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17 Day Mongolia Escapade
Tour Code: 8AE17OM
Visit: Beijing, Ulaan Baatar, Lake Hovsgol, Gobi Desert
Visit exotic Mongolia, including a memorable opportunity to experience authentic Mongolian culture in traditional style Ger Tents, exploring the alpine Lake Hovsgol region and vast South Gobi desert


TOUR ITINERARY:


DAY 1 Thursday/Sunday Depart San Francisco for Beijing, China

Fly transpacific aboard United Airlines.


CHINA

DAY 2 Friday/Monday Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival, you are escorted to check in to the hotel.
Capital Hotel Beijing


DAY 3 Saturday/Tuesday Beijing

This morning visit the Temple of Heaven to see local morning exercise and enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Imperial Vault of Heaven with its Echo Wall and the Nine-Dragon Cypress, more than 500 years old. China's Imperial heritage comes to life as you tour Beijing's most famous landmarks. Visit vast Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace at the Forbidden City, with admission to the living quarters of emperors, and museum and jewelry sections.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 4 Sunday/Wednesday Beijing

Enjoy a full day's tour of the Great Wall, one of the great wonders of the ancient world. After lunch, visit a cloisonn factory. Then stroll along the Sacred Way, whose remarkable statues stand vigil at the entrance to the tombs of Ming emperors and Chang Ling Exhibition Hall. Enjoy a Beijing Duck dinner party tonight.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party


MONGOLIA

DAY 5 Monday/Thursday Beijing/Ulaan Baatar

Upon arrival in Ulaan Baatar, you will be met at the airport by your local Tour Manager, an expert on Mongolia. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel this evening.
Ulaan Baatar Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner in the Hotel


DAY 6 Tuesday/Friday Ulaan Baatar

This morning visit Gandan Monastery, the seat of Buddhism in Mongolia. Woven through Mongolia's nomadic culture is a rich Tibetan-Buddhist tradition. Continue on to visit the National History Museum for an overview of Mongolia's history and culture. This evening, enjoy a performance of traditional dancers and hoomi (throat) singers, followed by a dinner at Seoul Restaurant, featuring Mongolian and Korean specialties.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Show


DAY 7 Wednesday/Saturday Ulaan Baatar/Lake Hovsgol

Fly to Muron, capital of Hovsgol Province. Continue by motorcoach across steppe land to Lake Hovsgol, situated in a pristine alpine setting of forests, mountains and meadows. While in the countryside, stay overnight in gers, and the traditional tents of nomadic herders. Covered with layers of felt and canvas, each ger is comfortably heated by a wood stove and furnished with beautifully painted wood-framed beds, providing an authentic and memorable taste of Mongolian culture.
Ger Camp
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 8 - 10 Thursday - Saturday/Sunday - Tuesday Lake Hovsgol

Spend three days exploring the lakeshore and surrounding mountains and meadows. You will have the opportunity to visit local nomads' dwellings and, for those interested, try Mongolian-style horseback riding, including a visit with a Tsaatan family who still live in tepees in the deep forest, raising reindeer.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 11 Sunday/Wednesday Lake Hovsgol/Muron/Ulaan Baatar

Return to Muron for your afternoon flight to Ulaan Baatar. Along the way, stop for a picnic lunch at Lake Irkh, a small saltwater lake in the midst of the steppe. Fly to Ulaan Baatar and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Ulaan Baatar Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 12 Monday/Thursday Ulaan Baatar/Gobi Desert/Moltsog Els

This morning, fly to the Gobi, Mongolia's southernmost province of semi-arid desert, in the heart of Asia's most remote region between the Siberian wilderness to the north and the Tibetan Plateau to the south. It is also home to some of the most elusive mammals such as the dhole, snow leopard and Gobi bear. Drive to Moltsog Els, one of the few regions of the Gobi covered by sand dunes.
Three Camel Lodge Ger Camp
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 13 Tuesday/Friday Yol Valley National Park

Wake to the sight of the sun rising over the vast Gobi landscape. Drive to the Yol Valley National Park, cradled in the foothills of the Altai Mountains. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a hike through the valley before visiting the local natural history museum for an overview of the flora and fauna of the area. An easy hike around Bualgtai Mountain reveals a small but interesting petroglyph site. Return to the Ger Camp for dinner and overnight.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 14 Wednesday/Saturday Gegeet Valley/Flaming Cliffs

This morning, travel to Gegeet Valley to explore, with the opportunity to spot wild animals. Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to the lodge. In the afternoon, travel to the legendary Flaming Cliffs, named for its glowing orange rock that is rich with dinosaur fossils. You will have the opportunity to ride Bactrian (two-humped) camels, explore the area, and visit a camel breeding family.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 15 Thursday/Sunday Gobi/Ulaan Baatar

This morning, fly to Ulaan Baatar, where the balance of the day is free for last minute sightseeing or shopping. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner in traditional surroundings.
Ulaan Baatar Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party


