Silk Road Discovery

18 Days
Beijing to Chongqing
From (CAD)
$ 10,645
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2021 Beijing > Chongqing

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18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Beijing

    Begin your amazing discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Your home for the next three nights is Beijing.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Beijing

    Visit China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu. 


    Look forward to an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Beijing

    Wander through Tiananmen Square.


    Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. Once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, this section is not usually open to the
    general public.

    Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the Hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Beijing > Dunhuang

    Fly to Dunhuang, a major stop along the Silk Road known as the ‘City of the Sands’. Check into your hotel in Dunhuang for the next two nights. Tonight, visit the Shazhou Night Market.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Dunhuang

    Begin your exploration of the area starting with the Yadan Landform and Yumen and Yangguan Passes. Later this afternoon, ride a camel through the Singing Sand Dunes to the Crescent Moon Spring, a crescent-shaped oasis sitting amongst the rolling sand dunes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Dunhuang > Jiayuguan

    Begin the day with a visit to the Mogao Museum, Caves and Grottoes. Once home to many monks and nuns, the caves are a system of sanctuaries and temples filled with ancient Buddhist statues and paintings dating back thousands of years. 


    You will be accompanied by a local expert who will take you inside a special closed cave, not available for regular tourists to visit.

    After lunch drive to Jiayuguan and enjoy an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Jiayuguan > Zhangye

    Visit the western end of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall at the Jiayu Fortress and Pass. From the wall you will be able to see the Gobi Desert. After exploring the fortress, visit the Wei Jin Dynasty Mural Tomb and drive to Zhangye for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Zhangye > Xi’an

    Gaze in wonder at the Danxia National Geological Park’s multi-coloured rock formations before flying to Xi’an. Spend the next three nights at your hotel in Xi’an.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  9. Day 9 - Xi’an


    Marvel at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator.

    Stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.


    Enjoy a special private after-hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum and learn about the history of Shananxi Province from the museum’s curator. 


    Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - Xi’an

    Visit a local painter’s home, famous for its rural peasant paintings. Learn about his art and enjoy lunch with his family. Explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall. Enjoy the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show and dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Xi’an > Shanghai

    Explore the maze of markets in the Muslim Quarter before flying to Shanghai for a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Shanghai

    Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Explore the Pudong area and admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, witness the renowned agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Shanghai


    Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao water town or cruise along Huangpu River.

    Later, enjoy time at leisure to shop on Nanjing Road. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Shanghai > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise

    Take the high-speed train to Yichang to board the boutique Yangzi Explorer. On board enjoy included wine and beer with lunch and dinner. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Inspect the Three Gorges Dam project site. Continue sailing through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea delights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Glide up Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the Three Gorges.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Join an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Chongqing

    Disembark and visit Ciqikou and take a tour of Chongqing, depart this afternoon transfer to Chongqing airport.

    Please note: pre-release itinerary subject to change

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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