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As we exit the arrival terminal, we will see a huge crowd outside the airport with numerous placards. Our airport representative will be waiting among the crowd with your name written on a placard. You will be escorted to your booked hotel in Kathmandu. Depending on the traffic situation, the drive to your hotel will be approximately 15 minutes to 30 minutes. <br /> <br /> Receive a warm welcome by the staff of Traditional Comfort offering you an auspicious Tika and Buddhist scarf “The KHADA”. You have free time to relax and enjoy the traditional ambiance and comfort of the hotel until your group meeting in the evening time. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Traditional Comfort <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> Oxygen Level: Approximately 90% 0 0 0 2 City Tour & Preparation for the Trek Today we start our day by visiting two of the holiest sites of Kathmandu Valley – Pashupatinath Temple & Boudhanath Stupa. Nepal is a unique country where you can see many cultures and religions living in harmony. You will be experiencing these qualities during our sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple – a Hindu temple and Boudhanath Stupa – a Buddhist Shrine. You will be escorted by a well-experienced tour guide. <br /> <br /> Later in the afternoon, we have free time to prepare for our arduous trek to Everest Base Camp. Making sure that we have all the necessary gear and clothing as per weather conditions and recommendations from our escort leader. You have ample opportunity to wander around Thamel, the tourist hub of Nepal, for window shopping and trying various eateries. <br /> <br /> We recommend that you go to bed early tonight so that you sleep well and are ready to wake up early the next morning. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Traditional Comfort <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> <br /> ***In 2020, flights to Lukla may leave from Ramechhap. If this is the case we will drive 4 hours to Ramechhap and stay overnight in a basic lodge before departing for our flight to Lukla the next morning. 0 0 0 3 Lukla Flight and Hike to Phakding Phakding elevation: 2650 m (8,694 ft.) <br /> Population: Around 450 <br /> Total Distance: 5 km <br /> Walking Hours: 3-4 hours <br /> <br /> Early morning wake up call and depart to the domestic airport which is around 10 to 15 minutes’ drive from our hotel. After checking in for our flight, we will have time to take our packed breakfast before we board our flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla is on a small Dornier / Twin Otter plane and generally takes around 25 – 30 minutes. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime flight during which we will have ample opportunities to see the mighty Himalayas (weather permitting) as we descend to land in one of the most exciting airports of the world. Lukla airport is also known as Tenzing Hillary Airport. <br /> <br /> At the airport, we will have our first meeting with our group of Sherpas. They will be anxiously waiting to welcome us to their workstation -the Everest Trekking Trails. We will have our short break here while our Sherpa’s arrange our baggage so that it becomes comfortable for them to carry. To maintain the service level and fair working conditions, we allow only 15 kgs per Sherpa. You may give up to 7.5 kgs to your Sherpa to carry. <br /> <br /> As said, every great journey starts with a small step… here we go towards Everest Base Camp. Today we are going to walk for around 3 to 4 hours. The day is just a glimpse of our walking days ahead. To begin we descend gradually to Thado Koshi for around 2 hours. Then after we start to make our first ascent of the trek which is a gradual uphill all the way Phakding which will take another 2 hours. We reach Phakding in time for lunch. <br /> <br /> *Flight schedules are not out for 2020 but our flight may be operated from Ramechhap instead. This would require a 4-hour drive to Ramechhap. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Basic Tea House <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> Oxygen Level: Approximately 73% <br /> <br /> ** For the interested ones who still want to hike around, there is the possibility to visit Rimijung Monastery, which is about 1 hour of steep uphill walking from Phakding village. 0 0 0 4 Hike to Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar elevation: 3440m (11,2886 ft.) <br /> Population: Around 1700 <br /> Total Distance: 9 Km <br /> Walking hours: Around 7 hours <br /> <br /> Namche Bazaar is the Gateway to Everest Base Camp and the capital village of Sherpas. Today is one of those days when our physical strength, our stamina and our will power will be on the test. Most of the day we will be walking uphill with short intervals of flat walking. With numerous opportunities to cross high suspension bridges, after our first ascent, we will reach Benkar where we will be welcomed by gigantic Mt. Thamserku at the horizon. Walking past the Mani Stone walls and the Buddhist Shrines we will reach the Sagarmatha National Park entry gate. The park gate was established in 1976 and was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1979. Here we do our entry process and permit checking. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Basic Tea House <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> Oxygen Level: Approximately 64% 0 0 0 5 Namche Bazaar – Acclimatization Day Acclimatization Hike – Syangboche 3860 m (12,664 ft.) (Approximately 3 – 4 hours) <br /> <br /> Indeed, today is the day when we will be preparing ourselves for high altitude trekking. We will be assessing our physical ability and endurance against the high altitude that is to come. Should you feel uncomfortable during the hike, please do not hesitate to consult with your trekking leader. He is the best person to listen to and get suggestions from. Today our acclimatization hike will take us to Syangboche which is 3860 m above sea level. The total hiking time will be around 3 – 4 hours. <br /> <br /> We start our hike with a steep uphill walk all the way to the National Park headquarters from where we have the opportunity to enjoy the majestic views of various Himalayan peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum, Khangru, Kongde, Phachhermo, Melungtse, Khumbila and Taboche. Along our trail, we have the opportunity to enjoy the flora and fauna found in this Himalayan Region. <br /> <br /> After time spent at Syangboche, we descend back to Namche Bazaar for our lunch. We have free time to wander around Namche Bazaar, visit local bakeries and shops and do last-minute shopping (if required) to buy or hire any trekking gear you may need for the trek. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Camp De Base or Similar <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast 0 0 0 6 Hike to Debuche Debuche elevation: 3710 m (12,171 ft.) <br /> Population: Around 150 <br /> Total Distance: 9 Km <br /> Walking hours: Around 7 hours <br /> <br /> Today’s hike all the way to Debuche is mixed with uphill and gradual flat walking. As we go up, the stunning views of Himalayan peaks such as Everest and Lhotse keep on inspiring us to move forward. We stop at Kenjuma (3550m) for a tea break and we keep ourselves mesmerized with the views. Our lunch stop, which is another hour walking from Kenjuma, is at Phunki Tenga, where we can see prayer wheels spinning with the help of flowing waters from the stream. <br /> <br /> After lunch, we ascend for a couple of hours to reach Tengboche (3870m) via the Rhododendron forest and the stunning view of Mt. Kangtenga. At Tengboche, we take a break for some time to visit the famous Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche Monastery is one of the biggest monasteries of Everest Region and was built in the 16th century. <br /> <br /> After another half-hour walk, we descend to reach Debuche for the night. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Basic Tea House <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> Oxygen Level: Approximately 60% <br /> <br /> ** This is the last settlement where we have ensuite bathrooms and hot-water showers. The possibility of showering after this settlement is rare due to the barren land and alpine meadow landscape. 0 0 0 7 Hike to Dingboche Dingboche elevation: 4350 m (14,271 ft.) <br /> Population: Around 600 <br /> Total Distance: 8 km <br /> Walking hours: Around 6 hours <br /> <br /> Today we will be leaving the treeline behind and trekking in the high-altitude alpine meadow. In the first couple of hours we will be walking through rhododendron forest, crossing wooden bridges over the Dudh Koshi River to reach the last permanent settlement of the region at Pangboche (3970m). We’ll take a tea break with the majestic view of Mt Amadablam. We continue our walk on the undulating flat until Shomare (4040m) alongside the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. After lunch, we leave the treeline behind and after crossing another wooden bridge over the Dudh Koshi River we start the uphill walk all the way up to Dingboche (4350m). <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Basic Tea House <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> Oxygen Level: Approximately 57% 0 0 0 8 Dingboche Acclimatization Day Dingboche elevation: 4350 m (14,271 ft.) <br /> Population: Around 600 <br /> Total Distance: <br /> Walking hours: Around 4 hours <br /> <br /> One more acclimatization day before we proceed forward for our ultimate goal of Everest Base Camp. Today we will be going up to an altitude of 4700m at Nagarzhang Peak. We will be walking for about 4 hours today to let our bodies get acclimatized to the high altitude. From the Nagarzhang Peak, we can get a panoramic view of the 4th highest peak: Lhotse, the 5th highest: Makalu, 6th highest" Cho Oyu, and Island Peak. <br /> <br /> The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Basic Tea House <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> Oxygen Level: Approximately 57% 0 0 0 9 Hike to Lobuche Lobuche elevation: 4910 m (16,108 ft.) <br /> Population: Around 100 <br /> Total Distance: 7 Km <br /> Walking hours: Around 5 hours <br /> <br /> As we start our day, please be informed that all the settlements henceforth are only for the purpose of trekking tourism and serving adventure-orientated tourists. There are no permanent settlements. We walk along the summer yak pasture which is gradual flat and views dominated by Mt. Taboche and Mt. Cholatse. We stopover for lunch at Thugla (4620m). <br /> <br /> After lunch, we continue our hiking up the steep ascent to Chakpki Lara Pass at 4820m, where we pass through memorials of Sherpas and a few famous mountaineers. Walking through the end of Changri Glacier moraine, we are offered views of Nuptse, Khumutse, Lingtren, Pumori, Lobuche East, and Lobuche West. It is an easy flat hike all the way to Lobuche. <br /> <br /> While in Lobuche, we can get a great sunset view of Nuptse and a short hike to the viewpoint of the entire Khumbu Glacier. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Basic Tea House <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> Oxygen Level: Approximately 54% 0 0 0 10 Hike to Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp! Gorakshep elevation: 5180 m (16,994 ft.) <br /> Total Distance: 6 Km <br /> Walking hours: Around 3 hours (total walking hours for the day around 7 hours) <br /> <br /> Today is what it's all about. All the hard work, pushing our body and endurance to the limit. We start early in the morning and with a gently ascending slope, we hit 5000 m of altitude. After walking for about 2 hours, we start our steep ascent, a trail that is rough and rugged all the way to Gorakshep. We'll arrive at Gorakshep by lunchtime. <br /> <br /> We'll check in early at our lodging and have our lunch. After that, we'll gear up for another 2 hours hike all the way up to Everest Base Camp. During the season for Everest Peak Summiting, you can expect a huge crowd at Base Camp with members of each expedition team carefully planning and preparing to summit Everest. The rest of the year it is generally quiet with only rocky boulders and prayer flags. Take time for photography and enjoy being at Everest Base Camp. Yes, we have finally achieved our goal! <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Basic Tea House <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> Oxygen Level: Approximately 52% 0 0 0 11 Sunrise at Kala Patthar and descend to Pheriche Pheriche elevation: 4270 m (14,009 ft.) <br /> Population: Around 250 <br /> Total Distance: 13 Km (including early morning excursion to Kala Patthar) <br /> Walking hours: Total walking hours for the day around 5 hours <br /> <br /> Yes, we have achieved our goal and we have done we have set out to do. But it is also worthwhile to visit Kala Patthar. We generally do the hike to Kala Patthar in the early hours of the morning which will give us the opportunity for a glorious sunrise over Mount Everest and other Himalayan Peaks. A 360-degree view of the mighty Himalayas stand before us towering to the sky. Some regard this morning's hike as the hardest one but the hard work is worth every bit. <br /> <br /> After sunrise we'll descend back to Gorakshep for our breakfast and then continue all the way back to Pheriche. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Basic Tea House <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> Oxygen Level: Approximately 60% 0 0 0 12 Descend to Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar: 3440 m (11,286 ft.) <br /> Population: Around 1700 <br /> Total Distance: 13 Km <br /> Walking hours: 8 hours <br /> <br /> Today we'll descend all the way down to Namche Bazaar. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Basic Tea House <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> Oxygen Level: Approximately 64% 0 0 0 13 Descend to Lukla Lukla: 2860m (9,383 ft.) <br /> Total Distance: 13.5 Km <br /> Walking hours: 8 hours <br /> <br /> It’s celebration time as we hike all the way down to the bustling town of Lukla. Goals achieved, smiling faces. We gather up our supporting team who have been with us all these days, helping us, inspiring us and sometimes, when required, carrying us too. We thank them and say goodbye. <br /> <br /> And of course, you have the time to party and have some drinks in the evening too. It may have been more than a week when you had your last sip of alcohol (consumption of alcoholic beverages while hiking all the up in high altitude is not recommended). But we do have an early morning wake up call tomorrow. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Tea House <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> Oxygen Level: Approximately 70% 0 0 0 14 Flight to Kathmandu It’s just 10 minutes walking from our hotel to Lukla airport where we'll catch our flight to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, we'll head to our hotel, Traditional Stay, in Patan, where we can have hot showers, relax, and take the rest of the day off. You may want to use that time to do your last-minute shopping. <br /> <br /> Along with our escort leader, we'll go for our final dinner in a nice cozy restaurant where we'll exchange photographs, email addresses, and stories of the splendid time we all had during this adventure of a lifetime. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Traditional Stay <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> Oxygen Level: Approximately 90% 0 0 0 15 Sightseeing in Patan Enjoy visiting the historical sights around Patan with our guide. <br /> <br /> Patan Durbar Square is surrounded by a fascinating array of temples, built in various architectural manners. It is home to numerous temples like Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Mandir, Taleju Bell, and others. All the temples of Patan Durbar Square are decorated with samples of masterpieces of Nepalese handicrafts, according to Newari architecture. The city is built on Newari cultural perspectives, thus, the city envelopes the pride of Newari cultural history. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Traditional Stay <br /> Meals Included: Breakfast <br /> Oxygen Level: Approximately 90% 0 0 0 16 Departure Day It is departure day. Please confirm your departure transfer with your escort leader. He will make sure that your transport for departure will be at the hotel at your requested time. Should you have some more extra days to wander in Nepal and need more information, your escort leader can help you out in organizing and give you the information you require. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Not Included Meals Included: Breakfast 2020_10_05_high-road-to-everest-base-camp-trekking 1601856000 10 scheduled 2199 <p><strong>You don’t have to be a world-class climber to get world-class views of Mount Everest. On our High Road to Everest Base Camp Trekking, we’ll hike 11 days up and down over this challenging but manageable terrain.</strong></p> <p>Along the way, enjoy splendid views of the world’s greatest mountain range, eat delicious local meals, and get up close and personal with yaks. Test your physical and mental endurance and make new friends in Nepal. On top of that, we&#8217;ll check out the cultural highlights in and around Kathmandu. We’ll be led by a local guide along with our co-founder, Stephen Bugno, who has been in love with Nepal since his 3-week trek there in 2013.</p> western-mongolia-golden-eagle-festival Experience Western Mongolia &#038; Golden Eagle Festival https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-1-scaled.jpg?fit=5184%2C3456&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-6-scaled.jpg?fit=5184%2C3456&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-8-scaled.jpg?fit=5184%2C3456&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-11.jpg?fit=1600%2C1200&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-12-scaled.jpg?fit=3456%2C2304&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-19.jpg?fit=2272%2C1704&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-30-scaled.jpg?fit=5184%2C3456&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-34-scaled.jpg?fit=2592%2C1944&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-35-scaled.jpg?fit=2592%2C1944&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-36-scaled.jpg?fit=2592%2C1944&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-45-scaled.jpg?fit=2848%2C2136&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-54-scaled.jpg?fit=5184%2C3456&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-58-scaled.jpg?fit=5184%2C3456&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-65-scaled.jpg?fit=2592%2C1944&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-71-scaled.jpg?fit=5184%2C3456&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-70-scaled.jpg?fit=5184%2C3456&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eagle-festival-Eagle-hunter-in-Altai-5-bogd-photo-by-Tour-Mongolia-32.jpg?fit=1680%2C2000&ssl=1 https://unquotetravel.com/tours/western-mongolia-golden-eagle-festival/ 8 Breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners are included in this trip. The accommodation will range from a three-star hotel for 1 night in Ulaanbaatar before and after traveling through the countryside of Mongolia where we will spend 3 nights in ger camps and 4 nights in a local hotel. The transportation during this trip will be by bus/minibus in the city and by 4WD Russian minivan in the countryside. There are two domestic flights. A local English-speaking guide will accompany the group. 