Choose One of Our Tours or Build Your Own!

Old Road Tours offers a variety of tours to fit your traveling needs - from short 1 day trips to 20 day treks into the heart of Xinjiang.  If you can't find what you're looking for, we can modify most listed tours or you are welcome to "Build Your Own Tour"  You decide the places to go and adventures to experience!

Northern Xinjiang Discovery Tour - 6 Days

We will begin this tour from Urumqi, the capital of the Uyghur Autonomous Region. We will see an old ghost city, beautiful mountains and a lake, visit Kazakhs and Uyghurs in their yurts, experience village life and see the key sites in the city of Ghulja.
    * Prices vary according to group size and season.

Tour Overview

Experience the best of Northern Xinjiang on this 6 day tour. See key natural, historical, religious, and cultural sites along the way to see Xinjiang at its best!

Cities to Visit

Urumqi, Urhu, Karamay Ghost City, Sayram Lake, Chaychun Village, Ghulja, Xinjiang, China, tour / travel

Sites and Specialties

Urumqi, Xinjiang Regional Museum, International Grand Bazaar, Red Hill, Urhu, Karamay Ghost City, Sayram Lake, Chaychun Village, Ghulja. local market, Big Mosque, Kore Fort, Tugluk Tomur Tomb, home stays, yurts, horse riding

Cities to Visit

Urumqi, Urhu, Karamay Ghost City, Sayram Lake, Chaychun Village, Ghulja, Xinjiang, China, tour / travel

Day 1

Our driver and guide will pick you up after breakfast and we will first visit the Xinjiang Regional Museum where you will gain a greater understanding of Xinjiang and its many cultures. After lunch we will climb to the top of Red Hill will you will have a great view of the city on a clear day.
Next we will visit the International Grand Bazaar where you can do a little shopping if you wish. Tonight we will eat at the night bazaar or if you wish we will attend a buffet dinner with minority performances that we believe you will really enjoy.

Day 2

In the morning we will begin the (5 hr) drive to Urhu/Wu’erhe commonly referred to as “Ghost City/Wind City” due to the eerie winds there. We will visit the interesting area of Urhu and the Karamay Ghost City. Camping in tents at Urhu will help you learn more of the local culture.

Day 3

Today we will set out for Sayram Lake. Soak in the beauty of the lake and surrounding mountains. You can ride horses here and we will enjoy the experience of having dinner and sleeping in a Kazakh yurt near the lake.

Day 4

Take a leisure hike around the lake area in the morning before having lunch in a shepherd’s home. Then we will drive thru Ghulja to Chaychun Village where we will have dinner and stay overnight in a local Uyghur home.

Day 5

Enjoy walking around Chaychun village and soaking in the sights and sounds of local life. For fun you can try your hand at some farm labor at my parent’s home. Then lunch will be served to you by my family. On our way back to Ghulja City we will visit a local village market.

Day 6

Today we will visit a Uyghur and Kazakh handicrafts market and see some of the sites of Ghulja such as the Kore Bell Tower, Ili River, Ancient City, Baytullah Mosque, Tugluk Tomur Tomb, etc... Time allowing we will also stop to have a taste of Ghulja's famous ice-cream. Then you have the choice of taking a late afternoon flight or the overnight train back to Urumqi.

Tour Destinations

Tour Overview

Experience the best of Northern Xinjiang on this 6 day tour. See key natural, historical, religious, and cultural sites along the way to see Xinjiang at its best!

Cities to Visit

Urumqi, Urhu, Karamay Ghost City, Sayram Lake, Chaychun Village, Ghulja, Xinjiang, China, tour / travel

Sites and Specialties

Urumqi, Xinjiang Regional Museum, International Grand Bazaar, Red Hill, Urhu, Karamay Ghost City, Sayram Lake, Chaychun Village, Ghulja. local market, Big Mosque, Kore Fort, Tugluk Tomur Tomb, home stays, yurts, horse riding

Build Your Own Tour

image

Tell us what cities and attractions you would like to visit, and we'll create for you a personalized Xinjiang tour!

Build Your Own Tour!