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The Majestic Tibet & Silkroad RailTour 2018 & business class return flights

14 Days + 12 Nights + Two Way Flights

1300 346 672

Let the world’s unique train—China Orient Express (also known as Shangri-la Express) take you back to the
Silk Road dating back to over 1000 years ago, to explore the best attractions of ancient Silk Road in 2017!
With the fabulous design and intimate services on China Orient Express, as well as the various haunting
sights along Silk Road, we promise that you'll be dazzled!

*Qinghai-Tibet railway:
Qinghai-Tibet railway (the total length is 1956 kilometers) stretches from Xining in the east and Lhasa in the south,
which likes a huge dragon spanning the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Known as the "Sky Road", Qinghai-Tibet railway is
also a marvel in the history of human engineering and construction. A section of 960 kilometers of railway is more
than 4,000 meters above sea level, and 550 kilometers is permafrost. The highest elevation of the railway across
Tanggula Mountains is 5072 meters, and it is a plateau railway with world’s highest elevation, longest distance on
permafrost, and world-class difficulty.

China Orient Express is the exclusively sale by Holidayxp in Australia and New Zealand. China Orient
Express, the most unique Chinese world-class train, was born in 1992. Designed and constructed by
Mercedes Benz Company and built by China's Ministry of Railways, for the first time, the luxurious
European Orient Express set foot on the land of ancient China. In 2009, China Orient Express (or named
Shangri-La Express) was voted top 10 of 25 luxurious train tours in the World Train Traveler Association.
We offer our guests first-class customer service, a romantic exploration of the Chinese most remarkable sites
and a constantly changing room with a view. You can expect welcoming cabins, fine dining and elegant
surrounding no matter which remote corner of the China you choose to explore.

Tour Date:  03 SEP 2018 (arriving in LXA) – 16 SEP 2018 (departing from URC) 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1DyImVcc5c

14Days Route A (SEP 03,2018 - SEP 16, 2018): Lhasa - Sigaze - Gyantse - Qinghai-Tibet railway - Xining -Lanzhou - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi

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Economy class $5999 per person

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  • Let the world’s unique train—China Orient Express (also known as Shangri-la Express) take you back to the Silk Road dating back to over 1000 years ago, to explore the best attractions of ancient Silk Road in 2017! With the fabulous design and intimate services on China Orient Express, as well as the various haunting sights along Silk Road, we promise that you'll be dazzled!

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  • International business class return flights from M
  • Transfers: land transfer with drivers as specified
  • Admission fees: to scenic spots as listed in the i
  • Meals: all meals as specified in the itinerary
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Itinerary

  • Day 1. Departure / Transit
  • Day 2. Arrival Lhasa
  • Day 3. Explore the holy city of Tibet
  • Day 4. Feel the breathtaking scenery of Yamzho Yumco Lake
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Accommodation

  • Brahmaputra grand hotel Lhasa or same class
  • Tashi Choten Hotelor same class
  • Sanwant Hotel Xining or same class
  • Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class
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Terms & Conditions

  • Minimum 2 pax travelling, booking with only 1 tra
  • Any un-utilized services, unused tours or hotel r
  • Any amendment / cancellation made after a confirm
  • Business class flights are only for long haul int
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Day 1. Departure / Transit

Please arrive at the airport check-in counter at least 3 hours before departure time according to your flight ticket. Destination: Connecting city Activities: Transit to Lhasa Meals: N/A Transportation: Flight Accommodation: Arranged by the Airlines

Day 2. Arrival Lhasa

Lhasa--the capital of the Tiber Autonomous Region. Upon arrival, meet by your guide and represent you a hada, a white scarf which is the Tibetan traditional way to wish you good luck. Then transfer to hotel to take rest for acclimatization of the high altitude. Overnight at hotel. Destination:Lhasa Activities: Pick-up, Hotel Check-in Meals: N/A Transportation: Car/Van Accommodation: Brahmaputra grand hotel Lhasa or same class

