Mongolia - Grasslands, Nomads and the Gobi

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• Feel the competitive excitement of the Naadam Festival
• Enjoy beautiful Lake Hovsgol and the stunning Mongolian landscape
• Explore Flaming Cliffs dinosaur site
• Visit Erdene Zuu Monastery
• Enjoy meeting welcoming Mongolians
• Experience life in 13th century's Mongolia
• View the world's tallest equestrian statue

Fact File

• 17 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start & finish in Ulaanbaatar
• All meals included
• Includes 4 internal flights
• Activity Level: 2


Grasslands extend to a horizon of cobalt-blue skies, pastel-hued rocks color the Gobi Desert and fast-flowing rivers cut deep canyons in arid steppes in this remote Asian nation land-locked between China and Russia. The people, descendants of Genghis Khan, are an eclectic mix of rugged nomads, Buddhist monks, farmers and merchants. For the truly adventurous, Mongolia holds the promise of an exotic culture rarely visited by travelers.

Starting in Ulaanbaatar, the tour uses the capital as a hub to visit the Gobi Desert, Lake Hovsgol and central Mongolia. In the Gobi, we visit the Flaming Cliffs, a world-class dinosaur site with remains so plentiful that dinosaur eggshells can still be found on the surface.

In Yol Valley National Park, we experience a unique environment that includes 200 species of birds and 600 species of vegetation.

We stay on the beautiful shores of Lake Hovsgol. Surrounded by mountains and forests, it contains three percent of the Earth's fresh water. In central Mongolia we visit Gorkhi-Terelj and Bogd National Parks. In Karakoram we discover the ruins of the ancient capital of the Mongols, and in Ulaanbaatar we walk through former royal palaces and visit the national museum.

The highlight for many is the famous Naadam Festival. Full of ceremony, pomp and festive Mongolians, this event features the "Three Sports of Men" - archery, wrestling and horse racing. Our Mongolian odyssey concludes in Ulaanbaatar.

FROM: $7495 USD


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Comfortable hotel in Ulaanbaatar with private bathrooms. Seven nights accommodation in twin/single room gers (Mongolian circular tents) with private bathroom facilities. One night in wooden houses with private bathroom facilities.

Comfort notes

Some rough/dusty roads and long drives. Flexibility is key due to changing internal airline schedules.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
Day 2: Hogno Han
Day 3: To Karakoram - Ancient Capital of the Mongols
Day 4: Przewalski Wild Horses, Return to Ulaanbaatar
Day 5: Genghis Khan's 13th Century Park
Day 6: Terelj National Park, Ulaanbaatar
Day 7: Fly to Muron, Lake Hovsgol
Day 8: Lake Hovsgol - Hiking, Boat Ride
Day 9: Lake Hovsgol - Horseback and Yak Cart Riding (Optional)
Day 10: To Ulaanbaatar - Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts
Day 11: Naadam Festival - Competition & Ceremony
Day 12: Naadam Festival - Closing Ceremony
Day 13: Fly to Gobi Desert - Yol Valley National Park
Day 14: Khongoryn Els - Singing Sand Dunes
Day 15: Flaming Cliffs - Cemetery of Dinosaurs
Day 16: Return to Ulaanbaatar, Bogd Khan Palace
Day 17: Departure
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