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Highlights of Mongolia
 
Holiday Length: 10 days
Start/End City: Ulaanbaatar
2018 Departure Dates:
Jun 03, 16; Jul *01, 19; Aug 11; Sep 08
* extension for Naadam Festival available
Boutique Small Group Tour

A fully escorted discovery journey through the highlights of Mongolia's central and southern parts with authentic cultural experiences and soft adventure opportunities.
This overland journey will take you to through the best of Central and Southern Mongolia as well as the essential sights and cultural performances in/around capital city Ulaanbaatar.



     
Day 1
  Ulaanbaatar arrival
    After clearing custom formalities and baggage claim, you will be met by a driver and taken to the centrally located hotel in Ulaanbaatar.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*

             
   
Day 2
  Ulaanbaatar sightseeing (8 hr excursion)
    Meet with your tour guide and the rest of the group this morning for your Ulaanbaatar city tour. Visit the principal sites of Ulaanbaatar including the Gandan monastery – a home to the 26m gilded statue of Megjid Janraisag, and the National Museum of Mongolia, and walk the Main Square.
After welcome lunch at a local restaurant,  drive for an hour  to visit the Giant Genghis monument – an impressive 46m statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, indeed the largest equestrian statue on earth. Return to Ulaanbaatar in the evening at around 6.30pm.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*; Meals: B, L

     
Day 3
  Ulaanbaatar - Elsen Tasarkhai - Mt. Khugnu Khan (4-5 hr drive)
    After breakfast the tour commences. Drive to the beautiful Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes.  On arrival transfer to a  tourist camp for lunch. In the afternoon visit the ruins of the Erdene Khamba monastery set in the picturesque Khugnu Khaan Mountains, with time for a hike. Return to the tourist camp for dinner and rest.
Accommodation: Standard Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D

     
Day 4
  Elsen Tasarkhai - Karakorum (Erdene Zuu Monastery) (1 hr drive)
    After breakfast drive to Karakorum and visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the oldest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia founded in 1586, and take part in the morning chants. Then visit the newly opened Open Air Museum of Karakorum, which displays some interesting findings from Karakorum ruins by the Mongolian-German joint expedition. Check into your Ger camp for lunch. In the afternoon visit the Karakorum Museum and gain an understanding of the UNESCO world heritage Orkhon River Valley and the ancient capital Karakorum.
Accommodation: Standard Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D

     
Day 5
  Karakorum - Ongi Monastery (5-6 hr drive)
    Today the tour heads southwards towards the Gobi Desert. The drive today is scenic as usual however, the terrain will gradually change into semi-desert zone. Reach the Ongi Monastery Ruins by late afternoon (picnic lunch on the way) and check into your Ger camp. After time for a rest there is some walking planned to the monastery ruins. Dinner and overnight at the Ger camp.
Accommodation: Standard Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D
     
Day 6
  Ongi Monastery - Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs (3-4 hr drive)
    After breakfast continue the drive to the Gobi and reach Bayanzag – one of the best known dinosaur remains site in the world. Indeed, it's where Roy Chapman Andrews made his discovery of dinosaur eggs in the early 1920s during his expedition to Asia. Andrews is believed to be the inspiration of the si-fi character explorer Indiana Jones. Arrive in Bayanzag and transfer to Ger camp for lunch.
Visit the Red Cliffs (Flaming Cliffs) and explore for dinosaur remains; it does take some walking in the badlands and many people find the real thing! Then in the early evening transfer to the Ger camp, check into your En-suite Gers. After a rest you can watch the Gobi sunset as you have dinner.
Accommodation: En-suite Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D

     
Day 7
  Day excursion to the Khongor Sand Dunes. (3 hr drive)
    Today visit the Khongor sand dunes – Mongolia's largest and most beautiful sand dunes stretching over 180 km in the arid Gobi Desert. The drive to the dunes at Khongoriin takes about 3 hours one way, passing through vast desert badlands that span out into the furthest distances, where remote mountains line the horizon. Arrive at the Ger camp by the sand dunes and have lunch.
Afterwards, visit the Khongor sand dunes and take a short camel ride along the Khongor springs in the little oasis. You may want to climb the beautiful sand dunes, some are as high as 300 m. Lone Gers and nomads on camelback hang suspended in the mirages, whilst the desert floor is strewn with a range of colourful rocks and unusual minerals. This is the Gobi at its stark best - there are many opportunities to take photographs of the landscapes and people. In the evening drive back to the camp.
Accommodation: En-suite Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D
     
Day 8
  Excursion to Yoliin Am Gorge in Gurvan Saikhan Mountains. (3 hr drive)
    Experience a Gobi sun riseAfter breakfast at the Ger camp, depart for the glacial Yoliin Am Gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains, the eastern end of the majestic Altai Mountains.
The beautiful narrow gorge is named for the Lammergeyer vultures – huge soaring birds in the mountains. This deep, shaded canyon offers visitors a glimpse of the Gobi's many wild flowers, raptors, Ibex, and even a glacier – like ice field in the canyon bottom. Time to take a hike in the gorge. Then return to the Ger camp, dinner and rest.
Accommodation: En-suite Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D
     
Day 9
  The Gobi Desert – Ulaanbaatar, traditional folklore concert.
    After an early breakfast drive to the small Gobi Desert airport (1 hr drive) and board a flight to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival there is a half day city sightseeing tour that includes the fabled Bogd Khaan's Palace Museum and an optional shopping for cashmere/souvenir. Then see a folklore concert by the magnificent Tumen Ekh ensemble featuring Khoomei – Mongolian throat singing and contortion performance followed by farewell dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*; Meals: B, L, D
     
Day 10
  Ulaanbaatar departure (50 min drive)
    After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home

INCLUDED











  * Full-time services of your English speaking local guide (Day 2-9)
* Twin/double share accommodation: excellent 4* hotel in Ulaanbaatar for 3 nights, standard tourist Ger
   camps for 3 nights, and deluxe/en-suite Ger camps for 3 nights.
* Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
* Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
* Ticket to Genghis monument visit
* Private transfers in the city with a minivan/minibus with AC
* Private transfers outside the city with comfortable 4x4 Land Cruisers
* 1 hr camel riding fees in the Gobi
* Gobi – ULN flight + 15 kg luggage free of charge, all kinds of taxes
* 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
* Visa support invitation letter where applicable 
     
NOT INCLUDED



  * International Airfare/train ticket + Tax to join tour
* Travel insurances
* Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
* Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
* Optional activities such as camel riding, archery, fishing etc
     
10-13 Jul
  3 night Naadam extension available
    The Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar is 11-12 July, and an extension to the 01-10 July departure is available in 2018.  Price on request
    10 July - Mongolian Costume Festival in Ulaanbaatar
11-12 July - Naadam Festival opening ceremony, archery, wrestling, horse racing competitions etc
Includes



  * 3 nights in a 4* hotel (twin share) with half board
* transfers
* English speaking guide
* joining an international group of 12 passengers maximum

 

 

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