13 day China's Silk Road tour with flights

Including return international flights, 11 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, private coach transportation, sightseeing, English-speaking guides, tipping and more.

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  • 13 day China’s Silk Road tour with flights
  • 13 day China’s Silk Road tour with flights
  • 13 day China’s Silk Road tour with flights
  • 13 day China’s Silk Road tour with flights
  • 13 day China’s Silk Road tour with flights
  • 13 day China’s Silk Road tour with flights
  • 13 day China’s Silk Road tour with flights
  • 13 day China’s Silk Road tour with flights
  • 13 day China’s Silk Road tour with flights
  • 13 day China’s Silk Road tour with flights
  • 13 day China’s Silk Road tour with flights
  • 13 day China’s Silk Road tour with flights
  • 13 day China’s Silk Road tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

Follow in the footsteps of merchants and travellers who once tred this world-famous trade route on a 13 day China’s Silk Road tour.

Jaws may just drop the moment you first step foot in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. This is, after all, one of the largest public plazas in the world, and it is steeped in historical and cultural importance. Take in the landmarks that fringe the plaza – the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong – and catch a glimpse of the gates to the Forbidden City located at the north of the square. Make sure you’ve done your stretches and are warmed up for when it’s time to climb a section of the Great Wall of China at Juyong Pass. Be in awe of this man-made wonder as you wander the steps and stones that so many have done before. Learn more about two of China’s precious treasures – jade and cloisonné – on workshop visits afterwards. Also explore the gardens and lakes inside the sprawling Summer Palace complex while in Beijing.

Catch a flight to Lanzhou. The capital of the Gansu Province was a central point on the Silk Road and was a city that not only fostered trade between East and West, but also elements of cultural exchange. It also marks the halfway point for overland travellers moving across China. See Yellow River Park and White Temple Mountain upon arriving in Lanzhou. Then indulge in a bowl of one of the city’s favourite dishes, Lanzhou beef noodles; a steaming serve of broth flavoured with fresh chilli oil, thinly sliced white radishes and stewed or braised meat.

Explore the landscape of the Jingtai Yellow River Stone Forest Scenic Area and get another fix of Mother Nature’s glory at Liujiaxia Reservoir. Take a speedboat ride to the Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves, and visit the Labrang Monastery that is home to more than 4000 monks and a collection of 65,000 Buddhist scriptures. Dive deeper into Silk Road history at Eight Corner City, and uncover the Islamic influence of the region on a guided outing through Linxia and the Eight Squares and Thirteen Lanes area. See the Leitai Tomb of Han Dynasty and the Wuwei Confucian Temple in Wuwei, and hear about the history of the Bronze Galloping Horse. Find out more about the Western Xia kingdom at the namesake museum, and take in a landscape of red cliffs and ridges on a drive through Zhangye Danxia National Park. Have your camera at the ready to capture the park’s changing colours at sunset.

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Beijing 

Fly to Beijing, the capital city of China, via a connecting city. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.

Please note, some flights may depart the day before.

Day 2: Beijing (B)

After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square, the second-largest public square in the world! Tiananmen Square is named after the Tiananmen (“Gate of Heavenly Peace”) located to the north of the square, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong, and holds great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.

Optional: Forbidden City Tour
Forbidden City is the best preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. On this tour you’ll enter the Forbidden City to learn the Imperial era of Chinese History. Additional cost applies. 

Optional: Peking-duck Banquet Dinner
An authentic Peking-duck banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments. Additional cost applies. 

Day 3: Beijing (B) 

Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass. This is one of the three most famous passes along the Great Wall of China, together with Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan. 60 km from downtown Beijing, Juyong Pass was the northern route to Beijing in ancient times. Once here, there is plenty of time to learn about the wall’s constriction and you’ll have the chance to climb a portion of this 6,000 km marvel. On the way back to Beijing, we stop at one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia. Then, after lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné Factory. Cloisonné is a famous traditional enamel ware, known as the ‘Blue of Jingtai’ in China, with a history of over 500 years.

Optional: Golden Mask Dynasty
The large-scale poetic dancing drama, Golden Mask Dynasty Show, is based on a legendary age in China. The Golden Mask Dynasty Show incorporates dancing, lighting and acoustics, acrobatics and some magnificent costumes to recreate the wonderful legend. Additional cost applies. 

Day 4: Beijing (B) 

Visit the city’s Summer Palace this morning. This lavish complex is made up of lakes, gardens and palaces. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour of the palace, which was once the summer resort of Emperors, is followed by a visit to the Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine. As a bonus, you’ll enjoy a relaxing foot massage.

Optional: Hutong Life & Panda House Tour
On this tour, a rickshaw will take you around the intricate winding hutongs to admire the old courtyards. They are maze-like and deep and exactly as they were a long time ago. You are invited to visit a local family’s house to experience authentic Beijing life. Next, visit the Panda House in Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the Giant Panda. Additional cost applies. 

