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the potala palace tibet accommodation when travelling through north and central asia with audley where you stay is very much part of the experience although in some areas international-style hotels are the best options available wherever possible we have tried to track down some of the characterful unusual options that add an extra dimension to your journey in an area as vast and as diverse as north and central asia this can range from an exquisite japanese ryokan inn to a converted chinese courtyard guesthouse a russian dacha or a traditional felt ger in the heart of the mongolian steppe we regularly inspect the accommodation available updating our knowledge on existing properties and researching new options some of our favourite and more interesting examples are featured within the brochure though we will be happy to recommend many others to suit all budgets and tastes just call to find out more way to gain an insight into the country you are visiting and your guide will speak good

the alpine explorer this active two-week itinerary introduces visitors to the stunning mountain landscapes traditional rural retreats and relaxing onsen hot spring resorts of japan s central region day 1 day 2 day 3 day 4 fly from the uk to tokyo arrive in tokyo transfer to your city centre hotel a day at leisure to explore the city take the bullet train toward nagano in the japanese alps then local transport to the secluded yudanaka onsen spend the day relaxing and watching the famous bathing monkeys return to nagano and continue on to matsumoto visit the celebrated crow castle travel by train and bus to kamikochi deep in the japanese alps a day to hike amongst the peaks or follow gentle river trails continue by bus to traditional takayama spend a day exploring the beautiful nagamachi district and the many temples that ring the town head south to nagoya by train and change to the local kiso valley line to tsumago take the bus to magome and stroll in the footsteps of the ancients

mount aso national park kyushu thought by many to be the birthplace of the japanese nation kyushu is the southernmost of japan s four main islands with a turbulent history matched by its seething volcanic terrain this island was the focal point of foreign interest in japan and the only place during japan s long years of self-imposed isolation where contact with the outside world was permitted a land of cosmopolitan cities and castles active volcanoes and scenic crater lakes kyushu is a prime location to explore japan s history both ancient and more recent an ideal location for scenic hikes in an unspoilt landscape and for visiting hot spring resorts well beyond the reach of conventional tourists nagasaki north kyushu nagasaki is kyushu s best-known city made infamous on 9th august 1945 as the site of the second atomic bomb the understated peace park and museum are a likely point of interest for every visitor but nagasaki s topography mercifully protected the city from being totally

yangtze river classic this itinerary combines china s classic sights with a journey along the great yangtze river it is a distillation of china s highlights providing not only an insight into urban and rural china but also a flavour of this 5,000-year-old civilisation day 1 day 2 fly from the uk to beijing arrive in beijing and transfer to hotel the rest of the day is at leisure explore beijing s many highlights including the forbidden city temple of heaven and great wall visit the summer palace and the hutong backstreets before taking an overnight train to xian arrive early in xian with the morning at leisure afternoon excursion to the ancient city walls and bustling muslim quarter visit the magnificent terracotta army and shaanxi provincial museum and fly to chongqing to join your yangtze cruise cruising through the spectacular three gorges morning excursion to the three gorges dam disembark at yichang and fly on to shanghai half-day walking tour of shanghai with afternoon at

wind and rain bridge chengyang guangxi guizhou the neighbouring provinces of guangxi and guizhou are amongst the poorest and least developed in the whole of china but hidden in the mountainous interior are some of the country s finest scenery and most vibrant ethnic minority groups this is a region of fabulous local festivals spectacular tiered rice terraces and beautiful rural landscapes the infrastructure here is constantly improving but at present the basic accommodation and bumpy roads mean longer journeys requiring greater stamina than the more visited destinations most visitors find their efforts amply rewarded with any discomfort more than compensated by a truly unique experience the pingan mountaintop guesthouse longji this small family-run guesthouse is set in the middle of the beautiful dragon s backbone rice terraces in pingan village longji the facilities are limited but the tranquil setting with its breathtaking views over the village and verdant rice terraces more than

tibet l ying in the shadows of the towering himalayas the great expanse of tibet is flock to the barkhor in lhasa to reaffirm their devotion beneath the sheer walls of the potala palace visitors are welcome to join the pilgrims in their circumambulations spinning prayer wheels and breathing in the unforgettable atmosphere of smoky temples lit by yak-butter lamps and resounding with the chanting of monks breathtaking scenery awaits those who venture beyond the capital the road to kathmandu leads past ice blue lakes yak-herding nomads glaciers and snowy peaks to the winding road descending into nepal just a short diversion brings you to the foot of qomolangma as the local tibetans know mount everest towering majestic over the high peaks of the himalayas whatever experience you seek there are wonders beyond measure to discover here on the `roof of the world a land of mystical monasteries soaring mountains and a warm welcome for all who come to marvel despite the pressures exerted by

