China Tours

DISCOVER MONGOLIA

6 days/5 nights

Departs Beijing: Saturday 7th May, 2011

ULAAN BATAR, KARAKORUM - BAIYAN GOBI


This tour connects from our MAGNIFICENT CHINA TOUR, CHINA MINI TOUR, and VIETNAM AND CHINA tours, AND EXTENDS FROM ULAAN BAATAR on our TRANS MONGOLIAN and BEST OF RUSSIA INCLUDING VOLGA CRUISE tour.

Day 1. Saturday 7th May. BEIJING - ULAAN BAATAR. (D)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Ulaan Baatar, capital of Mongolia. We will be met on arrival and transferred to the Mongolia Hotel or similar.

Day 2. Sunday. 8th May. ULAAN BAATAR. (BLD)
Today we tour the city including Zaisan hill for a panoramic view over the city, The Bod Khan (last king of the Mongols) Winter Palace, Sukhbaatar Square, State central museum, and the Gandan Monastery. This evening enjoy a local concert.

Day 3. Monday. 9th May. ULAAN BAATAR - BAYANGOBI (BLD)
We drive some 300 km across the Mongolian steppes to to Bayangobi and stay for 2 nights in a Mongolian Ger camp. Meet the local people over dinner and enjoy the hospitality and fabulous night sky.

Day 4. Tuesday. 10th May. KARAKORUM (BLD)
Continue across the steppes the Karakorum, ancient capital of the vast Mongolian empire in the 13th century. Explore the ruins of the capital (very little left!) and visit Erdene Zuu, oldest monastery in Mongolia, and the famous 108 Pagoda.

Day 5. Wednesday. 11th May. BAYANGOBI - ULAAN BAATAR (BLD)
Explore the local historic temple, and a local yurt encampment to meet the people and sample local delicacies. Option to ride the horses if you dare - extra expense!! Later we drive back to Ulaan Baatar.

Day 6. Thursday. 12th May. ULAAN BAATAR DEPART (B)
Free time this morning to explore at your leisure before transferring to the airport for departure to Beijing.

** You are welcome to stay longer in Mongolia if you wish
** Your escort will be departing on the Trans Mongolian early afternoon. You are welcome to join him and the rest of the group continuing to Russia and Europe.

Tour cost per person
2 per roomsingle room
$2,300$2,750

** Return economy class fares Beijing/Ulaan Baatar/Beijing
** Arrival and departure transfers in Ulaan Baatar ** 3 nights accommodation at 5 star hotel in Ulaan Bataar, and 2 nights in a Ger tent
** Most meals as indicated by each day
** Comprehensive sightseeing with english speaking guide
** Services of New Zealand tour escort for minimum of 10 travelling

Please note
Accommodation at the Ger encampment is in 2 person comfortable Ger's heated by a central pot belly stove. Showers (usually cold water unless you are first, or the solar unit is working exceptionally well) and flush toilets are provided in a central block. meals are provided in a dining area. Temperatures will be cold at night on the steppes and a warm casual jacket is essential. A small torch is very handy for nocturnal rambles!
Staying in the Ger's is a great experience - not a hardship!