Day 5: Beijing – airplane-takeoff – Lanzhou (B, D) 

You’ll be transferred to the airport today for your flight to Lanzhou. At China’s cartographic bullseye, Lanzhou marks the halfway point for overlanders trekking across the country. Growing up on a strategic stretch of the Yellow River and sitting between competing Chinese and Central Asian empires, Gansu’s elongated capital city frequently changed hands, reflected today in its mix of ethnic groups and cultures. Upon arrival you’ll be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. You’ll walk along the Yellow River Park and appreciate the view of White Temple Mountain from Zhongshan Bridge if time permits. This evening, you’ll enjoy Lanzhou’s favourite food – Lanzhou beef noodles for dinner.

Day 6: Lanzhou – Jingtai – Xiahe (B, L, D)

After breakfast we’ll set off for Jingtai Yellow River Stone Forest Scenic Area. It’s about a 2.5 hour drive. You’ll visit the picturesque Liujiaxia Reservoir that sits on plateaus and in canyons, allowing visitors to return to the beauty of nature. Followed by a 20 min speedboat ride across the Yellow River Stone Forest to the Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves, one of the very noted for caves in China. Bingling means one hundred thousand Buddha in the Tibetan language. The grottoes are in two temples, upper and lower, and are distributed on the cliff that is 2 km long from north to south, borders on the Yellow River and is strategically located and difficult to access. Bingling Temple Grottos started in the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316). There are altogether 34 grottoes, 149 shrines, and 694 big or small stone statues, 82 mud statues here. There is an ink preface of that time found in the No.169 grotto, which is the earliest preface found in the all the grottoes by far. It was listed as the UNESCO world culture heritage in 2014. After lunch you’ll head directly to Xiahe where the Labrang monastery is located.

Day 7: Xiahe Tibetan County (B, L, D)

This morning we’ll head out for a sightseeing tour of Labrang Monastery. The Labrang monastery is a holy place where Buddhism followers learn the essence of Buddhism. Over four thousand monks live here. Constructed in 1709 by Ngawang Tsondru, Labrang Monastery houses a rich collection of Buddhist scriptures, about 65,000 of them in 18,200 volumes in various categories, including philosophy, collected works, medicine, sabda, history, biography and craftsmanship. Stroll around the halls and courtyards with your tour guide, get to know the history of Tibetan Buddhism, admire amazing architecture which mixed Han and Tibetan style, learn about the temples belief, people and soul. This afternoon, you’ll continue the journey to the Eight Corner City, also known as the Octagon City. The ancient city of Octagon is a city built in the Han Dynasty in Xiahe County, you’ll meet local residents with Tibetan and Han backgrounds and learn about the Silk Road history and culture.

Day 8: Xiahe – Linxia – Yongjing (B, L, D)

Set out with your guide to discover the Linxia Muslim country and explore the Eight Squares and Thirteen Lanes area. Following the ancient Silk Road, as early as in the Tang Dynasty, merchants and religious figures from such countries as Saudi Arabia (now Saudi Arabia) and Persia took business, missionary and settlement in the Eight Square and Thirteen streets, and gradually built eight mosques and their teaching halls in Islam. They are named as Hui nationality as Chinese Muslim.

Day 9: Yongjing – Wuwei (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we’ll head to Wuwei and visit the Leitai Han Dynasty Tomb. Wuwei City in central Gansu once occupied a strategic position on the famous Silk Road. The Leitai Han Dynasty Tomb is situated in Leitai Park so called, as there was a Temple built to honour the Chinese god Leishen on the 10 m high earth platform that was erected during the middle Ming Dynasty. The inscription on the tomb shows that it was constructed circa 186-219BC for an officer from Zhangye, another major town on the Silk Road. The most important find was the Bronze Galloping Horse. Known in Chinese as ‘Ma Chao Long Que’, the horse is depicted in a full gallop supported on just one foot upon the back of a bird in flight. We’ll then proceed to the Wuwei Confucian Temple that is a group of majestic imitation royal palace buildings. The bronze horse known as the national treasure was unearthed in the tomb of General Zhang of Wuwei Leitai. Collected in the Confucian Temple, the experts identified the cultural relics of the Eastern Han Dynasty as a long period of more than 1600 years.

Day 10: Wuwei – Zhangye (B, L, D)

Today we’ll visit the Xixia Kingdom Museum. Xixia Kingdom Museum is the first museum in China to display the history of the rise and fall of the Xixia Kingdom with the background of the Xixia Royal Cemetery. The entire building covers an area of 5,300 square meters. The museum selected 671 most representative Xixia cultural relics, monographs, papers, and magazine articles 413. There are mainly carved dragon pillars, Stone horses, glass kisses, Xixia inscriptions, stone statues, Buddhist scriptures, Buddhist paintings, iron suits, Xixia porcelain, official seals and more. Later we’ll drive to Zhangye and visit the Danxia National Park. With a landscape of red cliffs and multi-coloured ridges of strata, Danxia National Park was formed by the erosion of red sandstone. At sunset, you may see the colours of the mountains change continuously as the position of the sun changes.

