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Mongolian Gobi desert & Beijing Highlights tour

12days/11nights

Tour grade: Easy

From: US$ 3,000

Style: Traveller

  • Mongolian Highlights: The Gobi desert - Mongolia’s largest sand dunes at Khongor, the Bayanzag – Flaming Cliffs and Yoliin Am Gorge, Gun-Galuut nature reserve
  • Beijing Highlights: The Great Wall Ming Tombs, Forbidden City and Tian An Men square
  • You can tailor or customize the tour according to you wish!
  • Meet people and make friends! You will be part of a group of 4-8 people during the tour as it is a group departure.

Tour Overview

Travelling to Mongolia and China has been everyone’s dream for centuries since Marco Polo, who first reported about the Mongols to Europe. Travel to China and Mongolia at one travel and enjoy the 2 great and diverse cultures. During the fantastic trip, you will visit the highlights of Beijing, China and travel the legendary Trans-Siberian railway to Mongolia, the land of miracles. In Mongolia, an unexpected amazing experience awaits for you in the arid Gobi Desert. Feel the wilderness and freedom of Mongolia under its eternal blue skies while traveling untouched fascinating steppes and the coldest and most mysterious desert in the world. 

Brief itinerary

  • Day 1: Ulaanbaatar, city sightseeing
  • Day 2 – 4: Ulaanbaatar to the Gobi desert. Bayanzag, Khongor & Yoliin Am
  • Day 5: The Gobi to Ulaanbaatar, Gun-Galuut nature reserve via Giant Genghis Statue
  • Day 6: Gun-Galuut to Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 7 – 8: Ulaanbaatar to Beijing by Trans – Mongolian train
  • Day 9 – 11: Beijing sightseeing
  • Day 12: Departure from Beijing, China
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Full Itinerary

Day 1:

Ulaanbaatar, city sightseeing

Transfer to centrally located hotel. Visit the Gandan Monastery housing a 26m gilded Buddha, and discover the treasures of the National Museum of Mongolia. Centrally located excellent Hotel 3* L+D

Day 2 – 4:

Ulaanbaatar to the Gobi desert. Bayanzag, Khongor & Yoliin Am

Take a flight to the Gobi desert. A three day circuit will enable us explore the hidden treasures of the mysterious Gobi: Mongolia’s largest and most beautiful sand dunes at Khongor, the Flaming Red Cliffs at Bayanzag – where the first nest of dinosaur eggs were unearthed, and the glacial gorge of Yoliin Am. Ger camp B+L+D

Day 5:

The Gobi to Ulaanbaatar, Gun-Galuut nature reserve via Giant Genghis Statue

Take the flight back to Ulaanbaatar, and transfer to amazing Gun-Galuut nature reserve by the legendary Kherlen River with a stop at the impressive 46 m Giant Genghis monument on the way. Spend the day visiting a nomadic family and experiencing their lifestyle and relaxing in the Great Mongolian steppes. Ger camp B+L+D

Day 6:

Gun-Galuut to Ulaanbaatar

Return to Ulaanbaatar and visit the Mongolian last king Bogd Khan’s Palace Museum and see a traditional folklore performance by magical Tumen Ekh ensemble, followed by farewell dinner at Mongolian Barbeque restaurant. Centrally located excellent Hotel 3* B+L+D

Day 7 – 8:

Ulaanbaatar to Beijing by Trans – Mongolian train

Take the Trans – Mongolian train probably, the most famous route on the Trans-Siberian railway, to Beijing, China – during the 36hr train ride enjoy the scenery as it gradually changes from Mongolian wilderness into Chinese settlements and villages Arrive in Beijing, transfer to centrally located hotel. Train/Hotel 3* 

Day 9 – 11:

Beijing sightseeing

On these 3 days visit the best of what China’s capital hast to offer its’ guests, including the world’s biggest square – Tiananmen Square, the mystic Forbidden city, Temple of Heaven, Badaling Great Wall, and Summer Palace of the Manchu Qing Dynasty’s renowned Empress, and also enjoy the highly acclaimed Peking duck dinner & famous Chinese acrobat show. Hotel 3* B+L+D 

Day 12:

Departure from Beijing, China

You are transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast. End of service. B   

