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Silk Route

Xi'an - Beijing

17 DAYS THROUGH China
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
Was: $1,655 USD + 550 KITTY USD
Now: $1,324 (USD) + 550 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
17 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Taxi, Metro
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew
ACCOM:
0%
100%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
CHM
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Guided tour of Xi'an's world famous Terracotta Warriors

  Explore Xi'an and its myriad of attractions

  Stay overnight in a Lijiashan cliff-side guesthouse built into a cave

  Visit the beautiful and ornate Black Dragon temple near Lijiashan

  3 nights in Pingyao to explore sites such as Mian Shan Mountain Resort and Zhangbi Underground City

  Explore the myriad of temples at Wutai Shan

  2 nights to explore Datong's Hanging Monastery and the stunning Yungang Caves

  Fully explore the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China at Jinshanling

  Explore the Imperial city of Chengde, summer home to the Emperor's family

  Discover the varied and interesting history of China at the National Museum

  Enjoy a guided visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing

  Take the Beijing metro to the centre's famous Tiananmen Square

  SHOW MORE HIGHLIGHTS  

Itinerary

Day 1 - Beijing ( 8th Jul 2019 )

Border Information: if joining in Beijing, you will most likely enter China at Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA code: PEK).

There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting. The rest of the day will be free to explore the incredible city of Beijing!

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Beijing before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Beijing.

In Beijing we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out to see an acrobatic or martial arts show in Beijing, always an incredible mix of athleticism and choreography

CNY 250

Discover all about the varied and interesting history of China at the National Museum, with its huge collection of over a million artifacts

Free
Explore the vast Temple of Heaven, once the site of an annual religious ceremony conducted by the Emporer to pray for a good harvest
CNY 10
Visit the beautiful Tibetan-style Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple) in Beijing
Free
See the iconic modern 'Bird's Nest' Stadium, the centrepiece of the 2008 Olympic Games
CNY 50
Day 2 - Beijing ( 9th Jul 2019 )

Today we will head out on the Beijing metro to the city centre's famous Tiananmen Square, which we will walk through and then take a tour of the Forbidden City. We will then have a free afternoon to further explore the many sights, sounds and flavours of Beijing.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing

Included in Kitty
Day 3-4 - Chengde ( 10th Jul 2019 to 11th Jul 2019 )

This morning we will start our journey with a drive to the city of Chengde.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will have a full day to explore the Puning Temple and the famous Imperial Summer Resort.

In Chengde we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the Imperial city of Chengde, summer home to the Emperor's family

Included in Kitty
Explore the incredible Imperial Summer Resort in Chengde, a vast park with a variety of gardens, pagodas, temples and palaces from various regions of China
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

See the beautiful Putuo Zongcheng Temple, modelled after the famous Potala Palace in Tibet
CNY 80
Day 5 - Jinshanling ( 12th Jul 2019 )

This morning we will have a short drive to one of the world's most incredible sights - the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China! We will have time this afternoon to thoroughly explore and walk along the Great Wall.

In Jinshanling we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Fully explore the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China at Jinshanling, one of the most spectacular stone sections of the wall

Included in Kitty
Day 6-7 - Datong ( 13th Jul 2019 to 14th Jul 2019 )

Today we will drive to the city of Datong in China's Shanxi province.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

On the following day we will head out of Datong in the truck on an included visit to the awe-inspiring Yungang Buddha Caves. 

In Datong we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

2 nights to explore Datong's Hanging Monastery and the stunning Yungang Caves

Included in Kitty
Explore the phenomenal site of the Yungang Caves, a network of 252 caves containing over 51,000 incredibly crafted sculptures of Buddha from the 5th and 6th centuries
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Journey through the remarkable industrial heartland of the north, the powerhouse of modern China

CNY 60
See the beautiful and ornate Nine Dragon Screen, a screen of glazed tiles depicting nine multi-coloured interweaving dragons
CNY 10
Day 8-9 - Wutai Shan ( 15th Jul 2019 to 16th Jul 2019 )

This morning we continue to the stunning mountainous area known as Wutai Shan, one of the holiest sites of Chinese Buddhism and a major centre of pilgrimage in the country. We will have an included visit to the incredible Hanging Monastery en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the following day we will have a full day to explore the area and visit its incredible array of temples and religious sites.

In Wutai Shan we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the myriad of temples at Wutai Shan, one of the Four Sacred Mountains of Chinese Buddhism

Included in Kitty
Day 10-11 - Pingyao ( 17th Jul 2019 to 18th Jul 2019 )

We will then drive to China's best-preserved ancient walled town, Pingyao. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

We will stay for 2 nights in Pingyao, giving us plenty of time to explore this ancient town and surrounding sites such as the Mian Shan Mountain Resort and the Zhangbi Underground City.

