11 Days Tour of Desert Highway in Xinjiang

Urumqi, Turpan, Korla, Minfeng, Hotan, Kashgar

Tour Code: TCT-Xinjiang-03

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from May to October.

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Xinjiang Province, the biggest province, locates in the Northwest of China. It is mysterious and fantastic landscapes attracts millions of people take the exploration there. Now, our TCT team has the pleasure to introduce this wonderland for all of our dear guests. Here we go!

Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Urumqi Be transferred to the hotel
02 Urumqi Heavenly Lake (Tianchi), Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar
03 Urumqi - Turpan Coach to Turpan, Ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City, Emin Minaret (Sugong Pagoda), Karez Well
04 Turpan Gaochang Ancient City, Grape Valley, Flaming Mountain, Bezeklik Caves
05 Turpan - Korla Coach to Korla, Iron Gate Pass, Bosten Lake
06 Korla - Minfeng Coach to Minfeng and sightseeing
07 Minfeng - Hotan Coath to Hotan and sightseeing
08 Hotan Ruins of Mallikurwatur, Local Family Workshop
09 Hotan - Kashgar Coach to Kashgar and sightseeing
10 Kashgar Zhiren Street,  Id Kah Mosque, Apak Hoja Tomb,  Local Bazaar
11 Kashgar - Urumqi, Departure Flight Back to Urumqi, Your Own Expense Exploration

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Urumqi

Arrival at Urumqi in Xinjiang, an area of the unparalleled scenery and cultural diversity, you will be greeted by your tour guide and transferred to hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Meals: No meal
Recommended Hotel: In Urumqi

Day 2 Urumqi

Take a driving for 120km northeast to visit the holy Heavenly Lake (Tianchi). The beautiful lake is flanked by rugged pines and cypresses, with clear melting waters reflecting the surrounding of snow capped mount Bogeda. After the tour, be transferred back to downtown, you can then take a short visit to Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar, which is believed to be the largest outdoor market in town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Urumqi

Heavenly Lake (Tianchi)

Day 3 Urumqi  Turpan (200km, 2 - 2.5 hours driving)

Today, you will take about 3hours driving to Turpan, on the way, you will pass Urumqi Wind Power Mill, which was built for producing electrical power in the area. After cross the valley of Tianshan we will arrive in the lowest depression of China-Turpan City. Upon arrival, visit the mysterious death city, the Ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City, which reveals traces of a prosperous ancient trading center and military stronghold 1,600 years ago. And then visit Emin Minaret (Sugong Pagoda) - the biggest ancient pagoda existing in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient pagoda in the country and ancient Karez Well, the underground water supply and irrigation system.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Turpan

Jiaohe Ancient City

Day 4 Turpan 

Have another day excursion in Turpan that including the visit to Gaochang Ancient City, which was an important garrison town on the Silk Road, Grape Valley - famous for the cultivation of the sweetest, tastiest grapes in China, Flaming Mountain - so named because in the evenings the red clay mountains reflect the heat and glow of the desert and seem to burn and Bezeklik Caves, where more than 100 caves were hewn out of this cliff face between the 6th and 9th centuries by Buddhist monks who farmed the valley below. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Turpan

Flaming Mountain

Day 5 Turpan  Korla (400km, 5.5 - 6 hours driving)

In the morning, take a long drive (8hours) to Korla, an oasis town on Peacock River, at the northern edge on the Taklamakan Desert. During the way, you will have chance to visit the Iron Gate Pass which is of strategically historical significance because it formed a vulnerable bottle-neck on the Silk Road. Upon arrival take a boat trip on Bosten Lake which is the largest fresh water lake in China (CNY600 per boat per time on your own expense).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Korla

Bosten Lake
Bosten Lake

Day 6 Korla  Minfeng (780km, 7 hours driving)

Today, get up early and continue your long driving journey to Minfeng (780km, about 7hours). On the way, you will cross the 2nd largest shifting desert in the world - Taklamakan Desert, which means "once inside never out". Enjoy the magnificent vista of countless sand dunes at the height of mountains on the way.

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: In Minfeng

Bayibuluke Grassland
Bayibuluke Grassland

Day 7 Minfeng  Hotan (320km, 5.5 - 6 hours driving)

Take another driving to Hotan (320km), home to some very well known archaeological sites in China. In the late 18th century many explorers from England, Germany, France, Russia, Japan, came to Hotan where some of them almost lost their lives in the desert. On the way we will pass Keriya, an oasis town on the old Southern Silk Road.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Hotan

Taklamakan Desert
Taklamakan Desert

Day 8 Hotan

In the morning, you will take a visit to the Ruins of Mallikurwatur which is believed to be the ancient city of Yutian Kingdom. After the tour, be transferred back to the city and visit local family workshop of paper making.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Hotan

Day 9 Hotan  Kashgar (520km, 8.5 - 9 hours driving)

In the moring take a driving to Kashgar (520km), you will pass some oasis towns like Yarkent, which was the capital of the ancient Uyghur Karahanid Kingdom of 15 th century. Visit a notable knife factory in Yengisar which is famous for knives making. Late in afternoon we will arrive at Kashgar, a main hub of the ancient Silk Road of China.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Kashgar


Day 10 Kashgar

Today, take a visit to Zhiren Street, an old street with an amazing hand-made stuff from strictly utilitarian cookware to exotic musical instruments. Then continue your trip to Id Kah Mosque, which is one of the largest and busiest in China. Then, you can take a short visit to Apak Hoja Tomb. If it is Sunday, the local Bazaar will be a good place for you to have a visit. This ancient market attracts locals and merchants from all over Xinjiang and nearby countries such as Pakistan and Kirghizstan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Kashgar

Id Kah Mosque

Day 11 Kashgar  Urumqi, Departure

Free at leisure then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Urumqi. Then help yourselves change the connecting flight to next destination.

Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Note: Click Xinjiang Map to see about the general geography of this place. 

Prices (per person in US$)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax $2716 $2827
6 ~ 9 pax $1801 $1912
Comfortable Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax $2964 $3106
6 ~ 9 pax $1975 $2117
Deluxe Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax $3071 $3253
6 ~ 9 pax $2053 $2236

Price includes:

  Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
  Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
  Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
  All attraction entrance fees as specified
  Meals mentioned in the itinerary, Chinese local food
  China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Price excludes:
  International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
  Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
  China Entry Visa Fees
  Personal expenses
  Optional tours, meals, activities and services

※ Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2019 to Feb 29, 2020, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
※ TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※ No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise. 
※ Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
※ Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
※ TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control

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