Great silk Road Tour from Tashkent to Dunhuang
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Day 1   Tashkent 

Today you will arrange your international flight to Tashkent, we will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel check in. Tomorrow you will start your journey.
Accommodation : In Tashkent

Day 2   Tashkent  Urgench  Khiva

Flight Tashkent - Urgench, then transfer to Khiva. Today you will have a wonderful sightseeing tour in the oldest city of Uzbekistan. It will be inside of Ichan-Qala, the inner city in Khiva rounded with strong walls. Centuries old sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses transformed Ichan-Qala into unique city-monument. Ichan-Qala consists of over 400 traditional dwelling houses and about 60 architectural monuments. In 1969 Ichan-Qala was designated a historical and architectural conservation area. The most remarkable sites in it are the Kunya-Ark fortress dating back to 17th century, found by Muhammad Arang Khan, Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace, an incredible sample of Khorezm architectural mastership of 1830s. Night is in a hotel.
Accommodation : In Khiva

Khiva       Khiva
Khiva                                                                     Khiva

Day 3   Khiva  Bukhara

Early in the morning we will have transfer to a fascinating city of Bukhara. With its more than 140 architectural monuments Bukhara is a "town museum" dating back to the Middle Ages. The city consists of narrow streets, green parks and gardens, historical and architectural monuments belong to different epochs, but locate very close to each other. The road from Khiva to Bukhara goes through famous Kizilkum desert. On the way we will enjoy the view to Amu Darya river, the deepest river in Central Asia, formed by the confluence of the Panj and Vakhsh in Tajikistan) and flowing into Aral See. Upon arrival in Bukhara you will have free time. Night is in a hotel. 
Accommodation : In Bukhara

Bukhara       Bukhara
Bukhara                                                    Bukhara

Day 4   Bukhara  Samarkand

Today you will have a full day of sightseeing tour in the fascinating city of Bukhara. At first you will visit the most ancient citadel in Bukhara dating back to the 4th century named Citadel Ark which served as a palace for several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Then you will see Samanids mausoleum, a real masterpiece of architecture of 9th -10th century. Then the tour continues to Chashma Ayub, meaning Job's well and Bolo-Hauz mosque, known also as the mosque of forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Then you have a chance to walk along the shopping domes and visit one of the most famous madrasahs of Bukhara called Nodir Divan Begi which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble, famous central sightseeing of Bukhara. Transfer to Samarkand by train. Night is in a hotel. 
Accommodation : In Samarkand

Bukhara       Bukhara
Bukhara                                                      Bukhara

Day 5   Samarkand  Tashkent

Samarkand is situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan. It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan and is of the same age as the city of Babylon or Rome. Today you will visit its most outstanding sights such as Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square, a complex of three fascinating Madrasahs dating back to 15-17th centuries, is the main highlight of Samarkand that no person can stop admiring its beauty and majesty. Architectural complex of Shakhi-Zindeh represents a big collection of mausoleums dating back to 11th-15 centuries being a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque was built in honor of favorite Tamerlane’s wife, after his successful campaign in India. Transfer to Samarkand by train. Overnight is at the hotel.
Accommodation : In Tashkent

Samarkand       Samarkand
Samarkand                                                       Samarkand

Day 6   Tashkent 

Today you will visit Independence square which is the main square of the country, erected as a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. Then you will have a chance to walk along the local Broadway, a walking street between independence square and Amir Timur square. Further you can take a ride in famous Tashkent metro, among the most beautiful subways in the world. First line was opened in 1977. Then you will visit the old part of the city which includes: Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that consists of several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The highlight of its exhibits is the Othman Quran which is the world’s oldest Quran copy dating back to 8th c. Quran belonged to Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph (of the four righteous Caliphs who succeeded the prophet Muhammad). Othman was killed by non-muslims in 8th century. His blood spred over the Quran that you still can see on its pages. 
Accommodation : In Tashkent

Tashkent       Tashkent
Tashkent                                                                  Tashkent

Day 7   Tashkent  Bishkek

In the morning is transfer to airport and flight to Bishkek. Your guide will pick you up at Manas International Airport and accompany you to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, just a 30-minute drive from the airport. Bishkek city is the capital and the largest city of Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek is situated at about 800 meters (2,600 ft) altitude near the northern range of the Kyrgyz Ala Too range. This range is an extension of the Tian Shan mountains, which rises up to 4,855 meters (15,928 ft) and provides a spectacular backdrop to the city. This entire day is dedicated to a guided tour of Bishkek. It includes visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the National Arts Museum, National Philharmonic, and many others places of interest. Night is in a hotel. 
Accommodation : In Bishkek

Bishkek       Bishkek
Bishkek                                                                    Bishkek

 

