The price is based on 2 persons in a private tour for 4star hotel

  • Enjoy the Fantastic landscape in Heavenly Lake, where the thick forest, vast grassland, magnificent snow mountain, experience the unique nomadic culture of local Kazakhs

  • Explore one of the oldest cities in Xinjiang - Turpan, the best place for you to know the Silk Road Culture. 

  • Visit Kashgar was a strategically important town with easy access to Central Asia and Russia.

  • Wandering in the Kashgar Old Town, take the photo of lovely kids, chat with the locals, and admire the craftsmen.

  • Amazed by the fantastic landscape of Pamir Plateau on the way to Karakul Lake.


Day 1Urumqi Arrival

Welcome to Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and the farthest land from any ocean.  It is the heaven of travelers for its beautiful natural scenery, profound cultural deposits and special local customs and practices. Upon arrival, be transferred to the hotel and check in. The rest of day is free at leisure.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi
Altitude: 918m
  • Urumqi


  • Urumqi Red Hill Park

    Urumqi Red Hill Park

Day 2Visit Heavenly Lake (200 kms) and Regional Museum

We will drive 1.5 hours to entrance of the Heavenly Lake about 08:30, following is the 40-minutes shuttle bus twisting through the picturesque Tianshan mountains to the edge of the Lake. Either Trek around the lake, enjoy the boating cruise, or even take the cable car to the explore the Maya Mountain for the incredible view of Bogoda Peak. Lunch will be arranged in the Yurt of the local Kazakhs. 

Back to Urumqi and head to Xinjiang Regional Museum, where are many archaeological treasures of the Silk Road and Xinjiang's minority cultures. You will learn about the history of Xinjiang and its peculiar ethnic customs. If time allowed, you will visit Grand International Bazaar and have dinner there.

Traffic: Car (200 kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi
Altitude: 918m
  • Heavenly Lake

    Heavenly Lake

  • Xinjiang Regional Museum

    Xinjiang Regional Museum

Day 3Drive to Turpan, Turpan City Tour (200 kms)

With an early start today at 08:00. Drive all the way to Oasis Turpan that we will pass by the wind power station and vast Gobi desert in 3hrs.

Our first stop Tuyoq Valley, an ancient oasis-village. We will have lunch in the local Uygur family before exploring this traditional village surrounded by the impressive grape trellis and the stories of the adventurers all of the world.

About 3pm, head up to the Karez Well irrigation system that produce the best melons and grapes in China. Following is the visiting to Sugong Minaret, a conduit for cultural exchange between different ethnic and religious groups.

Today's tour end up with the 2hrs's exploration of Jiaohe Ruins, resembles Pompei, but 300 years older,a Chinese archaeological site found in the Yarnaz Valley, 10 km west of the city of Turpan and a natural fortress located atop a steep cliff on a leaf-shaped plateau between two deep river valleys where you can experience the way of life of the Uygur ancestors.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Turpan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 819m
  • Tuyoq Valley

    Tuyoq Valley

  • Jiaohe Ruins

    Jiaohe Ruins

Day 4Drive to Korla, then Visit Peacock River (380 kms)

Morning breakfast at the hotel, drive in the deep of Tianshan Mountain, enjoy the beautiful scenery and drive to Korla, known as the "City of Pears" and the "City of Petroleum". Visit the Iron Gate upon arrival which was a very important pass in the ancient Silk Road. and then Walking along the Peacock River after dinner to feel the local’s city life style.

Traffic: Car (380 kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Korla
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 950m
  • Iron Gate

    Iron Gate

  • The Peacock River

    The Peacock River

Day 5Drive to Kuqa, then Visit Kuqa Mosque (350 kms)

Today we will drive Kuqa and take you to visit the Kuqa Mosque, which is the second Mosque in Xinjiang. Stroll around Kuqa Old Town will make you have an unforgettable memory.

Traffic: Car (350 kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Kuqa
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1072m
  • Kuqa


  • Kuqa Mosque

    Kuqa Mosque

Day 6Kuqa City Tour

After buffet in the hotel and we will head to our first step, Kizil Grottoes, which is a typical representative of Qiuci Grottoes. And then visit the Tianshan Great Canyon, which is the excellent geological park all over the world. It recorded the whole process of crustal movement in Xinjiang during the past 400 million years. Then we will explore Kuqa Old Town, say hello to the kids who are playing, give a smile to the senior man resting under the tree, taste the local cuisine.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Kuqa
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1072m
  • Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves

    Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves

  • Tianshan Mysterious Grand Canyon

    Tianshan Mysterious Grand Canyon

Day 7Drive to Mingfeng, then Visit Poplar Park (600 kms)

In the morning, breakfast at the hotel, then we will drive to Minfeng, It is the best time to visit Poplar park in Mid Oct for its golden yellow leaves visiting in the train of the park. Afterwards driving along the Taklamakan Desert Highway, It is the longest and earliest desert highway in the world that runs through the floating desert. It is also the center of the ancient Silk Road.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Mingfeng
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1418m
  • Poplar Park

    Poplar Park

  • Taklimakan Desert Highway

    Taklimakan Desert Highway

Day 8Drive to Hotan, then Visit Hotan Museum (300 kms)

After breakfast, we will drive to Hotan, the first site we will visit today is Hotan Museum, built at South Tanai Road, Khotan City in 1991, the museum has a floor space for exhibition of about 200 square meters. Besides wooden tablets, the main exhibition “Khotan Historical Relics Exhibition” displays potteries, wooden wares, textiles, sculptures and building components from ancient sites and tombs in Khotan area, totaling over 200 specimens. Among them the Kharosthi and Hotanese tablets, wool fabrics and various sculptures are of distinctive Khotan feature. They mirror the important position and role Hotan occupied and played on the Silk Road. Next, we are going to visit The Atlas Silk Workshop is open every day and tours are free, and demonstrate the entire process from cocoon to weaving. Which has a showroom where you can buy Atlas silk by the meter or made into scarves, bags, dresses and other items.

