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Duration: 24 days
Type: Comfort
Itinerary:
Beijing, Xian, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang,Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, Bishkek, Tashkent, Samarkand

Price: Start from USD6599
Single room: USD820

Tour Details

Group Size:
2 pax--12 pax 

Travel Season:
March to October

Accommodation:
4 star hotel & comfort guest house in remote place

Transport:
Chartered car or bus

Train:
High speed train Beijing/Xi'an
Bullet train Xi'an/Lanzhou
Softer sleeper from Lanzhou to Jiayuguan
Fast train from LiuyuanTurpan
High speed train Tashkent/Samarkand/Tashkent

Flights:
Urumqi/Kashgar
Bishket/Tashkent

Meals:
Listed in the itinerary

Guide:
English-speaking local guides

Entrance Fees:
Entrance for the sites stated

Payment

Muilti-country Silk Road Beijing to Tashkent  24 Days
The fantastic trip starts from the Central Asia, Tashkent to Beijing, travelling on the path of the ancient Silk Road ro retrospect the traditional life style.

Itinerary
Day 1. Arrive in Beijing

Arrive in Beiijing, met and transferred by our representative to the hotel.
Overnight: Beijing 4 star hotel
Meal:Welcome Dinner


Day 2. Great Wall
A visit to China is not complete without taking a walk along the Great Wall. We head out of Beijingand climb the wall at Mutianyu where you can hike and enjoy the splendid mountain sight.
-Great Wall: Extending 5000 km, it is the most popular spot for tourists. With a long history, the Wall near Beijing is very impressive to climb up the top.
Overnight: Beijing 4 star hotel
Melas:BLD


Day 3. Beijing
Beijing is the capital of China with lots of sites to see. We explore many ofits main attractions: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and The Temple of Heaven.
-Tian'anmeng Square: The biggest city square in the world, used to be the yard of Forbidden City.
-Forbidden City: It used to be the royal palace from 1420 to 1912. There were 24 emperors lived here, therefore numerous priceless relics are housed here.
-Temple of Heaven: It was used for emperors to warship Heaven in Ming and Qing Dynasty.  The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest was the hight building in Beijing as it was home of Heaven.
Overnight: Beijing 4 star hotel
Melas:BLD


Day 4. Beijing/Xi'an
Take a high speed train from Beijing to Xi'an(5 hours). Upon arrival, transferred to hotel, then move to Muslim Quarter to visit Grand Mosque.
-Grand Mosque: This is a representative of Chinese mosque, because it has typical Chinese architecture style. The brick carving and wooden houses will amaze you.
Overnight: Xi'an 4 star hotel
Melas:BLD


Day 5. Xian
The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum is one of the highlights of the Silk Road. Take a ride for a visit.
In the afternoon, ride a bike on the Old City Wall of Xi'an is pleasant experience.
-Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses: Discovered in 1974, it is a must-see in Xi'an. Various warriors exhibitd in a original site will amaze you with their different features.
-Old City Wall: Nearly 14km, build in 6 hundred years ago, the old City Wall of Xi'an is a perfect place to know the long history of China.
Overnight: Xi'an 4 star hotel
Melas:BLD


Day 6. Xi'an/Lanzhou
In the morning, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi Provincial Museum.
In the afternoon, catch a 3-hour bullet train to Lanzhou.
-Big Wild Goose Pagoda: It was build 1500 years ago in Tang Dynasty, still well preserved. You can have a bird view of the city when you climb up.
-Shaanxi Provincial Museum:One of the biggest museums in China, houses more than 3000 relics dated back to millions years ago.
Overnight: Lanzhou 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 7. Lanzhou/Binglinsi/Xiahe
Take a ride to Linxia where we will take ferro to view the Binglingsi Grottos
-Binglingsi Grottos: Build beside Yellow River, the Grottos were carved from the mountain. Various Buddha Statues and the scenery around the Grottos are incredible.
Afterwards, move on to Xiahe, Labrang in Tibetan language.
Overnight: Xiahe 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 8. Xiahe/Lanzhou/Overnight train to Jiayugua
Visit Langrang Temple in the morning. Take a ride to Lanzhou to catch overnight train to Jiayuguan.
-Labrang Monastery: One of the six biggest Tibetan monasteries, presents typical Tibetan Budhism culture.
Sofer Sleeper Overnight train to Jiayuguan
Meals: BLD