Day 3. Explore the holy city of Tibet

Following breakfast, we begin our exploration of the famous Potala Palace, perched on the northern side of Mountain. Throughout the ages, it had been the winter palace of Dalai Lamas. Its name means 'sacred Buddhist site' in the Tibetan language. This palace-like complex of buildings was first built in the 7th century AD by King Songtsen Gampo to mark his marriage with the Tang princess Wencheng as well as to house the Buddha images brought by Wencheng and the Nepalese princess Bhrikuti Devi. The palace also houses priceless artifacts and artworks. Continue to Jokhang Monastery, situated in the center of Lhasa. It was first built in 674A'D to celebrate the marriage of King Songtsen Gampo with Princess Wencheng and Bhrikuti Devi, both devout Buddhists. This monastery underwent expansion over the years and today, its four-level main hall sports a gilded roof and a blend of Han Chinese, Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian architectural styles. Proceed to Barkhor Street in the old city, which offers glimpses of traditional Tibetan life. The faithful chant and circumambulate around Jokhang Monastery. In this circular street there are also shops selling a wide variety of crafts such as Tibetan knives, bangles, shoes and more. Destination: Lhasa Activities:Potala Palace,Jokhang Monastic,Barkhor Street Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Car/Van, Accommodation: Brahmaputra grand hotel Lhasa or same class

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  • Dinner

Day 4. Feel the breathtaking scenery of Yamzho Yumco Lake

Following breakfast, we depart for Xigaze. Along the way, we pass Yamzo Lake, whose name means 'swan lake'. Also known as Baidi Lake, it is wedged between two mountains, hence like a swan spanning its wings. The crystal-clear lake, located over 4,000m above sea level, has an area of 638m2. It is the largest freshwater lake in Tibet, with a depth of up to 59m. Thereafter, we continue to Xigaze. Destination: Lhasa- Sigaze Activities:Yamzho Yumco Lake,Pelkor Monastery Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Car/Van, Accommodation: Tashi Choten Hotel or same class

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  • Dinner

Day 5. Discover the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Rear Tibet

In the morning,visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo monastery, where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future Buddha) in the world. This monastery, whose beauty is on par with that of Potala Palace, is located 2km west of Shigatse. It was founded by the first Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drup, in 1447AD. Its name means 'all fortune and happiness gather here. The Main Chanting Hall houses the Panchen Lama's throne and several chapels, including a Sakyamuni chapel, Bodhisattva chapel and Tara chapel. Don't miss the Tenth Panchen Lama's Stupa. The Tenth Panchen Lama was a highly respected Tibetan Buddhist leader. We proceed back to Lhasa. On the way, we can enjoy scenic views of the Yarlung Zangbo Gorge/ Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet).Stay Overnight in Lhasa. Destination: Shigatse-Lhasa Activities:Tashi Lhunpo monastery,Yarlung Zangbo Gorge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Car/Van, Accommodation: Brahmaputra grand hotel Lhasa or same class

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Day 6. Enjoy the scenic journey on the World's Highest Railway

After breakfast, free at own leisure till we onboard the train on the world's highest railway. Thereafter, we begin the scenic train journey through the highest Point in the world. Along the way, we pass magnificent sights: snow-capped mountains such as Yuzhu Peak and Mt Kunlunshan; Kekexili reserve; Tuotuo River, the source of Yangtze River; Fenghuo Mountain Tunnel, the world's highest mountain tunnel; Tanggula Station, the world's highest railway station located at 5,072m above sea level; Qiangtang Grassland and more. Destination: Lhasa-Tibet Plateau Activities: YuzhuPeak,Mt Kunlunshan,Kekexili reserve, Tuotuo River,Fenghuo Mountain Tunnel,Tanggula Station,Qiangtang Grassland Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Car/Van,Train of Qinghai-Tibet Accommodation:Over Night Train of Qingzang (soft sleeper for 4 guests)

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7. Meet the three treasures of Ta’er Monastery

