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11-day Silk Road Kashgar Turpan Urumqi Zhangye Lanzhou

Day By Day

Day 1 Arrival in Kashgar
Upon arrival in Kashgar, your local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to check in your hotel. Overnight in Kashgar.

Day 2 Kashgar/Urumqi
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Sunday Bazzar, Id Kah Mosque, Abakh Hoja Tomb

Kashgar is a fabled city embracing a rich mix of peoples and cultures, with Mosques and veiled women contributing to its Middle Eastern atmosphere. No visitors to Kashgar should miss the Sunday bazaar. In the teeming market, you can buy anything from herbal medicines to carpets, from a cradle to a camel.

In the afternoon, visit the town center the vast Id Kah Mosque. afterwards, you visit the a school and a workshop where traditional carpets are made. You also tour in a donkey cart taxi the Old Town, a warren of twisting alleys and white-washed walls, and the Tomb of Abakh Khoja(also called Fragrant Concubine tomb). Then you will take an evening flight or overnight train with soft sleeper to Urumqi.

Day 3 Urumqi
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Heavenly Lake, Nanshan Pasture, Terai Camp  

After pay a morning visit to Erdaoqiao International Grand Bazaar, you will take a excursion to Tianshan Mountains, to visit the beautiful mountain lake-the Heavenly Lake and Mt.Bogoda Shan(5445m in altitude). it is snow-capped all year around.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to Nanshan Grassland for a visit to the Terai Camp to experience of Kazak nomad life, have a cup of milk tea and taste really local food.  

Day 4 Urumqi/Turpan
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Turpan Depreesion, Karez Wells, Jiaohe ruins

A morning drive to visit Grape Valley, the oasis town of Turpan famous for its melons and vineyards. Here Marco Polo first encountered spaghetti, an idea he took home to Italy.

In the late afternoon, you winder through the streets of ruined city Jiaohe, inspect the 2000 year old Karez Wells, a remarkable underground irrigation system.

Day 5 Turpan/Dunhuang
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Bezeklik Caves, Astana Underground Tomb, Emin Minaret

Today's tour includes morning visits to the Bezeklik Caves whose walls are adorned with Buddhist frescoes and the legendary Flaming Mountains. and also see the Astana

Underground Tomb. In the afternoon, we will explore Emin Minaret, one of the finest buildings on the Silk Road. we will walk through the amazing village street . Take an overnight train to the City of Dunhuang via Liuyuan.

Day 6 Dunhuang
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Mogao Grottoes, Mingsha Dunes, Crescent Moon Lake

Arrive in Liuyuan at 07:51. You will be transfer to Dunhuang city (3hour driving). As an important caravan stop on the Silk Road, Dunhuang is renowned as the site of the greatest trove of Buddhist art the world has known - the Mogao Grottoes which date back to AD366 - and today you will visit these fascinating caves. Then you will proceed to visit the Mingsha Dunes "Singing Sand" - where you can make a (steep) climb up the massive sand dunes for a great view of Crescent Moon Lake.  You will enjoy camel ride, sand surf and sand bath today. Overnight in Dunhuang.

Day 7 Dunhuang/Jiayuguan
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Jiayuguan Great Wall

After hotel breakfast, you will be transferred to the train station to catch the train to Jiayuguan. Upon arrival, you will explore the town of Jiayuguan and visit the Great Wall Museum. Then view the "underground gallery" in tombs from the Wei and Jin periods AD220-240. And then visit the Jiayu Fort, known as the "Impregnable Pass Under Heaven".  


Day 8 Jiayuguan/Zhangye/Lanzhou
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Grand Buddha, Wooden Pagoda Temple, Zhangye Danxia Landform

After hotel breakfast, you will be transferred to Zhangye for 3 hours' drive. On arrival, you will visit the Grand Buddha, Wooden Pagoda Temple, Zhangye Danxia colorful mountains. Take an overnight train with soft sleeper to Lanzhou.

Day 9 Lanzhou/Xiahe
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Gansu Provincial Museum, White Pagoda Hill
Visit to the Gansu Provincial Museum, White Pagoda Hill. Then travel by coach to Xiahe via Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region which was a key passage on the ancient Silk Road between East and West and also a major thoroughfare for exchanges between the Han and other nationalities of China.

Day 10 Xiahe
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Labrang Lamasery, Sangke Grassland

Often referred to as 'Little Tibet', Xiahe is famous as the site of one of the six leading Buddhist lamaseries in China, the Labrang Lamasery. The lamasery houses thousands of cultural relics including 60,000 volumes of Tibetan scriptures which have been well preserved. There will also be an opportunity to meet the semi-nomadic herdsmen of the surrounding grasslands.

Day 11 Xiahe/Lanzhou Departure
Meals: B
After hotel breakfast, you will be driven back Lanzhou (4 hours drive). In the afternoon, transfer to Lanzhou airport for your flight to next destination.

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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...

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.

Tips to guides, escort, drivers bellman, etc.