Great reviews from our previous clients

claudia

Clients: Claudia Risi & Evelyn Bollmann

    After having traveled most parts of the famous silkroad over the past years, the idea was born to go to Taklamakan desert / Xinjiang (China).

    I started to do some research in the internet and immediately came across Ali Tash’s website.

    I contacted Ali and always he gave immediate response to all my mails. Fulfilled all our wishes, was very flexible, offered very good price. The trip was being organized full of highlights in no time at all thanks to Ali’s professionalism.

    Ali organized a one month private tour with driver and guide in a van for us 2 people (End of July / August 2013).

    We started our trip in Lanzhou went up to the Tibetan region Xiehe, than continued our journey to Jiayuguan, Dunhung, Turfan, Kucha, Korla, across Taklamakan desert, than following the southern silk road via Hotan all the way to Kashgar. From there we went up Karakorum Highway, passing some exceptionally interesting landscapes all along our journey.

    Ali provided us with an excellent driver Adil and a very professional, knowledgeable guide Hasan!

    The perfect organization and the wonderful, warm hearted professional uigur guide and driver contributed to an unforgettable trip which will always remain very special to us. They introduced us to their culture and customs. Drove us very safely thousands of kilometers, provided us with the best local food and information.

    I am highly impressed with the most professional organization of Ali’s service.

    We had full trust in Ali Tash and warmly recommend Ali and his professional team anytime!

    Thank you dear Ali, Hasan and Adil!

    We spent a great time with you & wished that we could stop the time and continue travelling with you.

    See you soon & our best wishes.

KENNETH and STEPHEN

KENNETH and STEPHEN

    Based on good reviews, we used Uighur Tour for our Silk Road trip. Their price is slightly high, but the service has been mostly great, so overall I would say it’s reasonable.

    I do want to stress just how very reliable they were. Everyone was on time and waiting for us.
    Hugely reassuring.
    Our trip is divided into 3 parts, with different parts serviced by different driver/guide.

    In Dunhuang, Mr. Lu was our driver. Even though he doesn’t speak English, I was able to communicate with him in limited Mandarin. He was very patient and his driving was excellent. On the last night, we were supposed to catch our train. The station is a ridiculous 2 hours drive away. When we were near the train station, we were blocked by a train barrier. We waited for 10-15 minutes, and it still wouldn’t lift. Mr. Lu asked around and took us to the station via a detour, ensuring that we caught our train, which we were very grateful.

    In Turpan/Urumqi, we had Tuma as the driver, and Ahmed as the guide. We were not particularly impressed by Ahmed’s service. A few times, when we got to an attraction, Ahmed would just quickly tell us the attraction, and then asked us to visit it ourselves. He didn’t seem to be enthusiastic in general. I wanted to vist the museum in Tulufan. I mentioned it and again when when we drove past it, but Ahmed just ignored me…. At one point, during our visit to Flaming Mountains, the driver went off on some personal business and we all had to hang around in the blazing sun until he chose to return. Not so impressive really. We mentioned this to Ali when we got to Kashgar and he was grateful for the feedback, and apologetic about it.

    In Kashgar, we got the two Abduls as our driver and our guide. A very different and much more positive experience. Abdul the driver is a friendly, fun guy who speaks a lot more English than he lets on, and we like his attitude and his driving. Abdul the guide did a good job showing us around. The two Abduls would hear what I said, and said, oh, do you want to stop here to take photos etc We were thankful for both of them.

    We met Ali the boss, in Kashgar and were able to thank him in person.

    Visited August 2013

Don Durfee

Don Durfee

    In June of 2013 I traveled to Xinjiang with my family (including two young daughters). When we got to Kashgar we arranged three wonderful day trips through Uighur Tours. The first was to a village market about an hour out of town. It was lively and authentic — we saw no other westerners. Another took us out to the Oytagh Glacier National Park, which is off the Karakoram highway. And the third was an amazing day trip to Dawakol on the southern edge of the great Taklamakan Desert, where we rode camels over the sand dunes. The trips themselves were fascinating; they were even better with the guides that Ali arranged for us. They spoke excellent English and did a great job of explaining the history and culture. I would definitely recommend this tour company.

