Tour grade: Easy
We invite you to travel China & Mongolia and explore its natural, historical and cultural wonders. You will visit Beijing, Xian - the most important 2 cities in Chinese history and Karakorum - ancient capital of Mongol Empires and admire the wonders. China has an ancient and abundant history that dates back more than 3000 years.
Beijing, an elegant modern city has been their capital for more than 800 year after Mongolian Khaan Khubilai made it the capital during the Mongols rule. Today Beijing has many historical memories like the Great Wall, Summer Palace, The Forbidden city and the famous Tiananmen square, where the hundreds of tragic students were killed in the late 20th century. Xi'an is another big place of the Chinese history. The Terracotta warriors, Wild Goose Pagoda, The Bell Tower and the Shaanxi Museum are considered the highlights of China as well.
In 1220 Genghis Khaan decided to move his capital from Khentii province to Karakorum, ~ 380 km southwest of modern day Ulaanbaatar. Permanent structure we only erected after Genghis death by his son Ogoodei Khaan. Karakorum served as the political, cultural and economic capital of the Mongols for only 40 years, before Khubilai Khaan moved in Kanbalik, in what is now Beijing. In the history modern Beijing was the Mongolian capital in the 14th century and now it’s not only a highly development city of China, but also one of most attractive tourist destination of the World. You will have very great chance to visit historical cities of Mongolia and China.
Arrival in Beijing
Upon arrival at Beijing International Airport or Railway Station, you will be picked up by your private English-speaking guide at the luggage claim area or exit and transferred to your hotel. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure. Good 3* Hotel
Sightseeing tour in Beijing
Today you will visit Tiananmen Square that is the biggest square and also the most important in the world. Walking through it, you will come to the Forbidden City, the residence of Chinese emperors for more than 500 years. It’s the largest imperial palace and an UNESCO object. In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven. Dating to the 15th century, the Temple of Heaven was where the emperor made an annual pilgrimage to pray for good harvests. Occupying an area of 273 hectares with four gates at the cardinal points, and walls to the north and east, it is China's largest existing complex of ancient sacrificial buildings. After that go to the Silk Market to make some cloths and shopping if you are interested. Good 3* Hotel B+L
Sightseeing tour in Beijing
The highlight today is to conquer the Badaling Great Wall, a symbol of the Chinese ancient civilization and is the spirit of Chinese people: Hardworking, Brave and Clever. You will have a walk up to the Wall and enjoy the views there (cable car is available but optional). After that you will stopover at Bird Nest and Water Cube on the way to downtown. You could take some photographs of them. Good 3* Hotel B+L
Beijing-Xi’an by overnight soft-sleeper train Z19, 20
The first highlight of today is to visit the largest and the best preserved royal park in China--- Summer Palace, which was a summer resort of Empress Dowager Cixi in Qing Dynasty. It is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design, integrating the natural landscape of hills and open water with man-made features into a harmonious and aesthetically exceptional whole. After that, you will have a Hutong Tour by taking a rickshaw through the various Hutongs to know more about old Beijing’s manners and customs. Finally, the guide will take you to stroll in the Houhai Park area. In the evening, take the overnight soft-sleeper train to Xi’an. On the train B+L
Arriving at Xi’an railway station in the morning. Be met and transferred to Xi’an hotel. Today, you will visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum firstly. It is the first huge state museum with modern facilities in China, and given the reputation of "bright pearl of ancient city, treasure house of China." Exhibited in the main exhibition hall are 2,700 pieces works of art selected from all periods and show the development of civilization in this region. Then, ahead to the Xian Ancient City Wall, which is the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defense system in China. It is also one of the most important landmarks of the Xian city. The original foundation of the Xian City Wall was based on the ruins of the Imperial City Wall of Chang'an City--the capital of the Tang Dynasty (Bicycling on the City Wall is available but optional). After that, the guide will take you to stroll in the Muslim Street. Xian Moslem Street is a fascinating region to wander around. It is well known for serving Muslim food for centuries, with a wide diversity of tastes and strong ethnic delicacies. Good 3* Hotel B+L
Xi’an-Beijing by evening flight
The highlight of today is Terra Cotta Army. Located east of Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum, the well-known Terra-cotta was buried underground to protect the afterlife of Emperor Qinshihuang from 2200 years ago. 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. After that, you will visit the Terra Cotta Warriors making factory . Finally, you will be transferred to Xi’an airport for your departure flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, you will be picked up by the guide at the luggage claim area and transferred to your hotel. Good 3* Hotel B+L
Today you are free to explore the Beijing City by yourself. Good 3* Hotel B
Beijing departure - Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
In the early morning, you will be transferred to the Beijing International airport to catch flight to Mongolia. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar after 2 hr flight, your guide and driver will meet you at the airport. We take a tour of the city, including the Gandan Monastery, Mongolian National Museum and Genghis Monument on the Sukhbaatar Square. Centrally located excellent hotel 3* B+L
Ulaanbaatar - Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes
After breakfast we will drive to one of beautiful picturesque place of Mongolia - Elsen Tasarkhai. It's a beautiful combination of rocky mountain and sand dunes. Visit the sand dunes and hiking there. Having some camel riding. Admire the beauty of the Gobi and Khangai natural zones combination. Overnight at Mongolian traditional accommodation which is called "Ger". Ger camp overnight B+L+D
Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes - Karakorum
Today we will drive to Ancient capital Karakorum for seeing them most famous monastery of Mongolia - we visit legendary monastery Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia founded in 1586, Museum of Karakorum and its surroundings the Turtle Rock and the phallic stone etc. enjoy dinner and rest at the ger camp. Ger camp overnight B+L+D
Karakorum - Hustai national park
After breakfast we will drive to Hustai National park. Watch the documentary about the Takhi wild horses and the small museum. View the Wild horses from the closest dirtance in the wild nature, also and other wildlife such as the Red Deer etc are seen. We will overnight in ger camp. Ger camp overnight B+L+D
Hustai national park - Ulaanbaatar
We drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Visit Palace museum of Bogd Khaan, Zaisan memorial and Buddha park. Enjoy folklore concert by Tumen Ekh ensemble followed by farewell dinner t. Centrally located excellent hotel 3* B+L+D
Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
You are transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast. End of service. B
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The Karakorum was flourished in the IV-IX century by the Kirgis tribe and in 1220 the great Emperor Chinghis Khaan declared it as the capital city of his vast Empire. Many other Mongolian Khaans used Karakorum as the capital of Great Mongolian Empire, however, the Chinese Ming soldiers burnt the city several times in 15-17th century. Today there are many interesting sites left to visit; the legendary turtle rock sculptures, Buddhist stupas and the ruins of this once great city to name a few. This is one of the best place for Mongolian cultural tours.
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.
Rafaella, Benedetta, Lidia
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.
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