12-Day Silk Road Tour from Xi’an

  • Destinations:Xian, Dunhuang, Turapn, Urumqi, Heavenly lake, Kashgar, Karakul lake and Tashkorgan

  • Number of Pax: 4 PAX(Family)

  • Clients from: Hong Kong, Malaysia

Day 1
2018-04-20 (Friday)
Arrive in Xi’an
Hotel:Not included
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Pick up you from airport and transfer to your Hotel
Our professional, friendly local guide will meet you with experienced driver at the airport and transfer to your hotel. It takes about one hour to your hotel from airport. Rest of the day is your time to explore this ancient city by yourself.
It is said, if you want to see 800 years of China’s history, visit Beijing; if you want to see 3000 years of China’s history, go to Xi’an. The root of Chinese history and culture remains there. It used to be the ancient capital of many dynasties and the starting point of Silk Road of China.
Day 2
2018-04-21 (Saturday)
Explore Xi’an for whole day
Hotel:Not included
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit famous Terra-cotta warriors, Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda, Grand Hui mosque and city wall.
After breakfast we start our wonderful one day tour with a visit to Terra-cotta warriors which is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. This site is about an hour drive from Xi’an city. we spend whole morning there and drive to Bell Tower after lunch. Bell tower is located in downtown area, it is a Chinese traditional building and geographical center of the ancient capital, best preserved and largest wooden tower in China.
After seeing the Wall for about an hour we continue our tour to wild goose Pagoda which is a well preserved ancient holy building for Buddhism.
later visit the Hui grand mosque located in Hui minority area, construction of the mosque has rich Chinese features combined with Arabic style. It is one of the oldest and largest mosque in China. Finally drive to Xi’an city wall which is the symbol of Xi’an and the most ancient existing city wall in China until today.
We tour the Wall for a few hours by walking around or riding bicycle as your like (on your own expenses).
Day 3
2018-04-22 (Sunday)
Xi’an to Dunhuang
Hotel:
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Fly to Dunhuang and visit Crescent lake and Sounding Sand mountain
After breakfast at the hotel , drive to Xi’an airport for your flight to Dunhuang and our driver and guide from Dunhuang pick up you from Dunhuang airport and have lunch first.
After lunch, visit Mysterious Crescent lake which its name derives from the crescent moon shaped by the small pool of spring water between two large sand dunes. Here you’ll have chance to ride camels across the sand dunes of Sounding Sand mountain which makes sounds when the wind blows (camel is on your own expenses). If you like enjoy the sunset and back to hotel later
Day 4
2018-04-23 (Monday)
Dunhuang to Turpan
Hotel:Huozhou Hotel (4-star)
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: After breakfast Visit Mogao Grottoes; After lunch fast speed train to Turpan
We spend the whole morning at Mogao Grottoes which were constructed over a millennium ago from the 4th to 14th centuries. The caves are also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves with two distinctions of being one of the most notable grottoes in China as well as the best-preserved treasure house of Buddhist art, sutras, murals and sculptures in the world.
After lunch drive Dunhuang fast speed train station for your journey to Turpan which is about 3:30 hours train ride. Our Turpan local driver/guide will pick up you from Turpan railway station and transfer to your hotel
Day 5
2018-04-24 (Tuesday)
Turpan for whole day
Hotel:Huozhou Hotel (4-star)
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Toyuq village, Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves and Flaming Mountains
After breakfast,we start our tour in Turpan with a visit to Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city which is one of the best preserved ancient cities in China. The ruins of the buildings are divided into temples, civilian dwellings and government offices. Workshops, residential houses and the streets are still visible and time there is a time spent in a long lost world.
After an hour of walking around the ancient city,Move on to Toyuq village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a friendly Uighur community. Here we visit several local families and have lunch with a local family in their home. This could be the highlight of your tour today.
After lunch we visit Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves which used to be an important center for Buddhist worshipers under the Xizhou Huigu government of the Idikut (Gaochang) Kingdom.
On the way back to the hotel we will stop at the Flaming Mountain which people claimed to be the hottest and driest on the Silk Road that “flying birds even a thousand miles away dare not to come”.
Day 6
2018-04-25 (Wednesday)
Turpan to Heavenly Lake to Urumqi
Hotel:Bostan hotel
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Drive to Heavenly Lake and spend a few hours for hiking or boating as you like, then drive to Urumqi city , visit Dongkuruk International Grand Bazaar
After breakfast drive to Heavenly lake which takes about 4 hours.
Heavenly lake offers some great hiking routes through the valleys on wooden pathways or up to the mountains as you like.
