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9 Days Taklamkan Ancient Silk Road Tour

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8-9 Hours Each Day
Availability : Departure Every Day
Visit Cities: Urumqi, Kashgar, Khotan, Tazhong, Kucha
Min Age : Flight, Car
Tour Highlights

Whether you want immense desert or boundless pasture, this tour definitely can satisfy you. You will drive across the biggest desert in China — Taklamkan Desert and enjoy amazing grassland view on Southern Pasture. Besides, you will explore some cultural relics such as Id Kah Mosque, Kizil Thousand Buddha Grottoes and Subashi Ruins together with your private English speaking guide. Join this tour to embrace nature and probe ancient civilization.

  • Return to the nature on the sprawling pasture dotted with yurts
  • Learn about the long history and rich culture of Xinjiang from your informative guide
  • Drive through the largest desert in China and come across some oasis towns
  • Visit the splendid Id Kah Mosque with rich ethnic style
  • A hassle-free tour at reasonable price

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Price Includes

  • All transfers and city transportation
  • Entrance fees and meals as mentioned
  • Private car or van with English speaking guide
  • Hotels and camps mentioned in itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in itinerary
  • Economy class flight of Kucha - Urumqi

Price Excludes

  • Personal expense
  • Tips to guide and driver
    Tour Abstract

    Day 1 Urumqi Arrival

    Day 2 Urumqi – Kashgar by Flight: Southern Pasture, Xinjiang Museum

    Day 3 Kashgar: Sunday Market, Id Kah Mosque

    Day 4 Kashgar – Khotan

    Day 5 Khotan – Tazhong

    Day 6 Ta Zhong – Kucha

    Day 7 Kucha: Kizil Thousand Buddha Grottoes

    Day 8 Kucha – Urumqi by Flight: Subashi Ruins

    Day 9 Urumqi Departure

    Itinerary Details

    Day 1Urumqi Arrival (no meals)

    Upon your arrival in Urumqi, our guide and driver will meet you in airport/train station and transfer you to hotel. Enjoy your free time in the rest of the day.

    Accommodation: Urumqi

    Day 2Urumqi – Kashgar by Flight (Breakfast + Lunch)

    After breakfast, pick up from hotel and drive to Southern Pasture. The southern Pasture boasts not only the nice grassland view, cattle and horses herds, but also the yurts for tourists to have short rest and also other items full of local taste. You will enjoy the grassland view and pay a visit to a local family. Then drive to the Xinjiang Museum. The largest comprehensive museum in Xinjiang that focuses on the history and costume of Xinjiang. At last take a flight to Kashgar and transfer to the local best hotel.

    Accommodation: Kashgar

    Day 3Kashgar (Breakfast + Lunch)

    The first stop of today will be the famous Sunday Market, also known as Sunday Bazaar, the largest international trade market on the northwest boundary line of China. Next we will pay a visit to Id Kah Mosque, a typical Islamic architecture like domes, minarets and arches, as well as pious prayers.

    Accommodation: Kashgar

    Day 4Kashgar – Khotan (Breakfast + Lunch)

    In the morning board the car and drive through the desert to Khotan. In the desert there spread many little oasis towns. If you have interest, we will make a stop in some towns to pay a short visit to see the local people’s real life. In the late afternoon arrive at Khotan and check in the hotel.

    Accommodation: Khotan

    Day 5Khotan – Tazhong (Breakfast + Lunch)

    In history, Khotan is famous for the jade, silk, and carpet. Till today there are many family silk workshops. Today the guide will accompany you to visit one of them. You will see how the silkworm string are used to create the colorful and delicate silk products. After visiting we will drive to Ta zhong after the driving through the heart of Taklamkan Desert.

    Accommodation: Tazhong

    Day 6 Ta Zhong – Kucha (Breakfast + Lunch)

    Continue driving for some time we will finish Taklamakan Desert when arriving at Kucha. In the Han and Tang Dynasties, Kucha was one of the 36 kingdoms in Xinjiang area. It is also the cradle of Qiuzi Civilization.

    Accommodation: Kucha

    Day 7Kucha (Breakfast + Lunch)

    After hotel breakfast, we will drive for about 1 hour to Kizil Thousand Buddha Grottoes. It locates 70km from Kucha Township. The Buddhist caves here were excavated from the 3rd century to the 13th century. 236 caves and 10000m2 murals are preserved. In some expert’s mind, that Buddhist grottoes is more valuable than Mogao Grottoes.

    Accommodation: Kucha

    Day 8Kucha – Urumqi by Flight (Breakfast + Lunch)

    Before flying back to Urumqi city, we will pay a visit to Subashi Ruins, one of the important cultural relics of Qiuzi Kingdom. The city appeared in the 1st Century BC and in the 6th-8th Century the city welcomed its peak time. In the 14th Century, the city was ruined by wars. After the visiting you will take the flight back to Urumqi. Met by local guide and driver and transfer back to hotel.

    Accommodation: Urumqi

    Day 9Urumqi Departure (Breakfast)

    Our guide and driver will meet you in hotel at confirmed time and escort you to airport for flight departing Urumqi.