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Silk Road to Jade Route  Tour Code:XIN002

Day 1  Arrive in Xi'an
Met and taken to hotel. Welcome dinner.

Day 2  Xi'an
Visit Terracotta Warriors, Stone Tablets Temple, City Wall. Special dumpling dinner.

Day 3 Xi'an to Dunhuang
In the morning we will visit the 240-foot-high Big Wild Goose Pagoda. We may also have time to browse the night markets in search of souvenirs. Afternoon flight to Dunhuang.

Day 4  Dunhuang
Mogao Grottoes, Mingsha San Dune with an optional camel ride to Crescent Lake. Overnight sleeper train to Turpan (11-hour trip).

Day 5  Turfan
Karez system of irrigation, ancient city of Gaochang, Flaming Mountains, the Astana Tombs, the Bezeklik Buddhist caves
Evening Uygur folk dance performance.

Day 6  Turpan to Urumqi to Hotan
Visit the Emin Minaret and the colorful bazaar. In the afternoon we'll drive three hours to Urumqi, fly across the Taklamakan Desert to Hotan.

Day  7  Hotan
Hotan, famous for its jade, carpets, embroidery, and silk (examples of the area's silk weavings can be seen in many Xinjiang museums). Camel ride to buried Buddhist cities in the late 19th century.

Day 8  Hotan to Kashgar
Drive to Kashgar via Yarkand. Visit Kashgar Old City.

Day 9 Kashgar
Sunday Bazaar, afternoon drive to Karakol Lake. Overnight in Yurt. 

Day 10 Karakol Lake and Muztag Ata Mountain
Walking tour on the lake side, visit Kirghizes village. Drive back to Kashgar.

Day  11 Kashgar to Urumqi
Visite the  tomb of Abakh Hoja and the Mosque. Afternoon flight to Urumqi.

Day  12  Urumqi
Trip ends after breakfast.

--Most meals

--All entry fees and sightseeing

--All overnights in hotels and guesthouses with double occupancy

--Domestic flights

--Private Transfers

--English Speaking guides

--Train Rides on "Soft Class" Cabins


--All services not mentioned and all items of a personal nature

--Tipping or gratuities to guides and drivers

--Mandatory international travel insurance

--Excursions other than those specified in trips

--Extra cost if  tour is delayed or changed due to reasons beyond control



        Explore the Silk Road
round Taklimagan Desert

GROUP SIZE : 2 - 12
START/FINISH: Urumqi/Xi'an
DURATION: 12 days, touring, walking
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotels, guesthouses, camping
HIGHLIGHTS: Xi'an, Terra Cotta Army, Dunhuang, Mogao grottoes, Urumqi, Kashgar bazzar, taklimakan desert, silk road
EXTENSION TRIPS: Beijing Extension
Chengdu Extension

Map of this Trip

"The best part of the silk road trip is the time spent with the locals on Sunday Bazaar."

-- Jean Noel

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