ChinaOdyssey25 days, ex Hong KongCode GCCOChinaAdventure21 days, ex Hong KongNEWCode ICBSL65China & Central Asia - China, Hong KongI love this tour.Chengyang is not aplace that features onmost itineraries but is areal gem. Anotherhigh point is joiningpilgrims for an ascentof Mount Emei. A jam-packed trip full ofvariety.Liddy says...''''China is a vastand varied country andthis trip really does doit justice, including anincredible variety ofsights and scenery. Mytwo favourite parts arethe chance to explorethe Yellow Mountain,one of China's scenicgems, and viewing thepandas at the researchcentre in Chengdu.Liddy says...''''For trip notes, availability and more, enter the trip code at imaginative-traveller.comITINERARY... Days 1-2 Hong KongHit the streets, enjoy a dim sumbrunch or pay a visit to the Culture Museum. Days 3-5 YangshuoCycle through the beautiful Yangshuo countryside past rustic villagesand rice paddies. Days 6-8 ChengyangStep back in time incharming Chengyang. Cross the Wind and Rain Bridge, mingle withlocals as they sell their wares and soak up Chengyang's laidback vibe.Days 9-10 ChengduHead to the Giant Panda Breeding ResearchBase and learn about the conservation of this highly endangeredspecies. Perhaps sip tea at traditional tea houses or browse localmarkets during free time. Days 11-14 Leshan - Emei ShanMarvelat the towering figure of the Grand Buddha at Leshan beforetravelling onwards to the holy Emei Mountains. Spend a peacefulnight in the guesthouse of a local monastery and wake to thesoulful sound of monks chanting. Days 15-17 Xi'anVisit theTerracotta Warriors and admire ancient artistry and engineering.Enjoy stunning views of Xi'an city from atop the city walls, and walkthrough the spice-laden streets of the Muslim Quarter.Days 18-21 Beijing - Great WallTake a trip to Tiananmen Squareand amble along the iconic Great Wall. Why not cap off thisultimate Chinese adventure with a mouth-watering meal ofPeking duck.ACCOMMODATIONHotel (11 nts), overnight sleeper train -'hard sleeper' (4 nts), guesthouse (5 nts) MEALS1 LunchTRANSPORTTrain, taxi, bus, bicycle, cable carGROUPSIZEMaximum 12NOTE It is possible to upgrade to 'soft sleeper' trains if required.Please speak to your travel consultant for details.StartFinish201208 Jan-28 Jan11 Mar-31 Mar25 Mar-14 Apr08 Apr-28 Apr22 Apr-12 May06 May-26 May20 May-09 Jun03 Jun-23 Jun17 Jun-07 Jul01 Jul-21 Jul15 Jul-04 Aug29 Jul-18 Aug19 Aug-08 Sep09 Sep-29 Sep23 Sep-13 Oct07 Oct-27 Oct21 Oct-10 Nov04 Nov-24 Nov201306 Jan-26 Jan10 Mar-30 Mar31 Mar-20 Apr14 Apr-04 May28 Apr-18 May12 May-01-Jun26 May-15 Jun09 Jun-29 Jun23 Jun-13 Jul. Tour Beijing and Xi'an. Cycle through thekarst scenery of Yangshuo. Enjoy the GiantPandas of Chengdu. Overnight in the holyEmei MountainsTour highlights. Visit all the great sights of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai . Cycle through the picturesque countryside of Yangshuo. Enjoy a three day Yangtze cruise. See the Giant Pandas in Chengdu. Explore the canals of Suzhou, the gardens ofHangzhou and the Yellow MountainTour highlightsITINERARY... Days 1-2 Hong KongArrive in Hong Kong. On Day 2,we head across the harbour to Guangzhou (Canton).Days 3-5 YangshuoRide bikes and explore this stunning area.Days 6-9 Yangtze River CruiseCruise through the famed ThreeGorges. Days 10-12 Chengdu - Giant Pandas - Giant BuddhaHead to