Map 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. And you will visit other highlights like Rawak ancient town, Malike-awat ruins, Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves, Kizil Grotto, Tianshan Grand Canyon, Subash ancient city ruins, Xinjiang Museum.

Duration: 16 days & 15 nights

Destinations: Urumqi - Taklimakan desert - Kucha - Urumqi 

Starting Point: Urumqi 

Ending Point: Urumqi 

Fly to Urumqi, and connect your flight to Hotan. Be met and transferred to the hotel.

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.

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.

Malike-awat ruins

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.

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.

Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves

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

About noon arrive to Urumqi, check into Hotel, after lunch, visit the Xinjiang Museum.

Xinjiang Museum

Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

What's included

  • Guide

    Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide.

  • Meals

    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Transport

    Private transfers airport/hotel/airport.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodations with daily breakfast.

  • Other

    Domestic flights and trains listed.
    Admission fees.

  • Visa

    Visa arrangement. Please consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the tourist visa.

  • Other

    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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