Traffic: Car (300 kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Hotan
Meals: Breakfast
  • Hotan Museum.jpg

    Hotan Museum

  • The Atlas Silk Workshop.jpg

    The Atlas Silk Workshop

Day 9Drive to Kashgar, Passing by Yarkent King Tombs (500 kms)

Today after breakfast, we will drive to Kashgar, passing by Yarkent, you will visit the Yarkent King Tombs, This city forms an oasis at the western end of the Taklimakan desert as a trade center. Mainly inhabited by Turkic-speaking Muslims, it has more than 120 mosques. The Uygurs are excellent at dancing. The "12 Mukams" (opera) is an epic comprising more than 340 classic songs and folk dances. After liberation, this musical treasure, which was on the verge of being lost, was collected, studied and recorded by Amannisha who is the concubine of Yarkent King.She died aged 34. stroll around the Yarkent Old Town, to explore the local lifestyle.

After the visiting, we will driving to Kashgar for rest.

Traffic: Car (500 kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1289m
  • Yarkent King Tombs

    Yarkent King Tombs

  • 12 Mukams

    12 Mukams

Day 10Drive to Taxkorgan, Visit Karakul Lake (260 kms)

The tour starts with the nice buffet in the hotel, drives about 4hrs to Karakul Lake around 09:00.

After 1hr's driving, we will stop at Opal village for a rest where you may stroll around the local bazaar with the feeling of the traditional local lifestyle.

Continue to enjoy the majestic views of the Sand dunes, mountains, and sandstone valley along the Karakorum Highway, the Hindu Kush Mountains and the Himalayas. It is the world's tallest cross-border roads and most thrilling corridors.Trekking around the Karakul Lake with enjoy the magnificent landscape and the nomadic lifestyle of the local Kirghiz in their yurts.

After visiting, drive to hotel for rest in Taxkorgan.

Traffic: Car (260 kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Taxkorgan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 3100m
  • Karakul Lake

    Karakul Lake

  • Karakorum Highway

    Karakorum Highway

Day 11Visit Stone Fortress, then back to Kashgar

Driving back to Kashgar. On the way, you will visit the Stone Fortress. The city is oval in shape and the city walls were built with sun-dried bricks on stone foundation. It is 1285 meters in circumference outside. Walking around the pastureland to see Local Tajiks customs. 

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1289m
  • Stone Fortress

    Stone Fortress

  • Tajik Customs

    Tajik Customs

Day 12Kashgar City Tour

Today you will enjoy a full-day excursion of Kashgar. Pay a visit to Id Kah Mosque, the largest Mosque in China and the most sacred mosque for the locals to practise their Islamic activities at 09:00. Continue the visiting to Old Town at 10:30 with the open ceremony of Maxilap show. Come and join the exciting movement in this well-preserved Uighur residential area. Our speciality: Relaxing in the Hundred-years Tea house, taste the local rose tea and nang-bread!

Continue to visit Handicraft street, gathered hundreds of handicraft workshops, which has become a boutique exhibition for handicraft in Kashgar and Central Asia.

Our next stop is the famous Sunday Bazaar drive to Sunday Bazaar that is combined two sections. The covered bazaar sells the clothing, nuts, household goods and many things out of your imagination. The outdoor Animal Bazaar is the first bazaar we visit, where the farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive. It is quite interesting to witness their typical methods of the bargain. 

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1289m
  • Id-kah Mosque

    Id-kah Mosque

  • Kashgar Old Town

    Kashgar Old Town

Day 13End of Tour

After breakfast in the hotel you will have freetime to explorer this city by yourself. Thereafter, you will end your enjoyable tour in South Xinjiang, and back to Urumqi to catch the international flight to your destination.

Traffic: Car+Flight
Hotel: No accommodation
Meals: Breakfast

Dates & Pirce

Dates 1 Person 2 Persons 3-6 Persons 7-9 Persons Single Supplyment
Dec.-Mar. 95 95 95 95 /
Apr.-Nov. 80 80 80 80 /


  • Private transportation through out the itinerary. SRT will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure based on your flight info.

  • Shared accommodations in well located, tourist to superior class hotels include breakfast, service charge and government tax.

  • All entrance fees(shuttle bus) sightseeing; excursions and activities as per the itinerary

  • Private friendly and professional English-Speaking guides (French, Italy, Russian, German can be arranged per your request)

  • Visa support letter for you to apply Chinese visa easily.

  • Travel and health insurance when travel with us.

  • 8, A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling.


  • International flight arrive in Urumqi and leave from Kashgar not indicated.

  • Food, Lunch or dinner not specified

  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers

  • Personal expenses and the other tours or activities not mentioned


  • We will upgrade trains to 1st class where available if book the tour 5 months in advance of departure.

  • There is no problem to travel Silk Road during Ramadan.

  • Complimentary 2 bottles of water each person on daily use.


We will use business MPV to luxurious coaches and trains.


All the hotels we selected are 4-5star well-located in the city center with good and proper breakfast for our clients.


Our guides are very friendly, knowledgeable, helpful. And our group tours will be escorted from SRT.

Climate and Altitude

Generally speaking Mid March—End Oct are the best time to visit Silk Road. And we strongly suggest you come in May, June, October to avoid the heat and crowd. No need to worry about high altitude along the Silk Road. We will prepare Oxygen bags if the package includes Xiahe, Qinghai Lake and Taxkorgan County.

We offer beneficial Cancellation Policy to our customers.

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