12 Days Ultimate Cultural Experience On The Rail by China Orient Express

    • Tour Code : SILK-L002
    • Duration : 12 Day
Day1 Arrival in Beijing
Itinerary
Destination:Beijing

Activities: Pick-up, Hotel Check-in Meals: N/A Transportation:Coach/Van Accommodation: Holiday Inn or Sheraton Hotel or same class

Arrival in Beijing, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to hotel.Beijing, the capital of People’s Republic of China, is a fascinating place for tourists home and abroad. As one of China's four ancient capitals, with its profound history of 3000 years, Beijing is the cultural, political, and historical center of China. It is widely considered to be one of the most magnificent cities in the world.
Cities
  • Beijing

    Beijing

Meals
N/A
Hotel
Accommodation: Holiday Inn or Sheraton Hotel or same class
Day2 Feel the beauty of the ancient capital of China
Itinerary
Destination:Beijing-Hohhot
Activities: Summer Palace;

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Coach/Van,China Orient Express Accommodation: China Orient Express

After breakfast, we proceed to the picturesque Summer Palace.Being the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, it greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests, which also has long been recognized as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens'.Summer Palace radiates fully the natural beauty and the grandeur of royal gardens. Composed mainly of Longevity Hill (Wanshou Shan) and Kunming Lake, it occupies an area of 300.59 hectares (742.8 acres). There are over 3,000 man-made ancient structures which count building space of more than 70,000 square meters, including pavilions, towers, bridges, corridors, etc. After lunch, wangfujing pedestrian street and bird's nest, water cube exterior.Today we take our private train, the China Orient Express to Capital of Inner Mongolia - Hohhot.
Cities
  • Summer palace

    Summer palace

Meals
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Accommodation: China Orient Express
Day3 See the beauty of the Sheila MuRen Grassland
Itinerary
Destination: Hohhot-Sheila MuRen grassland

Activities:Sheila MuRen Grassland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation:Coach/Van,

Accommodation: Grassland Mongolian Yurt or Sheraton Hotel or same class

In the morning, we arrive in Hohhot. Then we drive to Sheila MuRen Grassland. Spend the whole day on the vast plains and expansive grasslands, free walk and enjoy watching the traditional Mongolian style wrestling, horse-riding, camel riding, archery and etc.
Cities
  • Huhehaote

    Huhehaote

Meals
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Accommodation: Grassland Mongolian Yurt or Sheraton Hotel or same class
Day4 Feel the unique culture of Mongolian
Itinerary
Destination:Hohhot-Yinchuan
Activities: Dazhao Temple,Zhaojun Tomb

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Coach/Van Accommodation:China Orient Express

After breakfast, Visit the 400 years old Dazhao Temple, 'Wuliang Si (Infinite Temple)' in Chinese, is the oldest building and the largest temple in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. Locally, people usually refer to it as the Silver Buddha Temple (Yinfo Si) for it is here that there is a rare silver statue of Sakyamuni that measures 2.5-meter-high (8.2-foot-high),and the Zhaojun Tomb in memory of one of the four ancient belles; spend some time at the regional museum with over 44,000 objects relating to ethnic history in its collections. Take overnight train for Yinchuan.
Cities
  • Huhehaote

    Huhehaote

  • Yinchuan

    Yinchuan

Meals
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Accommodation:China Orient Express
Day5 Discover the mysterious of the Western Xia Kingdom
Itinerary
Destination: Yinchuan

Activities:Helanshan Rock Carvings,Western XiXia Imperial Tombs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Coach/Van, China Orient Express

Accommodation:China Orient Express

In the morning, we arrive in Yinchuan. Around the hillsides of the Helanshan, there are several tens of thousands of rock carvings by ancient nomadic tribes, which are known as Helanshan Rock Carvings. The carvings were drawn in various styles with profound connotation and scattered only in certain areas. Among the animal paintings, there are running deer, blue sheep, tigers and leopards, duckbills, and flying birds. The Helanshan was not only a place rich in old rock arts, but also the center for ancient nomads to hold sacrifices. Next, we continue to visit the Western XiXia Imperial Tombs, located on the eastern slopes of the Helan Mountains, about 30 kilometers west of the city of Yinchuan. It is unique among royal burials. The layout is patterned after the celestial bodies
Cities
  • Yinchuan

    Yinchuan

Meals
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Accommodation:China Orient Express
Day6 See the one of China's Four Resonant Sand Fields
Itinerary
Destination:Yinchuan-Shapotou-Jiayuguan

