The 9 days Silk Road small group tour covers Kashgar, Urumqi, Turpan, and Dunhuang from west to east along the ancient Silk Road. The tour includes 3 star hotels in each city with breakfast. And tourists will be escorted by guide and driver on each touring days. Join in the tour to visit Silk Road cities with low cost.
Day 1Kashgar arrival
Day 2Kashgar: Id Kah Mosque, Old Town of Kashgar, Abakh Khoja Tomb
Day 3Kashgar – Tashkorgan County: Karakul Lake, Sunday Market
Day 4 Tashkorgan County: Stone Fortress
Day 5 Kashgar – Urumqi by Flight: Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao International Bazaar
Day 6Urumqi – Turpan: Karez Well, Sugong Pagoda, Jiaohe Ruins
Day 7Turpan – Dunhuang: Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake
Day 8Dunhuang: Mogao Grottoes, Yumen Pass, Great Wall of the Han Dynasty
Day 9Dunhuang departure
Hotel with breakfast + English speaking guide + Air condition van + Entrance fee
Day 1 (Sept 29th) Kashgar Arrival
Our driver and guide will wait for you at the train station or airport by holding a welcome sign with your name on it. Then you will be driven to the hotel and have a good rest. The rest of the day is free at your disposal.
Accommodation: Tianyuan Hotel
Day 2 (Sept 30th) Kashgar (Breakfast)
In the morning, we will pay a visit to Id Kah Mosque, a typical Islamic architecture including elements like domes, minarets and arches, as well as pious prayers. Then head to Old Town of Kashgar, where bring you back to the ancient Kashgar, with narrow alleys and traditional houses built with earth or brick. Afterwards we will visit the Abakh Khoja Tomb, an ancient Islamic building complex and a cemetery where five generations of famous Islamic masters were buried. At last we will visit Handicraft Street where we will have chance to see lots of local handmade works. Finally, drive back to hotel. Accommodation: Tianyuan Hotel
Day 3 (Oct 1st) Kashgar – Karakul Lake –Tashkorgan County(Breakfast)
In the morning pay a visit to the localSunday Market. Then spend rest of the day to visit Karakul Lake whose altitude is about 3600 meters. The lake is on the Pamirs Plateau, sitting at the foot of the famous Mt. Muztagh Ata, bearing the snow cap all year around. The grand snowy peak combined the calm & pure lake forms a surprisingly beautiful picture here, attracting endless travelers each year. At the same time, you will appreciate the landscape of Pamirs. Accommodation: Benlexing Hotel
Day 4 (Oct 2nd) Tashkorgan County – Kashgar (Breakfast)
In Tashkorgan County we will visit Stone Fortress where you will see both the great works by nature and historical ruins from ancient dynasties. In an ancient ruins you will see the layout of the city which existed there long ancient Silk Road. And you could also find some Tajiks folk culture taste there. After visiting drive back to Kashgar. Accommodation: Tianyuan Hotel
Day 5 (Oct 3rd) Kashgar – Urumqi by Flight (Breakfast)
After hotel breakfast drive to Kashgar airport to catch the flight to Urumqi. We will advise flight schedule in advance. Arriving in Urumqi met by local guide and driver. Then continue to do your tour to Heavenly Lake where tourists could optionally do a cruise on the lake. It will make you totally relaxed no matter you are sitting in a boat, walking in the mountains, or just standing by the lake. When back to Urumqi in the afternoon pay a visit to Erdaoqiao International Bazaar. Accommodation: Jingu Hotel
Day 6 (Oct 4th) Urumqi – Turpan (Breakfast)
Board the van in the morning and drive to Turpan. In Turpan you will visit the Karez Well— an amazing irrigation system which made Turpan a rich oasis. Then we will go to visit Sugong Pagoda, the largest existed ancient Islamic pagoda in Xinjiang. Afterward drive to the Jiaohe Ruins, one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road and the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world. Accommodation: Karez Hotel
Day 7 (Oct 5th) Turpan – Dunhuang (Breakfast)
In the morning please arrange your own way (It takes about CNY8 from hotel to train station by taxi )to Turpan Train Station to catch the fast train to Dunhuang. Met by your local guide and driver in Dunhuang train station and you will visit the Echoing-Sand Mountain—when you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. The optional short Camel Ride on the golden desert will leave you an unforgettable lifetime memory if you are interested in it. Then we will move to the Crescent Lake which is next to the Echoing- Sand Mountain, your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi Desert. Accommodation: Longfeng Hotel
Day 8 (Oct 6th) Dunhuang (Breakfast)
Today we will visit one of the top 4 famous grottoes in China – Mogao Grottoes. It is acknowledged as the pearl along ancient Silk Road and a World Culture Heritage. The statues and murals in the grottoes explain some basic facts of local culture, arts, Buddhism, economy, and tradings along Silk Road in ancient times. In the afternoon we will visit Yumen Pass and Great Wall of the Han Dynasty. Yumen Pass was the crucial pass through where Jade produce in Xinjiang came to central China. And though the Great Wall of the Han Dynasty is much less grand than the Great Wall in Beijing, It was the strong military construction that stopped enemies from north border of ancient China.
Day 9 (Oct 7th) Dunhuang Departure (Breakfast)
You will be picked up from hotel and transferred to airport for your flight departing Dunhuang.
* Air-conditioned van
* Excellent English Speaking guide
* 3-star hotels with breakfast listed in the itinerary
* Main entrance fee (the first entrance gate) listed in itinerary
* Fast train from Turpan to Dunhuang (Liuyuan train station)
* Travel insurance
* Visa support letter
* 2 bottles of water per person per day
* Lunch and dinners throughout the itinerary
* Cost for boat cruise and camel riding, or other optional activities.
* Personal expenses and tips to guide and driver
* Flight tickets from Kashgar to Urumqi (If tourists need the ticket book by us, we will cover it in updated quotation)
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Deposit USD 50 will be charged in advance via Paypal for tour booking. The balance can be paid to our tour guide when you are on the tour, or the credit card balance payment via Paypal latest 3 days ahead of the tour date. Both RMB and hard currency are acceptable.