Chengdu and visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.Travel to Leshan and the massive Buddha statue. Days 13-14 Xi'an -Terracotta WarriorsExplore this historic city and visit the 2,000-year-old Terracotta Warriors. Overnight sleeper train to Suzhou.Days 15-17 Beijing - Great WallVisit the Forbidden City,Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall. Day 18 SuzhouTake in thebeautiful gardens and enticing backstreets. Days 19-20 ShanghaiA short morning train ride takes us to Shanghai. We have two daysto explore this dynamic city. Day 21 HangzhouRelax in one of themany teahouses or cycle out to the temples and gardenssurrounding the city's West Lake. Days 22-24 Yellow MountainYellow Mountain (Huangshan) is probably the country's mostfamous landscape and our base for the next few days. Ascend byfoot or cable car. Day 25 Shanghai Our tour ends. ACCOMMODATIONSimple hotel (13 nts), cruise boat (2 nts),guesthouse (4 nts), overnight sleeper train - 'hard sleeper' (5 nts) MEALS3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 DinnersTRANSPORTBus, bicycle, hydrofoil, riverboat, trainGROUPSIZEMaximum 16StartFinish201204 Mar-28 Mar18 Mar-11 Apr01 Apr-25 Apr15 Apr-09 May29 Apr-23 May06 May-30 May27 May-20 Jun10 Jun-04 Jul24 Jun-18 Jul08 Jul-01 Aug22 Jul-15 Aug05 Aug-29 Aug19 Aug-12 Sep02 Sep-26 Sep16 Sep-10 Oct30 Sep-24 Oct14 Oct-07 Nov28 Oct-21 Nov11 Nov-05 Dec25 Nov-19 Dec09 Dec-02 Jan23 Dec-16 Jan201306 Jan-30 Jan20 Jan-13 Feb03 Feb-27 Feb17 Feb-13 Mar03 Mar-27 Mar17 Mar-10 Apr31 Mar-24 Apr14 Apr-08 May28 Apr-22 May12 May-05 Jun26 May-19 Jun09 Jun-03 Jul23 Jun-17 JulPlusTraveller£564ppFlight ex London fromTour price from£1,370ppSee website for detailsBasicTraveller£593ppFlight ex London from£1,901pp£1,545ppTour (paid in advance)$550ppLocal Payment (paid locally in US$)So what will it cost me?Based on current exchange rates
Russiaand Beyond18 days, ex St PetersburgNEWCode IWBRL66China & Central Asia - Mongolia, Russia, ChinaI pioneered thistrip more that tenyears ago and itremains one of myfavourites. You campin the most amazinglandscapes and gain areal insight into thelife of Mongoliannomads. This is theperfect trip forsomeone with a tastefor adventure and athirst for genuinewilderness.Liddy says...''''Beijing and StPetersburg, two greatcities, connected bynearly 10,000km ofrailway. This trip takesyou on the Trans-Siberian railway as ittraverses the wildsteppes before crossinginto China. You willstop along the wayfor a sauna by LakeBaikal and to campwith nomads inMongolia.Liddy says...''''Book now at imaginative-traveller.com or call 01728 885561. Compare the elegantglories of St Petersburgand Moscow. Travel to Beijing on theTrans-Siberian Railway. Break the journey for aquick dip at Lake Baikaland the charming Siberian city of Irkutsk. Experience the nomadic lifestyle, camping in gers in Khustai National ParkTour highlightsACCOMMODATIONSimple hotel (2 nts), camping (10 nts),ger tent - 4 share (6 nts), overnight train (1 nt) MEALS19 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 16 DinnersTRANSPORTBus, 4WD vehicle, overnight trainGROUPSIZEMaximum 16StartFinish201214 May-02 Jun12 Jun-01 Jul04 Jul-23 Jul30 Jul-18 Aug20 Aug-08 SepDates for 2013will be availablein mid 2012.Please see ourwebsite fordetails.MongolianWilderness Adventure20 days, ex Ulaanbaatar Code GCMW. Enjoy lakeside