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Tour Date: Aug. 14, Ulaan Batoor  - Sept. 1.  Alma Aty

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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  Ulanbatoor Overnight in Ulaan Batoor  AUG 14, 2008

Arrive in Ulaan Batoor. Transfer to the hotel. Meet the Group at 04.00 PM. There will be a note at the desk about where MELITOUR meeting will be held.Visit the Russian Monument. Dinner at the Hotel Overnight stay at Ulaan Baator Hotel.

Day 02  Friday Ulanbatoor Overnight in Ulaan Batoor AUG 15, 2008

Leave the hotel at 09:00 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  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. There is also a surprise show here. Overnight Ulaan Baator Hotel,

Day 03 Saturday Ulanbatoor Overnight in Ulaan Batoor AUG 16, 2008

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. After being in the magnificent country side today, we will return to the hotel with an anticipation for our next 2 days on the Mongolian prairies. Korean dinner tonight.  Overnight at the same hotel.,

Day 04  Sunday  Overnight in a yurd***(GER) AUG 17, 2008 

Drive to Terelj National Park. Visit the Catholic Cathedral on the way if possible to understand the changing face of once a Buddhist country. Visit Nalaih village. Lunch at the camp. Free time for hiking in the afternoon . Visiting the nomads in their yurts will give us better understanding of the interesting hard and different lives of the Mongolians. Barbecue dinner at the  camp.(Weather Permitted). Over night stay in a ger (Yurt), the traditional Mongolian style accommodation.

Day 05  Monday   Overnight in Ulaan Batoor AUG 18, 2008 

After breakfast, we will have 2-3 hour of horse riding in a beautiful setting. We will see cows, yacks, camels in the fields. The horses of Mongolia are very picturesque with the spectacular drop of the nature in the back. Be prepared for lots of photo ops. After Lunch, transfer to UB.  Visit the local Sunday Market. Before dinner for those who want it, we will have time to use internet cafe. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at Ulaan Baator Hotel.

Day 06  Tuesday  Overnight in Ulaan Batoor AUG 19, 2008 

We will 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 restaurant  (Bangkok Restaurant). Visit a 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. We can have optional foot reflexology today. Ever one had loved it in out previous tours

Day 07  Wednesday   AUG. 20 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    Fly from Ulaan Batoor via Beijing to Urumchi  CHINA AUG 20, 2008  After breakfast transfer to the Air Port .flight is 0725 in the morning.  We will arrive in Beijing at 09:30 AM .After completing the formalities which might take an hour, we will drive to down town Beijing. Be prepared for crowds and humid heat at the Forbidden city and the Tienmann square. After lunch those who care to go shopping we will have short time before we return to Beijing air port . Catch the plane to Urumchi. 3,5 hours flight to Urumchi. Overnight in Urumchi


Day 08 Thursday   Overnight in Turpan AUG 21, 2008THE 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 showcases the province minority cultures. The famous mummies of Urumchi will stun even the one who has no interest in human history. 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, by the sun set, we will have an excursion to the ruins of Jiaohe, YARGOL,  a Han Dynasty garrison that was destroyed by Genghis Khan,. In the evening we will enjoy an Uygur dance show. Overnight in Turpan.


Day 09 Friday    Turpan to Urumqi (BUS)  AUG 22 2008

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 region. You will appreciate having an umbrella today because we will be in the heat of the desert Today you will visit  Gaochang,Idikut , one of  China's best  preserved  ancient cities due to the dry, hot climate. Walls of sun dried brick are  40 feet  thick at the  base, surrounding 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 Urumchi. 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 Uygurs live in today's modern capital. 

Day  10  Saturday    Overnight in Kashgar AUG 23, 2008

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. Along the way we will see the Uygurs on their donkey carts and bicycles speeding from one town to another. We will stay overnight in Kashgar at the hotel which was built in the garden of the British Consulate, Chini Bag Hotel.

