Highlights

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

  • Enjoy the local Uighur cuisine and BBQ in the Grand Bazaar of Urumqi

  • 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.

ITINERARY Close All

Day 1Urumqi Arrival

Arrival 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.


Note:

  • Urumqi Diwopu International Airport is located in the NW of the suburb of Urumqi, which is very close to the urban area. Tourists can take Urumqi Metro Line 1 to the commercial centre and International Grand Bazaar.


Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi
Altitude: 800m
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    Urumqi

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    Urumqi

Day 2Heavenly Lake - Turpan Jiaohe Ruins

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.

Drive to next stop Turpan and tour end up with the 2hrs's exploration of Jiaohe Ruins, resembles Pompeii, but 300 years older.where you can experience the way of life of the Uighur ancestors.


Note:

  • It takes 4 hrs ( 259 km ) from Heavenly Lake to Turpan.


Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Turpan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 800m
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    Heavenly-lake

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    Jiaohe Ruins

Day 3Turpan City Tour then Drive to Shanahan

After breakfast, 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. Finally our scenic bus will take you to Astana  Tombs, a complex of an ancient tomb where you can see many well- preserved aretifacts including mummies. 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.

Driving to Shanshan to pay a visit the Kumtag desert which the temperature varies from freezing at night to baking during the day.



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

  • kumutage desert

    Kumutage Desert

Day 4Turpan City Tour then Train to Urumqi

Morning 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. 

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 Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar and have dinner there.


Note:

  • It takes 2hrs and 45 mins ( 193 km ) from Turpan to Urumqi.

  • The altitude of Urumqi is 800 m


Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 500m
  • Karez Well

    Karez Well

  • Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar

    Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar

Day 5End of Tour

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



Traffic: Car
Hotel: No accommodation
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 800m

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 to Urumqi Diwopu International Airport and Urumqi to other places are listed in the itinerary.

  • 2nd class express train from Urumqi to Turpan and Turpan to Dunhuang (Liuyuan Station), 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

  • Joseph

    Review submitted 28th October 2018

    11 of us from Malaysia went on a private tour to Urumqi-Turpan on 4-11 September 2018 organized by Xinjiang China International Travel Co. Ltd. We find this a very reliable tour company. It's CEO, Ms Lesley Lee prepared a very interesting itinerary for us. All of us enjoyed the tour very much. It was well organized and the staffs carried out their duties very professionally. Our tour guide, Mr Benjamin is very knowledgeable and helpful guide and speaks excellent English. We particularly like our visits to Flaming Mountains, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Heavenly Lake and Jiangbulake Wheat fields. 

  • Andrea

    Review submitted 13th September 2015

    The landscape of Xinjiang is amazing. One day snow montains and the next sand and hot sun, where else do you have this on earth. ;-) The english of our guide was perfect and the driver was as well very good. I felt always very safe.

  • Gagan Gill

    Review submitted 25th September 2013

    I have arrived home safe and sound and wanted to let you know that we had a FANTASTIC timein Urumqi and Turpan, even though one of the ladies got ill. Shirhazat was amazing, so knowledgeable, thoughtful and caring.I woulddefinitely recommend him as a guide to anyone travelling to Xinjiang. Thank you for arranging this holiday for me, I really enjoyed visiting Xinjiang and learning about the different people and places that make up this huge country that I live in.  Thank-you also for your kind gift on arrival,it was real y thoughtful.

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