● Explore one of the oldest cities in Xinjiang - Turpan, the best place for you to know the Silk Road Culture.
● Adventure to the particular kind of irrigation system, it is created by the wisdom locals in the vast Gobi desert.
● Enjoy the Fantastic landscape in Heavenly Lake, where the thick forest, vast grassland, magnificent snow mountain, experience the unique nomadic culture of local Kazakhs
● Getting close to Id Kah Mosque, which is the largest mosque in China, and one of the three largest in middle Asia.
● Enjoy yourself in Tuwan Village of Hemu for its cooking smoke alike painted in pictures rising up on Tuwan's wooden houses, grassland, horse riding, yurt culture, wolf hunting (perhaps) and Tuwan' food and traditions
● Pay a great visit the turquoise finger-shaped Kanas lake, the Last Fairyland on the earth to discover Water Monster here as well.
● Amazed by the fantastic landscape of Pamir Plateau on the way to Karakul Lake.
Today you will catch the flight to Kashgar. We will meet you at the airport with a welcome board. Transfer to your hotel and check in. Have a good rest.
In the morning, enjoy your nice buffet breakfast. your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby to start the adventure. Driving on the China and Pakistan highway about 4hrs to enjoy the landscape of Pamir Plateau, 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 Taxkorgan. The following day will be spent exploring the stunning landscape surrounding the highway, and we will drive to Taxkrogan County for overnight stay.
The first site you will visit today is 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 metres in circumference outside. Over the past few years, new wooden pathways have been constructed to allow tourist to walk these beautiful grasslands, known as the Golden Grassland. From here you can get even better photos of the Stone Fortress. Walking around the pastureland to see Local Tajiks customs.
After visiting, we will drive back to Kashgar in the late afternoon.
Today meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby, then we will do full day Kashgar city excursion. we will visit the Idigar Mosque, the largest Mosque in China and the most sacred mosque for the locals to practise their Islamic activities. around 10:30 we have to visit the Old Town when the open ceremony ready to greeting all the tourists with the culture show, further exploration to the special culture and experience the lifestyle with the arrangements of the visiting to the local Uighur Family. Lunch arranged in the local Restaurant. We will pay a visit to the famous 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 bargain. Kashgar city tour ends with the wandering to the bustling Handicraft street, dazzling jewelry, primitive pottery,unique musical instrument, daily resources of the locals. After visiting, say goodbye to Kashgar where you must have amazing experience and you will catch the flight to Urumqi.
This morning we will drive you to the next stop Turpan. A must and first visit is the oldest Uighur village Tuyoq Village located in the very center of Flaming Mountain Canyon. It used to be the holy site of Buddhism and Islam. The village consists of four parts: Canyon scenery, Maza tomb and the old buildings of the ancient village. And pay a visit to the Jiaohe Ruins, with a history of 2,300 years lies between two rivers on a loess plateau atop a cliff of over 30m. It is one of the best preserved ruins of its ancient era in China, it was include in the World Heritage List on June 22, 2014.
Morning depart from the hotel, we will head to the Karez Well, which is special kind of irrigation system, here you can not only visit this ancient irrigation system, but also get rid of the heat of summer. Then explore the Sugong Minaret, the largest Islamic minaret in China built in 1778. In the afternoon, we will drive all the way to Fukang. Passing by Urumqi, enjoy a walking tour at the Xinjiang International Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. Tonight we will stay at a Hot Spring Hotel near the Heavenly Lake.
Today you will enjoy the tour of the picturesque Heavenly Lake (approximately 1.5hrs), 2000m up in the Tianshan mountain range. which is surrounded by the snow mountains, blooming wildflowers, evergreen pine trees. 40-minute scenic shuttle bus ride that twists though the dramatic mountains. Then you can either walk to the lakeside in 10mins or take the electronic cart. There are 3 options suggested. Boating cruise to take the incredible view of Tianshan Mountain. Trekking along the lake in the fresh air. or you can explore further to the Maya Mountain by the cable car to enjoy the magnificent view of the Mountains. After the visiting, we will continue the journey to Beitun, Upon arrival, transfer to the downtown hotel for overnight stay.
In the morning, enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Then we will travel to the most beautiful Tuwa village Hemu, tranquil village, herds of cattle and sheep, warm and hospitable locals, What a beautiful and mysterious place! if you want to explore the life of Tuwa people, they will very welcome you to visit their family.
