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Silk Road Discovery

From Beijing to Chongqing, discover the ancient Silk Road during this 18 day luxury journey. Visit Dunhuang and ride a camel through the Singing Sand Dunes.

18 Day
From (AUD)
$ 11,690
  • 2019/2020 Beijing > Chongqing

    Tour Code:

    CHBC

    Duration:

    18 Days

    Departure City:

    Beijing

    Return City:

    Chongqing

  • 18 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Peking duck welcome dinner

      Begin your amazing discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Your home for the next three nights is Beijing, your hotel is located close to the Forbidden City and many shopping malls.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Great Wall of China, Scenic Freechoice

      Visit China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

      Freechoice

      Look forward to an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 3 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Forbidden City, Hutong lunch

      Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the Hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 4 - Beijing > Dunhuang
      Highlights:
      Shazhou Night Market

      Fly to Dunhuang, a major stop along the Silk Road known as the ‘City of the Sands’. Check into your hotel for the next two nights. Tonight, visit the Shazhou Night Market.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Dunhuang
      Highlights:
      Crescent Moon Spring

      Begin your exploration of the area starting with the Yadan Landform and Yumen and Yangguan Passes. Later this afternoon, ride a camel through the Singing Sand Dunes to the Crescent Moon Spring, an oasis named after its shape sitting amongst the rolling sand dunes.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Dunhuang > Jiayuguan
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – Mogao Museum, Caves and Grottoes

      Begin the day with a visit to the Mogao Museum, Caves and Grottoes. Once home to many monks and nuns, the caves are a system of sanctuaries and temples filled with ancient Buddhist statues and paintings dating back thousands of years.

      Enrich

      You will be accompanied by a local expert who will take you inside a special cave, not available for the regular tourists to visit.

      After lunch drive to Jiayuguan for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Jiayuguan > Zhangye
      Highlights:
      Jiayu Fortress and Pass

      Visit the western end of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall at the Jiayu Fortress and Pass. From the wall you will be able to see the Gobi desert. After exploring the fortress visit the Wei Jin Dynasty Mural Tomb. Later drive to Zhangye for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Zhangye > Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park

      Gaze in wonder at the Danxia National Geological Park’s multi-coloured rock formations before flying to Xi’an for a three night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 9 - Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – Terracotta Warriors, Scenic Enrich – Private museum visit
      Enrich

      Marvel at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator.

      Stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

      Enrich

      Enjoy a special private after-hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum and learn about the history of Shananxi Province from the museum’s curator.

      Sundowners

      Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 10 - Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Lunch in painter's home, Tang Dynasty show

      Visit a local painter’s home, famous for its rural peasant paintings. Learn about his art and enjoy lunch with his family. Explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall. Enjoy the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Xi’an > Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Muslim Quarter

      Explore the maze of markets in the Muslim Quarter before flying to Shanghai for a three night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      City sightseeing tour, Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe

      Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Explore the Pudong area and admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, witness the renowned agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 13 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao water town or cruise along Huangpu River.

      Later, enjoy time at leisure to shop on Nanjing Road.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 14 - Shanghai > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Chexi Town, Embark Yangtze cruise

      Take an early flight to Yichang and explore Chexi Town. Later board the boutique Yangzi Explorer. On board enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Three Gorges Dam Project Site

      Inspect the Three Gorges Dam project site. Continue sailing through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea delights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge

      Glide up Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the Three Gorges.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Fuling Tour, Gala Dinner

      Join an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Chongqing
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Disembark and visit Ciqikou and take a tour of Chongqing. This afternoon transfer to Chongqing airport.

      Meals included: Breakfast