Activities: Shapotou Scenic Spots Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Coach/Van, China Orient Express Accommodation: China Orient Express

After breakfast,we take the coach to Shapotou. Shapotou Scenic Spots is the biggest natural sand slide field in China. it is also one of China's Four Resonant Sand Fields. When the weather is great, you are able to sliding down the sand hill can hear the sound of sand underneath them, like tolling bells. The experience there is quite adventurous and breathtaking. Thereafter, onboard the train to Jiayuguan. Have another nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside.
Cities
  • Yinchuan

    Yinchuan

  • Jiayu guan

    Jiayu guan

Meals
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Accommodation: China Orient Express
Day7 Explore the western end of the Great Wall
Itinerary
Destination:Jiayuguan

Activities: Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass), Overhanging Great Wall Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Coach/Van, China Orient Express Accommodation: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class (5 stars)

After breakfast, 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', and best preserved and most magnificent military fort in China. Then we drive 7 miles away for the Overhanging Great Wall. It got the named for riding on a mountain ridge that is 45 degrees from vertical and resembling a huge dragon.
Cities
  • Jiayu guan

    Jiayu guan

Meals
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinne
Hotel
Accommodation: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class (5 stars)
Day8 Discover the beautiful desert oasis
Itinerary
Destination:Jiayuguan-Dunhuang

Activities: Crescent Lake & Singing Sand Mountains, Shazhou Night Market Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Coach/Van China Orient Express Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel or same class (4 stars, the best local hotel)

After a pleasant breakfast, take this deluxe train to Dunhuang at 10:00am. We specially arrange Dunhuang experts and professors who'll introduce this exotic city in detail to you. After arriving in Dunhuang, we visit beautiful Crescent Lake & Singing Sand Mountains. The Crescent Lake is an oasis Gobi desert, surrounded by numerous sand dunes, reaching a relative height of 250 meters (820 feet). The Mingsha Shan 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.
Cities
  • Jiayu guan

    Jiayu guan

  • Dunhuang

    Dunhuang

Meals
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel or same class (4 stars, the best local hotel)
Day9 Visit the world cultural heritage site: Mogao Grottoes
Itinerary

Destination: Dunhuang-Turpan

Activities: Mogao Grottoes Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Coach/Van,China Orient Express Accommodation: China Orient Express

After breakfast, let's visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes, which was designated as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its 1600 years accumulated cultural, architectural, and art treasures. There remains 492 cave temple and 45000 square meters of frescos. According to Tang Dynasty records, a monk had witnessed onsite a vision of thousand Buddhas 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 Buddhas. At 17:00hr, we embark the 'China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Turpan.
Cities
  • Dunhuang

    Dunhuang

  • Turpan

    Turpan

Meals
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinne
Hotel
China Orient Express
Day10 Meet the 6000 years old city in the hottest place of China
Itinerary
Destination: Turpan-Urumqi

Activities: Karez irrigation system, Flaming Mountain, Jiaohe Ancient City Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Coach/Van, China Orient Express Accommodation: Universel Hotel Urumqil or same class (5 stars)

It’s a day for Turpan sightseeing! Visit Karez irrigation system at 07:00am, 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 5000 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. Thereafter, we move to Flaming Mountain, 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, oldest and well preserved earth-structured city in the world, with a history of 2000-2300 years.
Cities
  • Turpan

    Turpan

  • Urumqi

    Urumqi

Meals
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinne
Hotel
Accommodation: Universel Hotel Urumqil or same class (5 stars)
Day12 Time to say goodbye to your unforgettable silk road trip
Itinerary

Destination: Urumqi

Activities: Dropp-off at Airport Meals: Breakfast Transportation: Coach/Van

Accommodation: N/A

Today is the day of farewell to your memorable silk road trip and the unique China Orient Express. 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. Bon voyage!
Cities
  • Urumqi

    Urumqi

Meals
Breakfast
Hotel
N/A
Day11 Explore the heavenly lake and graceful prairie city
Itinerary

Destination: Urumqi

Activities: Heavenly Lake on Tianshan (boat tour), International Bazaar Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Xinjiang Roasted Whole Lamb) Transportation: Coach/Van, Boat

After breakfast, visit Heavenly Lake on Tianshan (boat tour). The mountain Lake stands 1980 meters above sea level and features picturesque scenery of snowcapped peaks. It a great pleasure to boat travel 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.
Cities
  • Urumqi

    Urumqi

Meals
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Xinjiang Roasted Whole Lamb)
Hotel
Accommodation: Universel Hotel Urumqil or same class (5 stars)
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- [ USD ] $4,789.00$3,299.00
Terms

Terms And Conditions

Memo:

1. All prices in US dollars;

2. Prices subject to change without any further notice;

3. Gratuities are not included, Current rate for all services is Total of USD $150 p.p.(or USD $160 p.p./or USD $170 p.p.)