Your stay at the heavenly lake is the time to go for boating, take photos or simply trek around the lake (on your own expenses)
Whenever you are done at the lake, drive to Urumqi and enjoy the Dongkuruk International Grand Bazaar and have a nice dinner at a local restaurant.
Stay overnight in Urumqi
Day 7
2018-04-26 (Thursday)
Urumqi to Kashgar
Hotel:Qinibagh Royal Hotel (5*)
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: After breakfast trip to Tianshan Grand Canyon and take evening flight to Kashgar
After breakfast drive to Tianshan Grand Canyon which is located about 48kms from Urumqi city.
This area is surrounded by mountains on three sides and average altitude is 2200 meters with average temperature of 4-6℃. Here you can see the most integral and the most admirable virginal forest of spruce in snow hills. You will enjoy Kazakh Folk customs park, High mountain and Grassland ecological zone.
What the mother nature offers as a gift for the people of the world. A definite choice not to be regretted.
A panoramic view of North Xinjiang in this surprising Canyon.
After lunch drive to Urumqi airport for your flight to Kashgar
Day 8
2018-04-27 (Friday)
Kashgar to Tashkorgan
Hotel:Qianhai International Hotel (3-star))
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Drive along the KKH, Stop at Opal Village, Oytagh Kunlunshan Colorful mountain range, Gaz Valley and check point, Bulungkol Valley (white sand mountain), Karakul lake and local Kyrgyz family visit
We set out along the Sino – Pakistan Karakorum Highway, on the Pamir plateau (the roof of the world)visit Karakul Lake (3600m above sea level). The lake sits at the foot of the notorious, Muztagh Ata (7546m) and Gongur (7719m) mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountain and is one of the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world.
Lunch will be at local Kyrgyz family or at the lake side restaurant as your like.
You can stop along the way at good spots for photos as much as you like or hiking around Karakul lake for a few hours. Our driver and guide never mind for your many stops or spending time for hiking
Arrive Tashkorgan in the late afternoon and stay overnight
Day 9
2018-04-28 (Saturday)
Tashkorgan to Kashgar
Hotel:Qinibagh Royal Hotel (5*)
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit Stone Fort, Tajik village, Hike on the Grassland and drive back to Kashgar after lunch
Tashkurgan Tajik autonomous county was once an important hub on the old Silk Road. The area borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan  via the Kunjerab Pass and Wahan Corridor.
After breakfast, you’ll have an opportunity to see the town’s ancient Stone Fort – still standing after 2200 years! ‘Tashkurgan’ is a translation of ‘Stone Fort.’ Later Hike on the grassland next to the Stone Fort.
After lunch, drive back to Kashgar and you can make stops along the way if you like.
Day 10
2018-04-29 (Sunday)
Explore Kashgar City
Hotel:Qinibagh Royal Hotel (5*)
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit Grand mosque, Apak Hoja tomb (which is also called Fragrant Concubine Tomb), Old city walking tours, livestock market, Sunday market and dinner at a local Uighur family
Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First visit livestock market which happens on every Sunday and people bring their horses, sheep, goats, camels,cows,bulls,yaks and donkeys to the market for sale. It provides a great opportunity to take photos of the faces of local people, study traditional local market culture, test-drive a donkey or horse or even make its shoes. Like opening a window, today is a real glimpse into a time lost in the annals of the Silk Road’s past and an opportunity not to be missed.
Later move on to Sunday market main Bazaar which is considered one of the largest market in Central Asia. From fluffy sheepskin hats to rugged camel-hide boots, not to mention beads, buttons and buckets of locals. Everything – including plenty of kitchen sinks – is for sale at this fairytale bazaar. It is the best chance to practice your bargaining skills.
After lunch spend some time by the Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Tomb which is also known as Fragrant concubine tomb).
We’ll also spend time in the Kashgar Old Town and have some walking tours through some ancient historical parts; Stop at a century-old tea house for a short break and taste local medicinal teas such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and many other ingredients.
Finally conclude our city tour with a dinner at a local family which offers a great opportunity to deeply understand real local life, culture and traditions of local Uighurs.
Day 11
2018-04-30 (Monday)
Day Trip To Shipton’s Arch
Hotel:Qinibagh Royal Hotel (5*)
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Driving and hiking up to the Arch.
Shipton’s Arch is the world’s highest natural arch. This imposing, entirely natural structure, rises an amazing 500m/1500ft.
Some walking and climbing is required, this trip is suitable for all ages.
It is about 1.5 hour driving from Kashgar city and about  another 1:20 hours hiking up to the base of the Arch.
Day 12
2018-05-01 (Tuesday)
Kashgar To Your Next Destination
Hotel:Not included
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: See you off at Kashgar airport
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