**Luxury Ancient China Tour
**English Speaking Tour Guide
**Family Friendly
**Explore Ancient Magnificent Heritages of the Chinese Silk Road
**Foreign Visitor Only (Non-Chinese Passport Holders)
Day1: Arrival in Lhasa
Itinerary
Activities: Pick-up, Hotel Check-in

Lhasa--the capital of the Tiber Autonomous Region. Upon arrival, meet by your guide and represent you a hada, a white scarf which is the Tibetan traditional way to wish you good luck. Then transfer to hotel to take rest for acclimatization of the high altitude. Overnight at hotel.
Cities
  • Lhasa

    Lhasa

Meals
N/A
Hotel
Inter Continental Lhasa Paradise or same class
Day2: Explore the holy city of Tibet
Itinerary
Activities:Potala Palace,Jokhang Monastic,Barkhor Street
Following breakfast, we begin our exploration of the famous Potala Palace, perched on the northern side of Mountain. Throughout the ages, it had been the winter palace of Dalai Lamas. Its name means 'sacred Buddhist site' in the Tibetan language. This palace-like complex of buildings was first built in the 7th century AD by King Songtsen Gampo to mark his marriage with the Tang princess Wencheng as well as to house the Buddha images brought by Wencheng and the Nepalese princess Bhrikuti Devi. The palace also houses priceless artifacts and artworks. Continue to Jokhang Monastery, situated in the center of Lhasa. It was first built in 674A'D to celebrate the marriage of King Songtsen Gampo with Princess Wencheng and Bhrikuti Devi, both devout Buddhists. This monastery underwent expansion over the years and today, its four-level main hall sports a gilded roof and a blend of Han Chinese, Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian architectural styles. Proceed to Barkhor Street in the old city, which offers glimpses of traditional Tibetan life. The faithful chant and circumambulate around Jokhang Monastery. In this circular street there are also shops selling a wide variety of crafts such as Tibetan knives, bangles, shoes and more.
Cities
  • Lhasa

    Lhasa

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Inter Continental Lhasa Paradise or same class
Day3: Feel the breathtaking scenery of Yamzho Yumco Lake
Itinerary
Activities: Yamzho Yumco Lake, Pelkor Monastery
Following breakfast, we depart for Shigaze. Along the way, we pass Yamzo Lake, whose name means 'swan lake'. Also known as Baidi Lake, it is wedged between two mountains, hence like a swan spanning its wings. The crystal-clear lake, located over 4,000m above sea level, has an area of 638m2. It is the largest freshwater lake in Tibet, with a depth of up to 59m. Thereafter, we continue to Shigaze
Cities
  • Shigatse

    Shigatse

  • Yamdrok Lake

    Yamdrok Lake

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Wan Run International Hotel or same class
Day4: Discover the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Rear Tibet
Itinerary
Activities:Tashi Lhunpo monastery,Yarlung Zangbo Gorge

In the morning,visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo monastery, where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future Buddha) in the world. This monastery, whose beauty is on par with that of Potala Palace, is located 2km west of Shigatse. It was founded by the first Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drup, in 1447AD. Its name means 'all fortune and happiness gather here. The Main Chanting Hall houses the Panchen Lama's throne and several chapels, including a Sakyamuni chapel, Bodhisattva chapel and Tara chapel. Don't miss the Tenth Panchen Lama's Stupa. The Tenth Panchen Lama was a highly respected Tibetan Buddhist leader. We proceed back to Lhasa. On the way, we can enjoy scenic views of the Yarlung Zangbo Gorge/ Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet).Stay Overnight in Lhasa.
Cities
  • Tashi Lhunpo Monastery

    Tashi Lhunpo Monastery

Meals
Inter Continental Lhasa Paradise or same class
Day5: Enjoy the scenic journey on the World's Highest Railway
Itinerary
Activities: YuzhuPeak,Mt Kunlunshan,Kekexili reserve, Tuotuo River,Fenghuo Mountain Tunnel,Tanggula Station,Qiangtang Grassland

After breakfast, free at own leisure till we onboard the train on the world's highest railway. Thereafter, we begin the scenic train journey through the highest Point in the world. Along the way, we pass magnificent sights: snow-capped mountains such as Yuzhu Peak and Mt Kunlunshan; Kekexili reserve; Tuotuo River, the source of Yangtze River; Fenghuo Mountain Tunnel, the world's highest mountain tunnel; Tanggula Station, the world's highest railway station located at 5,072m above sea level; Qiangtang Grassland and more.
Cities
  • Kekexili

    Kekexili

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Over Night Train of Qingzhang (soft sleeper for 4 guests)
Day6: Meet the three treasures of Ta’er Monastery
Itinerary
Activities: Ta'er Monastery
You could enjoy the fabulous scenery along your train trip. Today you will arrive Xining station and visit the Ta'er Monastery, whose name means '10,000 Buddhas'. Its construction began in the Ming Dynasty during the Jiaqing period. In 1560AD it was one of the six principal temples of the Tibetan Buddhist Yellow Sect. Don't miss its three treasures, which are of high artistic value. Buttered figurines, sculpted from colored butter, are lively and realistic depictions of stories, nature and humans, while colorful murals adorn the monastery's walls. The third treasure is satin appliques in the shapes of Buddha and nature subjects, which are filled with cotton or wool and sewn on large fabrics. Thereafter, we embark on our night train to Lhasa. And then you will be escorted to the hotel for check in.
Cities
  • Xi'ning

