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Highlights of Mongolia & China

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Highlights of Mongolia & China
15 days / 14 nights

Price:

from $3,200

Tour code:

ATM-36

Destination:

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - Mongolian Gobi Desert Tour – Beijing, China -Xian with Terra- Cotta Warriors - Shanghai ...

 

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In Brief

HIGHLIGHTS OF MONGOLIA & CHINA

     

   The train tour of Ulaanbaatar and Beijing is linked by the Trans Mongolian section of one of the world's great train journeys - the Trans Siberian Railway.
Mongolia is the home of Genghis Khan, a place with incredible natural scenery and of nomadic people that still live as they have done for thousands of year. Discover the cultural historical and natural wonders in this exotic and distant land--Mongolia. Explore its rich heritage and fascinating customs on one of the most amazing holiday experiences you will ever have.
The trip covers the best travel destinations including Gobi desert- famous for its wealth of dinosaur fossils, one of the few remaining unscarred areas on earth, Khongor - towering sand dunes with green meadows; known as the "singing sands", Sparsely habited: silence - endless vast steppe with dancing mirages, famous Bayanzag - flaming cliffs, most interesting National Parks - all these contrasts await you!.
Relaxing in wild nature and explore nomadic life style... driving, walking, camel riding and climbing to sand dunes are the main activities.

 

     In China: We will take four days tour in Beijing includes the most important and famous places, such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace and the Great Wall of China and much more!.
After visit and explore the Beijing, we will take a train to Xian. Xian, called Chang'an in ancient China is one of the most important and convenient travel hubs in central and western China and famous in the world for Terra Cotta Army Warriors.
Shanghai is a fascinating mix of modern metropolis and traditional Chinese features. Its historical and modern landmarks, ever-expanding skylines and gorgeous night view create lingering scenes. The lively markets and old streets are well worth exploring.
Join us for the best deluxe small group value to Mongolia and China!

 

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Day 02: Flight to Gobi Desert, drive to Eagle valley- Khongor sand dunes
Day 03: Free relaxing, Camel riding at the Khongor Sand Dunes
Day 04: Home of dinosaurs – Bayanzag (Flaming cliffs) in Southern Gobi
Day 05: Flight back to Ulaanbaatar – drive to Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex- Terelj National Park
Day 06: Back to Ulaanbaatar – half day city tour
Day 07: Departure - On board of Tran-Siberian Train to China
Day 08: Arrive in Beijing, China – transfer to the Hotel, free end of the day
Day 09: Explore Ancient Capital of Beijing
Day 10: Tour Great Wall (Mutianyu) of China
Day 11: Be A Beijinger!
Day 12: Fly to Xian - One Day tour to Terra-Cotta Warriors,
Day 13: Fly to Shanghai – Shanghai tour
Day 14: Shanghai - Free day & your personal discovery
Day 15: Shanghai & Departure


