Thursday Aug. 13 - Wednesday Aug. 19
Day 01 Thursday Aug. 13, Ulaan Baator Overnight in Ulaan Baator
Transfer to the hotel. Meet the group at 04.00 PM in the
lobby of the hotel.
We will have a group meeting before we leave for a visit to the
Dinner at the Hotel
Day 02 Friday Aug. 14, Ulaan Baator Overnight in Ulaan Baator
Leave the hotel at 08.30 to visit the living Monastery of Gandan.
Chanting starts at 10 o'clock. The Mongolians flock in to this
monastery hoping to get cured of their bad luck and illnesses.
Attend a Buddhist ceremony and visit the grand Buda Statue.
Lunch at Hazara Indian restaurant. Visit the Winter Palace Bogd
Khan museum. The artist of paper cutting will meet our group at
the Children's Park. You will learn how to do this old art.
Come to the hotel before dinner. Dinner at Avtai Sain Khan
Restaurant in a big ger with Mongolian music.Overnight in Ulaan Baator
Day 03 Saturday Aug. 15, Ulaan Baator Overnight in Ulaan Baator
Visit there plains of Mongolia. Today we will be leaving the
capitol of Mongolia and only several hundred yards away from the
city, the yurt settlements will start dominating the plains of
Mongolia. Visit a ger. Lunch in the country side at Ovoo
Camp. We will visit a Buddhist Monastery hidden in an orchard.
Korean dinner at Seoul .Overnight at the same hotel in Ulaan
Day 04 Sunday Aug. 16, Overnight in a yurd***(GER)
Drive to Terelj National Park. Visit the Catholic cathedral on
the way if possible.
Visit Nalaih village. Lunch at the camp. Free time for hiking in
the afternoon. Visiting the nomads in their yurds will give us
better understanding of the interesting hard and different lives
of the Mongolians.
Barbecue dinner at the camp. (Weather Permitted)
Overnight stay in a ger (Yurd), the traditional Mongolian style
Day 05 Monday Aug. 17, Overnight in
After breakfast at 09:00, 2-3 hour horse riding in
a beautiful setting. We will see cows, yaks, camels in the
fields. The horses of Mongolia are so picturesque with the
spectacular drop of the nature. Be prepared for lots of photo
ops. After lunch, drive back to UB. Visit the local Sunday
Market. Before dinner, for those who want, we will have time to
use internet café. Those who want to have a foot massage will
find them selves in heaven in the hands of very capable
masseuse. Dinner at the same hotel.
Day 06 Tuesday
Aug. 18, Overnight in Ulaan Baator
Visit National History Museum and
the Natural history museum with the biggest dinosaur skeletons
in the world. Visit a felt artist after lunch. Lunch @ Thai
Visit cashmere factory. Visit the department store for last
minute souvenirs. We will watch a spectacular Folk dance and
music show at Rsuki Center. The well known Throat Singing is
amazing or even stunning Farewell dinner at Great Mongolian
Restaurant Overnight stay at the same hotel.
Day 07 Wednesday Aug. 19, Fly from Ulaan Baator
via Beijing to Urumchi
After breakfast transfer to the Air Port .flight is 07:25 in the
morning. Short Beijing tour. Catch the plane to Urumchi
Overnight in Urumchi
- Tuesday Aug. 25
Day 07 Wednesday Aug. 19, Fly from Ulan Bator via Beijing to
Upon arrival from Ulaan Baator to Beijing, depending on time of
arrival, we might have a chance to do a city site seeing in
Beijing. The flight for Urumchi leaves in late afternoon. It
is a 4 hour flight.
Day 08 Thursday Aug. 20, Overnight in Turpan THE INCREDIBLE
"MUMMIES" OF URUMCHI
We will visit Xinjiang Regional Museum which is split into 2
sections - one devoted to archeological treasures from the Silk
Road and the other has the showcases of the provincal minority
We will take 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 in China. 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, a Han Dynasty
garrison that was destroyed by Genghiskhan. In the evening, we
will enjoy an Uygur dance show.
Overnight in Turpan.
Day 09 Friday Aug. 21, Turpan to Urumqi (BUS)
We will start the day visiting 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. Visit Karez that is the attractions of the
area and the irrigation system devised by the Uygurs . You will
appreciate having an umbrella today because we will be in the
heat of the desert. Today you will visit Gaochang, 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, surround the ruins. Continue on to The Baiziklik Caves
(one Thousand Buddha Caves) which shows the extent to which
Buddhism had 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 Turpan After lunch, we drive back
Urumchi is a growing metropolis inhabited mainly by Han Chinese
and serves as a transport hub for those crossing to Tibet,
Pakistan and Central Asia. Here you can visit the lively market
at Erdaoqiao, where anything from Uygur handicrafts, silk
carpets to fruits and kebabs are sold. We will also visit the
Old Town area, where we will see how Uyghur’s live in today's
modern capital (the New Town is the Han Chinese area of town).
Overnight in Urumchi.
Day 10 Saturday Aug.
