May 22, 2006 -
July 01, 2006
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Sunday May 21
Day 02 Monday May 22 Xi'an
Day 03 Tuesday May 23Urumchi
Day 04 Wednesday May 24
We will visit
Xinjiang Regional Museum which is split into 2 sections - one devoted to
archeological treasures from the Silk Road and the other showcases
the province minority cultures. We will see the mummies ( the corps
dehydrated in the desert with all of ther cultural features
reflecting in their bodies and dresses.
We will stop at the lively market at Erdaoqiao, where anything from Uygur
handicrafts, silk carpets to fruits and kebabs are sold.
A 3-hour ride in an air-conditioned bus to Turpan. Lying 154
meters (505 ft) below sea level, the Turpan Basin not only sits in the second
largest depression in the world, but it is one of the hottest places
Despite its desert location, Turpan boasts fertile land producing cotton and
grapes, thanks to the karez, an ancient irrigation system. Upon arrival,
excursion to the ruins of Jiaohe, YARGOL, a Han Dynasty garrison that was destroyed by Genghiskhan. In the evening we will enjoy an Uygur dance show.Overnight
in Turpan.This hotel is a delightful local hotel. you will find your
self surrounded with the treasures of this reagion.
Day 05 Thursday May 25
We will start the day visiting
The Baiziklik Caves (one Thousand
Buddha Caves )show the extent to which Buddhism spread in this
area . We will stop at the ancient Astana Tombes.
And the Flaming Mountains that seem on fire in the mid-day sun; Return to
You will appreciate having an
umbrella today because we will be in the heat of the desert
Visit Gaochang Idikut , one
of China'best preserved ancient cities due to the dry, hot
climate. Walls of sun dried brick are 40 feet thick at the
base, suround the ruins. Continue on to Emin Minaret, one of the
architectural gems of the Silk Road. Along the way to the ancient
sites we will stop and visit vineyard where excellent grapes are
growing. Overnight at the same hotel in Turfan
Day 06 Friday May 26
isit Karez that is the attractions of the area and the irrigation
system devised by the Uygurs. After lunch, we drive back to
Urumqi, Urumqi is a growing metropolis inhabited mainly by Han
Chinese and serves as a transport hub for those crossing to
Tibet, Pakistan and Central Asia. Visit the
where we will see
nomadic Kazaks and their tents
Overnight in Urumchi
Day 07 Saturday May 27
Late Fly Urumqi- Kashgar.
University Meeting in the morning in Urumchi .
Take the Lateest flight to Kashgar
Fly Urumchi - Kashkar
Day 08 Sunday May 28
Abakhoja Maoseleum, Sunday Market and Mosque Eidkah. Lunch an Uygur Family in
order to learn more about the Uygur Cultural. Situated at the foot of the
impressive Pamir mountains, Kashgar was once the key trading post bridging the
East and the West. Largely inhabited by the Uygurs, this ancient city is dotted
with Muslim architecture and still retains the exotic feel of the Silk Road
era. We'll spend most of the day there immersing ourselves in the activities.
It's a photographers paradise as food, animals, cloth goods, and metalwork are
bought and sold in this vast open-air market. Through our interpreters, we'll
learn about the Uyghur people and bargain with them for their handiwork. Here
you will encounter some of the many different nationalities who bring their
wares into town for trade; Uygurs, Han Chinese, Kazaks, Kirgizs, Tadjiks,
Pakistanis, maybe an Afghanistani or two and the occasional western tourist.
Every Sunday, around 100,000 people gather in the enormous Kashgar Bazaar area
where you can buy anything from goats heads and hoofs to colorful painted
wooden saddles. The traditional costumes and food give it an almost medieval
feel and bring alive the legends of this epic overland journey along the Silk
Drive to Turgart Pass(167kms) to exit to Kirghizstan
Along the way visit a home of an Uyghur family.
