2019: Spirit of China & the Yangtze River with Hong Kong & Mongolia (2197)

21 days from Hong Kong to Beijing

 
Embark on a 21-day odyssey to explore fascinating landscapes of China and Mongolia on your affordable vacation in Asia. Begin in the fascinating city of Hong Kong for a journey through China's spectacular destinations. Your affordable China vacation delivers a wealth of experiences, including a ride on Hong Kong's Star Ferry, a cable-car ride up panoramic Victoria Peak, and culinary discoveries, including a delectable dim sum lunch. Climb aboard Hong Kong's historic 1920s-style double-decker tram for an authentic look at the city's living history.

Your value vacation in China continues in the exciting city of Shanghai on the Yangtze River delta. You'll marvel at the exquisite Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum-with works of art dating 6,000 years old. In Wuhan, explore beautiful East Lake-China's second largest freshwater urban lake.Discover 200,000 cultural relics in the Hubei Provincial Museum, including ancient pottery, jades, artwork and coins. Next, board the bullet train to Yichang to embark on your 4-night cruise on the legendary Yangtze River. The Three Gorges Dam, Goddess Stream, and dramatic forested mountain views will mesmerize you, as will Shibaozhai's cliff side, 400-year-old red pagoda. In one of China's ancient capitals, Xi'an, you'll see the emperor's vault surrounded by the stunning find of thousands of Terracotta Warriors, chariots, and horses guarding the tomb. In Beijing, take a guided tour of Tian'anmen Square past Mao's Mausoleum. Visit the Forbidden City-the largest collection of China's ancient buildings and home to the historic Ming and Qing dynasties. Your budget-minded tour of China includes once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including a visit to the iconic Great Wall of China. Witness sweeping vistas from the wall that once stretched 4,000 miles across China's barren northern terrain.

You'll fly from Beijing to Mongolia's capital city of Ulaanbaatar to embark on an adventure in the Gobi Desert. Sand dunes, the Cemetery of Dinosaurs, and a camel-breeders camp offer fascinating insight into the nomadic lifestyle, ancient culture, and tantalizing traditional foods. Your value-minded tour of China, the Yangtze River, and the remarkable traditions and terrain of Mongolia, is a journey into a spirit of history, beauty, culture, and natural wonders like no other.

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Tour Operator
Cosmos
 
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2019
Duration
21 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1Hong KongWelcome to Hong Kong! Your hotel room is available for a mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2Hong KongYour sightseeing tour begins with a ride on the popular STAR FERRY from Kowloon Island to Hong Kong Island. On arrival, take a CABLE-CAR RIDE up Victoria Peak for panoramic vistas. Then, explore the old Sheung Wan neighborhood and visit the DRIED SEAFOOD MARKET. Savor a DIM SUM feast for lunch before traversing the Central District aboard the historic DOUBLE DECKER TRAM, commonly referred to as the 'Ding Ding,' due to the sound of its bell. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 3Hong KongEnjoy free time for independent exploration. (B)
Day 4Hong KongFly to Shanghai, China's largest city and center of trade. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 5ShanghaiSightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful YU YUAN GARDENS, a place of peace and tranquility in this bustling city. Visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore Nanjing Road, the city's main pedestrian and shopping area. (B,L,D)
Day 6WuhanEnjoy your morning at leisure before flying to the port city of Wuhan, one of China's oldest metropolitan cities, located on the mighty Yangtze River. (B,D)
Day 7Yangtze River CruiseThis morning visit picturesque EAST LAKE, before time at the HUBEI PROVINCIAL MUSEUM. The well-known museum contains over 200,000 cultural relics, including pottery, jades, lacquerwares, and ancient calligraphy, paintings, and coins. Hear musicians perform beautiful music using a replica of the ancient bronze chime bells. This afternoon, board a BULLET TRAIN for Yichang. Upon arrival, board your 4-night CRUISE through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze. (B,L,D)
Day 8CRUISING: THREE GORGES DAMStart your day with a visit to the THREE GORGES DAM site. Afterward, watch endless dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge, the Yangtze's longest. (B,L,D)
Day 9CRUISING: WU GORGE-QUTANG GORGEToday, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Goddess Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. Later, sail through two of the three gorges-Wu Gorge, known for its forest-covered mountains, and Qutang, the shortest but most dramatic gorge. (B,L,D)

NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, the boat excrusion may be on the Shennong Stream.
Day 10Cruising: ShibaozhaiToday, take a WALKING TOUR of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red wooden pagoda perched high on a cliff side. (B,L,D)
Day 11Xi'anDisembark your cruise in Chongqing, where you will visit a local ZOO to see pandas. Enjoy time at leisure in the old town area of Cikikou before your flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, the evening is free to enjoy one of the great ancient capitals of China. (B)
Day 12Xi'anToday, enjoy a visit to the first emperor's funeral vault to see the amazing TERRCACOTTA WARRIORS. Nothing will prepare you for this incredible display of 8,000 life-sized model warriors, chariots, and horses. Later, visit the ancient CITY WALL, built in 1378 and surrounding the city, then visit the XI'AN ART, CERAMICS & LACQUER EXHIBITION CENTRE. (B,L)
Day 13BeijingTake a WALKING TOUR through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. This afternoon, fly to Beijing, the capital of China and the country's political, social, and historical hub. (B)
Day 14BeijingSightseeing today includes a stroll through TIAN'ANMEN SQUARE past Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. You'll also visit the treasure-filled FORBIDDEN CITY, the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was home to emperors as well as the center of politics. (B,L)
Day 15BeijingThe GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China's barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. This evening your dinner features the local delicacy, PEKING DUCK. (B,L,D)
Day 16UlaanbaatarToday, fly to Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia. After some time in the hotel, enjoy a city tour that includes Sukhbaatar Square and the NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM with a rich collection of exhibits covering the history and people of Mongolia. (B,D)
Day 17Gobi DesertEarly this morning, fly to the Gobi Desert. Covering most of southern Mongolia, the Gobi is the world's fourth-largest desert. Visit EAGLE VALLEY NATIONAL PARK and marvel at stunning mountain scenery and the Gobi Glacier. The Gobi supports more than 300 varieties of flora and fauna and several endangered species, including the Snow Leopard and the Bactrian Camel. (B,L,D)

ACCOMMODATIONS IN THE GOBI DESERT
You will be staying in a traditional ger, a round dwelling with a wooden frame. Your ger is comfortably furnished with twin beds and furniture. A natural ventilation system helps it stay cool in the heat of the day, and a stove provides heat at night. Please note - shared bathroom and shower facilities are located in a separate building.
Day 18Gobi DesertThis morning, stop at the largest SAND DUNES in the region en route to Bayan Zag. Here, explore the CEMETERY OF DINOSAURS, where the world's best-preserved dinosaur skeletons and their petrified eggs were excavated. Then, visit a CAMEL BREEDERS CAMP to learn about the nomadic lifestyle and culture, and to try some traditional food. (B,L,D)
Day 19UlaanbaatarFly back to Ulaanbaatar early this morning. Upon arrival, visit the BOGD KHAN WINTER PALACE, the GANDAN MONASTERY, and Zaisan Hill, offering sweeping views of the city. This evening, enjoy a MONGOLIAN FOLKLORE PERFORMANCE featuring traditional musical instruments, throat singing, and dances. (B,L,D)
Day 20BeijingToday, return to Beijing and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 21BeijingYour tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
08/08/2019$4,369.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Victoria LiannaQuote
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Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Cosmos, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $2,051. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Hong Kong/Shanghai; Shanghai/Wuhan; Chongqing/Xi'an; Xi'an/Beijing; Beijing/Ulaanbaatar; Ulaanbaatar/Gobi Desert; Gobi Desert/Ulaanbaatar; Ulaanbaatar/Beijing. Air prices in this brochure were effective on August 15, 2018, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$1,220 to $1,300

Triple Rooms are not available.

Extra Nights per person in Hong Kong:
April & July 12-August 24: in single room $232; in twin room $127
May-July 11 & August 25-September 29: in single room $202; in twin room $112
October1-October 5: in single room $327; in twin room $175
October 11-November 4: in single room $281; in twin room $152

Extra Nights per person in Beijing:
April-May & September-October: in single room $120; in twin room $65
June-August: in single room $115; in twin room $63



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