You could enjoy the fabulous scenery along your train trip. Today you will arrive Xining station and visit the Ta'er Monastery, whose name means '10,000 Buddhas'. Its construction began in the Ming Dynasty during the Jiaqing period. In 1560AD it was one of the six principal temples of the Tibetan Buddhist Yellow Sect. Don't miss its three treasures, which are of high artistic value. Buttered figurines, sculpted from colored butter, are lively and realistic depictions of stories, nature and humans, while colorful murals adorn the monastery's walls. The third treasure is satin appliques in the shapes of Buddha and nature subjects, which are filled with cotton or wool and sewn on large fabrics. Thereafter, we embark on our night train to Lhasa. And then you will be escorted to the hotel for check in. Destination:Tibet Plateau-Xining Activities: Ta'er Monastery Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Car/Van,Train of Qingzhang Accommodation: Sanwant Hotel Xining or same class(5 starts)

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Day 8. Visit the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River

After breakfast,we visit Zhongshan Bridge, also called the first bridge over the Yellow River. In the year 1907, under the proposal of local officers in Lanzhou and Gansu and the help of a Germany businessman, the Qing Government began to build this first iron bridge over the upper reaches of the Yellow River. All materials, even the rivets, were transported from Germany to China using ships, trains, carts and any other means possible. The bridge was completed in two years, and named 'Lanzhou Iron Bridge over the Yellow River'. And then,we drive to Lanzhou after a visit to the Waterwheel Garden. Originated from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the waterwheel is the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River area of Lanzhou. The Waterwheel Garden is a theme garden exhibiting the waterwheel culture. Here, you could appreciate the waterwheel driven by the flowing water all year round to collect water from the river or cofferdam.At 16:30pm, we take the‘China Orient Express’train to Jiayuguan . Have a nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside. Destination: Xining- Lanzhou-Jiayuguan Activities: Waterwheel Garden Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Car/Van, China Orient Express Accommodation: China Orient Express

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  • Dinner

Day 9. Explore the western end of the Great Wall

After breakfast, have a visit to the Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass), the western end of the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty. It is known as 'the First and Greatest Pass under Heaven', and best preserved and most magnificent military fort in China. Then we drive 7 miles away for the Overhanging Great Wall. It got the named for riding on a mountain ridge that is 45 degrees from vertical and resembling a huge dragon. Destination: Jiayuguan Activities: Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass), Overhanging Great Wall Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Car/Van, China Orient Express Accommodation: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class (5 stars)

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10. Discover the beautiful desert oasis

After a pleasant breakfast, take this deluxe train to Dunhuang at 10:00am. We specially arrange Dunhuang experts and professors who'll introduce this exotic city in detail to you. After arriving in Dunhuang, we visit beautiful Crescent Lake & Singing Sand Mountains. The Crescent Lake is an oasis Gobi desert, surrounded by numerous sand dunes, reaching a relative height of 250 meters (820 feet). The Mingsha Shan is so named for the sound of the wind whipping off the dunes. After dinner, we move to Dunhuang Night market - bustling Shazhou Night Market. Never miss its tasty snacks, local specialties, and crafts etc. Destination: Jiayuguan-Dunhuang Activities: Crescent Lake & Singing Sand Mountains, Shazhou Night Market Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Car/Van Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel or same class (4 stars, the best local hotel)

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11. Visit the world cultural heritage site: Mogao Grottoes

After breakfast, let's visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes, which was designated as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its 1600 years accumulated cultural, architectural, and art treasures. There remains 492 cave temple and 45000 square meters of frescos. According to Tang Dynasty records, a monk had witnessed onsite a vision of thousand Buddhas under showers of golden rays. Thus inspired, he started the caves construction work that spanned ten dynasties. Mogao Caves are commonly known as the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. At 17:00hr, we embark the 'China Orient Express' to Turpan. Destination: Dunhuang-Turpan Activities: Mogao Grottoes Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Car/Van Accommodation: China Orient Express

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Day 12. Meet the 6000 years old city in the hottest place of China

