Beijing (No meal included)
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the guide and be transferred to your hotel in the city center.
Beijing -> Urumqi (B)
Today you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Urumqi.
Turpan -> Korla (B, L)
After breakfast you will be driven to Korla. In the afternoon take a boat ride on Bosten Lake.
Korla -> Kuqa (B, L)
This morning you will be driven to Kuqa. This afternoon Kuqa was the centre of the ancient Quici Kingdom, one of the most powerful Buddhist kingdoms in central Asia. Visit the ancient city of Subashi and take a walk through the old town area. Then visit Kuqa museum.
Kuqa (B, L, D)
This morning we visit theKyzil Buddha Caves; they are among the earliest of Buddhist cave sites in China and show strong design styling from Persia, India and even central Asian and Greco-Roman influences. In the afternoon pay a visit to the Kyzil-gaha beacon tower. Founded in 2nd century BC, it is an ancient military communication system on the Silk Road.
Kuqa -> Hetian (B, L, D)
Today you will be driven to Khotan. In the afternoon enjoy a half day free at leisure.
Hetian (B, L)
After breakfast drive to Qiraa County Damoko Site .In Damoko Village we will visit the Little Monastery Museum. We will see many perfect frescos with Kandahar style, smallest monastery in the world (4.5 sq.m) and many other perfect national treasures.
This afternoon back to the city and visit local family workshops of tie-dyed silk jade carving, silk carpet factory.
Hetian (B, L)
After enjoying your breakfast visit the ancient Buddhist Rawaq Pagoda Ruins which were built in Tang dynasty 6th century AD and are a combination of Persian and Indian architectural style. Here you will also be able to enjoy camel riding. After having lunch visit the local Uygur silk village of Jiya. Here you will see traditional Uygur silk production called Atlas. Khotan is renowned for its silks, carpets and jade, which are considered the finest in China. We will visit a jade factory.
Hetian -> Yarkent -> Kashgar (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will be driven to Yarkent . After that, visit the Ruins of the King´s Mausoleum at Yarkent. Yarkent is mostly populated by Uigur ethnic people. Yarkent was the capital of the ancient Uigur Karakhanid Dynasty, and during the silk road trade period it was called the spice route to and from Persia and Afganistan. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Kashgar by private car.
Kashgar (B, L, D)
Today drive to Karakul Lake (396km round trip). On the way you can enjoy the scenery of the magnificent Karakoram highway.
Kashgar -> Urumqi (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will spend the entire morning strolling around the Sunday market. In the afternoon visit the largest Idkah Mosque and Apakh Hoja Tomb. Then you will be transferred to the airport and board the flight to Urumqi.
Urumqi -> Beijing (B)
This morning you will be transferred to the airport and take flight to Beijing. This afternoon enjoy a half day free at leisure.
After breakfast you will be transfered to the airport and take flight back home.