10 Days China Silk Road Tour from Xi’an To Urumqi


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Destinations:

Xi’an - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar - Karakorum Highway - Karakul Lake - Kashgar-Urumqi


 

The ancient silk road started from Today’s Xian China and went all the way west till Rome, passed through many exotic places like Xi’an, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi and Kashgar, This tour offers you the best silk road destinations along the silk road in China.

Day 1

Arrive in Xi’an

 

Our guide will welcome you at the Xi’an airport and take you to the Hotel. Xi’an is an Ancient Capital of China from the 3rd century BC, was called “Chang an”, Xi’an was also an Important city on the Silk Road, the starting point in the east. Overnight in Xi’an

Meals: No

Accommodation: 4 star

Day 2

Xi’an Tour

 

Old City Wall, Great mosque, Hui min Street, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum

Today we will have one day Xi’an city Tour, in the morning we visit the Old City Wall, it was built in the Ming Dynasty during 14th century, is the best preserved city wall in China, then drive to the Great Mosque, the biggest Mosque in China, the Mosque architecture is quite different than other mosques in the world since made according to Chinese architecture. Then we will have lunch in the Hui min Street the Muslim Bazaar, it is a place full a life, you can see various Hui cuisines and snacks, as well as the local souvenirs. Afternoon we drive to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, It is the eighth wonder of the world. In the Museum, you can see the orderly placed warriors and horses, believed to be the Mausoleum of the Qin Shihuang – the first emperor of China. After dinner, back to Hotel. Overnight in Xi’an

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: 4 star

Day 3

Xi’an to Dunhuang by flight

 

Historical Museum in Dunhuang, Night market

Today we take a morning flight to Dunhuang, a very historical city, was an important stop on the Silk Road, located east of Taklamakan desert, is the home to best preserved Buddhist arts in China. At the Dunhuang airport, other guide and driver will welcome you and take you to Lunch. After lunch, we will visit the historical Museum in Dunhuang, witch shares over 4000 historical and cultural relics were found around Dunhuang area. After Museum, you will have some free time, we take you to the Hotel have some rest. Evening we will go to the Night market of Dunhuang city, it is one street quite interesting and very busy with the people. Have dinner at Market and back to Hotel.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: 5 star

Day 4

Dunhuang Tour, Overnight Train to Turpan

 

Mogao grottoes, Crescent Moon Lake and Mingsha Mountain.

After breakfast, we will travel to the Mogao grottoes, which is the best preserved Buddhist caves in China, the murals and statues are remained incredibly fine with the original color. When we arrive firstly we will see two movies witch is the introduction of Mogao, then we visit the caves. In the afternoon, we will visit Crescent Moon Lake and Mingsha Mountain, the desert is very close to the Dunhuang City, the sand dunes are reddish and very high, if you like you can climb to the top by redder and slide dawn by sliding plate, it is a very exciting experience. You also can ride camel in the desert. There is a Crescent lake surrounded by the sand, makes the whole site very beautiful. In the evening, we Travel to Turpan by soft-sleeper overnight train.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Stay in Train

Day 5

Turpan Tour

 

Flaming Mountain, Tuyuk village, Sultan Minaret, Karez underground irrigation System, Jiaohe Ruins.

Today we visit Turpan city and around area, Turpan is an old oasis city in the Northeast of Taklamakan desert, was played important role on the Silk Road, also one of the ancient capitals of North Xinjiang, it is the Hottest, driest, lowest and sweetest place in China. In the morning, our guide and driver will pick you up from the train station and you will travel to Tuyuk village, which is 60 km east of Turpan city, on the way we will see flaming mountain it is the eastern branch of Tianshan mountain, and hottest place in Turpan, looks like flaming from the distance. Then we visit Tuyuk village the oldest village in Xinjiang and has the history of 1700 years. After here we drive back to Turpan City and have lunch. In the afternoon, we visit Sultan Minaret, it is the only mosque in Xinjiang with Minaret and was built 200 years ago. Then we visit Karez, it is an  underground irrigation system, sourced by the around mountains, watering the oasis Turpan since as early as 2000 years ago. After that we visit Jiaohe ruined city, it is the best preserved ruined city in China, located on the cliff island and surrounded by two rivers, made by digging the earth 2300 years ago. Overnight in Turpan.