    – Don Durfee

Cecilia and her friends

Cecilia and her friends

    I have just come back from another trip to Kashgar (Sep 18-21), where I have once again used the services of Ali Tash’s Uighur Tour and Travel. I have been a repeat customer since October 2008 when I first visited Kashgar. On that trip, after numerous email consultations with Ali, I had engaged a driver, a vehicle, and an English-speaking Uyghur tour guide to take me and four friends from Canada and the US on a 3-day trip to Karakul Lake, Tashkurgan, the Khunjerab Pass, and to all the famous sites in and around Kashgar city (including dinner in a Uyghur home). Another summer, I brought along 8 other Canadian friends ranging from two to sixty years of age to visit the Kashgar region. Ali arranged to have us picked up at the airport and helped us get good discounted rates at a local hotel. As well, I booked a driver, vehicle and tour guide for a one-day outing to Dawakul Lake and camel riding along the western rim of the Taklimakan Desert.

    Having visited many different parts of China, I was used to being overcharged by local tour operators that offered mediocre services to foreigners. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that with Uighur Tour and Travel, I got timely, dependable service from start to finish. Ali and his staff are incredibly professional and knowledgeable. They are effective at combining their famous Uyghur-style hospitality with a keen awareness of western idiosyncrasies to create relaxing, hassle-free and truly memorable touring experiences. The vehicles and drivers he employs are clean and safe. All their business transactions are fair and refreshingly transparent. And they always seem to bend over backwards whenever they can to try and cater to your every need or whim. Whether you opt for one of their many packaged tours or decide to create your own travel itinerary, I highly recommend going through Ali and his company.

Cheryl & YapMS

Cheryl & YapMS

    We were a group of close friends (neighbours to be exact) who were introduced to Ali Tash and his agency through family members who experienced his company’s high level of professional service. We were not disappointed. Ali’s depth of historical, geographical and cultural knowledge of the places was impressive. Even more outstanding was his personal attention to the customization of the trip and attention to the needs of the individuals and the group. The itinerary he designed was interesting, comprehensive and delivered with precision and his characteristic wit and great sense of humour. His sharing was anecdotal and detailed, evidence of his genuine passion for his craft. The trip was an enduring experience and Ali’s friendship equally memorable. We highly recommend Ali and his team of professional staff to anyone keen to visit this part of China!

    Cheryl & YapMS Singapore

Abigail Coombs and her friends

Abigail Coombs and her friends

    Je suis allée en novembre 2011 dans le Xinjiang avec 2 amis. Par hasard, nous avons atteri dans l’agence Uighur Tour. Ali nous a très bien reçus, et nous a préparé un tour sur-mesure, il prenait en compte nos envies et nous suggérait des idées de circuits. Nous sommes restés une semaine et avons visité Kashgar, la Karakoram Highway jusqu’au Khunjerab pass, l’arche de Shelton, le lac Karakul, le désert du Taklamakan. Ce sont les plus beaux paysages que j’ai vus en Chine! Tout était très bien organisé, les chauffeurs Abdul et Amin très professionnels, ils nous ont beaucoup parlé de la culture ouighour. A la fin de notre voyage, Ali nous a même invité chez lui pour un buffet traditionnel ouighour ! Sa famille a cuisiné pour nous, et il nous a raconté l’histoire du Xinjiang. C’était très enrichissant! C’est le meilleur guide que j’ai rencontré depuis que je voyage en Asie! Je le recommande chaleureusement à tous ceux qui vont dans cette superbe région de Chine! Il pratique des tarifs très raisonnables, et on peut avoir entièrement confiance en lui.

    Chloé Chanudet

Roger and his wife

Roger and his wife

    Sorry it has taken me some time to reply – we flew to Japan from Beijing straight after our Xinjiang adventures and have not been back home for long!

    We had a truly memorable time in Xinjiang with Uighur Tours. We both feel that we really got to know the area and it’s people and were able to experience so much more than we would have had we travelled to the region on our own.

    Kasim and Abdul were truly excellent guides to the area in the first section of our tour. They were knowledgable and enthusiastic about the area they clearly felt passionate about. There was a great chemistry between them which meant that we were able to enjoy their company as well as learn so much from them, this really made the holiday special for us. Barney is a photographer and was interested in taking photos and Abdul went out of his way to look for the right shots for him and was very accommodating in stopping the car when he wanted to take a photo. Kasim was very helpful and understanding and we felt that the itinerary had flexibility in it for us to change things had we wanted to. Both Abdul and Kasim were extremely helpful when we had some trouble with the police and went out of their way to help us.

