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16-day Xinjiang Panorama Tour

Tour code: ETC-Q75   

This program offers special experience from the Urumqi to the amazing hubs of ancient commercial path in Xinjiang. Enjoying the picturesque Sayram Lake then riding horse on Narat Grassland, visiting the most fecund pasture in south Tianshan Mountain – Bayinbuluke, heading to Kucha, Hotan, followed by Yarkant and Kashgar for brilliant culture trips!

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Urumqi Arrival in Urumqi, Red Hill Park
2 Urumqi
Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Museum
3 Urumqi / Sayram Lake
Sayram Lake
4 Sayram Lake / Yining
Head to Yining, stop over at Fruit Valley
5 Yining / Narat
Narat Grassland, Riding and boating on grassland
6 Narat / Bayinbulak
drive to the Bayinblak Grassland, Swam Lake
7 Bayinbulak / Kucha
Dragon Lake, Grand Canyon
8 Kucha
Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves, Subash Ancient Ruins/ Ancient Kizil Kagha Beacon tower, Kucha Grand Mosque, and old town of Kucha
9 Kucha / Minfeng
Taklimakan Desert
10 Minfeng / Hotan
Yorung Kash River,head to Hotan
11 Hotan / Yarkant
Hotan Museum and traditional paper making family workshop, drive to Yarkant
12 Yarkant / Kashgar
Altunluk Royal Mosque, Amannisahan Tomb, stop over at Yingisa
13 Kashgar
Grand Sunday bazaar of Kashgar, Etgar Mosque and the Abakh Khoja Mausoleum, Kashgar old town
14 Kashgar
Karakul Lake, Muztagh Ata, Muhammed Kashgari’s Tomb Complex
15 Kashgar / Urumqi
Fly to Urumqi, free day
16 Urumqi
Transfer to 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, visit the Red Hill Park (the symbol of Urumqi city).

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. In the afternoon, pay a visit to Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Museum to have some knowledge of the history and minority culture.

Day 03 Urumqi/Sayram Lake (B, L)
Start early in the morning, and drive 650 km to the largest alpine lake of China - Sayram Lake, lunch on the way at Jing County. Upon arrival, you can choose to stay at a Mongol yurt or local hotel as you like.

Day 04 Sayram Lake/Yining (B, L)
Explore the picturesque Sayram Lake, do some hiking or horse riding (optional). Then head for Yining after lunch, enjoy the stunning landscape on the way, stop over at Fruit Valley. Overnight in Yining (Ghulja).

Day 05 Yining/Narat (B, L)  
Head for Narat Grassland, and have lunch at a local Kazak family. Explore the Kazal village, try horsing riding on the grassland, boating in the river. You can choose to stay at either Kazak yurt or local guest house.

Day 06 Narat/Bayinbulak Grassland (B, L, D)
Start early in the morning, after a local Kazak breakfast, then drive to the Bayinblak Grassland – the second largest one in China. Stop over at the Mongolian holy sites en route. After lunch, drive to Swam Lake to see the aquatic birds here. Overnight at Mongolian yurt.

Day 07 Bayinbulak/Kucha (B, L)
After breakfast, leave for Kucha. On the way, you will have chances to take photos of beautiful mountain landscape and visit the Dragon Lake. After lunch, you will explore a local village, then continue your trip to Grand Canyon near Kucha, finally arrive in Kucha around dinner time.

Day 08 Kucha (B, L)
Full day tour in Kucha: Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves, Subash Ancient Ruins/ Ancient Kizil Kagha Beacon tower, Kucha Grand Mosque, and old town of Kucha.

Day 09 Kucha/Minfeng (B, L, D)
Drive 700km(420miles) to Minfeng via Taklimakan Desert Highway (522km/310miles). Stop over at the places as you like to see the sand dunes of the world second largest shifting sand desert and take photos. Overnight at Minfeng (Niya).

Day 10 Minfeng/Hotan (B, L)
Drive to Hotan, visit Keriya Town en route. After arrival in Hotan, check into hotel and have lunch, transfer to visit Yorung Kash River (White Jade River), where you will see how local people search for the white jade at river bed. Today’s trip ends with a visit to an old mosque dating back to the 16th century in the Taklimakan desert around 30km away from Hotan city.

Day 11 Hotan/Yarkant (B, L)
In morning, visit Hotan Museum and traditional paper making family workshop. After lunch, drive to Yarkant. Overnight at Yarkant.

Day 12 Yarkant/Kashgar (B, L)
Visit Altunluk Royal Mosque and royal mausoleum, Amannisahan (a famous Uyghur female musician in history) Tomb, old district of the town. Then head for Kashgar, stop over at Yengisa country famous for knife-making en route. Overnight in Kashgar.

Day 13 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 in the afternoon.

Day 14 Kashgar/Karakul Lake/Kashgar (B, L, D)
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 (an outstanding Uyghur scholar and linguist).

Day 15 Kashgar/Urumqi (B)
Transfer to fly to Urumqi, free time at the rest of the day.

Day 16 Urumqi departure (B)
Trasfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

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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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