Kyrgyz & Chinese Explorer

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  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 47 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 24
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Ends Kunming, China
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore Kashgar's traditional Sunday market and Animal market
  • Cross the Taklamakan Desert
  • Exploration of the oasis and the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan
  • Guided tour of the Mogao caves, Dunhuang
The Kyrgyz & Chinese Explorer tour starts in Bishkek and ends in Kunming. The Kyrgyz & Chinese Explorer tour is a cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 47 days taking you through Bishkek, Dali, Kunming, Panzhihua and 22 other destinations in Kyrgyzstan and China. This is a guided group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Follow the Silk Route used by ancient traders and armies on their journey between West and East across western China and then down into China’s beautiful south. The gateway to China is the infamous Torugart Pass near the city of Kashgar, a wonderful place to see the diverse peoples of the region; the Sunday Market here is a must-see. We cross the Taklamakan Desert, China’s largest, driest and highest desert, to the western end of the Great Wall of China and climb onto the lower slopes of the Tibetan plateau to the holy city of Xiahe, with its remarkable Tibetan Buddhist temples and architecture. We see several remarkable monuments, such as the giant Buddhas of Bingling Si and Leshan, the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan, the  brightly coloured carvings at Dazu, and, of course, the archaeological marvel of the Terracotta Army near Xi’an. We also have a 3-day cruise on the Yangtze River on the same ship used by local families, a visit to the Giant Panda Centre in Chengdu, and a tranquil trek through the wonderful Tiger Leaping Gorge.

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ITINERARY Expand All
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  • Day 1: Bishkek
  • Day 2: Kochkor
  • Day 3: Tash Rabat
  • Day 4: Kashgar
  • Day 5: Kashgar
  • Day 6: Kashgar
  • Day 7: Kashgar
  • Day 8: Kashgar
  • Day 9: Aksu
  • Day 10: Korle
  • Day 11: Urumqi
  • Day 12: Urumqi
  • Day 13: Turpan
  • Day 14: Turpan
  • Day 15: Dunhuang
  • Day 16: Dunhuang
  • Day 17: Jiayuguan
  • Day 18: Zhangye
  • Day 19: Liujiaxia
  • Day 20: Xiahe
  • Day 21: Xiahe
  • Day 22: Xiahe
  • Day 23: Lanzhou
  • Day 24: Pingliang
  • Day 25: Pingliang
  • Day 26: Xi'an
  • Day 27: Xi'an
  • Day 28: Xi'an
  • Day 29: Wudang Shan
  • Day 30: Wudang Shan
  • Day 31: Yichang
  • Day 32: Yichang
  • Day 33: Yangtze River
  • Day 34: Yangtze River
  • Day 35: Yangtze River
  • Day 36: Dazu
  • Day 37: Chengdu
  • Day 38: Chengdu
  • Day 39: Emei Shan
  • Day 40: Emei Shan
  • Day 41: Panzhihua
  • Day 42: Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 43: Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 44: Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 45: Dali
  • Day 46: Dali
  • Day 47: Kunming
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Transport
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Local Bus, Boat, Ferry, Overnight Boat
Guide
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, One Local Crew Member
Accommodation
  • Comfortable Hotel 5 nights
  • Homestay 1 night
  • Yurt Camp 1 night
  • Basic Hotel 27 nights
  • Camping without facilities 2 nights
  • Guesthouse 5 nights
  • Overnight Boat 3 nights
  • Multishare Hostel 2 nights
Meals
  • 30 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 8 Dinners
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Bishkek and from Kunming are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Kyrgyz & Chinese Explorer tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Kyrgyz & Chinese Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 13 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 13 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Kyrgyz & Chinese Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Kyrgyz & Chinese Explorer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

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