Choose a tour of the vast and varied landscapes of Mongolia, the home of Genghis Khan. Experience beautiful lakes and mountains, historic remains, and of course the famous nomadic grasslands that stretch into the distance. Discover the unique nomadic way of life and enjoy the experience of sleeping in the traditional ger, or felt tent. This tour includes a journey through the highlights of China's capital, Beijing, with short stays at either end of the tour to take advantage of the 72-hour visa-free access. The China and Mongolia tour is the perfect way to experience this unique location.
Depart London Heathrow or regional airports for a flight to Beijing.
Arrive in Beijing. You are met on arrival and transferred to the Holiday Inn Express, Dongzhimen. It’s incredibly popular with Westerners. You then have the rest of the day free.
Start the day with a visit to Tiananmen Square, followed by the Forbidden City - the complex of buildings in the heart of Beijing that was the centre of power for China's rulers for more than 400 years. Explore both the grand halls and some of the smaller rooms and courtyards that housed the imperial family. Then visit the imposing Temple of Heaven where emperors prayed for good harvests. You can also visit a shop that sells freshwater pearls. In the evening, enjoy the warm atmosphere of a welcome dinner featuring that delicious local delicacy, Peking duck. (B, L, D)
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Ulaan Baator, the capital of Mongolia. (B)
Travel by road to the Khustai National Park, best known as the site of the reintroduction of Przewalski wild horses into their natural habitat. There’s a huge-range of wildlife scattered throughout the park. Spend the night in a traditional ger, or felt lined tent. (B, L, D)
Onward to Kharkhorin, the site of Karakorum, the capital of Genghis Khan's empire established in 1220. Visit the 108 stupas of the later Erdene Zuu Monastery, and the ruins of the once great city. You then stay overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Travel to the town of Tsetserleg, Mongolia's most pleasant provincial capital. Stop on-route at the hot springs of Tsenker Jiguur. (B, L, D)
Visit the dramatic Lama Buyandelgeruulekh monastery overlooking the town, and the town's museum. You then have the afternoon free to explore the town (B, L, D)
Travel to Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake or White Lake, high in the Khanghai Mountains. A huge freshwater lake surrounded by high peaks and forests, home to abundant wildlife. Stay in a ger camp on the shores of the lake (B, L, D)
A boat trip on the lake gives you the best views of the surrounding hills. You then have the afternoon free for you to relax, swim, or climb the extinct Khorgo volcano (B, L, D)
Drive to Khogno Tarna National Park, a dramatic and varied landscape of granite mountains, sand dunes, grasslands, and forest, inhabited by foxes, wolves, deer, and snow leopards. Visit the haunting ruins of the 17-century Erdene Khamba monastery. You then stay overnight at a ger camp (B, L, D)
Drive back to Ulaan Baator and enjoy a city tour that includes the Gandantegchinlen Monastery and the temples of Bodg Khan's Winter Palace, ruler of the first independent Mongolian state in the early 20th century. Then visit the impressive Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs which houses many of the intriguing dinosaur finds from the country. Visit the central Sukhbaatar Square before an evening Mongolian hotpot dinner (B, L, D)
You Transfer to the airport for a flight to Beijing. You then travel to your hotel (B)
An excursion to the famous Great Wall at Mutianyu, about 1.5 hours drive north of Beijing. Cable car up to the wall, and walk on this famous landmark of human engineering. You’ll also visit the2008 Olympic stadium, known as the 'Bird's Nest' and the 'Water Cube' - the national aquatic centre. (B, L)
You transfer to your airport for flight back to the UK, arriving later the same day. (B)
PLEASE NOTE: B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner
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