Tailormade Tours / Tailormade Extensions
The limited number of direct flight routes to Mongolia, combined with the allure of the main transit countries in between, have led us to design a variety of tempting foreign forays to complement our Mongolian journeys. We have carefully chosen like-minded partner companies in the principal transit countries of Turkey, Russia and China to provide short stopovers and longer extensions.
Beijing was once capital of the Mongolian Empire under Khublai Khan, and forms an integral part of the history between the two countries. China’s capital showcases the ancient and modern, and is well worth spending a few days discovering the best of both that the city and its environs have to offer – classic must-sees plus extra touches that give a deeper insight into local culture. Visit the magnificent Forbidden City, wind your way through the narrow alleyways of the local hutongs, enjoy a dumpling-making class, explore the less-visited section of the Great Wall at Jinshanling, walk the grounds of the tranquil Temple of Heaven, view exhibitions in the Art District 798, climb the steps of the imposing Drum Tower, and stay in a traditional courtyard hotel. Round off the trip with a journey on the Trans-Mongolian train to Ulaanbaatar. We also arrange extensions to Shanghai and Xi’an, as well as designing journeys as far afield as Tibet.
The classic Moscow of the Romanovs, Leo Tolstoy, and ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev is well known around the world. The Kremlin, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin State Museum and the Conservatory rightfully top most to-do lists. But there’s another Moscow — equally fascinating — that we suggest you experience to get a feel for what this place is all about. Visit exhibitions at Winzavod in the meatpacking district; stroll down the Bulvar; hang out at Gorky Park; unwind at a traditional banya – plus get a taste for local living with a homestay in a classic soviet apartment.
Irkutsk is a charming Siberian city of classical architecture and traditional wooden houses – and is the gateway to stunning Lake Baikal. A recommended stop-off for anyone taking the train from Russia to Mongolia. We also arrange extensions to St. Petersburg and Ulan-Ude. And of course, Trans-Siberian train tickets.
Istanbul is a city at the crossroads of civilisation. Straddling Europe and Asia, it manages to be both lavishly ancient and vibrantly modern. The skyline alternates between skyscrapers, Ottoman mosques and Byzantine churches, and at street level the cobblestone streets lead into sprawling palaces and bazaars. Its spectacular location overlooking the waters of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus adds a shimmering finish to this jewel of a city.
Visit the world-famous sites of Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace; revitalise your body at a traditional Turkish hamam; descend into the cavernous Basilica Cistern; take a ferry to the tranquility of Princes’ Islands; mosey through the art galleries of the Istanbul Modern; meander through the aromatic aisles of the Spice Market; shop in the Grand Bazaar; and stay in a traditional Ottoman house.