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15 Day Ancient Silk Route Escapade

  Tour Code: 7CE15SR
ESCORTED:
Visits: Beijing, Turpan, Urumqi, Dunhuang, Xian, Shanghai

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY:

Day 1 • Depart San Francisco for Beijing
Fly transpacific aboard United Airlines.

CHINA

Day 2 • Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival, you are met and escorted to the hotel.
Presidential Plaza Beijing

Day 3 • Beijing

Today's highlights include Tiananmen Square and Ming extravagance in the Forbidden City's Imperial Palace, featuring the living quarters, museum and jewelry sections. Afternoon, take a pedicab tour of the ancient Hutong district including a visit with a local family and a kindergarten class (when school is in session), then see the Drum Tower. This evening, enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner party at the Presidential Plaza.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party

Day 4 • Beijing

Today, walk the ancient ramparts of the stupendous Great Wall. Then stroll along the Sacred Way between statues of warriors and animals to the Ming Tombs and Chang Ling Exhibition Hall. After lunch, visit a cloisonn®¶ factory.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 • Beijing/Urumqi/Turpan

Mid-day fly to Urumqi, a city marked by ancient gates and towers and on arrival motor coach to Turpan, site of the former Che Shi Kingdom. Dinner at the Xizhou Hotel.
Xizhou Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner in Hotel

Day 6 • Turpan

Today's sightseeing highlights are: the Karez Well, the ruins at Jiaohe City, Gaochang, an important site on the Silk Route, Astana Tombs, these Tang dynasty tombs are part of the underground museum of Turpan, The Flaming Mountain, a red mountain which resembles a fiery dragon in the desert sunlight and the Suliman Minaret. This evening, enjoy dinner with a local family.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 • Turpan/Urumqi

Drive back to Urumqi and the rest of the day is free, with lunch and dinner at the hotel.
Hoi Tak Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Hotel

Day 8 • Urumqi

Today's sightseeing highlights include the Xinjiang Provincial Museum, a boat ride on Lake Tianchi, and a visit with a Kazakhs family. Dinner at the Milan Restaurant.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 • Urumqi/Dunhuang

Morning flight to Dunhuang. Visit White Horse Pagoda and see the area's remarkable singing sand dunes, where you may take a camel ride. Chinese Lunch and Dinner at the Silk Road Dunhuang.
Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch in Hotel, Dinner in Hotel

Day 10 • Dunhuang

Half-day tour of the magnificent art treasures at the famed Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are among the most ancient and consummate creations in China. The cells and cave sanctuaries show an uninterrupted history of Buddhist art over a period of more than 1,000 years. Afternoon, enjoy the Dunhuang Museum. Chinese dinner at Silk Road Dunhuang.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Hotel

Day 11 • Dunhuang/Xi'an

Fly to Xi'an, site of the archeological wonders of the terra-cotta warriors. Afternoon visit the City Wall and the exquisitely constructed Wild Goose Pagoda. Buffet dinner at the Howard Johnson Plaza.
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner

Day 12 • Xi'an

A thrilling day as you view the famous 2200-year-old life-sized terra-cotta army uncovered from the first emperor's necropolis; Circle Vision Movie, the Bronze Chariot and renowned Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum. Lunch at the Terra Cotta Museum with noodle-making demonstration. Tonight, you are our guest at the Tang Dynasty Theatre's celebrated dinner and show.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Show

Day 13 • Xi'an/Shanghai

Morning flight to Shanghai. Tour The Bund and shop on Nanjing Road or Huai Hai Road. Buffet dinner at the Hua Ting.
Hua Ting Hotel & Towers
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner

Day 14 • Shanghai

Highlights of Shanghai include the Shanghai Museum including handheld recorder which gives you incites to the museum's magnificent collection, Yu Garden, the Children's Palace and the renowned Shanghai carpet factory. After dinner at the LuLu Restaurant, see the amazing Shanghai acrobatic show.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 • Depart Shanghai for San Francisco

