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$2250 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7 Days Silk Road Join in Group Tour

Day 1: Upon arrive at Kashgar Airport, our driver will pick you up on time, transfer to hotel, check in hotel, free and easy on your own arrangement.  Day 2: In the morning, you will meet the guide in the hotel lobby to start your journey. The first full day tour covers only one scenic spot: Karakuri Lake. The lake is 3 hours riding from downtown Kashgar. Together with the snow-capped Muztag Ata Mountain, they make up a fresh picturesque world.  Day 3: After breakfast, we will visit the Id Kah Mosque, a typical Islamic architecture like domes, minarets and arches, as well as pious prayers. It has a 500 years history. Then move to the Abakh Khoja Tomb, which is an ancient Islamic building complex and a cemetery. Five generations of a famous Islamic master were buried here. It is considered as the largest dome architecture in the east of the cemetery. The last stop of today is the Old Town of Kashgar and Local Livestock Market.  Day 4: Take the morning flight from Kashgar to Urumqi. When you land in, local guide and driver will pick you up from the airport and then transfer you to Turpan. It will take about 2.5 hours for riding. When you arrive at Turpan, you will firstly visit the Karaz Well, the gigantic underground irrigation system created by ancient Xinjiang people. Next we will go to the existed largest ancient pagoda in Xinjiang, Sugong Pagoda. The pagoda is a 44-meter-high (144 feet) Islamic pagoda, which bears a history of over 200 years. The last stop will be Jiaohe Ruins, which is one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road. It is also the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world.  Day 5: In the morning after hotel pick up, you will pay a visit to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha, a series of caves with thousands of Buddhism murals. The vivid murals show many Buddhism figures, stories, and the social life about 1,000 years ago in Ancient Gaochang Kingdom. Then we will visit Tuyuq Village, the oldest existed Uygurs village in China where you will see the ancient earth-and wood structure Uygurs house and it is regarded as the Chinese Mekka due to its position in Muslim people. The last stop in Turpan will be the hottest place in China- the Flaming Hill, situated at the north of ancient Silk Road. The temperature is so high that nothing grows on the hill. When driving back to Urumqi, we will visit the Urumqi International Bazaar.  Day 6: In the morning our local guide will pick you up from hotel and then go to visit Xinjiang Museum to see the unearthed cultural relics full of Uygures ethnic taste. Then we will pay a visit the Heavenly Lake(Tianchi) in the rest of the day.  Day 7: After breakfast at the hotel, you may have all your belongings and luggage packed, check out of the hotel by yourself. Our driver will drive you to the airport to take the homeward flight.

$54.85 Transfers & Ground Transport

Urumqi Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

When your driver arrives at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC), he will first check your flight arrival time from the Arrival Flight Information Board, then go to the exact terminal building, wait at the exit from where you will come out.  He will hold your name sign and wait for you to show up.  Please follow him to go to your hotel. Frequently Asked Questions: Q:  How long will my driver wait for me?   A:  Your driver will wait until your show up.  If the last person has come out from your flight, he will ask the airport staff if there is anyone left in the luggage claim area.  Then he will have to make a phone call to the local travel agent.  Your driver will leave the airport only after receiving a phone notice from the local travel agent. Q:  What happen if my flight is delayed? A:  Delayed flights will cost additional charge.  Please use the urgent contact number on your voucher, contact the local travel agent as early as possible.    Q:  What happen if my flight is cancelled?  A:  Please use the urgent contact number on your voucher, contact the local travel agent as early as possible.   If your driver is already waiting for you at the airport, there is no refund for no show caused by flight cancellation. Q:  Will the driver telephone me from the airport? A:  No.  Your driver does not speaking in English.  The local travel agent will be your backup. Q:  What should I do if I can not find my driver? A:  Telephone the local travel agent.  The staff will ask you to pass the phone to a Chinese person standing beside you, because it will be easier for a Chinese person to clarify your exact location.  Then please wait there.  Your driver will come to you.  Do not move!  Please do not go to your hotel by yourself.