Overnight in Kashgar
Fly to Kashgar enjoy the view of the Tienshan mountains from
the air plane. Continue to the Taklamakan desert. A camel ride
in the Taklamakan desert which means "those who go in will not
return" is very exciting. Overnight in Kashgar. We will have
lots of photo opportunities for taking the pictures of the
tremendous donkey traffic in the out skirts of Kashgar.
Day 11 Sunday Aug. 23, Kashgar Overnight
Begin your discovery today with visits to the Id Kah Mosque
fronted by the busy square., the largest in China that built in
1442, the Abakh Hoja Tomb, built in 1640, it is reminiscent of
the Central Asian artistic style of Samarkand of Isfahan. The
site is also known as the Xiang Fei (Fragrant Concubine) Tomb
in memory of Abakh Khoja's granddaughter, Iparhan, who was the
Fragrant Concubine of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty. roam
through the colorful national street that assembled rich and
verity workshop of making Uyghur’s handcrafts... Visit to
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 Uyghur’s, 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
photographer’s paradise for taking pictures of food, animals,
clothing goods, and metalwork which are bought and sold in this
vast open-air market. We will 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; Uyghur’s, Han Chinese, Kazaks, Kyrgyzs,
Tadjiks, Pakistanis, maybe an Afghani 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 goat’s heads and hoofs to colourful 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 Road.
Day 12 Monday Aug. 24, Kashgar
We will drive to Karakul Lake (200kms single) along the
Karakorum highway to enjoy the natural beauty of Pamir plateau.
We will see K2 from a distance. The nature is unbelievable and
can not be put in words. We will be at 12,000 ft at the end of
our ride to Muz Ata Dag Mountain. We will ascend slowly so it
should not be a problem. If you can not take high altitude you
can sit in the car and not walk. But it is still absolutely
worth going up to this indescribable scenery.
Day 13 Tuesday Aug. 25, End of West
Drive to Turgart Pass(167kms)
to exit to Kirghizstan End of China Visit
Tuesday Aug. 25- Friday Aug. 28
Day 13 Tuesday Aug. 25, overnight in Naryn.
TORUGART –NARYN (190 km, 5 hrs)Meet the Kyrgyz bus and guide at
China-Kyrgyz “Torugart” border and after all formalities completed,
drive to Naryn with lunch boxes en route. The Torugart-Naryn road
is a dirt/asphalt road, quite bumpy but the view is so wonderful
that you do not mind the slow rolling bumpy bus.
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. Naryn’s one real claim to
fame is that the best quality shyrdaks (traditional, brightly
colored felt-appliqué rugs) in Kyrgyzstan are said to be made here.
Dinner and overnight in Naryn.
Day 14 Wednesday Aug. 26, Issyk Kul
NARYN – ISSYK KUL (300 km, 5-6 hrs)
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 and the nomadic local people. Lunch en
route. Upon arrival at Issyk-Kul transfer to resort for dinner and
Day 15 Thursday Aug. 27, BISHKEK
(295 km, 4-5 hrs)
Drive to Bishkek via Burana Tower. Burana was the site of
Balasagun. It was founded in the middle of the 10 th 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. After lunch
continue to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan . 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 the State 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.
Day 16 Friday Aug. 28, Bishkek - Alma Aty
After breakfast CSS of Bishkek. Visit Victory square, Central Shop
and Osh Bazaar. Lunch at local restaurant. Drive to Alma Arty via
Kurday pass. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Friday Aug. 28
-Monday Aug. 31
Day 16 Friday Aug. 28, Bishkek -
km, 4-5 hrs)
Leave Bishkek after lunch and drive north to Alma Aty. Border
crossing is always chaotic. But after we enter Kazakhstan, the
road to Alma Aty is nice. We will arrive at the greenest city of
Central Asia before dinner.
Day 17 Saturday Aug. 29,
FD. S/S of Almaty. After breakfast visit Panfilov Park,
Cathedral, Museum of Instruments. Panfilov Park was founded in the
mid 60s in the area around the Voznesenski (Zenkov) Cathedral. Like
the Cathedral, Museum of Kazakh National Musical Instruments is
entirely made of wood. The Museum was founded in 1980. In its
collection is about 60 different types and varieties of Kazakh folk
musical instruments. Lunch at local restaurant. PM. Excursion to
Kok-Tube and Medeo. Kok-Tube Mountain (“green peak”) - height of
1070 m. On its top, there is an observation deck from where a
beautiful panorama of Alma Aty stretches out to the steppes
beyond. Medeo is a scattering of buildings around the huge Medeo
ice rink, 1700 meters high, about 15 km south-east of central
Almaty up the Malaya (Lesser) Almatinka canyon. Dinner at local
Day 18 Sunday Aug. 30, Alma Aty
Free time in the morning. You can visit the Sunday Market
which is walking distance to our hotel. We will meet at the hotel
for lunch. Lunch will be served down town where the locals enjoy
their week end with their families.
After lunch visit the museum of Alma Aty which is one of the best
museums of ethnography and history in Central Asia. The farewell
dinner will be served at an elegant restaurant.
Day 19 Monday Aug. 31 Transfer to the Air
The tour officially ends this morning if you are flying via
flight leaves at 05.00 AM on Monday. Transfer to the air port will
be after mid night.