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The Road through the Taklamakan

Published in China
 
Itn#:   CNC02
From:   $1160 USD
Duration:   12 days / 11 nights
Best Season:   May to Oct
Trip Type:   Cultural
 

Fact File


Highlights:

Kara-kul, Kashgar Sunday Market, Taklamakan and Buddha Caves.

Introduction
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Itinerary


Trip Itinerary:

  Day 01 Arrive Urumqui
Arrive Urumqui and transfer to the hotel for overnight.
 
  Day 02 Urumqi – Kashgar (flight)
Sightseeing in Urumqi to include Xinjiang Museum and the Red Mountain Park. Afternoon flight to Kashgar.
Overnight at hotel.
 
  Day 03 Kara-kul Excursion
Day excursion to Kara-kul enjoying the several view points including BulunKul, SandMountain (Kum Tag), an old KarawanSaray, the Red Mountain (or the Flamming Mountain), Muztagh Ata (7554 m).  Kongur (7719 m). Arrive and hike around the lake, visit Kirghiz Yurt. Later return drive to Kashgar.
Overnight at hotel
 
  Day 04 Kashgar
Sightseeing in Kashgar to includeSunday Bazar, Eidgah Mosque, Handi Craft Street, Tomb of AbakhKhoja and the Old town. Overnight at hotel.
 
  Day 05 Kashgar - Khotan    
Drive to Khotan (about 10 hrs) with visit of Yarkand on the way, the Yengsar knives workshop, King’s Mausoleum and Altun Mosque. Overnigh at hotel.
 
  Day 06 Khotan –Niya    
Visit workshops weaving Uygur Silk (Atlas) and Bazar. Later drive along the Southern part ofTaklamakan (The Desert of Death or the place of no return), to Niya, the town at the Southern edge of the Desert.Overnight at hotel.
 
  Day 07 Niya – Kuqa    
Early morning drive through the Taklamakan on the Cross Desert Highway with views of Poplar Plantation along the TarimRiver and the sand dunes. The 10 hour drive to the North of the Taklamakan is the highlight of the tour.
Arrive Kuqa and transfer to the hotel for overnight.
 
  Day 08 Koqa – Korla    
Morning drive to Korla. Enjoy the views of Mystic Grand Tianshan Mountain Range on the way and visit the Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves. ArrviveKorla and transfer to the hotel for overnight.
 
  Day 09 Korla – Turpan    
Early departure for Turpan and enjoy the scenic views of Tianshan once again and upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
Visit the irrigation system – Karez and Emin Minaret.
Overnight at hotel.
 
  Day 10
Turpan    
Sightseeing in Turpan to include the Ruins of Ancient City of Goachang, Bezikilk Thousand Buddha Grottoes, Ancient Astana Tombs and the Flaming Mountain. Overnight at hotel.
 
  Day 11
Turpan – Urumqi     
Drive to Urumqi.Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Later visit the Grand Bazar. Enjoy special dinner with Uygur performance.Overnight at hotel
 
  Day 12
Departure
Transfer to the airport for return flight.
 

Additional Info


Additional Information:

TOUR INCLUDES:
  • Accommodation based on twin shared room at selected hotels with daily breakfast.
  • Half board (dinners) and Full board (Lunches & Dinners) can be requested.
  • Professional English Speaking tour guide or other languages upon request.
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time.
TOUR EXCLUDES:
  • Travel Insurance.
  • International / Domestic air tickets.
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of personal nature, Tips and gratuities.

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