Sands of Time

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $5,895
  • Length: 12 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Far East, Mongolia
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Tour Description

Travel off the beaten path on this extraordinary expedition to Mongolia. Begin in Beijing with a gondola trip to a less-visited section of the Great Wall followed by a walk with a private guide along the Sacred Way to the extraordinary Ming tombs. Then depart for the hinterlands of Mongolia, exploring Gorkhi-Terelj National Park by vehicle or on horseback and learn the art of building the traditional nomadic ger, a circular felt tent. Enjoy exclusive access at the opening ceremonies of the ancient Naadam Festival - with its magnificent displays of pageantry, followed by horse races, archery contests and traditional Mongolian wrestling. The Gobi Desert covers nearly a third of the country; spend two nights in a comfortable ger as you explore the unique scenery of the desert and take a private guided tour of the “cemetery of the dinosaurs.”

  • Ascend via gondola to a less-visited section of the Great Wall, upon which you can stroll and learn about China’s history from your private guide
  • Marvel at the opening ceremonies and incredible displays of horsemanship, archery and wrestling from your VIP seat at Mongolia’s National Naadam Festival
  • Enjoy two nights in a traditional feltger deep in the Gobi Desert
  • Explore Gorkhi-Terelj National Park as you search for wildlife and enjoy the pristine Alpine scenery
  • Take part in a traditional ger-building demonstration with a nomadic Mongolian family
  • In Beijing, walk along the garden-like Sacred Way to enter the Ming Tombs with a private guide
  • Enjoy a private, open-air reception and dance performance in the Gobi Desert
  • Explore the fascinating Choijin Lama Religious Museum in Ulaan Baatar with a private guide

Itinerary

DAYS 1 - 3

Beijing, China

Arrive in Beijing on Day 2 and explore the wondrous historical sites of China’s capital. Travel outside the city to visit the extraordinary Ming Tombs, housing 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty, and the magnificent Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

St. Regis Hotel, Beijing

DAYS 4 & 5

Ulaan Baatar Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Travel north to explore the varied terrain of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Search for brown bears along the Tuul River, and learn the art of building a traditionalger - a comfortable circular felt tent.

Ulaan Baatar Hotel, Ulaan Baatar; Ger Camp, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

DAYS 6 & 7

Ulaan Baatar

Visit the Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan and the Natural History Museum where you’ll discover two complete dinosaur skeletons. Experience Naadam - the largest festival of the year - with its magnificent displays of athletics and pageantry.

Ulaan Baatar Hotel, Ulaan Baatar

DAYS 8 & 9

Gobi Desert Flaming Cliffs

Absorb the beauty of the Gobi Desert which covers almost 30 percent of Mongolia. Explore the “cemetery of dinosaurs” and discover a splendid oasis in the hidden Yol Valley.

Three Camel Lodge, Gobi Desert

DAYS 10 - 12

Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia Beijing, China

Return to Ulaan Baatar to see the Zaisan Memorial, a tall landmark offering wonderful views of Ulaan Baatar and the surrounding landscape. Spend your last night at the luxurious St. Regis Hotel in Beijing. On Day 12 you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home or on to your next destination.

Ulaan Baatar Hotel, Ulaan Baatar; St. Regis Hotel, Beijing

Departures

Pricing Information

July 4, 2012

From $5,895.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,075.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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