Day. 9 Jiayuguan
Early morning arrival, transferred to hotel to have breakfast, then visit the well-preserved Jiagyuguan Fort and Great Wall.
-Jiayuguan Fort: The end of the Great Wall in Ming Dynasty looks like a huge city to guard the border in Ming Dynasty.
Overnight: Jiagyuguan 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 10. Jiayuguan/Dunhuang
Take a ride to Dunhuang in morning.
In the afternoon, we will view the Mingsha Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring in the desert.
-Minsha Dunes: It means Singing Sand Dunes, the sand was moved from Taklamankan desert to form the dunes in the history.
Overnight: Dunhuang 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 11. Dunhuang/Fast train to Turpan
Visit Mogao Caves, the most important site on the Silk Road. Colorful fresco, statues tell you various stories about Buddha.
Catch fast train to Turpan.
-Mogao Caves: Though it was stolen many times in the history, Mogao Caves still has well preserved frescos with colorful paintings that look like finished yesterday.
Overnight in Turpan 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 12. Turpan/Urumqi
Turpan Basin is a key part on the ancient Silk Road, with well preserved ruins and grottos. We will visit Bezklik Grottos, Astana Ancient Tombs, the Ancient City of Jiaohe and Gaochang, Karez Irrigation System, and Sugong Minaret.
Return Urumqi in the afternoon.
-Astana Ancient Tombs: It was a public cemetery 1000 years ago for the citizens of Gaochang Kingdom. You will see dried corpses and tomb paintings.
-Karez Irrigation System: This underground tunnels provide enough water offering to the farmers and their field to support local civilization in the dry and hot oasis.
-Ancient City of Jiaohe: Build on a 30 meter terrace, Jiaohe is a ruin to prove local splendid history.
-Ancient City of Gaochang: It was build in the first century BC. Gaochang has huge city wall and various temples. Unfortunately it was abandoned in the cilvil war of Mongolians.
-Sugong Minaret: Built in 1777, also called Eming Tower, it is a representative of Uyghur architecture.
Overnight in Urumqi 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 13. Urumqi/Heavenly Lake/Kashgar
In the morning take a ride to Heavenly lake, enjoying the stunning scenery there.Visit Xinjiang Museum to see the mummies, particularly Loulan Beauty and Xiaohe Beauty. Afterwards, Fly to Kashgar.
-Heavenly Lake:Located in the Heavenly Mountain(Tianshan), it has a beautiful mountain view.
-Xinjiang Museum: It houses numerous relics and exhibitions. Mummies from Taklamakan desert and Turpan basin will amaze you with their features.
Overnight in Kashgar 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 14. Kashgar
It is a busy day, you will see the well-known Sunday Bazaar, Animal Market, Apa Hojia Tomb, Idkar Mosque, old town of Kashgar.
-Sunday Bazaar: It was said this is the biggest market in the world, you can purchase all products apart from your parents.
-Idkar Mosque: It is the biggest mosque in Xinjiang. The mosque with its square is for local Uyghurs to pray.
-Apa Hoja Tombs: It is a family cemetery, with stunning blue tiles shining in the sun.
Overnight in Kashgar 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 15. Kashgar/Karakul Lake
Catch a coach to the Karakul Lake which is situated by the China-Pakistan friendship highway, with a stuning snow covered mountain view. Return Kashgar in the afternoon.
-Karakul Lake: Beautiful mountain lake with altitude nearly 3800 meters, has impressive scenery with the snow-covered mountains.
Overnight in Kashgar 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 16: Kashgar/Tash Rabat (Kyrgyzstan)
Morning transfer to the border crossing: the Torugart pass, stop at Tash Rabat Saray caravan and spend the night in a typical Kyrgyz Yurt.
Overnight in typical Kyrgyz Yurt
Meals: BLD


Day 17: Issik Kul Lake
Morning drive to Cholpon Ata (Issyk Kul lake) enjoy the stunning scenery
Overnight in  Cholpon Ata hotel.
Meals: BLD


