1. Luxury Accommodation
All the hotels are 5-star standard in available destinations. You will find your cabin or your hotel room a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day.
2. Experienced Tour Managers
This route is extremely unique so that the tour manager and operator must be the excellent experts in traveling industry. 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.
3. Limited Opportunity
The limited slots and departure dates make you have the most special memorable experience. The best opportunity to post the photos that cannot be copied and collect the most LIKES!
Why China Orient Express?
1. Rout 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 programmed of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a programmed for the next day’s touring schedule.
2. Food and Drinks
The Orient Express train s 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.
Also, a drinks allowance is included with lunch and dinner.
3. 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 from Xi’an to Urumqi; so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available on the train. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required.
4. 24 Hour Service on Board
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 water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.
You can expect attentive, friendly, and unobtrusive service throughout your tour.
1. Admission fees: to scenic spots as listed in the itinerary;
2. Meals: all meals as specified in the itinerary;
3. Tour guides: excellent private English-speaking guide;
4. Transfers: land transfer with drivers as specified;
5. The domestic train tickets and flight tickets in China;
6. Accommodations: hotels/cabins based on double occupancy as specified;
7. Government taxes & fees;
8. Arrangement: planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
1. A mandatory $150 service fee (per person) for train service staff is not included in the package fare. The local tour guide will collect the service fee on site;
2. International flights to/from China, as well as transportation to/from the above city (For LandOnly Package);
3. China visa fees;
4. Gratuities to guides & drivers and any expense of personal nature;
5. Our tour package does not include Travel Insurance. Please DO purchase the Travel Insurance before your trip to against any unforeseen circumstance.
Twin Cabin on China Orient Express (Shared bathroom)
Xi’an – Sheraton Xi’an Hotel or similar
Jiayuguan – Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or similar
Dunhuang – Dunhuang Hotel or similar
Urumqi – Hoi Tak Hotel or similar
Beijing – Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town or similar
**Cabin upgrade options are available on request and at extra cost. **
To upgrade to Diamond En-suite (with private bathroom and double bed), please call +1 (626) 210-2222.
1. The prices listed above are in US dollars, per person, based on the double occupancy.
2. The prices shown above are not valid during the China’s National Day Holiday, Chinese Spring Festival and some large exhibitions like Canton Fair.
3. The child discount is not valid for this group.
4. Some tour packages feature few shopping stops in the itinerary, each factory /store visit takes approximately 45 minutes. No min purchase needed.
Fly to Xi’an, an eternal city recording the great changes of the Chinese nation.
Arrival in Xi’an, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to hotel.Xi’an is a city with over 3000 years history and it is also the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.
Meet the eight wonders of the world: Terracotta Warriors.
Have breakfast in the hotel, then 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 8000 life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses in three burial pits. Afterwards,we continue to Huaqing Hot Spring in Mt Lishan. In ancient time, emperors used to come here to bathe and enjoy the scenic beauty. It has become a favorite spa since the Tang Dynasty.
Visit the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River.
After breakfast, 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. Here, we could appreciate the waterwheel driven by the flowing water all year round to collect water from the river or cofferdam. At 22:00hr, we embark the ‘China Orient Express’ Charter Luxury Train to Jiayuguan. Have a nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside.
Explore the western end of the 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.
Discover the beautiful desert oasis.
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.
Visit the world cultural heritage site: 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’ Charter Luxury Train to Turpan.
Meet the 6000 years old city in the hottest place of China.
It’s a day for Turpan sightseeing! Visit Karez irrigation 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 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.
Explore the heavenly lake and graceful prairie city.
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.
Today is the day of farewell to your memorable silk road trip and the unique China Orient Express. After a pleasant breakfast, we will take the flight to Beijing, the capital of China and one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the world. You will enjoy your free time after arriving at the hotel in Beijing.
This morning, see the vast Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world. Then, visit the imperial Forbidden City, the largest and best preserved imperial palace constructed in 1420. Then, visit Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site with the largest imperial garden in the world, a favorite retreat for many of the emperors during the Qing Dynasty. This evening, you’ll enjoy the famous Peking Duck Banquet.
Today you’ll visit Temple of Heaven, an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing, which is the site of imperial sacrifices to Heaven. If you are interested in Chinese Tai Chi, you can take an optional Tai Chi class at the Temple of Heaven. After that, drive to visit the Great Wall (Badaling Section), the most typical and representative part of the Wall. Stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of Jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as ‘Yu’, having a history in China of at least four thousand years. Then explore the Great Wall in the afternoon.
After breakfast, explore the Hutongs by taking a rickshaw, the narrow alleys between rows of quadrangle dwellings, to discover the traditional Beijing life and the distinctive architecture, landscape and gardening. Then be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight to your hometown. Your fantastic China tour ends.
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