    Xi'ning

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Sanwant Hotel Xining or same class (5 starts)
Day7: Visit the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River
Itinerary
After breakfast,we visit Zhongshan Bridge, also called the first bridge over the Yellow River. In the year 1907, under the proposal of local officers in Lanzhou and Gansu and the help of a Germany businessman, the Qing Government began to build this first iron bridge over the upper reaches of the Yellow River. All materials, even the rivets, were transported from Germany to China using ships, trains, carts and any other means possible. The bridge was completed in two years, and named 'Lanzhou Iron Bridge over the Yellow River'. And then,we drive to Lanzhou after a visit to 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. Here, you could appreciate the waterwheel driven by the flowing water all year round to collect water from the river or cofferdam. At 22:00pm, we take the‘China Orient Express’train to Jiayuguan . Have a nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside.
Cities
  • Lanzhou

    Lanzhou

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
China Orient Express
Day8: Explore the western end of the Great Wall
Itinerary
Activities: Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass), Overhanging Great Wall

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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class (5 stars)
Day9: Discover the beautiful desert oasis
Itinerary
Activities: Crescent Lake & Singing Sand Mountains, Shazhou Night Market

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
  • Dunhuang

    Dunhuang

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Dunhuang Hotel or same class (4 stars, the best local hotel)
Day10: Visit the world cultural heritage site: Mogao Grottoes
Itinerary
Activities: Mogao Grottoes

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' to Turpan.
Cities
  • Dunhuang

    Dunhuang

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
China Orient Express
Day11: Meet the 6000 years old city in the hottest place of China
Itinerary
Activities: Karez irrigation system, Flaming Mountain, Jiaohe Ancient City

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

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Universel Hotel Urumqi or same class (5 stars)
Day12: Explore the heavenly lake and graceful prairie city
Itinerary
Activities: Heavenly Lake on Tianshan (boat tour), International Bazaar

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. Lastly, visit Xinjiang International Bazaar.
Cities
  • Urumqi

    Urumqi

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Xinjiang Roasted Whole Lamb)
Hotel
Universel Hotel Urumqi or same class (5 stars)
Day13: Time to say goodbye to your unforgettable Silk Road trip
Itinerary
Activities: Dropp-off at Airport

Today is the day of farewell to your memorable Tibet & 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
Terms

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions: 
1) English speaking guide 
2) Local 5* Hotel Accommodation
3) Daily meals as per itinerary
4) Sightseeing and orientation tours included in the itinerary except option tour
5) Daily transportation on modern air-conditioned coaches

Exclusions: 

1) Air-tickets
2) Travel Insurance;
3) Gratuity for the tour guide.  Paid at destination on tour mandatory; (USD $15 per person per day); 
4) Meals and drinks not listed in the itinerary;
5) Personal expenses; 
6) China Visas

Terms & Conditions

package 100% NON-Refundable.

We strongly recommend all of our customers purchase health and trip cancellation insurance.
Customers are responsible for obtaining and paying for all visas and entry documents,for meeting all health and other requirements and for any documents required by the laws, regulations, orders and/or requriements of the countries you will visit and for your return home. Canadian citizens can contact Foreign Affairs Canada at www.travel.gc.ca. Citizens of other countries should check with the relative Tourist Board or Consular office of the destination which they are intending to visit.Visa and entry documents must be obtained independently prior to departure. Compass Holidays will assume no responsibility whatever for passengers denied carriage by the airline or refused entry into any country.

Passport:

Non-Chinese(Canadian/USA travelers) must present a passport to visit China, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of expected departure from that country. Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult us, as you may be subject to different entry requirements.

Visas:

Non-Chinese(Canadian/USA travelers) must also be required a valid Chinese visa


1. Accomodation and tour itineraries are subject to change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control.
2. We reserve the right to distribute passengers of sharing cabins; in case the cabin cannot be shared, the cost applies on the passengers in the cabin.
3. The date of early arrival or extended stay guests without arrange free shuttle;
4. The tour does not include additional costs when unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances or events arising. Unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances or events including private demand, flight delays / cancellations, the threat of war / potential threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorism / actual terrorist activities, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, etc. .
5. Please double confirm 24 hours prior to departure for your flights statues, the first night hotel and tour guide information to avoid any mistake.
6. Passenger who 70 years old or above we suggested have accompanied by relative travel together and is strongly recommended to purchase and other necessary medical and accident travel insurance;
7. In case of delayed or canceled flights and other causes of delays or changes , please contact your travel agent or the local emergency contacts as soon as possible, any tickets and transportation costs incurred loss, please be borne by the guests.
8. For any tours involving an altitude of 3000m and above, seniors and those who suffer from hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases and other related health issues must decide on their own if their health is fit for the tours prior to booking. Once booked, we would assume that guests and families were aware of any associated risks. Should guests experience any health problems on the trip, guests and families need to bear all the responsibilities and costs.

FAQ

*Qinghai-Tibet railway:  
Qinghai-Tibet railway (the total length is 1956 kilometers) stretches from Xining in the east and Lhasa in the south, which likes a huge dragon spanning the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Known as the "Sky Road", Qinghai-Tibet railway is also a marvel in the history of human engineering and construction. A section of 960 kilometers of railway is more than 4,000 meters above sea level, and 550 kilometers is permafrost. The highest elevation of the railway across Tanggula Mountains is 5072 meters, and it is a plateau railway with world’s highest elevation, longest distance on permafrost, and world-class difficulty.

*China Orient Express: 
Let the world’s unique train—China Orient Express (also known as Shangri-la Express) take you back to the Silk Road dating back to over 1000 years ago, to explore the best attractions of ancient Silk Road in 2019! With the fabulous design and intimate services on China Orient Express , as well as the various haunting sights along Silk Road, we promise that you'll be dazzled!

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