Day 18: Karakol
After breakfast visit Cholpon-Ata rock petroglyphs dated back 800 BC-1200 AD. Drive to Karakol, one of the first towns of the Russian Cossak settlements in late 19th century. En-route we visit Przevalski (a Great Russian explorer in late 19th century) Memorial Museum. Later city tour of Karakol includes visiting the museum, Dungan Pagoda type of mosque and the Orthodox wooden Church.
Overnight in Bishkek 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 19: Bishkek
In the morning drive to Bishkek. En-route we stop at Jety Oguz canyon, where you have chance to do some short hikes or optional horse riding, later visit Burana tower which was built in the 11 centuries.
Overnight in Bishkek 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 20: Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
In the morning visit Ala-Archa National Park with picnic lunch later city tour of Bishkek, late in the the afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Tashkent
Overnight in Tashkent 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 21: Tashken/Train to Samarkand
We depart early for Samarkand. For most people, Samarkand is as mythical as Atlantis or as remote and legendary as Tombouctou. The sublime larger-than-life monuments of Timur, the technicolour bazaar and the city's long, rich history work a special kind of magic. On arrival we'll visit the old bazaars for which this exotic city is famous.
Overnight in Samarkand 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 22: Samarkand: City Tour
Samarkand, sometimes called the "Rome of the Orient" was already flourishing when Rome and Babylon were founded. During the course of our full day tour we visit the famous Registan Square, Bibi Khanum Mosque, Mausoleum of Tamerlane, Observatory of Ulughbek, the site where Uleg Bek, grandson of Tamerlane, made some of the greatest achievements of the pre-telescope era of astronomy in the 15th century.
Overnight in Samarkand 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 23: Samarkand-Tashkent
In the morning we take a high-speed train again to Tashkent. We continue on a city tour of Tashkent visiting mosques and madrassas (Islamic schools) housing craft workshops and dating from the 14th century. Visit Kukeldash Medressa, a grand 16th century academy undergoing restoration and the History Museum of Uzbekistan and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Overnight in Tashkent 4 star hotel
Meals: BLD


Day 24: Depart from Tashkent
Transferred to the airport. Trips concludes.
Meal:B

Jiayuguan嘉峪关
Province:Gansu
Population:115,000

Jiayuguan City isa prefecture-level city in Gansu, China, with a population of 127,532 as of2007. It is most famous for the nearby Jiayu Pass, the largest and most intact pass of the Great Wall of China. In ancient times, many inns were built near the pass. Gradually, more and more people decided to stay there for business and Jiayuguan City was built.At present, Jiayuguan City is not only famous for Jiayuguan Pass but also for Jiuquan Steel Company built in 1958. The steel company is the largest in Gansu Province.
Jiayuguan and its fort represented the Wild West frontier of Ancient China. In centuries past there were many levels of capital punishment, the highest being death by decapitation or strangulation. The next level of severity was banishment for life from the capital. The worse the crime, the further you were sent fromBeijing. Jiayuguan was considered the furthest place to be sent, a land of barbarians and criminals.
Today Jiayuguan is a relatively wealthy industrial center producing chemical fertilizers, cement and iron, with the raw materials coming from nearby mines.It is richer per capita than Xi’an and the government is in the process of building a large steel plant which will bring more money to the area.