Fly homeward aboard United Airlines.
MEALS: American Breakfast


CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS:
BEIJING: 3 Nights Presidential Plaza Beijing (deluxe)
Tiananmen Square • Forbidden City's Imperial Palace • Hutong Tour including Visit with a Local Family • Peking Duck Welcome Dinner Party • Great Wall • Sacred Way to Ming Tombs • Chang Ling Exhibition Hall • Cloisonn®¶ Factory
TURPAN: 1 Night Xihou Hotel (superior)
Karez Well • Jiaohe City • Ethnic Dance show at Oasis Hotel • Ruins of Gaochang • Astana Tombs • Flaming Mountains • Suliman Minaret • dinner at a Family Home
URUMQI: 2 Nights Hoi Tak Hotel (deluxe)
Xinjiang Provincial Museum • Lake of Heaven (Tianchi) Boat Ride • Picnic Lunch • Visit with Kazakhs Family • Dinner at Milan Restaurant
DUNHUANG: 3 Nights Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel (superior)
White Horse Pagoda • Singing Sand Dunes (with camel ride) • Mogao Caves • Chinese Dinner at Silk Road Hotel
XI'AN: 2 Nights Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel (deluxe)
City Wall • Wild Goose Pagoda • Terra-Cotta Warriors • Bronze Chariot • Circle Vision Movie • Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum • Tang Dynasty Theatre Dinner and Show
SHANGHAI: 2 Nights Hua Ting Hotel & Towers (Five-Star)
Shanghai Museum including handheld recorder • The Bund • Yu Garden • Children's Palace • Carpet Factory • Dinner at LuLu Restaurant • Acrobatic Show


ALL INCLUSIVE FEATURES:

Round-trip transpacific air transportation
United Mileage Plus® members: earn frequent flyer credit with the purchase of each air/land tour package
All intra-China air/land transportation
Escorted by a professional Tour Manager
13 nights in deluxe and superior first class hotels
13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges
Sightseeing, cultural activities and performances as noted
$100,000 Automatic Flight Insurance for transpacific air ticketed by PDT
USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


WEDNESDAY DEPARTURES; WEDNESDAY ARRIVALS ON UNITED AIRLINES:

Tour Cost (Per Person)†

Departure
Date

Return
Date

LAND ONLY

AIR & LAND
from
San Francisco

AIR & LAND
from
New York

Single
Supp.

2007:

May 23

Jun 6

$2,528

$3,228

$3,388

$580

Jun 13

Jun 27

$2,528

$3,228

$3,388

$580

Jun 27

Jul 11

$2,528

$3,328

$3,488

$580

Jul 11

Jul 25

$2,458

$3,258

$3,418

$560

Jul 25

Aug 8

$2,458

$3,258

$3,418

$560

Aug 8

Aug 22

$2,458

$3,258

$3,418

$560

Sep 5

Sep 19

$2,598

$3,298

$3,458

$650

Oct 10

Oct 24

$2,598

$3,298

$3,458

$650

Special Notes:
Other Gateways: For domestic Add-On airfares from interior U.S. cities to San Francisco, refer to Add-On Fare Chart below.
Air taxes and fuel surcharges are additional and subject to change.
Land Only rate does not include transpacific air, or initial arrival and final departure transfers in Asia.
Tour fares are subject to change.


BUSINESS CLASS AIR UPGRADE AVAILABLE

UNITED AIRLINES ADD-ON AIRFARE CHART

ZONE 1: Not Applicable

Honolulu, HI

ZONE 2: No Additional Charges

Los Angeles, CA

Portland, OR

Seattle, WA

 

ZONE 3: Add $40.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Eugene, OR

Las Vegas, NV

Phoenix, AZ

Sacramento, CA

Fresno, CA

Palm Springs, CA

Reno, NV

Spokane, WA

ZONE 4: Add $100.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Albuquerque, NM

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

Houston, TX

San Antonio, TX

Austin, TX

Denver, CO

Salt Lake City, UT

 

ZONE 5: Add $120.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Anchorage, AK

Kansas City, MO

Omaha, NE

 

Detroit, MI

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

  

ZONE 6: Add $140.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Chicago, IL

Columbus, OH

Memphis, TN

St. Louis, MO

Cincinnati, OH

Green Bay, WI

Milwaukee, WI

 

Cleveland, OH

Indianapolis, IN

Nashville, TN

 

ZONE 7: Add $160.00 to San Francisco tour fare

New York, NY

Newark, NJ

  

ZONE 8: Add $240.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Baltimore, MD

Hartford, CT

Pittsburgh, PA

Syracuse, NY

Boston, MA

Manchester, NH

Richmond, VA

Washington, DC

Buffalo, NY

Philadelphia, PA

Rochester, NY

 

ZONE 9: Add $320.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Atlanta, GA

Greensboro, NC

Orlando, FL

West Palm Beach, FL

Charlotte, NC

Jacksonville, FL

Raleigh-Durham, NC

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Miami, FL

Tampa, FL

 

If your city is not shown on the lists above, please call us for information.

IMPORTANT NOTE :
The above add-on fares are applicable only when using flights on United Airlines. Valid from April 1, 2007 ®C March 31, 2008. Fares subject to change.

  


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