kyrgyz explorer a chance to explore in depth one of the most magnificent and friendly countries on earth sublime scenery and fine trekking opportunities await at every turn day 1 day 2 day 3 fly from the uk arrive in bishkek drive to lake issyk-kul visiting ancient petroglyphs en-route to karakol enjoy a day hiking at altyn arashan visit the famous red bulls at djeti orghuz staying overnight in traditional yurts leave early for the long drive to stunning lake song kol a full day hiking or horse trekking around the lake continue onward to naryn and the ancient caravanserai at tash rabat cross the spectacular torugart pass into china and continue to kashgar a day to enjoy the celebrated sunday market leaving the city you head through the mountains to the irkeshtam pass and cross back into kyrgyzstan from sary tash the road winds down to osh in the ferghana valley have a day to explore the town and its enormous sprawling bazaar a few hours drive from osh is the breathtaking uzbek enclave

haghpat monastery armenia armenia armenia is the oldest christian country in the world ­ the entire population converted in 301 ad ­ and has a clutch of related sights unparalleled anywhere outside of palestine the history of this diminutive country has been marked by its early embrace of christianity the armenian genocide of 1915 and the 70 years spent under soviet rule the richness of armenia s history is still very much in evidence in the hallowed halls of echmiadsin the pagan temples of garni and the precipitous monasteries of noravank tatev and haghpat one surprise for the casual visitor is armenia s cuisine full of fresh local herbs and ingredients combining ideas from persia russia and greece with local specialities the marriott yerevan marriott was one of the first western hotel chains to come to the caucasus and it has been judicious in its choice of building and location the yerevan marriott occupies a marvellous 1920s building by armenia s greatest architect alexander

the russia classic this week-long tour provides a brief but fascinating introduction to russia through the cultural and architectural glories of its two greatest cities moscow and st petersburg day 1 fly to moscow transfer to your town centre hotel with an evening at leisure enjoy an introductory city tour featuring red square and the kremlin have the day to explore at your leisure visit the beautiful royal country estate at kolomenskoye afternoon at the tretyakov gallery before the overnight train to st petersburg morning arrival with transfer to hotel afternoon tour of the city spend the morning admiring the magnificent art treasures of the hermitage take a full-day tour to the grand palaces and parks of peterhof have a final morning savouring the splendours of the tsar village and catherine palace before your flight back to the uk day 2 day 3 day 4 day 5 day 6 day 7 day 8 catherine palace st petersburg tailor-made travel our private tailor-made journeys offer complete freedom of

mongolian landscape ulaan baatar around as urban capital of a nomadic nation ulaan baatar is something of a paradox but with the modern world rapidly sweeping away the monolithic remnants of the soviet era the city has become a forward-looking if laid-back base from which to explore this remarkable country the city sits in a picturesque location on the tuul gol river surrounded by mountains that hint at the scenic splendours beyond its bounds a number of impressive and atmospheric sights are dotted around the town including mongolia s largest buddhist monastery the gandan khiid and the extraordinary winter palace of bogd khaan also worth a visit are a number of museums dedicated to mongolia s fascinating cultural and natural history for those with little time to explore further afield we thoroughly recommend sampling the wonders of mongolia s natural heritage and traditional hospitality with an overnight visit to the beautiful khustain national park just a couple of hours drive west

new mill new mill lane witney oxfordshire ox29 9sx united kingdom telephone 01993 838 200 · fax 01993 838 010 email nca@audleytravel.com · website www.audleytravel.com w8501 all of our brochures are printed on paper produced from sustainable resources should you wish to dispose of your brochure we kindly request that you recycle it with special thanks to the following photographers michele falzone michael runkel laurence mitchell chris kober jamie marshall simon spicknell john carr edward allfrey peter flindell bill hobdell terry sullivan taiwan tourist bureau korea tourism organisation japan national tourist organization hong kong tourism board istockphoto.com clare lovelace rogier westerhuis malachy o neill and members of the north central asia