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TOUR DATE 2 0 0 7
Mongolia- China- Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan
Thursday, Aug. 16  Ulaan Batoor  - Monday, Sept. 4  Alma Aty

Please read the tour hand book for more details
Please read the Journals from 2003 and 2002 Tours


We will stay overnight in a ger like hers! And we will all learn a few words of Mongolian so we can interact with the locals.


Day 01 Thursday AUG 16 Ulanbatoor Overnight in Ulanbatoor

Arrive in Ulaan Batoor. Transfer to the hotel. Meet the Group at 04.00 PM
Orientation for the tour.
Visit the Russian Monument
Dinner at the Hotel
Overnight stay at Edelweiss hotel.

Day 02  Friday AUG 17 Ulanbatoor Overnight in Ulanbatoor Leave the hotel at 08.30 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.
Lunch  Hazara Indian restaurant. Visit the Winter Palace Bogd Khan museum. Meet ctafts artists felt slippers.Meet  the artist of paper cutting 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 Mongolia music.
Overnight in Ulanbatoor, Edelweis hotel.

Day 03 Saturday AUG 18 Ulanbatoor Overnight in Ulanbatoor
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., Edelweis hotel.

Day 04  Sunday  AUG 19 Overnight in a yurd***(GER)
Drive to Terelj National Park. Visit the Catholic cathedralon the way if possible.
Visit Nalaih village. Lunch at the camp. Free time for hiking in the afternoon .And optional Family visit.
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 accommodation.

Day 05  Monday AUG 20  Overnight in Ulanbatoor
After breakfast  at 09:00 , 2-3 hour horse riding in a beautiful setting. We will see cows, yacks, 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.
iAfter Lunch,  transfer to UB.  Visit the local Sunday Market. Before dinner for those who want it we will have time to use internet cafee. Dinner  at the hotel.
Overnight stay at Edelweis hotel.

Day 06  Tuesday AUG 21  Overnight in Ulanbatoor
Visit National History Museum and the Natural history museumwith the biggest dinosaur skeletons in the world. Visit a felt artist after lunch. Lunch @ Thai restaurant Bankok Restaurant
Visit kashmere factory. Visit the department store for last minute souveniers. 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
Edelweis hotel.

Day 07  Wednesday   AUG. 22 Fly from Ulanbatoor via Beijing to Urumchi
After breakfast transfer to the Air Port .flight is 0725 in the morning. Short Beijing tour . Catch the plane to Urumchi Overnight in Urumchi

We will learn about the past


We will experience the present


Day 07  Wednesday 22 Aug Fly from Ulanbatoor via Beijing to Urumchi
Upon Arrival from Ulaan Batoor to Beijing Transfer to flight for Urumchi
Catch the plane to Urumchi Overnight in Urumchi

Day 08 Thursday 23  Overnight in Turpan
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 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.24 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 ,.An wonderful  will be provided in the evening.
This hotel is a delightful local hotel. you will find your self surrounded with the treasures of this reagion.
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, suround the ruins.

Continue on to 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 Turpan  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. 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 Uygurs live in today's modern capital (the New Town is the Han Chinese area of town). Overnight in Urumchi.

Day  10  Saturday  Aug. 25  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 desert which means "those who go in will not return" is very exciting. Overnight in Kashgar

Day 11  Sunday  Aug. 26 Kashgar  Overnight in Kashgar
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 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 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.27,  Kashgar
Drive to Karakul lake (200kms single) along the Krakorum highway to enjoy the natural beauty of Pamir plaetou. Back to hotel  and Folk Dance Show after dinner.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 natinal street that assembled rich and verity workshop of making Uyghur’s handcrafts.. then enjoy  the wonderful uyghur dance show profermed by lovely Uyghur’s childen overnight at the same hotel in Kashgar

Day 13 Tuesday Aug 28,  End of West China
Drive to Turgart Pass(167kms) to exit to Kirghizstan End of China Visit 

Meeting with the children, the men and the women of these countries will make our experiences personable.


Day 13 Tuesday Aug 29,  overnight in Naryn. 
TORUGART –NARYN (190 km, 5 hrs)

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. Naryn’s 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 Naryn.

Day 14 Wednesday Aug 30,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 of local people. Lunch en route. Upon arrival at Issyk-Kul transfer to resort for dinner and overnight.

Day 15 Thursday Agust 31,   BISHKEK
(295 km, 4-5 hrs)
AM. 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.


The elderly will teach us the traditions of the ancient 



Day 16  Friday   Sept. 1,  BISHKEK-ALMATY (250 km, 4-5 hrs) 
After breakfast CSS of Bishkek. Visit Victory square, Central Shop and Osh Bazaar. Lunch at local restaurant. PM. Drive to Almaty via Kurday pass. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 17  Saturday    Sept. 02,     ALMATY 

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 Almaty stretches out to the steppes beyond. Medeo is a scattering of buildings around the huge Medeo ice rink, 1700 metres high, about 15 km south-east of central Almaty up the Malaya (Lesser) Almatinka canyon. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 18   Sunday Sept, 03, 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 ethnogrophy and history in Central Asia.
The farewell dinner will be served at an elegant restaurant.

Day 19  Monday Sept. 04
The tour officially ends this morning if you are flying  via Istanbul the
flight leaves at 05.00 AM on Monday. Transfer to the air port will be after mid night.

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Ulaan Batoor

Please read the Journals from 2003 and 2002 Tours

Arrival Suggestions:

We will  arrange individual transfers from the airport to the hotel in Ulaan Batoor. Please let us know your arrival information. Look for a MELITOUR sign at the departure from the customs area at the airport.
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Tour Price
Tour price is  US $3,980.- per person
Single room supplement US $ 580

  The price includes the following:

  • A spectacular Folk dance and music show in Mongolia

  • Folk Dance show in Turpan

  • All the entrance fees

  • The airport charges in China and in Mongolia

  • The International Air fare  Mongolia /China

  • The air fare Beijing - Urumchi

  • The air fare to Urumchi - Kashgar

  • Air conditioned bus through out the tour

  • Every thing on the tours Mongolia/ China/Kirgyzistan/Kazakistan

  • Deluxe hotels where available in Kazakistan and Kirgyzistan

  • Best Hotel Available in Mongolia

  • 3/4 star hotel is China

  • All the food

  • All the transfers

  • All the guides and tips

  • in other words it is a typical MELITOUR price absolutely every thing is included

Not included in the price

  • Visa fees that you would need to pay the consulates in the USA
  • Personal purchases
  • Water - Beverages and alchoholic drinks
  • Trip Cancellation insurance
  • International Flight getting to Ulaan Batoor and  Getting back to the USA from Alma Aty

Please check the tour handbook for payment schedule and the cancellation policy of MELITOUR

We can sometimes find better prices for flights out of Kazakistan. If you like you can ask MELITOUR
to check price of the flights for you.


  • Korea Does not require visa for less than 30 days
  • MONGOLIA does not require visa from the US citizen
    China , Kazakistan and Kirgizystan  require visas. You can appli for the visas individually.
  • Make sure you have enough pages on your passport for 3 visas
    the embassies require that your passport is valid for 6 months after the departure date from the particular country you are getting a visa for.
  • Visa regulations change almost daily. Please check with the consulates of the countries you want to get Visa from.
    Please check the FAQ page of the tour hand book for more details