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8-Day South Xinjiang Private Tour of Urumqi Turpan and Kashgar

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Overview:

8 Days Urumqi Turpan Kashgar Tour is a time-and-money efficient tour on which you will start your tour from Urumqi and end in Kashgar with a well-arranged itinerary. You will have all the classic experiences of Urumqi, Turpan and Kashgar in your pocket, and at the same time enjoy vacation-standard tour services, including pre-booked flight from Urumqi to Kashgar, comfortable hotels, your private tour guide and driver, etc. It is available all year around.

Tour Code

XJ8D7N-UTK-973

Duration

8 Days/7 Nights
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Itinerary

Day 1Urumqi Arrival

Attractions: No
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi

Upon arrival at Urumqi Railway Station or Airport, our local driver will transfer you to the hotel for check-in. The rest time is free for you to explore Urumqi.

Day 2Urumqi - Turpan

Attractions: Toyuq village, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Flaming Mountain
Meal: Not included
Hotel: Overnight in Turpan

After breakfast, drive to Turpan. On the way, visit Toyuq village, the ancient Uygur village is located in the south valley of Tuyugou Grand Canyon, with a history of more than 2600 years. Continue to visit Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Bozikrik means “decorated home” in Uyghur. The grottoes was first excavated from 5th and till 14th century. After that, drive to Flaming Mountain, the mountain was feature in the famous Journey to the West. Camel ride can be experienced here with extra fee.

After that, drive toTurpan for overninght stay.

Day 3Turpan - Urumqi

Attractions: Jiaohe Ancient City, Karez Well, Turpan Museum
Meal: Not included
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi

In the morning, visit Jiaohe Ancient City, it was once Jushi Kingdom’s capital, have a walk in the 2300-year-old fortress. Later, go to Karez Well, you will be amazed by ancient people’s wisdom of the irrigation system creation, it is still benefiting locals in the desert! After that, drive to Turpan Museum, the Silk Road displays tells you the importance of Turpan on the route. The other highlight is the exhibition of thousand years old mummies. 

Then drive to Urumqi.

Day 4Urumqi

Attractions: Xinjiang Regional Museum, Heavenly Lake
Meal: Not included
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi

This morning after breakfast, you will be taken to have an educational visit to the Xinjiang Regional Museum. It is the most important ancient Silk Road themed museum in China. The most unique exhibition is the Mummy Hall. All these important exhibitions help you learn deep into the history and culture of Xinjiang as well as the ancient Silk Road.

Leaving the museum, you are going to explore the Heavenly Lake (or Tianchi in Chinese) which is only about 70 km (about 1.5 hrs’ drive) away from Urumqi downtown. To protect the authenticity of the natural environment, our private car can only bring you to the entrance of the park. You will then shift onto a park bus to the parking lot around the lake area. Walking for about 15 minutes, you will get to the lakeside of Heavenly Lake. The rest time is free for you to stroll along the periphery of the lake, breathe the remarkably fresh air, and soak in the wonderful scenery.

Generally speaking, there are three ways to explore Heavenly Lake. You can walk around the lake, take a boat cruise, or ride a cable car to the mountain top. If time allows, you can even enjoy all the experiences. The Boat cruise and cable car need extra fees. Tell your preference to your guide, who will then arrange accordingly for you.

After the landscape trip, take a park bus to exit the park, and drive back to Urumqi.

Day 5Urumqi - Kashgar

Attractions: Abakh Hoja Tomb Id Kah Mosque, Local Bazaar, Handicrafts Street
Meal: Not included
Hotel: Overnight in Kashgar

This early morning, you will take a flight to Kashgar (about 2 hrs), the southwestern border city of Xinjiang

You will visit the Abakh Hoja Tomb first, which is not a simple tomb but an exquisite architectural complex including chapels, gardens, archways, etc., as the best place in the region to admire Uygur people’s extraordinary aesthetics and skills of Islamic architecture. It also offers a rare opportunity to see and learn about the funeral customs of Uygur families because there is a large Islamic family of five generations whose name is Abakh Hoja buried here.

Next, you will visit the landmark of Kashgar – Id Kah Mosque, which is regarded as the holy shrine for Muslims. Every day, there are thousands of Muslims worshiping here.

Only several minutes’ walk from the mosque is the exotic Kashgar Old Town where you can experience the authentic Uyghur living style. Explore the traditional earth buildings where local people live, walk through the famous Handicrafts Street where you can see how the local craftsman makes handicrafts. It is a good place to buy some interesting souvenirs for your family and friends. You will also take a break and enjoy a cup of local tea at the Ancient Tea House, which is more than 100 years old. The locals also like to spend some leisure time in the tea house with friends and families – drinking, chatting and playing music sometimes.

Today’s activities end. Have a good rest in your hotel in Kashgar.

Day 6Kashgar - Tashkurgan

Attractions: Karakul Lake
Meal: Not included
Hotel: Overnight in Tashkurgan

Today, you are going to visit the famous Karakul Lake which is about 190km/about 3 hours’ drive from Kashgar downtown. Although it is a long drive, you are surprisingly compensated by the constant landscape of the overwhelming Pamirs Plateau – harsh and lonely snow mountains, inhabited barrens, expansive grassland, pure glaciers, peaceful villages… Make a stop at Baishahu (White Sands Dunes Lake) where a tranquil lake lies under the towering snow mountains of Pamirs Plateau.

You will get to Karakul Lake around noon time. After lunch, throw yourself into the breathtaking scenery of the lake and its surrounding. From other sides, there is a mixture of boundless grasslands, deserts and valleys. A few Kirghiz nomads put their yurts and graze their herds of sheep, horses and camels near the lake. Take your time to wander around the lake to enjoy the landscape and take photos until returning time.

Keep driving about 1 hour to Tashkurgan. Have a good rest in this beautiful Tajik town.

Day 7Taxkorgan - Kashgar

Attractions: Stone Fortress, Golden Grassland
Meal: Not included
Hotel: Overnight in Kashgar

Today we will drive back to Kashgar, on the way, you will visit the Stone Fortress. The city is oval in shape and the city walls were built with sun-dried bricks on stone foundation. It is 1285 metres in circumference outside. Over the past few years, new wooden pathways have been constructed to allow tourist to walk these beautiful grasslands, known as the Golden Grassland. From here you can get even better photos of the Stone Fortress. Walking around the pastureland to see Local Tajiks customs.

Day 8Kashgar Departure

Attractions: Local Bazaar
Meal: Not included
Hotel: Not included

Today, we will arrange for you a visit to a local bazaar. If it happens to be a Sunday, it will be scheduled to a more unique livestock bazaar. Then we will escort you to the airport.

Price Includes

  • Local transportation with private vehicle and skilled driver
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Entrance fees as listed in the program
  • 7 nights accommodation(3 or 4 or 5-star depends on yourself)
  • Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets
  • Meals
  • Gratuities(optional)
  • Any optional programs/activities
  • Any services not mentioned