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In Detail

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Your tour guide will greet you upon your arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport and then transfer you to your centrally located hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 02: Flight to Gobi Desert, drive to Eagle valley- Khongor sand dunes.
After breakfast in hotel we will go to airport at 07.30a.m, fly to Dalanzadgad, center town of the Southern province. ).
Our guide and driver will be pick up you front of your hotel and go to airport at 07.30a.m, fly to Dalanzadgad, center town of the Southern province. Arrive in Dalanzadgad town in Southern province and drive Eagle Valley. We will visit Gurvan Saikhan National Park in South Gobi. At its entrance we will visit a small museum of Natural History to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the National Park as well as with some dinosaur bones and eggs found in the Province. We will drive another 10 km to the parking area and a pleasant hike thru the Yolyn Am (Lammergeier Valley) will take us to a gorge with ice that exists for most of the year. This valley is famous for its breathtaking beauty and astonishing scenery - the thick ice in the middle of the Gobi. After lunch, we will drive west to the extraordinary sand dunes of Khongoryn Els. This is one of the most scenic areas of the Province. In the evening, we will climb up to the Singing Dune, one of the highest dunes, to see the breathtaking view of the surrounding area and slide back on a plastic bag if you have one handy. The moving sand in the wind or when walked on gives out a definite note and makes a noise similar to an airplane passing by, that's why this particular part of the dunes is called "Singing" or "Sounding" would be more precise Overnight stay at tourist Ger camp near the dunes. (Lunch & Dinner)
Day 03: Free relaxing, Camel riding at the Khongor Sand Dunes
We will stay at the Sand Dunes another day to discover this magnificent place on camelback. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. It is a gentle, calm and extraordinary patient animal and can carry on without water for a month. The Khongor Sand Dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. Bet, you never rode a Bactrian camel, riding a Bactrian camel is much more comfortable than the camel in Sahara, India or anywhere else. Its two humps support you from both sides and easy pace will comfort you so much, that you might fall asleep after a while. But don’t fall asleep; see the spectacular view of the surrounding area.
Overnight stay “Juulchin Gobi”-II tourist Ger camp near the dunes. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 04: Bayanzag, Flaming cliffs in Southern Gobi.
In early 1920s an American expedition in search of ancient human remains led by Roy Chapman Andrews discovered accidentally dinosaur fossils and eggs at Bayanzag locally known as a place rich in saksaul trees. In the western world, this area is well known for the number of unearthed dinosaur remains as Flaming Cliffs penned by Andrews for the red tall rocks formed as a result of wind and water erosion. White fossilized bones are still found nowadays.
Overnight stay at tourist Ger camp near the dunes. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 5: Fly back to Ulaanbaatar, Drive to Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex-Terelj National Park
Today you will be driven fly back to Ulaanbaatar from Dalanzadgad town in Southern province.
Arrive at airport in Ulaanbaatar and drive to Terelj National Park. It's one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. On the way we will see “Genghis Khan Statue Complex” which is over 42 meter tall statue. Farsighted Genghis Khan holds a golden whip in his right hand. Short drive to Terelj National Park and, stay in tourist Ger camp. You will explore the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones; some of them look quite similar to turtles. After lunch, we will short drive to Turtle rock and visit Meditation temple in Terelj National Park /10km/. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Terelj National Park – Back to Ulaanbaatar & half day city tour
In the morning, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar and take enjoy a leisurely program of sightseeing around the city and a visit to the Gandan Monastery – the Buddhist center of Mongolia, Museum of Mongolian National History – the museum presents Mongolian history and culture from prehistoric times to the present day.
After lunch at ‘Modern Nomads’ restaurant, we will visit Sukhbaatar; is one of the major sights of the Mongolian capital. Before attend the “Wonders of Mongolian Art” folk art concert by the “Tumen Ekh” Folk Song and Dance Ensemble in evening, we will shop for souvenirs and local products.
Stay overnight at the Hotel. (B & L)
Day 07: Departure - On board of Tran-Siberian Train to China
Early morning transfer to the station for the Beijing bound train. Time to leave the Capital on the Steppes – today’s train journey meanders through amazing sun parched scenery of the Southern Gobi. Later that evening there comes the Chinese border formalities, after which you are free to get some sleep
Day 08: Arrive in Beijing, China – transfer to the Hotel, free end of the day
Don’t oversleep today, as it’s possibly some of the most spectacular scenery of the entire route, as you leave the desert scenery behind and pass by mountains and rice paddy fields.
