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16-day West China, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan Tour

Day By Day

Day 1 Arrival/Urumqi

Our nice Guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel for check in,tomorrow will start your great tour.

 
Day 2 Urumqi/Heavenly Lake
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Xinjiang International Bazaar, Heavenly Lake

Xinjiang International Bazaar is very unique and combines different cultures. There are stalls selling an incredible selection of items from the local Uyghur Ethnic Minority Group, Russia, and China.

Heavenly Lake, covering an area of about 5.9 square kilometers, has eight beautiful scenic spots in the lake scenic area; they are "A Ray of Stone Gate", "Dragon's Pool and Green Moon", "Magic Needle for Guarding the See", "Three Stones Bearing the Sky".


Day 3 Urumqi/Turpan
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Tuyoq Valley, Bezklik Grottoes, Local Uyger Family, The Flaming Mountain

"Bezeklik" means "a place with beautiful decoration". There are 83 numbered caves; among them 40 preserved murals totaling 1200 square meters. These caves are first excavated in Qu`s Gaochang period.

The Flaming Mountain is located in China Xinjiang, which is a barren, eroded, red sandstone mountain. The erosion of the sandstone rock has given the mountain an appearance of being on fire.

 
Day 4 Turpan/Urumqi
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Karez Well System, Sugong Minaret, Jiaohe Ancient City

The Karez underground irrigation channel in Turpan is one of China's three greatest feats of ancient engineering, along with the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. Construction began on this ancient irrigation system during the Han Dynasty and as the Silk Road developed, methods of construction found their way to Central Asia and Persia.

The Sugong Pagoda, or Emin Minaret is a local Islamic building. At the time of some traditional festivals, Muslem people push their way to the Sugong Pagoda to pray for blessing just like a pilgrimage.

Jiaohe Ancient City is located 10 kilometers west of Turpan in China's Xinjiang Province, the Jiaohe Ruins is an archaeological site which was an important stop on the Ancient Silk Road. It is the largest, oldest, and best preserved earthen city on earth.
 

Day 5 Urumqi/Kashgar
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Great Sunday Bazaar,Idkah Mosque, Apak Khoja's Tomb, Old Town
Take a morning flight to Kashgar.

Located in the city east, Kashgar Grand Bazaar, Sunday Bazaar, Mal Bazaar or the livestock market on Sundays, daily Yengi Bazaar etc. show the glory of the largest international trade market or fair on ancient China Silk Road.   

Apak Hoja Tomb is the holiest place in Xinjiang. Built in 1640, it is reminiscent of the Central Asian artistic style of Samarkand or Isfahan.

"Id Kah" means "a place of praying and celebrating in festivals". The Id Kah Mosque is located on the central square in Kashgar City, Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Region. As the biggest mosque in China, it is a group of old Islamic constructions with strong ethnic style and religious features.

 
Day 6 Irkeshtam Pass/Osh
Transfer to Osh in the morning.

Osh is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan. It is located in the Fergana Valley in the south of the country and often referred to as the "capital of the south". The city is at least 3,000 years old, and has served as the administrative center of Osh Province since 1939. The city has an ethnically mixed population of about 255,800 (in 2012), comprising Kyrgyz,Uzbeks, Russians, Tajiks, and other smaller ethnic groups.

 
Day 7 Osh/Ferghana
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: the Oriental Bazaar, the Sulaiman Mountains, Babur Park

The Sulaiman Mountains or the Kesai Mountains form the eastern edge of the Iranian plateau where the Indus River separates it from the Indian Subcontinent.Bordering the Sulaiman Range to the north are the arid highlands of the Hindu Kush, where more than 50 percent of the lands lie 2,000 meter above sea level.


Day 8 Ferghana/Tashkent
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Amir Temur Square, Independence Square, Alisher Navaiy Theatre

Amir Temur Square is situated in a picturesque place of the Tashkent city. It is an ideal place for local people's entertainment, particularly in hot summer; the beautiful fountains provide cooling moisture for travellers.


Day 9 Tashkent/Urgench/Khiva
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Kaffal ash-Shoshiy Mausoleum, Kukaldash, Barak khan, Abulqosim madrasas
(Take a flight to Urgench and transfer to Khiva)

Kaffola Shoshiy Mausoleum is a asymmetrical domed mausoleum that was built in 1542. The complex of the mausoleum included a mosque and oshhona – room for cooking. Some recent burials (sagana) are available in a small yard.


Day 10 Khiva
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Maze of Ruins, Living Museum, Ichon-Qala Gates, Muhammad Amin, Rakhim Khan's Medressas, Tosh-Khovli Palace, Islom-Huja Medressa, Minaret

Ichon-Qala Gates are composed of four gates. The North , East and South Gates are known as, respectively, the Bogcha-Darvoza (Garden Gate), Polvon-Darvoza (Strongman's Gate) and Tosh-Darvoza (Stone Gate), and the twin-turreted West Gate which is the main entrance of the old city. The mud walls are of 2.5km in length, dated from the 18th century, and were rebuilt after being destroyed by the Persians.

