6 Days Apricot Flower Photography Tour from Urumqi

Urumqi, Yining, Daxigou, Tuergen, Kurdening, Kalajun Grassland

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Tour Code: TCT-Xinjiang-06

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

  Get into Ili Valley and reveal the unrivaled beauty of apricot flowers

  Be stunned by the mysterious and fantastic landscape of Northwestern Xinjiang

  Have a chance to experience fascinating local custom and exotic charm 

The whole journey with a private vehicle allows you the most comfortable and flexible tour experience
 

Best Travel Time: Early April to early May, based on the weather condition

Price from on request

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Day 1Urumqi-Yining (680km & 8.5hrs journey)
Drive to Yining, Sayram Lake Scenic Area

Meals: Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Ili River Hotel ★★★★ or similar

At early morning, your private guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby. Drive towards the west to Yining City, the capital of the Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture. On the way, you will stop at Sayram Lake Scenic Area for a visit. Renowned as a pearl of the Silk Road, Sayram Lake is a fairyland with wonderful natural scenery. Surrounded by Tianshan Mountain, the clean water reflects the splendid picture of the snow mountain.

After the visit, continue driving to Yining and will arrive at night. Stay overnight there and have good rest for tomorrow’s trip. Lunch would be served at a local restaurant on the way.

Sayram Lake Ili
Sayram Lake Ili

Day 2Yining - Daxigou Village - Yining
Apricot Flowers Tour to Daxigou Village, Fushoushan Mountain

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Ili River Hotel  ★★★★ or similar

After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby and drive for 1.5hrs to Daxigou Village where you will enjoy full day apricot flower photography tour. The best place to take photos is in Fushoushan Mountain where you could have a perspective from the peak down to the valley. You could also enter the village to experience the local people’s life if you were interested.

After sunset, you will be transferred back to Yining for overnight stay.

Lunch would be served at a local restaurant or TCT will prepare the easy lunch for you.

Details in the itinerary:
Yining - Daxigou Village: 80km & 1.5hrs journey

Apricot Blossom in Ili
Apricot Blossom in Ili

Day 3Yining - Tuergen Village - Xinyuan (200km & 2.5hrs journey)
Apricot Flowers Tour to Tuergen Village, Drive to Xinyuan

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Liancheng Ecological Hotel ★★★ or similar

Please check out in the morning and drive for 2.5hrs to Xinyuan. Today, you will continue the photography tour to Tuergen Village where is the most famous place of apricot flowers in Ili. The apricot flowers are mainly distributed in the hillside and the peak, and some of them are distributed in the valley, so you would need to move around to find your favorite perspective.

After sunset, you will be transferred to Xinyuan County for an overnight stay. Lunch would be served at a local restaurant or TCT will prepare the easy lunch for you.

Details in the itinerary:
Yining - Tuergen Village: 200km & 2.5hrs journey
Tuergen Village - Xinyuan: 30km & 40mins journey

Apricot Flowers at Tuergen Village
Apricot Blossom at Tuergen Village

Day 4Xinyuan - Kurdening - Gongliu
Kurdening Scenic Area, Quruke Village

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Yuxiangyuan Hotel ★★★ or similar

Say goodbye to Xinyuan and continue the trip to Kurdening Scenic Area after 2 hours driving. As a part of Heaven Mountain, Kurdening Scenic Area still keeps its mysterious to the outsiders even Heaven Mountain got its reputation of World Natural Heritage in 2013. You will not see the crowds of travelers here, which allows you to enjoy a quiet environment to create good photos. Walking along the plank to Quruke Village, you will see the flowers of apricot in full blossom with the background of Heaven Mountain.

Lunch would be served at a local restaurant or TCT will prepare the easy lunch for you. After the tour, you will be transferred to Gongliu County and stay overnight there.  

Details in the itinerary:
Xinyuan - Kurdening Scenic Area: 110km & 2hrs journey
Kurdening Scenic Area - Gongliu County: 70km & 1.5hrs journey

 Kurdening Scenic Area
 Kurdening Scenic Area

Day 5Gongliu - Kalajun Grassland - Yining
Kalajun Grassland, Drive to Yining

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Ili River Hotel  ★★★★ or similar

After several days' photography tour for apricot flowers, today you will have a chance to experience a different scene. Check out from the hotel and drive for 2 hours to Kalajun Grassland. Differing from other grasslands, Kalajun owns a relatively flat landform, which shapes it a pretty gentle view. In Kalajun, you will not only see the grassland but also see the see flowers, snow mountains, and virgin forest. The scenery here is vast and beautiful, which makes it a perfect place for sightseeing and photography.

Lunch would be served at a local restaurant or TCT will prepare the easy lunch for you. After the tour, you will drive back to Yining for an overnight stay.

Details in the itinerary:
Gongliu County - Kalajun Grassland: 105km & 2hrs journey
Kalajun Grassland - Yining: 145km & 3hrs journey

Kalajun Grassland
Kalajun Grassland

Day 6Yining - Urumqi (680km & 8.5hrs journey)
Drive back to Urumqi

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Wake up naturally and check out. Drive back to Urumqi and arrive there at night. The apricot flower photography tour finishes and you could continue your trip to explore other places in Xinjiang.

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Notice:
Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special local conditions , the changes of accommodation rate, etc, the tour has to be tailor-made and its price is on request. Please tell us in advance your group information inclusive of departure date, number of pax, and other individual needs, which will be helpful to work out a fit program and the right price.

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5.0

bazza916

5.0

Top China Tours show as a Amazing Adventure throughout China we would like to mention some Special people the work for TCT Joyce our tour consultant truly has done a excellent job with the organisation of our tour and looking after all our needs also I want to say a huge thank you to two exceptional tour guides CiCi and Sally they were amazing the went above and beyond to ensure we had a wonderful time Thanks TCT for a 5 Star tour we will be back again
Sharma550000

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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Wilfred B

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

I have been to Xi'an before with a larger group so this time booking with only 3 friends made it very enjoyable and a more personable experience for each of us. The cost was reasonable and made the whole time worry free.The restaurant that was recommended by our tour guide Maggie was of excellent quality and fair price. Maggie's english was very good, and knowledge of sites we visited was also very good. The booking agent Janet took care of the logistics of every detail of the trip; she was available to assist us outside of regular working hours and became our translator at the train station when we were having difficulty communicating what we needed.
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5.0

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JrnyJunkie

5.0

The views are stunning and the boat that we were on had VIP seating for just our group with a private balcony to view the river.
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