June 30–July 10, 2014
Discover the rugged landscapes and nomadic culture of Mongolia. Explore the capital of Ulan Bator. Fly to the provincial capital of Murun to admire the ancient Uushgiin "deer stones," carved with intricate images of flying reindeer. Enjoy traditional hospitality and sleep under the stars in a ger, or felt-lined circular tent. Conclude in St. Petersburg with a visit to see the treasures of the Siberian collection at the impressive Hermitage Museum. Optional Gobi Desert prelude.
Traveling with You: Denise Leidy, curator in the Department of Asian Art. Listen to how Denise uses gesture as the key to unlocking narratives in works of art in her Connections episode, "Gesture," and explore her 82nd & Fifth episode, "Divinity," about a Liao dynasty arhat (luohan) statue.
Land Rate: $9,750
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Above: Kazakh Yurt, Mongolia