Included in your 4-day stay:
$1,499 per person (for 2 guests)
For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $649.
May - September Pricing:
$1,429 per person (for 2 guests)
For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $599.
$1,699 per person (for 2 guests)
For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $799.
Note: This extension is for cruise/tours that end in Shanghai.
Day to Day:
DAY 1: Hong Kong
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, you will be met by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel for your three-night stay. You will be at leisure for the remainder of the day. Experience the buzz of Hong Kong life as you go out and explore on your own. The city is an eclectic mix of old and new, where modern skyscrapers rub shoulders with colonial buildings and traditional Chinese temples. Take advantage of the world-class culinary scene with a feast at one of Hong Kong’s seafood destinations or at a restaurant with a view of the harbor. Celebrate the night in this city that never sleeps.
Note: Uniworld works with The Travel Advisers to makes sure your experience in Hong Kong goes smoothly. We arrange transportation to and from the airport and coordinate your city tour, while leaving you with plenty of time to shop and explore on your own.
DAY 2: Hong Kong
Today you’ll discover the many sides of Hong Kong. It’s a major international financial center, as well as a shopping mecca. But it also has an incredible natural harbor and striking mountainous terrain. Take a trip to Victoria Peak, the “Mountain of Great Peace,” featuring the world’s steepest funicular railway, to get a not-to-be-missed panoramic view of the city’s glittering skyscrapers, colonial buildings and romantic harbor. Then ramble through the Aberdeen Fishing Village on the south side of the island for a glimpse into Hong Kong’s traditional fishing life, which still survives there. Your tour also includes a nearby gem factory, where you can see artisans at work creating jewelry, and a stop at Stanley Market, the bustling street market long renowned for its excellent bargains.
The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore on your own. You might want to create a little free space in your suitcase, because Hong Kong is famous for the range of its shopping venues—order a custom suit or gown, check out the latest gadgets, choose a beautiful vintage poster or find a few perfect gifts before you head home.
DAY 3: Hong Kong
You have the entire day to explore Hong Kong on your own. Treat yourself to a ferry ride across the harbor. Go window shopping on Hollywood Road or Cat Street, or, if you are shopped out, take advantage of the city’s great public transportation system and venture out of the bustling city to one of its serene parks or wildlife refuges.
DAY 4: Hong Kong
After breakfast at the hotel, your extraordinary Asian adventure will draw to a close. Enriched with fond memories of your remarkable journey, you will be transferred to the Hong Kong International Airport for your flight home.
Included in your 7-day stay:
$8,699 per person (for 2 guests)
For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $1,299.
Note: Offered on five 2020 departures: June 6, August 29, September 12, September 19, and September 26. Note: This extension is for cruise/tours that begin in Beijing.
Day to Day:
Discover everything from Beijing’s bustling city life to Mongolia’s serene Gobi Desert on this 7-day pre-cruise/tour extension. Explore the ins and outs of Ulaanbaatar via visits to the capital’s most noteworthy and intriguing locations. Then, the Gobi Desert awaits. You’ll board a plane and head for this breathtaking stretch of desert, where you’ll get up close and personal with the nomadic way of life, wind your way through Yol Valley National Park and gaze in awe at the Flaming Cliffs.
DAY 1: Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, China’s sprawling capital city, where ancient sites gloriously coexist with futuristic skyscrapers. With its impressive preservation of cultural artifacts and never-ending modernization, Beijing is as magnificent as it is multifaceted. You’ll stay overnight here before flying to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the next day.
DAY 2: Ulaanbaatar
Today, you’ll fly to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s thriving capital. After you check into your hotel, you’ll enjoy an afternoon of leisure. Perhaps you’ll visit one of the numerous world-class museums, savor delicious international cuisine or marvel at the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, the only remaining palace out of the original four residences of the former emperor of Mongolia.
DAY 3: Ulaanbaatar
Embark on a captivating tour of the city, complete with a stop at Zaisan Hill, a memorial that pays homage to fallen allied Mongolian and Soviet soldiers killed during World War II. Your guide will provide you with an overview of the monument as well as chronicle this crucial period in Mongolian history. If you walk to the top of Zaisan Hill, you’ll also be rewarded with sweeping views of Ulaanbaatar below. You’ll then make your way to Gandan Khiid, a stunning Buddhist monastery, where you’ll have the chance to witness Buddhist monks reciting prayers. As one of Mongolia’s most beloved attractions, it’s fitting that the monastery’s full name roughly translates to “the great place of complete joy.”
This evening, you’ll enjoy a Tuvan throat singing performance at the National Ensemble. Mongolians have been practicing throat singing, a type of harmonic singing where the performer can produce multiple pitches simultaneously, for centuries. Traditionally, male herders would venture deep into the countryside to perform, as the country’s open landscape allows the sounds to carry great distances.
DAY 4: Ulaanbaatar, Fly to Gobi Desert
Depart Ulaanbaatar and board your plane to the indescribable Gobi Desert in southern Mongolia, famed for its mountains, dunes and rare animals that call it home, such as Bactrian camels. You’ll trek through the breathtaking Yol Valley in Gobi Saikhan National Park, passing by Yolyn Am, also known as Vulture Gorge, a deep and narrow gorge showcasing sheer rock walls and waterfalls. After the day’s adventure, you’ll transfer to Three Camel Lodge for the evening. Here, you’ll be treated to an array of activities including cooking demonstrations, archery, movies and a campfire complete with cocktails.
Please note: Waterproof hiking boots are highly recommended for today’s excursion.
DAY 5: Gobi Desert
Your guide will introduce you to the nomadic way of life and the etiquette one should follow when entering a Mongolian ger, a tent-like structure used by nomads. On this visit to a camel-breeding family, you’ll learn firsthand about their way of life and the importance of their customs and cultural traditions. Prepare to be amazed as you make your way to the Gobi Desert’s Flaming Cliffs, named by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews in the 1920s. As you walk in the footsteps of early explorers, you’ll learn why the Flaming Cliffs are a significant site in the field of paleontology (it might have something to do with the first dinosaur eggs being discovered here). At sunset, the cliffs give off a fiery glow, a spectacle you’re sure to enjoy this evening.
DAY 6: Gobi Desert, Ulaanbaatar
You’ll bid the Gobi Desert farewell today and fly from Dalanzadgad Airport back to Ulaanbaatar, where you’ll be taken to your hotel for the night.
DAY 7: Ulaanbaatar, Beijing
Today, you’ll hop on a plane from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing as you get ready to start Highlights of China & the Yangtze.