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15 Day Ancient Silk Route Escapade
 
Tour Code: 8CE15SR
Visit: Beijing, Turpan, Urumqi, Dunhuang, Xian, Shanghai
Discover China's"far west on a journey along the ancient Silk Route

TOUR ITINERARY:

DAY 1 Wednesday Depart San Francisco for Beijing, China

Fly transpacific aboard United Airlines.


CHINA

DAY 2 Thursday Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival, you are escorted to check in to the hotel.
Capital Hotel Beijing


DAY 3 Friday Beijing

Today's highlights include Tiananmen Square and Ming extravagance in the Forbidden City's Imperial Palace, featuring the living quarters, museum and jewelry sections. Afternoon, take a pedicab tour of the ancient Hutong district including a visit with a local family and a kindergarten class (if school is open), then see the city views from atop the Drum Tower. This evening, be our guest at a traditional Beijing Duck dinner party.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party


DAY 4 Saturday Beijing

Today, walk the ancient ramparts of the stupendous Great Wall. Then stroll along the Sacred Way between statues of warriors and animals to the Ming Tombs and Chang Ling Exhibition Hall. After lunch, visit a cloisonn factory.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch


DAY 5 Sunday Beijing/Urumqi/Turpan

Mid-day flight to Urumqi, a city marked by ancient gates and towers. Upon arrival, motorcoach to Turpan, 500 feet below sea level and site of the ancient Che Shi Kingdom. Dinner is at the hotel.
Turpan Oasis Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner in the Hotel


DAY 6 Monday Turpan

Today's sightseeing highlights include the underground Karez Well waterway, and the impressive ruins at Jiaohe and Gaochang, both important stops on the Silk Route. Then tour the Astana Tombs, where the royalty of Gaochang were buried, and see The Flaming Mountains (said to resemble a fiery dragon in the desert light), and the massive Suliman Minaret. This evening, enjoy dinner with a local family.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 7 Tuesday Turpan/Urumqi

Drive back to Urumqi and the rest of the day is free, with lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy a dinner and show tonight.
Hoi Tak Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 8 Wednesday Urumqi

Today's sightseeing includes the Xinjiang Provincial Museum, a boat ride on Lake Tianchi, and a visit with a Kazakhs family. Dinner at the Hotel.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in the Hotel


DAY 9 Thursday Urumqi/Dunhuang

Morning flight to Dunhuang, an important junction on the Silk Route. Visit White Horse Pagoda and see the area's remarkable singing sand dunes, where you may take a camel ride. Chinese lunch and dinner at your hotel. Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch in Hotel, Dinner in the Hotel


DAY 10 Friday Dunhuang

Half-day tour of the magnificent treasures at the famed Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Carved from a mile-long cliff overlooking a river valley, over 490 caves house some of the world's finest Buddhist murals and statues, first carved and painted in 366 AD. Afternoon, sightsee the collections at the Dunhuang Museum. Chinese dinner at Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in the Hotel


DAY 11 Saturday Dunhuang/Xi'an

Fly to Xi'an, site of the archeological wonders of the terra-cotta warriors. Afternoon visit the City Wall and the exquisitely constructed Wild Goose Pagoda. Buffet dinner at the hotel.
Grand New World Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Buffet Dinner


DAY 12 Sunday Xi'an

A thrilling day as you view the famous 2200-year-old life-sized terra-cotta army uncovered in the first emperor's necropolis; Circle Vision Movie, the Bronze Chariot and renowned Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum. Lunch at the Terra Cotta Museum with noodle-making demonstration. Tonight, you are our guest at the Tang Dynasty Theatre's celebrated dinner and show.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Show


DAY 13 Monday Xi'an/Shanghai

Morning flight to Shanghai. Tour The Bund and the shopping streets of Nanjing Road or Huai Hai Road. Buffet dinner at the hotel.
Hua Ting Hotel & Towers
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner


DAY 14 Tuesday Shanghai

Today's sightseeing includes the Shanghai Museum with an audio tour that will guide you through the museum's magnificent collections of dynastic artifacts; Yu Garden, the Children's Palace and a carpet factory. After dinner, see the amazing Shanghai acrobatic show.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 15 Wednesday Depart Shanghai for San Francisco

