Mongolia & the Gobi Desert

Overview

TOUR CODE: MONGOB

Discover the world of nomads in this journey that will bring you back in time. This intriguing kingdom is founded by the great Genghis Khan, leader of the Mongol empire uniting the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia. His memory lives on in the vast Gobi sand dunes and through the locals whose traditions and customs remained unchanged for centuries.

What’s Included

Economy class airfare from Dalanzadgad to Ulaanbaatar on local airline
4 nights in a Superior Room at the Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace in Ulaanbaatar
5 nights accommodation in Ger Camps

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
Transfers, sightseeing and activities as specified in itinerary
Hotel taxes and service charges

Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVE ULAANBAATAR

Our team will meet you at the Chinggi Khan international airport and transfer to the hotel in the city. We rest for the night for the adventures of the next few days. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 02

ULAANBAATAR (B/L/D)

Your journey begins at Sukhbaatar Square, the spirit of the capital and famous for its surroundings including Parliament House, National Opera Theatre, Cultural Palace and House of City Council. Continue to Gandan Monastery where you will see the impressive 87 feet tall golden plated statue of Buddha. This monastery is the largest and most important monastery of Mongolia with 500 resident monks.  Visit to the Museum of National History. We will end our day with traditional performance of folk songs, throat singing, horse-headed fiddle, ethnic dances and arty contortion. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 03

ULAANBAATAR (B/L/D)

Today, explore Mongolian Buddhist treasures in Ulaanbaatar. We will start from the Choijin Lama Museum. This attractive looking monastery was built in 1908 for the Choijin Lama, Luvsankhaidav, the state oracle and younger brother of the 8th Bogd Gegeen. The temple is preserving the elaborately decorated interiors and containing a rich collection of other Mongolian Buddhist sculpture and painting. It has several gilded bronze statues, impressive sculptures of the major Mongolian and Tibetan incarnations of the Buddhist deities, and a striking array of papier-mâché masks used for the Tsam dance ceremonies. In the afternoon, we will visit Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, the palace known as the Green Palace. The palace was built in 1903 dedicated to the 8th Bogd Gegeen, the head of lamaist religion and last khan of Mongolia. Amazing bronze castings, silk paintings, paper icons, mineral paintings, god statues made by Zanabazar and his students is the main attraction of this Palace. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 04

RUINS OF UVGUN MONASTERY (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we will start to drive to the Bayangobi. It is a unique place with many different forms of natural landscape; combination of a Gobi sand dunes, forests and high mountains. You will get an opportunity to hike in the small sand dunes and riding a camel. In the afternoon, we will visit Erdene Khambyn Khuree which is 13 miles from the camp. The monastery is located in the majestic looking Khugnu Khaan Mountain. Enlightened Bogd Gegeen Zanabazar, a religious leader, philosopher, artist and sculptor was founded the Uvgun and Zaluu temples for his religious teacher. The soldiers of Oirad nobleman Galdan boshigt destroyed the monasteries and assassinated the monks in 1688. Overnight in a ger camp.

DAY 05

KHARKHORIN/ERDENEZUU MONASTERY (B/L/D)

Drive to the ancient capital of the Great Mongolian Empire, Kharkhorin. Another treasure to be found nearby is the Erdene Zuu Monastery, surrounded by beautiful looking white walls with 108 stupas. Kharkhorin was one of the stopovers of legendary Silk Road for 140 years. Kharkhorin played significant role in Mongolian history and was a capital city of Mongolian Great Empire until Khubilai Khaan, a grandson of Chinggis Khaan moved the capital to Beijing of Yuan Dynasty. We will visit horse breeder’s family and experience making of airag, the Mongolian traditional drink made by mare’s milk. Enjoy horse riding on Mongolian wooden saddles. Overnight in a ger camp.

DAY 06

THE RUINS OF ONGI MONASTERY (B/L/D)

After breakfast we will drive to the south. We will see beautifully changing landscape from forest steppe into semi-desert Gobi land. We will drive through the wide huge open land called Ongi steppe. Later today, we will arrive in the ruins of Ongiin Khiid Monastery. This monastery was built in the 18th century. The monastery was the main religious centre of South Mongolia. The monks were practiced Buddhist philosophy, astrology and medicine. Overnight in a ger camp.

DAY 07

FLAMING CLIFFS (B/L/D)

Venture to the Flaming Cliffs site, also known as Bayanzag, a region of the Gobi Desert in the Omnogovi Province of Mongolia, in which important fossil finds have been made. It was given this name by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, who visited in the 1920s. The area is most famous for yielding the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Overnight in a ger camp.

DAY 08

GOBI GURVAN SAIKHAN NATIONAL PARK (B/L/D)

Breakfast will be served at the camp, then drive to the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park where we will see incredible “Yol Valley”. In the afternoon, we will explore the valley. The valley is the unusual narrow canyon of a river that flows through the Zuun Saikhan Mountain. The sheer rock walls stand 656 feet and the canyon has stunning green meadows with thick glacier layer that is deeply set between the walls. We will trek along the canyon and may have an opportunity to glimpse rarely found wild sheep Argali, mountain goat Ibex and Yol Lammergeier. Overnight in a ger  camp.

DAY 09

DALANZADGAD/ULAANBAATAR (B/L/D)

We catch an early morning flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Enjoy your free time in Ulaanbaatar. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 10

ULAANBAATAR DEPARTURE (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B= Breakfast   L= Lunch    D=Dinner

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Pricing

Per person, based on double occupancy

     2018Land Only
    May 24, 31$3,399
    Jun 07, 14, 21$3,399
    Jul 19, 26$3,399
    Aug 02, 16$3,399
    Sep 06, 20$3,399
    Oct 11, 18$3,399
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. This is a land only package without International airfare. Tour prices include hotel taxes and service charges. (AI/110917/C-10)

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