Xinjiang tour 6
Tours to Central Asian part of China

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Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Kind of route: airway
Season: all year
Accommodation: Twin in hotels

Travel itinerary: Tashkent - Urumqi - Kashgar - Karakul Lake - Turpan - Urumqi - your city

Day 1 (Sat.): Tashkent - Urumqi (HY-507 06:00-11:35)
On arrival half day excursion to Xinjiang regional museum to see archaeological treasures from the Silk Road and Xinjiang's minority cultures. A display of well-preserved 3000 year old mummies, excavated from Loulan at Takla Makan desert.
Later visit Grand Bazar or Erdao Qiao Market to get some traditional Uygur silk and Chinese cotton, see variety of different nuts and dry fruits, herbs, aroma oils.
Overnight: Mirage Hotel 4* (B tower) or Snow Lotus 3*.

Day 02 (Sun.): Urumqi - Kashgar (CZ-6804 08:20-10:00)
You will take a morning flight to Kashgar - "the pearl on the Ancient Silk Road".
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the local best hotel.
Later visit the famous Sunday Market, where you will see numerous sections: silk and cotton, knives, hats, pots and pans, fresh vegetables and fruits, carpets and jewellery, there is a separate livestock and horse section located 6 km from the main market.
Overnight: Hotel International 4*, Hotel Yambu 3*.

Day 03 (Mon.): Kashgar - Karakul Lake (one way 200 km)- Kashgar
Full day sightseeing in Kashgar.
Morning drive to Karakuli Lake via the famous Karakorum highway.
En route visit Uygur traditional village Opal to see Mausoleum of the well known 11th c. Uygur philologist Mohammed Kashgeri, visit Karavan Sarai old ruins by the bank of the Gaz river, Bulunkul Lake and white sand hill which is a very good photo scenic spot.
Karakuli Lake located at the foothills of the beautiful Muztagata Mountain at 3600 meters above the sea level.
Enjoy view of the mountains and the surrounding grasslands.
Visiting nomadic Kyrgyz ethnic people, who still live in felt yurts.
Return to Kashgar.
Overnight: Hotel International 4*, Hotel Yambu 3*.

Day 04 (Tue.): Kashgar - Turpan (N-38 13:06-09:15)
Morning visit the largest mosque in China Idkah mosque (1442),handicraft street, old parts of the town, see Apak Khoja's Tomb - the holiest place in Xinjiang for Sufis (1640).
Afternoon transfer to the railway station to take train to Turpan.
Overnight: Hotel Jiao he Minor 3*, Hotel Tuha 4*.

Day 05 (Wed.): Turpan
Full day sightseeing around Turpan:
Early morning visit picturesque Tuyoq ancient village (70 km) to see the oldest in Turpan area Buddhist caves dated back to the 4th c. Visit local Uygur families enjoy beautiful mountain and grapes sceneries.
Later visit the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves (56 km) on the flanks of the Flaming Mountains, there are 67 caves dating from 317 to 1368, Bezeklik was an important center for Buddhist worship.
At the end of the day visit famous Grape valley (12 km) is a pleasant park with vineyards and fruit trees, there are special places for relaxing and eating the grapes and melons. Grapes were introduced to Turpan over 2000 years ago.
Overnight: Hotel Jiao he Minor 3*, Hotel Tuha 4*.

Day 06 (Thu.): Turpan - Urumqi 200 km
Half day visit: famous ruined Jiaohe city - capital of the State of South Cheshi. It was on of the 36 kingdoms of the Western region during the Han Dinasty. First settlements appeared there in 2 BC. City is comparatively well preserved.
Later visit the notable Emin Minaret (44 meters high, completed in 1778) and Mosque.
Afternoon depart for Urumqi.
On arrival transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Mirage Hotel 4* (B tower) or Snow Lotus 3*. Day 07 (Fri.): Urumqi
Full day excursion to Heaven Lake (Tian Chi) (120 km one way). You will have the picturesque drive up to almost 2000 metres above sea level and see small beautiful waterfalls en route, the lake located at the foothills of Heavenly Mountains, where Kazakh families put their yurts in summer and graze their herds of horses, sheep and cattle. The lake surrounded by alpine meadows and snow crapped mountains covered with fir, pine and cypress, boating.
Evening return to Urumqi.
Overnight: Mirage Hotel 4* (B tower) or Snow Lotus 3*.

Day 08 (Sat.): Urumqi - Tashkent (HY-508 13:05-12:50) or next destination
Morning transfer to the airport for departure flight to Tashkent (or next destination).

End of the tour.

As per the itinerary cost for the tour will be as follows, US$
Group Accommodation at 3* hotels Accommodation at 4* hotels
10-15 + 1 tour leader free 589 710
10-15 556 657
8-9 580 699
6-7 649 754
3-5 847 952
2 1122 1227
Single supplement 173 281
Supplement for lunches and dinners - US$ 154 per person.

Price includes: Price excludes:
  • Accommodation with breakfast;
  • Transport for transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary;
  • Service of English speaking local guide;
  • Entrance fees to museum and sites.
  • Airfares;
  • Visa fees;
  • Items of personal nature.

Airfares will be charged separately as follows:
    Kashgar-Urumqi - US$ 130 per person (discounted price);
    Urumqi-Kashgar - US$ 130 per person (discounted price).

Important notes!!!
- This route is certified;
- Tour program designed upon appropriate Uzbekistan Airways flight schedule: Tashkent - Urumqi (HY-507 06:00-11:35), Urumqi - Kashgar (CZ-6804 08:20-10:00), Kashgar - Turpan (N-38 13:06-09:15), Urumqi - Tashkent (HY-508 13:05-12:50). The schedule valued till the end of October 2009;
- Kindly note that airfares are subject to change;
- Booking requests should no less than 21 days before the travel date;
- Cancellation of booking should be at least 15 days before check in date. In the event of a group cancellation (not individuals) within 14 days before arrival, an amount equivalent to one night's hotel accommodation will be charged;
- The above prices include 4% of agent commission;
- Prices for the tour are valid through the year 2011.

We hope you like the program and assure you that we are absolutely open to any suggestions to increase the range of our services for the entire satisfaction of our clients and are happy to meet your special requirements.

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