In afternoon, we will arrive at Beijing Central Station. You are greeted by your guide at the airport outside the luggage claim area with your name displayed and then transferred to the four-star Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel or similar.
Day 09: Explore Ancient Capital of Beijing
Breakfast in hotel. Beijing was once the capital of ancient China for more than 700 years from Yuan Dynasty (1271 A.D) after the Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan. The tour today will take you to explore the monuments of this ancient capital. Firstly you will come to Tiananmen Square that is the largest one in the world and there were many important political movements taking place here. On the north of the square is the Forbidden City that is the world’s largest imperial complex with red walls where 24 Chinese emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1921) once lived. In 1987 it was named as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. You will have a walk tour through it and then come to the Jingshan Park where you will take a bird’s view of the Forbidden City. Jingshan Park was the imperial park of the royal families in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, now becomes a public park for local people and visitors. In the afternoon you will enjoy free time at Wangfujing Street that’s the most famous in Beijing. (B, L)
Day 10: Tour Great Wall (Mutianyu) of China
Breakfast in hotel. You're not a true man until you get to the Mutianyu Great Wall! Great Wall came into existence since the Chinese nations were united by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in B.C. 220, and then continuously built by following dynasties (till 1644) over the mountains from east to west to prevent the invasions from the northern tribes. Undoubtedly this man-made wonder became the world’s largest military structure and the symbol of Chinese civilization. It’s a place for heroes. After the local lunch, you will get back to city and have a stop by the Olympic venues like Bird’s Nest and Water Cube for photo opportunities.
In the afternoon you will enjoy a leisure time at Summer Palace, the best and the biggest imperial garden in China. The garden came into existence in the 1750s and had once been a summer resort for the emperors of Qing Dynasty with gardens, art galleries, pavilions, bridges, lakes, hills, temples, etc. Unfortunately all those treasures could not elude the rampages of the Anglo-French Allied Force and was destroyed by fire in 1860s. In 1992 it was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Overnight at Hilton Wangfujing Hotel.
(Please request hotel to prepare packed breakfast for tomorrow morning). (B, L)
Day 11: Be A Beijinger!
Breakfast in hotel. It’s an interesting experience to touch the local lifestyle in China. In the morning let’s join in the local morning exercise at park of Temple of Heaven. Some play Taiji and dance; some do gym exercises and play Jianzi; others fly kites or play cards and many more activities – another new day begins! After that you will visit the Temple of Heaven where emperors once prayed for good harvests and the Panjiayuan Antique Market. In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour to visit the local alleys and backstreets – Hutongs. Hutong is regarded as the last embodiment of old Beijing spirit. “Go-to-Hutongs” now becomes a call for those who would like to meet the Beijing local residence, learn their true life and look back upon the old Beijing stories. Rickshaw is available but optional for visiting the Hutong for those who do not like to walk. Then enjoy your free time at the neighboring Shichahai Lake Area where, once the entertainment center from Qing Dynasty now is highlighted by bars, restaurants and beautiful scenery. In the evening transfer to train station and take the soft-sleeper train to Xian, the starting point of Silk Road. Overnight at Hilton Wangfujing Hotel. (Please request hotel to prepare packed breakfast for tomorrow morning).
Day 12: Fly to Xian - One Day tour to Terra-Cotta Warriors
Please request packed breakfast from hotel. In the early morning, transfer to airport for flight to Xian.
Upon arrival, meet and drive to the Terra-Cotta Army Museum, buried underground to guard the afterlife of Emperor Qin Shi Huang from 2200 years ago near his pyramid mausoleum. There are more than 8,000 life-size terra cotta figures of soldiers and horses excavated from this area. They are all displayed in the practical battle formation in 3 pits respectively. The Terra Cotta Army is now regarded as the Eighth Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Heritage. Lunch will be arranged at a restaurant to eat local noodles.
After lunch drive back to the city and visit the Bell Tower in the very heart of Xian City. Following is the Great Mosque at the Muslim square. This Mosque is only one in China that perfectly combines the Muslim customs and Chinese culture, and features like a unique garden.
Day13: Xian - Shanghai tour
After breakfast in the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, the commercial center of China. Meet your guide and proceed to visit the fabulous Yuyuan Garden, one of the most famous gardens in China. Check into the four-star Shanghai Hotel or similar.
Day 14: Shanghai - Free day & your personal discovery
Today is free for leisure or last minutes shopping on your own.
Day 15: Shanghai & Departure
Today you'll board a flight to return home. Your amazing China trip ends.

