Highlights

  • Explore the west most city Kashgar of its most interesting corners.

  • Marvel Karakul Lake, a high-altitude lake set at the foot of snowcapped Muztagh Ata (7,546m) and Kongur Tagh (7,719m)

  • Picturesque Heavenly Lake and Tianshan Mountain chains.

  • Visit the Local Uyghur Family in the ancient Tuyoq village in Turpan.

ITINERARY Close All

Day 1Kashgar Arrival

Welcome to Kashgar, the ancient city with special local cultural and ethnic characteristics along the Silk Road. Be transferred to the hotel. Relax and prepare for your Natural Wonder and Culture Adventure.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Kashgar
Altitude: 1289m
  • Kashgar

    Kashgar

  • Kashgar

    Kashgar

Day 2Kashgar 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!

After Lunch in the local Restaurant. Return to hotel for the night and have a good rest!

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 800m
  • Id kah Mosque

    Id Kah Mosque

  • Kashgar Old Town

    Kashgar Old Town

Day 3Visit Karakul Lake and Explore the Folk Customs of Tajik

Today we will adventure to Taxkorgan, a town in the far west of Xinjiang Province in China, bordering Pakistani, Tajik, and Afghani.This region is commonly known as the main road of the "old Silk Road" the main route leading from China to West Asia.

On the way, you can experience beautiful Karakul Lake where the herds of livestock around the lakeside are reflected in lake Kirghiz herdsmen usually settle down and graze their herds before shuttling you onward to Kashgar.

Stay one night and explore its peculiar folk customs of Tajik nationality. Taste snack and milk tea provided by local herdsman and spend your rest of day at leisure.


Note:

  • 289 km from Kashgar to Taxkorgan.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Taxkorgan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 4100m
  • Karakul Lake

    Karakul Lake

  • Taxkorgan

    Taxkorgan

Day 4Visit Sunday Bazaar then Train to Turpan

Today, you will drive to Sunday Bazaar that is combined two section. 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 bargin. 

In the afternoon, take the train to the hottest place in China—Turpan. It is an important city on the branch of ancient silk road from Kumul to Kashgar and also one of the centers of the Uighur cultures. 


Notes:

  • It takes 15hrs by train from Kashgar to Turpan.

  • The altitude of Turpan is 500m

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight on the soft sleeper train
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1289m
  • Sunday Bazaar

    Sunday Bazaar

  • Turpan Grape Valley

    Turpan Grape Valley

Day 5Turpan Flaming Mountains - Bezekilik Grottoes - Gaochang Ruins - Tuyoq Valley - Sugong Minaret

Arrive in Turpan, the good day begins. First we drive to the Flaming Mountains and famous for its seedless grapes and a number of ancient Buddhist meditation caves nearby containing frescos. 

Then we make our way to Bezekilik Thousand Buddha Caves which are a complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to 14th century between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan (Loulan) at the northeast of the Taklamakan Desert near the ancient ruins of Gaochang in the Mutou Valley. Continue tour to Tuyoq Valley, an ancient oasis-village. We will have lunch in the local Uighur family before exploring this traditional village surrounded by the impressive grape trellis and the stories of the adventurers all of the world. Following is the visiting to Sugong Minaret, a conduit for cultural exchange between different ethnic and religious groups.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Turpan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 500m
  • Flaming Mountain

    Flaming Mountain

  • Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

    Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

Day 6Turpan Highlights Tour then Drive to Urumqi

Today's tour begin with visit The Ruins of Ancient City of Gaochang, which was a political, economic and cultural center of Xinjiang in ancient times. The existing parts of it consist of three parts built in different times.

Pay a visit to Karez Well irrigation system that produce the best melons and grapes in China.

After visiting, take the train back to Urumqi


Note:

  • It takes 1hr by bullet train from Turpan to Urumqi.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 500m
  • Gaochang Ruins

    Gaochang Ruins

  • Karez Well

    Karez Well

INCLUDES

  • 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

  • The 2nd class express train from Kashgar to Turpan ( Kashgar Station), and Turpan to Urumqi ( Turpan Station or Turpanbei Railway Station ) listed in the itinerary.

  • The Luxurious shuttle bus from Kashgar to Tashukurgan listed in 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.

EXCLUDES

  • International and domestic flights 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

TRIP NOTES

  • 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.


Transportation

We will use business MPV to luxurious coaches and trains.


Accommodation

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


Guides

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.

  • Cancellation prior 15-29 days – 15% charge of the total land cost.

  • Cancellation prior 7-15 days – 30% charge of the total land cost.

  • Cancellation prior 2-7 days – 50% charge of the total land cost.

  • Cancellation prior 1-in the process of the tour – No refund unless it is agreed by SRT.


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Client’s Reviews Write Review

  • Clive

    Review submitted 24th July 2019

    Five star because I can't award six. Stunning. So much to see and understand. It was also highly professional in its organisation. Knowledgeable tour guides (without talking your ears off), Organised and punctual.The drivers were also highly professional and safe. Lesley, who runs all this, doesn't seem to stop - I was able to meet her at the end and her phone calls to and from customers are constant. The commitment to service is exemplary. As for the journey, you may leave here a bit short on words, in the best sense.

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