Sam and his friends from Itali

Sam and his friends from Itali

    When I found Uighur Tour I knew it was the tour operator I was looking for, because since the very beginning it seemed to be very reliable and trustworthy. For 8 months I have been in touch with Ali Tash, planning in details our trip (we were a group of 5). And finally we had our amazing trip in GANSU and XINJIANG: from Lanzhou to Khunjerab Pass (China-Pakistan border), along the SILK ROAD.
    We travelled in commodious, clean and fresh vehicles. We had very good and skilled drivers. We had really good guides: they spoke a good English and were very competent and professional. They were very discreet, but very solicitous and helpful when necessary.
    The accommodations were good, in Gansu and Xinjiang as well. We really enjoyed the night we spent sleeping in a tent in Taklimakan desert and the night we spent in a yurt at Karakul Lake. Our guides always suggested good places for lunch and dinner (restaurants and markets).
    Uighur Tour is very clear and honest about prices and services and also very attentive to the needs of customers. It was a real pleasure meeting Ali Tash in Kashgar, because we like a tour operator that is both professional and friendly.
    Uighur Tour and Travel: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…!!! (feel free to contact me for any reference – samcross@alice.it)
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    Quando ho trovato Uighur Tour sapevo che era il tour operator che stavo cercando, perché fin dall’inizio è sembrato essere molto affidabile e degno di fiducia. Per 8 mesi sono stato in contatto con Ali Tash, pianificando nei dettagli il nostro viaggio (eravamo un gruppo di 5). Poi finalmente abbiamo fatto il nostro straordinario viaggio in GANSU e XINJIANG: da Lanzhou al Khunjerab Pass (confine Cina-Pakistan), lungo la VIA DELLA SETA.
    Abbiamo viaggiato con veicoli spaziosi, puliti e freschi. Abbiamo avuto autisti ottimi e qualificati. Abbiamo avuto guide molto buone: parlavano un buon Inglese ed erano molto competenti e professionali. Erano molto discrete, ma molto premurose e disponibili quando necessario.
    Gli alloggi erano buoni, sia in Gansu che Xinjiang . Abbiamo apprezzato molto la notte che abbiamo trascorso dormendo in una tenda nel deserto Taklimakan e la notte trascorsa in una yurta al Karakul Lake. Le nostre guide hanno sempre suggerito ottimi posti per pranzo e cena (ristoranti e mercati).
    Uighur Tour è molto chiaro e onesto su prezzi e servizi nonché molto attento alle esigenze dei clienti. È stato poi un vero piacere incontrare Ali Tash a Kashgar, perché apprezziamo un tour operator che è sia professionale che amichevole.
    Uighur Tour and Travel: SUPER RACCOMANDATO…!!! (non esitate a contattarmi per ogni referenza – samcross@alice.it)
Paul Skelcher

Paul Skelcher

    A short note of thanks to Ali Tash of Uighur Tour and Travel Service, at www.uighurtour.com for his fantastic assistance during a recent trip to Kashgar.

    He booked a hotel for me, which worked out really well, and took me on a couple of day trips out of town, one to an animal market at Yapchan, the other to Yengisar and for a camel ride.

    Knowing that photography was my main mission he went out of his way to ensure I had the time and opportunity for some great shots,

    Helpful with language and locals, he was friendly, easy-going, flexible, a great source of information, making my visit an extremely satisfying and enriching experience.

    I have no hesitation in recommending Ali and his group to any travelers interested in experiencing the best of Kashgar, and I look forward to joining up with him again on a future visit.

Paul Baldwin and his family

Paul Baldwin and his family

    Our group of eight (two families of four) just completed what was the most wonderful of trips! I can’t echo more all of the positive comments that others have left and am not sure which words most characterize the gang at Uighur Tours who took so great care of us while we traveled in (and definitely all around) Kashgar: friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, caring, prompt, flexible, responsive, personable, professional, … they were all of this and more. Perhaps the best thing I could say is that they were our most welcome companions on our trip through western Xinjiang.

    Whether it was coordinating vegetarian meals for some of the members of our traveling group, coordinating permits to travel the Karakoram Highway, or sharing a meal together, they were great! Peace, Paul

Way

Way

    Being Han Chinese & being American, I had some concerns about traveling to far Western China. The guides at Uighur Tour (Ali, Kasim, & Shuket) were professionals (meaning I felt I could count on them to do what they said). Beyond my expectations, they were also wonderfully personable (meaning it was easy and fun to be with them). I’ve traveled the world and I will say that Xinjiang is not the place to go independently – the distances between places are just too far, boulders unexpectedly fall to block the road, and it is not like you can stop to ask for directions in the middle of the desert. So, if you need to travel for hours with companions who are actually interesting and warm, then you cannot do better than these nice guys. They engaged me like they engaged with the locals – Kazakhs, Tajiks, Uighurs, Huis, and Kyrgyz.

    Wherever I found myself with them, I benefited from the welcoming reception they received. I’m so grateful that I lucked out in finding these cultural ambassadors!!

