We have just returned to Australia and would like to thak you for the wonderful tour we had. We thoroughly enjoyed it and must compliment you on your tour guides, all of whom went out of their way to help us.
In September 2010 my wife and I took a 21 day customized Silk Road tour from Sian to Kashgar, organised by Citic Travel Trust Tour in Urumchi. Lesley, who organised the tour provided a very prompt response to all our initial queries and went to great pains to ensure that the tour arrangements and hotels were exactly what we wanted. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. All hotels were very comfortable with great service. Food was excellent, and the only complaint we could make was that the guides provided more food than we could eat. The guides all ensured that we got to try the local cuisine in all citles we visited.
The guides (five in all) went out of their way to help us at all times. We enjoyed their company and learnt a lot about China past and present, which was our goal.
In short, we can offer an unqualified recommendation to anyone who might be considering using Lesley's sevices. We can also recommenf the Silk Road tour to anyone who might have an interest in seeing Nothwest China.
We arrived back in Shanghai today.
I want to thank you for the arrangements you provided. The tour was great and the guide there very helpful and friendly.
Name:Ian N Whitton
Travel route: Kashgar—Urumqi
We had a great trip in Urumqi and Kashgar. Thanks for all your help.
We had a great time in Xinjiang, over night in the yurt of heavenly lake was terrific.
Hotels All the hotels were fine with the possible exception of Kashgar where the place was quite run down. Maybe in Kashgar clients need to go up a category.
Other meals Mostly the guides took us to places that they liked to eat - fairly small restaurants with interesting choices in food. This wasn't the case in Dünhuong where the guide just took us to big tourist restaurants where the food was OK but not very interesting. Of course we preferred the smaller more traditional places but I don't imagine you have much influence over that. Still maybe you can warn future clients to ask for tradition rather than tourist food!
Guides All three guides were good, spoke good English and took an interest in what we wanted to see. The best was the Turpan/Urumqi guy (his English name was Jacky) who sat in the back of the bus with us and told us Chinese legends and stories about the places we were seeing as well as more traditional tourist information. The Kashgar guide was less talkative but knew about what we were seeing, and gave us interesting information. He took us to less frequented places in Kashgar and found us really nice places to eat. I had a really marvellous day with him when I was alone on the Monday.
Tourist visits Of course some of them were more interesting than others - we loved the camel ride in the desert, and the Mogao caves in Dünhuong, but didn't think all the things in Turpan and Urumqi were so interesting. We liked the Urumqi museum, and also a visit to a grape farm and the visit to the ruined desert town whose name escapes me at the moment. The Sunday market in Kashgar is certainly amazing but we had more fun just wandering around the old town with our guide - but that's really not a very important comment - everyone likes different things and you did a great job of planning in order to get in as many of the important sites as possible.