$54.85 Transfers & Ground Transport

Urumqi Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Please wait in the hotel lobby.  Your driver will find you by eye contact, or read your name from his pickup list.  The hotel pickup is 24 hours available. Frequently Asked Questions: Q:  Is your service better than calling a taxi on site?   A:  Taxi service is not always available in Urumqi.  If the hotel doormen can not find a taxi for you in time, the stress of waiting for a taxi will cause big problem.   Using our service, you will have a better vehicle with service from a reliable driver, at your preferred pickup time.   Q:  What should I do if I can not find my driver?  A:  Telephone the local travel agent.  The staff will ask you to pass the phone to a Chinese standing beside you, find out your exact location.  Then please wait here.  Your driver will come to you.  Do not move!  Do not go to airport by yourself. Q:  How can I modify a reservation? A:  Please use the urgent contact number on your voucher, contact the local travel agent as early as possible.    Q:  How can I cancel a reservation?  A:  Please use the urgent contact number on your voucher, contact the local travel agent as early as possible.     Q:  Will the driver telephone me before pickup? A:  No.  Your driver does not speaking in English.  The local travel agent will be your backup.

$989 Cultural & Theme Tours

5-Night Private Silk Road Trip from Urumqi to Dunhuang including Hotel Accommodations

Day 1: Arriving Urumqi Pick up from Diwopu International Airport or Urumqi Rail Station and transfer you to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure exploring the streets of Urumqi.Accommodation: 4-Star Xiangjiang Lihua Hotel, Urumqi Day 2: Urumqi - Heavenly Lake - Urumqi (B) Visit Xinjiang Museum where well-preserved Chinese mummies are exhibited. The spectacular one stands out from the rest named "Beauty of Loulan," who was buried 4,000 years ago near the town of Loulan in Taklimakan Desert. "Beauty of Loulan" was remarkably preserved in an open coffin under hot desert sands of the Taklamakan when she was excavated in 1980. After lunch, head up to Heavenly Lake, located on the north side of the Bodga Shan range of the Tianshan Mountains t. Later, return to Urumqi and stroll through the wonderful Erdaoqiao Bazaar before driving back your hotel.Accommodation: 4-Star Xiangjiang Lihua Hotel, Urumqi Day 3: Urumqi - Turpan (B, L) Visit Turpan, the centre of a fertile oasis and an important trade center along the Silk Road that was once adjacent to the kingdoms of Kroran and Yanqi. Visit Emin Minaret, the symbol of Turpan before your authentic local lunch at a Uyghur home under the grape vine in open air. Explore the Ancient City of Gaochang, Bezklik Grottos, Astana Ancient Tombs before returning to your hotel.Accommodation: 4-Star Xiangjiang Lihua Hotel, Urumqi Day 4. Turpan - Liuyuan (via bullet train) - Dunhuang (B) Explore ruin of ancient Jiaohe city, the capital of Anterior Jushi kingdom during 108 B.C. to 450 A.D. With Karez Irrigation System helps irrigating the oasis, Jiaohe was an important site along the Silk Road trade route leading west adjacent to Korla and Karasahr kingdoms. Catch a bullet train to Liuyuan and be transferred to Dunhuang hotel.  Visit the night market nearby the hotel if you like.Accommodation: 4-Star Dunhuang Hotel Day 5: Dunhuang (B) Visit the highlight of Silk Road today, Mogao Grottoes (Caves of the Thousand Buddhas), where you will be impressed by the fresco and statues in the caves. These caves are examples of rock-cut architecture of soft gravel conglomerate not suitable for either sculpture or elaborate architectural details. Enjoy a fun hike on the sand dunes to visit the Crescent Spring.Accommodation: 4-Star Dunhuang Hotel Day 6: Departing Dunhuang (B) If time allows, visit Dunhuang Museum before heading to Dunhuang Airport where this 6 days trip concludes.

