11-Day Kashgar, Turpan, Dunhuang & Xi’an Tours

  • Tour Code: CNSR18

  • Destinations:Kashgar, Karakoram Highway;Urumqi, Heavenly Lake; Turpan, Dunhuang, Xi’an

  • Tour Type: Private Tour

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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy stunning sceneries along the Karakorom Highway with Tajik and Kyrgiz people’s cultures.
  • Enjoy the old city, livestock market, grand mausoleum and the rich culture of Kashgar.
  • Visit Karez underground irrigation channels one of the three Great Projects in China.
  • Enjoy camel ride around the Crescent lake in the Gobi Desert.
  • Admire the most valuable Buddhist Treasure house of Mogao Grottoes in the World.
  • Understand the ancient history of China in Xi’an Museum.
  • Enjoy the greatest archaeological discoveries of Terra-Cotta Warriors in China.
  • Explore the ancient city of Jiaohe, which was built by digging down from the ground.

Day 1
Arrive in Kashgar
Activities: Warmly welcome you at Kashgar airport and transfer to your hotel

Our professional tour guide and driver will welcome you at Kashgar airport and transfer to your Hotel. Have a good rest after a long flight.
Kashgar, an oasis city in Xinjiang, is the westernmost city in China, located near the borders of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. It has a history of over 2,000 years and served as a trading post and strategically important city on the Silk Road between China,Middle East and Europe.
Day 2
Explore Kashgar city
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Grand mosque, Apak Hoja tomb (which is also called Fragrant Concubine Tomb), Old city walking tours, livestock market, Sunday market and dinner at a local Uighur family

Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First enjoy the famous livestock market which happens on every Sunday and people bring their horses, sheep, goats, camels,cows, bulls and other livestocks to the market from all the directions for sale. It provides a great opportunity to take photos of the faces of local people, enjoy the traditional local market culture, test-drive a donkey or a horse or even make its shoes. Like opening a window, today is a real glimpse into a time lost in the annals of the Silk Road’s past and an opportunity not to be missed.
Later moving to Sunday market main Bazaar which is considered one of the largest market in Central Asia. From fluffy sheepskin hats to rugged camel-hide boots, not to mention beads, buttons and buckets of locals. Everything – including plenty of kitchen sinks – is for sale at this fairytale bazaar. It is the best chance to practice your bargaining skills.
After lunch, visit the Grand Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Tomb which is also known as Fragrant concubine tomb).
We’ll enjoy the Old Town of Kashgar by walk. walking is the best way to see and eunderstand the ancient historical parts,streets,handicraft workshops and many more; enjoy the century-old Kashgar tea house’s atmosphere for a short break. sitting by locals and try various medicinal teas such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and many other ingredients.
Finally wrap up our city tour with a dinner at a local family which offers a great opportunity to deeply understand real local life, culture and traditions of Uighurs.
Day 3
Kashgar to Tashkorgan—-Karakul Lake
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Drive on KKH, Opal Village, visit Karakul Lake, Stone fort, Tajik family, Kyrgyz family Local family yurt by the lake

We set out along the Sino – Pakistan Karakorum Highway, on the Pamir plateau (the roof of the world)visit Karakul Lake (3600m above sea level) on the way. Then Keep driving till Tashkorgan .
Tashkurgan Tajik autonomous county was once an important hub on the old Silk Road. The area borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan via the Kunjerab Pass and Wahan Corridor.
After arriving at Tashkurgan, you’ll visit the town’s ancient stone fort – still standing after 2200 years! ‘Tashkurgan’ means ‘Fort made out of stones.’
Then drive back to Karakul Lake People travel to experience the lives of other cultures, which is why we spend a night in the yurt of a local Kyrgyz family and really experience another way of mountain life.
Day 4
Karakul lake to Kashgar
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Hike around the lake and drive back to kashgar

The lake sits at the foot of the notorious Muztagh Ata ( 7546m ) and Gongur ( 7719m ) Mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountains and is one of the most beautiful and mysterious mountain in the world.
Trekking and walking around the Karakul lake for the whole morning and drive back to kashgar in the afternoon.
Day 5
Kashgar to Urumqi and visit Heavenly lake
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:take morning flight to Urumqi and visit Heavenly lake.

After breakfast our guide and driver from Kashgar will see you off at Kashgar airport and another local guide and driver will expect you at Urumqi airport, then drive to Heavenly lake directly which takes about two hours.
Heavenly lake offers some great hiking routes through the valleys on wooden pathways or up to the mountains as you like.
Your stay at the heavenly lake is the time to go for boating,(own expense) taking photos or simply trekking around the lake. You can have lunch with a local Kazak family or just pay them a visit! This is certainly the easiest way to understand the life of the Kazak people in such a short time.
when you finished drive to Urumqi for about 2 hours and check into Hotel.
Day 6
Urumqi to Turpan
Meals: B, L, D
Activities: Drive to Turpan after breakfast and visit Idikut (Gaochang) ancient city, Toyuq village and Flaming Mountains.