 

(B-Breakfast, L- Lunch & D-Dinner)

Date, Price & FAQ

Tour Date, Price?:

  Tour Availability          Price from                Inquire this tour          
June 01 - September 30 $3,200
    Possible to customize and choose own dates
                            for private tour!

 


What’s included in the Price?

  • English speaking guide and interpreting
  • Private transfers with 4WD Japanese minivan + Experienced drivers
  • Domestic flights: Economy class airfares with taxes: Ulaanbaatar/Dalanzadgad/Ulaanbaatar, Beijing/Xian and Xian/Shanghai 
  • Trans-Mongolian International train tickets: Ulaanbaatar / Beijing
  • Centrally Located Hotels– 10 nights, based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds.
  • Best Tourist Ger camps in Mongolia - 4 nights, based on two persons sharing one Ger with twin beds
  • 1 night on overnight Trans-Mongolian train
  • All Meals, listed in the itinerary: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Camel riding fee in Gobi (over one hour)
  • Bottled water during the tour,
  • Visa invitation letter, if required

What’s Not included in the Price?

  • Entry visa fees
  • International flight (arriving in Ulaanbaatar and leaving from Shanghai)
  • Travel insurance (trip, medical and personal)
  • Daily personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities for guides, drivers and porters

 


AMICUS TRAVEL FAQ ...?

Q: When do I need to pay?
A: If your tour departs within 30 days full payment is required, otherwise a deposit of $200 per person will confirm your booking. But this amount is subject to change. It could possibly be higher, or lower depending on itinerary, trip category and duration. Your personal travel consultant will adjust the amount accordingly.
Initial documents will be emailed to you within 48 hours of confirming your booking.
Full payment must be made at least 30 days prior to your departure date.

Q: What are my payment options?
A: For your deposit, we accept Visa, MasterCard. For your tour balance we accept only Bank transfer or cash.

Q: What type of accommodation will we be staying in?
A: According to the Mongolian rating system, 2- 5 star hotels are approved to receive foreign guests. Our accommodations are carefully chosen, based on our research, our experience, and feedback from clients, to provide the best combination of high-quality accommodations, affordability, and convenient location.
We give clients the opportunity to stay in a wide range of accommodation, depending on tour from 3* to 5* hotels in Ulaanbaatar and best tourist Ger camps in countryside trip.

Q: What is tourist Ger Camp?
A: Tourist Ger camp is traditional style accommodation with full service facilities, most commonly used in outside of the city. The Ger is a round structure of walls, poles and a peaked roof covered with canvas and felt, and tightened with ropes.
Tourist Ger camp - has consists with 20-30 Gers (Mongolian traditional dwelling), restaurant, and some entertainment facilities, western style toilet and hot water showers. Each Ger has 2 to 4 beds and furnished with a table, chairs and wood-stove. Most visitors prefer to stay in Ger, which provide an authentic taste of Mongolian culture and adventure, their most enjoyable experience in Mongolia.

Q: What meal is included? What is the restaurant like?
A: We select restaurants based on our experiences, client satisfaction, location and cuisine. Normally we include three meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) each day during the whole trip.
In Ulaanbaatar, you can expect a good variety of quality restaurants with international foods. Breakfasts usually are served in western style at the hotel where you stay.
We mostly use following restaurants for lunch & dinner in the city trip: “Modern Nomads”, “bd’s Mongolia Barbeque”, “City Nomads”, “Khaan Ger” and hotel restaurants in Ulaanbaatar. Lunch & dinners are mostly served in Western food, and sometimes Mongolian food, or a combination.
Outside of the city, we generally eat breakfast and dinner in best tourist Ger camp in their region and some day of longer trip take a packed lunch. Your packed lunch will be carried in appropriate containers to prevent spillage or spoiling. Ger camps serve both Mongolian and international foods, and there will usually be a choice of main dish.

