The 7 day Xinjiang tour was excellent. We hit all the places on the itinerary — all of which are well worth seeing — and everywhere Imam, the guide, provided the interesting and well-informed commentary of a man born there. His English is virtually flawless. And he has a most engaging personality.
I was booked into 3-star hotels for the most part — all more than adequate. Since I was an old lady travelling alone, Imam, the driver, and I ate lunch together in “local” restaurants (noodle shops on the sidewalk) — which suited me just fine. It was pomegranate and persimmon season, so we ate kilos of these.
We spent a lot of time driving, which gave me a chance to see “real life” — like the miles and miles of hot red peppers drying in the Gobi desert, and people going about their daily business in villages along the way. The scenery was spectacular. The towns/cities/markets were lively. Everyone we met was friendly.
All in all, this was one of the best weeks I’ve spent on a guided itinerary. I highly recommend this tour for singles or groups. And if the other tours this company lists are organized by the same people, I wouldn’t hesitate to sign up for any one of them too. Good show all around!
Dr. Sally Mussetter