2-Day Private Silk Road Dunhuang Tour from Xi'an by Air

Experience China's ancient “Silk Road”, on this private 2-day tour of Dunhuang from Xi'an by plane. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites: Mogao Grottoes, Crescent Moon Pool and Singing Dunes. Stroll around the Shazhou night market to get the overview of the local cuisine and nightlife. Your friendly and knowledgeable private guide will give you a comprehensive history class about the attractions. Tour including plane tickets, entrance fee, lunch, English speaking tour guide and private vehicle, you can choose to end your tour in Dunhuang or return Xi'an. Tour includes the option to book 4 star accommodation with daily breakfast.

per adult from

$1,078

NZD

Duration

2 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • 1x Breakfast
    • 2x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 1 night
    • Battery bus at Mogao Caves
    • English speaking tour guide
    • Entrance fee
    • Bottled Water
    • Plane Tickets (economy class)
    • Travel by private vehicle during the tour
    • Overnight accommodation of standard twin room (two beds),based on twin share if you choose theoption
    • Entry/Admission - Mogao Caves
    • Entry/Admission - Minshan Mountain
    • Entry/Admission - Crescent Moon Pool
    • Entry/Admission - Xiqian Buddha Caves
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuites
    • The entrance fees is only for regular caves, you can pay extra if you want to visit special caves.
    • Accommodation if you choose the tour only

  • Day 1: Xi'an - Dunhuang: Mogao Grottoes (L)

    Pass By: Airport Highway, Ji Chang Gong Lu, Gaoling Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China
    Your driver will hold your name sign waiting for you in the lobby of your Xi'an hotel, you will be transferred to airport for a 2.5 hour flight to Dunhuang.

    Your tour guide in Dunhuang will hold your name sign waiting at the exit of the arrival hall, hop on your private air-conditioned vehicle, heading directly to Mogao Caves.

    Stop for a quick lunch.

    Upon arrival, start your tour with a visit to the Mogao Caves Digital Exhibition Center.

    Watch two documentary movies, get to know the history, culture and art about Mogao Caves. Afterwards, follow the professional tour guide from Mogao Caves to discover the charms of this UNESCO world culture heritage site. You will explore 7 to 9 caves. As you explore the caves, your guide will point out the meaning of different wall paintings which aspects of medieval politics, economics, culture, arts, religion, ethnic relations, and daily dress in western China.

    Mogao Caves are the world's largest, most richly endowed, and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art. They are located at a strategic point along the Silk Road, at the crossroads of trade as well as religious, cultural and intellectual influences. The carving of the caves started in 366 AD and continued for about 1,000 years. 492 caves are presently preserved, housing about 45,000 square meters of murals and more than 2,000 painted sculptures which are well-known for their statues and wall paintings.

    Stop At: Mogao Caves, West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200 China
    Upon arrival, start your tour with a visit to the Mogao Caves Digital Exhibition Center.

    Watch two documentary movies, get to know the history, culture and art about Mogao Caves. Afterwards, follow the professional tour guide from Mogao Caves to discover the charms of this UNESCO world culture heritage site. You will explore 7 to 9 caves. As you explore the caves, your guide will point out the meaning of different wall paintings which aspects of medieval politics, economics, culture, arts, religion, ethnic relations, and daily dress in western China.

    Mogao Caves are the world's largest, most richly endowed, and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art. They are located at a strategic point along the Silk Road, at the crossroads of trade as well as religious, cultural and intellectual influences. The carving of the caves started in 366 AD and continued for about 1,000 years. 492 caves are presently preserved, housing about 45,000 square meters of murals and more than 2,000 painted sculptures which are well-known for their statues and wall paintings.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Dunhuang Night Market, China, Gansu Sheng, Jiuquan Shi, Dunhuang Shi, 步行街
    During evening, you will visit Shazhou Night Market, where is on behalf of Dunhuang Nightlife and regarded as a “nightlife landscape”. It is highly popular among the tourists all over the world with its featured local specialties as well as strong flavor of local culture.

    After the tour finished, your will be transferred to your hotel in Dunhuang.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: If you choose to including the hotel, you will stay overnight 4 star hotel in Dunhuang

    Day 2: Dunhuang: Singing Dunes -Crescent Moon Spring(B, L)

    Stop At: Minshan Mountain, Within Ruoergai County, Zoige County 624500 China
    Your tour guide will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel by holding your name sign between 6-7:00am, hop on your private air-conditioned vehicle, heading directly to Singing Dunes.

    The sand of the mountain has many colors ranging from red to yellow, green, black and white. When there is strong wind, the sands will be blown up and make loud sound, hence the name.

    Stroll around the area to enjoy the surroundings. You can choose to go up to the dune to enjoy amazing view of the desert and Crescent Moon Pool.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Crescent Moon Pool, 5km South of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200 China
    Move on to Crescent Moon Pool. Just like its name indicates, the Crescent Pool is in a natural shape of half-moon. The pool was surrounded by Echoing Sand Mountain, it was considered as “the first spring in desert". According to historical record, the lake has been in existence for hundreds of years without ever being buried by the sand.

    If you choose to return Xi'an, you will heading to airport around 12:30pm. (Tour does not including Lunch)
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Xiqian Buddha Caves, West of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200 China
    If you choose to end your tour in Dunhuang, then you can start the tour late, then visit Xiqian Buddha Caves or Dunhuang Museum in the morning, then Singing Dunes and Crescent Moon Pools in the afternoon. Tour including Lunch.

    As part of the Mogao Grottoes, the Western Thousand-Buddha Cave is set into a cliff on the northern bank of the Dang River. Because the frescos in this cave are similar in structure and artistic style to those in Mogao Caves, the Western Thousand-Buddha Cave is considered as one of the important components of Dunhuang Buddhist art.

    Follow the professional tour guide from the attraction to discover the charms of this site. You will explore 5 caves. As you explore the caves, your guide will point out the meaning of different wall paintings which aspects of medieval politics, economics, culture, arts, religion, ethnic relations, and daily dress in western China.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Dunhuang Museum, No.1390 North MingShaShan Road, Dunhuang China
    You can choose to visit Dunhuang Museum in the morning, Singing Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring in the afternoon.

    Dunhuang Museum is a perfect place for you to gain some knowledge about Dunhuang and the ancient Silk Road. There are more than 10000 Chinese and Tibetan items for you to appreciate, including some exquisite and vivid replications of the murals and sculptures in Mogao Grottoes. As taking photos is not allowed in Dunhuang Mogao Caves, tourists can take some photos here instead.

    Follow your tour guide to visit one Preface Hall and five Exhibition Halls. You will visit these halls one by one to know the history of Dunhuang from prehistoric times to the Qing Dynasty.

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: If your tour ends in Xi'an, no lunch, if your tour ends in Dunhuang, lunch included
    • Breakfast: If you choose the tour including hotel, then breakfast offered by hotel
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your driver will hold your name sign waiting in the lobby of your hotel, please provide your hotel details when make booking.
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Stroller accessible
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • The entrance fees is only for regular caves, you can pay extra if you want to visit special caves.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Unique Beijing Tours

Activity ID: V-19099P687

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