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*NEW* 13 DAYS XINJIANG: DIVERSITY OF THE SILK ROAD UNVEILED (18-30 SEP 2024) *Confirm Departure*

Urumqi, Hemu, Kanas Lake, Turpan, Kuqa, Aksu, Kashgar, Tashkurgan

Outdoor & Adventure, History & Culture, Off the Beaten

Highlights

  • Savor a private dinner with fascinating local ethnic performance
  • Take in the stunning vistas of Karakul Lake as you indulge in a relaxing tea break
  • Enjoy a private Muqam performance reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Uyghurs
  • 3 Domestic Flights included for more quality time to explore Xinjiang extensively
  • Most fully inclusive arrangements and accompanied by Intriq’s Travel Concierge

Embark on a wonderful journey through the captivating landscapes and diverse cultures of Xinjiang with our immersive small group tour. Witness the vibrant tapestry of local ethnic performances, where traditional music and dance transport you to the heart of Uyghur, Kazakh, and Tajik heritage. Indulge in moments of serenity amidst the breathtaking beauty of sparkling lakes, majestic canyons, lush oases, rugged mountains, and vast desert.

To further enhance your Xinjiang journey along the ancient Silk Road, we weave in domestic flights to trim typical long drives, whisking you from the bustling metropolis of Urumqi to the tranquil valley of Hemu, the pristine wilderness of Kanas and to the historical oasis towns of Turpan and Kuqa. Venture deeper with us into the soul-stirring landscapes of Xinjiang, where Aksu, Tashkurgan, and Kashgar await with their own distinctive allure.

Land Tour Price

Twin Sharing: HKD 64,680 per person
Single Supplement: HKD 15,200 per person

HKD 64,680 Per Person
Per Person

Early Bird Offer
First two bookings with deposit (limit to two rooms) will get complimentary upgrade to Executive Suite in Radisson Blu Hotel Kashgar on the last two nights

Deposit Amount

HKD HKD 12,936/- Per Person

20% deposit at sign up

13 Days 12 Nights

*Registration Closing Date
20 Jun 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed

Cancellation Charges:
Before 20 Jun 2024: forfeit deposit From 20 Jun 2024: 100% cancellation fees apply

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01
18 SEP 2024 (WED) ARRIVAL IN URUMQI

18 SEP 2024 (WED) ARRIVAL IN URUMQI
Urumqi
Lunch, Dinner included
Arrival in Urumqi

Upon arrival in Urumqi Airport, transfer for lunch before visiting the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum which houses over 40,000 items including cultural relics from Xinjiang’s ethnic and minority groups, archaeological treasures from the Silk Road and ancient mummies aged more than 4,000 years.

Day 02
19 SEP 2024 (THU) URUMQI / HEMU

19 SEP 2024 (THU) URUMQI / HEMU
Hemu
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Journey to Hemu Village

Transfer to Urumqi Airport for your domestic flight to Burqin Kanas Airport. After arriving, drive about 2.5 hours to the idyllic Hemu Village, the northernmost village in Western China and the biggest among the three only existing Tuva minority villages in China. If time permits, hike up to the Hemu Observation Deck for an expansive outlook of the beautiful village.

Day 03
20 SEP 2024 (FRI) HEMU / KANAS LAKE

20 SEP 2024 (FRI) HEMU / KANAS LAKE
Hemu
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Exploring Kanas Scenic Area

After breakfast, set out on a 2-hour drive to the Kanas Scenic Area with stunning natural landscapes. Keep your eyes peeled for the picturesque Dragon Bay (Wolong Bay), Moon Bay (Yueliang Bay) and Fairy Bay (Shenxian Bay). Then, proceed to Fish Watching Pavilion (Guanyu Tai) where you climb up about 1,100 wooden steps to be rewarded with the best panoramic view of Kanas!

Return to Hemu Village, take a leisurely stroll around the village to admire its lovely wooden houses and natural surroundings, extra spectacular during autumn and early winter.

Day 04
21 SEP 2024 (SAT) HEMU / TURPAN

21 SEP 2024 (SAT) HEMU / TURPAN
Turpan
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Journey to Turpan

This morning, drive about 2.5 hours to Burqin Kanas Airport for your return flight to Urumqi.

Upon arrival in Urumqi, we drive about 3 hours to Turpan, a historic oasis city located in the Turpan Depression and check-in to your hotel. Turpan has a rich history dating back thousands of years, and was a crucial stop along the ancient Silk Road, serving as a major trading hub between China and the West.

