Classic China & Mongolia Tour

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Classic China & Mongolia Tour

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Destination for this trip:

Beijing, China; Guilin, China; Mongolia; Shanghai, China; Suzhou, China; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Xian, China; Yangzhou, China

Length of trip:

20 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 4000 to $ 5000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

Experience the rich culture, food and hospitality that China has to offer first hand. Visit some of the Wonders of China, including the Yangtze River and the Great Wall of China. Also featured are the marvels of Shanghai. These tours include the Mongolian Gobi desert, Karakhorum, even an 80-foot tall Buddha statue. Experience and learn about the important roles each of these places played in the history of Asia. Enjoy the abundance of beauty of nature from the countryside in China and the Steppe in Mongolia. Itinerary: Starting in Depart USA with stops in Shanghai, Suzhou, Guilin, Yangshou, Xi'an, Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Karakhorum, Return USA.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - On the Plane

    Commercial Flight

    You will leave the US for your flight to Shanghai. The adventure begins!

  • Day 2 - Shanghai

    Welcome to Shanghai.

    You will arrive in Shanghai, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

    Sightseeing

    Shanghai - The east meets the west city. This historic home of the European and American headquarters in China is still witnessed by the historic Bund. It is one of the largest cities in China.

  • Day 3 - Shanghai

    Sightseeing

    The day begins with a tour of the classic Yu Yuan Gardens. This beautiful garden area is a picture of Chinese serenity. As you exit the Gardens area, you will be in one of the main shopping centers of Shanghai. Shanghai is so westernized that this section is called, Chinatown. We will give you some time to browse and look at the many types of shops that are there. You will meet at a designated spot to have lunch in the area. Then you will visit the world-class Shanghai Art Museum. This museum features many fine exhibits including the ancient coin collection, the Chinese furniture, art and especially the Ethnic Minorities exhibit. In the evening, you will be taken to the Bund.

    Hotel

    After dinner we will transfer you to your hotel. B

    Evening Option:
    Performing Arts

    The famous Peace Hotel Jazz Band (in the Bund area).

  • Day 4 - Suzhou

    Sightseeing

    We will drive you to Suzhou. On the way to your hotel you will be taken to beautiful Tiger Hill and the Leaning Pagoda. Tiger Hill is a public garden area which is quite beautiful. The Leaning Pagoda is the 2nd largest leaning structure in the world.

    Small Ship or Yacht Cruise

    After lunch you can take a short boat ride on the Grand Canal. This provides an interesting look at the way life is lived along the Grand Canal.

    Sightseeing

    Suzhou: the city of beautiful gardens, canals and fine art. The silk factory and the Embroidery Institute are delightful. This city is also famous for its beautiful women and their very soft skin.

  • Day 5 - Suzhou

    Sightseeing

    Today you will visit the Humble Administrator's Garden which is one of the most beautiful gardens. If you want, you can also visit the smaller and unique Master of the Net Garden. After lunch, you will visit the Silk Factory and the Embroidery Institute (where the Chinese Masters do with thread what our Western Masters did with paint). If there is time you can visit the Pearl Factory. B

  • Day 6 - Guilin

    Commercial Flight

    We will take you to the Shanghai Hangjiao airport for your flight to Guilin.

    Hotel

    There your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. B.

    Guilin, Li Jiang And Yangshuo:
    Sightseeing

    This is one of the most beautiful areas in the world, with rings of fantasy-shaped mountains disappearing into the mist. The river, mountains, and caves all combine to provide a wide variety of natural beauty.

  • Day 7 - Guilin

    Sightseeing

    This morning you will take a brief city tour, including Fubo Hill and Elephant Trunk Hill Park. Then you will visit to the beautiful Reed Flute Caves.

    Late afternoon option:
    Spa/Wellness

    The world famous Guilin Foot Massage!

    Evening option:
    Performing Arts

    The Minorities Concerts - This is a delightful display of the costumes, dances, acrobatics and other entertainments from many of the Chinese minorities. B

  • Day 8 - Yangzhou

    River or Barge Cruise

    You will go on the Li Jiang River Cruise. This is one of the most beautiful areas in the whole world; showing the magnificent limestone mountains rising along the riverbanks. You can enjoy the mountains shrouded in clouds and catching a glimpse of the people who live along the riverbanks. Cormorant fishermen still use these unusual birds to catch their daily fish.