Monika and her husband

Monika and her husband

    Many thanks for very nice Tour to Karakul Lake. We drove very safe with the friendly Driver.We had many stops on the way to take super pictures. To all our friends we will recommend your company, even if we come back to Kashi we will configure a tour to the Mountains with your company. Many thanks to you
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    Monika Many thanks

    John@diment.or

Irene and her family

Irene and her family

    My gang of 5 went on a Silk Road Trip to Urumqi, Turpan, Kumul, Dunhuang (under a different guide), and Kashgar plus Tashkorgan with Silk Road Guide. I must say that the Silk Road Guide gave us a real taste of Silk Road. Both Ali and Hassan were knowledgeable, informative, engaging and very attentive.

    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip despite the tough condition on the Silk Road. Their responsiveness to our request for change of itinerary was simply amazing. We love happy people with lots of humour and we must say Ali and Hassan have no lack of that. This is one company I will strongly recommend to anyone who wants a super memorable Silk Road experience.

    Thank you, Ali & Hassan. You are the best!

    Cheers! Benny, Cheryl, CK , Irene and Yap Singapore

Richard Adams

Richard Adams

    Ali, I’m now back in Canada and am reviewing photos taken on the tour that you planned for me in June, 2011. They evoke so many splendid memories of an amazing trip. Thanks for designing something that could not have happened without your expertise. I had a wonderful time, and your staff and associates contributed to its success in so many ways.

    Kasim was so positive and knowledgeable and I really enjoyed his conducted tour of the hidden secretes of Kashgar;

    Ajy was a fine driver and seemed to know what I wanted on the trip to Lake Karakul; Abdul was a very deliberate driver who could be relied upon in so many different situations – we got along wonderfully well throughout our week-long drive, and I enjoyed his sense of humour.

Sab and hid friends

Sab and hid friends

    Very friendly, helpful and patient! They helped us book the hotel and the tours – we were very happy with everything and had a great time! The memories of camping in the Taklimakan desert, staying is the Yurt with local Kyrgyz people are really a great experiences for all of us. we suggest everybody who is visiting Kashgar definitely make a trip to Karakorum highway up to Kunjirap Pass which is the highlight of our tour. definitely will recommend Uighur Tour to my friends!
Marla Mossman

Marla Mossman

    Dear Ali,

    This is Marla Mossman and I am on the Peace Caravan Project’s Journey along the Silk Road in China. I met Ali Tash and Uighur Tours (http://www.uighurtour.com) last year when I was passing through Kashgar on the Southern Silk Road trip.

    As my guides were from Turpan we needed local advice and Ali Tash was suggested as the person to consult. Because of Ali’s knowledge and understanding of Kashgar and the region I was determined to use Uyghur Tours when I returned to China in 2011. I have been impressed with the professionalism and concern for my comfort and needs. Ali assigned his brother Allahbardi as my guide and Abdul keyoum as driver.

    This combination has resulted in a magical and unforgettable experience that goes beyond the usual tourist sites. Ali Tash and Uighur Tours offered me a unique and personal experience of Uighur tradition and culture that included private cooking classes in local cuisine, personal tours of historic homes as well as a vast understanding of local traditions from villages here in Kashgar and in Hotan and Yarkand. I highly recommend Ali Tash and Uighur tours for your travel and tour needs in Kashgar and Xinjiang Province. If you want to contact me.

    my Email is marla@marla.net or info@peacecaravan.com

Kelvin Yew

Kelvin Yew

    Dear Ali,

    To all at Uighur Tour, Thank you once again for a very memorable 8 days in Xinjiang. Though a number of larger travel agencies in Singapore have tours to Xinjiang, they cater to a predominantly Chinese crowd, and, as such, do not necessarily provide an in depth look at the lives and customs of the predominantly Uighur region – especially on the Southern Silk Road. First off, thank you Ali for your quick response to my emails despite the last minute nature of my enquiries. But full credit go to the guide (Allabardi) and driver (Abdul) whose knowledge and skill made traversing the 3000km from Kashgar to Urumqi – across the Talkamakan desert no less – a breeze. Hotels and food were no problem. So long as you state your preferences, the guides will assist wherever possible. (Bearing in mind that food options can be limited in smaller towns/villages).

    I wholeheartedly recommend Uighur Tour for their professionalism and local knowledge which is second to none.

    Regards, Kelvin

    For the second year in a row we have used Uighur Tour services to arrange a trip to Xinjiang. Once again, the service was excellent : nice tour, very well organized with a friendly and knowledgeable guide Alim, who even learnt to play a French card game : “belote” !

    Don’t hesitate to use Uighur Tour services if you are planning a trip to Xinjiang. You will enjoy yourself !

    Sébastien