After breakfast, drive to Turpan on the first-class highway for about 2:30-3:00 hours. Once you arrive in Turpan check into the hotel, then we start our wonderful day in Turpan with a visit to the ancient city of Idikut (Gaochang). The city was first built in the first Century BC and later became capital of the Idikut (Gaochang) Uighur Kingdom in the 8th Century.
We’ll visit the ancient city for about 40 minutes and then drive to Toyuq village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a friendly Uighur community. Here we visit several local families and have tea with a local family at their home. This could be the highlight of your tour of the day.
On the way back to the hotel we will stop on the road side for photos of Flaming Mountain which people claimed to be the hottiest and driest along the silk road that “flying birds even a thousand miles away dare not to come”.
Day 7
Turpan to Dunhuang
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigation system and Emin Minaret, Take overnight soft sleeper train to Dunhuang

Following breakfast at the Hotel we start another wonderful day in Turpan. Our special itinerary today includes sightseeing in Turpan and take overnight train to Dunhuang.
First we visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city which is one of the best preserved ancient cities in China. The ruins of the buildings are divided into temples, civilian dwellings and government offices. Workshops and residential houses are still visible and time there is a time spent in a long lost world. After an hour of visiting around the ancient city, we’ll head to see the world famous Karez irrigation system, unique to this part of the world. The system is considered as one of the three great projects in China with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal.
Then visit Emin Suliman minaret which is a magnificent combination of Uighur and Islamic architecture. It is the tallest ancient tower in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient minaret in the country. Locals call it “pure tower.
End of the day, take overnight soft sleeper train to Dunhuang which is about 10: 00 hours journey.
Train Info
This Tour includes one way train Journey from Turpan to Dunhuang which is about 9-10 hours. We book first class soft sleeper tickets, there are 4 beds in one compartment, this tour includes one ticket per person. so if you are less than 4 people and want to get all 4 beds, you have to pay for the rest of beds then you can stay privately without any other strangers. please let us know when you make booking.
Day 8
Dunhuang for whole day
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Arrive in Dunhuang train station in the morning and visit Mogao Grottoes, Museum, Crescent Lake and Mingsha Echo-sand Mountain

Our Dunhuang local guide will be holding your name in front of the Dunhuang train station and first have breakfast and then go for sight-seeing.
Museum, Crescent Lake and Mingsha Echo-sand Mountain
We spend the whole morning at Mogao Grottoes which were constructed over a millennium ago, from the 4th to 14th centuries. The caves are also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves with two distinctions of being one of the most notable grottoes in China as well as the best-preserved treasure house of Buddhist art, sutras, murals and sculptures in the world.
After lunch visit Dunhuang Museum which exhibits relics excavated from the local area, such as paper, coins, a model of the Great Wall as it appeared during the Han Dynasty.
Then drive to Mysterious Crescent lake which it’s name derives from the crescent moon shaped by the small pool of spring water between two large sand dunes. Here you’ll have chance to ride camels over the sand dunes of Sounding Sand mountain which makes sounds when the wind blows.
We highly recommend you to stay till Sunset over the high sand dunes before going back to hotel.
Day 9
Dunhuang to Xi’an
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Take morning flight to Xi’an and visit Xi’an city wall and Provincial Museum

Our guide and driver from Dunhuang see you off at Dunhuang Airport and another Knowledgeable and friendly local guide will meet you with experienced driver at Xi’an airport and transfer to Xi’an city which is about 1.5 hours drive.
First have lunch and then drive to Xi’an city wall which is the symbol of Xi’an and the most ancient excising city wall in China until today. We spend a few hours here to walk around or ride bicycles as your wish.
Finally visit Shanxi provincial Museum which is one of the first largest state museum with modern facilities in China. The museum houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins,bronze, gold,silver, and many more. The modern museum was built between 1983 and 2001 and its appearance recalls the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty.
Day 10
Explore Xi’an for whole day
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Terra-Cotta Warriors; Bell Tower; Wild Goose Pagoda and Hui Mosque

After breakfast we start a memorable day tour by visiting Terra-Cotta Warriors which is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. This site is about an hour drive from Xi’an city.
After lunch Visit Bell tower which is located in downtown area and is a Chinese traditional building and geographical center of the ancient capital, best preserved and largest wooden tower in China.
After spending an hour here we continue our tour to wild goose Pagoda which is a well preserved ancient holy building for Buddhism.
Finally visit Hui grand mosque located in Hui minority area, construction of the mosque has rich Chinese features combined with Arabic style. It is one of the oldest and largest mosque in China.
Day 11
Xian to your Next destination
Meals: B
Activities:See you off at Xi’an airport

Today is the last day of your tour with us,so we hope this tour shouldn’t be the last. We strive to make every day of your time with us the one that you’ll always remember and if you’d like to book some other tours please Contact us for more information

Tour price

  • Following is our price lists, it is always better to keep all the services as standard as possible for the tours. However, if the tour is beyond your budget, we’ll try our best to accommodate your needs while still maintaining our high standard of services.