Q: I am a vegetarian; will you provide vegetarian meals for me?
A: Sure, we can always make the arrangement according to your requirements. So if you have any special requirements on your food, please let us know so that we can inform the restaurants beforehand to meet your needs.

Q: How about vehicles and road trips?
A: In 2014, roughly 14% of Mongolian 40000km road is paved and the rest is earth-roads. But, almost 35% of main tourist destinations roads are connected with paved roads. Most travel takes place on the earth-roads, which are gravel, dirt roads and sometimes muddy and bumpy.
On overland tours, we use comfortable, 4WD Korean, Russian, Japanese jeeps and vans. These vehicles are ideally suited on Mongolian countryside roads.
Our drivers are highly experienced; they know their way around the Mongolian countryside including many places which have no road sign and networked roads. They are true professionals.

More read: Mongolia Travel FAQ


TESTIMONIALS

Reviews & Feedbacks:


Deangelo

"Hey Amicus crew! I had a great time traveling with you in the Gobi. The trip was fantastic. My one year stay in Mongolia wouldn’t have been perfect without this incredible journey. I’ll not forget meeting the nomad families, eating the Khuushur(drinking Mongolian vodka) and having a lot of for with you guys. Thank you Davaa, Ulzii, Jargalmaa, Eric, David, Erwan, Jeff, Micke, and Mr Cool!Mash ikh bayarlalaa (Thank you very much)"
  Italy, Sep 04, 2014

 

June Dimalanta
“Quite some time passed since we spent a wonderful time in beautiful Mongolia. This tour was extremely well organized. The local guides were often inspirational, and good food and accommodation meant that everything worked smoothly....
  USA, Aug 24, 2013

 

Banbas family
Hi Davaa, "I hope you are well. Our trip was fantastic. Thank you so much for your help.
I'd like to give you some feedback.
The guide in Beijing, Tristan, was fantastic. Helpful, well spoken and a lot of fun.
The guides in Mongolia were great too - especially Bogi in the Gobi.
As you might be aware, we had issues with our flights. We missed the connecting flight to Beijing from Shanghai due to a delay with our Sydney flight and we had our return flight from Xian to Beijing cancelled. Hence, we missed 2 nights at Wangfujing Hilton. I am putting a claim in with my travel insurance and need a letter from hotel confirming this happened and also confirming the cost of the two rooms for each of the nights missed. Could you please organize this for me?
Again, thanks for your help in organizing such a great trip.
Kind regards
Conn Banbas
  Australia, July 29, 2014

 

Francine and Chris
“We had a wonderful adventure to the Gobi. Saw many animals, enjoyed our walk on the glacier, up the dunes, ride on camel & horse and staying in Gers. Wonderful weather,…….we cannot wait to return.”
  Canada, Aug 04, 2014

 

Lewis
We had a fantastic time! I want to let you know that Tour Company were fantastic.  Everything went off like clockwork.  The guides, hotels, attractions, and itinerary in both Mongolia and China were fantastic. We had no problems what so ever.   The guides were there at the airport or docks to meet us every time on time and their attention to detail was great.  They all spoke English very well, had great personalities, were well versed in the history and customs of each area and made us feel welcome and safe.  They were informed of our upcoming itinerary plans and discussed these with us as well.   Flights within Asia also were great.  No delays or cancellations. I would not hesitate to recommend or travel with this company in the future.
  Australia, Jul 18, 2014

 

Burke & Amy Bradley
Thanks for your inquiry. What a great trip. I must say the accommodations---hotels and ger camps, the meals-- were much better than I had expected. The guides were wonderful and all instructions were carried out--no problems of any kind. Thanks again.
  USA, July 16 2014

 

Cindy Edington
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful it was. The people at Amicus Travel were wonderful and accommodating. The tour guide, Bayara was very informative and caring, we were like his little chicks, with "Follow me" he lead us to some amazing places and sights. 
Our driver was incredible, the way he drove through narrow, winding roads, I have to admit, I did brake sometimes. Thank you again!!
  USA, July 09, 2014

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