Day 8   Bishkek  Burana  Kochkor

In the morning we will visit our Asian Bazaar! We will show it to you today and you will be able to take a lot of dynamic photos of bustling local life. This bazaar is a noisy and colorful tapestry of fabrics, produce, and people selling and buying goods. After you will be transferred to Kochkor village. On route you will visit Burana Tower. It is a minaret from the 11th century. Burana Tower was used during the Great Silk Road as a sign for travelers that there was a city to have a rest. Nearby you will see an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). In Kochkor village a local family will show you how our national felt carpets are made. You can even learn the art of felt making and create your own carpet together with them! You will also get to visit a small handicraft museum there. They have many examples of silver decorations, coats made of wolves, horse saddle decorations, carpets and more. Night will be in a homestay. 
Accommodation : In a homestay

Asian Bazaar       Kochkor village
 Asian Bazaar                                              Kochkor Village

Day 9   Kochkor  Son Kul 

After breakfast we start our drive to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan – Son Kul Lake. This lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. Kyrgyz nomads started to come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation. Herders of the Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a pastureland. After our arrival, you will be free to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings. Overnight is in nomadic collapsible dwellings – yurts. They are made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings.
Accommodation : In yurt

Son Kul Lake       Son Kul Lake
Son Kul Lake                                                  
Son Kul Lake

Day 10   Son Kul  Tash Rabat

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Tash Rabat Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road (Stone Castle from the 14th century). The building is unique. Tash Rabat is located at the very heart of Tian Shan Mountains. Tash Rabat was built of stone blocks inside a mountain at an elevation of 3200 m above sea level. In total there are 31 rooms in the mountain. The walls are 1 m thick. There are also underground prison cells formerly used to incarcerate thieves in ancient times. The night will be spent in yurts near Tash Rabat Caravanserai.
Accommodation : In yurt

Tash Rabat       Tash Rabat
Tash Rabat                                                        Tash Rabat

Day 11   Tash Rabat  Kashgar

After breakfast we start our way to be at the Kyrgyz-Chinese border at 12 o’clock. The road will go along mountain gorges in the most remote areas of Kyrgyzstan. This region is the most famous one among shepherds. It has the best grass for cattle and the cleanest air. On the entire route you will enjoy views of our unbelievable nature!
Your Chinese Guide will wait for you at the border and bring you to the downtown Kashgar. Have a good rest.

Accommodation : In Kashgar

Tash Rabat to Torugart       
Kyrgyz-Torugart                                            Kyrgyz-Torugart

Day 12   Kashgar 

Around 09:00 we will visit the Idigar Mosque, the largest Mosque in China and the most sacred mosque for the locals to practise their Islamic activities. around 10:30 we have to visit the Old Town when the open ceremony ready to greeting all the tourists with the culture show, further exploration to the special culture and experience the lifestyle with the arrangements of the visiting to the local Uighur Family. Lunch arranged in the local Restaurant. After the visiting, continue to the Apak Hoja Tomb, which is the holiest place in Xinjiang and an architectural treasure. Kashgar city tour ends with the wandering to the bustling Handicraft street, dazzling jewelry, primitive pottery,unique musical instrument, daily resources of the locals. The spare time in the tea house is our special arrangement for you to relax and get a feel for the local culture and traditions.
Accommodation : In Kashgar

Kashgar Old Town       Idigar Mosque
         Old Town                                                       Idigar Mosque

Day 13   Kashgar  Urumqi

Today is Sunday and we will explore the famous Sunday bazaar that is combined two section. The covered bazaar sells the clothing, nuts, household goods and many things out of your imagination.The outdoor Animal Bazar is the first bazaar we visit, where the farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive. It is quite interesting to witness their typical methods of bargin.
In the afternoon, Say goodbye to Kashgar where you must have amazing experience and catch your flight to Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang. 

Accommodation : In Urumqi

Sunday Bazaar       Sunday Bazaar
Sunday Bazaar                                                   Sunday Bazaar

Day 14   Urumqi  Heavenly Lake  (120kms, 1.5hrs driving)

Today you will enjoy the tour of the picturesque Heavenly Lake (approximately 1.5hrs), 2000m up in the Tianshan mountain range. which is surrounded by the snow mountains, blooming wildflowers, evergreen pine trees. 40-minute scenic shuttle bus ride that twists though the dramatic mountains. Then you can either walk to the lakeside in 10mins or take the electronic cart. There are 3 options suggested. Boating cruise to take the incredible view of Tianshan Mountain. Trekking along the lake in the fresh air. or you can explore further to the Maya Mountain by the cable car to enjoy the magnificent view of the Mountains. The lunch in the local Kazakh's yurt is highly recommended. 
Travel back to Urumqi in the afternoon which is about the other 1.5hrs,  After then, visit the Xinjiang International Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine.