0 0 0 1 Arrival to Ulaanbaatar and City Tour Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Transfer to hotel. After lunch, we will visit Gandantegchinlen Monastery and the National Museum of Mongolia (or the Chinggis Khaan Museum). We'll enjoy a traditional art performance and welcome dinner in the evening. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Ulaanbaatar City at Hotel Nine or Equivalent <br /> <br /> **If you are joining us from the Experience Mongolian Gobi Tour, you will have a rest day or free time to explore Ulaanbaatar on your own. 0 0 0 2 Flight to Bayan-Ulgii Meet for transfer to Ulaanbaatar airport for a morning flight (2.5 hours) to Ulgii, capital of Bayan-Ulgii, Mongolia’s westernmost province. If time permits, we will visit Ulgii town to explore the local market. Ulgii (or Ölgii) sits at an altitude of about 1,700 meters (5,600 ft), nested in the spectacular Altai Mountains, and has a population of about 29,000. It is the largest town in the area. It is the center of the predominantly Kazakh region of Mongolia. Our local staff will greet and welcome you at the airport. Visit to the local ethnic museum. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Local hotel in Ulgii 0 0 0 3 Eagle Hunter Family Experience Today we'll be staying near an Eagle hunter family in a community ger. Here we'll chat with them and experience their daily life. Kazakh gers are slightly larger than Mongolian gers and are decorated with brightly colored rugs. We will enjoy their hospitality and friendliness and learn more in-depth about their culture, specifically how Kazakh men train their eagles for hunting purposes. In the evening, we will taste traditionally prepared “bisparmak”, a real Kazakh dish prepared for respected guests. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Community ger. Tonight we'll be staying together (separated by gender) in a large ger (yurt), so single accommodation cannot be provided here. The community ger is a simple mobile Kazakh ger with beds and stoves. It is certainly not fancy but gives us a great opportunity to see how nomadic people live. A shower tent can be provided tonight, but most people will opt to go without a shower because of the cold weather. 0 0 0 4 Private Eagle Hunting Experience with Family Today we'll travel to the nearest mountain and will have a private eagle hunting experience. The hunters will show us eagle calls and will drag the animal skin on the ground and will show off the skills of their eagles. This afternoon we can dress up in traditional Kazakh clothing and hold the eagles for pictures! <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Community ger for the second night 0 0 0 5 Hiking at Khatuu Valley Today we'll travel to Khatuu. This is a gorgeous valley to hike and if you're fit enough, you can climb up to the top. Others can shorten the hike. Here we can explore petroglyphs and have lunch outside or can visit a nearby family of herders and have lunch with them. The lunch will be prepared by our cook. We will return to Ulgii town for our accommodation. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Makhsum Hotel in Ulgii <br /> <br /> ***The hike will take about 3 hours unless you go all the way to the top (total elevation gain to the top 300 meters). Anyone who does not want to climb up can wait at the bottom or can continue hiking, then meet the van at the end of the valley. 0 0 0 6 Golden Eagle Festival In the morning we'll enjoy the opening ceremony of the Golden Eagle Festival as the participants join the parade on horses with their eagles. The competition begins with each Kazakh displaying his hunting outfit and accessories. The most elaborate and beautiful clothing and accessories are given the highest points. In the afternoon, the Golden Eagles will be evaluated for their speed and agility. In the evening we'll watch a Kazakh concert consisting of traditional songs and dances. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Makhsum Hotel in Ulgii 0 0 0 7 Golden Eagle Festival Prepare for some exciting action today! The Golden Eagles will be released from a cliff to attack fox skins that will be dragged by their owner on horseback. The eagles will be judged on their success of grabbing the “fox”, their speed, and “gripping” technique. As the points for the competitions are being tallied, the Kazakhs will compete in their traditional game called “kekbar”- passing goat skin which tests one’s horse-riding skills, strength, and agility. In the late afternoon, the winners of the festival will be announced at the awards ceremony. In the evening, we'll enjoy a celebration dinner. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Makhsum Hotel in Ulgii 0 0 0 8 Flight back to Ulaanbaatar After breakfast, we will visit the local market and then transfer to the local airport for our flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to our hotel. We'll relax the rest of the day or explore Ulaanbaatar on your own. <br /> <br /> Accommodation: Hotel Nine or Equivalent in Ulaanbaatar 0 0 0 9 Departure from Mongolia Transfer to airport after breakfast and departure home. 2023_09_25_western-mongolia-golden-eagle-festival 1695600000 10 scheduled 2799 <p>Experience the best that Western Mongolia has to offer: a living nomadic culture, staying overnight in a ger, and incredibly vast landscapes. On our Experience Western Mongolia &amp; Golden Eagle Festival trip you&#8217;ll visit the Kazakh minority community, learn about their way of life and stay overnight in a ger. You&#8217;ll also witness the stark desolation of the Mongolian landscape on remote roads and day hikes. At the Golden Eagle Festival, we&#8217;ll watch with fascination how these hunters use their birds for this ancient tradition.</p> experience-transylvania-tour Experience Transylvania Tour https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/2016-6102781-1024x684.jpg?fit=1024%2C684&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/December-12-6102715-1024x684.jpg?fit=1024%2C684&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/December-11-6102206-1024x684.jpg?fit=1024%2C684&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Bucharest-5691.jpg?fit=1000%2C673&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Transylvania-Day-One-7004.jpg?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Transylvania-Day-Two-7291.jpg?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/transylvania-romania-tour-photo.jpg?fit=1024%2C684&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/transylvania-romania-tour-photo-1.jpg?fit=1024%2C684&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/bran-castle-transylvania-romania-tour-photo.jpg?fit=1600%2C1068&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Bucharest-transylvania-romania-tour.jpg?fit=1600%2C1068&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Bucharest-transylvania-romania-tour-photo.jpg?fit=1600%2C1068&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Food-transylvania-romania-tour-photo.jpg?fit=1600%2C1068&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/roma-transylvania-romania-tour-photo.jpg?fit=1600%2C1068&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Sibiu-transylvania-romania-tour-photo.jpg?fit=1280%2C890&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Sighisoara-transylvania-romania-tour-photo.jpg?fit=1600%2C1068&ssl=1 https://unquotetravel.com/tours/experience-transylvania-tour/ 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners are included. The accommodation will be in centrally located 3-star boutique hotels and guesthouses. In Viscri, we’ll stay in traditional houses. We use private transportation (car, van, and/or mini bus) with A/C for this trip. A local English-speaking guide will be with the group. 0 0 0 1 Bucharest Most travelers will arrive the day before. Airport transfer is included. We’ll start this tour by exploring the Romanian capital. In the time between the two world wars, the city was called the Paris of the East. We will discover large boulevards, exquisite Belle Epoque villas and palaces, but also traces of Communism. We’ll visit Revolution Square and will also see the famous balcony from which the former communist dictator Ceausescu held his last speech. Besides that, we will see beautiful, hidden corners of the city. Welcome dinner and accommodation in a centrally-located boutique hotel. 0 0 0 2 Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov Buffet breakfast. Start your day by driving through The Prahova Valley, towards the Carpathian mountains. In Sinaia visit the 17th century Sinaia monastery, the first building to be erected in the area. The name “Sinaia” has a direct connection with Mount Sinai: in the 17th-century monks from the St. Catherine monastery came here and founded the Sinaia monastery. Later, in the 19th century the place was chosen by the first Romanian king, Carol I, for building the summer residence of the Romanian Royal Family, the Peles Castle. Have a guided tour of the castle and admire the richly decorated rooms. Your guide will also give you a great insight into the history of Romanian royalty. Further, cross the mountains into Transylvania. In the afternoon, arrive in the city of Brasov, one of the most beautiful medieval cities of Transylvania. The Old Town is very well preserved and has a great atmosphere. Accommodation in a centrally-located boutique hotel. 0 0 0 3 Brasov and Bran Buffet breakfast. In the morning, discover more of Brasov. Just before noon, we’ll drive shortly to Bran, where we visit the famous castle from the 14th century, which gained the nickname of “Dracula’s Castle”. The castle was built on a rock by the wealthy merchants of Brasov in order to protect the border between the medieval states of Wallachia and Transylvania. Find out more about the real historical character of Vlad the Impaler. In the afternoon enjoy some time at leisure. Accommodation in a centrally-located boutique hotel. 