Minaret means "Low tower". It is located in the inner of Khiva. The building was erected in the 19 century. It is unique that it was incompleted.


Day 11 Khiva/Bukhara

After breakfast drive to Bukhara through Kyzyl Kum Desert. On the way, stop for some Refreshments and explore this unforgiving landscape.

 
Day 12 Bukhara
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Old Quarter, Old Town Center,The Ark, Mausoleum of Ismail Samani, Summer Palace of the Last Emir,Char Minar.

Bukhara's old town can be found at the center of the modern municipality. It's full of ancient gems implication.

The time of construction of the Ark Citadel is thought to be the beginning of the 1st millennium A.D. The overall area of the fortress is 34,675 square meters.


Day 13 Bukhara/Shakhrisabz/Samarkand
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Ak Saray palace, Amir Temur Monument, Kok Gumbaz Mosque, Djami Mosque, Djakhangir Mausoleum, Chor-su trade Dome, Old Bazaars

Ak Saray palace was built in Shakhrisabz in the time of the Temurids. Its fantastic ruins can be seen from afar and make a deep impression.

Kok-Gumbaz Mosque was built in 1435-1436. It is the largest Friday mosque in Shakhrisabz.


Day 14 Samarkand
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Guri-Emir Mausoleum, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Shakhi-Zinda Architectural Ensemble, Afrosiab Museum

Guri-Emir Mausoleum occupies an important place in the history of Turkic-Persian Architecture as the precursor and model for later great Mughal architecture tombs. It was built by Timur's Persianised descendants, the ruling Mughal dynasty of North India.

The Afrosiab Museum was built around one of Samarkand's more important archaeological finds, a chipped 7th-century fresco of the Sogdian King Varkhouman. Ii was only discovered in 1965 during the construction of Toshkent yo'li.


Day 15 Samarkand/Tashkent Islamic schools
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Mosques and Madrassas (Islamic schools) Housing Craft Workshops, Kukeldash Medressa

Kukeldash Medressa is located on a high hill in the area of Chorsu square. The builder of the madrasah was a vezir of the Tashkent khans (1551-1575), called Kukeldash ("the foster-brother of the khan").

The madrasah has a traditional composition: an extensive court yard, built on khudjras, with darskhana and a mosque in the corners. It's the History Museum of Uzbekistan and the Museum of Fine Arts.


Day 16 Tashkent/Departure
Meals: B

After breakfast trip will end and you will take a flight to your destination.

Price Includes:

Transportation & Private Transfers:

Transportation cost covers all the domestic airfare of economy class with airport tax, train tickets between the cities as the itinerary specified.


Transfer between airports, railway station, hotels and scenic spots for sightseeing around the cities that are specified by the itinerary with private air conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.


Entrance Fees:

All entrance fees to the scenic spots listed in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by private tour guides depends on the real-time local circumstances wheather are beyond the control of Access China Travel. We will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible.


Normal Meals:

All normal meals as the itinerary specified: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner in local restaurant. Breakfasts are served in hotel, breakfasts have Chinese or Western style for your option; Lunches are served in carefully selected quality local Chinese restaurants with best service, your lunches will be ordered by your guide catering to your preferences within normal standard. Dinners as the itinerary specified will be also served in local Chinese restaurants. The meal quotation is normalized. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, famous rare dishes, Indian food or more, please inform us in advance. For the unspecified dinners, you will have dinner on your own. Feel free to ask your local guide for suggestions or recommendation.


Private Sightseeing Escort:

Normal sightseeing activities as the itinerary listed will be escorted with English-speaking guide. The English-speaking guide and driver in each city are with you throughout the entire itinerary around that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.


Hotel Accommodation:

Hotel service criterion: two adults share on one standard twin/double-bed room; solo traveler who want to occupy one twin/double-bed room assigned is required for extra single supplement rate. A single room is available on prior request at an additional cost; if a recommended hotel unavailable, it will be replaced by one of the same class. All hotels as the itinerary listed serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.


Tour Arrangements:

The tour cost includes the planning, handling, booking, operation and communication charges.

Service Charge & Government Taxes

Price Excludes:

International airfare or train tickets for entry or exit China, unless that is noted or required otherwise.

Visa Fees, passport application or renewal fee.

Excess Baggage Charges.
Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as excess luggage fees, laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities (shows) and meals, beverages...

Meals:
Any meal are not specified in the itinerary with "B", "L" or "D".
Any extra cost caused by the changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, government and local authority orders, politics, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations; as well as tourist law violation, accident damages or injury incurred out of Access China Travel control.

Gratuities:
Tips to guides, escort, drivers bellman, etc.