Accommodation : In Urumqi

Heavenly Lake       Xinjiang International Bazaar
                  Heavenly Lake                                             Xinjiang International Bazaar

Day 15   Urumqi  Turpan  (200kms, 3hrs driving)

Morning tour at the Xinjiang regional museum to see archaeological treasures from the Silk Road and Xinjiang's minority cultures. Then start the trip off with the 3hours driving to Turpan, passing by the wind power station which is the largest one in Asia spreading at the foot of Tianshan Mountain. Following glimpse of Salt Lake in Dabancheng. We'll be amazed by the histroical sites and oasis land of Turpan. A must and first visit is the oldest Uighur village Tuyoq Village located in the very center of Flaming Mountain Canyon. It used to be the holy site of Buddhism and Islam. The village consists of four parts: Canyon scenery, Thousand Buddha Caves, Maza tomb and the old buildings of the ancient village. Following a lunch in the traditional Uighur family in their grape yard, drive you to explore the Bezeklik Grottoes, the Buddhist Center of Gaochang area, is a complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to 14th century between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan at the north-east of the Taklamakan Desert near the ancient ruins of Gaochang in the Mutou Valley. Some murals show a large Buddha surrounded by other figures, including Turks, Indians and Europeans. Some of the murals are masterpieces of religious art. From here, you can enjoy the outlook of Flaming Mountain around the Grottoes.
Accommodation : In Turpan

Tuyoq Village       Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
   Tuyoq village                                                       Bezeklik Caves

Day 16   Turpan  

This morning we will start our journey from Karez Well, A special irrigation system that the locals make full use of the topography of Turpan to draw the underground water to irrigate their farmland ingeniously. Next travel to Sugong Minaret, the largest Islamic minaret in China built in 1778 by Sulaiman that is the ruler and leader of Turpan to commemorate and commend his father's achievements of the reunion of Xinjiang. The tour today end up to enjoy the scenery of Jiaohe Ruins with a history of 2,300 years lies between two rivers on a loess plateau atop a cliff of over 30m. It is one of the best preserved ruins of its ancient era in China, it was include in the World Heritage List on June 22, 2014.
Accommodation : In Turpan

Sugong Minaret       Jiaohe Ruins
Sugong Minaret                                                  Jiaohe Ruins

Day 17   Turpan  Dunhuang   D56(09:36-13:05) 

We will catch the morning express train to Dunhuang (Liuyuan station), you will be greeted by our driver and guide when you arrive and head up to Echoing Sand Mountain&Crescent Lake. When there is wild wind, the sands will be blown up and make loud sound, while the sound sounds like being produced by some ancient musical instrument when blew by breeze, There is also a Crescent Lake that  has been in existence for hundreds of years without ever being buried by the sand. Riding the camel as the Silk Road Caravan in the vast desert is highly recommended (approximately 40mins). Please bring your sunglasses and and mask to keep out the dust
In the evening, you will enjoy the walking tour to the Shazhou Night Market, the most bustling place of Dunhuang at night. It's easy to lose our sense of time wonder the market while enjoy your leisure time and taste some local cuisine.

Accommodation : In Dunhuang

Echoing Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake       Shazhou Night Market
              Crescent Lake                                            Shazhou Night Market

Day 18   Dunhuang 

This morning, we will visit Mogao Grottoes, also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes, this UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the great artistic and religious wonders of the world and it is famous for its exquisite murals and various sculptures inside the caves, which was built in different dynasties, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art, enjoy the Silk Road Movies in the visitor Center about 40 mins before our exploration into the Grottoes.The professional guide from the Mogao will bring you to 8grottoes with their special torch so that you  have clear view of the murals and paintings. (Note: No photos and Video in the caves). The visiting time is around 4hrs including movie.
Following a lunch in the local restaurant, we will drive to Liuyuan station and take the express train to Urumqi.

Accommodation : In Urumqi

Mogao Grottoes       Mogao Grottoes
Mogao Grottoes                                             Mogao Grottoes

Day 19   Dunhuang 

Breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to your sweet home.It has been a great silk road holiday and we look forward to seeing you another trip.
Please note : you can also extend your tour to Beijing or Lanzhou. More information please contact us!

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2-5 persons N
6-9 persons N
10 persons & above N
Single room Supplement N

Service included:

*  Private transportation with good AC
*  Excellent English speaking guide service.
*  Hotel listed with breakfast
*  Entrance fee listed in the itinerary
*  Airfare from Tashkent to Urgench, Tashkent to Bishkek, Kashgar to Urumqi
*  Train from Bukhara to Samarkand, Samarkand to Tashkent
*  2nd class train from Turpan to Dunhuang(Liuyuan), Dunhuang(Liuyuan) to Urumqi
*  2bottles of water each person on daily use.
*  Government tax
*  Travel insurance
*  Visa support if necessary

Service excluded:

*  Personal expenses and tips to the guide and driver
*  Full board meals
*  Some other activities such as boating, camel riding, culture show etc.
*  Flight arrive in Tashkent and leave from Urumqi

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