China travel map - Budget Silk Road Tour: Essence of Xinjiang

This 7-day private Silk Road Xinjiang tour includes the most typical cities of Silk Road Xinjiang such as Urumqi, Turpan and Kashgar for unique landscape, ancient ruins, amazing local bazaar interesting Uyger culture. And you will visit popular cultural and scenic spots like Xinjiang Museum, Heavenly Lake, Red Hill Park, Jiaohe Ruins, Karez Irrigation System, Emin Minaret, Flaming Mountain, Bezeklik Thousand Caves, Gaochang Ancient City, Karakul Lake, Muztagh Ata, Kashgar Bazzar, Etgar Mosque, Abakh Khoja Mausoleum.

Duration: 7 days & 6 nights

Destinations: Urumqi - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar - Urumqi

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Upon the arrival of Urumqi airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel. If time permits, pay a visit to Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Museum to have some knowledge of the history and minority culture.

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. If time allows, visit the Red Hill Park (the symbol of Urumqi city).

Meal: B, L

Heavenly Lake

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 a 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.

Meal: B, L

In the morning, visit the Emin Minaret, the Flaming Mountain & Bezeklik Thousand Caves, and the ancient city of Gaochang. Then have lunch at local restaurant. Drive back to Urumqi and fly to Kashgar in the late afternoon.

Meal: B, L

Bezeklik Thousand Caves

Drive through the Karakurum Highway to Karakul Lake (180km), enjoy the beautiful view of snow-capped mountains of Muztagh Ata and its lake. Afternoon drive back to Kashgar.

Meal: B, L

Explore the Grand Sunday bazaar of Kashgar, which is a highlight of this trip. You will see the largest outdoor market in the Mid-Asia here! Visit Etgar Mosque and the Abakh Khoja Mausoleum, and the old town of Kashgar. Transfer to airport flight to Urumqi.

Meal: B, L

Abakh Khoja Mausoleum

Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

Meal: B

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What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suit Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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