DAY 16 Friday/Monday Ulaan Baatar/Beijing

Fly to Beijing where you are met at the airport by your Beijing guide.
Capital Hotel Beijing
MEALS: Breakfast


DAY 17 Saturday/Tuesday Depart Beijing for San Francisco

Fly home today on United Airlines.
MEALS: American Breakfast


GUARANTEED DEPARTURES SHOWN IN RED

THURSDAY/SUNDAY DEPARTURE; SATURDAY/TUESDAY RETURN ON UNITED AIRLINES
TOUR CODE: 8AE17OM


Tour Cost (per person, double occupancy)
Departure
Date
Return
Date
LAND ONLY
AIR & LAND
from
San Francisco
Single
Supp.
2008:
Jun 19 Jul 5 $3,868 $5,118 $780
Jun 29 Jul 15 $4,068 $5,318 $780
Jul 3 Jul 19 $4,068 $5,318 $780
Jul 10 Jul 26 $3,868 $5,118 $780

Special Notes:
East Coast Cities & Other Gateways: For domestic Add-On airfares from interior U.S. cities to San Francisco, please see below.
Government-imposed taxes and fees, including the 9/11 Security Fee, apply and are additional. Refer to Air and Land Information in our Terms & Conditions.
Land Only rate does not include transpacific air, or initial arrival and final departure transfers in Asia.
Tour fares are subject to change.
PLEASE NOTE: Details will be provided at time of booking regarding double-entry visas required for this tour.


BUSINESS CLASS AIR UPGRADE AVAILABLE
UNITED AIRLINES ADD-ON AIRFARE CHART
ZONE 1: Not Applicable
Honolulu, HI
ZONE 2: No Additional Charges
Los Angeles, CA Portland, OR Seattle, WA
ZONE 3: Add $140.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Eugene, OR Palm Springs, CA Sacramento, CA C ANADA :
Fresno, CA Phoenix, AZ San Diego, CA Vancouver, BC
Las Vegas, NV Reno, NV Spokane, WA
ZONE 4: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Albuquerque, NM Denver, CO San Antonio, TX C ANADA :
Austin, TX Houston, TX Calgary, AB
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX Salt Lake City, UT
ZONE 5: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Anchorage, AK Kansas City, MO Omaha, NE
Detroit, MI Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
ZONE 6: Add $220.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Chicago, IL Columbus, OH Memphis, TN St. Louis, MO
Cincinnati, OH Green Bay, WI Milwaukee, WI
Cleveland, OH Indianapolis, IN Nashville, TN
ZONE 7: Add $200.00 to San Francisco tour fare
New York, NY Newark, NJ
ZONE 8: Add $260.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Baltimore, MD Manchester, NH Rochester, NY C ANADA :
Boston, MA Philadelphia, PA Syracuse, NY Montreal, QC
Buffalo, NY Pittsburgh, PA Washington, DC Ottawa, ON
Hartford, CT Richmond, VA Toronto, ON
ZONE 9: Add $340.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Atlanta, GA Greensboro, NC Orlando, FL West Palm Beach, FL
Charlotte, NC Jacksonville, FL Raleigh-Durham, NC
Fort Lauderdale, FL Miami, FL Tampa, FL
If your city is not shown on the lists above, please call us for information.
IMPORTANT NOTE : The above add-on fares are applicable only when using flights on United Airlines. Valid from April 1, 2008 - March 31, 2009. Fares subject to change.

OUR WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
  • Round-trip transpacific air transportation
  • All intra-China air/land transportation
  • Locally guided in Beijing. A bilingual Mongolian Tour Manager accompanies the group throughout Mongolia. Flights to/from Ulaan Baatar are unescorted.
  • 8 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels; 7 nights in Gers, traditional-style nomadic tents
  • 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges
  • Sightseeing, cultural activities and performances as noted
  • United Mileage Plus ? members: earn frequent flyer credit with the purchase of each air/land package
  • $100,000 Automatic Flight Insurance for transpacific air ticketed by Pacific Delight Tours

CULTURAL DISCOVERIES
  • BEIJING: 4 nights Capital Hotel Beijing
    Temple of Heaven; Tiananmen Square; Forbidden City's Imperial Palace with living quarters, museum and jewelry sections; Great Wall; Sacred Way to Ming Tombs; Chang Ling Exhibition Hall; cloisonn factory; Beijing Duck dinner party at the Capital Hotel

  • ULAAN BAATAR: 4 nights Ulaan Baatar Hotel
    Ganden Monastery; National History Museum; Mongolian song and dance performance

  • LAKE HOVSGOL: 4 nights Ger Camp
    Visit nomadic dwellings; Mongolian horseback riding; 4 nights in a traditional Ger camp

  • GOBI: 3 nights Three Camel Lodge Ger Camp
    Moltsog El's sand dunes; Yol Valley National Park tour; Natural History Museum; Gegeet Valley; Flaming Cliffs; camel ride; visit to camel breeding family; 3 nights in a traditional Ger camp



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