campsites, dramatic canyons and ancient Harhorin. Experience the vast Gobi Desert and open steppe. Overnight with thelocals in a ger tentTour highlightsITINERARY... Days 1-2 St PetersburgExplore St Petersburg.Days 3-4 MoscowTake in the Kremlin and the onion-shapeddomes of St Basil's Cathedral. Days 5-7 Trans-Siberian RailwayBoard the Trans-Siberian Railway bound for Siberia. Sit back andrelax as the thick forests roll by or play cards with other travellers.Days 8-10 Lake Baikal - IrkutskHomestay with a local Buryatfamily on the shores of Lake Baikal. Then travel to Irkutsk.Days 11-12 Ulan Ude - UlaanbaatarChill out in this Mongolian-influenced city, visit a small village with structures that have existedsince the 18th century and explore the ancient former stompingground of Genghis Khan. Days 13-15 Ulaanbaatar - NomadCampExplore Ulaanbaatar, making time to see the Winter Palace ofBogd Khan, Mongolia's last emperor. Then venture further afield foran unforgettable homestay. Spot wild Mongolian horses in KhustaiNational Park and join a nomadic family as they go about theirsimple daily lives. Dine on basic Mongolian fare and sleep in atraditional ger tent. Day 16 Overnight trainReturn toUlaanbaatar before making tracks into China. Days 17-18 BeijingArrive Beijing. Perhaps stay on longer to visit the Great Wall or heartales of treachery in the Forbidden City. ACCOMMODATIONHostel (7 nts), overnight train (7 nts),homestay (2 nts), ger tent (1 nt) MEALS4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 DinnersTRANSPORTOvernight train, metro, busGROUPSIZEMaximum 16StartFinish201225 Apr-12 May23 May-09 Jun27 Jun-14 Jul11 Jul-28 Jul25 Jul-11 Aug15 Aug-01 Sep05 Sep-22 Sep19 Sep-06 Oct03 Oct-20 Oct17 Oct-03 Nov201324 Apr-11 May22 May-08 Jun19 Jun-06 Jul£1,487pp£1,195ppTour (paid in advance)$450ppLocal Payment (paid locally in US$)So what will it cost me?Based on current exchange ratesBasicTraveller£717ppFlight ex London fromBasicTravellerTour price from£1,620ppSee website for details£390ppFlight ex London fromITINERARY... Days 1-2 UlaanbaatarArrive in Ulaanbaatar. On theevening of Day 2, we depart by sleeper train bound for Erdenet.Day 3 Erdenet - Uran Togoo ReserveDurable 4WD vehicles takeus out to the open steppe in the Uran Togoo Reserve.Days 4-7 Khövsgöl Nuur (Khövsgöl Lake)Enjoy the picturesquescenery of rolling hills strewn with wildflowers. Days 8-9 ZuunNuur (Zuun Lake)Onwards to the beautiful Zuun Nuur to explorethe open steppe. Days 10-11 Khorgo Uul National ParkHike upthe extinct volcano Khorgo and enjoy views of the White Lake.Day 12 Chuluut GorgeHike amidst this beautiful canyon with thechance of seeing ancient petroglyphs. Days 13-15 Tsenkher HotSprings - Orkhon Valley - Tövkhön KhiidExplore the OrkhonValley including a day trip to Tövkhön Khiid, an importantpilgrimage centre for Mongolian Buddhists. Day 16 Harhorin -Högnö Khan UulMake our way to the ancient Mongol capital,visiting the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, before driving onto Högnö Khan Uul National Park. Days 17-18 Arburd SandsWetravel north through grasslands and sand dunes to visit a localnomad family. Days 19-20 UlaanbaatarWe return to the relativebustle of Ulaanbaatar for our final night, perhaps gathering for afolk performance that includes mesmerising Mongolian throatsinging. Our adventure ends after breakfast on Day 20.