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Around the Taklamakan Desert

Published in China
 
Itn#:   CNC03
From:   $1475 USD
Duration:   14 days / 13 nights
Best Season:   Mar to Oct
Trip Type:
  Cultural
 

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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 –Qiemo    
Drive to Qiemo located at the southeast edge of Tarim Basin Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit Ancient Ruins, Zaghunluq mummies and Toghraklek Manor Museum.
Overnight at hotel.
 
  Day 08 Qiemo –Ruoqiang
Drive to Ruoqiang County crossing through some Uygur villages
Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
 
  Day 09 Rouqiang – HuaTu Gou
Drive to HuaTuGao and visit ancient site of Milan on the way
Arrive and transfer to the hotel for overnight.
 
  Day 10
HuaTu Gou – Dunhuang
Drive to Dunhuang with spectacular views of Jinshan Mountains
Arrive and transfer to the hotel for overnight
 
  Day 11
Dunhoang – Turpan
Visit MagaoBuddha Caves, Mingsha Shan (the Echoing Sand) and the lake. Later drive to Turpan.
Arrive and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. 
 
  Day 12
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 13
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 14
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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