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  • Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto)
  • Heavenly Lake
  • Jiayuguan Fort
  • Mogao Grottoes
  • The Terracotta Army and Horses
  • Mingsha Shan & Yueya Quan (Singing Sand Mountains & Crescent Moon Spring)
  • Overhanging Great Wall
  • Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar
  • Ancient Water Mill
  • Karez Well System, Turpan
  • Flaming Mountain, Turpan
  • Huaqing Palace

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9 Days China Silk Route Culture Exploration Tour

Tour Code: SKGT04
Tour Duration: 9 Days
Destination: Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Lanzhou, Turpan, Urumqi, Xi'an
Tour overview: Tour Dates: May 28-Jun 05, 2020; Price: USD2799; Single Room Supplement: USD1150 (available tour date with reversed itinerary: May 24-Jun 01, 2020); Tour Dates: Sep 09-Sep 17, 2020; Price: USD2899; Single Room Supplement: USD1260 (available tour date with reversed itinerary: Aug 28-Sep 05, 2020) Minimum persons per booking: 2pax

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9 Days China Silk Route Culture Exploration Tour 9 Days China Silk Route Culture Exploration Tour 9 Days China Silk Route Culture Exploration Tour 9 Days China Silk Route Culture Exploration Tour

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Xi’an Arrive in Xi’an, you will be greeted by our guide at the airport and transferred to hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Grand Melia Hotel Xi'an / /
/
Day 2 Xi'an Visit the famous The Terracotta Army and Horses , Huaqing Palace . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Grand Melia Hotel Xi'an / /
(B,L,D)
Day 3 Xi’an/Lanzhou/Jiayuguan After breakfast transfer to train station for high-speed train to Lanzhou. Upon arrival visit the Ancient Water Mill . At night board the train of China Orient Express to Jiayuguan. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Train of China Orient Express (soft sleeper for 2 guests) / /
(B,L,D)
Day 4 Jiayuguan Have a leisure tour to visit Jiayuguan Fort , Overhanging Great Wall . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan / /
(B,L,D)
Day 5 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang Take the ‘China Orient Express’ train to Dunhuang in the morning. After arriving visit the beautiful Mingsha Shan & Yueya Quan (Singing Sand Mountains & Crescent Moon Spring) . After dinner move to Shazhou Night Market. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
/ Dunhuang Hotel /
(B,L,D)
Day 6 Dunhuang/Turpan In the morning visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes . Late afternoon board the 'China Orient Express' train to Turpan. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Train of China Orient Express (soft sleeper for 2 guests) / /
(B,L,D)
Day 7 Turpan/Urumqi It’s a day for Turpan sightseeing. Visit Karez Well System, Turpan , Flaming Mountain, Turpan , Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto) . After the sightseeing tour board the train of China Orient Express to Urumqi. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Universal Hotel Urumqi / /
(B,L,D)
Day 8 Urumqi Today visit the Heavenly Lake , Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Universal Hotel Urumqi / /
(B,L,D)
Day 9 Urumqi After breakfast free at leisure till the assemble time for the transferring to airport for the flight back to your hometown or next destination. Details... (B)
Season Tour Class Group Size Single Room
Supplement
2-5pax 6-9pax
Peak Season 5*(First Class) $2899 $2899 $1260
Shoulder Season 5*(First Class) $2799 $2799 $1150
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