In Pingyao we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Freely explore the old town of Pingyao, a well preserved walled city that offers a fantastic glimpse into 'Old China'

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the incredible Shuanglin Temple near Pingyao, with its 2000 colourful sculptures of various gods and warriors

CNY 25

Visit the 10th-century Zhenguo Temple, one of the oldest wooden buildings in China

CNY 25
Take a day trip to the photogenic Mian Shan Mountain Resort, and explore the incredible array of buildings and scenery there
CNY 160
Take a day trip out to the impressive Wang family compound and the Zhang Bi underground village near Pingyao
CNY 205
Day 12 - Lijiashan ( 19th Jul 2019 )

Today we continue our journey to visit the ancient village of Lijiashan, famed for settlement of cave dwellers and still home to more than 600 families. We will stop en route for an included visit to the Black Dragon Temple just outside of Lijiashan.

In Lijiashan we will stay in a cave room, run by a local family and set up for guests.

Please note that some caves include a traditional 'Kang Stove bed'. The Kang bed is a hollow platform made from bricks that is used both as a bed and as a work area, these are common in remote villages in Northern China. In winter a coal fire can be lit under the bed, providing a huge amount of warmth day and night and it is very common for the whole family to sleep on one large bed. This means there may be times that members of the group may have to share 1 large bed with others in the group.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the beautiful and ornate Black Dragon temple near Lijiashan

Included in Kitty
Stay overnight in a local guesthouse built into a cave, in the cliff-side village of Lijiashan
Included in Kitty
Day 13-14 - Yan'an ( 20th Jul 2019 to 21st Jul 2019 )

Today we make our way to the city of Yan'an.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Yan'an is famous for being the ending point for those on the 'Long March', and became the CCP headquarters for a brief period. During our time here we have an included visit to the Revolutionary Museum and the CCP Headquarters site.

In Yan'an we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Revolution Museum and the Yangjialing Headquarters site, the former headquarters of Mao Tse Tung's Communist Party during the revolution

Included in Kitty
Day 15 - Xi'an ( 22nd Jul 2019 )

Today we will drive to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'! On arrival we will have a free afternoon to explore the city of Xi'an, it's famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.

In Xi'an we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Day 16 - Xi'an ( 23rd Jul 2019 )

This morning we head out of Xi'an on the truck to the site of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, where we have an included visit and a guided tour. We will return to Xi'an for a free afternoon to further explore this diverse city.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the world-famous site of the Terracotta Warriors, an army of 8000 life-size figures built to protect the Emporer Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Wander through the atmospheric Muslim Quarter and visit the Xi'an Great Mosque, the first mosque constructed in China

CNY 30

Visit the mind-blowing Tomb of Emporer Jingdi of the Han Dynasty, containing 50,000 doll-sized terracotta figures

CNY 90

Visit the ornate 14th-century Bell and Drum towers, which originally marked the sunrise and sunset

CNY 40

Walk or cycle around the Ming Dynasty Xi'an City Wall, the largest city wall in the world

CNY 80

Learn about the fascinating history of the ancient Chinese capital of Chang'an at the Shaanxi History Museum, without doubt one of the finest museums in China

CNY 30

Visit the impressive Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an's most famous landmark dating from the Tang and Ming Dynasties

CNY 80
Visit the Forest of Stelae Museum, a collection of 3000 stone tablets of Chinese calligraphy that has been collected here since 1057
CNY 50
Visit the huge former Tang Dynasty royal palace of Daming, and explore its vast parks and gardens
Free
Day 17 - Xi'an ( 24th Jul 2019 )

Border Information: if leaving in Xi'an, you will most likely exit China at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA code: XIY).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Xi'an. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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Departing: 24 Apr 2019
Returning: 10 May 2019
Duration: 17 days
Route: Xi'an - Beijing
$1,324 USD + $550 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 8 Jun 2019
Returning: 24 Jun 2019
Duration: 17 days
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Departing: 8 Jul 2019
Returning: 24 Jul 2019
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Departing: 19 Aug 2019
Returning: 4 Sep 2019
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Departing: 29 Apr 2020
Returning: 15 May 2020
Duration: 17 days
Route: Xi'an - Beijing
$1,805 USD + $550 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 13 Jul 2020
Returning: 29 Jul 2020
Duration: 17 days
Route: Beijing - Xi'an
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Departing: 3 Aug 2020
Returning: 19 Aug 2020
Duration: 17 days
Route: Beijing - Xi'an
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Deposit: $350 USD
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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

I have travelled with Dragoman several times before and have found that your travelling companions make a huge difference. I really enjoyed travelling with this group.
Diana M
It was a short trip (17 days) and we packed in as much as we could to cover China's greatest hits and to show different aspects of its culture and society. I particularly enjoyed Xian, Pingyao and Jinshanling
Diana M
Excellent - I particularly enjoyed the mountain activities.
Craig C
Unique and interesting experience
John C
I enjoyed the trip, the tour employees were perfect, the route novel and great.
Henry N
At first the sight of the truck, it was not as expected. But it grew on me, and having a refillable drinking water tank was definetly a plus!
Ryan Dwight K
Both crew were extremely helpful, friendly and funny, which made the trip more enjoyable.
Urvashi P
Claire was fantastic trying to accommodate everyone special requests.
Ryan Dwight K
Zoe and Yan were very personable - I felt safe and cared for.
Barbara L
Both Domingo and Euan were helpful and did their jobs perfectly.
Elva B