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7-day Essence of Xinjiang

Tour code: ETC-Q72   

This 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.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Urumqi
Arrival in Urumqi, Xinjiang Museum if time permits
2 Urumqi
Heavenly Lake, Red Hill Park
3 Urumqi / Turpan
Jiaohe Ruins, Karez Irrigation System
4 Turpan / Urumqi / Kashgar
Emin Minaret, the Flaming Mountain & Bezeklik Thousand Caves, and the ancient city of Gaochang, back to Urumqi then head to Kashgar
5 Kashgar
Karakul Lake, Muztagh Ata
6 Kashgar
Kashgar Grand Sunday bazaar, Etgar Mosque and the Abakh Khoja Mausoleum, back to Urumqi
7 Urumqi
fly to your next destination
Day 01 Arrival in Urumqi (no meal)
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.

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

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 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.

Day 04 Turpan/Urumqi/Kashgar (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. 

Day 05 Kashgar/Karakul Lake/Kashgar (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. Afternoon drive back to Kashgar
Day 06 Kashgar (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.
Day 07 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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