Meals: L, D

Accommodation: 4 star (Huozhou hotel)

Day 6

Turpan to Urumqi, 190km, 3hours, fly to Kashgar

 

Dabancheng wind power station, Salt Lake, Xinjiang regional Museum.

Today we travel to Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang province since mid 18th century, on the way we will see the Dabancheng wind power station, which is the largest one in China, located in the airflow area between North and South Xinjiang. Then we see the Salt Lake, also called dead sea of China. After arriving in Urumqi, we have lunch and then visit regional Museum, where stored more than 50,000 pieces of relics found around Xinjiang area, the 3800-year-old Mummies are the most special item in the Museum, which dried naturally under the sand. Then we drive to airport and take evening flight to Kashgar.

Meals: L, D, B

Accommodation: 5 star (Qinibak hotel)

Day 7

Kashgar to Karakul lake by car,200km

 

Karakorum highway(KKH), Opal village, Red mountain, White sand mountain, Karakul lake, Muztagh Ata mountain.

Today is one of the highlights of our tour, most of our clients were very happy after visit there. After breakfast travel to karakul lake along the Karakorum High way, Karakul lake located 200km southwest of Kashgar at the elevation of 3600m, on the way we will see Opal village, it is once the summer resort of Karahani kingdom during 9-13 centuries, Red mountain valleys in Oytagh village, white sand mountain at corner lake, there are no proper restaurants around the lake, so we will have picnic at the Karakul lake, after noon travel back to Kashgar city.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: 5 star (Qinibak Hotel)

Day 8

Kashgar city Tour, evening fly to Urumqi

 

Apak hoja tomb, Livestock Market (ONLY ON SUNDAYS), Sunday Bazaar, Old town of Kashgar, Idkah mosque.  

Today we are going to have one full day Kashgar tour, In the morning we drive to the Apak hoja tomb witch was build 1640, Then we take a tour to Kashgar Livestock market, it is 15km west of Kashgar city, it is a place you can have unforgettable experience, it is a trace of silk road Market, after lunch visit the Sunday market, it is the largest old way bazaar in China, Then we walk into the Old town of Kashgar, there you can see people still living in their beautiful old style hoses, and the streets are very attracting, then we visit the biggest mosque in Xinjiang China, The Id kah mosque which was built in 1442 by the local ruler of Kashgar. Then we drive to the Kashgar airport to fly Urumqi.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: 5 star (Grand Mercure) 

Day 9

Urumqi to Heavenly lake, 110km, 2hours

 

Regional museum, Heveanly lake(Tianchi), Grand Bazaar

In the morning, visit Xinjiang Regional museum, whichis the best museumin the region,contains more than 50 thousand historical relics witnessing the mysterious past of silk road.After museum, drive tothe Heavenly lake geological park(80km), after buy the ticket we will transfer to the shuttle bus for the 30km mountain road, Normally you can spend 3 hours around the lake, enjoy the beauty of nature, snowcapped mountain with pine trees. You can enjoy the fresh water by riding the pleasure boat. We will have lunch at the lake and back to Urumqi, in Urumqi visit the International Grand Bazaar, after dinner at the Bazaar back to hotel.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: 5 star (Grand Mercure)

Day 10

Hotel to Airport, back to sweet home.

 

Our guide and driver will take you to the airport, say good bye to us.

End of service.

All the services and Itinerary can be adjusted to your own needs, Please contact us via email if you are interest in our Tours, we are ready to offer you the best travel services !

 

Service Include

 
  • Transportation with air conditioned car
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel for you, 8nights.
  • Hotel for guide and driver
  • Meal for you
  • Meal for guide and driver
  • Entrance ticket fee
  • Train ticket fee from Dunhuang to Turpan

Service Exclude

 
  1. Flight ticket fee (we can book the flight between Urumqi and Kashgar if you want)

  2. Tips for guide and driver
  3. Personal excursions like horse or camel ride on the spots