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Silk Road Overland JourneyTour Name:         Silk Road Overland Journey
Tour Code:          M17D221
Duration:            12 Days & 11 Nights
Destination:        Urumqi, Turpan, Korla, Kucha, Khotan, Kashgar
Features:            The Silk Road Overland Journey takes you along the route where the ancient Silk Road once flourished. You will drive across the splendid Tianshan Mountain and traversing the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin to Khotan and Yarkand before getting to Kashgar. You will surely have once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Day01

 Urumqi 

Arrive in Urumqi, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

Bayinhe Hotel

Day02

Urumqi - Turpan

Morning visit Erdaoqiao Bazaar, driven to Turpan and visit Jiaohe Ruins. B, L

Bayinhe Hotel

    Day03

 Turpan

Full day tour in Turpan to visit Bezkelik Thousand Buddha Caves, Gaochang City Ruins, Flaming Mountain, Astana Tomb and Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. B, L

Jiaohe Manor Hotel

 Day04

Turpan - Korla

Visit Karez Well and Grape Valley. Head out for Korla by crossing the Tianshan Mountain.  B, L

Barony Hotel Kashgar

    Day05

 Korla - Kuqa

Transferred to Kuqa. On arrival visit Subash Ruins and Grand Mosque of Kuqa. B, L Kuqa Int'l Hotel
    Day06

 Kuqa

A day excursion to the Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves and Tianshan Grand Canyon. B, L Kuqa Int'l Hotel
    Day07

 Kuqa - Khotan

Drive across the Taklamakan Desert to Khotan. B, L Zhejiang Hotel Khotan
    Day08

 Khotan

Full day guided tour to visit Silk Workshop, Khotan (Hetian) River and Hetian Museum. B, L Zhejiang Hotel Khotan
    Day09

 Khoan - Kashgar

Transferred to Kashgar. On the way visit Yarkant King Mausoleum in Yarkant and Yingisar Uigur Pocket-Knife workshop. B, L Barony Hotel Kashgar
    Day10

 Kashgar

Full day guided tour to visit Idkah Mosque, the Abakh Khoja Tomb, Sunday Bazaar, the old town and Kashgar Silk Road Museum. B, L Barony Hotel Kashgar
    Day11

 Kashgar

A day excursion to Karakul Lake and local Tajik Village. Transferred back Kashgar. B, L Barony Hotel Kashgar

Day12

Kashgar

Transfer to airport for departure flight (to Urumqi) to catch connecting flight. B N/A

Day01 Day01 Arrival Urumqi
Today you arrive in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in town. The rest of day is at your own disposal.


Day02 Urumqi - Turpan (B, L)Erdaoqiao Bazaar, Urumqi
In the morning you will visit Erdaoqiao Bazaar, a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. On Sunday, there are more stalls and more goods to buy than any other day. The old streets around the bazaar are really worth seeing. Here is the most welcomed place by tourist especially by ladies where they can buy some traditional Yugur make up cosmetic. Then you will be transferred to Turpan and on the way you will visit Jiaohe Ruins, an important archaeological site 10km West of Turpan is the remains of an ancient walled capital of the Uighur with its large monastery and palace.


Day03 Turpan (B, L)Bezkelik Thousand Buddha Caves,Turpan
The tour today covers the Bezkelik Thousand Buddha Caves, Gaochang City Ruins, Flaming Mountain and Astana Tomb. The Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves are complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to the 13th centuries. These caves were built on a cliff face fronting a river valley. In the Uigur language Bezeklik means "place where there are paintings". These caves are one of the largest Buddhist "grotto" sites in Xinjiang. It used to be an important center for Buddhist worship under the Xizhou Huigu government of Gaochang Kingdom, which built the royal temple of the King of Huigu at this site. Flaming Mountain is about 10 kilometers east of Turpan, stretching up to 100 km from east to west and about 10km from south to north. With an average temperature of 30 degrees, it is known as the hottest place on earth and the highest temperature can reach 47.8 Celsius degrees. Nicknamed "underground museum", the Astana Tomb Complex contains a total of over 500 tombs, the occupants of which include aristocrats, officials and ordinary people from the early Western Jin Dynasty to the mid-Tang Dynasty. Due to the high terrain and hot and dry weather in the area, the tomb chambers are naturally germ-free. As a result, mummies and burial objects inside are well preserved after thousands of years, and a large number of historical relics are kept intact, including silk fabrics, murals and pottery ware etc.


Day04 Turpan - Korla (B, L)Grape Valley Turpan
In the morning you will continue your Turpan tour. You will visit Karez Well and tour the Grape Valley. Karez Well is a unique underground water system invented and built by the ancient farmers of various ethnic minorities of Turpan, aiming to adapt to the basin natural environment, solar radiation and the atmosphere in the dry region. This irrigation system of wells connected by underground channels is considered to be one of the three great ancient projects in China. Your tour in Turpan will draw a close at one of the vineyard and fruit gardens in the Grape Valley. Then you will start your overland journey to Korla by crossing the Tianshan Mountain. Later of the day you arrive in Korla.