    Sightseeing

    As the cruise ends, you will disembark in Yangshuo, a quaint village with a very nice street market. Most tours only spend an hour in this village and then return to Guilin. But this is in the midst of the beautiful fantasy shaped mountains. The beautiful mountains are close by and you can go into the countryside to see the beautiful vistas. You can take a bicycle ride or drive outside the city to see some of the most beautiful sites you will ever see, or if you prefer, you can be driven. Then you will spend the night in this beautiful area. B, L

    Evening Option :
    Performing Arts

    The amazing new multi-media presentation with hundreds of performers, lights, effects (all very beautifully and professionally coordinated by a professional Chinese director) utilizing the amazing fantasy-shaped mountains as a backdrop. This is an amazing show.

  • Day 9 - Xian

    Sightseeing

    You will take a drive through the Chinese countryside, seeing beautiful, rural areas of this beautiful country. We will stop and visit a local resident and/or farmer in this area.

    Commercial Flight

    Then you will continue onto the Guilin airport for your flight to Xian.

    Hotel

    There your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. B, L

    Sightseeing

    XI'AN - The oldest capital of China and the home of incredible archaeological discoveries and the Eastern-most city of the Silk Road. It is the site of the ancient emperor's burial sites. Xi'an is naturally a flat area. The many hills that you will see there are actually burial mounds of emperors, governors, and other rich dignitaries.

  • Day 10 - Xian

    Sightseeing

    The day begins with a tour of the city, including the old city wall (which 4 chariots could ride abreast) and the Wild Goose Pagoda, with its Drum Tower and Bell Tower. After lunch we will take you to the World-Class Shaanxi Provincial Museum (once again, not typically on Western tours), which chronologically features the dynasties of China in order through artifacts, brassware, and other cultural displays. We will then take you to the City Bell Tower. B, L, D

    Food and Dining

    Dinner: A Dim Sum Restaurant.

  • Day 11 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    Today we will take you to what has been called the 8th Wonder of the World the Terra Cotta Soldiers Museum. Oftentimes, one of the farmers who discovered the site is actually there. You could possibly ask him some questions through your guide. After lunch, we will take you to the Hua Qing Hot Springs.

    Commercial Flight

    Then we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Beijing.

    Hotel

    The guide will transfer you back to the hotel. B, L, D

    Sightseeing

    BEIJING - This capital of China, where many miraculous structures have been built for the glory of the Emperor! This city is rich in history and culture. It has been the capital of China at various times in history as well as now.

  • Day 12 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    Today we will take you to the 2nd Hand Street Market, which is where Beijingers shop. After lunch, you will go to the Temple of Heaven, which is where the Emperor went every year to commune with the gods.

  • Day 13 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    Today we will take you to the Ming Tombs, including both entering one of the tombs and walking the Sacred Way. After lunch, we will go onto the incredible Great Wall of China (at Badaling). It is an incredible feeling to be standing on one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which is over 3,900 miles in length!

    Hotel

    We will then return you to your hotel. B, L, D

  • Day 14 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    The day begins with a tour of a Chinese Hutong. This begins with a rickshaw ride through the old neighborhood, then a short walking tour into the narrow streets of the Hutong. You will be able to visit the home of a family who lives there, and you can ask any questions. This is the traditional housing in old Beijing that was generally four small houses surrounding a court area. The Hutong has been home to both the poor and the rich. These quaint dwellings are disappearing in the continual modernization of China. If available, we will also arrange for you to have lunch prepared by a local family in the Hutong. After lunch, we will take you to TianAnmen Square, the main meeting place in Beijing, and then to the Forbidden City, the famous Emperor’s Palace from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. In addition to seeing the buildings and grounds of the Emperor’s Palace, we will also take you to the Jewelry Collection and the Emperor’s Clock Collection, which Westerners rarely see. B, L, D

    Evening Option:
    Performing Arts

    Chinese Acrobats.