0 0 0 4 Brasov – Harman -Prejmer – Viscri The region is called the Burzenland and was home for a short while of the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century. This happened after the Christian forces were defeated in the Middle East. The Hungarian kings permitted them to settle here to defend the eastern borders of Hungary. You will visit two villages which were founded by the Teutonic Knights and were then taken over by the Saxon settlers: Prejmer and Harman. In Prejmer strong defense walls guard the Lutheran church and the approximately 200 storage rooms. A special element is represented by the guards’ walkway: this is the only place in Transylvania where you can actually walk all the way around. In the next village, Harman, you will discover some of the few remaining medieval frescoes in Transylvania. In the afternoon we will drive through the magnificent hills and forests of Transylvania and arrive in the small village of Viscri. The village was included in a restoration project led by the Mihai Eminescu Trust, under the patronage of Prince Charles. Many of the old Saxon houses have been beautifully restored, as well as the medieval Saxon fortified church. Prince Charles himself owns here an old farm dating back to the 18th century. Have a walk through the village and discover a cultural and natural landscape which disappeared in most parts of Europe. Accommodation in traditional houses and home-made dinner. In Prejmer strong defense walls guard the Lutheran church and the approximately 200 storage rooms. A special element is represented by the guards’ walkway: this is the only place in Transylvania where you can actually walk all the way around. In the next village, Harman, you will discover some of the few remaining medieval frescoes in Transylvania. In the afternoon we will drive through the magnificent hills and forests of Transylvania and arrive in the small village of Viscri. The village was included in a restoration project led by the Mihai Eminescu Trust, under the patronage of Prince Charles. Many of the old Saxon houses have been beautifully restored, as well as the medieval Saxon fortified church. Prince Charles himself owns an old farm here dating back to the 18th century. Have a walk through the village and discover a cultural and natural landscape which has disappeared in most parts of Europe. Accommodation in traditional houses and home-made dinner. 0 0 0 5 Viscri – Mesendorf – Sighisoara After breakfast we will hike across flower meadows and through oak woods to Mesendorf. The biodiversity of Transylvania is huge and the land is not fenced in, giving us the opportunity to move in freedom. In the afternoon, we’ll travel by minibus to Saschiz and visit the Info Centre of the NGO Discover Tarnava Mare. This is one of the organizations working for the preservation and restoration of the old Saxon villages and fortified churches, and also for the revival of ancient traditions. Just a short drive further lies Sighisoara, one of the last inhabited fortresses of Europe, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a walk through the romantic streets, we will find out more about the history of the city. We will see the birth house of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula), the Clock Tower and the other towers built in the Middle Ages by the city guilds. Accommodation in a centrally-located guesthouse. 0 0 0 6 Sighisoara – Biertan – Brateiu – Maramures After breakfast, we’ll drive to the fortified church in Biertan. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was for almost 300 years the Lutheran Episcopal see. Its towers and surrounding defense walls remind us of the attacks of the Turks. A few kilometers away from Biertan lies Brateiu, where you will discover a special community: the Romani (Gypsy) coppersmiths. This is a unique opportunity to find out more about their lifestyle, history, and handcraft. In the afternoon, we’ll drive to the rural northern region of Maramures. Accommodation in the Iza Valley and dinner. 0 0 0 7 Maramures Today is entirely dedicated to the beautiful region of Maramures. It is a very special region and many ancient traditions are still alive here. Many craftsmen, like woodcarvers, potters, and carpet makers are still active in the region. Maramures is also renowned for its magnificent wooden churches from the 18th century, some of them UNESCO World heritage sites. We will visit some of them. Our morning program also includes a beautiful 3-hour hike, across hills and meadows. In the afternoon we will drive to the small town of Sighetu Marmatiei, the birthplace of Elie Wiesel. In Sighet we will visit the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, created in 1993 in the former 19th-century prison of Sighet. At the end of the 1940s, after the communists took over the power, and during the 1950s it served as a political prison for the former democratic political elite of the country. This can be quite an emotional experience! A short drive away from Sighet lies Sapanta, where we will visit the Merry Cemetery with its colorful 800+ wooden crosses. On each cross, a painting presents a life scene of the deceased and a few verses, some really funny, describing his or her life. Accommodation in the historic Iza Valley (in a traditional, picturesque village) and dinner. 0 0 0 8 Maramures – Cluj Breakfast. We will leave the Maramures today and drive back to Transylvania. We will first cross the mountains and reach Baia Mare and continue then towards Cluj. In the afternoon, we will explore Cluj, the biggest Transylvanian town and one of the most important university centres of the country. Have a walking tour of the city, which saw a rapid development in the last few years. Learn more about the greatest Hungarian king, Mathias Corvinus, who was born in Cluj in the 15th century. An impressive statue on the main marketplace shows him together with his closest collaborators. The Roman-Catholic church next to it dates back to the 14th century. Accommodation in a centrally-located boutique hotel. 0 0 0 9 Cluj – Hunedoara – Sibiu Breakfast. Today we’ll head to southern Transylvania and visit first the Hunyadi Castle in Hunedoara. It is one of the most impressive in Romania, dating back to the 15th century. In the afternoon we’ll arrive in Sibiu and explore its Old Town. The big marketplace is the largest in Transylvania, surrounded by former residences of the nobility. Here we will also see the 18th-century Catholic Church built by Maria Theresia. Our walk then takes us to the small marketplace, where the different guilds of the city used to sell their products. The Liar’s bridge and the Lutheran Church are additional landmarks of the city. Accommodation in a centrally-located boutique hotel. 0 0 0 10 Sibiu – Bucharest Drive through the Olt Valley to Sibiu. Stop en route and visit one of Romania’s oldest Orthodox monasteries, the Cozia monastery from the 14th century. In the afternoon explore more of Bucharest on your own. Farewell dinner and accommodation in a centrally-located boutique hotel. 0 0 0 11 Departure Transfer to airport. Goodbye, Romania. 2020_08_09_experience-transylvania-tour 1596931200 10 scheduled 1899 <p><strong>Expect a nice mix of cities, small towns, and villages with a healthy dose of centuries-old traditions and walks through the countryside on this slow-paced trip around Transylvania (including Maramures and Bucharest).</strong></p> <p>On this locally-focused trip, we’ll examine the lasting influence of the German Saxons, who settled this region starting in the 12th century. We’ll climb clock towers, wander medieval streets, eat home-cooked meals, experience the hospitality of village life, and even meet a Roma coppersmith.</p> experience-mongolian-gobi-tour Experience Mongolian Gobi Tour https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Central-Mongolia-Part-2-3568.jpg?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Camel-riding-at-Khongor-sand-dune-1024x576.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Central-Mongolia-Part-2-3319.jpg?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Central-Mongolia-Part-2-3346.jpg?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Central-Mongolia-3067.jpg?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Central-Mongolia-Part-2-3371.jpg?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Central-Mongolia-3110.jpg?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Central-Mongolia-3202.jpg?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Kharakhorum-6109898.jpg?fit=2000%2C1335&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/July-21-6100260.jpg?fit=2000%2C1335&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/July-14-6051.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Hustei-6109506.jpg?fit=2000%2C1335&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Gurvanbulag-6109741.jpg?fit=2000%2C1335&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Gurvanbulag-6589.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Gurvanbulag-6460.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Gurvanbulag-6321.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Gobi-6100197.jpg?fit=2000%2C1335&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Gobi-3450562.jpg?fit=2000%2C1500&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Gobi-6877.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Gobi-7024.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Gobi-6840.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Gurvanbulag-6622.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://unquotetravel.com/tours/experience-mongolian-gobi-tour/ 8 Breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners are included in this trip. The accommodation will range from a three-star hotel for 2 nights in Ulaanbaatar before and after traveling through the countryside of Mongolia where we will spend 6 nights in ger camps and one night in a community-based ger stay. The transportation during this trip will be by bus/minibus in the city and by 4WD Russian minivan in the countryside. There is one domestic flight. A local English-speaking guide will accompany the group. 