We will experience the present
07 Wednesday 22 Aug Fly from Ulanbatoor via Beijing to Urumchi
Upon Arrival from Ulaan Batoor to Beijing Transfer to flight for
Catch the plane to Urumchi Overnight in Urumchi
Day 08 Thursday 23
Overnight in Turpan
THE INCREDIBLE "MUMMIES" OF URUMCHI
We will visit
Xinjiang Regional Museum which is split into 2 sections - one devoted to
archeological treasures from the Silk Road and the other showcases
the province minority cultures.
take a 3-hour ride in an air-conditioned bus to Turpan. Lying 154
meters (505 ft) below sea level, the Turpan Basin not only sits in the second
largest depression in the world, but it is one of the hottest places
Despite its desert location, Turpan boasts fertile land producing cotton and
grapes, thanks to the karez, an ancient irrigation system. Upon arrival,
excursion to the ruins of Jiaohe, a Han Dynasty garrison that was destroyed by
Genghiskhan. In the evening we will enjoy an Uygur dance show.Overnight
Day 09 Friday
Aug.24 Turpan to Urumqi (BUS)
We will start the day visiting Emin Minaret, one of the
architectural gems of the Silk Road. Along the way to the ancient
sites we will stop and visit vineyard where excellent grapes are
growing.Visit Karez that is the attractions of the area and the irrigation
system devised by the Uygurs ,.An wonderful will be provided
in the evening.
This hotel is a delightful local hotel. you will find your
self surrounded with the treasures of this reagion.You will appreciate having an
umbrella today because we will be in the heat of the desert
Today you will visit Gaochang , one
of China'best preserved ancient cities due to the dry,hot
climate.Walls of sun dried brick are 40 feet thick at the
base, suround the ruins.
Continue on to The Baiziklik Caves (one Thousand
Buddha Caves )show the extent to which Buddhism spread in this
area .We will stop at the ancient Astana Tombes.
And the Flaming Mountains that seem on fire in the mid-day sun; Return to
Turpan After lunch, we drive back to Urumqi, Urumqi is a
growing metropolis inhabited mainly by Han Chinese and serves as a transport
hub for those crossing to Tibet, Pakistan and Central Asia. Here you can visit
the lively market at Erdaoqiao, where anything from Uygur handicrafts, silk
carpets to fruits and kebabs are sold. We will also visit the Old Town area,
where we will see how Uygurs live in today's modern capital (the New Town is
the Han Chinese area of town). Overnight in Urumchi.
Saturday Aug. 25 Overnight in Kashgar
Fly to Kashgar enjoy the view of the Tienshan mountains from the air
plane. Continue to the Taklamakan desert. A camel ride in the
desert which means "those who go in will not return" is very
exciting. Overnight in Kashgar
Day 11 Sunday Aug. 26 Kashgar Overnight in
Abakhoja Maoseleum, Sunday Market and Mosque Eidkah. Lunch an Uygur Family in
order to learn more about the Uygur Cultural. Situated at the foot of the
impressive Pamir mountains, Kashgar was once the key trading post bridging the
East and the West. Largely inhabited by the Uygurs, this ancient city is dotted
with Muslim architecture and still retains the exotic feel of the Silk Road
era. We'll spend most of the day there immersing ourselves in the activities.
It's a photographers paradise as food, animals, cloth goods, and metalwork are
bought and sold in this vast open-air market. Through our interpreters, we'll
learn about the Uyghur people and bargain with them for their handiwork. Here
you will encounter some of the many different nationalities who bring their
wares into town for trade; Uygurs, Han Chinese, Kazaks, Kirgizs, Tadjiks,
Pakistanis, maybe an Afghanistani or two and the occasional western tourist.
Every Sunday, around 100,000 people gather in the enormous Kashgar Bazaar area
where you can buy anything from goats heads and hoofs to colourful painted
wooden saddles. The traditional costumes and food give it an almost medieval
feel and bring alive the legends of this epic overland journey along the Silk
Monday Aug.27, Kashgar
Drive to Karakul lake (200kms single) along the Krakorum
highway to enjoy the natural beauty of Pamir plaetou. Back to hotel and
Folk Dance Show after dinner.Begin your discovery today with visits to the Id
Kah Mosque fronted by the busy square., the largest in China that built in
1442, the Abakh Hoja Tomb, built in 1640, it is reminiscent of the Central
Asian artistic style of Samarkand of Isfahan. The site is also known as the
Xiang Fei (Fragrant Concubine) Tomb in memory of Abakh Khoja's granddaughter,
Iparhan, who was the Fragrant Concubine of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty.
roam through the colorful natinal street that assembled rich and verity
workshop of making Uyghurs handcrafts.. then enjoy the wonderful
uyghur dance show profermed by lovely Uyghurs childen overnight at the
same hotel in Kashgar
Day 13 Tuesday Aug 28, End of
Drive to Turgart Pass(167kms) to exit to Kirghizstan End of
Day 13 Tuesday Aug 29, overnight in Naryn.
