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Ulaanbaatar to Istanbul Overview
- 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31
Explore Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan as you travel from Ulaanbaatar to Istanbul.
Travel along one of the world’s oldest trade routes - the Silk Road. Follow in the footsteps of armies, traders and explorers and traverse some of the world's hottest deserts, highest mountains and wildest tribal lands. Explore the ancient cities and cultures that became incredibly rich and powerful through the silk trade, stay with nomads, eat local delicacies, see modern Soviet history's indelible imprint, and walk along the Great Wall. Experience the invigorating mix of European and Asian cultures in Istanbul, visit the central Anatolian plain, journey into amazing Capadoccian Valleys, and uncover ancient civilisations in Georgia, China and Mongolia. Immerse yourself in the ancient tales and culture of this wild and rugged land on the Ulaanbaatar to Istanbul adventure.
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This surprising city combines tradition with modern day in a Soviet-style framework. Ulaanbaatar may look grey, but the city's inherent spirit and its colourful people make this a city to remember.
Located in the heart of the Gobi Desert, Baga Gazryn Chuluu’s intriguing granite rocks are atmospheric and photogenic.
A number of dinosaur fossils and eggs have been found in the South Gobi Desert, a place of immense beauty despite its harsh exterior.
The desert reveals a shock of ice in the narrow gorge of Yolin Am, named after an Old World vulture called the Lammergeier.
Bayanzag is called the Flaming Cliffs for the intense orange colour of its rocks. Indescribably beautiful, it is also home to numerous dinosaur fossils.
Stretching as far as the eye can see, the Khongorin Els sand dunes are extraordinary, especially when they sing in the wind.
The seemingly endless open plains of the South Gobi Desert are anything but barren. Dramatic rocky outcrops, sweeping dunes, shy animals and spectacular sunsets await.
Located in the centre of Mongolia, Arvaikheer is a small, traditional city home to friendly people well known for their crafts and love of horses.
Because the Orkhon Valley was of strategic and divine importance to the Turks, it is now full of fascinating ruins, some dating back to the 8th century.
Tsenkher is renowned for its delightful hot springs and is set amongst remote yet beautiful open scenery.
Built by Genghis Khan in the 13th century, the ancient capital of Karakorum houses Mongolia's first Buddhist centre and impressive ruins.
Often so still that the clouds are mirrored as they roll across the sky, lovely Lake Ugii is home to a diverse range of birds and fish.
The impressive Khustain Nuruu National Park is blessed with an incredible array of plant, bird and animal species.
There is an abundance of activities to enjoy in Terelj National Park, with the Tuul River, rocky outcrops, walking trails and a glacial lake to enjoy.
Called UB by locals, the endearing Ulaanbaatar is surrounded by green hills and is a curious mix of Soviet buildings and ger districts.
Say goodbye to Ulaanbaatar and make the long journey across Mongolia's diverse plains towards China. Spend nights camping under a blanket of stars.
Cross the border from Mongolia to China at Erlian.
Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries.
Sitting pretty in the mountains, Chengde is a breath of fresh air, especially the enchanting Mountain Resort which is a former royal summer residence.
Jinshanling is a mountainous area with an attractive section of the Great Wall, which zigzags up the steep terrain and straddles peaks like a suspension bridge.
Bordering Inner Mongolia, Datong is a coal rich city that founded in 200BC and is the gateway to the incredible Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery.
Wutai Shan is also called 'Five Plateau Mountain', and is home to the Bodhisattva of wisdom and harbours some of China's most sacred monasteries and temples.
Walking through the beautifully preserved streets of Pingyao is like stepping back into Imperial China with red lanterns lighting streets, imposing city walls and traditional buildings at every turn.
With cave dwellings adorning the hills around Lijiashan, this fascinating town is a definite highlight of any trip to China.
Yan'An was where Mao's Long March ended in 1935, and was the Communist Party's base until 1948 - it's also filled with cultural sites and nature to enjoy.
As the start of the ancient trading route the Silk Road and an imperial centre for 2,000 years, Xi'an has a fascinating history and rich cultural sites to discover.
Pingliang is a city in China's Gansu Province that is overlooked by the beautiful and sacred Kongtong Mountains.
With the Yellow River running through the city, Lanzhou has a number of interesting mosques, temples, parks and museums to visit.
The colours of Tibet can be seen on the streets of Xiahe, a celebrated town for Tibetans due to the Labrang Monastery and its stunning surrounding landscapes.
Liujiaxia lies along the Yellow River and is known for its hydroelectric power station and close proximity to the intriguing Bingling Si Caves.
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