1. Experienced Tour Managers
Our experienced tour managers and their assistants on train are selected for their travel knowledge and organizational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your tour of a lifetime.
2. Arrival and Departure Transfers
Arrival and departure transfers are included.
3. Hotel and Onboard Accommodation
Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or relaxing in the train’s public areas, you will find your hotel room or cabin a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day. Hotel and onboard accommodation as described in your individual tour itinerary are included in the tour price. All hotels are of 5 star standard or, in certain locations, the best available. Room upgrades are available on request and at extra cost.
4. Route Guide, Itinerary and Information Pack
When you board the train there will be a brochure in your cabin detailing more about your journey and the places en-route. Our Tour Manager will give brief introductions on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a program for the next day’s touring schedule.
5. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily
All departures feature one or two uniquely designed restaurant cars where you can enjoy the excellent waiter-served food. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.
6. Drinks with Meals Onboard
A drink allowance is included with lunch and dinner.
7. On Board Service
Throughout your tour you can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unobtrusive. The high ratio of staff to passengers means there is always someone available should you need assistance.
8. On Board Doctor and Medical Facilities
To give you peace of mind our tours are accompanied by a doctor who travels with us for the entire journey; so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required.
9. 24 Hour Service Attendant Onboard
Your car attendants provide 24-hour 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.

Price Exclude

1. International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
2. China Entry Visa Fees
3. Excess Baggage Charges
4. Personal Expenses such as visa costs, insurance, drinks from the bar car, laundry, spa treatments, hairdressing.
5. Single Room Supplement.
6. Tip: Full Service Staff Tip USD $150 p.p. (or USD $160 p.p. or USD $170 p.p.) --train staff, special train porter, the tour leader (tour manager), local driver and local guide.

Day 1 Arrive Xi’an

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Arrive in Xi’an, you will be greeted by our guide at the airport and transferred to hotel. Xi’an is a city with over 3,000 years’ history and it was also the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.

Day 2 Xi'an (B,L,D)

Xi'an (B,L,D)

Transfer via: Coach/Van
Sightseeing: Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Huaqing Palace
Dinner: Tang Dynasty Dinner Show

In the morning we drive to the famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, one of the eight wonders of the world. Be excited to observe China's first emperor -Emperor Qin's great army of 8,000 life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses in three burial pits.

Afterwards, we continue to Huaqing Palace in Mt. Lishan. In ancient time, emperors used to come here to bathe and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It has become a favorite spa since the Tang Dynasty.

This evening enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show, it will be a unique experience to watch the show while having dinner.

Day 3 Xi’an/Lanzhou/Jiayuguan (B,L,D)

Xi’an/Lanzhou/Jiayuguan (B,L,D)

Transfer via: Coach/Van, high-speed train, Train of China Orient Express
Sightseeing: Waterwheel Garden

After breakfast, we will transfer to train station for high-speed train to Lanzhou. It takes only three hours to complete the 700-kilometer distance on China’s fastest and comfortable bullet train. Upon arrival, meet your Lanzhou guide and visit the Waterwheel Garden. Originated from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the waterwheel is the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River area of Lanzhou. The Waterwheel Garden is a theme garden exhibiting the waterwheel culture.

At 22:00, we board the train of China Orient Express to Jiayuguan. Have a nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside.

Day 4 Jiayuguan (B,L,D)

Jiayuguan (B,L,D)

Transfer via: Coach/Van, Train of China Orient Express
Sightseeing: Jiayuguan Pass, Overhanging Great Wall

This morning have a visit to the Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass), the western end of the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty. It is known as 'the First and Greatest Pass under Heaven', the best preserved and most magnificent military fort in China.

Then we drive 7 miles away for the Overhanging Great Wall. It got the name for riding on a mountain ridge that is 45 degrees from vertical and resembling a huge dragon.

Day 5 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang (B,L,D)

Transfer via: Coach/Van, Train of China Orient Express
Sightseeing: Crescent Lake & Singing Sand Mountains, Shazhou Night Market

After a pleasant breakfast, take the ‘China Orient Express’ train to Dunhuang at 10:00. We specially arrange Dunhuang experts and professors who'll introduce this exotic city in detail to you. After arriving in Dunhuang, we will visit the beautiful Crescent Lake & Singing Sand Mountains. The Crescent Lake scenic spot is an oasis Gobi desert, surrounded by numerous sand dunes, reaching a relative height of 250 meters. The Singing Sand Mountains is so named for the sound of the wind whipping off the dunes.