Day 11  Sunday   Kashgar  Overnight in Kashgar AUG 24, 2008

Visit to Abakhoja Mausoleum, the Abakh Hoja Tomb, built in 1640, it is reminiscent of the Central Asian artistic style of Samarqand and 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 street full of rich and verity of workshop of Uygur’s handcrafts. Our next stop will be the Animal Market of Kashgar where thousands of people will be making deals on thousands of animals.  We will have lunch at a house of an Uygur Family in order to learn more about the Uygur Cultural. Today you will need a scarf and have your shoulders closed because we will visit the biggest mosque of China. 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. We'll learn about the Uygur 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, Kyrgyzs, 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 goat’s 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 Road.

Day 12  Monday   Kashgar AUG 25, 2008

Drive to Karakul lake (200kms single) along the Krakorum highway to enjoy the natural beauty of Pamir plateau. Today’s ride is one day in your life when you can celebrate the generosity of the Creator and understand that he must have created this part of the world while he had no other thing to do on that day. The long ride up to the Karakol Lake will be well worthed when we see the unbelievable view of Muzata Dag and the nomads who are living around the lake. Back to hotel  before sun set. Dinner will be served at the closest restaurant. We will leave early in the morning tomorrow. At the entrance of the hotel grounds there is a little shop run by a father and son team. They sometimes have wonderful things for sale, mainly jewelery

Day 13 Tuesday ,  overnight in Naryn.  AUG 26, 2008   

Drive to Tourugart Pass(167kms) to exit to Kyrgyzstan end of China. Along the way we will make a home stop to see what life is like at this Western most end of China. Border Crossing is pretty easy and fast if you have the right receipts for all of your purchases. Even if you buy a little item from where ever you might have purchased them, please do get a little paper telling what it is and the price on it. Please buy no antiques. If you do it will be confiscated at the border.  The paper does not have to look like an official one.


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


Day 13 Tuesday Aug 26,  overnight in Naryn. 
TORUGART –NARYN (190 km, 5 hrs)

Meet the Kyrgyz at China-Kyrgyz “Tourugart” border and after all formalities drive to Naryn with lunch boxes en route. Tourugart pass is normally snow-free from May through September but it will be pretty cold at this altitude. The Arc de Triumph (China) it is about 7 km to the Kyrgyzstan customs and immigration. Distance is 60 km from Tourugart 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. The drive to Naryn is long but you will be in a heaven of nature. Dinner and overnight in Naryn at a guest house very clean and there is internet available at the 1st floor. The biggest shock will be the way the food is served. It is very Russian Style and quite different from what we have been experiencing in China..

Day 14 Wednesday ,Issyk Kul AUG 27, 2008   

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 local people living in their most colorful felt yurts. Lunch en route. Today we will have chance to stop at a little village and look at the women’s cooperative for hand crafts. Some times there are wonderful things to buy sometimes they got hardly any thing but it is still worth stopping. Upon arrival at Issyk-Kul, transfer to resort for dinner and overnight. This hotel has been and still is being used by the Russians as a spa and the have excellent massage service. If any one is interested, we need to make an appointment as we leave Naryn. Make sure you walk through the excellent garden and dip your feet in this cold lake which is actually called, “THE HOT LAKE”

Day 15 Thursday ,   BISHKEK AUG 28, 2008    

(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. We will take lunch before we enter Bishkek. Before we arrive at the hotel in Bishkek, we will have a city site seeing. If any body wants to be left at the city, we will drop you off. You can take a taxi back to the hotel. If you choose to swim at the pool or get a massage or use the sauna you can come back to the hotel on the bus. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.


The elderly will teach us the traditions of the ancient 



Day 16  Friday     BISHKEK-ALMATY AUG 29, 2008     (250 km, 4-5 hrs)   

After breakfast CSS of Bishkek. Visit Victory square, The stupendous museum, Central Shop and  the Osh Bazaar. Lunch at  local restaurant. PM. Drive to Almaty via Kurday pass. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 17  Saturday        ALMATY   AUG 30, 2008     

After breakfast visit Panfilov Park, Orthodox Cathedral, and the  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  Alma Aty AUG 31, 2008      

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 SEPTEMBER 01, 2008

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

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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.
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