0 0 0 1 Arrival to Ulaanbaatar Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Transfer to hotel. After lunch we will visit Gandantegchinlen Monastery and the National Museum of Mongolia. We'll enjoy a traditional art performance and welcome dinner. Stay overnight in three-star hotel.<br /> <br /> 0 0 0 2 Khustai National Park Travel to Khustai National Park, home to the resurrected wild Mongolian horses, popularly known as Takhi (Przewalski’s Horse). Following our visit to the Information Center we will hike for a couple hours, covering about 8-10km, hoping to see Takhi horses and other wildlife. Stay overnight in ger camp. 0 0 0 3 Visit nomad community and hiking Travel for 200km to Gurvanbulag county to reach a community of nomadic herders. Upon arrival, you will be greeted according to Mongolian tradition and warmly welcomed to nomadic meals and tea. Experiencing this cultural immersion of nomadic life is a highlight of our trip. In the afternoon we will watch how skillful cowboys catch horses by “uurga” – a traditional wooden lasso and training an untamed horse that has never been ridden before. You will learn more in-depth about traditional technology and how to make a halter and hobble by leather. Stay overnight in community-based ger camp. 0 0 0 4 KharaKhorum Travel to KharaKhorum. Visit the famous Erdene Zuu (Hundred Treasures) monastery, built on the remains of the ancient Kharakhorum city in 1586 by the order of Abtai Sain Khan, descendent of Chinggis Khan. This was the first Buddhist center in Mongolia. The monastery is surrounded by a wall with 108 stupas, 25 of which are on each side and two at every corner. We will visit a local historical museum and additional sites around the area. Stay overnight in ger camp. 0 0 0 5 From Steppe to Desert Travel 270 km to Ongi temple ruins. We'll reach our ger camp by late afternoon. In the evening we'll take a short hike along the area where the ruins are situated. Stay overnight in ger camp. 0 0 0 6 Bayanzag & Hiking Continue traveling to Bayanzag. Here we will see the saksaul forest in the Gobi desert and the red flaming cliffs, which formed by the erosion of the sand and rock over many thousands of years. 70 million years ago dinosaurs lived here and this place is internationally famous for its dinosaur remains including complete skeletons, eggs and hatchlings from the Cretaceous Period. We'll hike through the saksaul forest for an hour or two followed by a Gobi sunset. Stay overnight in ger camp. 0 0 0 7 Khongor Sand Dunes and Camel Riding Travel to 170 km to the Khongor sand dunes. Known as the Singing sand dunes, the Khongor dunes reach up to 300 meters high, 15km wide, and 180km long. In the afternoon we'll walk over the golden sand dunes looking out at the incredible view from atop the dunes. Today we will visit a nomad family and have a chance to see nomadic life in the Gobi. You can taste traditional dairy products made of camel milk. We'll ride camels through the desert for an hour. Stay overnight in ger camp. 0 0 0 8 Yol Valley & Hiking This morning we will travel to the Yol Valley (Lammergeier’s Gorge) about 180km away. Sheltering rich wildlife, this picturesque valley is situated between the beautiful peaks of the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains. We'll also visit the Gobi museum and hike through the valley for about 5-6km. Stay overnight in ger camp. 0 0 0 9 Return flight to Ulaanbaatar After breakfast we'll drive to the local airport and take a flight to Ulaanbaatar. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. Guided shopping for cashmere and other souvenirs. Enjoy the farewell dinner. Stay overnight in three-star hotel. 0 0 0 10 Departure After breakfast transfer to airport for departure. (If you are joining our <a href="https://unquotetravel.com/group-tours/western-mongolia-golden-eagle-festival">Experience Western Mongolia & Golden Eagle Festival</a>. you'll join the group in Ulaanbaatar. 2020_09_04_experience-mongolian-gobi-tour 1599177600 10 scheduled 2599 <p>Experience the best that Mongolia has to offer: a living nomadic culture, Buddhist heritage, and incredible landscapes. On our Experience Mongolian Gobi trip you&#8217;ll stay with a nomadic community, learning about their way of life and stay overnight in a ger. You&#8217;ll also witness the desolation of the Mongolian landscape, and hike through national parks before reaching the Gobi desert. At the Gobi we&#8217;ll traverse the immense Khongor Sand Dunes, enjoying epic views.</p> experience-kyrgyzstan-trekking Experience Kyrgyzstan: Trekking and Local Culture https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Song Kol Horse Trek-6105648-L.jpg?fit=800%2C534&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Bishkek-5818.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Bishkek-5832.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Bishkek-5842.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Bokonbaevo-5636.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Bokonbaevo-5756.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Bokonbaevo-5775.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/GoPro-0282.jpg?fit=2000%2C1500&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jumgal-4896.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jumgal-6104942.jpg?fit=2000%2C1335&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jumgal-6105435.jpg?fit=2000%2C1335&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Kol-Ukok-6107484.jpg?fit=2000%2C1335&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Kol-Ukok-6107536.jpg?fit=2000%2C1335&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Song-Kol-Horse-Trek-5508.jpg?fit=2000%2C1333&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Song-Kol-Horse-Trek-6105984.jpg?fit=2000%2C1335&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Song-Kol-Horse-Trek-6106078.jpg?fit=2000%2C1335&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Song-Kol-Horse-Trek-6106752.jpg?fit=2000%2C1335&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/kyrgyzstan-lake.jpg?fit=3072%2C2304&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/On-the-way-to-Koel-Suu-lake-kyrgyzstan.jpg?fit=1024%2C768&ssl=1 https://unquotetravel.com/tours/experience-kyrgyzstan-trekking/ All meals are included. Meals will be taken with local families in yurts, at roadside eateries, village cafes, local restaurants in the city, and cooked by local staff while trekking in the mountains. All accommodation is included. Nights will be spent in a guesthouse in Bishkek, tent while trekking, homestay yurts in the countryside, and a tourist yurt camp. The trip will mostly be by private 4-wheel drive minivan, by foot while hiking/trekking, raft across the lake for two days, and by horseback for one day. This tour will be led by an English-speaking local guide and Unquote Travel's Stephen Bugno who has been in love with the region since he lived in Central Asia from 2002-04. This will be his 4th trip to Kyrgyzstan. 0 0 0 1 Bishkek to Rot-Front After landing in Bishkek our guide will meet you at the airport and welcome you to Kyrgyzstan. Since most flights land at 3 am everyone will be able to unpack their bags and take a rest at our guesthouse in Bishkek. At 10:00 am breakfast will be ready and our guide will give you an overview of Kyrgyzstan and about the places you will see here. Once everyone is ready you will head out of the city and take the scenic route to the old German village of Rot-Front. Once you arrive at the Farm Guesthouse your hosts will greet you with hot tea and bread. Have a walk through the small village and take a short hike to the yurt camp near the mountains in the afternoon. <br /> <br /> Accommodation The Farm Guesthouse in Rot-Front 0 0 0 2 Bishkek to Char Valley After breakfast, everyone will pack their bags and start the journey over countless mountain passes with extensive views. The first stop of the day will be in the regional center of the Kochkor area where you will be able to meet with local artisans and learn how they are making national handicrafts. A lunch of local specialties will be served in the yurt. After lunch, we'll stop at a hidden waterfall where everyone will be able to stretch their legs and discover the mysteries of the waterfall. The last stop of the day will be at the yurt camp in the valley of Shaar where we'll be hosted by a local family. <br /> <br /> Accommodation Char Yurt Camp near At-Bashy 0 0 0 3 Char Valley to Kok Kyia After breakfast, the adventure will start with a drive to the Kok Kyia valley. The first stop will be at the military check-point so make sure to have your passport handy. Our next stop will be at a panoramic view where you can see the ruins of the first Czarist military base in the area. We'll share a picnic lunch with an epic view! After lunch, we'll arrive at Meder’s Yurt camp where the family will great you with tea and bread. After dinner, it’s possible to take a short hike to the summit of the nearby mountain to get a great view of the area and to see the Kol Suu lake in the distance. <br /> <br /> Accommodation Meder’s Yurt Camp in the Kok Kyia valley 0 0 0 4 Horseback riding to Kol Suu Lake After breakfast, we'll jump on the back of a horse and head to the stunning Kel Suu Lake. Horseback riding will last 2-3 hours from the Yurt Camp to the edge of the Kol Suu Lake. Kol Suu Lake is in a natural dam lying between vertiginous sharp cliffs. Keep an eye out for birds of prey in this area, as well as ibex, foxes, and marmots. The lake has been dry since June 2018 and it's a very mysterious lake that everyone hopes will