Day 05
22 SEP 2024 (SUN) TURPAN

22 SEP 2024 (SUN) TURPAN
Turpan
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Turpan: The Flaming Mountain and its Surrounding

Set out early this morning to the Flaming Mountain, well known from the classic story of the Journey to the West, and the hottest place in China. Visit the Flaming Mountain Grand Canyon and Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Afterwards, proceed to Tuyuk Valley where we will visit the quaint Mazar Village, an ancient Uyghur oasis-village.

Continue to Gaochang to explore the ruins of this ancient city, an important site along the ancient Silk Road. Built on the northern edge of the unforgiving Taklamakan Desert, Gaochang was once the biggest city in Xinjiang, and part of its legacy are artwork and documents at the Astana Tombs.

Day 06
23 SEP 2024 (MON) TURPAN

23 SEP 2024 (MON) TURPAN
Turpan
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Turpan Discovery Continues

Today, set foot in Jiaohe Ancient City, a natural fortress located atop a steep cliff that is renowned as the best-preserved ancient city ruins of China, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, visit the Karez Irrigation System, a type of water conservancy system set up in the arid areas of Xinjiang with water wells connected by underground channels.

Then we continue to visit Emin Minaret, also known as Sugong Tower, the tallest minaret in China that was built in the reign of Qianlong Emperor during the Qing Dynasty. Proceed to visit Grape Valley, famous for the cultivation of many kinds of grapes and other fruits in the oasis.

Day 07
24 SEP 2024 (TUE) TURPAN / KUQA

24 SEP 2024 (TUE) TURPAN / KUQA
Kuqa
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Turpan to Kuqa by Flight

Transfer to Turpan Airport for your domestic flight to Kuqa, once the homeland of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Kucha and one of the essential towns on the ancient Silk Road.

Kuqa Historic Sites

Visit the Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves, believed to be the earliest large-scale Buddhist cave complex in China. Unfortunately, many of the finer frescoes were removed by foreign archaeologists in the early twentieth century, but what remains are noteworthy.

Later, visit Grand Kucha Mosque, Kuche Royal Palace and stroll through the charming old town of Kuqa.

Day 08
25 SEP 2024 (WED) KUQA / AKSU

25 SEP 2024 (WED) KUQA / AKSU
Aksu
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Geological Wonder of Aksu

After breakfast, drive about 3.5 hours from Kuqa to Wensu where we will spend our afternoon to admire the spectacular Wensu Grand Canyon, a scenic red-rock geological area located in the main peak of Tianshan Mountains.

Thereafter, we drive 1 hour to Aksu to rest for the night.

Day 09
26 SEP 2024 (THU) AKSU / KASHGAR

26 SEP 2024 (THU) AKSU / KASHGAR
Kashgar
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Journey to Kashgar

Today, we will drive about 6 hours on the highway from Aksu to Kashgar, with views of the rugged Tianshan Mountains on one side, and Taklamakan Desert on the other. Then, check-in to your accommodation in Kashgar.

Day 10
27 SEP 2024 (FRI) KASHGAR / TASHKURGAN

27 SEP 2024 (FRI) KASHGAR / TASHKURGAN
Tashkurgan
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Road Trip to Tashkurgan

Today we will embark on a 7-hour scenic journey from Kashgar to Tashkurgan, driving on the Karakorum Highway and crossing the Pamir Plateau which is known as “roof of the world”. Enroute, stop by the stunning White Sand Lake (Baisha Lake), formed by glacier waters mainly from the Muztagh Ata Mountain, the “Father of Ice Mountain”.

Next, we will stop at Karakul Lake at an altitude of 3,600 meters, for a tea break specially arranged while immersing yourself in the breathtaking scenery. Continue your journey towards Tashkurgan for the night.

Day 11
28 SEP 2024 (SAT) TASHKURGAN / KASHGAR

28 SEP 2024 (SAT) TASHKURGAN / KASHGAR
Kashgar
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Tashkurgan: Far West of China

Tashkurgan is a culturally rich city where the majority of its population are ethnic Tajiks, who have a distinct culture, language, and way of life, influenced by their neighboring Central Asian heritage. Head to the ruins of the historical Stone City, which was made the capital of Puli Country in Western Regions during the Han Dynasty owing to its strategic location. Also, soak in the views of the Golden Grasslands (Jincaotan).

Drive around 5 hours back to Kashgar, enroute stop at Upal Village.