After dinner, we move to Dunhuang night market -bustling Shazhou Night Market. Never miss its tasty snacks, local specialties, and crafts etc.

Day 6 Dunhuang/Turpan (B,L,D)

Dunhuang/Turpan (B,L,D)

Transfer via: Coach/Van, Train of China Orient Express
Sightseeing: Mogao Grottoes

In the morning let's visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes, which was designated as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its 1,600 years accumulated cultural, architectural, and art treasures. There remains 492 cave temple and 45,000 square meters of frescos. According to Tang Dynasty records, a monk had witnessed onsite a vision of thousand Buddha under showers of golden rays. Thus inspired, he started the caves construction work that spanned ten dynasties. Mogao Caves are commonly known as the Caves of a Thousand Buddha.

At 17:00 we board the 'China Orient Express' train to Turpan.

Day 7 Turpan/Urumqi (B,L,D)

Turpan/Urumqi (B,L,D)

Transfer via: Coach/Van, Train of China Orient Express
Sightseeing: Karez Well System, Flaming Mountain, Jiaohe Ancient City

It’s a day for Turpan sightseeing! Visit Karez Well System to witness the wisdom of Uygur people. The irrigation system is especially designed for desert. If connecting all these underground channels, the total length will reach more than 5,000 km, so it is regarded as one of the three engineering miracles of ancient China, along with the Great Wall and the Jinghang Grand Canal.

Go ahead to the Flaming Mountain, which is well known by Chinese people because of the legendary story 'Journey to the West'. It is regarded as the hottest place in China.

Then we drive to Jiaohe Ancient City, an island-shaped plateau situated at Yar Town. It is the largest and oldest earth-structured city in the world, with a history of 2,000-2,300 years.

After the sightseeing tour we board the train of China Orient Express to Urumqi.

Day 8 Urumqi (B,L,D)

Urumqi (B,L,D)

Transfer via: Coach/Van
Sightseeing: Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang International Bazaar

After breakfast, visit the Heavenly Lake on Tianshan Mountain (boat tour). The mountain lake stands 1,980 meters above sea level and features picturesque scenery of snowcapped peaks. It is a great experience to boat travel the Heavenly Lake, with a layer of magical color covering the lake, and hearing many beautiful myths and legends.
Then head for Urumqi, and visit Xinjiang International Bazaar

Day 9 Depart Urumqi (B)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Today is the day of farewell to your memorable Silk Road trip. After a pleasant breakfast, free at your own leisure till the assemble time for the transferring to airport for the flight back to your hometown or next destination.

Comment on our service from Kathleen & Pam, Australia
We thank you very much for your organizing.On the whole we had a wonderful time and were very well looked after by both guides and drivers.Our stay in China was wonderful.

Take maglev train in Shanghai Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai

Tongli water townI hope this letter finds you well.

We finally arrived home from our trip last Thursday the 17th.

As promised I am writing to you about our experience in China and we thank you very much for your organizing.

On the whole we had a wonderful time and were very well looked after by both guides and drivers we would especially like to thank Linda and Cynthia which we would highly recommend. They both gave really excellent service in every way including punctuality, information and restaurants that were chosen for lunches, the food was delicious. 

The cruise on the Huangpu River was cancelled because of bad weather which couldn't be helped so the guide offered us an Acrobatic Show which we enjoyed very much. We had a lovely time on day 3 to Tongli water town.

Our stay in China was wonderful.

Best regards,

Kathleen & Pam

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Comment on our service from Chew Huay Huay, Singapore
Would like to commend on the tour guides, drivers and accommodation that VOC has arranged for us. The guides and drivers are very professional,very helpful, thoughtful, caring and experienced. They practised good ethics as well. We definitely have a wonderful touring experience and I will definitely recommend your company to my friends.

Dear Molly,

Hope you have been well.

We will be returning to Singapore in a couple of hours.

Would like to commend on the tour guides, drivers and accommodation that VOC has arranged for us. The guides and drivers are very professional,very helpful, thoughtful, caring and experienced. They practised good ethics as well.

