A Magnificent Journey Through Xinjiang
31st July – 6th August 2018
Experience the beautiful scenery of the Xinjiang region from behind the wheel of an Aston Martin as you travel from Kuqa to Yining, discovering the local cultural charms and hidden delights along the Duku Road.
You will begin your 7-day driving adventure in Urumqi, with time at leisure in your luxurious hotel for the evening, before a welcome dinner hosted by Aston Martin at the Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar. With its rich architectural style, it has been selected as ‘one of the 100 wonders of the northwest’ and is a stunning embodiment of both the national and regional culture of the Western region; providing the perfect start location for this magnificent journey through Xinjiang.
The next few days will see you transfer from Urumqi to Kuqa to start your driving tour through Bayanbulak, Narat and Yining, before ending at the beautiful Sayram Lake. Along the way you will discover the diverse and incredible scenery of the region. Enjoy a tour of the fascinating ancient city of Subhash, experience the breath-taking Tianshan Grand Canyon in Kuqa and witness the graceful wildlife and vastness of the Bayanbulak Grassland at the foothill of the Tianshan Mountain.
Your journey will culminate at the spectacular Sayram Lake; known as the “last tear of the Atlantic Ocean” it is the highest elevated and largest alpine lake in Xinjiang and is surrounded by mountain forests and grasslands. After a leisurely lunch at the Lake, you will enjoy a tour of the renowned Princess Jieyou Lavender Gardens; including the 220 acres lavender park, the lavender production processes and museum, alongside colourful flower fields, windmills and distinctive regional butterflies. As the worlds’ third largest lavender producer, following Provence in France and Furano in Japan, the park is an amazing natural experience.