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10 Days Silk Road Travel from Urumqi to Bishkek via Kashgar

Destinations:Urumqi,Turpan,Kashgar,Torugart Border,Naryn,Bishkek

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Tour Code: CITIC-SD-20
Summary: Nowadays,There are many International flights to Urumqi from central asia,UA,Turkey. start the Silk road tour from Urumqi and visit the Heavenly lake in the Tianshan Mountain which has been listed in the UNESCO,go to the Turpan which is the famous town in ancient silk road, learn the prosperous silk road thousand years ago.Take the flight from Urumqi to Kashgar,visit the Sunday bazaar and the Karakul lake, enter into Kyrgrzstan from the Torugart board,visit the Naryn and the picturesque Kochkor village.then you will have one day Bishkek city tour with us. The whole silk road route of this 10 days tour will let you enjoy history,folklore of different minority, amazing landscape and the silk road culture.

Day 1

Urumqi

Our nice guide will meet you at the airport and then you will be transferred to the Hotel upon you arrive in Urumqi

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Day 2

Urumqi-Heavenly Lake (120km,about 1.5hours)
Our Denmark Travelers in Heavenly Lake

After breakfast visit Xinjiang Museum,then head to visit the Heavenly Lake,afternoon back to Urumqi visit the Erdaoqiao Market & International Bazaar.
 Xinjiang Museum is the main institution to collect and investigate the unearthed cultural relics and specimens in Xinjiang. There are more than 50 thousand pieces of various kinds of cultural relics stored in the museum, among them, the ancient mummies represented by ‘the Loulan Beauty', manuscripts in Chinese, Kharosthi, Qiuci, Yanji, Tibetan, Uigurian and other characters prevailed in ancient Western Regions, etc., are unusual tidbits in the world.
 Heavenly Lake is a long and narrow gourd-shaped moraine lake, 3400 meters long, about 1500 meters wide, 105 meters at the deepest point, with an average depth of 40 meters, covering an area of about 5.9 square kilometers. There are 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”, “the Snowcapped Southern Mountain”, “Pine Billows in Western Mountain”, “the Hanging Waterfall”, and the “Sea Peak's Sunrise”.
  Erdaoqiao Market & International is the largest in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. On Sunday, there are more stalls and more goods to buy than any other day. The old streets around the bazaar are really worth seeing.Here is the most welcomed place by tourist especially by ladies where they can buy some traditional Uygur make up cosmetic.

Day 3

Urumqi -Turpan (240kms,about 3.5hours)
Our American Travelers in Jiaohe Ruins

After breakfast head to Turpan and then visit the Tuyoq village, Bezklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Astana Tombs and Jiaohe Ruins.
 Tuyoq Valley:constructed in eastern and western cliffs in Tuyoq valley . more than 40 caves, there are 10 preserving murals. They are considered to be the earliest caves in Turpan, Murals are mostly damaged, but unique in style.
 Bezklik Grottoes:“Bezklik”means “a place with beautiful decoration”. These caves are first excavated in Qu`s Gaochang period. The excising caves were reconstructed by Uighur people.
 Jiaohe Ruins :is located on a mesa in willow leaf shape between the Yarnaz River valleys 10 kilometers to the west of Turpan City. running from northwest to southeast, 1760 meters long and 300 meters across at the widest part. The city includes city gates, streets and lanes, government office, temples, domestic houses, cave houses, wells, and an underground temple.

Day 4

Turpan-Urumqi-(180km,about 2.5hours)Kashgar 
Our French Travelers in Sugong Minerat

 After breakfast visit Karez Irrigation system, Sugong minaret,and after lunch back to Urumqi and take the flight to Kashgar.
 Karez Irrigation System is a unique irrigation system in Turpan, which, taking advantage of the slopes, draws the underground water to flow by itself to irrigate farmland. It consists of four parts: vertical wells, underground channels, ground canals and small reservoirs.
 Sugong Minaret,Located in Mura Village 2 kilometers to the east of the city of Turpan, the Tower was built in the 41st year of the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty,It is an embodiment of the ancient architectural arts of the Uygur nationality. The tower is 37 meters high and 10 meters in diameter at the base. The body of the tower is cylindroid in shape, built with bricks arranged in various symmetrical patterns on the outer wall. The tower has 14 windows and a spiral stairs inside it leading to the top.

Day 5

Kashgar City Tour
Apak Hoja Tomb

 Take the city sightseeing ,visit the Sunday Bazaar,Apak Hoja Tomb,Id Kah Mosque,Old town, and Handicraft Street.
  Apak Hoja Tomb This Mazar is the holiest place in Xinjiang and an architectural treasure Built in 1640 ,it is reminiscent of the Central Asian artistic style of Samarkand or Isfahan. A handsome blue-and-white tiled gate leads into the compound, which includes a small religious school and the Abakh Khoja family tomb. The latter is domed and faced with muti - colored tiles. I t most complete Islamic tomb of the Qing Dynasty up-to-now in China.
  Id Kah Mosque It is the large Mosque in China and most famous one in Xinjiang. The Mosque started to build in the mid of fifteenth century, and has gradually developed to the present size. Id K ah Mosque, with about 16800 square meters in area, consisting of Pray Hall, the Koran teaching Hall, The Corridor, the Arches and other buildings attaching to it.The buildings of Id Kah Mosque look magnificent and solemn , and display the artistic styles of Islamic mosque architectures.
  Old town,Kashgar is an ancient city, and in walking the streets of its Old Town, will provide a sense of what this legendary Central Asian hub was like in the days when the Silk Road was at its zenith. 500-year old remnants of the city wall, narrow lanes and colorful muti-ethnic crowds combine to make Kashgar' historic district a highlight of any visit to the city.

