Silk Road Tour: China, Kyrgyzstan10 Days | China, Kyrgyzstan

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Throughout the exciting Silk Road tour you will visit Kashgar where you can see not only historical places of interest but also visit the famous Kashgar Sunday market. In Kyrgyzstan you will enjoy the mountainous landscapes of snow-covered Pamir, visit the most popular market in Kyrgyzstan - Osh bazaar, and mausoleum in Uzgen.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, Sa: Urumqi
 
Arrival in Urumqi. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing tour in Urumqi. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: -
Day 2, Su: Urumqi – Kashgar
 
Transfer to the airport. Flight to Kashgar. Our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer to the city. Sightseeing tour: you will begin your tour around Kashgar City by visiting the Apak Hoja tomb, also called ‘fragrant concubine tomb’ (Xingfei in Chinese). This is a very tranquil place and a beautiful example of Uyghur Islamic architecture.
Next you will head to the famous lively Sunday market renowned as the biggest bazaar in Central Asia. It is said that you can buy anything you want in the Sunday market except chicken milk and cow eggs.
You will enjoy lunch in a typical Uyghur restaurant. After lunch we will wander through the narrow winding streets of the historic Old town. Located at the spiritual heart of the old town, Id Kah Mosque is the largest mosque in China. You will go inside the premise to acquaint yourself with the Islamic life of the Uyghur people. You will have a walk in the Handicraft Street where you will see pots being hammered, wood craftsmen at work and traditional musical instrument workshops.
Note: For entering the Mosque visitors should dress respectfully, no shorts or short sleeved shirts and women should cover their heads with a scarf.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 3, Mo: Kashgar – Karakul Lake – Tashkorgan
 
Today we take a drive on Karakurum highway, renowned as the highest paved border crossing in the World and considered as one of the World’s most beautiful highways. The first stop will be at Opal village located in an hour drive from Kashgar. It is a great place to learn village life, traditional activities like bread making, and Uyghur food stalls. Half an hour drive from the village takes us to Oytagh Red Mountain. Corner Lake (Bulung Kul) is a serene shallow lake where you can take very nice photos of the lake with stunning reflections of the sand mountains. Karakul Lake is 3600 m above sea level. It is located between Mount Muztagata (7546 m) and Mount Gonger (7719 m), which are believed to be 2 of the 6 the most beautiful mountains in the World. We will visit local Kyrgyz Yurts and listen to their stories about traditional nomadic mountain life.
Picnic lunch: You will enjoy fruits and fresh bread purchased in Opal village in a beautiful picnic spot overlooking the Karakul Lake. We will take 1.5-hour-drive from Karakul lake to Tashkorgan. It is an interesting small town located on the Pamir Plateau. This area was extremely isolated until the construction of the Karakurum highway in 1987 and even today the local community leads a very traditional lifestyle with the only road to Kashgar, so it has retained a certain uniqueness. This region is commonly known as the main road of the “old Silk Road”, the main route leading from China to West Asia. The average elevation is 4000 m.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 4, Tu: Tashkorgan – Kashgar (300km)
 
After breakfast we will visit the Stone fort, located in downtown Tashkurgan. It has a history of more than 2000 years. In times gone by it was the central palace of the Tajik kingdom. Then we will hike around the Tashkurgan grassland and enjoy the scenery of Mount Mutztah Ata and Mount Pamir. We take the Karakorum Highway back to Kashgar and arrive in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5, We: Kashgar – Irkeshtam – Osh
 
Transfer to Irkeshtam Pass. Meeting with Kyrgyz guide and driver, and transfer to Osh. The view is "spectacularly amazing", with the Pamir mountain range covered with permanent snow and glaciers on the right-hand side and small hills on the left with summer pastures. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 6, Th: Osh – Uzgen – Arslanbob
 
City tour in Osh. As legends say that Osh was founded by King Solomon ages ago and had an important position on trading routes of the Great Silk Road. Today you will visit Suleiman-Too (Solomon’s Mountain), museum, Osh bazaar located at the same place as in the times of Great Silk Road.
After lunch transfer to Arslanbob. On the way you will visit a market and mausoleum in Uzgen. Uzgen town was one of the capitals of the Karakhanid State in the 11th and 12th centuries. Dinner and overnight at the home stay in Arslanbob.
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 7, Fr: Arslanbob
 
Free day in Arslanbob. Hiking to the waterfall and panorama. Arslanbob's scenic beauty and pleasant climate, as well as two impressive waterfalls attract tourists, pilgrims and other visitors during the spring and summer. Picnic lunch. Dinner with a local family. Night at the family run accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 8, Sa: Arslanbob – Chichkan
 
Transfer to Chichkan gorge. On the way you will see one of the most beautiful reservoirs in Central Asia, Toktogul, that funnels Naryn River into a hydroelectric station. Overnight at the guest house.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9, Su: Chichkan – Bishkek
 
Transfer to Bishkek. You will drive over the Too-Ashu gorge and through Suusamyr valley. Great view of Tian Shan mountains is guaranteed. On arrival sightseeing tour. Farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 10, Mo: Bishkek – airport
 
Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

City

Deluxe option

Budget Option

Urumqi

Hotel 4*

Hotel 3*

Tashkorgan

Hotel 4*

Hotel 3*

Kashgar

Hotel 4*

Hotel 3*

Osh

Hotel 3*

B&B, Kyrgyz family

Arslanbob

B&B, Kyrgyz family

Chichkan

 Guesthouse (B&B)

Bishkek

Hotel 4*

 Hotel 3*

 

  • All transfers;
  • Twin room accommodation,
  • Sightseeing tour programs in each city;
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums. Camera and photo fees are not included and should be paid separately;
  • Meals – as stated as program;
  • English speaking guide to accompany the group (except for the day 10 – transfer to the airport);
  • Mineral water.
  • Permits to cross Torugart;
  • Mineral water;
  • Flight ticket Urumqi – Kashgar.
  • Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • Single supplement;
  • Consular fees;
  • Visa support;
  • Photography and video making fees;
  • Registration (if required);
  • Personal insurance.
  • Payment for early check in and late check out (check in time is at 13-14.00, check out time is at 12.00);
  • Alcohol drinks;
  • International airfares and items that are not mentioned above.

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