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8 Days Silk Road Highlights Tour to Dunhuang, Turpan, Kashgar,Urumqi

Tour Code: XJ-FA11

Destinations: Dunhuang-Turpan-Urumqi-Kashgar-Karakul Lake

Tour type: Culture,History,Adventure,Folklore,Landscape,Handcraft,Photography

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  • Full Itinerary
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Day 01 Dunhuang start your National Holiday
Accommodation: Overnight in Dunhuang

Our nice local guide will meet at the airport/train station and take your to hotel for rest. Visit the Shazhou Night Market which carries a wide selection of local crafts and souvenirs.

Day 02 Dunhuang-Turpan
Accommodation: Overnight in Turpan

After breakfast visit the Mogao Caves, where you will watch the digital movie before you visit the grottoes that help you have the clear mind of the Mogao in ancient times. Then full morning visit the Mogao Grottoes about 12 Caves follow the scenic commentator. Lunch will have in city restaurant. After lunch, visit the Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake, Located 5 km (about three miles) south of Dunhuang City, the Echoing-Sand Mountain, for many Chinese well known as Mingsha Mountain, is celebrated for the sound of the moving sand. In 1994 it was acclaimed as the national key scenic spot. Together with the Crescent Springand the Mogao Caves, the Echoing-Sand Mountain is most popular sitein Dunhuang travel.You may wonder why the sand makes these different sounds. Then you will drive to train station about 120km from the city to catch the express train to Turpan.

  • Mogao Grottoes

    Mogao Grottoes

  • Echoing Sand Mountain

    Echoing Sand Mountain

Day 03 Turpan
Accommodation: Overnight in Turpan

Today our nice guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby. then driving to Tuyoq Village which is the saint site for the Muslim and also called Mecca in Xinjiang. Walking in this old and relaxing village surrounded by the grapes and mountains, you get to know the story of the famous adventurers Von Lacoq from German. After the visiting, we will head to Bezkilk Grottoes which is located in the middle of the Flaming mountain, 1hrs visiting to the Buddhist Center of Gaochang Kingdom in 5 Century. Before the grottoes in Flaming Mountains, we gonna stop at the best view of Flaming mountains with red colour rock within blue sky. It is highlight here today. The grottoes need walk couple of steps to walk down middle of the cliff. Six caves open for visitor but not much mural could to see. Cool in the cave but hot outside.Chinese tourist would like climb the hill to challenge the heat in flaming mountain. 

  • The Astana Tombs

    The Astana Tombs

  • Bezklik Grottoes

    Bezklik Grottoes

  • The Flaming Mountain

    The Flaming Mountain

Day 04 Turpan-Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight in Urumqi

After delighted buffet breakfast, Visit the Sugong Minaret it was built in 1777 to commemorate and praise Turpans ruler, Emin Khoja, who had achieved brilliant military success in suppressing the armed rebellion. After the ONE hours visiting, the weather getting hotter and now we will head to Karez underground irrigation system that people produce the best grapes and melons from it in China. Cool yourselves when walking under the ground by the side of the well. Next travel to Jiaohe Ruins which is better reserved and resembles Pompei, but it is 300years older.Tonight we will overnight in Shanshan, the peaceful county. 

In the afternoon, we will drive about 3 hours to Turpan, pass by the Wind power station at the foot of the Tianshan Mountains in 1hr, stop 10 minutes here for photo and rest. We can also visit the Salt lake en route.

  • Sugong Minerat

    Sugong Minerat

  • The Ruins of Ancienty City of Jiaohe

    The Ruins of Ancienty City of Jiaohe

  • Erdaoqiao Market International Bazaar

    Erdaoqiao Market International Bazaar

Day 05 Urumqi-Kashgar
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar

Breakfast time in the hotel is from 7am to 11am, enjoy your delighted buffet breakfast and our nice and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby around 08:30, then we will drive 1hr to the entrance of the park. 40 minutes shuttle bus driving in the mountains, you will visit the Kazakh village en route. After the shuttle bus, 10mins walking up to the lakeside. You will have 2hrs to do some trekking around the Heavenly lake, either enjoy the boating cruise,or even take the cable cart to the top of the mountain so that close to Bogda Peak-the highest peak in the east part of Tian Shan Mountain, which is capped by glacier and snow glistening in the sun, finely contrasted with blue lake water, forming a fabulous scenery. 

Lunch will be arranged in the local Kazakh yurt by the side of the lake. Afterwards back to Urumqi to visit the Xinjiang Regional Museum which is the main institution to collect and investigate the unearthed cultural relics and specimens in Xinjiang.