Day 6

Kashgar-Karakul Lake (250kms,about 4hours)
Our Singapore Travelers in Karakul Lake

 After breakfast drive on to Chinese Karakorum highway,head to visit the Karakul Lake.On the road, enjoy the scenery of the Mt. Muztag, brave Tajiks people lives on the Pamir more than 2000 year with nomadic life.
  Karakul Lake is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau, near the junction of the Pamir, Tianshan and Kunlun Mountain ranges. Surrounded by mountains which remain snow-covered throughout the year, the three highest peaks visible from the lake are the Muztag Ata (7546m), Kongur Tagh (7,649m) and Kongur Tiube. The lake is popular among travelers for its beautiful scenery and the clarity of its reflection in the water, whose color ranges from a dark green to azure and light blue. There are two Kirgiz settlements along the shore of Karakul Lake, a number of yurts about 1km east of the bus drop-off point and a village with stone houses located on the western shores.
  Karakorum high way It is 1200 kilometers almost Sino Pakistan—Chinese friendship high way build since 1976. Ancient Silk Road Merchants often run Via over Karakorum, Wahan corridor with Hindi Kush Mountain to India, Pakistan until Iran. On the road, enjoy the scenery of the Mt. Muztag, Taxkorgan, Persian language that means, stone castle, the brave Tajiks people lives on the Pamir more than 2000 year with nomadic life.

Day 7

Kashgar-Torugat Border-Naryn (370kms,about 6-7hours)
Chatyr Kul Lake

After breakfast head to Torugat Border.The distance from Kashgar to the Torugart Pass is about 180 kilometers. Your Kyrgyz car with driver and guide meets you on the pass, at the demarcation line between Kyrgyzstan and China. .Then drive to Naryn town, located in Naryn region.On the way there we also admire the view of the third largest lake in Kyrgyzstan – Chatyr kul Lake. It is an endorheic alpine lake in the Tian Shan mountains in At-Bashi District of Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan; it lies in the lower part of Chatyr-Kul Depression near the Torugart Pass border crossing into China. The name of the lake means “Celestial Lake” in Kyrgyz. The lake and 2 km buffer zone around it is part of the Karatal-Japyryk State Nature Reserve. The water of Chatyr Kul Lake is yellowish-green with water transparency of up to 4 metres (13 ft). The mineralization of the lake ranges from 0.5 to 1.0 milligrams per liter (chloride, hydrocarbonate, sodium and magnesium type of mineralization).

Day 8

 Naryn-Bishkek (400kms,about 6-7hours)
Our Spainish Group in Burana Tower

Early in the morning is transfer by car from Naryn to Bishkek city . The road itself from Naryn to Bishkek is just amazing! You will drive along mountain roads and on the way you will move over few high passes. The highest one is called Dolon pass. It is 3030 meters high above the sea level! Today it will be possible to meet real nomads that still live in yurts. Yurts are collapsible nomadic dwellings that are made of felt and wood without using a single nail. You will be shocked by the beauty of our mountains that stayed almost untouched till nowadays.  Then we will arrive to Kochkor village. There you will have lunch with a local family to find out more about Kyrgyz people. They will show you the way our national felt carpets are produced. You even can create your own carpet together with them! Also you will visit a small local Handicraft museum. At this place you will get acquainted with nomadic traditions. On our way to Bishkek, we will visit the Burana Tower (minaret from the 11th century) and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). In the capital you will have dinner in a national restaurant. Night is in a hotel.

Day 9

Bishkek
Asian Bazaar

 After breakfast take your city tour.Visiting of the central Ala-Too Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Pobeda Square (Victory Square), the History Museum, National philharmonic and Asian Bazaar.many others places of interest. During this day we will show you our main squares and buildings that were made at Soviet time.
Ala-Too Square іs the central square іn Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The square wаs built іn 1984 tо celebrate the 60th anniversary оf the Kyrgyz SSR, аt whіch tіme а massive statue оf Lenin wаs placed іn the square's center. The statue оf Lenin wаs moved іn 2003 tо а smaller square іn the city, аnd а new statue called Erkindik (Freedom) wаs installed іn іts place.
 Dubovy Park, full of strollers on warm Sundays, has a few open-air cafés and some neglected modern sculpture and funnily enough, century-old oaks. Where Erkindik prospektisi (Freedom Ave) enters the park, there is an open-air art gallery.
 Asian Bazaar:This bazaar is very colorful and noisy. People sell there all kinds of goods. You will walk there about an hour to see local people, goods, fruits, vegetables, meat store, and other things! On this bazaar you will see very interesting people that come from villages to sell their goods.

Day 10

Bishkek to your destination 


After breakfast you will be transfer to the airport,and take the flight to your destination


Price: per person
Travel in party of Superior Class
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Deluxe Class
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Tourist Class
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2-3 persons N $ 2760 $ 2580
4-6 persons N $ 1990 $ 1788
7-9persons   $1610 $1428
10 persons & above N $ 1472 $ 1269
Single room Supplement N $ 320 $ 240

Service included:

*Private transportation with good AC 
* Hotel with breakfast
*All the entrance fee listed in the itinerary
*Full board meals 
*Excellent English guide service
* Flights: Urumqi to Kashgar 
* Visa support letter in China section
* Travel insurance

Service excluded:

* Visa support letter for Kyrgyzstan  30usd/pax
* Personal expenses and tips to the guide and driver.
* Some activities such as camel riding and horse riding etc.
* Travel insurance
please note: we can make group Kyrgyzstan visa, 70usd/pax (minimum 2pax)
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