$1129 Cultural & Theme Tours

6-Night Private Silk Road Trip from Urumqi to Dunhuang and Jiayuguan with Accommodations

Day 1: Arriving Urumqi Upon arrival at Urumqi Airport or Urumqi Rail Station, your guide will send you to the hotel for check-in. Accommodation: 5-Star Mirage Hotel, Urumqi Day 2: Urumqi - Heavenly Lake - Urumqi (B) Visit Xinjiang Museum where well-preserved Chinese mummies are exhibited. Among which, you will find the spectacular one standing out from the rest named "Beauty of Loulan". After lunch, take a one hour ride to Heavenly Lake, which is located on the north side of the Tianshan Mountains to enjoy fantastic mountain views and serene lake scenery. Later, return to Urumqi and stroll through the Erdaoqiao Bazaar. Accommodation: 5-Star Mirage Hotel, Urumqi Day 3: Urumqi - Turpan (B, L) Take a 3 hours ride to Turpan, the centre of a fertile oasis and an important trade center along the Silk Road. You will visit Emin Minaret which is the symbol of Turpan before sampling an authentic local lunch at a Uyghur home under the grape vine in open air. In the afternoon, you will explore the Ancient City of Gaochang, Bezklik Grottos, Astana Ancient Tombs before returning to your hotel. Accommodation: 4-Star Huozhou Hotel, Turpan Day 4. Turpan - Liuyuan (via bullet train) - Dunhuang (B) Explore ruin of ancient Jiaohe city that was once the capital of Anterior Jushi kingdom during 108 B.C. to 450 A.D. but abandoned in the 15th century. With Karez Irrigation System helps irrigating the oasis, Jiaohe was an important site along the Silk Road trade route leading west adjacent to Korla and Karasahr kingdoms. Then, catch a bullet train to Liuyuan arriving in approximately 4 hours and be transferred to Dunhuang hotel in about two hours. Be sure to explore the night market nearby the hotel in the evening! Accommodation: 4-Star Dunhuang Silk Road Hotel Day 5: Dunhuang (B) Visit the highlight of Silk Road today, Mogao Grottoes (Caves of the Thousand Buddhas). These caves are examples of rock-cut architecture of soft gravel conglomerate not suitable for either sculpture or elaborate architectural details.After lunch, enjoy a fun hike on the sand dunes to visit the Crescent Spring. Accommodation: 4-Star Dunhuang Silk Road Hotel Day 6: Dunhuang - Jiayuguan (B) Catch 4-hour train/ride to Jiayuguan, the western end of the Great Wall for Ming Dynasty. Visit Jiayuguan Fort that is called The First Pass Under Heaven. Climb up the Overhanging Great Wall (reconstructed in 1980s based on the original site with a wonderful view). Accommodation: 4-Star Jiayuguan Great Wall Hotel Day 7: Departing Jiayuguan (B) If time allows, visit Wei and Jin Tombs before heading to Jiayuguan Airport where the tour concludes.

$139 Cultural & Theme Tours

All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Turpan from Urumqi including Bezklik Thousand Buddha Caves and Karez System

At 8 o'clock in the morning, your guide will pick you up at the lobby of your centrally located hotel in Urumqi. Then, you will take a 3-hour ride in a private vehicle from Urumqi to Turpan. On the way, you will see windmill farms, saltwater lakes, and valley of Tianshan. After arriving in Turpan, visit Bezklik Thousand Buddha Caves, which is an abandoned site that has ruins of fresco and statues from 15th century. Afterwards, you will go to ancient city ruin of Gaochang which was one of the most renowned kingdom along the Silk Road in the history. You can wander around to visit temples, stupas, city walls...etc among the ruin. Lunch will be provided in the yard of a local Uyghur house. Next, you will go to  Emin Minaret that was built in 1777AD with a typical Uyghur architectural style.  Later, before you head back to Urumqi, you will learn why Turpan could sustain itself in long history by visiting the Karez Irrigation System. After the irrigation system visit, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Urumqi where this wonderful day trip concludes.

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