fill again in the spring of 2019. If there is no water in the lake everyone will hike across the empty river bed. If the lake is full of water we will inflate our pack rafts and start padding on Kol Suu Lake. Kol Suu Lake is 15km long and 40m wide at its narrowest point. You will be able to see massive 800m cliffs that will meet you at the edges of the lake. <br /> <br /> Accommodation in tents near Chong Tash on the east side of Kol Suu Lake. 0 0 0 5 Trekking into the wild near the “Five Boys Valley” After an early start, we will head towards the “Five Boys Valley”, which very close to the border of China. Today is created as an exploring day to reach a peak or to enjoy the alpine valleys. Since this is a remote and infrequently visited place, you will be able to discover new trekking paths or follow the paths of ibex goats. We'll eat dinner back at the camp. <br /> <br /> Accommodation in tents near Chong Tash on the east side of Kol Suu Lake. 0 0 0 6 Hiking from Kel Suu lake back to Kok Kyia After breakfast, we will be able to summit the Eshegart pass at 3933m (12,904 ft) and descend into the Tuyuk Boto Valley. If we are lucky and tread lightly, we might be able to see wildlife in this very remote and wild region. The view from the Eshegart pass will give us a great view of Kel Suu lake and an expansive view towards China. In the late afternoon, you will arrive back at Meder’s yurt camp and be greeted with cups of warm tea and great local dishes. <br /> <br /> Accommodation Meder’s Yurt Camp in the Kok Kyia valley. 0 0 0 7 Kol Suu to Tash Rabat Caravanserai After leaving Meder’s yurt camp, we will drive via the Torugart Pass on the way to Tash Rabat Caravanserai. The first stop will be near the Torugart Pass where you will be able to look east and to see China. The road that you are traveling on is the actual Silk Road. Before arriving at Tash Rabat, turn your watch back to the 15th century and explore this Silk Road Caravanserai. After counting all the rooms in Tash Rabat Caravanserai, your hosts Narzira will great you with tea and bread at her Yurt Camp. It’s possible to hire a Russian style sauna where you can wash up after all the days in the mountains. <br /> <br /> Accommodation at Nazira’s Yurt Camp in Tash Rabat. 0 0 0 8 Tash Rabat to Sog Kol After leaving Nazira’s Yurt Camp, we will drive the back roads to Song Kol lake. The first stop will be in the small village of Baetovo to have a look around the bazaar to meet with local sellers. Don’t forget to ask for a cup of kumis (fermented mare's milk!) or try some other local candies. We'll eat a picnic lunch on the way before arriving at Backet’s Yurt Camp. Once we arrive at Song Kol lake you will be able to meet Backet’s family and share tea with his kids. Before dinner, it will be possible to have a short hike to the lake or to trek up to the panoramic point behind the yurt camp. <br /> <br /> Accommodation at Backet’s Yurt Camp. 0 0 0 9 Song Kol to Bokonbayevo After an early breakfast, we'll pack our bags and make our way to the 2nd largest alpine lake in the world: Issyk Kul Lake. The first stop of the day will be the Kalmak Ashu pass that makes for a great place to stretch your legs and admire the incredible view. We'll eat lunch with a local family in Kochkor before heading to Issyk Kul. Once we arrive at Bel Tam Yurt Camp on the shores of Issyk Kul, Aidia Eje will greet us with tea and bread. We'll spend the late afternoon on the beach and jump into crystal-clear lake Issyk Kul for a swim. <br /> <br /> Accommodation at Bel Tam Yurt Camp near Bokonbayevo. 0 0 0 10 Bokonvayevo to Fairytale Canyons to Bokonbayevo For the early risers in the group, don’t miss out on the sunrise over Issyk Kul from the doors of your yurt. After breakfast, everyone will be able to stretch their legs and head to Fairytale Canyons where we'll take a 2-hour hike through the sand canyons full of legends. After the hike, we'll take lunch with Aitbek’s family near the mountains. Aitebek is an Eagle Hunter who will show you his Golden Eagle and Kyrgyz Taigan hunting dogs that he uses to hunt foxes, wolves, and rabbits. Aitebek will show you how he is working with his Golden Eagle and you will be able to join in on a hunt to see it for yourself. After having tea with Aitebek’s family you will be able to head back to the Issyk Kul to enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the beach before dinner. <br /> <br /> Accommodation at Bel Tam Yurt Camp near Bokonbayevo. 0 0 0 11 Bokonvayevo to Bishkek After a large breakfast, we'll make our way back to Bishkek with a few stops along the way. The first will be in the Manjyly-Ata valley, at a small village where local residents specialize in building all the components for yurts. You will learn how to build your own yurt and discover how the yurts are made. We'll stop for lunch in Boom Gorge on the way back to Bishkek. The next stop is Burana Tower, which is a ruin from the 10th century when this area was a large city on the Silk Road. Burana Tower is full of local legends from the days of the Silk Road. After exploring Burana Tower we will drive back to Bishkek and arrive at the guesthouse. Once everyone unpacks, we will explore the city of Bishkek and try various delicious local dishes at a Kyrgyz ethnic café. <br /> <br /> Accommodation at the Blue Camel Guesthouse in Bishkek 0 0 0 12 Bishkek Independence Day We are fortunate to be in Kyrgyzstan on the 31st of August to experience the 27th anniversary of the independence of the Kyrgyz Republic! After breakfast everyone will head to the city center to see the large parade and have chance encounters with locals happy to share their history and culture with you. After lunch, we will go to the main sports arena to watch the national horse games. It’s quite a lot of fun to experiences these games which are played between the different regions of Kyrgyzstan. After the dinner party, everyone will be able to watch the fireworks from a panoramic view of the city. <br /> <br /> Accommodation at the Blue Camel Guesthouse in Bishkek . 0 0 0 13 Bishkek flight home After an early breakfast, everyone will be transferred to the airport as a group. We hope that everyone enjoyed their time in Kyrgyzstan and tells their friends what an amazing place it is. 2019_08_20_experience-kyrgyzstan-trekking 1566259200 10 scheduled 1999 <p>Experience the best that Kyrgyzstan has to offer: a living semi-nomadic culture, incredible alpine landscapes, and the chance to visit a country few outsiders will ever go. On our Experience Kyrgyzstan: Trekking and Local Culture trip you&#8217;ll stay with real families, learning about their way of life and sleep overnight in a yurt. You&#8217;ll also witness the spectacular beauty of the remote Kyrgyz landscape while trekking by foot, horseback, and raft. Before leaving, we&#8217;ll take in the distinct celebrations of Independence Day in the Kyrgyz Republic.</p> experience-bhutan Experience Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Bhutan-Punakha-8228.jpg?fit=1200%2C797&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/bhutan.jpg?fit=1200%2C797&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Bhutan-7708.jpg?fit=1200%2C797&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Bhutan-Punakha-Dzong.jpg?fit=1200%2C797&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Bhutan-thimphu-8547.jpg?fit=1200%2C797&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Bhutan-7687.jpg?fit=1200%2C797&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Bhutan-thimphu-8527.jpg?fit=1200%2C797&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Bhutan-7844.jpg?fit=1200%2C797&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Bhutan-thimphu-8555.jpg?fit=1200%2C797&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/bhutan.2.jpg?fit=1200%2C797&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Flag_of_Bhutan.svg_.png?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/bhutan.3.jpg?fit=1200%2C797&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/DSC_8031.jpg?fit=3872%2C2592&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/DSC_8034.jpg?fit=3872%2C2592&ssl=1 https://unquotetravel.com/tours/experience-bhutan/ All meals are included. All accommodation is included. Eight nights in 3-star hotels and one homestay at a local farmhouse. The trip will by private minivan or van. This tour will be led by an English-speaking local guide and Unquote Travel's co-founder Stephen Bugno. 0 0 0 1 Arrive at Paro, drive to Thimphu On the flight into Paro (elevation 2200 m/ 7800 ft.) you’ll get an introduction to the spectacular beauty of Bhutan from above. From a window seat on a clear day you can enjoy a magnificent view of Bhutan’s snow-capped peaks as you approach Paro. On arrival, you will be received by your guide and your driver who will drive you to the capital city, Thimphu (elevation 2400 m/ 8000 ft.). The 45-minute drive follows the rivers of Paro and Thimphu. You will have ample time to look around the city, the only capital in the world with no traffic lights. Dinner and overnight at hotel. 0 0 0 2 Thimphu Sightseeing After breakfast we’ll visit the Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Then we’ll drive to Motithang for a bird’s eye view of the capital city. Next we’ll visit the mini zoo to get up close with a Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Takins are a unique looking animal and are the only occupants of the mini zoo. There is an interesting story to their existence, which you will hear from your guide. Next, we’ll drive to Drubthop Lhakhang, the nunnery temple. Return to town for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we’ll visit the Bhutanese Indigenous Hospital, Traditional Painting School, National Library and continue our drive south to Lungtenzampa to visit the Royal silversmith at work and then stop by at the Bhutanese Paper factory. Time permitting we will visit Simtokha Dzong (fortress), the first Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1624. It currently houses the Institute of Learning for Culture and Buddhist Studies. Dinner and overnight at hotel. 