LOS ANGELES -- Known mostly for itineraries in Europe, river cruise
tour operator Uniworld expanded its Asia products to include tours
to Mongolia, Siberia, Tibet and the Silk Road route for 2001.
The company has opened an office in Beijing to support its Asia
Uniworld president Serba Illich said the itineraries offer
points of interest most American travelers have not seen, such as
the terra-cotta warriors in Xian, China; the Trans-Siberia
railroad; Tibetan temples, and the Gobi desert in Mongolia.
"We also include plenty of cultural highlights, such as visiting
with local people," said Illich.
The 13-day Grand Yangtze River Cruise, for example, passes
through the Three Gorges, where many of the villages now standing
will no longer exist when the Three Gorges Dam is completed in a
The price ranges from $2,498 to $2,698 per person, double
All prices listed are per person, double, and include all meals
and roundtrip air fare from the U.S. The 19-day China, the Silk
Road and the Yangtze River tour is priced $4,098 to $4,298.
It includes two days in Beijing, a cruise of the Heaven Lake
west of Mongolia, a trip along the Silk Road, including the White
Horse Pagoda, and a Yangtze River cruise.
The China, the Silk Road and Tibet includes many of the same
features but branches off into Tibet instead of cruising the
Yangtze. The 20-day itinerary is priced $4,098 to $4,298.
Mongolia and the Gobi Desert is a 12-day trip that includes
Beijing, the Great Wall, the Mongolian/Siberian Express to
Mongolia, two nights in a traditional Mongolian felt tent in the
Gobi Desert and a visit to the "Flaming Cliff" dinosaur fossil
excavation site. It is priced from $2,898 to $2,989.
Mongolia and Siberia is an 18-day trip that includes two days in
Beijing with an opera performance.
The itinerary continues with a trip on the Mongolian/Siberian
Express through Mongolia to Siberia with a stop at an aristocratic
mansion in Irkutsk, a ride on a hydrofoil on nearby Lake Baikal to
Listvanka village and a visit to the Gobi Desert and Ulaanbaatar,
Mongolia. The price is $3,998.