Tour overview

Visiting:Xian, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan and Urumqi


DepartReturnRegular Price*
(twin share)
Early Bird Price*
(twin share)
1 September 202017 September 2020$5,980$5,580
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1.FIRST 15 – to join will also enjoy an additional $100 discount!

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  • Return economy international flights & taxes
  • Sumptuous meals as per itinerary
  • English Tour guide and bus services
  • Accommodation & entry to places listed on itinerary
  • Prepaid gratuities

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Day 1 – Melbourne / Guangzhou

This evening we embark on our exciting journey on board our flight with China Southern Airlines bound for Guangzhou.

Meals – As per flight

Day 2 – Guangzhou / Xian

We arrive early in the morning in Guangzhou and after a few hours of transit, we board our connecting flight to Xian early morning. Our Friendly guide will pick us up and then take us to Muslim street for a relaxing stroll and then check into our hotel. Tonight, we go out for our first dinner at Huaqing Pool.

Meals – As per flight / D
Overnight Stay – Crown Plaza Xian or similar

Day 3 – Xian – Lanzhou

Start the morning a visit to City Walls and then Xian Museum, home to a number of relics and artifacts. After lunch we visit the Terracotta warriors and horses of Emperor Qinshihuang. In the evening, we take a 3-hour bullet train to Lanzhou. Please note that this day will be a long day.

Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – Crown Plaza Lanzhou or similar

Day 4 – Lanzhou

Today, take a leisurely walk by the Yellow River before enjoying a moment of tranquility at the hilltop Baita Temple. Walk about 15 minutes from the temple and enjoy some delicious hand stretched noodles for lunch. Your visit to Baita Temple involves 2 hours of walking and climbing some steps. Browse the night markets this evening.

Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – Crown Plaza Lanzhou or similar

Day 5 – Lanzhou / Xiahe

Check out of your hotel early this morning and drive around 3 hours to Lingsha. Lunch may be later than usual as there are no suitable restaurants until reaching Lingsha. In the afternoon, continue for around 2 hours through the scenic Jishi Mountain Pass to arrive in Xiahe – an autonomous region of Hui and Tibetan ethnic minorities. After check-in at your hotel, it is advisable in order to rest to acclimatize to the higher altitude (approximately 3,100m).

Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – Jiusheng International Hotel or similar

Day 6 – Xiahe

Visit the impressive Labrang Monastery, home to a maze of prayer wheels, chapels and chörtens. Explore on foot for around 2 hours. Take some time to explore before heading back to Xiahe to wander around the town itself. For lunch, dine on a traditional Tibetan meal, consisting of yak meat, tsampa and vegetable hotpot with dumplings.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Jiusheng International Hotel or similar

Day 7 – Xiahe / Zhangye

Depart early this morning for the return drive through Lingsha to Lanzhou, which takes around 5 hours. After lunch, transfer to the railway station for your 3-hour bullet train to Zhangye, once an important commercial town along the Silk Road. On arrival, check in to your hotel.

Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – Zhangye Hotel or similar

Day 8 – Zhangye / Jiayuguan

Rise early this morning to visit the Danxia National Park at sunrise. Return to Zhangye and visit the Giant Buddha Temple. Transfer to the station and take the bullet train approximatey 1 and a half hours to Jiuyaguan.

Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – Jiayuguan Plaza Holiday Inn or similar

Day 9 – Jiayuguan

Drive around 20 minutes to visit the Jiayu Fortress before taking a walk on the Jiayu Pass and the western extremes of the magnificent Great Wall for panoramic views over the starkly beautiful Gobi Desert. Here there will be about 1 hour allocated to explore this section of the wall at your own pace; there are some steep sections so please be careful.

Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – Jiayuguan Plaza Holiday Inn or similar

Day 10 – Jiayuguan / Dunhuang

Drive 4 hours westward along the Hexi corridor to the oasis city of Dunhuang. Located on a major trade and cultural crossroads, Dunhuang, known as the ‘City of Sands’, sits in a verdant oasis on the edge of the Taklaman Desert. Visit the Shazhou Night Market this evening and try local snacks after dinner.

Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – Dunhuang Grand Soluxe Hotel or similar

Day 11 – Dunhuang

Early this morning, drive 30 mins out of town to visit the Mogao Grottoes Museum and the Mogao Grottoes, a system of temples and sanctuaries that exhibit wonderful examples of Buddhist paintings and statues that span thousands of years. Sightseeing at Mogao involves approximately 3-4 hours on foot. Lunch today will be a simple meal as the choice of restaurants in this area is limited. Back to hotel for rest.

Please note: Mogao has high visitor numbers every day and the site guides tend to pressure groups to move through the caves faster than people would like. It can be very difficult and awkward for our Local Guides or National Escorts to change this, so your patience and understanding is requested.

Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – Dunhuang Grand Soluxe Hotel or similar

Day 12 – Dunhuang

This morning, drive around 10 minutes to Crescent Moon Spring, nestled amongst rolling sand dunes, and the famous Singing Sand Dunes, a phenomenon produced by the wind blowing through the grains. Enjoy a camel ride and then night fashion show.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Dunhuang Grand Soluxe Hotel or similar

Day 13 – Dunhuang – Turpan

Visit Dunhuang Museum in the morning and then transfer to Liuyuan station and take highspeed D-train to Turpan (approx 3 hours). Overnight in Turpan.

Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – Tuha Petroleum Hotel or similar

Day 14 – Turpan / Urumqi

Visit Grape Valley with a local family visit. Afterwards Flame Mountain, Karez (subterraneon water system) and the ancient Jiaohe Ruins. Transfer to Urmqu by D Train (2 hours). Overnight in Urumqi.

Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – Hilton Urumqi or similar

Day 15 – Urumqi

Today we visit Heavenly Lake – this journey will take about 2-3 hours. In the afternoon spend a bit of free time in Erdaoqiao Market and tonight enjoy a roast lamb and night dancing show.

Meals – B /L / D
Overnight Stay – Hilton Urumqi or similar

Day 16 – Urumqi / Guangzhou / Melbourne

This morning our tour finally comes to an end – we depart Urumqi bound for Guangzhou with China Southern Airlines. We transit for a few hours and then reboard our flight bound for Melbourne.

Meals – B / As per flight

Day 17 – Arrive Melbourne

Our overnight flight arrives into Melbourne this morning and we hope you enjoyed your tour!

Meals – As per flight