By Jeep to the Gobi
Overland desert tour | 15 days
A classic journey for the intrepid overland traveller — journey by train from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar before driving south by jeep to Ghengis Khan’s ancient capital at Karakorum. Staying in comfortable ger camps along the way, the journey takes in the ruins of Ongiin Hiid Monastery as a prelude to the vast semi-arid Gobi Desert.
Day 1: Fly to Beijing
Day 2: Arrive in Beijing
Day 3: Tour China’s capital city
Day 4: Travel by train to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia
Day 5: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
Day 6: Tour Mongolia’s capital city, taking in the imposing Ganden Monastery
Day 7: Drive to Piece of Sand
Day 8: Drive to Karakorum
Day 9: Drive to Ongin Hiid
Day 10: Journey by Jeep to the Gobi Desert
Days 11&12: Gobi Desert including the flaming cliffs at Bayanzag and Yolynam’s remarkable ice gorge
Day 13: Fly to Ulaanbaatar
Day 14: Fly to Beijing
Day 15: Fly to London
guide price £3,495 per person
Fiona’s travel tips
TOP TIP: For those looking for something akin to the Trans Siberian train but without time for the long journey, take the 31 hour journey from Beijing into Mongolia.
TAKE WITH YOU: Patience. Travelling in China can be frustrating due to the language barrier.
DID YOU KNOW: The Great Wall has a total length of around 8,852km (5,500 miles) and comprises sections of actual wall, trenches and natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers. The Terracotta Army of warriors and horses dates from 210 BC and was discovered in 1974 by local farmers near Xi’an, Shaanxi province.
BEST TIME TO GO: The best times to visit are spring and autumn.
JOURNEY TIME: 10 hours (direct)
“A very big thank you for the unforgettable adventure. To call it simply a holiday does not convey the awe, drama and remoteness of the amazing places we travelled through and visited. And with the worry taken out, because of the detailed arrangements you made and the brilliant guides and drivers who supported us every inch of the way.”Mick and Trish Penny, South Korea, China, Tibet, Nepal, May 2019
“All in all China was very interesting with beautiful sites and lovely people. I always felt extremely safe. Angkor Wat is of course amazing, I’m so glad I went.”
Mr and Mrs Gene Howard, China and Cambodia, June 2018
Roger and Fiona Hennah, China and Vietnam, May 2016
“We had an amazing and fascinating time, life-changing really! I have nearly 1,000 photos to edit!"
“Everything was extremely well-organised both pre-departure – with helpful visa advice – and at the China end. All our guides were excellent at their jobs, very friendly and welcoming and made the whole experience very enjoyable and really interesting. The wide area of China we visited gave us a good insight into the country.
Ashok and Carole Jethwa, China
“We had a very enjoyable and interesting time thanks, good guide, good services, very interesting things to see. The ethnic side (food, music etc.) was great and the sights were wonderful. The only very minor downside was that the beds at our otherwise fine hotel were harder than any I have ever experienced anywhere else, I think, but we more or less cured that by asking for extra duvets and sleeping on top of some and under others. Also, the agents in Kashgar/Urumqi/Beijing were very helpful in getting us back to Beijing in the face of bad weather, flight delays and cancellations”.
Mr and Mrs George Goulding, Long weekend in Kashgar, China