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Silk Road travel from Dunhuang to Kashgar

duracion Duration:
7 days
duracion Travel guides:
English
duracion Departures from:
any city in China
ingo Highlights:
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icn Natural views
icn Night train ride

Silk Route starting in Dunhuang city to Kashgar. Discover the Dunhuang caves and the Chinese far west

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Itinerary
Day 01, Origin/Dunhuang
-Pick up at the airport;

Day 02, Dunhuang/Turpan
-Crescent Lake and Mingsha Dune;
-Mogao Caves;
(noche in the train)

Day 03, Turpan
-Jiaohe Old City;
-Emin Minaret;
-Karez Irrigation Channels;
-Turpan Bazaar;

Day 04, Turpan/Urumqi
-Gaochang Ruins;
-Astana Tombs;
-Tuyuq Valley;
-Transfer from Turpan to Urumqi;
-Grand International Bazaar;

Day 05, Turpan/Kashgar
-Flight Urumqi-Kashgar;
-Eidkagh Mosque;
-Apakh Khoja Mausoleum;
-Ancient City of Kashgar;

Day 06, Kashgar/Karakol Lake/Kashgar
-Karakol Lake;

Day 07, Kashgar/Destination
-Transfer to the airport.


-Private trip;
-Compulsory travel insurance;
-Local guide speaking English or other languages;
-Private vehicle;
-Hotel in a double bedroom with breakfast;
-Tickets for the visited places.

-Night train Dunhuang-Turpan (berth);
-Flight Urumqi-Kashgar;

-Excursions or extra services;
-Tips for the tour guide and the driver;
-Single room supplement;
-Personal expenses;
-Any service not mentioned in “Includes”.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at the airport to transfer them to their hotel.
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Crescent Lake and Mingsha Shan
Discover this important oasis still preserved in the middle of the dessert. Once there we will also experience a ride on a camel along the spectacular sand dunes of Mingsha Shan.

Mogao Caves
Also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, these caves still guard sculptures and mural paintings, most of which are based on Buddhist stories. The UNESCO declares them World Heritage Site.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests to the Liuyuan train station to transfer them to Turpan (aprox. 120 km drive).

Night in the train 
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, pick up guests at the train station to transfer them to Turpan (55 km), register in hotel and start today visits.

Jiaohe Ancient City
Let yourself imagine in old times when this city was destroyed, it's ruins are located some kilometers at the west side of Turpan and were declared by UNESCO Human World Heritage.

Emin Minaret
The biggest mosque of this province built in the 18th century with 44 meter high minaret.

Karez Irrigation Channels
Discober the clever irrigation system of this area, ancient hydraulic technology that still nowadays is very well considered.

Turpan Local Market
Walking around this local market it will seem time has stopped and that we are living in the ancient Silk Road times.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Gaochang ruins
Very interesting ruins from the first B.C. that were when prosperous times a very interesting stopover for the Silk Road.

Astana Graveyard
Amazing complex of the ancient tombs of the Gaochang city, where we will visit very well preserved mommies.

Tuyuq valley village
Discover a typical location of htis area and discover a inner part of this amazing province of Xinzang.

Transfer from Turpan to Urumqi in private vehicle (aprox. 200 km)

International Urumqi Grand Bazaar
Get to know the famous Grand Bazaar of the Xinzang province, different from the other more small towns.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel in Turpan to transfer them to the Urumqi airport.

Flight Urumqi-Kashgar

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, pick up guests at the airport to start today visits.

Eidkagh Mosque
Visit the largest mosque in China built in 1442 that represents very well local architecture and get to know later on the craftwork street in Kashgar.

Apakh Khoja Mausoleum
Original mausoleum that seems a blue and withe mosque with a green dome and small minaretes.

Old Town of Kashgar
Strolling around the streets of this old city full of sun-dried bricks, where it seems time hasn't passed by.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today half day tour.

Karakol Lake

Impressive lake totally frozen in winter, we will go through the famous roadl “Chinese Pamir and Karakoram Highway (KKH) (aprox. 200 km drive, half way can still be on construction).

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests to the airport or train station for their return to their destination.
With the aim of offering the best price and promote the local economy, we have included a daily visit to a touristic interesting shop (buying is optional). These shops are interesting for adults and especially for children because they usually offer exhibitions about the different production processes with duration no longer than 20 minutes. If the client is not interested in this kind of visits, we can exclude them from the itinerary, but an extra cost will be applied to the final price.

In remote areas of China is possible that we couldn’t satisfy the same requirements of western food, amenities and facilities that could be expected from more developed cities such as Shanghai or Beijing. We beg for your sympathy and understanding.

The night train might be bit old and it doesn’t count on the same modern amenities of the bullet trains. If you want to have dinner or breakfast inside the train, we recommend bringing your own food because the one offered inside the train use to be expensive and not very good. The train already provides linen and blankets. We also recommend bringing mobile phone chargers.
The train compartments with soft berths consist on two bunk berths for 4 people. If you are less than 4 people or a number that is not multiple of 4, you may share the compartment with other people. The compartments are mixed.

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