4. Accommodation and tour itineraries are subject to change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control;

5. We reserve the right to distribute passengers of sharing cabins;

in case the cabin cannot be share, the cost applies on the passengers in the cabin

6. Children age under 11, will be credit only the difference on hotel room costs

Price Inclusion:

1.EXPERIENCED TOUR MANAGERS

Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and organizational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your voyage of a lifetime. We receive many exceptional passenger comments about our Tour Managers and their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your holiday. 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 organize a programed of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a programed 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 and wine. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.

6. DRINKS WITH MEALS ONBOARD A drinks 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 passenger’s 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 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 Exclusion
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 TipUSD $150 p.p.(or USD $170 p.p.).Train staff, Special train porter, the tour leader, local driver and local guide.

Terms And Conditions

1. Tour is NON-Refundable and NON-Changeable after payment occurred. In order to avoiding any economic loss of passengers cannot join the tour, we advise passenger to purchase Travel Insurance (Emergency Hospital/Medical and Trip Cancellation/Interruption). A Signed Waiver is required if passenger decides not to purchase at the time of booking.
2. Passenger should pay the single room supplement if the companion cancels or no show or interrupts the tour.
3. Passenger MUST pay in full 90 days before tour departure date, or the reservation will be cancelled automatically, and deposit will NOT be refunded.

4. Passenger who does NOT attend the tour at the designated time and place is deemed to be giving up the entire tour. After the tour starts, any advanced purchased of the ticket costs, program fees, meals, etc. will NOT be refunded.
5. Passenger is responsible to keep and protect his personal property and personal belongings. Compass Holidays, drivers and tour guides take no responsibility on it.
6. In case of any unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances or events occurred (such as flights delays / cancellations, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, national policy etc.), Compass Holidays reserves the right to change or cancel the itinerary. If rescheduling or cancellation of a ticket is involved, airline cancellation and change policies and their corresponding fees will apply.
7. Advanced seat selection is NOT available for air group ticket, companions may NOT sit together.
8. If the travel package contains special group airfare, the accurate flight information is subject to the e-mail notification one week prior to departure of the tour. Passengers cannot object or apply for cancellation on this basis. All joint ticket must be used consistently. If any flight segment is cancelled /NO SHOW, all subsequent flight segments will be automatically invalidated.
9. Please ensure you have valid passport and VISA to the destination; passenger is responsible for all travel documents validity.
10. Please ensure all the registration information is correct and meets the tour requirement. Besides passenger should bring the valid passport and original documents when joining the tour. Compass Holidays couldn't suffer any loss if the information provided do NOT correct, such as date, flight, city, travel document or identify of participants.
11. Prices or information could be different on your next visit or session. Compass Holidays does NOT accept any price adjustment after payment occurred.
12. All passengers are STRONGLY URGED to take our adequate insurance coverage to protect yourselves against cancellation due to illness prior to or during the travel. Please advise the agent staff or tour guide once the passengers get acute symptoms. We will provide help and send the passengers to the local hospital. All the medical and hospital cost will be charge by the passenger. We received the rights to keep all the tour package fee and deposit and suggest the passengers go to the hospital when the passengers get sick and the symptom may affect the other travelers. We don't recommend the passengers who has visual or hearing impairment, Serious mental or physical illness, or the passengers with heart, lung, brain and blood disorders which might affect the health through long-distance travel, or the passengers who is more than 75 years old, or who is being pregnant. Please advise doctors before purchase the tour product. Passengers have fully understood and accepted the terms and conditions once you purchase the tour. Our travel agent will not be responsible for any illness which is caused through passengers’ own disabilities or health condition.
13. The passenger's pick-up/drop-off flight information must be notified to us in writing no later than two weeks before the tour departure date, otherwise we cannot guarantee the arrangement. The passengers are responsible for the transportation expenses incurred.
14. It cannot be used in conjunction with other preferential policies, such as old age concessions, the ticket price difference would NOT be refunded.
15. Compass Holidays reserved the right of final explanation as above.

Misc. Taxes may include Canada Tour Regulation fee/Hotel Tax fee/Service fee/any discounts if applicable.

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