  • Xinjiang Museum

    Xinjiang Museum

  • The Heavenly Lake

    The Heavenly Lake

Day 06 Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar

After breakfast, around 9am, our guide will bring you to visit the Idigar Mosque which is an architectural treasure built in 1442. As the largest mosque in Xinjiang,It is not only the holiest mosque for the Muslims to pray, but also the center of religious activities. Then it is the time to visit the Kashgar Old Town that the ceremony of welcoming the tourist held at 10:30am, come on join the Maxilap show to dance with performers. Afterwords, walking in the street to explore the special culture,art character and the customer of their daily life. You are suggested to pay the visiting to the local Uighur family and having lunch is also highly recommended. Highlight of Kashgar visiting is to experience the livestock trades of the farmers in the Sunday bazaar which is the biggest one in the World. Continue the visiting to the Central Asia market displayed numerous varieties of the goods from neighbouring countries.

After the lunch in the local restaurant, We are going to start our Kashgar city tour with the 1hr visiting to Apak Hoja Tombs, which is an architectural and artistic treasure Built in 1640. Then enjoy the easy walking in the Handicraft street where displayed not only the various products,handicraft etc, but also the fruits, vegetables and food of the daily life resources. Hundred years of the Tea House will be our special arrangement for you, Tea and nang bread will be served, Musical instrument performance of the local Uighur might be enjoyed if lucky. 

  • Sunday Bazaar

    Sunday Bazaar

  • Idkah Mosque

    Idkah Mosque

  • Handicraft streetStreets

    Handicraft streetStreets

Day 07 Kashgar-Karakul Lake
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar

Our nice guide and driver will meet you at the hotel at 09:00. we will drive along the Karakom Highway which is twisting in the valley of the mountain to visit the Karakul Lake. Stop 30mins at the Opal village for the countryside bazaar en route. In the next 2 hours thrilling journey, we will have stunning views of the great Pamir Plateau as we drive across the vast plain, you’ll pass by sand dunes, mountains, and sandstone valleys before we reach the Karakul Lake that Kirghiz herdsmen usually settle down and graze their herds. You can pay to visit the yurt of local nomadic Kirghiz tasting the milk tea and snack when talking with them. In the afternoon, drive back of Kashgar, we can have dinner in the night market if you prefer.

  • Karakul Lake

    Karakul Lake

  • Karakul Lake

    Karakul Lake

  • Karakul Lake

    Karakul Lake

  • Karakul Lake

    Karakul Lake

Day 08 Kashgar- Beijing/Shanghai

After breakfast check out hotel and transfer to the airport,take the flight back to your sweet home.

Day 01 Dunhuang start your National Holiday
Meet and be transferred to your hotel for rest.Then visit the Shazhou Night Market which carries a wide selection of local crafts and souvenirs
Accommodation: Overnight in Dunhuang
Day 02 Dunhuang-Turpan
after breakfast visit the Mogao Grottoes , Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake.then be transferred to the railway station to catch the train to Turpan.
Accommodation: Overnight in Turpan
Day 03 Turpan
Meet guide at train station, drive to Turpan (40mins).check in the hotel.,Visit Astana Tombs, the Flaming Mountain, Bezklik Grottoes and Local Uyger Family in the Vineyard. Dinner in the local Uighur family arranged
Accommodation: Overnight in Turpan
Day 04 Turpan-Urumqi
After breakfast visit Karez Well, Sugong Minaret,Jiaohe Ruined,then back to Urumqi.Visit the Erdaoqiao Market & Inetrnatinal Bazaar upon arrival.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight in Urumqi
Day 05 Urumqi-Kashgar
After breakfast visit Xinjiang Museum, Heavenly Lake & boat cruise on the lake.Afternoon take the flight to Kashgar (the flight suggest leave Urumqi is around 20;00)
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar
Day 06 Kashgar
After breakfast take the city tour.Visit Sunday Bazaar, Id Kah Mosque, Old Town, Apak Hoja Tomb, Handicraft Street
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar
Day 07 Kashgar-Karakul Lake
After breakfast take the drive on the China and Pakistan highway to visit the Karakul Lake and enjoy the Pamir landscape.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar
Day 08 Kashgar- Beijing/Shanghai
After breakfast check out hotel and transfer to the airport,take the flight back to your sweet home.

Vehicles & Hotel

Vehicles we select for our distinguished guests

Guarantee: Every vehicle with good air-condition New car within four years
Professional & experienced driver

  • 1—2 pax 5 seats car
  • 3—5pax 7—9 seats
  • New car
  • New car
  • New car
  • New car
  • 6—9pax 15—19seats Mini-bus
  • 10—16 pax 22---37seats Jinglong Bus
  • New car
  • New car
  • New car
  • New car
Hotels we select
City Superior class Deluxe class Budget class
Kashgar Bacony Hotel Tianyuan International Qinbag Hotel
Urumqi Hoitak hotel New Times Hotek City Grand Hotel
Turpan Tuha Petroleum Hotel Huozhou (fireland) Hotel Jiao He Plaza
Kuqa Kuqa International Hotel Kuqa Hotel