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

Domestic flight 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 Deluxe 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

ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR

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

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 the Museum of National History. We will end our day with a traditional performance of folk songs, throat singing, horse-headed fiddle, ethnic dances, and arty contortion.

DAY 03

ULAANBAATAR (B/L/D)

Today, explore Mongolian Buddhist treasures in Ulaanbaatar. We will start from the Choijin Lama Museum. This unique 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 elaborately decorated interiors and a rich collection of other Mongolian Buddhist sculptures and paintings. It has several gilded bronze statues, impressive sculptures of the significant 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, also known as the Green Palace. The palace was built in 1903 dedicated to the 8th Bogd Gegeen, the head of lamaist religion and the last khan of Mongolia. Amazing bronze castings, silk paintings, paper icons, mineral paintings, god statues made by Zanabazar and his students are the main attraction of this palace.

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 natural landscapes, a Gobi dune, forests, and high mountains. You will get an opportunity to hike in the small dunes and camel riding. 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, founded the Uvgun and Zaluu temples for his spiritual 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 found nearby is the Erdene Zuu Monastery, surrounded by beautiful white walls with 108 stupas. Kharkhorin was one of the stopovers of the legendary Silk Road for 140 years. Kharkhorin played a significant role in Mongolian history and was the capital city of the Mongolian Great Empire until Khubilai Khaan, a grandson of Chinggis Khaan, moved the capital to Beijing of the Yuan Dynasty. We will visit the horse breeder’s family and experience the making of airag, the traditional Mongolian 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 a beautifully changing landscape from forest-steppe into semi-desert Gobi land. We will drive through the vast open land called the Ongi steppe. Later today, we will arrive at the ruins of Ongiin Khiid Monastery, built in the 18th century. The monastery was the main religious center of South Mongolia, where monks practice 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. We will stay overnight in a ger camp.

DAY 08

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

After breakfast at the camp, drive to the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park to see the incredible “Yol Valley.” In the afternoon, we explore the valley, an 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 a thick glacier layer between the walls. We will trek along the canyon and have an opportunity to glimpse rare wild sheep Argali, mountain goat Ibex, and Yol Lammergeier. We will stay 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.

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

    Departure DatesLand OnlySolo Traveler Supplement
    2022
    May 01 - Oct 15$3,599$2,399
    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. Hotel surcharge applies during the Naadam festival period from July 90-13, 2020. (LO/050621/C-10)

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