Silk Road Discovery

20 Days
Beijing to Chongqing
From (GBP)
£ 6,995
£ 6,395
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Beijing > Chongqing

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20 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    Embark on a journey of historical discovery as you fly to Beijing from a choice of UK airports with selected airlines.

  2. Day 2 - Beijing

    Welcome to Beijing. You’ll be transferred to your luxurious hotel for a three-night stay. A wonderful journey awaits, starting with a welcome feast of Peking duck.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  3. Day 3 - 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

  4. Day 4 - Beijing

    Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. 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

  5. Day 5 - Beijing > Dunhuang

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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, an oasis named after its shape sitting amongst the rolling sand dunes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - 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 cave, not available for the regular tourists to visit.

    After lunch drive to Jiayuguan for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - 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. Later drive to Zhangye for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Zhangye > Xi’an

    Gaze in wonder at the Danxia National Geological Park’s multi-coloured rock formations before flying to Xi’an for a three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - 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

  11. Day 11 - 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 with dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - 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

  13. Day 13 - 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

  14. Day 14 - 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

  15. Day 15 - Shanghai > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise

    Take an early flight to Yichang and explore Chexi Town. Later board the boutique Yangzi Explorer. On board enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - 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

  17. Day 17 - 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

  18. Day 18 - Yangtze River Cruise

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Chongqing > UK

    Disembark and visit Ciqikou and take a tour of Chongqing. This afternoon transfer to Chongqing airport. Flights must depart after 5:30pm if you wish to attend all touring.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  20. Day 20 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

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