Uzbekistan
Country: Republic of Uzbekistan
Population: 27.4 million (UN, 2007)
Capital: Tashkent
Language: Uzbek, Russian and Tajik.
Area: 447,400 sq km (172,700 sq miles)
Ethnic groups: Uzbek 80%, Russian 5.5%, Tajik 5%, Kazakh 3%, Karakalpak 2.5%, Tatar 1.5%, other 2.5% (1996 est.)
Major religion: Muslim and Eastern Orthodox.
Monetary: Uzbek som
International dialing code: +998
Uzbekistan boasts some of oldest cities in the world and the finest architectural jewels among the Silk Road countries; featuring intricate Islamic tile work, turquoise domes, minarets and preserved relics from the time when Central Asia was a centre of empire, learning and commerce. Architectural splendors can be found in the ancient walled city of Khiva in Urgench, the winding narrow streets of the old town of Bukhara and Samarkand, known locally as the ‘Rome of the Orient'.
The Ferghana Valley, surrounded by the Tian Shan and Pamir mountains, still produces silk and is well worth visiting for its friendly bazaars and landscape of cotton fields, mulberry trees and fruit orchards. Uzbekistan's mountain ranges attract hikers, cyclists and backcountry skiers, while experienced mountaineers come to climb some of the world's highest peaks.
Today Uzbekistan is bordered by Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Kyrgyzstan
Country: Republic of Kyrgyzstan
Population: 5.3 million (UN, 2007)
Capital: Bishkek
Language: Kyrgyz and Russian
Ethnic groups: Kyrgyz 64.9%, Uzbek 13.8%, Russian 12.5%, Dungan 1.1%, Ukrainian 1%, Uygur 1%, other 5.7% (1999 census)
Currency: som  
Area: 199,900 sq km (77,182 sq miles)
Major religion: Islam, Christianity
International dialing code: +996
Located in the central Asia, Kyrgyzstan has main attraction that lies in the breathtaking landscape of mountains, glaciers and lakes. Kyrgyzstan boasts some of the highest mountain peaks in the world with 23 peaks over 6,000m. This terrain provides excellent opportunity for trekking, skiing, climbing, sailing and swimming.
Among this spectacular scenery is the attractive capital city of Bishkek and 3,000 year old town of Osh, famous for its historical sights and a lively market.

Travelers are advised to read the Trip Notes before your China tours.
 
Visas - A China visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China. Please view our web page for detailed information about China Visa: http://silkroadtrips.com/260.html
 
Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. Please provide us with:
•    Insurance company
•    Policy number
•    24 hour medical emergency contact number
•    The expiry date of the policy
You may check our webpage for more detailed information as below.
http://silkroadtrips.com/266.html
 
Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.
 
Luggage - We suggest you to take one main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Don’t overload yourself, because you have to carry your own baggage.
 
Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
 
Accommodation - Each tour lists the hotel standard, you can check it before your booking, The hotels are selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range differently from tour to tour. In some remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities. Please note that there is no international classification system for hotels, and differences and quality do exist between the European Countries and China, though it is marked 4 or 5 star hotel.
In bigger cities and large towns the standard is similar although on a lesser scale. In small towns or villages where tourism is less prevalent, the hotels we use are smaller and facilities are more limited, though we generally stay in the best place in town. Rooms will still be en suite but rooms can be basic. Plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.
 
Booking a Single Room – Silkroadtrips are pleased to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room.  Kindly note our single supplement do not include sharing cabins on the overnight trains or cruises. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
 
Trains
Aboard the overnight sleeper train, berths are usually in 1st class ‘soft sleeper’ lockable compartments for 4 which have 2 sets of bunks with clean bedding provided. WC and washbasins are provided for shared use at the end of each carriage. Hot meals and snacks are sold to your berth on all overnight journeys. In times of large demand we may have to travel in 2nd class ‘hard sleeper’ which consists of sectioned off compartments for 6,leading off an open plan carriage.
Bullet trains are getting popular, it is very modern with a high velocity of 300km per hour. There are western toilets, dinning car on the bullet trains, and normally for short distance running 1—8 hours.
 
Air
You can check in 20 kg baggage and carry 5kg hand bag with you while boarding a flight in China. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

Food
Eating is always an important part of the tours. Each tour of Silkroadtrips has listed the included meals, please check it on-line. Our professional guide will always arrange the meals at clean local restaurants to taste different food with different budget approximately from CNY20 to CNY200 per person per meal. Please check our webpage for Chinese Cuisine as below.
http://www.silkroadtrips.com/284.html
 
Tipping - If you're happy with the services provided then a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. Tipping is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across China and other Asian countries. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.
Tour guides: Throughout your tour you may at times have local guides or national guide. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for guides.
Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Optional Extras - Our standard tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible. However, from time-to-time you may be suggested to join optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost, with prices ranging from 20-200 CNY per person. If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.
 
Personal Expenses - Kindly check the inclusions for your tour, you will need to take some extra money to cover drinks, laundry and souvenirs, plus any additional sightseeing that may be offered to you. Based on the advice of previous customers an approximate amount of $250 per week should be sufficient; however for those that can’t resist a bargain, consider allocating a higher amount.
 
Electricity Supply & Plugs
China operates on a 220V and uses a combination of US/European and Chinese style plugs in most hotel rooms. You can buy an international adaptor before the tour