UQ02: 7 Days Private Tour to Turpan, Urumqi & Kashgar
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 6 western buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches
Tour Highlights:
  • Travel in depth to the Silk Road of 2,000 years ago & learn about the culture and history
  • Admire murals in the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves and the ruins of ancient cities
  • Visit Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar, the largest Islamic style bazaar in China
  • Karakuri Lake - a "pearl" of the Pamir Plateau
From $1549 per person Free Inquiry
Day 1 Arrival in Turpan
Emin Minaret
Emin Minaret
Photo by our client Mr. Jeffrey Chan
On arriving at Turpan, our guide and driver will pick you up at Turpan Railway Station. Then they will escort you to a comfortable hotel. The rest of the day is reserved for you to have a good rest or to become familiar with the city a bit on your own.

If you take an overnight train to Turpan in the morning or fly to Urumqi, please contact our travel consultant. We will arrange a more reasonable route for you based on your schedule.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Turpan
Our 7 days Xinjiang tour begins with a visit to the Ancient City of Jiaohe, which is the oldest and the best-preserved earth architecture in the world. Then we will proceed to visit the Karez System. It is a kind of irrigation system used for providing water resource to the citizens in Xinjiang from ancient times till now.

After that, our guide will accompany you to Emin Minaret and Turpan Museum to know more about Xinjiang.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Turpan - Urumqi
A local family visit
A local family visit
You will finish your visit in Turpan and start the Turpan to Urumqi tour today. In the morning, we will guide you to the Ancient City of Gaochang to witness the history of Turpan. Then the next destinations will be Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves and Tuyugou Valley. Bezeklik Thousand Caves was one of the Buddhist centers of western China in ancient times; here you can see many colorful murals. Tuyugou Valley is the oldest Uyghur village in Xinjiang and is known as the "living fossil of folk customs". By the way, you can enjoy the scenery of Flaming Mountain from the vehicle.

After the visit in Turpan, we will drive to Urumqi. The distance from Turpan to Urumqi is about 180 kilometers (110miles) and it will take about 3.5 hours. Upon arrival, our guide will help you check into the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Urumqi
You will spend the following few days on the Urumqi and Kashgar tour. After breakfast, we will leave for the Heavenly Lake. The mountain is like a fairyland which is full of green straight spruces and pine trees. It is elegant and the waterfalls in the mountains are magnificent. The lake is clear and calm, and it can reflect the Muztagata Mountains. In addition, it shows different colors with the change of sunlight, which is very beautiful.

Next, our guide will accompany you to go sightseeing in the Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar. It is the largest bazaar in China in the Islamic style.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Urumqi - Kashgar
Kashgar Sunday Market
Kashgar Sunday Market
In the morning, you will be transported to the airport to board a flight to Kashgar. Upon arrival, our local guide and driver will meet you at the airport. The Kashgar tour itinerary will start from Kashgar Old Town. Most of the buildings in the old town are in the Islamic and Uyghur style and the streets are crisscrossed with a unified style. What's more, we will arrange a special home visit to a local Uyghur family in Kashgar Old Town and you will have lunch with them to enjoy some delicious local food.

After lunch, our guide will accompany you to Idkah Mosque, which is a landmark of Kashgar. You can see many magnificent structures in the Islamic style. The next stop is Abakh Khoja Tomb and it is a typical Islamic ancient architectural complex. Today's Kashgar tour itinerary ends here and our guide will accompany you to check into a nice local hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Kashgar - Karakuri Lake - Kashgar
Karakuri Lake
Karakuri Lake
Today, we will wheel to Karakuri Lake and it will take about 5 hours. Karakuri Lake is a "pearl" on the Pamir. The lake is surrounded by several mountains such as Mount Muztagata and Kongur Tagh. In the calm days, the white silver peaks, green grasslands and lakeside herds can all reflect in the lake, which is extremely beautiful. You can enjoy a pleasure trip around the lake and view the Muztagata Mountain at a distance. In addition, you can take some beautiful pictures while enjoying the scenery. When finishing the tour, we will go back to your hotel in Kashgar.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Departure from Kashgar
Today, we will arrange for you a visit to a local bazaar. If it happens to be a Sunday, it will be scheduled to a more unique livestock bazaar. Then we will escort you to the airport. Your 7 days Xinjiang tour ends here. Hope you have had a good time with us!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
 Friendly Tips

If you want to continue your trip in China, you can choose to fly directly to some major cities in China such as Xian, Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu. Or if you want to extend your tour to other countries, you can head to Urumqi, where there are flights to some Central Asia countries like Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
TurpanHuozhou Hotel Huozhou Hotel
UrumqiSheraton Urumqi Hotel Excemon Xinjiang Yilite Hotel
KashgarRadisson Blu Hotel Kashgar Radisson Blu Hotel Kashgar
Tour Prices
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
With Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfare of Urumqi/Kashgar
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • Air or train fares of arrival and departure
  • Entry visa fees
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Luzia from GERMANY | Jun. 07, 2020 16:41Reply
travel restrictions to xingjiang?
We have our residence Jiangsu China and therefore have valid visa. Can we Travel freely to Xiangjiang?
Are all the spots open foreign tourists now?
Answers (1)
Answered by Amy | Jun. 07, 2020 17:30

As I know, the scenic spots in Xinjiang only open to local people now. It is still unclear that when will Xinjiang open to foreign travelers.
Asked by Arman from IRAN | Dec. 31, 2018 03:31Reply
How does 24 hours visa free work in Urumqi Airport?
Is it from the first landing hour in the first airport to the last hour at the last Chinese airport? Or is it the total stay in different Chinese airports?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sarah from CANADA | Jan. 03, 2019 17:20

Are you an Iran passport holder? If yes, you are not eligible for the 24-hour visa-free transit.
Asked by jim from USA | Feb. 28, 2018 02:32Reply
Hello, i like to know how long it takes from Urumqi to Almaty by train. or by plane?and the cost?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by William from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 28, 2018 21:00

The train takes about 25h 50mins and the fare 1,041RMB. The plane takes about 1h 50mins but the fare changes a lot, you may pay attention to that.
Asked by Trang from LAOS | Sep. 12, 2017 07:44Reply
From Shangrila to Urumqi
I'm in Dali now and heading to Shangrila. From Shangrila I wanna go to Urumqi( Kashgar ). I don't want to take a flight. I just wanna take trains or buses. Is there some way I can get to Urumqi by buses or trains from Shangrila or kunming? Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Ian from IRELAND | Sep. 14, 2017 03:00

Then you can take a train. From Kunming Railway Station, a train is scheduled to Urumqi daily and it leaves at 19:05. It takes almost 65 hours. Hope you can bear this!
Asked by Irene from SINGAPORE | Apr. 12, 2017 09:49Reply
Is end May a good time to visit Urumqi/Kashgar?
Answers (1)
Answered by Isla from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 13, 2017 02:44

Yes, in general, May will be a nice time to tour around Urumqi. The climate will be cool and comfortable. The scenery will also be impressive. Have a nice trip!
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