0 0 0 3 Drive to Punakha Valley to See Punakha Dzong & Hike to Temple of Divine Madman Leaving Thimphu the road gradually climbs through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m/10,000 ft.). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After a brief stop to catch the breathtaking views, we will descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha (1,350 meters/ 4,430 feet). Before proceeding further to Punakha town we will hike through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang Temple located on a small hilltop. <br /> <br /> Chimi Lhakhang Temple is dedicated to the great Yogi of the 14th century known as Drukpa Kuenley, or popularly known in the west as the “Divine madman”. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. A popular pilgrimage spot for the Bhutanese, it is frequented by childless couples and parents who have difficulty raising children. After Lunch, we’ll continue to Punakha Dzong (Fortress) situated between the two rivers Pho Chu and Mochu (Male and Female Rivers). This fortress is now used as the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (the Spiritual head of Bhutan). This Dzong had served as the capital seat of the Kingdom for more than three hundred years. Dinner and overnight at hotel. 0 0 0 4 Drive Scenic Punakha to Phobjikha Valley and Homestay Today we’ll head down the valley to Wangdi Phodrang and enjoy the 2-hour scenic drive east to the Phobjikha Valley. Before we reach Pele La Pass, we’ll make a right turn on a spur road and exit the highway. The road will lead us to the broad and beautiful valley of Phobjikha. This valley is also home to the Black-necked cranes, an endangered species of bird that migrates from the plateau of Tibet. The birds migrate in late October and they return to Tibet in March/April. The Black-necked Crane, deeply revered as a heavenly bird (lhab-bja), is also known as Thrung Thrung Karmo. The birds have harmoniously coexisted with the local residents largely due to locals’ strong Buddhist beliefs. The lhab-bja appears in the Bhutanese folklore, songs, dances and historical references. Then we’ll visit the Gangtey Goenpa (Monastery). <br /> <br /> Tonight we’ll experience a homestay at a local farmhouse. You will get to enjoy some authentic Bhutanese hospitality tonight and while the standards or comfort level may not be as high as the hotels, it is a good opportunity to learn about a family’s day to day life. In most cases, the mattress will be on the floor (no bed) and the bathroom is shared (not attached to the room). 0 0 0 5 Explore the Phobjikha Valley After breakfast, we’ll take a beautiful hike around the Phobjikha valley, explore the villages, and look for black-necked cranes if there are any. We’ll also stop by to visit the crane information center. Return journey towards Dochu La Pass. Overnight at hotel. 0 0 0 6 Drive Punakha to Paro Valley and hike to Stupa After breakfast, we’ll drive through the Punakha Valley. Along the way we’ll stop to hike about an hour up the switchbacks to the Namgyel Khamsum Yuely Chorten (stupa). Looking downstream, the viewpoint here affords expansive views of the Mochu River Valley below. We’ll descend from the temple and follow a well-worn path down the valley through rice fields and small villages. Along the way we are rewarded with stunning views, the terraced rice paddies providing a gorgeous backdrop to the river below. After enjoying a picnic lunch alongside the river, we’ll continue our journey to Paro. Upon arrival in Paro, you will have time for walking around the town and for some shopping. Overnight at hotel. 0 0 0 7 Visit Paro Valley This afternoon we will visit the National Museum, housed in a unique, semi-circular shaped Ta Dzong, built in 1775. The Ta Dzong, with its six floors, was once the watchtower for the massive Paro Dzong, built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The museum has the most extensive collection Bhutanese artifacts and history, which include, ancient crafts, wares, weapons, a collection of antique thangkha (painted or embroidered religious pictures), textiles, and stamps. The museum provides a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. <br /> <br /> We’ll walk downhill from the museum to the Paro Rinchen Pung Dzong (meaning ‘fortress on a heap of jewels’), the religious and secular center of Paro, and certainly the most dominant feature in the valley. The dzong was first conceived in the 15th-century and finally consecrated in 1646. From the Dzong, we will hike to the river and cross Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge. Paro options include a visit to a traditional farmhouse for lunch with a family. After spending some village time, we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery in the country. Overnight at Hotel. 0 0 0 8 Hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery After breakfast, you’ll be dropped off at the starting point of the excursion to view the spectacular and famous Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s lair).The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees covered with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You’ll stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue the hike for a short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the imposing Taktsang monastery. Built in the 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. It is believed that, in the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tigress to subdue a demon. Guru Rimpoche is supposed to have meditated here for three months and it is considered a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. <br /> <br /> Driving further up the valley, we’ll visit Drukgyel Dzong (the fortress of the victorious Drukpas), built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to celebrate victory over invading Tibetan forces and also to curtail further invasions from the enemy. The route is picturesque, and the site of the dzong, magnificent (from here, it’s only a two-day hike to the border with Tibet, dominated by Mt Jhomalhari). Not far from here also marks the trailhead for the popular and scenic Jumolhari Trek. After returning to town, you can visit the town temple, built in 1525, to check out ancient wall paintings. Spend the rest of the evening in town. Overnight at Hotel. 0 0 0 9 International Flight Departure from Paro Morning drive to Paro Airport for departure to your onward destination. 2020_10_26_experience-bhutan 1603670400 10 scheduled 2699 <p>Experience the best that Bhutan has to offer: a living Buddhist culture, serene monasteries, and a peek into the ancient traditions of this last great Himalayan kingdom. Only open to outsiders since the 1970s, this country of less than one million still doesn&#8217;t have a single traffic signal. Slow down with us to enjoy travel around the serenity of these terraced valleys, snow-capped peaks, and serpentine roads. Few travel to Bhutan. Make the once-in-a-lifetime journey to the &#8220;Land of the Thunder Dragon&#8221;.</p> experience-ancient-kingdoms-thailand Experience Ancient Kingdoms of Thailand https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/DSC7550.jpg?fit=1024%2C683&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Bangkok-0926.jpg?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/DSC7557.jpg?fit=1024%2C683&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Bangkok-0949-1.jpg?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Sukhothai-2747.jpg?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/2016.08_Thailand-6109514.jpg?fit=2000%2C1335&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/DSC7542.jpg?fit=1024%2C683&ssl=1 https://i0.wp.com/unquotetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Bangkok-0939-thailand.jpg?fit=1000%2C667&ssl=1 https://unquotetravel.com/tours/experience-ancient-kingdoms-thailand/ 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. You will be responsible for some meals. Budget between $2-4 per meal (extra if your drink alcohol). 3-star accommodation throughout, as listed in the itinerary (+ Village Homestay). Cost per person is based on twin shared occupancy. A single accommodation supplement is available for $325. Private minivans, public bus, taxi, rental bicycles, canal boat, and one domestic flight. An English-speaking guide will accompany the group. 0 0 0 1 Arrival in Bangkok Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand! This is the the beginning of an incredible adventure around a country that has been on the top of the dream-list for decades now, and yet which still holds endless amounts of areas to be discovered and explored. <br /> <br /> Today is an arrival day for many. There are no activities planned for today, as people will be arriving at different times throughout the day. An evening dinner meeting will be planned for the group to meet each other and your guide for the next two weeks. <br /> <br /> Additional excursions may be arranged at the guest’s request, time permitting. 0 0 0 2 Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Sukhothai Today is a long travel day, as we will be visiting two ancient kingdoms! We will leave Bangkok just after breakfast, and make our way to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam for several hundred years. Now the ancient capital is full of ruins, statues, Buddhist temples and the famous “Buddha head wrapped in roots”. <br /> <br /> After a few hours of visiting some of the highlights of Ayutthaya, we will stop for a quick lunch, and then get back on the road - this time, onwards to Sukhothai. This was the former capital of Siam just prior to Ayutthaya, nearly 800 years ago. Sukhothai literally means “Dawn of Happiness.” <br /> <br /> This ancient kingdom has sometimes been referred to as the “Angkor Wat of Thailand”. One of its distinguishing features is the endless number of Buddha statues which can be seen all around the city. We will arrive in the evening, which will give you time to settle into your hotel and wander the city a little bit, though we’ll save the historical park for tomorrow. 