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Silk Road 12 Days 10 Nights

  

 Early Booking Discount :  $ 200.00 / person

If booked before 12/15/2008

 

Tour Code: CEAS

 

TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 1     USA-Beijing

Embark on an exciting adventure to China and the Silk Road as we board our trans-Pacific flight bound for Beijing. Depending on seasonality and time zone, China is either 15 or 16 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time. Our wide body jetliner will cross multiple time zones as it traverses the Pacific Ocean, flying over the international date line to arrive at China.

 

Day 2     Arrive-Beijing

The flight arrives at China's capital city of Beijing where we deplane, retrieve baggage, then clear customs to be met and greeted by our tour guide in the arrival hall. After the long flight, it definitely feels good to settle in to the deluxe accommodations for a good night's rest.

 

Day 3     Beijing

After breakfast we embark on our first day of sightseeing. Home to over 13 million residents, Beijing is the political center of China. Our group first visits Tiananmen Square, whose 99 acres make it the largest public square in the world. Up next is the Forbidden City, the official abode to the emperor and his royal court. During China's imperial era, commoners were not allowed inside its gates except by special invitation. The emperor's summer home is visited this afternoon; enjoy a walk along LakeKunming at the SummerPalace. In the evening, our group attends a fabulous Peking Duck Banquet to savor a taste of duck prepared in the traditional northern fashion.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party

 

Day 4     Beijing

The Great Wall of China is one of the seven great man-made wonders of the world and definitely China's star attraction. Meandering 4000 miles across China's northern regions, the Great Wall was built as a defensive structure by China's unifying emperor Qin Shi Huang and did not reach completion until the Ming Dynasty. Ample time will be provided for us to survey this symbol of ancient Chinese civilization; don't miss the opportunity walk atop the wall and gaze into the northern frontier. Later, descend the Wall to visit the nearby Sacred Way and MingTombMuseum. Tonight, dinner is served at the hotel.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at hotel

 

Day 5            Beijing - Urumqi

Leaving the comforts and city style of the big metropolis, we travel by air to the far removed world of the Silk Road. On the way to the airport, stop at the somber Temple of Heaven where emperors came to pray for a bountiful harvest. Arrive at Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Xinjiang is home to many of China's ethnic minorities whose wonderful cultures add extra delight as we continue on this amazing journey. We visit HongshanPark where we enjoy a birds eye view of Urumqi from atop the mountain.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at hotel

 

 Day 6     Urumqi

Our full day city tour of Urumqi takes us to visit Heavenly Lake (Tianchi) situated at an elevation of over 6000 ft; it is surrounded by green pastures and pristine conifer forests. Snowy Alp-like peaks soar to great heights and enclose the lake. Take a boat ride on HeavenlyLake and escape into a peaceful, dream-like world. Time is spent this afternoon at a huge open-air bazaar as well as the XinjiangMuseum.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7     Urumqi- Turpan

After breakfast this morning, we board our motor coach and journey across the dry basin area to the oasis town of Turpan. Pass by FlamingMountain to visit the ancient city of Jiaohe, once an important garrison town on the Silk Road. Located in FlamingMountain is GrapeValley, an entire area filled with juicy sweet green grapes. The entire Turpan region has for 2000 years relied upon the Karez underground irrigation system for sustenance; we go underground to view the system. Tonight our group attends a Minority Folklore Dance Show after a superb local roast lamb dinner.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Show

 

Day 8     Turpan - Urumqi

This morning the motor coach leaves Turpan, passing by FlamingMountain to visit the ancient town of Gaochang, once an important garrison town along the Silk Road. We also visit the BezkelikThousandBuddhaCaves and the Astana Ancient Tombs before heading back to Urumqi.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9     Urumqi- Dunhuang

Depart Urumqi and head towards Dunhuang by air. Lush green fields and rolling sand dunes of Dunhuang served as a rest stop for weary traders on the Silk Road. It was also the gateway through which Buddhism, Islam and Christianity entered China. At Dunhuang we visit Singing Hill, Crescent Moon Springs and the CityMuseum. In the evening, we attend a local Minority Show.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner show

 

Day 10     Dunhuang

The Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang have been praised as a "glittering pearl that adorns the Silk Road" and is considered the great treasure house of Buddhist arts in existence. The Mogao's 492 grottoes contain some 45,000 sq. meters of murals and more than 2,000 painted sculptures which span 10 consecutive dynasties. In the afternoon, we visit the HistoricMuseum, White Horse Pagoda and FilmCity.

American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at hotel

 

Day 11     Dunhuang -Beijing

Sadly, we must bid Dunhuang farewell as the Silk Road portion of our tour has come to an end. Our motor coach takes us to the airport to board a flight back to Beijing, where we will overnight. No sightseeing has been scheduled for the group. Use the time to explore the city at our own pace or do some last minute souvenir shopping.

Meals: American Breakfast

 

Day 12     Beijing-USA     

Our China and Silk Road adventure is over all too soon as we are transferred to the airport to board the homebound international flight. Cross the international date line to arrive back at home.

Meals: American Breakfast

 

Dates & Tour Costs (Per Person):

Departure
Friday

Return
Sunday

Air & Land from LAX/SFO

Single
Supplement

03/24/2009

4/4/2009

$2899.00

$550.00

04/07/2009

4/18/2009

$2999.00

$550.00

04/21/2009

5/2/2009

$2999.00

$550.00

05/05/2009

5/16/2009

$3099.00

$550.00

05/19/2009

5/30/2009

$3099.00

$550.00

05/26/2009

6/6/2009

$3099.00

$550.00

06/09/2009

6/20/2009

$3199.00

$550.00

06/23/2009

7/4/2009

$3199.00

$550.00

07/07/2009

7/18/2009

$3199.00

$550.00

07/21/2009

8/1/2009

$3199.00

$550.00

08/04/2009

8/15/2009

$3199.00

$550.00

08/18/2009

8/29/2009

$3199.00

$550.00

09/01/2009

9/12/2009

$3299.00

$600.00

09/15/2009

9/26/2009

$3299.00

$600.00

09/29/2009

10/10/2009

$3299.00

$600.00

10/06/2009

10/17/2009

$3299.00

$600.00

10/20/2009

10/31/2009

$3199.00

$600.00

* Prices listed are for Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) departure

* Fuel surcharge and taxes apply and are additional

 

 

Tour Package Features:

-- Luxury Hotels for your comfort

Beijing C MarriottCity Wall

Urumqi C Kempinski Hotel

Turpan C Tuha Hotel

Dunhuang C The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel

-- Full American or buffet breakfast daily

-- Chinese or western dinners in hotels or at local restaurants

-- Local specialties for yourdelight

Beijing C Peking Duck Banquet

Turpan C Roast Lamb Dinner

-- Special entertainment

Urumqi C Heavenly lake Cruise

Turpan C Minority Folklore Dance Show

Dunhuang C Minority Dinner Show

-- Roundtrip international air ticket

-- China domestic air tickets

-- Comprehensive sightseeing program

-- Knowledgeable tour guide throughout China

-- Travel Protection Insurance is provided at no additional charge if final payment is received 60 days prior to departure date



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