11 Days Silk Road Luxurious Tour

Day 1 Arrive in Xi'an                          Overnight in Xi'an

International flight on your own arrangement. Once arrive in Xi'an,be met & transferred to your hotel. Feel free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2 Xi'an                                          Overnight in Xi'an

Sightseeing:Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, the Bell Tower and the Wild Goose Pagoda. Enjoy the Tang Dynasty show in the evening.

The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses: The greatest archaeological findings of the century: the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb.

The Bell Tower: The emblem of Xian city.

The Wild Goose Pagoda: The pagoda where widely renowned Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his classics brought fromIndia.

The Tang Dynasty show: The show that presents the palace dances and sings in the Tang Dynasty when Xian was the capital.

Day 3 Xi'an                       Overnight in Xi'an

Sightseeing:Shaanxi historical museum,Xi'an City Wall, The Grand Mosque.

The Provincial Museum: One of the main museums in China which holds numerous unearthed cultural relics of China.

The Ancient City Wall: An extension of the old Tang Dynasty structure boasting the most complete city wall that survives through Chinese long history.

Day 4 Xi'an --Dunhuang                       Overnight in Dunhuang

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and take the flight to Dunhuang. Visit Mogao Caves in the afternoon, and walk around the Shazhou Night Market.

Mogao Grottoes: Constructed over a millennium, from the 4th to the 14th centuries, the caves hold the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures. Cameras are not permitte

Day 5 Dunhuang--Turpan by soft sleeper train          Overnight in the Train

In the early morning go to the Crescent lake and enjoy the sunrise and camel riding in the desert. After lunch head to Yumen pass. Then take the night train to Turpan which is the most important city along the ancient silk road.

Yumen Pass:The site was originally known as “Small Square City” but legend had it that a jade was set on the gate of "Small Square City" for the sake of ensuring the security of passing trade caravans, so the city was thereafter known as "Yumenguan Pass" (“Jade Gate”)

Day 6 Turpan                                  Overnight in Turpan

Our nice guide will meet you at the train station and check into the hotel.

Sightseeing:Jiaohe Ancient City, Astana Tombs, The Flaming Mountain, Karez Well, Suleiman's Minaret,Tuyugou Village. Jiaohe Ancient City : The city's name means 'the River City'. It was founded during the first century B.C. and abandoned during the 15th century.

Astana Tombs : Where the ancient people are buried. It is famous for its terracotta figurines and tomb paintings.

The Flaming Mountain: Many years of volcanic activity have formed the unique crisscrossing gullies and ravines. During mid-afternoon the heat becomes intense as the sun's rays are reflected off the red rocks, as though the hillsides areengulfed by tongues of fire, hence the name.

Day 7 Turpan--Urumqi                      Overnight in the Urumqi

AM visit Jiaohe Ruined city, Karez Irrigation system, Sugong Minerat Back to Urumqi after lunch drive to Urumqi and visit the Inernational bazaar.

Jiaohe Ruins:The Jiaohe Ruins is located on a mesa in willow leaf shape between theYarnaz River valleys 10 kilometers to the west of Turfan City. running from northwest to southeast, 1760 meters long and 300 meters across at the widest part. The city includes city gates, streets and lanes, government office, temples, domestic houses, cave houses, wells, and an underground temple.

Karez Irrigation System:The Karez System is a unique irrigation system in Turfan, which, taking advantage of the slopes, draws the underground water to flow by itself to irrigate farmland. It consists of four parts: vertical wells, underground channels, ground canals and small reservois

Sugong Minerat:Located in Mura Village 2 kilometers to the east of the city of Turfan, the Tower was built in the 41st year of the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty,It is an embodiment of the ancient architectural arts of the Uygur nationality. The tower is 37 meters high and 10 meters in diameter at the base. The body of the tower is cylindroid in shape, built with bricks arranged in various symmetrical patterns on the outer wall. The tower has 14 windows and a spiral stairs inside it leading to the top.

Erdaoqiao Market & International Bazaar:The Erdaoqiao Bazaar is the largest inUrumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. On Sunday, there are more stalls and more goods to buy than any other day. The old streets around the bazaar are really worth seeing.Here is the most welcomed place by tourist especialy by ladies where they can buy some traditional yugur make up cosmetic.

