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8-day Xinjiang Desert Exploration by Camel Ride

Tour code: ETC-Q71   

Silk Road is the long road linked the western and eastern culture by camels; Riding a camel and crossing the civilizations clustered and thrived in Taklimakan Desert, travelers have chance to visit the precious historic relics and have a good adventure in endless desert landscape. What a special journey to the world’s wild areas.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Urumqi / Hotan
Arrival in Urumqi, Flight to Hotan
2 Hotan
Jeyya village, camel ride in Taklimakan desert
3 Hotan
Rawak ancient town, Malike-awat ruins, Jade River and jade carving factory
4 Hotan / Kucha
Drive to Kucha through Taklamakan Desert
5 Kucha
Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves or Kizil Grotto Temples, Tianshan Grand Canyon
6 Kucha / Urumqi
Subash ancient city ruins, local Bazzar of Kucha, back to Urumqi
7 Urumqi
Xinjiang Museum
8 Urumqi
Transfer to next Destination
Day 01 Arrival in Urumqi, Urumqi – Hotan (no meal)
Fly to Urumqi, and connect your flight to Hotan. Be met and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02 Hotan – Camp site (B, L, D)
Drive to Jeyya village, which is famous with its tie die local silk, a possible visit to the village before entering the desert. Then take a camel ride into the Taklimakan desert (camel riding around 6-7 hours). Overnight at camp site.

Day 03 Camp site – Hotan/Khotan (B, L, D)
Ride the camel to Rawak ancient town, and visit Buddhist pagoda ruins (built in Tang dynasty 6th century AD, combination of Persian Indian architectural style), Malike-awat ruins, Jade River and jade carving factory.

Day 04 Hotan – Kucha (B, L, D)

A long day ride (650km) to Kucha through Taklamakan Desert – the largest one in China. This road was the second desert highway in Taklimakan built in 2007.

Day 05 Kucha (B, L, D)

Explore Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves or Kizil Grotto Temples, where boasts some of the most impressive Buddhist art in Central Asia and date to the third century. In the afternoon, you will visit Tianshan Grand Canyon.

Day 06 Kucha – Urumqi (B, L, D)

Morning visit Subash ancient city ruins, local Bazzar of Kucha, old city area. After dinner, take overnight train to Urumqi

Day 07 Urumqi (B, L)
About noon arrive to Urumqi, check into Hotel, after lunch, visit the Xinjiang Museum.

Day 08 Urumqi departure (B)

Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.


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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  • Asked by Alex Pearson
    2015-01-12 12:56
    Please advise cost for two and if appropriate mid February 2015
    Answered by Ricky
    2015-01-12 14:07
    Dear Alex,

    Thanks for contacting Easy Tour China.

    We are very glad to be of service to you. I am afraid that February is not a good time for desert exploration, where it will be freezingly cold, especially at night. If you intend to do some winter activities, we would recommend Harbin instead, where is the most popular destination in winter time. You can paticipate in the famous Harbin Ice & Snow Festival. For more details, our travel consultant wil be in touch with you soon via email.

    Have a nice day there!

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The Silk Road is like a thick history book to me, so enchanting with full of contents. The best season to visit is in July, August and September.


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