PS: When arrive in Hemu, we will change the shuttle bus to the village, Please leave your luggage in the coach. Prepare a washing bag and just take your necessities.
Your guide and driver will pick you up in the morning, and then drive along the mountain road to Kanas Nature Reserve, China's only European-like ecological site that has been awarded the title of the "Pure Land of the World" due to its unspoiled natural scenery. En-route, visit Kanas Lake. Upon arrival change the shuttle bus to the inside of the Reserve to enjoy the beautiful scenery, head to the Fish Pavilion, enjoy a panoramic view of Kanas. Later afternoon back to Jiadengyu district to check into the hotel.
Today we will head to Burqin, enjoy the scenery of Five-colored Beach, Walk into the colorful Beach, you will feel as if in a dream world. The unique lava landscape consisted of purplish red, vandyke red, yellow and light green mudstone, sandstone and gravel. this is the most beautiful colorful Beach, masterpiece of nature, and miracle of Burqin.In the evening, you can walk around the street in Burqin, enjoy your leisure time and tasty snacks. And we will spend the night in Burqin.
Say farewell to Burqin and travel along the Gurbantunggut Desert to the Urho Ghost City, also known as Wuerhe Wind City", a unique wind-eroded geological area commonly referred to as "wind city" because of the frequent howling winds.Thereafter, we will drive back to Urumqi in the late afternoon.
Today you will be transferred to the airport and back to your sweet home, wish you have a pleasant home journey.
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
Domestic flights and 2nd class express train 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.
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
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.
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.
Review submitted 10th July 2021
Our trip is coming to an end and I would like to thank you, for your full support, from the very beginning. We had a very good time in XinJiang, the trip was fantastic. Let me comment a few things, I hope it can serve as a base for you to provide even better experiences to foreigners in the future:
1. guide service
Abdul was really good. He showed good knowledge about the region, kindness, respect. We learn a lot from him. He managed to optimize the itinerary and adjust to our needs.
Rocky is a great person, extremely kind and polite, we enjoyed the time we spent with him. In the other hand, we felt that Rocky was less familiar with the itinerary, less knowledgeable about the history, and less good with time management. Still he gave us full support and adapted to all our requests, he did his best, with time he understood us better and suggested very good activities
Victor was also very kind and attentive both nights he came to assist
2. drivers and cars
Zhang ShiFu, north part driver was amazing. Not only a very good driver but also a great person. We appreciated him a lot. Kashgar driver was also a very good driver.
Tashkurgan, we wished we could have visited some spots along the road, but many places were not registered in our itinerary, which made things complicated. The best example is Taheman village, which is just by the road. Abdul stoped there for a few minutes, but we were all stressed as we did not have the papers, and could not truly visited. I would suggest to add these points to new itineraries, making the road trip more interesting.
Actually we realized that we spent a lot of time in the road, much more than what was indicated in the itinerary, we would suggest to review that for next trips
Some hotels were simple but still clean, no problems with that
Urumqi: Wanda vista is much better than Hilton, better location, better rooms. I am not sure you should keep using Hilton.
Hemu: very good hotel, we loved, even if it was not down the main village, restaurant food was good and the rooms charming and comfortable, one of the best.
There are also a very few details that could have been corrected, nothing really important, but that could have showed a special attention: we mentioned we would prefer to stay in connected rooms, it seems it was possible in Radisson in Kashgar, but I am not sure they got the information so finally rooms were apart.
The guides adapted quickly to our needs and understood what we were looking for, we ate very good!
We were very happy you accepted to take us to the restaurants we have suggested in Urumqi. We suggest you to add these recommendations to your future itineraries
Thank you very much for always being there! You were very professional in all the moments, very attentive and reactive.
Overall, the trip was really amazing.
The information above should only serve for continuous optimization.
I would be more than happy to organize my next trip with you.
I will strongly recommend your services to my friends and colleagues.
All the best,
And a very sincere thank you.
Review submitted 3rd July 2021
We really have had a great trip. The service and convenience has been wonderful. We will certainly recommend your company to other teachers at our school.
Review submitted 2nd May 2019
We have been back to Vietnam. We would like to thank you for the amazing trip and support that you arranged for us. Jackie is a fantastic guide with excellent English, knowledgeable and very helpful. Also, we are very happy with hotel quality, initiary and food. I will surely recommend your compnay to our friend.
Thank you very much