All Inclusive Private Day Tour: Discover Turpan including Karez System and Emin Minaret

Tours & Sightseeing in Uzbekistan

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Discover the city of Turpan while on this full-day tour, led by a private guide. Explore well-preserved ancient towns including taking a walk on the rustic Silk Road. See the Karez Irrigation System, Emin Minaret, Bezklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Astana Tombs and other pivotal areas before returning to your hotel.
Meet your guide in the lobby of your Turpan hotel at 9:00am. Visit the Bezklik Thousand Buddha Caves, an abandoned site. Here, fresco and statues dating back to the 15th century reside. Then, make your way to the Astana Tombs, once a public cemetery 1,000 years ago for the citizens of the Gaochang Kingdom. Take the opportunity to observe the incredible tomb paintings in three of the tombs in the burial grounds. Afterwards, you will head to the ruins of the ancient city of Gaochang. The city was one of the most renowned kingdom in history along the Silk Road. Visit temples, stupas, city walls, and more that run through the town. Take a break for lunch in the yard of a local Uyghur's house. In the afternoon, visit Emin Minaret (built in 1,777 by a local king, Sulaiman), you will find it's in a typical Uyghur architecture style. It then served as the symbol of Turpan city. Then you will visit Kerez Irrigation System to explore where the water from in the oasis town. The last stop will be the ancient City of Jiaohe, built on a 124-foot (38-meter) highland and home to preserved houses, temples, and stupas. At the end of your tour, return to your hotel.

What’s included

  • Private tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • private guide
  • Entry/Admission - Silk Road
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Gaochang (Kharakhoja)
  • Entry/Admission - Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto)
  • Entry/Admission - Astana-Karakhoja Tombs
  • Entry/Admission - Karez System

What’s not included

  • Drinks and dinner
  • Gratuities


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  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Lunch included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included