Day05 Korla - Kuqa (B, L)Kucha Grand Canyon
Leave in the morning after breakfast. You will drive along the northern edge of the Taklamakan Desert. In the afternoon you will visit the ancient Subash Ruins and the Grand Mosque of Kuqa. The Subash Ancient City Ruins was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Guici. The city is believed to be even older than the ancient Harappan civilization, which dates back around 4,000 years. The Kucha Grand Mosque, it was first built in the 16th century and reconstructed in 1931 after being damaged by fire, that first signified dominance of Islam over Buddhism in Xinjiang. It is the region's second largest mosque after the Etigar Mosque in Kashgar and has capacity for 3,000 worshipers.


Day06 Kuqa (B, L)Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves Kuqa
You will have a full day tour around Kuqa to visit Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves and Tianshan Grand Canyon. Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves is the earliest Buddhist art treasure trove in China, even one century earlier than the famous Mogao Grottoes. As fundamental historical remains of West Region art or Chinese Buddhist art, Kizil Thousand-Buddha Grottoes is situated at the Kizil Township which is 67 kilometers southeast of Baicheng County and 73 kilometers west of Kuqa city. It is the largest grottoes located in the west part of China which was started excavating in the 3rd century (at the end of Eastern Han Dynasty) and lasted for 500 years. The Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves are considered to be art crystallization of the local tradition and of the central Chinese culture as well as foreign ones. This priceless encyclopedia of Qiuci culture depicted in the caves surely is surely worthwhile reading. Tianshan Grand Canyon is located in the north of kuqa county. It is about 5.5 kilometers from the east to the west and made of Reddish-brown rocks.The average elevation of the canyon is 1600 meters, and its peak is 2048 meters.


Day07 Kuqa - Khotan (B, L)Taklamakan Desert Road
Today you will drive across the Taklamakan Desert to Khotan (Hetian). Located in the middle of the large Tarim Basin, Takla Makan is the largest desert in China with shifting dunes and poplar forest. In Uigur language, Takla Makan means 'you can get into it but can never get out' and the desert has another name 'the Sea of Death'. Later of the day you arrive in Khotan and have a good rest.


Day08 Khotan (B, L)Khotan
Full day guided tour in Khotan. You will visit Silk Workshop, Khotan (Hetian) River and Hetian Museum. Hetian Museum was built in 1995, and it has an area of 3400 square meters. It boasts over 9000 pieces of cultural relics; most of which were discovered by archaeologists after 1949 and a small number were donated by the locals. The collections in the Hetian Museum provide a vivid picture of the splendid culture of ancient Hetian area in the fields of manual textile technology, art pottery, painting art and the Buddhist culture. Hetian River is the unique river, which passes through the second largest desert in the world - Takelamagan Desert. See the Gabi scenery along the river. While at the Silk Workshop you will see how silk is produced from the cocoons of silk worms, and turned into the beautiful fabric.


Day09 Khotan - Kashgar (B, L)Yarkant local bazar
Check out in the morning and leave for Kashgar. The 520-kilometer journey, dotted with Gobi, desert and oasis, will take you about 7 hours by car. On the way, you could see the 500-year Yarkant King Mausoleum in Shache County (or Yarkant County). And the Yingisar Uigur Pocket-Knife Workshop.


Day10 Kashgar (B, L)Idkah Mosque Kashgar
A full day guided tour in Kashgar. You will visit Idkah Mosque, the Abakh Khoja Tomb, Sunday Bazaar, the old town and Kashgar Silk Road Museum. Idkah Mosque is known for being the largest and oldest mosque in China that invites about 10,000 worshipers on every Friday. Abakh Khoja Tomb that is better known by the Chinese as Tomb of Fragrant Lady is an ancient Islamic building, where five generations of a famous Islamic master were buried. The Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar is perhaps the largest road market in Central Asia, the trip to the Bazaar offers you a good chance to experience the very good touch to the vibrant city with its local residence. After that you will explore the Old Town of Kashgar to observe these time-aged houses and people's daily life. You will also visit the Kashgar Silk Road Museum.


Day11 Kashgar (B, L)Karakul Lake
Today's tour brings you to the beautiful Karakul Lake and local Tajik Village. Adjacent to the Karakorum Highway, 192km from Kashgar, 3600 m above sea level lay the Karakul Lake, a stunning combination of turquoise water and grandiose mountains that turn even the most novice photographers into instant professionals. At an altitude of 3,600m, it is the highest lake of the Pamir Plateau, near the junction of the Pamir Mountains, Tianshan and Kunlunshan mountain ranges. You will visit a local Tajik Village close to the lake. Later of the day you will drive back Kashgar after seeing the Karakul in the snowy backdrop of the 7546 meter high Muztagh Ata.


Day12 Depart Kashgar (B)
Free until transferred to airport for departure flight (to Urumqi to catch connecting flight). End of your tour.



Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01).
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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