Day 8 Turpan--Urumqi                      Overnight in the Urumqi

After breakfast visit theXinjiangMuseumand then take the flight to Kashgar and check into the hotel upon arrival and then take the city tour, visit the Idigar mosqu , Xinjiang Museum:the museum is the main institution to collect and investigate the unearthed cultural relics and specimens in Xinjiang. There are more than 50 thousand pieces of various kinds of cultural relics stored in the museum, among them, the ancient mummies represented by ‘the Loulan Beauty', manuscripts in Chinese, Kharosthi, Qiuci, Yanji, Tibetan, Uigurian and other characters prevailed in ancient Westen Regions, the silk ,wool, cotton and hemp fabrics and folk rainment, etc., are unusual tidbits in the world. Id Kah Mosque:It is the large Mosque inChinaand most famous one in Xinjiang. The Mosque started to build in the mid of fifteenth century, and has gradually developed to the present size. Id K ah Mosque, with about 16800 square meters in area, consisting of Pray Hall, the Koran teaching Hall, The Corridor, the Arches and other buildings attaching to it. The Pray Hall of the mosque can hold 4000 prayers is supported by 140 carved wooden pillars.The buildings of Id Kah Mosque look magnificent and solemn , and display the artistic styles of Islamic mosque architectures.

Day 9 Kashgar -- Karakuli Lake (250kms, 3hrs)              Overnight in Kashgar 

In the early morning visit the Sunday Bazaar then driver to Karakuli Lake.

Sunday bazaar: Bazaar means farm trade market in Uygur. The bazaar in Kashgar is the biggest one in Xinjiang.

Karakul Lake:At an altitude of 3,600 m. it is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau, near the junction of the Pamir, Tianshan and Kunlun Mountainranges. Surrounded by mountains which remain snow-covered throughout the year, the three highest peaks visible from the lake are the Muztag Ata (7546m), Kongur Tagh (7,649m) and Kongur Tiube (7,530 m). The lake is popular among travellers for its beautiful scenery and the clarity of its reflection in the water, whose color ranges from a dark green to azure and light blue. There are two Kirgizsettlements along theshore of Karakul Lake, a small number of yurts about 1km east of the bus drop-off point and a village with stone houses located on the western shores.

Day 10 Kashgar              Over night in Kashgar Apak

Hoja Tomb:This Mazar is the holiest place in Xinjiang and an architectural treasure.Built in 1640,it is reminiscent of the Central Asian artistic style of Samark and or Isfahan . A handsome blue-and-white tiled gate leads into the compound, which includes a small religious school and the Abakh Khoja family tomb. The latter is domed and faced with multi - colored tiles. I t most complete Islamic tomb of the Qing Dynasty up-to-now in China.

Old town:Kashgar is an ancient city, and in walking the streets of its Old Town, will provide a sense of what this legendary Central Asian hub was like in the days when the Silk Road was at its zenith. 500-year old remnants of the city wall, narrow lanes and colorful multi-ethnic crowds combine to make Kashgar's historic district a highlight of any visit to the city.

Handicraft street: Streets near this big market are choked on Sundays with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, Ute, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive, eat breakfast, set up their animals and check out the action. Cattle, sheep (they definitely look different), goats, donkeys, horses have their own sections; sellers show their animals are "good eaters"(most go as livestock not meat) and the entire experience is fascinating and fun.

Day 11 Kashgar--

Your destination In the morning you will leave Kashgar to your next destination. (The airfare and the tax is on your own, but we can help you book the ticket, and the service is free)

Price Inclusions:

1 Entrance fees;

2 Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=breakfast; L=lunch ;

3 Personal Guide & Driver + Private car / van for Private Transfers & sightseeing;

4 Hotels with breakfast(twin share bases) as listed in the itinerary;

5 Domestic flights or trains as listed in the itinerar;

6 Airport Taxes: US$30 for domestic;

7 Service Charge & Government Taxes;

8 Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels;

9 Goverment letter for visa support.

Price Exclusions:

1 All lunches and dinners, and breakfast on the train;

2 Personal expenses, tips to the guide and driver. Note, the price for 6-10 pax included Lunches and Dinners

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