China

Ancient Silk Route

Tour Code: ASR
Prices start from: $8,680 per person

24 Days  Valued Journey

As the name of this China Travel Package suggests, this China travel tour highlights contrasting cultures greatly influencing the cities along the ancient Silk Road. Journey to Kashgar in the far north-west, the centre of Yygur culture and 1000 years ago, the fabled city at the junction of the northern and southern Silk routes. Important religions that shaped history Buddhist grottoes, ruined cities, Islamic mosques and far outposts of the Great Wall of China stand among the dramatic scenery of mountains and stark deserts.

Visited Places:

Day

1

MON: AUSTRALIA/BEIJING

Depart Australia on your Cathay Pacific Airways flight to Beijing. On arrival, transfer to the New Otani Hotel for four nights.

2-4

TUE-THU: BEIJING

Three days visiting fascinating sights such as the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall. Witness the ‘hutongs’ – the ‘back alley’ - by cycle rickshaw and have lunch with a local family. Enjoy a performance of ‘The Legend of Kung Fu’ during your stay.

Meals: Breakfast 3 | Lunch 3 | Dinner 1

5

FRI: BEIJING/URUMQI

Fly to Urumqi and stay one night at the Haide Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Dinner 1

6

SAT: URUMQI/KASHGAR

Visit to the Museum of National Minorities and History, then the Hong Shan Park with a stop at the International Bazaar. In the evening fly to Kashgar for one night at the Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1

7

SUN: KASHGAR/URUMQI

Step back in time to medieval days as you wander through Kasghar’s famed Sunday Market. Visit the Id Kah Mosque and the Abakh Hoja Tomb. In the evening fly back to Urumqi for two nights.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1

8

MON: URUMQI

Enjoy a scenic drive past Kazakh yurt encampments to experience the beauty of ‘Heaven Lake’ located halfway up Bogda Mountain.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1

9

TUE: URUMQI/TURPAN

Pass through spectacular desert and small oasis towns on your way to Turpan and stay one night. Visit the ruins of an ancient city of Gaochang and the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, a picturesque site overlooking the lush river valley in the heart of the Flaming Mountains. Stop at the Astana Tombs.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1

10

WED: TURPAN/DUNHUANG

Visit the ruined city of Jiaohe, one of the architectural gems of the Silk Road. Join the high- speed train to Dunhuang and stay one night at the Dunhuang Hotel. Explore the night market tonight.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Dinner 1

11

THU: DUNHUANG/JIAYUGUAN

Visit the Mogao Caves, one of the greatest treasure troves of Buddhist art. Stop at Mingsha Dunes, often called the ‘Singing Sands’ and climb the massive sand dunes for a great view of Crescent Moon Lake. Stay one night at the Holiday Inn Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1

12

FRI: JIAYUGUAN/LANZHOU

Visit the Great Wall Museum, an ‘underground gallery’ located in tombs from the Wei and Jin periods of AD220-240. Stop at the Jiayu Fort, known as the ‘Impregnable Pass Under Heaven’. In the afternoon, take a high-speed train journey to Lanzhou on the Yellow River and stay two nights at the Legend Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1

13

SAT: LANZHOU

Today, you will visit the Provincial Museum, White Pagoda Hill, Five Springs Park and Water Mills Park.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1

14

SUN: LANZHOU/BINGLINGSI/XIAHE

Drive to Liujiaxia Dam on the Yellow River tributary. Board a small boat and cruise through dramatic scenery to the Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves where niches and statues are cut deep into high cliffs. Continue onto Xiahe and stay two nights at the Aviation Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1

15

MON: XIAHE

Often referred to as ‘Little Tibet’, Xiahe is famous for the Labuleng Lamasery. As one of the six leading Buddhist lamaseries in China, it is home to thousands of cultural relics.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1

16

TUE: XIAHE/TIANSHUI

Enjoy a scenic coach journey back to Lanzhou. Join the train to Tianshui and stay two nights at the Sunshine Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1

17

WED: TIANSHUI

Travel through the beautiful countryside to Maijishan, one of China’s fourth largest Buddhist cave complexes. Cut into an overhanging cliff, the grottoes contain more than 7200 clay or stone sculptures and over 1300 square metres of murals dating back to the 4th century. Also visit Fuxi Temple and Jade Spring Temple.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1

18

THU: TIANSHUI/XIAN

Take a relaxing train journey to Xian and stay two nights at the Grand Noble Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1

19

FRI: XIAN

Marvel at amazing silent Army of the Terracotta Warriors that were created to guard the tomb of the first China’s emperor and see his unearthed bronze chariots on display in the Exhibition Hall. Continue to Xian’s premier attractions, the modern Shaanxi History Museum where you will find relics dates back prehistoric times. Enjoy a cultural show with dinner at the Tang Dynasty Theatre.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1

20

SAT: XIAN/SHANGHAI

Take a morning walk on the 14th Century Old City Wall. Fly to Shanghai and stay three nights at the Central Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast 1

21

SUN: SHANGHAI

Spend a day exploring this gracious and cosmopolitan city. See the former Colonial Concessions along the Bund for a view of the ‘yesterday & today’ of Shanghai. Travel to Pudong and stop at the soaring Jin Mao Tower for a breathtaking panorama of the city. After a dumpling lunch, stroll along the alleyways of Old Chinatown, visit the Yu Garden and enjoy a river cruise before returning to your hotel. This evening enjoy an acrobatic show.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1

22

MON: SHANGHAI

Visit Shanghai Museum and enjoy your time at Tianzi Fang where many artists and local designers have set up art studios and galleries – a great chance to shop at the boutiques or just relax at one of the street cafes. This evening enjoy a farwell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1

23

TUE: SHANGHAI/AUSTRALIA

Farewell China as you board the Maglev, the world’s fastest train for a ride to the airport to join your overnight flight home.

Meals: Breakfast 1

24

WED: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Economy class airfare to/from & within China
  • First class seat high speed train travel
  • 22 nights 4-5 star hotel accommodation
  • 22 buffet breakfasts, 17 lunches & 16 dinners
  • 3 evening cultural shows
  • Return transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees
  • China single entry visa for Australian passport holders
  • Taxes, security and fuel surcharges (subject to change)
  • Travel kit and backpack

August

Date SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL PERTH Land only Single Supp   Availability
Aug 14 $8,800 $8,800 $0 $2,040 Book Now

September

Date SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL PERTH Land only Single Supp   Availability
Sep 04 $8,800 $8,800 $0 $2,040 Book Now

October

Date SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL PERTH Land only Single Supp   Availability
Oct 09 $8,800 $8,800 $0 $2,040 Book Now

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Fact File:

  • Flying Cathay Pacific Airways to/from China via Hong Kong
  • Prices ex SYD, MEL, BNE, ADLor PER
  • Guaranteed 4-5 star hotel accommodation. Maximum 3 persons in a room
  • Triple share consists of two single beds plus a rollaway/fold-up bed. Prices on application
  • Child fare (2-11years) is 75% of adult twin share costs
  • Prices based on share twin per person
  • Deposit is $440.00 per person