It’s a day for Turpan sightseeing! Visit Karez irrigation system at 07:00am, to witness the wisdom of Uygur people. The irrigation system is especially designed for desert. If connecting all these underground channels, the total length will reach more than 5000 km, so it is regarded as one of the three engineering miracles of ancient China, along with the Great Wall and the Jinghang Grand Canal. Thereafter, we move to Flaming Mountain, well known by Chinese people because of the legendary story 'Journey to the West'. It is regarded as the hottest place in China. Then We drive to Jiaohe Ancient City, an island-shaped plateau situated at Yar Town. It is the largest, oldest and well preserved earth-structured city in the world, with a history of 2000-2300 years. Destination: Turpan-Urumqi Activities: Karez irrigation system, Flaming Mountain, Jiaohe Ancient City Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Transportation: Car/Van, China Orient Express Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel or same class (5 stars)

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  • Dinner

Day 13. Explore the heavenly lake and graceful prairie city

After breakfast, visit Heavenly Lake on Tianshan (boat tour). The mountain Lake stands 1980 meters above sea level and features picturesque scenery of snowcapped peaks. It a great pleasure to boat travel Heavenly Lake, with a layer of magical color covering the lake, and hearing many beautiful myths and legends. Then head for Urumqi, and visit Xinjiang International Bazaar. Destination: Urumqi Activities: Heavenly Lake on Tianshan (boat tour), Uygur Autonomous Region Museum, International Bazaar Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Xinjiang Roasted Whole Lamb) Transportation: Private Car/Van, Boat Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel or same class (5 stars)

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Day 14. Time to say goodbye to your unforgettable silk road trip

Today is the day of farewell to your memorable Tibet & silk road trip and the unique China Orient Express. After a pleasant breakfast, free at your own leisure till the assemble time for the transferring to airport for the flight back to your hometown or next destination. Bon voyage! Destination: Urumqi Activities: Dropp-off at Airport Meals: Breakfast Transportation: Car/Van Accommodation: N/A

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Inclusions

  • International business class return flights from Melbourne or Sydney or Brisbane or Perth to China (China Southern Airlines, you might be required to depart from your origin one night before the listed date)
  • Transfers: land transfer with drivers as specified
  • Admission fees: to scenic spots as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals: all meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Tour guides: excellent private English-speaking guide
  • Accommodations: hotels based on double/single occupancy as specified
  • Government taxes & fees
  • Arrangement: planning, handling, operational and communication charges
  • Tibet Entry Permit (Need to provide China Visa and Passport scan copy) * Only Gold class cabins are available. Diamond class cabins are discontinued as of 2015.

Exclusions

  • Application fee and processing service for Country Visa to China, please refer the official Chinese Visa Application Service Center for more information.
  • Any expense of personal nature;
  • Travel Insurance. Please DO purchase the Travel Insurance before your trip to against any unforeseen circumstance. HolidayXP is now offering 30% off for QBE insurance.
  • Compulsory service fee USD170PP(Payable on tour)

Brahmaputra grand hotel Lhasa or same class

Brahmaputra grand hotel Lhasa

Tashi Choten Hotelor same class

Tashi Choten Hotel

Sanwant Hotel Xining or same class

Sanwant Hotel Xining

Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class

Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan

Dunhuang Hotel or same class

Dunhuang Hotel

Hoi Tak Hotel or same class

Hoi Tak Hotel

China Orient Express

China Orient Express

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  • Compulsory service fee USD170PP

Addons

  • economy class $5999 per person

Terms & Conditions

  • Minimum 2 pax travelling, booking with only 1 traveller not accepted
  • Any un-utilized services, unused tours or hotel rooms are non-refundable
  • Any amendment / cancellation made after a confirmed booking is subject to cancellation charges
  • Business class flights are only for long haul international sectors to/from Australia (excluding domestic and internal flights).
  • Deposit policy: AUD500per person deposit (non-refundable and non-transferable) payable at the time of booking. 1st installment $2800 per person payable by 1 May.(Business class $4700) 2nd installment $2699 per person payable by 1 Jul.(Business class $4
  • Cancellation policy: 120 days before departure Administration fees of $300 pp + Train cancellation fees $1500 pp + Airfare cancellation fees Within 120 days before departure Administration fees of $300 pp + Train cancellation fees $2000 pp + Airfar
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