Day 1 - Arrive Beijing, China
Arrive in Beijing, where you are transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 - Beijing
Take in the sweep of history at Tiananmen Square and
explore the imperial grandeur of the Forbidden City. After
lunch, travel to the well-preserved Juyongguan section of the
Great Wall of China, a vast fortification erected to protect the
region from Mongol hordes. Venture to the top of the wall
to take in sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.
Tonight, gather for a special welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 3 - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
This morning, fly to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your
hotel. After you settle in, explore the National Museum of
Mongolian History. Here, a local historian delves into the saga of Genghis Khan and his Mongol Empire.
Day 4 - Ulaanbaatar
Visit Gandan Khiid Monastery with its 75-foot statue made of
copper, gold and precious stones, accompanied by a top-ranking
lama who discusses monastic life. Return to your hotel for an
afternoon at leisure.
Day 5 - Gobi Desert
Fly to the Gobi Desert, home to Bactrian (two-humped)
camels, mountain sheep, golden eagles and many endemic
reptiles. In the late afternoon, witness local archers
demonstrate a skill that gave rise to the former Mongol
empire. After dinner, marvel as the stars paint the vast
Day 6 - Gobi Desert
Journey overland to the Yol Valley, a narrow, craggy
chasm. Hike the valley for a chance to spot vulture-like
lammergeiers, Altai snowcocks, ibex, yaks and Argali
mountain sheep. Later, witness the construction of a ger, a
traditional Mongolian home. In the afternoon, you may opt
to hike through the Havsagit Valley to discover petroglyphs
atop a mountain.
Day 7 - Gobi Desert
Ride Like a Local on a Bactrian camel through the dunes of
Moltsog Els for insight into a way of life that has endured for
centuries. Visit with a local camel-herding family in their
home. Afterward, visit the Flaming Cliffs, a site rich with
fossils where dinosaur eggs were first found. Savor a Scenic
Sundowner atop Bulagtai Mountain, and then return to your
lodge for dinner.
Day 8 - Ulaanbaatar
Fly to Ulaanbaatar, where you visit a modern art gallery and
meet the local exhibiting artist. This evening, join fellow
guests for a performance featuring traditional Mongolian
dancers and khoomi throat singers. Enjoy dinner at a local
restaurant, along with a vodka tasting.
Day 9 - Ulaanbaatar
Attend the opening ceremonies of the annual Naadam
Festival, where the nation’s best athletes compete in tests
of strength and skill. Take in all of the pageantry of the
elaborate opening ceremony, an event showcasing local
dancers, athletes, horse riders and musicians.
Day 10 - Ulaanbaatar
Enjoy a second day at the Naadam Festival, attending a range
of events and competitions featuring archery and traditional
wrestling. This evening, gather with fellow guests for a
Day 11 - Depart Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight.