Highlights

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

  • Experience the community culture show performed mainly by local Uighurs in the Grand Bazaar of Urumqi.

  • 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.

ITINERARY Close All

Day 1Urumqi Arrival

Arrive in Urumqi, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to hotel. Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, the farthest city from the ocean. It is Mongolian for 'beautiful farm'. Our bilingual tour guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi
Altitude: 836m
  • Urumqi

    Urumqi

  • Urumqi Nanshan

    Urumqi Nanshan

Day 2Visit Xinjiang Regional Museum,then flight to Kashgar

Morning 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.


Visit Grand International Bazaar where you can watch Uygur dance show and taste local delicacies.


Say goodbye to Urumqi, be transferred to take the flight to Kashgar. Upon arrival, pick up to check in the hotel.

Traffic: Car+Flight
Hotel: Overnight in Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1298m
  • Xinjiang Regional Museum

    Xinjiang Regional Museum

  • Kashgar City

    Kashgar City

Day 3Kashgar 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: 1298m
  • Kashgar Old Town

    Kashgar Old Town

  • Sunday Bazaar

    Sunday Bazaar

Day 4Visit Karakul Lake, then flight to Urumqi (260kms)

In the morning, enjoy your nice buffet breakfast. 

The following day will be spent exploring the stunning landscape surrounding the 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.

Return to Kashgar downtown and take flight to get to Urumqi, which means the most beautiful grassland in Mongolian Language. Our nice guide will greet you at the airport/trains station and be transferred to the hotel for rest.

Traffic: Car (260kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 836m
  • Karakul Lake

    Karakul Lake

  • Kashgar

    Kashgar

Day 5Drive to Burqin (700kms)

After enjoying the nice buffet breakfast at the hotel, and then our professional tour guide will bring you to head to Burqin with the scenery along the way. Upon arrival, you will transfer to the hotel. Have a good night. 

Traffic: Car (700kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Burqin
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 471m
  • Burqin

    Burqin

  • Burqin

    Burqin

Day 6Drive to Hemu,Visit Hemu Village (170kms)

After breakfast, we’ll take the coach to Hemu village, which is also known as the first village in China, the Scenic Spot is located in Burqin County, Altay District, about 30 kilometres east of Kanas Lake. It is an exquisite and unique wooden house village with a small bridge and magnificent scenery. Meanwhile, you can also experience the unique lifestyle of Tuvas, which is quite worth to visit.


Traffic: Car (170kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Hemu
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1091m
  • Hemu

    Hemu

  • Hemu

    Hemu

Day 7Drive to Kanas, Explore the Mysterious Kanas Lake (70kms)

Morning enjoy your nice buffet breakfast at the hotel and today we will drive to Kanas which is the most beautiful mountain lake you have never seen. The lake takes on different colors following the four seasons of the year, sometimes it's crystal blue, sometimes it's dark green, or even gray. you can enjoy the leisure time in Kanas. if the time of today is not enough, today you will have a chance to walk from the bay to the other one and take a picture.



Traffic: Car (70kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Kanas
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1375m
  • Kanas Lake

    Kanas Lake

  • Kanas

    Kanas

Day 8Visit Kanas Nature Reserve, then drive to Burqin (180kms)

Today we will still enjoy the scenery of Kanas Nature Reserve, It is the most beautiful mountain lake you have never seen. The lake takes on different colors following the four seasons of the year, sometimes it's crystal blue, sometimes it's dark green, or even gray. Afternoon head to Burqin, enjoy the sunset 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.

Traffic: Car (180kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Burqin
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 471m
  • Kanas Nature Reserve

    Kanas Nature Reserve

  • Five Coloured Beach

    Five Coloured Beach

Day 9Drive to Kuitun, Passing by Urho Ghost City (460kms)

Enjoy the sunrise and after breakfast, travel along the Gurbantunggut Desert to the Urho Ghost City, one of the famous yardang landform in China, caused by strong howling wind and erosion. The various strange shapes formed by the wind erosion make you connect them with pagodas, temples, animals, etc.