  • Day 15 - Ulaanbaatar

    Commercial Flight

    Today you will fly from Beijing to UlaanBaatar, Mongolia! When you arrive at the airport of UlaanBaatar, you guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

    Horseback Riding

    You will visit the Chingiis Khan Campground on the way into Ulaanbaatar. This interesting Ger hotel has replicas of the old platform Gers, heros totems, ancient weapons and costumes. You may also have an opportunity to take a short horse-back ride and enjoy the area. Then you will go to UlaanBaatar.

    Hotel

    After a brief orientation of the center of town (including Sukhbaatar Square and the surrounding buildings), we will transfer you to the hotel. B, L

    Sightseeing

    In the evening we will take to Tumen Enkh National Performers (concert which includes the Tsam dance, traditional Mongolian singers, dancers, Tuvan throat singing and contortionists).

    Ulaanbaatar And Mongolia:
    Sightseeing

    UlaanBaatar is the capital of Mongolia and by far the largest city in the country. Its population is over 600,000. To this day, around 50% of Mongols are nomads living in the countryside. Their lifestyle is essentially unchanged for the last 2,000 years (despite the presence of many possible modern conveniences). The Mongol people, once the rulers of the largest empire in the world, are surprisingly gentle and sweet natured. From the mountains, to the lakes, to the deserts, to the Steppe, Mongolia is a land of wide open spaces, beautiful nature, and with such little rainfall that it has been called the land of eternal blue skies.

  • Day 16 - Ulaanbaatar

    Sightseeing

    Morning visit Gandan Monastery (80 foot tall statue of Buddha, practicing Tibetan Buddhist Lamas). Then visit Choijin Lama Temple Museum. After lunch, visit the National History Museum (which has some wonderful exhibits, especially concerning Chingiis Khan and the tribal costumes). B, L

  • Day 17 - Mongolia

    Sightseeing

    You leave in the morning to go on a trek to Karakhorum, the ancient capital of Chinggis Khan. See the beautiful Mongolian Steppe (and the Shoestring Gobi patch). Visit Nomads along the way, and enjoy Nomad hospitality.

    Camping

    Arrive at the ger camp. Go to the 9th century stone tortoises. Eat and sleep at ger camp. B, L, D

  • Day 18 - Mongolia

    Sightseeing

    You start the day in Karakhorum. There is not much left of the ancient capital, except a few warriors hero stones. But you can visit the Erden Zuu Monastery. There are several interesting buildings, Buddhist artwork and possibly view a Buddhist service. Then we drive back east and visit the Dutch Horse Ranch (this area is where the only originally wild horses can be found). Sunset as this is the best chance to see the horses coming close to where we will be. We will spend the night there. B, L, D

  • Day 19 - Ulaanbaatar

    Sightseeing

    After breakfast (and a very early morning chance to see the horses for those who are interested), we will return to UB. We will check you back into the hotel. After lunch the rest of the day is free. B, L

    Evening Option:
    Food and Dining

    Ger restaurant with a private cultural show.

  • Day 20 - Ulaanbaatar

    Sightseeing

    Today you will visit the Chojiid Lama Buddhist Museum. Then we will take you to the Bogd Khan Summer and Winter Palace, which has many interesting sights, such as a ger covered in snow leopard pelts and an empress's dress with over 11,000 pearls strewn on it.

    Late Afternoon Option:
    Performing Arts

    There is a a Pre-Naadam concert which offers the best of Mongolian talent from traditional Mongolian music, dance and contortionism, to Western Classical performance and even the best Mongolian Rock groups.

  • Day 21 - Ulaanbaatar

    Sightseeing

    Go to the wonderful Naadam Festival! This national celebration of independence includes an opening ceremony in Naadam Stadium and a competition of the three national sports- Horse-racing, Archery and Wrestling. You will view the opening ceremonies and some of the competition of each of the three sports. B, L

  • Day 22 - Ulaanbaatar

    Sightseeing

    Today we will take you on a day tour to the east, to Terelj. In this 2-hour drive on good road, you will three distinct terrains as well as the Giant Tortoise Rock. We will stop at the Dinosaur ger camp for lunch. This provides some fun photo opportunities, as they have full-size dinosaur statues. Then we will return you to UlaanBaatar.

  • Day 23 - Ulaanbaatar

    You will be transferred for an early flight back to the USA Beijing, and then you will continue on to the U.S. with a lifetime of memories.

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