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8 Days Silk Road Highlights Tour

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8-9 Hours Each Day
Availability : Departure Every Day
Visit Cities: Dunhuang, Turpan, Rurmqi, Kashgar
Transportation: Car, Overnight Train, Flight
Tour Highlights

Retrace the 2000-year-old Silk Road with the accompany of an informative guide, basically a walking encyclopedia. In ancient times, merchants carry items such as silk, tea, and porcelain across the desert by camels to Europe and Africa. A camel ride will bring you back to the glorious days with the jingle of camel bells ringing in your ears. If you are lucky enough to see “Echoing-Sand Mountain at Dusk” and “Moon over Crescent Lake “, you will never forget the beauty and cherish the short but eternal moment for ever

  • Experience authentic ethnic customs at Erdaoqiao International Bazaar
  • Intoxicate yourself in the charming snow-capped Karakuri Lake
  • Marvel at the great irrigation system – Karez which turns the desert into an oasis
  • Hassle-free and good-value tour
  • Savor delicious Xinjiang flavored dishes

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Price Includes

  • Air-conditioned van
  • Excellent English Speaking guide
  • Hotels with breakfast listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee listed in itinerary
  • Soft sleeper train from Dunhuang (Liuyuan Station) to Turpan
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa support letter
  • 2 bottles of water per person per day

Price Excludes

  • Breakfast on the train, lunch and dinners through out the itinerary
  • Cost for boat cruise and camel riding, or other optional activities
  • Personal expenses and tips to guide and driver
  • Flight tickets from Urumqi to Kashgar
    Itinerary Abstract

    Day 1 Dunhuang arrival

    Day 2 Dunhuang – Turpan by Train: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake

    Day 3 Turpan: Astana Tombs, Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, Flaming Mountain

    Day 4 Turpan – Urumqi: Karez Well, Sugong Pagoda, Jiaohe Ruins, Erdaoqiao International Bazaar

    Day 5 Urumqi – Kashgar by Flight: Xinjiang Museum, Heavenly Lake

    Day 6 Kashgar: Karakul Lake

    Day 7 Kashgar: Sunday Market, Id Kah Mosque, Abakh Khjoa Tomb, Handicraft Street

    Day 8 Kashgar departure

    Itinerary Details

    Day 1Dunhuang Arrival (No Meals)

    Our driver and guide will wait for you at the train station exit 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: Dunhuang

    Day 2Dunhuang to Turpan by Train (Breakfast)

    Start today’s tour with Mogao Grottoes, one of the four most famous caves in China. In the afternoon, continue to visit the Echoing-Sand Mountain. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. If you have interest, an optional short Camel Ride will leave you a unforgettable memory. Then we will reach the Crescent Lake, your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert. At last transfer to train station for overnight soft sleeper train (K169,21:14/06:31) to Turpan. Accommodation: Overnight train

    Day 3 Turpan (No Meals)

    Met by local guide and driver at the train station and transfer to hotel to check in. Firstly drive to visit  Astana Tombs which is called “Underground Museum of Turpan”. Then pay a visit to Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, a series of caves with thousands of Buddhism murals that show many Buddhism figures, stories, and the social life about 1,500 years ago in Ancient Gaochang Kingdom.Ater that drive to visit Then continue to visit Flaming Mountain, the hottest place in summer of China. Concludes today’s tour with visit to a local Uyger family in Vineyard. Accommodation: Turpan

    Day 4Turpan to Urumqi (Breakfast)

    Pick up from hotel and go to 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. When finishing tour in Turpan, drive to Urumqi and visit the Erdaoqiao Inetrnatinal Bazaar upon arrival. That Bazaar is the largest one in Urumqi and Sundays are the busiest time for the market. Accommodation: Urumqi

    Day 5Urumqi to Kashgar by flight (Breakfast)

    After breakfast, pick up by your driver and guide and transfer to Xinjiang Museum to have a glimpse of Xinjiang history and costume. Then continue to do your tour to Heavenly Lake. 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. In the afternoon, take the flight CZ6801,19:55-21:50 or similar flight to Kashgar (Cost for flight tickets is left on your own). Upon your arrival, meet by local driver and guide and transfer to hotel for rest. Accommodation: Kashgar

    Day 6Kashgar to Karakul Lake (Breakfast)

    Today we will d a full day to Karakuri Lake which has an altitude of 3600 meters and has the snow cap all year around. At the same time, you will appreciate the landscape of Pamirs. Accommodation: Kashgar

    Day 7Kashgar (Breakfast)

    In the morning, we will pay a visit to Sunday Market, also known as Sunday Bazaar, the largest international trade market on the northwest boundary line of China. Next, continue to visit the Id Kah Mosque, a typical Islamic architecture like domes, minarets and arches, as well as pious prayers. Then head to Old Town, 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 hand made works. Back to hotel. Accommodation: Kashgar

    Day 8Kashgar Departure (Breakfast)

    Pick up from hotel and transfer to airport for your flight departing Kashgar.