China Experience with Mongolia
14 days with Cosmos Rating:
Day 1 BEIJING.
Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China! Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 BEIJING–ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA.
Today, fly to Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia. After some time in the hotel, enjoy a city tour that includes Sukhbaatar Square and the NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM with a rich collection of exhibits covering the history and people of Mongolia. (B,D)
Day 3 ULAANBAATAR–GOBI DESERT.
Early this morning, fly to the Gobi Desert. Covering most of southern Mongolia, the Gobi is the world’s fourth-largest desert. Visit EAGLE VALLEY and marvel at stunning mountain scenery and the Gobi Glacier. The Gobi supports more than 300 varieties of flora and fauna and several endangered species, including the Snow Leopard and the Bactrian Camel. (B,L,D)
ACCOMMODATIONS IN THE GOBI DESERT
You will be staying in a traditional ger, a round dwelling with a wooden frame. Your ger is comfortably furnished with twin beds and furniture. A natural ventilation system helps it stay cool in the heat of the day, and a stove provides heat at night. Please note – shared bathroom and shower facilities are located in a separate building.
Day 4 GOBI DESERT.
This morning, stop at the largest SAND DUNES in the region en route to Bayan Zag. Here, explore the CEMETERY OF DINOSAURS, where the world’s best-preserved dinosaur skeletons and their petrified eggs were excavated. Then, visit a CAMEL BREEDERS CAMP to learn about the nomadic lifestyle and culture, and to try some traditional food. (B,L,D)
Day 5 GOBI DESERT–ULAANBAATAR.
Fly back to Ulaanbaatar early this morning. Upon arrival, visit the BOGD KHAN WINTER PALACE, the GANDAN MONASTERY, and Zaisan Hill, offering sweeping views of the city. This evening, enjoy a MONGOLIAN FOLKLORE PERFORMANCE featuring traditional musical instruments, throat singing, and dances. (B,L,D)
Day 6 ULAANBAATAR–BEIJING.
Today, return to Beijing and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 7 BEIJING.
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum and to the treasure-filled FORBIDDEN CITY, the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was home to emperors as well as the center of politics. This evening your dinner features the local delicacy, PEKING DUCK. (B,L,D)
Day 8 BEIJING.
The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. (B,L)
Day 9 BEIJING–XI’AN.
Today, fly to Xi’an, the former ancient capital. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 10 XI’AN.
One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. Later, walk along the ancient CITY WALL of Xi’an and visit a CERAMIC and LACQUERWARE factory. (B,L)
Day 11 XI’AN–SHANGHAI.
This morning, take a WALKING TOUR through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets before flying to Shanghai, China’s largest city and center of trade. (B)
Day 12 SHANGHAI.
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful YU YUAN GARDENS, a place of peace and tranquility in this bustling city. Visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture, and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920s-style Shikumen buildings. You will also visit a SILK MUSEUM to learn about the silk-making process. This evening is at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 13 SHANGHAI.
Explore Shanghai at leisure. You may opt to join an optional excursion to the historic water town of Wuzhen, renowned for its Old World charm and picturesque setting. Tonight, join your traveling companions for dinner at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 14 SHANGHAI.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
All This Included
On this tour through China, you'll explore some of China's most famous sites and learn about its ancient and current culture, with a prelude to your trip beginning in the unmatched landscapes of Mongolia. You’ll set out from Beijing, China, on a flight to the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. With a visit to the National History Museum, you’ll be introduced to Mongolia’s rich heritage, history, and people. You’ll next board a plane for the Gobi Desert to experience the spectacular glacial scenery of the Eagle Valley—with more than 300 types of flora and fauna, including the Bactrian camel and the endangered snow leopard. Your adventure in the Gobi Desert includes sand dunes, the Cemetery of Dinosaurs, and a camel-breeders camp to offer fascinating insight into the nomadic lifestyle, ancient culture, and tantalizing traditional foods and folklore.
A highlight of this China tour includes a visit to Xi’an, where you'll discover the Terracotta Warriors. These well-preserved, life-size figures of thousands of warriors, horses, and chariots were created in the 3rd century BC to accompany China's first emperor into the afterlife. They are nothing short of spectacular! Of course, no tour to China is complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure in the world. Imagine how you'll feel when you're standing on this famous site!
Other highlights of this China tour include visits to the Shanghai Museum, with a collection of 140,000 relics, some dating back 6,000 years; Beijing’s Forbidden City, the home of China's emperors from 1420 to 1912; and Beijing's Temple of Heaven, first constructed in 1420 and the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for a good harvest.
You'll enjoy a Peking duck dinner in Beijing, a walking tour of the Muslim quarter in Xi'an, a visit to a Silk Museum in Shanghai, and more. Your value-minded tour of China and the remarkable traditions and terrain of Mongolia is a journey into a spirit of history, beauty, culture, and natural wonders like no other!
BEIJING: Novotel Xin Qiao
XI’AN: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel
SHANGHAI: Golden Tulip New Bund Asia
ULAANBAATAR: Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter
GOBI: Gobi Mirage
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra Nights per person in Beijing:
April–May & September–October: in single room $120; in twin room $65; in triple room $60
June–August: in single room $115; in twin room $63; in triple room $58
Extra Nights per person in Shanghai:
in single room $132; in twin room $71; in triple room $74
Terms and Conditions
* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.