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13-day Xinjiang Highlights Tour

Tour code: ETC-Q73   

Exploring the mysterious land trade route in Xinjiang area, our Silk Road Highlight trip commences at historical kashgar, ancient town with amazing Sunday Bazzar; the oasis of Turpan which a great place to see the Uyger lifestyle. Travelers will also driving through the grand Mt.Tianshan to old hub Kucha as well as jade town Hotan...

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Urumqi
Arrival in Urumqi, Mamsjam Grassland of Tianshan Mountain
2 Urumqi
Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang Provincial Museum
3 Urumqi / Turpan
Jiaohe Ruins, Karez Irrigation System
4 Turpan
Flaming Mountain, Gaochang ancient city, Bezeklik Thousand Caves, Astana Ancient Tombs
5 Turpan / Korla
Iron Gate pass and visit korla city
6 Korla / Kucha
Subashi Ancient Temple, Grand Mosque of Kuqa, Kucha Bazzar
7 Kucha / Aksu
Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves
8 Aksu / Kashgar
Drive to Kashgar
9 Kashgar
Kashgar Sunday Market, Mausoleum of Abakh Khoja, Etgar Mosque and Kashgar old town
10 Kashgar
Karakul Lake, Muztagh Ata, Muhammed Kashgari’s Tomb Complex
11 Kashgar / Hotan
stop over at Yengisar, Altunluk Mausoleum
12 Hotan
Malikewat ancient ruins, silk and carpet factory, jade carving factory, fly to Urumqi
13 Urumqi
fly to your next destination
Day 01 Arrival in Urumqi (L)
Arrival in Urumqi in the morning, transfer to the hotel and have lunch. Then drive 70km to Mamsjam Grassland of Tianshan Mountain, where you will visit a Kazak family and chat with them in the yurts, trying their home-made milk tea and snacks.

Day 02 Urumqi (B, L) 
Drive 120km northeast to the Heavenly Lake with an elevation of 2000 meters above sea level. The beautiful lake is flanked by rugged pines and cypresses, with melted clear waters reflecting the surrounding of snow capped highest peak-Bogda (5445 m), boating in the lake. Then drive back to Urumqi. Visit the Provincial Museum to have some knowledge of the history and minority culture.

Day 03 Urumqi/Turpan (B, L)
After breakfast, drive 2.5 hours to Turpan, on the way pass by Urumqi Wind Power Mill. As the lowest depression of China, Turpan is an Uygur town set in a large oasis surrounding by desert and mountains. Proceed to visit the ruins of Jiaohe, which was a prosperous ancient trading center and military stronghold about 1600 years ago. And then visit Ancient Karez, the underground water supply & irrigation system.

Day 04 Turpan (B, L)
In the morning pass by the Flaming Mountain, a legendary mountain in the Chinese literature classic of “Journey to the West”, visit the Ruins of Gaochang, an extensive ruin since the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), and then visit The Bezekilik caves and Astana Ancient Tombs (3rd - 8th Century ).  

Day 05 Turpan/Korla (B, L)
Drive 380km to Korla and cross several magnificent valleys of Mt. Tianshan. Finally arrive in the home town of fragrant pears-Korla, visit Iron Gate pass and city tour .

Day 06 Korla/Kuqa (B, L)
Drive 280km to Kuqa, a major Uyghur town, transfer to hotel, visit the Subashi Ancient Temple (well preserved temple complex since in Han Dynasty of China), the Grand Mosque of Kuqa and old bazaar.  

Day 07 Kuqa/Aksu (B, L)
Drive 360km to Aksu, pay an excursion to the famous Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves, which was the best preserved one in Xinjiang built around 4century AD with deep influence of Indian art style.

Day 08 Aksu/Kashgar (B, L)
Drive 470km to Kashgar, - the west-most city of China..                                                                                  

Day 09 Kashgar (B, L)
In the morning, wander around at the Sunday market of Kashgar, the largest outdoor market in the Mid-Asia! Afternoon visit the Mausoleum of Abakh Khoja, Etgar Mosque and the old town of the city.
 
Day 10 Kashgar/Karakul Lake (B, L)
Drive through the Karakurum Highway to Karakul Lake (180km), enjoy the beautiful view of snow-capped mountains of Muztagh Ata and its lake. On the way back, visit the Muhammed Kashgari’s Tomb Complex.

Day 11 Kashgar/Hotan (B, L)
Drive 520km to Hotan, stop over at Yengisar (famous for its knives), Yarkent - old capital
of Karahnate Kingdom of 15th century. Visit Altunluk Mausoleum(tombs complex of royal family around 15th centuries), in the late afternoon arrive in the Jade Town of Hotan.

Day 12 Hotan (B, L)
In the morning, visit the Malikewat ancient ruins,silk and carpet factory, jade carving factory. Take evening flight to Urumqi.

Day 13 Urumqi departure (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

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As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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I have no idea of how many minority villages I have visited in the mountains of Southwestern China. But I still feel the urge to explore more unknown areas.

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