Highlights

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

  • 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.

  • Experience the incredible Sunday Market in Kashgar, it still keeps the way of trading as thousand years ago practised in the ancient Silk Route.

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

ITINERARY Close All

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: 836m

Day 2Flight to Yining, then Visit Sayram Lake

Enjoy your breakfast the hotel,take the morning flight to Yining.Upon arrival,we will head to Sayram Lake, which is known as the last drop of tears of the Atlantic. The largest alpine lake in Xinjiang. Stroll around the lake and enjoythe blooming wildflowers and the beautiful grassland around the lake.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Yining
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 628m
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    Sayram Lake

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    Sayram Lake

Day 3Drive to Tekes, Visit Kalajun Prairie (130kms)

This morning, you will start your journey from the ingenious Kalajun Prairie, which is as beautiful as in a poem or a picture. There are springs densely distributed here. The ideal place for people of the pasture to exchange materials and hold cultural activities. Kalajun, in Kazak, means "a dark wilderness". For generations, people on the grassland have lived a simple nomadic life. The traditional lifestyle exudes a unique charm. You can take the photos there. Then we drive to the Tekes known for being a planned community with a shape of a ba gua.


Traffic: Car (130kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Tekes
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1206m
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    Kalajun Prairie

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    Kalajun Prairie

Day 4Visit Naraty Grassland, then drive to Bayinbuluk (430kms)

After breakfast, we will drive you to Naraty Grassland, The famous pasture has been famous pasture land ever since the ancient times,and there are wide river valley,high mountains,the crisscrossed deep gores,the flourishing foreset and open grassland. You can take the photos there and then drive you to Bayinbuluk for rest.

Traffic: Car (430kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Bayinbuluk
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 2500m
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    Naraty Grassland

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    Naraty Grassland

Day 5Visit Bayinbuluk Grassland,then drive to Kuqa (260kms)

Enjoy the breakfast in the morning and head to explore another grassland scenery in Bayanbulak Grassland, which is the second largest grassland in China. There are verdant grass, flock of sheep and various plants. A fairyland which is worth for you to spend your time here. Then we are going to Swan Lake, the unique natural reserve for swan in China. It is the paradise of flocks of wild swan.

After visiting,we will drive you to Kuqa for rest.


Please note you will need special Xinjiang Travel Permit to Bayinbuluk which will be applied 4months in prior.

Traffic: Car (260kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Kuqa
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1071m
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    Bayinbuluk

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    Bayinbuluk

Day 6Visit Kizil Grottoes and Tianshan Great Canyon, then train to Kashgar

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. 

Then we will transfer you to train station,then take the night sleeper train to Kashgar.

Traffic: Car+Train
Hotel: Overnight in Train
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude: 1298m
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    Kizil Grottoes

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    Tianshan Great Canyon

Day 7Kashgar City Tour

Upon arrival in Kashgar, drive you to hotel to check in.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: 1298m
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    Id Kah Mosque

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    Old Town

Day 8 Visit Karakul Lake, then drive to Taxkorgan (320kms)

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.

Traffic: Car (320kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Taxkorgan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 3350
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    Karakul Lake

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    Karakul Lake

Day 9Visit Stone Fortress, then drive back to Kashgar (320kms)

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 (320kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1298m
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    Stone Fortress

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    Taxkorgan

Day 10End 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 Southern Xinjiang, and catch the flight to your destination.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: No accommodation
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1298m

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

  • Domestic flights from Urumqi to Yining, Soft sleeper train from Kuqa to Kashgar

  • 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.

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