Traffic: Car (460kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Kuitun
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 486m
  • Urho Ghost City

    Urho Ghost City

  • Gurbantunggut Desert

    Gurbantunggut Desert

Day 10Drive to Yining, Passing by Anjihai Grand Canyon and Sayram Lake (450kms)

Enjoy your breakfast the hotel, on the way travel to Anjihai Grand Canyon, which is called the paradise of the photographer. Anjihai River is originated in Tianshan Mountain, through many years of scouring, in the vicinity of Tungut, it was formed a huge alluvial fan under the Northern slope of Tianshan Mountain. The scale of the river valley alluvial fan is quite magnificent, to the north opening with umbrella-shaped, it can be called a geographical wonder. then we will go to Yining, passong by 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 (450kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Yining
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 628m
  • Anjihai Grand Canyon

    Anjihai Grand Canyon

  • Sayram Lake

    Sayram Lake

Day 11Drive to Naraty Grassland (260kms)

After breakfast at the hotel, our leader will lead you into Naraty Grassland, one of the world's four largest grasslands of the sub-alpine meadow flora,  has been a famous pasture beautiful grassland scenery cfeaturing local kazakh folk customs since the ancient times. There you can experience some activities including living in ger and galloping across the prairie. 

Traffic: Car (260kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Naraty
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 2200m
  • Nalati Grassland

    Nalati Grassland

  • Kazakh Custom

    Kazakh Custom

Day 12Visit Naraty Grassland, then back to Yining (260kms)

Get up early this morning to see a typical river bed grassland—Naraty Grassland, one of four famous grassland in the world.

Prairie is as beautiful as in a poem or a picture. There are springs densely distributed here. Every year, from May to September, with flowers all blossoming out here and numerous herds gathering around, a great number of tourists domestic and abroad are attracted here. The Narat Prairie is also called "Deer Garden" in history and an ideal place for people of the pasture to exchange materials and hold cultural activities.

Ride the horse in the vast grassland. Explore the traditional Kazakh way of life is also an activity that you can't miss in this place. Afterwards, bus transfer to Yining for overnight stay.

Traffic: Car (260kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Yining
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 628m
  • Nalati Grassland

    Nalati Grassland

  • Nalati Grassland

    Nalati Grassland

Day 13Drive back to Urumqi (700kms)

Today we will be driving back to Urumqi, enjoy the scenery on the way. Upon arrival, transfer you to the downtown hotel and check in. Spend your rest of day at leisure.

Traffic: Car (700kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 836m
  • Yining Kazanqi Folk-custom Village

    Yining Kazanqi Folk-custom Village

  • Urumqi Red Hill

    Urumqi Red Hill

Day 14End of Your Trip

Today you will say goodbye to Urumqi, be transferred based on your flight or train schedule. Wish you a pleasant journey home!

Traffic: Car+Flight
Hotel: No accommodation
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 836m

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 Kashgar, Kashgar to Urumqi

  • 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.

Client’s Reviews Write Review

  • Meeyu

    Review submitted 11th June 2019

    Dear Lesley, A BIG THANK YOU for EVERY DETAIL on our 18-day itinerary! Our group of 12 have had many travels, and now Xinjiang holds an unforgettable place in our hearts. We all were personally touched having met some amazingly hospitable local people, seen expansive deserts and grasslands, been treated to best items on menus at grandiose restaurants and delicious handmade noodles at simple roadside eateries. The bigger bus we opted was perfect as our moving home. GOD BLESS YOU ALL! We love Xinjiang!!

  • Kee and Lim

    Review submitted 16th July 2015

    First of all, big thanks to you and your team! Thanks for giving us a memorable experience of life time. It was a very well planned trip and much better than our expectation. It was truly a pleasure to enjoy the beautiful scenery in Kanas and Bayibulak. And also experienced the colorful Xinjiang folklore in Kashgar. The tours were great in service and accommodation. Even though our guide got cold, she still very professional and helpful. Overall. We are happy with the trip and certainly would recommend your company to our friends.

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