Tour Price from 1st June till 31st Oct

Pax 3* 4* 5*
1 Pax 25349 26724 30074
2 Pax 15999 16686 18361
3 Pax 13857 14545 16220
4-6 Pax 12380 13068 14743
Single
Supplement
1540 2145 3619
Based on Chinese RMB

Tour Price from 1st Nov till 31st May

Pax 3* 4* 5*
1 Pax 21911 23249 26386
2 Pax 13980 14649 16218
3 Pax 11974 12643 14211
4-6 Pax 10721 11389 12958
Single
Supplement
1199 1788 3168
Based on Chinese RMB

Featured Hotels

  • Following is the hotel lists we will book for the tour at different standards based on your requests; these hotels have been rated by our clients in the past years. If you have any more requests for different hotels. you can always let us know and we will try our best to meet your demands.
    If 4-5 star hotels are not available in some areas, we will book the local best hotels.

3-star Hotel list

Destination Hotel Name
Kashgar Qinibagh Hotel 3* building
Tashkorgan jincaotan Hotel
Urumqi Jingu Hotel
Turpan jinxiujinhua Hotel
Dunhuang Jinlong Hotel
Xi’an Chenggong International Hotel

4-star Hotel list

Destination Hotel Name
Kashgar Qinibagh Hotel (4* building)
Tashkorgan Crown inn (Local best) 
Urumqi Excemon Xinjiang Yilite Hotel
Turpan Huozhou Hotel
Dunhuang Fuguo Hotel 
Xi’an Huashan Mountain International Hotel

5-star Hotel list

Destination Hotel Name
Kashgar Radisson Blue Hotel
Tashkorgan Crown inn (Local best) 
Urumqi Grand Mercure Hualing Hotel
Turpan Silk Road Lodges
Dunhuang Grand Soluxe Hotel Dunhuang Building A
Xi’an Sheraton Xi’an North City Hotel

Service Includes

  • Air-conditioned private Vehicle for whole land transportation
  • Private excellent English speaking local Tour guides
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary (one room shared by two people)
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee for the sights as listed in the program (including shuttle bus)
  • Expenses of the guides, drivers and vehicles (Accommodation and meals for guide and driver; Highway fee, oil and parking fees for the car)
  • One way flight ticket from Kashgar to Urumqi
  • One way flight ticket from Dunhuang to Xi’an
  • Soft Sleeper train ticket from Turpan to Dunhuang
  • Visa support

Service excludes

  • Tips for the guides and drivers
  • Beverages
  • Arrival and Departure flights
  • Chinese visa
  • Personal excursions like horse or camel riding at the spots or boating Etc.

Trip Notes

  • Here is some notes for above tour. If you want to make any changes according to your personal request , please let us know , one of our tour specialist will tailor make your tour just for your needs

1. Accommodation

  • —Different types of Hotels are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in the best locations, good value 3-star hotels, or boutique hotels that reflect the style of the region.
    —Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds at the hotels listed above
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities
    –If you have any special requests for your hotels, please let us know, our travel experts will try to meet your requests and find out the perfect one for you.

2. Meals

  • Breakfast is usually at the hotels. Lunch and dinners will be provided at good conditioned, clean local restaurants or tourist restaurants.
    You can also taste authentic local dishes of different minorities along the Silk Road.
    sometime also arrange local family meals wherever it is possible to let you deeply understand local life and culture. You would also join the cooking if you like.

3. Transportation

  • Air-conditioned good conditioned vehicles for whole land transportation including Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing. China is a big country, distance from one city to another is a long way to drive, so We usually arrange flights or trains to connect your destinations.

4. Drivers and Car Types

  • All of our tour guides are very experienced and helpful, who create unique and unforgettable experiences to share with you.
    Our tours include excellent English-speaking local tour guides in each destination, so they don’t travel with you on the trains or flights. But our driver/guide always pick up you from railway stations or airports with “your name” on a welcome board.

    All of our drivers are experienced licensed tourism drivers who are very helpful, friendly and easy going.
    We provide the following cars for the tour:
    1. 1-2 PAX: Sedan, SUV or MPV
    2. 3-5 PAX: MPV
    3. 6-8 PAX: 13-15-Seater minibus
    4. 9-10 PAX: 17-22 Seater Minibus
    5. 11 or more PAX: 33 seater or bigger coaches.

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