0 0 0 3 Sukhothai An early start today will allow us to visit Sukhothai Historical Park before the heat of the day. Bicycles will be provided so we can cruise between temples as we explore the ancient ruins. Unlike many other Thai historical sites, these structures have not been fully restored, so you may see them in their ruined state. It’s a photographers dream! 0 0 0 4 Sukhothai – Chiang Mai Today is another travel day. We will leave one ancient kingdom to visit another. We will leave Sukhothai to make our way up to Chiang Mai today. It’s a slightly shorter journey (by bus) than that from Bangkok to Sukhothai, though will be without stops this time. It will be a good opportunity for most guests to catch up on some sleep, or write in their journals. The scenery is quite nice in many parts as well. We will arrive in Chiang Mai in the mid-to-late afternoon. <br /> <br /> To welcome you to the ‘city of temples’, we will start by visiting one of the most beautiful temples, Wat Chedi Luang (which translates to ‘Temple with the Big Stupa’). You will have some time to wander around the temple, and possibly partake in a “monk chat”, where monks get to practice their English by answering questions you may have for them about Buddhism or life as a monk. <br /> <br /> We will then enter the temple for Evening Prayer, where you will hear dozens of monks chanting together. The sound is ominous and will likely make your hair stand on end. It’s truly a beautiful experience. <br /> <br /> No activities are planned this evening, so the city is at your disposal. 0 0 0 5 Chiang Mai Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Thailand, the old Lanna Kingdom of Chiang Mai is full of temples and history sure to quench the thirst anyone looking for cultural wonder. Today, we will explore some of the key highlights of the city, while taking a few treks down the ‘sois’, or back alleys, of the city. This tour will give you a glimpse into the wonder of the ancient kingdom, while seeing how it has also blossomed into a vibrant and hip new town, full of art galleries and cafes. Tonight, we will also visit one of the cities bustling night markets for an opportunity to try some fantastic local cuisines. A must for everyone visiting Chiang Mai! 0 0 0 6 Elephant Nature Park Animal tourism is under heavy scrutiny right now due to the all-too-common animal abuse often associated with taming giant wildlife to be submissive to human interaction. One woman in particular has made it her life mission to change that. Known as “Lek”, which means small (especially compared to her giant friends), she founded Elephant Nature Park – one of the few legitimate sanctuaries in Thailand where former working elephants (rides and lumber mill workers) can retire and spend their final days in peace. Guests are only permitted to feed, bathe and observe these gentle giants in a sanctuary much more reminiscent to the wild than any of the work camps they had to endure in their lives. This day will surely be a highlight – being able to learn and interact in a safe and responsible manner with the world’s largest land mammal. 0 0 0 7 Chiang Mai Today is a free day to explore, shop and relax around the city. You will receive a voucher for a Thai Massage as well to use during your spare time. No other activities are planned, but your guide will be able to assist in making any optional arrangements you need help with. 0 0 0 8 Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai It’s time to get back on the bus! Today we’re heading to another Lanna Kingdom, the city of Chiang Rai! Both Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai were not part of Siam, but rather part of Lanna. They were only proclaimed a province of Thailand in 1933, when Siam and Lanna joined to be what is now known as Thailand. Chiang Rai is a small city, and very walkable to some of the key attractions. However, one of its main attractions is the famous “White Temple”, which was designed by a local artist. Even to this day, the White Temple continues to grow and get more beautiful elements added to it. It is truly a unique site, and though a religious area, has become a tourist destination for foreigners, locals, and even monks alike! Once we have checked in, we will take a city bus out to the White Temple about 11 kms from the city center. Upon returning to the city, you will have some time to rest, wander some more or freshen up, and then have the option of seeing the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar which happens every night, and is a highlight of the city. There are lots of neat shops, and some great places to eat here, all accompanied by live musical performances - you might even see a lady-boy cabaret set if you’re lucky! 0 0 0 9 Akha Hill Tribe This will certainly be a highlight of many people’s journey. Today we are fortunate enough to be visiting a responsibly operated hill tribe (local indigenous group), known as the Akha. This community-based project has been set up to help support the village, and also other villages surrounding it. Located in the foothills of the mountains, about an hour out from the city, it is a fascinating look into the rural life in northern Thailand. <br /> <br /> Once you’ve settled in and had a chance to meet some of the locals and a wander around to explore the surrounding area, we will have a local traditional cooking class, where you will learn some very unique dishes you may not find anywhere else! The food is all fresh locally grown ingredients, and very tasty! <br /> <br /> In the evening, some of the local hill tribe members will come perform a traditional Akha dance. It is customary for welcoming guests into the village, and if you wish to jump up and partake, they would be thrilled to share this part of their culture with you - or you can just sit back and enjoy the show. <br /> <br /> The accommodation is a little more basic than we’ve been used to on the trip so far, but still quite comfortable. 0 0 0 10 Akha Hill Tribe – Bangkok It is another beautiful day in the Akha Village. We will see a bit more about the local way of life here, which is predominantly focused around agriculture and nature. We will go for a walk through the village and out into some of the stunning natural surroundings, seeing where the Akha have lived for centuries, much as they still do today (though now with cell phones) ;) After lunch, you will be able to work off some of your meal by taking a hand at local farming tactics, and get to see some of the crops grown in the village. Farming and bartering have always been the primary source of revenue and trade for hill tribes. It is hard work, but they get to spend the day in nature and reap what they sow. It is an honor for us to share this part of their life with them. We will head back to the accommodations for a quick shower, and then we’re off to Chiang Rai again to catch our flight back down to Bangkok. Be prepared for a bit of culture shock upon returning! No activities are planned this evening. 0 0 0 11 Bangkok Finally, an opportunity to explore the Bangkok - Asia’s “City of Angels” and modern capital of the Kingdom of Thailand. With visits to some of the top highlights, such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho (the reclining Buddha), Bangkok boasts an endless number of places to visit and discover. We will also take you off the beaten path to venture into some of the more local neighborhoods, and travel along the Chao Phraya river to see the lifeline to this old city, where most of its earliest villages were first settled. <br /> <br /> Tonight we will have a final dinner of a special variety served. We will be hosted by a local project called “Courageous Kitchen”, which aids impoverished families seeking asylum. All proceeds from your dinner will go to helping those in need - and the food is cooked by one of the families (on rotation), giving them an opportunity to ‘work’ for their money, also helping establish and reaffirm their sense of self worth. It’s great food, a fun night out, and all going to a good cause! A perfect way to give back to Thailand after our adventure exploring it together. 0 0 0 12 Bangkok This is the final day of the tour. We hope you enjoyed your experience in Thailand. We will provide a private airport transfer for your flight. 2018_11_05_experience-ancient-kingdoms-thailand 1541376000 12 scheduled 2299 <p><strong>Experience the best that Thailand has to offer: a taste of its world-famous cuisine, a village homestay with a hill tribe community, and an exploration of the extraordinary ancient Thai kingdoms.</strong></p> <p>On this tour, we’ll travel from the pulsating modern capital of Bangkok to the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya and its famous &#8220;Buddha head wrapped in roots&#8221;. In central Thailand, a stop at Sukhothai will show you why some are calling this site the “Angkor of Thailand” Then we&#8217;ll continue on to Chaing Mai to visit the famous night market and spend an unforgettable day with elephants in a humane way. Finally, a homestay in an Akha hill tribe village will introduce you to their way of life and cuisine, which you&#8217;ll discover through a cooking course. Returning to Bangkok before we depart, we&#8217;ll see the sights and get a chance to give back with our farewell meal at Courageous Kitchen. Our small group size of 12 or less will allow us more flexibility, and allow us to do things big groups simply can’t.</p>