Fly homeward aboard United Airlines.
MEALS: American Breakfast


GUARANTEED DEPARTURES SHOWN IN RED

WEDNESDAY DEPARTURE; WEDNESDAY RETURN ON UNITED AIRLINES
TOUR CODE: 8CE15SR


Tour Cost (per person, double occupancy)
Departure
Date
Return
Date
LAND ONLY
AIR & LAND
from
San Francisco
Single
Supp.
2008:
May 21 Jun 4 $2,758 $3,888 $680
Jun 11 Jun 25 $2,758 $4,008 $680
Jul 9 Jul 23 $2,688 $3,938 $630
Jul 23 Aug 6 $2,688 $3,938 $630

Special Notes:
East Coast Cities & Other Gateways: For domestic Add-On airfares from interior U.S. cities to San Francisco, please see below.
Government-imposed taxes and fees, including the 9/11 Security Fee, apply and are additional. Refer to Air and Land Information in our Terms & Conditions.
Land Only rate does not include transpacific air, or initial arrival and final departure transfers in Asia.
Tour fares are subject to change.


BUSINESS CLASS AIR UPGRADE AVAILABLE
UNITED AIRLINES ADD-ON AIRFARE CHART
ZONE 1: Not Applicable
Honolulu, HI
ZONE 2: No Additional Charges
Los Angeles, CA Portland, OR Seattle, WA
ZONE 3: Add $140.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Eugene, OR Palm Springs, CA Sacramento, CA C ANADA :
Fresno, CA Phoenix, AZ San Diego, CA Vancouver, BC
Las Vegas, NV Reno, NV Spokane, WA
ZONE 4: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Albuquerque, NM Denver, CO San Antonio, TX C ANADA :
Austin, TX Houston, TX Calgary, AB
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX Salt Lake City, UT
ZONE 5: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Anchorage, AK Kansas City, MO Omaha, NE
Detroit, MI Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
ZONE 6: Add $220.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Chicago, IL Columbus, OH Memphis, TN St. Louis, MO
Cincinnati, OH Green Bay, WI Milwaukee, WI
Cleveland, OH Indianapolis, IN Nashville, TN
ZONE 7: Add $200.00 to San Francisco tour fare
New York, NY Newark, NJ
ZONE 8: Add $260.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Baltimore, MD Manchester, NH Rochester, NY C ANADA :
Boston, MA Philadelphia, PA Syracuse, NY Montreal, QC
Buffalo, NY Pittsburgh, PA Washington, DC Ottawa, ON
Hartford, CT Richmond, VA Toronto, ON
ZONE 9: Add $340.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Atlanta, GA Greensboro, NC Orlando, FL West Palm Beach, FL
Charlotte, NC Jacksonville, FL Raleigh-Durham, NC
Fort Lauderdale, FL Miami, FL Tampa, FL
If your city is not shown on the lists above, please call us for information.
IMPORTANT NOTE : The above add-on fares are applicable only when using flights on United Airlines. Valid from April 1, 2008 - March 31, 2009. Fares subject to change.

OUR WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
  • Round-trip transpacific air transportation
  • All intra-China air/land transportation
  • Escorted by a professional Tour Manager
  • 13 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
  • 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges
  • Sightseeing, cultural activities and performances as noted
  • United Mileage Plus ? members: earn frequent flyer credit with the purchase of each air/land package
  • $100,000 Automatic Flight Insurance for transpacific air ticketed by PDT

CULTURAL DISCOVERIES
  • BEIJING: 3 nights Capital Hotel Beijing
    Tiananmen Square; Forbidden City's Imperial Palace including the jewelry section; Hutong Tour including a visit with a local family; Drum Tower; Beijing Duck dinner party; Great Wall; Sacred Way to Ming Tombs; Chang Ling Exhibition Hall; cloisonn factory
  • TURPAN: 2 nights Oasis Turpan Hotel
    Karez Well; Jiaohe City; ruins of Gaochang; Astana Tombs; Flaming Mountains; Suliman Minaret; dinner at a family home
  • URUMQI: 2 nights Hoi Tak Hotel
    Xinjiang Provincial Museum; Lake of Heaven (Tianchi) boat ride; visit with Kazakhs family
  • DUNHUANG: 2 nights Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
    White Horse Pagoda; Singing Sand Dunes (with camel ride); Mogao Caves; Chinese dinner at Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
  • XI'AN: 2 nights Grand New World Hotel
    City Wall; Wild Goose Pagoda; Terra-Cotta Warriors, Bronze Chariot, Circle Vision Movie; Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum; Tang Dynasty Theatre dinner and show
  • SHANGHAI: 2 nights Hua Ting Hotel & Towers
    The Bund; Nanjing or Huai Hai shopping streets; Shanghai Museum including audio tour; Yu Garden; Children's Palace; carpet factory; China's world-famous acrobatic show


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