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Asia Transpacific Journeys Includes Calendar of Festivals In Small Group Trips and Custom Departures

( BOULDER, CO, — Asia Transpacific Journeys is at the forefront of what’s new and hot in Asia and the Pacific, yet also includes centuries-old rites and celebrations in its Small Group Trips and Custom Journeys programs.

“We map our trips several years out so we can include remote and supremely authentic celebrations such as South India’s Wadakkancherry Festival that we’ll experience next February. But we also love the famous festivals, such as the Pushkar Camel Fair, which we visit this November,” says Marilyn Downing Staff, CEO of the 20-year-old company.

Following are festivals coming up in Asia Transpacific Journeys 2007- 2008 calendar. For details on the trips surrounding these events, please see http:/

July 2007 – Mongolia: the Naadam Festival was originally religious, but now celebrates Mongolian independence. It features "manly" activities including wrestling, archery and horse racing, although women now participate in the latter two. The Naadam in Ulaanbaatar is by far the most renowned in all of
Mongolia: in a two-day stint you can witness the Flag Ceremony on the main square, the Opening Ceremony in the stadium, and the wrestling and archery competitions. Grab a seat for the famed horse racing in the surrounding countryside. In the evening witness a performance of Mongolian folk song and dance.

November 21-24, 2007—India: the Pushkar Camel Fair draws livestock traders from all over western India, but that isn't all. Like nearly every gathering, large and small across the country, the lunar calendar dictates the date of the festival, transforming a mere livestock show into an auspicious spiritual confluence of man and beast. There will be mystics and musicians, camel-wallahs and priests, and vendors plying their wares from the far corners of Rajasthan. It's a riot of color and activity, from sacred bathing rituals to camel races. Stay in a private tented camp, which provides a comfortable and secure haven for your two nights here.

November 23-24, 2007 – Thailand: Loy Krathong is known as the festival of lights. Thailand’s most colorful festival, falling on the first full moon each November, will take place Nov 23-24, 2007. At noon boat races are held along the Ping River. This special festival will allow visitors to see the graceful longboats gliding through the water, straining neck to neck for the finish line. In the evening, as the sun falls, pilgrims launch thousands of tiny banana-leaf boats, each carrying a single candle. This is a delicate and mystical scene, enhanced by the light of the full moon.

January 2008 –Myanmar (Burma): Ananda Temple Festival in Bagan is feted for one month, coinciding with the January full moon. The temple, already stunning in the daytime setting, takes on a spectacular radiance in the glow of carnival lights. Entire villages arrive in caravans of covered carts, bringing bed¬ding, cooking pots and dry rations, while rafts bearing pottery and other household goods float downstream toward the fair. The approach to the Ananda Temple is then lined with stall after stall selling a variety of goods for sale, from household knickknacks to huge jars to deli¬cious sweet and savory delights.

Trips range from 14-17 days for Small Group Trips (maximum 16 guests) and cost from $4,395 per person (depending on destination) for land costs that include highest end accommodations, nearly all meals, transfers, visa fees, tips, entrance fees, medical and emergency insurance and a comprehensive pre-departure packet. Asia Transpacific Journeys can also arrange international air through its in-house air department.

Asia Transpacific Journeys has been crafting private Custom Journeys and Small Group Trips to the Asia/Pacific region since 1987.

Says CEO Downing Staff: “Our intimate, in-depth style promotes cross-cultural understanding, encourages environmental sustainability, and fulfills long-held personal dreams.” She notes that Asia Transpacific Journeys regional expertise also makes Asia Transpacific Journeys the operator of choice for dozens of America’s most demanding universities and museums.

For 2007 Asia Transpacific Journeys itineraries of Small Group Trips and Custom Journeys encompass over 20 countries in North Asia, South Asia, SE Asia and the Pacific. Some trips also support global conservation and cultural preservation. Asia Transpacific Journeys own non-profit Asia Transpacific Foundation, established in 1998, works with rural Asian communities to provide clean drinking water through locally made ceramic water filters.

National Geographic Traveler (Oct 2006) has selected Asia Transpacific Journeys’ Myanmar Trip as one of “50 Tours of a Lifetime”

For more information please see http:/ or call toll free 800-642-2742.

Press contact: Sara Widness
802 234 6704

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