Meet the Kirgyz but at the border of China : at
China-Kyrgyz Torugart border and after all formalities drive to
Naryn with lunch boxes en route. Torugart pass is normally snow-free from
May through September. The Torugart-Naryn road is problematic from mid-November
to early March. From the Arc de Triumph (China) it is about 7 km to the
Kyrgyzstan customs and immigration. Distance is 60 km from Torugart to outer
checkpoint and a further 130-km to Naryn. Naryns one real claim to fame
is that the best quality shyrdaks (traditional, brightly colored felt-applique
rugs) in Kyrgyzstan are said to be made here. Dinner and overnight in
Visit the Moslem Cemeteriesvisit with a
Day 11 May
Dolan Pass, Yurt visits, Tokoy reservoir,
Balikci, Colpan Ata, Aurora Issyk gol
NARYN ISSYK KUL (300 km, 5-6
After breakfast drive to Issyk-Kul Lake
through Dolon Pass of 3030 m, the highest point on the Naryn-Issyk Kul road.
Usually this season (May-September) the local people "chabans" are putting
their yurts on the valleys of Sary-Bulak & Dolon Passes. So you will see
the wild life of local people. Lunch en route. Upon arrival at Issyk-Kul
transfer to resort for dinner and overnight.
Day 12 Thursday June 1st Issyk gol ( which one of these
itineraries do you want Stan
Go around the lake to Karakol, Drive by Kungey
Alatau and Terskey Alatau ranges of Tien Shan Mountains ( the
Ancient Silk road) Karakol Museum
Cholpan Ata Petroglyphs Museum
Picnic at Aksu Lake at 2500 meters above sea level ( Total of
180 Km driving)…
Day 13 Friday June 2ndth
drive to Bishkek
Burana Minaret ( Gobali- Balasagun) the
capital of Karahanid Kingdom. Bishkek Market after lunch
(295 km, 4-5 hrs)
Drive to Bishkek via Burana Tower, Krasnaja Rechka. Burana was the site of
Balasagun. It was founded in the middle of the 10 century on the site of an old
settlement. The minaret (Burana from Turkish munara-minaret), one
of the oldest of its kind in Central Asia, was built in 11 century and was
originally 45 m tall. Visit Krasnaja Rechka - ruins of ancient city " Nevaket"
of VI-XII centuries. Upon arrival sitysiteseing Picnic lunch. PM. Arrive
Bishkek and visit Ala-Too Square, Panfilov Park. Ala-Too Square is the
Central Square in Bishkek city. The brutal block behind him, once the Lenin
Museum, has become theState Historical Museum, with two yurts, a small
archaeology exhibit and a beguiling display of Kyrgyz carpets, embroidery and
other applied crafts on the ground floor. The unmarked marble palace full of
chandelier offices just west of the square, the "White House", is the
seat of the Kyrgyzstan government, including the President's office and the
republic's parliament. Behind this is Panfilov Park, whose
rusting rides and arcades make it the center of Bishkek for
kids. Transfer to local restaurant for dinner. Overnight at
hotel Pinara in Bishkek
Museum Visit s the artist
Drive to Fergana via Andijan
Day 18 Wednesday June 7th
Drive to Margilan Rishtan Fergana city
Day 19 Thursday June 8th
Drive via Kokand to Tashkent
Full day city tour of Tashkent
Kukeltash Madrasa stands in the middle of the modern city as a
reminder of the age of the past of this capital. Corsu Market is
the heart of the city. All those buying and selling meet at this
market in the most colorful way. The crowds of people here move
like they are being conducted by the most competent conductor. The
result is a symphony of colors and sounds that you will remember
all your life.
Applied Arts Museum
Alisher Navoi Park
We make sure you see the country through the
interpretations of the local artists. Tonight we will have the
pleasure of Visiting Mr. Akbar the potter at his house where
we will have dinner
Overnight in Tashkent
Day 21 Saturday June10th Khiva
Fly to Nukus to Karakalpakistan
Visit Karakalpakistan Amu Derya
Witness the environmental disaster that
Karakalpakistan is experiencing. Meet with the locals at their homes and
their schools to learn more about the destiny of lake Aral.
Cross over the
biggest river of Central Asia, Amuderya to enter Uzbekistan.
Day 22 Sunday June 11th Khiva
Visit the dream like ancient city of Khiva where the blue of the
tiles compete with the blue of the heaven.
Lunch at the palace of the
former Emir of Khiva. Enjoy Attazebah folk music and folk dance by
the local ladies.
