10 Day Silk Road and Yangtze River Tour

Jiaohe Ruin

  • Jiaohe Ruin
  • Suleiman Minaret
  • Tuyoq Village and Tuyugou Canyon
  • Lake Karakuli
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10 Days Beijing, Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar, Chongqing, Yangtze, Yichang, Shanghai Tour

Highlights: Mt Nan Pastures and Terai Camp, The Terai Camp, Tuyoq Village and Tuyugou Canyon, Astana Tombs, Grape Valley, Suleiman Minaret, Karez Well, Jiaohe Ruin, Lake Karakuli, Kashgar Old Town, Id Kah Mosque, Zhiren Street, Sunday bazaar

Day 1

Place & Transport: Beijing to Urumqi, Flight No. TBA

Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Urumqi)

Day 2

Place & Transport: Urumqi to Turpan

Today's Activities: Mt Nan Pastures and Terai Camp, Mt Nan Pastures, The Terai Camp, Our guide and driver will escort you from Urumqi to Turpan

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Mt Nan Pastures and Terai Camp: Mount Nan Pasture surrounded by verdant hills. Horse-riding is recommended to explore the area, or you can watch or take part in the local activities. A visit to a yurt is an interesting experience to taste the local food and interact with the herdsmen.
- The Terai Camp: A special experience of Kazak nomad life here, have a cup of milk tea and taste some really local food.

Day 3

Place & Transport: Turpan

Today's Activities: Astana Tombs, Grape Valley, Suleiman Minaret, Tuyoq Village and Tuyugou Canyon

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Astana Tombs: It is located in the Gobi Desert in the north of Gaochang, 40 kilometers away from Turpan city. At the Ancient Tombs of Astana, thousands of treasure historical relics had been unearthed, including mummy, writing, inscription, painting, earthen figurine, stone wares, pottery wares, wood wares, bronze wares, iron wares, gold wares, silver wares, cotton, silk, wool, ancient coins and so on. Therefore, the Ancient Tombs of Astana is called the "Gaochang's live history record and underground museum in the Turpan area."
- Grape Valley: Xinjiang Province is famous for growing grapes. At the vineyards, you can savor various delicious grapes, see how raisins are processed, and enjoy dancing by beautiful Uygur girls in their traditional costumes.
- Suleiman Minaret: Located 2 kilometers from Turpan, the Suleiman Minaret is the only Islamic ancient pagoda in China. The minaret was started in 1777, and its ground floor is square, while the higher parts are of carrying shapes.
- Tuyoq Village and Tuyugou Canyon: Tuyugou Great Canyon is an ancient oasis village with orchards, vineyards, irrigation channels and narrow streets. There are few tourists, and an easy walk will take you to a group of ancient Buddhist meditation caves containing frescos.
- Red Rose Restaurant: Red Rose Restaurant is an authentic Uygur restaurant mainly providing Uygur cuisine in local.

Day 4

Place & Transport: Turpan to Urumqi to Kashgar, Flight No. TBA

Today's Activities: Karez Well, Jiaohe Ruin, Our guide and driver will escort you from Turpan to Urumqi, Airport Transfer (Urumqi), Airport Transfer (Kashgar)

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Karez Well: Karez Water System is considered one of the three greatest water projects in ancient China, alongside with Dujiangyan Irrigation and Grand Canal. It is located 3 kilometers from Turpan. The water system is still functioning nowadays.
- Jiaohe Ruin: Jiaohe Ruins Is located 13 kilometers from Turpan City. It was built by the ancient Cheshi people of Qin and Han Dynasties. It is one of the largest and oldest well preserved ancient city remains in the world. As you walk down the streets of the ruined city, it is not hard to imagined the hustle and bustle at that time.

Day 5

Place & Transport: Kashgar

Today's Activities: Lake Karakuli

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Lake Karakuli: A sparkling glacial lake, surrounded by stunning rocky mountains, and snow-covered peaks as high as 7500m (the lake's at 3,600). After eating in one of the collection of yurts at the water's edge you can walk around the lake (about 4 hours), or take a ride by pony, camel or motorbike, or just enjoy the scenery before returning to Kashgar. Camping is available in the yurts (best to come well prepared), and longer treks available by arrangement.

Day 6

Place & Transport: Kashgar

Today's Activities: Kashgar Old Town, Zhiren Street, Sunday bazaar, Id Kah Mosque

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Orida Culture Restaurant

- Kashgar Old Town: Explore the maze of narrow streets in this oldest residential area of Kashgar. Houses were originally built along a natural slope, and extended over the years with many streets either fully or half-covered. Traditional Uighur life continues here in time-honoured fashion. Visit local families, see potteries, bakeries, embroidery, and local skills. There's a local Folk Museum, and yes, souvenirs are for sale but these are not rich people, a purchase is better than a gift.
- Zhiren Street: It is an amazing old street selling a wide range of products, such as porcelain, jewlery, wooden objects and musical instruments. Most of them are hand-made or imported from very distant places, so they are very charateristic and unique. The workmanship at this street is well preserved and has attracted more and more tourists from China and abraod.
- Sunday bazaar:
- Id Kah Mosque: It is one of the largest and busiest Islamic mosque in China. It was builr in 1442 and went through several expansions. Visitors should respect the rules while visiting. You should remove your shoes on entering the hall, and women visitors should have their upper arms and legs covered.
- Orida Culture Restaurant : It is an authentic Uygur restaurant mainly providing Uygur cuisine in local. With a great prestige it attracts a large number of tourists for enjoying Uygur culture during peak season. The restroom is in normal condition, no wine allowed while dining.

