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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)



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Along the Footprints of Marco PoloTour Name:         Along the Footprints of Marco Polo
Tour Code:          M17D223
Duration:            11 Days & 10 Nights
Destination:        Kashgar, Khotan, Urumqi, Turpan
Features:            This tour follows the footprints of Marco Polo's odyssey travel. You will get to Kashgar, China's far West and traveling in the awe-inspiring isolation of the Taklamakan Desert, exploring the traditions and diverse cultures of the Uighur people in Yarkant and Khotan, and a trip to Turpan brings you cheering experience in the vineyard.
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Arrive in Kashgar (via Urumqi), be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

Barony Hotel 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


 Kashgar - Taxkorgan

Take an excursion to Karakul Lake and local Tajik Village, further drive to Taxkorgan.  B, L

Local Hotel


Taxkorgan - Kashgar

Take a leisure walking in one of the river valley in Taxkorgan, transferred back Kashgar later of the day. B, L

Barony Hotel Kashgar


 Kashgar - Yarkant

Transferred to Yarkant (Shache). On the way visit Yingisar Uigur Pocket-Knife workshop and Yarkant King Mausoleum in Yarkant. B, L Local Hotel

Yarkant - Taklamakan Desert

Drive to Khotan and take a camel into the Taklamakan Desert, bonfire at night. Camping in the desert.  B, L Camp tent

 Khotan / Urumqi

Drive camel outside the desert; visit Silk Workshop, Khotan (Hetian) River. Transfer to airport and fly to Urumqi. Transferred to hotel in Urumqi. B, L Bayinhe Hotel


Full day visit Heavenly Lake (including a boat ride), and visit Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum.  B, L Bayinhe Hotel

 Urumqi - Turpan

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


Full day tour in Turpan to visit Bezkelik Thousand Buddha Caves, Gaochang Ancient City Ruins, Flaming Mountain, Astana Tomb. B, L Jiaohe Manor Hotel


Visit Karez Well and the Grape Valley. Transferred to Urumqi for departure flight. Trip ends.  B, L N/A

Day01 Day01 Kashgar
Today you arrive in Kashgar (via Urumqi), the first major Chinese town Marco Polo visited. You will be greeted by our local guide upon your arrival and then be transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. The balance of day is on your leisure.

Day02 Kashgar (B, L)Sunday Bazaar 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.

Day03 Kashgar - Taxkorgan (B, L)Tajik Village near 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 to Taxkorgan after seeing the Karakul in the snowy backdrop of the 7,546 meters high Muztagh Ata.

Day04 Taxkorgan - Kashgar (B, L)Taxkorgan
Take a leisure walking in one of the river valley in Taxkorgan, transferred back Kashgar in the afternoon and enjoy your free leisure time.

Day05 Kashgar - Yarkant (B, L)Yarkant King Mausoleum
Today you will be leave for Yarkant (Shache). On the way visit Yingisar Uigur Pocket-Knife workshop and Yarkant King Mausoleum in Yarkant.

Day06 Yarkant - Taklamakan Desert (B, L)
Drive to Khotan and take a camel into the Taklamakan Desert to enjoy the remoteness and isolation in the desert, bonfire at night. Taklamakan Desert, China's largest desert, is the second largest shifting desert in the world only next to the Sahara. Named as "The Desert of Death", "The Desert into which who enters will not return", the Taklamakan Desert once formed the greatest obstacle to be found along the Silk Road and the camel caravan would skirt its edges, to the north or to the south, as they transported their wares from oasis to oasis and on to Khotan, Kashgar or Chinese Chang-an. Despite its reputation however the rarely-visited interior of the desert is considered to be one of the most mesmerizing beautiful sights in the East and surreal with an unearthly intensity beyond the city-dweller's imagination. These towering sand dunes and lost cities there are found occasionally the remains of ancient forests and post-fluvial riverbeds hiding amidst the hauntingly attractive desert vistas lure travelers to come and explore. Camping in the desert

Day07 Taklamakan Desert - Khotan Khotan / Urumqi (B, L)
In the morning you will ride a camel outside of the desert and be transferred to Khotan. You will visit Silk Workshop, Khotan (Hetian) River Hetian River is the unique river, which passes through the second largest desert in the world - Takelamagan Desert. See the Gobi 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. Transferred to airport and take flight to Urumqi. Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel in town.

Day08 Urumqi (B, L)Heavenly Lake
In the morning you will visit Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum to learn more of Xinjiang and the Silk Road topics at large. Then you will be transferred to visit the Heavenly Lake. Heavenly Lake (Tian Chi) is a beautiful blue mountain lake. The crystal water, the pine trees covering the hillsides and the snow capped mountains in the background make is a spectacular sight. The tour to the Heavenly Lake includes a boat cruise trip.

Day09 Urumqi - Turpan (B, L)Erdaoqiao Market,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 Turfan 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.

Day10 Turpan (B, L)Turpan
The tour today covers the Bezkelik Thousand Buddha Caves, Gaochang City Ruins, Flaming Mountain and Astana Tomb. Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, have a history of over 1500 years. The oldest caves were chiseled in the 5th century A.D. and the newest were carved in the 14th century, giving the complex a construction history of one thousand years. The high quality murals are considered to be masterpieces of religious art and provide valuable information for researching the history, Buddhist background, culture and art of this area and the relationship between the West and ancient China. 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.

Day11 Turpan - Urumqi, departure (B)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 an 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 be transferred to Urumqi Airport to catch your departure flight. End of your Silk Road 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:
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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