to the airport. This is the end of the fantastic train journey.
Package Prices & Details
10 Days Xian - Urumqi by China Orient Express Train (Sept. 4 - Spet. 13, 2014)
Type of Cabin Luxury Twin Superior Twin Triangle Quadruple
Price per person USD 3049 USD 2849 USD 2649 USD 2549
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12 Days Beijing - Urumqi by China Orient Express Train (Sept. 2 - Spet. 13, 2014)
Type of Cabin Luxury Twin Superior Twin Triangle Quadruple
Price per person USD 3149 USD 2949 USD 2749 USD 2649
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Notice: 1. The itinerary above is fixed and cannot be changed, including visited sights, accommodation, meals, etc.
2. In general, you should make a booking at least 45 days ahead of the train’s departure day.
3. Single room/cabin supplement for one-person group is needed if you don't want to share with others.
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: breakfasts, lunches and dinners as listed; Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Train Ticket: Ticket of China Orient Express included; Accommodation: 5 days or 3 days on "China Orient Express" train and 6 days in 5-star hotels of the mentioned cities;
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional attractions / tours / meals and international flights; - Single room/cabin supplement for one-person group;
- Personal expenses such as visa costs, insurance, drinks from the bar car, laundry, spa treatments, hairdressing; - Tips for all service staff (train staff, special train porter, tour leader, local driver and local guide) are required, costing USD150 per person.

China Orient Express

As China’s unique luxury special train and the world’s 10th best itinerary of train tour, China Orient Express, equipped with high-level amenities, gives you a fantastic train experience throughout Silk Road, with colorful culture exploration, high-end service and private enjoyment. Like a cruise ship on land, the train from Xian to Urumqi, departing at Sept. 4 in 2014, escorts you to one destination to enjoy a worry-free excursion and then transfers you to another. As a guest of China Orient Express, you will receive a distinctive boarding certificate of a lifetime.

What can You Enjoy on China Orient Express ?

Private Luxury Accommodation: incl. luxury twin cabin, twin cabin, triangle cabin and quadruple cabin.
24-hour Service: housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant always on duty to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.
Entertainment: have a taste of Strasburg coffee in the bar car, play chess, or sing a song at Karaoke.
Delicious Food: savor various flavors of abundant China dishes from different, plus free red wine, bear, juice and fruits (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Beautiful Live Music: appreciate the elegant live piano show when viewing the beautiful landscape outside the train.
Cultural Enjoyment: know more about the mysterious Dunhuang culture from the lecture of experts we arrange for you.
Doctor & Medical Facilities: accompanied by a doctor for medical assistance throughout the journey. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required.
Sanitation Facilities: served with high-class showering car, featuring 9 suites, each of which is equipped with showering area, make-up area and restroom.

China Orient Express

China Orient Express
Luxury Twin Cabin Superior Twin Cabin

China Orient Express

China Orient Express
Bar for Drinks Dining Room

China Orient Express

China Orient Express
Sanitation Facilities Corridor of Superior-twin-room Car
Hotel in Beijing
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing
Sheraton Hotel Beijing
Situated in the heart of the city’s transportation network, Sheraton Hotel Beijing has easy access to major attractions such as Forbidden City, Olympic Stadium, Great Wall, etc., equipped with 441 beautifully-appointed guest rooms, four restaurants featuring Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and all-day dining, fitness centre, business facilities, etc.
Hotel in Xian
Sheraton Xian North City Hotel
Sheraton Xian North City Hotel is an ideal base for exploring Xian city, with an advantageous position and convenient transportation. You can stay in the well-appointed guest room, savor free breakfast in the restaurant, have a cocktail in club lounge, use high speed Internet access, exercise in fitness centre, enjoy a leisure spa, etc.
Hotel in Jiayuguan
Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan
Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan is a high-level hotel for tourists to travel to Jiayuguan, featuring spacious, modern and well-kept rooms, plus free high-speed Internet access, conference hall, business center and meeting facilities. Offering high quality service, the hotel has easy access to airport and railway station, near Great Wall at Jiayuguan Pass
Hotel in Dunhuang
Dunhuang Hotel
As a garden hotel located in the heart of Dunhuang city, with convenient access to local attractions such as Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Hotel offers comfortable and clean rooms with high speed Internet access, neighboring commercial area, just a few minutes' walk from night market.
Hotel in Urumqi
Hoi Tak Hotel Urumqi
Hoi Tak Hotel Urumqi is a deluxe 5-star hotel that is located at the CBD of Urumqi. It’s surrounded by the shopping streets on the one hand, yet the 36-storey building opens the guests to the gorgeous snowy Mount Tianshan. 318 super rooms and suites promise the guests to relax themselves and collect energy for the coming activities. Chinese restaurant, Western restaurant and Muslim dining hall show the guest the gourmet they expect.


- All the breakfasts, lunches and dinners listed in the itinerary are elaborately arranged for you, dedicated to giving you a great feast of taste and a satisfying experience. We promises no worries about the dining quality.


As the capital of China, Beijing boasts many good restaurants with featured cuisines. Our package takes you to have a taste of the most famous and welcomed dish - Beijing Roast Duck, served by Quanjude Restaurant, which is said to offer the most genuine Beijing Duck. And other Chiese featured dishes serve you, leading you to grasp the essence of Chinese classic cuisines.

Beijing Roast Duck Quanjude Restaurant


Luoyang cuisine is a little bit like that of its neighbor Shanxi. Sour and spicy are the two most impressive words to describe Luoyang food. The Vegetarian Food in Yongtaisi Nunnery is one of the must-taste food in Luoyang.

Luoyang Soup Banquet Vegetarian Restaurant in Yongtaisi Nunnery


Xi'an features distinctive cuisines of China Northwest, such as various-shapes chinese dumplings and other wheaten food. At Muslim Quarter, where gathers lots of delicious local food, like Rou Jia Mo and shish kebabs, etc. This time you can enjoy a thrilling cultural banquet - Tang Dynasty Dinner Show, which is a blend of ancient melodious music and inspiring dances, along with a wonderful banquet serving Chinese Dumplings and other delicious dishes.

Chinese Dumpling Theatre of Tang Dynasty Show

Silkroad ( Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan )

The cuisine of Silkroad reflects the region's many ethnic groups, and refers particularly to Uyghur cuisine. Signature ingredients include roast mutton, kebabs, roast fish and rice. Because of the Islamic population, the food is predominantly halal. The famous dishes of Silk Road we serve you include Fire Lamb Leg in Jiayuguan, Silk Road Camel Palm in Dunhuang, Chicken on Big Plate in Turpan, Roast Whole Lamb in Urumqi, etc.

Roast Lamb Chicken on the Big Plate


Dear Sara,

The trip is going very well and we are very happy. We saw wonderful places. We will make a better report in the next days.

thank you a lot for your organization and assistance.

Customer: Mr. Spinoglio

Destinations: Beijing - Urumqi - Turpan - Dunghuang - Xian - Shanghai

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Destinations: Beijing - Xi'an

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