Day 7

Place & Transport: Kashgar to Urumqi to Chongqing to Yangtze, Flight No. TBA, connect Air China CA4156 Dep - Arr

Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Kashgar), Airport Transfer (Urumqi), Airport Transfer (Urumqi), Airport Transfer (Chongqing), Cruise pier Transfer (Chongqing), Board the ship from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and departs Chongqing at 10:00pm.(Dinner is not included)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Place & Transport: Yangtze

Today's Activities: Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City (8:00-10:00am).


Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner

--Fengdu is where the devil lives, according to Chinese legend. They say that spirits go to heaven, and evil goes to Fengdu. The town is overlooked by Ming Shan Hill, home of Tianzi, the King of the Dead. The whole place has an eerie feel to it with deserted streets, tower blocks, empty shops and banks. The only people here are those who make a living from visiting cruise boats.

Day 9

Place & Transport: Yangtze

Today's Activities: Shore excursion to Shennong Stream(1:30pm-5:30pm). You also have the option of visiting the White Emperor City.


Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Dinner, Chinese Lunch

--Shennong Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small karst caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations.

Day 10

Place & Transport: Yangtze to Yichang to Shanghai, Flight No. TBA

Today's Activities: Cruise pier Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Yichang), Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site.Arrive in Yichang at 1:00pm.

Meals: Breakfast

--Three Gorges Dam, the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man and it has been a dream for several generations of Chinese people. The construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction will be competed in 2009. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom. The tourists can get access to the top of the dam and enjoy different kinds of photo opportunities.

Tour Summary

Tour Dates Destinations Transport Today's Activities Meals Included
Day 1 Beijing to Urumqi Flight No. TBA Airport Transfer (Urumqi) \
Day 2 Urumqi to Turpan Mt Nan Pastures and Terai Camp, Mt Nan Pastures, The Terai Camp, Our guide and driver will escort you from Urumqi to Turpan B,L
Day 3 Turpan Astana Tombs, Grape Valley, Suleiman Minaret, Tuyoq Village and Tuyugou Canyon B,L
Day 4 Turpan to Urumqi to Kashgar Flight No. TBA Karez Well, Jiaohe Ruin, Our guide and driver will escort you from Turpan to Urumqi, Airport Transfer (Urumqi), Airport Transfer (Kashgar) B,L
Day 5 Kashgar Lake Karakuli B,L
Day 6 Kashgar Kashgar Old Town, Zhiren Street, Sunday bazaar, Id Kah Mosque B,L
Day 7 Kashgar to Urumqi to Chongqing to Yangtze Flight No. TBA Hotel to airport Transfer (Kashgar), Airport Transfer (Urumqi), Airport Transfer (Urumqi), Airport Transfer (Chongqing), Cruise pier Transfer (Chongqing), Board the ship from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and departs Chongqing at 10:00pm.(Dinner is not included) B
Day 8 Yangtze Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City (8:00-10:00am).
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Day 9 Yangtze Shore excursion to Shennong Stream(1:30pm-5:30pm). You also have the option of visiting the White Emperor City.
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Day 10 Yangtze to Yichang to Shanghai Flight No. TBA Cruise pier Transfer (Yichang), Airport Transfer (Yichang), Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site.Arrive in Yichang at 1:00pm. B

Tour Price

Your Group Size Tour Class

Low Season

(Nov.16 - Mar.31)

High Season

(Apr.01 - Nov.15)
1 Person Superior Class -- --
Deluxe Class -- --
Tourist Class
2-5 Person Superior Class -- --
Deluxe Class -- --
Tourist Class
6-9 Person Superior Class -- --
Deluxe Class -- --
Tourist Class
City Superior Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Urumqi City Hotel
Turpan Jiaohe Manor Hotel
Kashgar Seman Hotel Kashi
Yichang Stay at Cruise
Yangtze Stay at Cruise

* Prices are in US dollars per person. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Labor’s Day (Apr 29-May 3, 2012), China National Day Holiday (Sep 29-Oct 8, 2012), and Chinese Spring Festival (Jan 21-26, 2012).

* If only one person is traveling then the single room supplement is not required. If, for example, three people book a hotel, with two in one room and one in another room, the single room supplement must be paid.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
  • Private Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Beijing, Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar, Chongqing, Yangtze, Yichang, Shanghai by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
  • Yangtze River Cruises:
    The price quoted for a Yangtze River Cruise includes all meals onboard, and all land excursions including the smaller cruise fee to Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream. (Optional land excursions are available for a few ships which will be specially noted.) The price does not include any incidental charges, including room service, mini bar, laundry, and drinks and bar charges, tipping, etc.
    The Pre-boarding Fee includes overnight accommodations on the ship the night before departure and breakfast in the morning.
  • Transportation:
    Beijing To Urumqi Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
    Urumqi To Kashgar Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
    Kashgar To Urumqi Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
    URUMQI To CHONGQING Transfer via: Flight, CA4156 (Our arrangements)
    Yichang To Shanghai Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)

  • Airport Tax and Fuel Fee
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:
  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports/cruise piers and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm.
  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement:
    Important note for those who choose to pay a single room supplement fee: The fee only covers hotel single room supplements; it does NOT include use of a single cabin on the Yangtze River Cruise. Standard Yangtze River Cruise prices per person are based on 2 people sharing 1 cabin unless otherwise specified. If you would like to request a single cabin on the Yangtze River ship, please contact us to check cost and availability.

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