Day 23 Monday
Leave for airport to fly to Tashkent
Overnight at an excellent hotel
Fly to Tashkent Morning flight University
Conservatory Overnight in Tashkent
Day 24 Tuesday June 13th Buchara
Fly to Buchara in the morning Visit Gijduvan , visit Ibn-I sina
Fly to Bukhara. Arrive at Bukhara hotel
Our first stop will be to the city of Ibn- i Sina the father of
Medicine for the Central Asian Cultures. The excellent museum is a
monument for the respect people still have in Ibn0i Sina after 1100
Short trip to Gijduvan to see a
local potter and experience a village life.
We will have
our dinner at his house with his family Overnight in Bukhara
Day 25 Wednesday June 14th
We will start our day with a visit at Nasraddin Hodja's Park,
and Lab-i Havuz Mosque. Once you get oriented
to the old city of Bukhara you will have free time for photography.
Lunch at a neighborhood house
will be very memorable.
Visit Ark Citadel, Bla Havuz,
Masouleum of Samanidz, Minare Kolon, Mir Arap Madrasa.
Folk show in
the tim (covered market). Excellent dancing, music at a silk weaving center.
Overnight in Bukhara
Day 26 Thursday
Nak shi Bendi Emir’s Palace
Day 27 Friday
Drive Shari Sabs
10:00 Depart hotel for free time in Bukhara enroute we will have lunch at
a Chayhane (Tea House) and visit a school.
15:00 Arrive Shahrisabz where
Emir Timur was born.
16:00 Tour of the city (Aksaray and Tombs of Timur's
sons), The Marketplace.
Dinner and overnight at Intourist hotel
Over night in Shahrisabz
Saturday June 17thSemerkand
Drive to Semerkand
Visit a family for an
opportunity to interact with villagers. Picnic lunch.
Visit the Mausolem of Timur
Dinner and overnight at
Our will start with a visit to the Observatory of Ulug Beg
, the grand son of Timur
After we visit Afrosiab Archaeological Museum we will
have a walk through the Shahi Zinde complex
of tombs . It is more like a neighborhood of the most beautiful
architecture where the tile workers and masons had competed with
each other to create the best and most impressive buildings.
Visit the art gallery of Aliyev Eynullah who made the
statue of Alishir Nevai in Tashkent.
Lunch at the hotel. Free time
for museum visit and market
Meet at the Registan Square, visit the
monument's restoration tile reproduction center. Visit the family of our
excellent guide for dinner at their village. Dinner at their home is
always one of the best experiences during the tour.
Overnight at Samarkand
Seminar at the university
Train to to Tashkent
Arrive Tashkent, Free time
Tashkent is the home of
one of three Bolshoy Opera/Ballet companies left in the world. We will enjoy
the performance of the day and have dinner at the Alishir Nevai Theater. The
activities this evening calls for us to be be a bit more dressed up than our
daily travel outfits.
Overnight in Tashkent
To wind up Tashkent
Fly to Istanbul arrive Istanbul at 0925
Free Day dinner
On the train
Ride on the Bosphoros Train Ride to
Visit Ankara Museum in the morningUniversity in
Ankara - Aksaray – Konya
Departing for Konya, stopping en
route at a 12th century Caravanserai. Konya is the first capital of
the Selcuks, the oldest Turkish Empire in Anatolia. It is also
known for being the homeland of Rumi, a 13th century
poet-philosopher and one of the earliest humanists. The ambiance of
the city has not changed much for the past 800 years.2
Karavan Sarais Sultan Han and Obruk
Konya – Egirdir By the lake Pamukkale
The ancient city of Hierapolis
scattered around the natural beauty of Pamukkale was inhabited before and
during the early Christian era. St. Paul had played a distinct role in the
history of the city when he condemned the people who go in for self
mortification and "angel worship." A short drive to Akhan on the
Silk road. Our next stop, Miletus
is where Paul met the Elders from Ephesus on his last Journey. Here you can
almost hear Paul teaching "happiness lies more in giving than in receiving."
The Caravan sarai of Miletus, reminds us that we are still on
the Silk Road.
Overnight at Selcuk, HOTEL KALEHAN
Full day excursion to
Ephesus. The Basilica of St. John is one of many Christian monuments in the
area. Certainly the climax of the day will be at the city of Ephesus. Sitting
in the theater visualizing 24,000 Ephesians, following the silversmith
Dimitrius shouting "Great is Artemis of Ephesians" in reaction to St. Paul's
preaching, "there should be no man made gods."
Fly to Istanbul from Izmir and connect to
international flight in Istanbul