We definitely have a wonderful touring experience and I will definitely recommend your company to my friends.

Regards,

Mrs Wee

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Comment on our service from Brod, Australia
Thank you again for all your excellent work. I look forward to visiting you in your home town for our first Tibet tour in August 2020.

China Silk Road Tour


Hi Sandy,

Thank you for a great first tour together. I appreciate that it was a big commitment for you to be away from your office & family for such a long time. I know you would have missed your young son a lot. I am also very grateful for your huge personal effort that you put into the detailed planning.

The local guides were all great - Sally, Amanda & Benny. Regarding the itinerary, I think we have an excellent itinerary for the beginning and the end, but the middle of the tour needs to be changed.

Thank you again for all your excellent work. I look forward to visiting you in your home town for our first Tibet tour in August 2020. Jo & I might travel up one day ahead of the group to meet you and have dinner with you.

Best regards,

Brod


 

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Comment on our service from Jayne Ellen Wilgus, USA
You put together a wonderful itinerary for our two-week vacation in China. We enjoyed our guides, the food, and the hotels.

Van and I thought you put together a wonderful itinerary for our two-week vacation in China. Even though we missed a day in Beijing due to bad weather, our guide was very accommodating and helped us see as much as possible in the two remaining days.  

We enjoyed our guides, the food, and the hotels.

Thank you for all of your help in putting together this trip.

Best,

Jayne


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Comment on our service from Arnold Demeyere, Belgium

“By accident” we get contact with visitourchina. It has been one of the best trips we ever had, we’ve learned very much of this part of China, enjoying the people we’ve met and with who we’ve got contact. It give us a real view of Chinese people and community and for us, a new world opened. A very good society, well organised, Nanning very good organised concerning environment and climate.

Dear friends of visitourchina,


We went to visit Nanning between April 28th and May 3rd 2019 with my wife and my daughter.

For us, it would be the first visit to China and we needed some support to organise this as I wanted to organise it all by myself (hotel, plane, visa, …). But as I was organising everything I felt the need of some extra support and help from people of China (for instance English talking guide, English talking organiser in China to take us around in a personal tour).

“By accident” we get contact with visitourchina. And they “give” us Molly Mo as contact person. It was a winning number from the lottery !

Molly took care of us like “a real mother” ! No question I’ve asked her, she answered them immediately with her advice and experience. Always in a very friendly and positive way, adding a human sense so we were even more longing to visit Nanning and it’s people. Molly organised our guide in Nanning, Wendy, who was TOP for us. Wendy took care of us, from early morning till evening with a very professional view on guiding adding a good human sense to her work. We were so good prepared we had one day on our own and we could fill in without problems.

It has been one of the best trips we ever had, we’ve learned very much of this part of China, enjoying the people we’ve met and with who we’ve got contact. It give us a real view of Chinese people and community and for us, a new world opened. A very good society, well organised, Nanning very good organised concerning environment and climate.

So, we came back from Nanning after a too short stay with very positive feelings, hoping once more to visit China again.

We’re very grateful to Molly in the first place. She is the ideal person to represent Visitourchina. She take care of my many, many questions with a great heart, she had many patience with us and she never disappointed us, her answers give us the extra love for China and it’s people. Visitourchina must be happy with her.

It's a pity we couldn’t see her to transform our personal gratitude to her. Many, many, many thanks !


I hope this is not my least mail to you, I would miss our contacts,


Arnold en Rattana Demeyere




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Comment on our service from Brandon Michael Driggs,USA

The tour was great. Both guide and driver are very friendly and helpful. For the meals on the trip, so much food and delicious dishes. We loved the trip. Thanks for all your help.

Hi Molly,

The tour was great. Both guide and driver are very friendly and helpful. For the meals on the trip, so much food and delicious dishes.

We loved the trip. Thanks for all your help.

Best wishes,

Brandon


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