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Silk Road travel from Xi'an to Kashgar

duracion Duration:
9 days
duracion Travel guides:
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian and Japanese
duracion Departures from:
any city in China
ingo Highlights:
icn Silk Road
icn Culture
icn Historical Interest

Silk Route travel from the beginning of the Silk Road in China to Kashgar city

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Itinerary
Day 01, Origin/Xi'an
-Pick up at the airport;

Day 02, Xi'an
-Terracotta Warriors;
-Big Wild Goose Pagoda;
-Muslim Quarter;

Day 03, Xian/Dunhuang
-History Shaanxi Museum;
-Flight Xi'an-Dunhuang;
-Dunhuang Night Market;

Day 04, Dunhuang/Turpan
-Crescent Lake and Mingsha Dune;
-Mogao Caves;
(night train)

Day 05, Turpan
-Jiaohe Old city;
-Emin Minaret;
-Irrigation Karez Channels;
-Turpan Local Market;

Day 06, Turpan/Urumqi
-Gaochang Ruins;
-Astana Tombs;
- Tuyuq Valley;
-Transfer from Turpan to Urumqi;
-Grand International Bazaar;

Day 07, Urumqi/Kashgar
-Flight Urumqi-Kashgar;
-Eidkagh Mosque;
-Apakh Khoja Mausoleum;
-Old city of  Kashgar;

Day 08, Kashgar/Karakol Lake/Kashgar
-Karakol Lake;

Day 09, 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);
-Air ticket Xi'an-Dunhuang, 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.

Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (Terracotta Warriors)
This stunning archaeological site will impress you with its more than 8000 warriors, every single one different from the others and all ready to fight. The UNESCO declared it World Heritage Site.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Admire the most famous pagoda of Xi’an and enjoy the surrounding area, where you could find plenty of temples and feel the unique religious atmosphere emanated by the Buddhist temples in China. If requested by the clients, they could go upstairs by feet along the more than one thousand steps to the Pagoda. (We do not include this ticket).

Muslim Quarter
Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the departure point of the Silk Road. It still preserves its authenticity and represents a surprising cross of cultures. Have fun trying the restaurants, shops and markets located within the area.

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 and transfer them to the airport.

History Shaanxi Museum

Discover the most amazing secrets of ancient civilizations that lived in the area through a very interesting exhibition.

Flight Xi'an-Dunhuang


The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, pick up guests at the airport to do a short visit.

Dunhuang Night Market
Stroll around this fascinating night market, we are sure you will find some intersting and very original souvenirs.

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.

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.

Day 8
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

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

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

Day 9
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 a 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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