Day 11: Zhangye – Lanzhou (B, L, D)

It is an early morning visit to Dafo Temple. The temple, also known as “Wofo Temple” (Sleeping Buddha Temple), it is very famous because it contains the biggest indoor sleeping Buddha in China. The temple was originally built in 1098, it was rebuilt many times in history, and the temple now still preserved its original main buildings: Giant Buddha Hall, Buddhist Classics Hall, and Clay Pagoda. You’ll then travel to Lanzhou with your tour guide by private vehicle, sit back and enjoy the sceneries along the way and relax.

Day 12: Lanzhou – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

Enjoy one last delicious breakfast this morning, before your Chinese adventure comes to an end. At the appropriate time, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home, unless you choose to extend your stay and continue to explore other mesmerising cities. You’ll be returning home with knowledge of a new culture, connections with new friends and memories to last you a lifetime.

Day 13: Australia

Arrive home in Australia today. 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights with full-service airline, plus all airport transfers within China
  • 11 nights’ twin share hotel accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus 6 lunches and 7 dinners 
  • Private coach transportation with English-speaking guides throughout
  • All site entry fees and tipping as per the itinerary
 

Fine Print

 

 How to book:

  • Within 72 hours of completing your booking request online you will receive an email from our Travel Partner which will include a link to complete their mandatory booking form.
  • Our Travel partners booking form must be completed including your passport details within one week to secure your requested travel date.
  • If your requested date of departure is not available, the tour supplier will contact you directly.
  • Completion of this booking form will allow the tour supplier to secure air tickets and tour components.
  • Voucher valid for 1 person(must purchase 2 vouchers)

Payment Information:

  • A deposit of $1,070/$1,370/$1,570/$1,470 per person is due at the time of purchase.
  • Final payment is due 180 days prior to travel and will be collected by our Travel Partner. If you book within 180 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • All payments received are strictly non-refundable and non-transferable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided 2-3 weeks prior to departure. A preliminary itinerary will be sent you prior to this time to ensure that you can arrange your Visas (where required) in a timely manner. 

Single Supplement: 

$900 per person in addition to the twin share price. Payable direct to our travel partner once your booking has been made. 

Group Size: 10 – 48 people 

Child Price: Same price as adults – Minimum age 2 years

Tour Only: Not available 

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Hotel locations can be within or outside itinerary cities.

Beijing: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar
Lanzhou: Legend Hotel or similar
Xiahe: Tianzhu International Hotel or similar
Yongjing: Gonghanglv Huanghe Pearl international Hotel or similar
Wuwei: Royal International Hotel or similar
Zhangye: Ding He International Hotel or similar
Lanzhou: Ruiling International Hotel or similar

Please note, all hotel ratings are based local star ratings

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds

Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Maximum Room Capacity: 2 people 

Triple Share: Not available for this tour

Optional Activities: 

Beijing: Forbidden City Tour – $87 per person
Beijing: Golden Mask Dynasty – $81 per person
Beijing: Hutong Life Tour with lunch – $56 per person 
Beijing: Temple of Heaven Tour with lunch – $56 per person
Beijing: Peking Duck Dinner – $42 per person

All optional tours are payable direct to our travel partner once your booking has been made. 
All AUD amounts are subject to currency exchange rate and they may change at any time without advance notice.

Coach Transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort. Maximum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger.

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Health/Fitness Requirement: Accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and average mobility. Tours may involve sightseeing on foot, some climbing of stairs and getting on and off boats. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

26 March*
23 April**
7 May
11 June**
9 July**
20 August* 
10 September
22 October
5 November 

*A $250 per person shoulder season surcharge applies, please see the availability calendar for more details 
**A $500 per person peak season surcharge applies, please see the availability calendar for more details 

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Bookings not accepted when within 35 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

 Airline Information: 

  • Return economy flights departing Sydney or Melbourne with full-service airline: China Southern, Air China, Xiamen Airlines, Tanjin Airlines, Hainan Airlines or similar  
  • Brisbane- A $300 per person interstate surcharge applies 
  • Adelaide– A $500 per person interstate surcharge applies
  • Perth – A $400 per person interstate surcharge applies
  • Including maximum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.

Flights Condition:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits per leg, stopover or a substitute airline. These changes are beyond our control and will be confirmed upon booking.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as instructed by the ticketed airline.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however, should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Stay behind surcharge:

If you wish to extend your trip, from $250 per person breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference) payable at the time of completing your booking. Your stay behind request must be submitted when completing your booking form. PLEASE NOTE: No staybehind will be actioned until your final payment is made.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights with full-service airline, plus all airport transfers within China
  • 11 nights’ twin share hotel accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus 6 lunches and 7 dinners 
  • Private coach transportation with English-speaking guides throughout
  • All site entry fees and tipping as per the itinerary
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