Date & Price

 Included services

 
  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour except in the train
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Ticket to the Giant Genghis Monument Complex
  • Private transfers and transports (Saloon car/4WD minivan + Experienced driver)
  • Twin/double share in hotel*** in Beijing and Ulaanbaatar, twin/triple share at good tourist camps
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Horse riding fees for 2 hours in Gun-Galuut
  • Camel riding fees for 2 hours at the Gobi Desert 
  • Domesitic flight - round way to/from the Gobi desert + 15 kg luggage free
  • Train to Beijing (second class: 4 berths in 1 cabin) 
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Mongolian Gobi desert & Beijing Highlights tour souvenir!
     
Not Included in the Price
 
  • International Airfare/train ticket
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Optional activities such as camel riding, archery, fishing etc

Tour Background

MONGOLIA

Museum of National History invites you to show its rich exhibitions related to warlord Genghis Khan and his great nation, first man lived in Mongolian land, first Mongolian astronaut and his objects, Mongolian ethnicity etc.,

The Gobi Desert is one of the most mysterious and most beautiful places on earth! The arid desert is home for many species of endemic animals and birds. It is unique, because it mysterious, rich in dinosaur remains and has 2 humped or the Bactrian camels. It is a nice chance to experience the desert life by meeting local nomads and ride the camels.

Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve is one of the most famous nature reserves of Mongolia. Being recently founded, the breathtaking park is full of wildlife including Wild Mountain sheep Argali. Brand new comfortable tourist camp Steppe Nomads will make your stay more enjoyable and unforgettably beautiful.
 
CHINA
The Tian An Men square, which is probably the biggest one of its kind in the world. With a total area of 440,000 square meters, the Tiananmen Square found in the center of Beijing boasts the largest of its kind. Over a hundred years, many ceremonies and demonstrations have been held.

The Forbidden City was the imperial palaces of the Ming and Qing dynasties, known as the Palace Museum. The consitruction took 14 years and was finished in 1420. Twenty-four emperors, 14 in the Ming and 10 in the Qing dynasties ruled from here.

The Great Wall, one of the eight ancient wonders of the world and the only man-made construction on earth that the astronauts can see in the moon. Starting out in the east on the banks of Yalu River in Liaoning Province, the Wall stretches westwards for 12,700 kilometers to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. It was built as a defensive structure from Mongolian warriors. Ming Tombs, which is a group of mausoleums of 13 Ming emperors and their empresses and concubines. Two of the toms are opens to the public.

The Summer Palace, which was built in 1153 in northwest of Bejing. It is an outstanding example of imperial gardens in classical Chinese style, housing tens of thousands of precious cultural relics.
The Temple of Heaven is situated in the southern part of Beijing, about 6 Km away from the center of the city. Traditionally, this temple was for imperial use only. It was built in 1420, covering an area of 273 hectares, it is the one of the largest parks in Beijing.

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Tour Reviews

Jul 19, 2024.  The Gobi & Karakorum Explorer

Aug 10, 2012. Gobi & Karakorum Explorer tour Our recent "The Gobi & Karakorum Explorer" tour with you was excellent, everything exceeded our expectations! It was a super trip in our lives and we loved our Mongolia holiday so much. Our guide Joe was kind, well organised, accurate and informative, polite and caring and always provided us with timely information. And our driver Jack is super, very friendly, professional and always on time. We are wild travelers, having been to many places in the world - but Mongolia is still truly unspoiled and uncontaminated. Selena Travel's services were perfect right from the very first email. We would like to thank Selena Travel, our guide and our driver for having made this Mongolia experience a truly beautiful one with so many wonderful memories.

by Rafaella, Benedetta, Lidia

Aug 08, 2012.  Gobi & Karakorum customized 11 days tour

Sending you some of our nicer pictures. Some are chosen for their beautiful scenery while the rest are just us happily playing and goofing around. There are a couple of shots of us doing some Mongolian wrestling, as suggested by Oyuna since we missed out on the mini-Naadam festival. She said since we missed it, we might as well organise our own festival by playing some Mongolian games. Haha... We had so much fun playing those games!!! :)OK, I hope you like the pictures we send you. Best regards to everyone at Selena Travel and thank you once again for all your assistance.

by Margaret Suganda

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