Day 12
29 SEP 2024 (SUN) KASHGAR

29 SEP 2024 (SUN) KASHGAR
Kashgar
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Kashgar: An Exotic City

Devote your day to discover Kashgar. As a pivotal point along the Silk Road, Kashgar has long been a meeting place for diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities, creating a unique fusion of traditions and customs. Visit the bustling Kashgar Sunday Livestock Market for a fascinating insight into the traditional way of life in Xinjiang. Proceed to Kashgar Bazaar to experience its vibrant atmosphere and unique charm.

We will visit Abakh Hoja Tomb, constructed in the 17th century to serve as the final resting place for Abakh Hoja, a prominent religious and political figure, and several of his descendants. This mausoleum is commonly known as the Tomb of Fragrant Concubine, a Uyghur princess who became the consort of Emperor Qianlong. Thereafter, continue to the historic Id Kah Mosque and explore the old town area.

Intriq Signatures Collection: Private Muqam Performance

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner and private Muqam performance, which is a mesmerizing showcase of traditional Uyghur music, dance, and storytelling, characterized by intricate melodies, graceful movements, and vibrant costumes.

Day 13
30 SEP 2024 (MON) KASHGAR

30 SEP 2024 (MON) KASHGAR
N.A.
Breakfast included
Transfer: Hotel to Kashgar Airport

Transfer to Kashgar Airport for your flight out.

Intriq Journey's Curated Hotels

Cost Per Person

Twin Share HKD 64,680
Single Supplement HKD 15,200

Conrad Urumqi • Hemu Surprise Hotel • Turpan Hampton by Hilton • Tianyuan International Hotel Kuqa • Hilton Garden Inn Aksu Downtown • Radisson Blu Hotel Kashgar

URUMQI

URUMQI

Conrad Urumqi

A five-star hotel located in the heart of Urumqi with spacious contemporary rooms. This hotel features an indoor swimming pool and hotel connects you to the luxury shops of Maison Mode. (Renovated in 2021; Rooms: 230)

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HEMU

HEMU

Hemu Surprise Hotel

This resort is situated in the scenic area of Hemu Village, spanning an area of 18,000sqm, surrounded by lush greenery and scenic mountains. (Opened: 2023; Rooms: 158)

TURPAN

TURPAN

Turpan Hampton by Hilton

This modern hotel is centrally located in the city center of Turpan with convenient access to shopping malls. (Opened: 2023; Rooms: 195)

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KUQA

KUQA

Tianyuan International Hotel Kuqa

This hotel is located in the heart of Kuqa, an ideal spot for travelers to explore the city which was once the homeland of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Kucha. (Opened: 2017; Rooms: 260)

AKSU

AKSU

Hilton Garden Inn Aksu Downtown

Located in central Aksu with Duolang River Scenic Spot within a five-minute drive. (Opened: 2024; Rooms: 144)

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KASHGAR

KASHGAR

Radisson Blu Hotel Kashgar

The first international five-star hotel in Kashgar, situated at the foot of the Pamir Mountains, and about 1km away from the Kashgar Grand Bazaar. This hotel is equipped with an indoor swimming pool and fitness center. (Opened: 2014; Rooms: 261)

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TASHKURGAN

TASHKURGAN

Panorama Starry Sky Hotel

A boutique garden hotel overlooking the Karakoram Mountains, the Golden Grass Beach, and the snow-capped mountains of the Hindu Kush Mountains in the background. (Opened: 2023; Rooms: 79)

Recommended Flights

Estimated Price Per Person

Economy Class from HKD 12,190
Business Class from HKD 31,050

Hainan Airlines 

18 Sep, Shenzhen – Urumqi (HU7851), 06:40 – 12:30 

30 Sep, Kashgar – Urumqi (HU7892), 10:40 – 12:45 

30 Sep, Urumqi – Shenzhen (HU7852), 18:45 – 00:05+1 

DEPOSIT
HKD HKD 12,936/- Per Person
EARLY BIRD PROMOTION
First two bookings with deposit (limit to two rooms) will get complimentary upgrade to Executive Suite in Radisson Blu Hotel Kashgar on the last two nights

Registration Closing Date: 20 Jun 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed

COST INCLUDES:

  • Domestic Flights on Economy class: Urumqi/Kanas/Urumqi and Turpan/Kuqa
  • Accommodation as stated on twin sharing basis, unless on single supplement, on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportations and transfers as stated on an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Service of local English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees of sites as stated
  • Lunches and dinners with beverages in restaurants
  • All tipping to local guides, porters and other local service staffs
  • Service of Intriq’s Tour Concierge throughout the trip

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and airport taxes 
  • Visa end entry taxes (if required) 
  • Airport transfer before or after stated travel dates 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Personal expenses such as spa, laundry, telephone and bar bills 

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