TORUGART NARYN (190 km, 5 hrs)
Meet the Kirgyz but at the border of China : at
China-Kyrgyz Torugart border and after all formalities drive to
Naryn with lunch boxes en route. Torugart pass is normally snow-free from
May through September. The Torugart-Naryn road is problematic from mid-November
to early March. From the Arc de Triumph (China) it is about 7 km to the
Kyrgyzstan customs and immigration. Distance is 60 km from Torugart to outer
checkpoint and a further 130-km to Naryn. Naryns one real claim to fame
is that the best quality shyrdaks (traditional, brightly colored felt-applique
rugs) in Kyrgyzstan are said to be made here. Dinner and overnight in
Wednesday Aug 30,Issyk Kul
NARYN ISSYK KUL (300 km, 5-6
After breakfast drive to Issyk-Kul Lake
through Dolon Pass of 3030 m, the highest point on the Naryn-Issyk Kul road.
Usually this season (May-September) the local people "chabans" are putting
their yurts on the valleys of Sary-Bulak & Dolon Passes. So you will see
the wild life of local people. Lunch en route. Upon arrival at Issyk-Kul
transfer to resort for dinner and overnight.
Day 15 Thursday Agust 31, BISHKEK
(295 km, 4-5 hrs)
Drive to Bishkek via Burana Tower, Krasnaja Rechka. Burana was the site of
Balasagun. It was founded in the middle of the 10 century on the site of an old
settlement. The minaret (Burana from Turkish munara-minaret), one
of the oldest of its kind in Central Asia, was built in 11 century and was
originally 45 m tall. Visit Krasnaja Rechka - ruins of ancient city " Nevaket"
of VI-XII centuries. Upon arrival sitysiteseing Picnic lunch. PM. Arrive
Bishkek and visit Ala-Too Square, Panfilov Park. Ala-Too Square is the
Central Square in Bishkek city. The brutal block behind him, once the Lenin
Museum, has become theState Historical Museum, with two yurts, a small
archaeology exhibit and a beguiling display of Kyrgyz carpets, embroidery and
other applied crafts on the ground floor. The unmarked marble palace full of
chandelier offices just west of the square, the "White House", is the
seat of the Kyrgyzstan government, including the President's office and the
republic's parliament. Behind this is Panfilov Park, whose rusting rides
and arcades make it the center of Bishkek for kids. Transfer to local
restaurant for dinner. Overnight at hotel.
elderly will teach us the traditions of the ancient
Day 16 Friday Sept. 1, BISHKEK-ALMATY (250 km, 4-5 hrs)
After breakfast CSS of Bishkek.
Visit Victory square, Central Shop and Osh Bazaar. Lunch at local restaurant.
PM. Drive to Almaty via Kurday pass. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Saturday Sept. 02, ALMATY
S/S of Almaty. After breakfast visit Panfilov Park, Cathedral, Museum of
Instruments. Panfilov Park was founded in the mid 60s in the area around the
Voznesenski (Zenkov) Cathedral. Like the Cathedral, Museum of Kazakh National
Musical Instruments is entirely made of wood. The Museum was founded in 1980.
In its collection is about 60 different types and varieties of Kazakh folk
musical instruments. Lunch at local restaurant. PM. Excursion to Kok-Tube and
Medeo. Kok-Tube Mountain (green peak) - height of 1070 m. On its
top, there is an observation deck from where a beautiful panorama of Almaty
stretches out to the steppes beyond. Medeo is a scattering of buildings around
the huge Medeo ice rink, 1700 metres high, about 15 km south-east of central
Almaty up the Malaya (Lesser) Almatinka canyon. Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 18 Sunday
Sept, 03, Alma Aty
Free time in the morning. You can visit the Sunday Market
which is walking distance to our hotel. We will meet at the hotel for lunch.
Lunch will be served down town where the locals enjoy their week end with their
After lunch visit the museum of Alma Aty which is one of the best
museums of ethnogrophy and history in Central Asia.
dinner will be served at an elegant restaurant.
Day 19 Monday Sept. 04
The tour officially ends
this morning if you are flying via Istanbul the
flight leaves at 05.00 AM
on Monday. Transfer to the air port will be after mid night.
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