10 days/9 nights for $699 per person, double occupancy, seat-in-coach tour, starting from the northern capital of Hanoi and ending in bustling Saigon
TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
July 10-21, 2023
12 days, 11 nights including the Naadam Festival, Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu, the Gobi, Desert, and Terejl National Park starting at $3898 per person, double occupancy, land only
4 nights in Ulaanbaatar at the Holiday Inn Ulaanbaatar, or similar
Full day Naadam festival with tickets to the opening ceremonies
Ulaan Baatar city tour
Tickets to the horse racing competition & visit to Terelj National Park
Round trip flights to/from the Gobi Desert
3 nights in ger camps in the Gobi Desert
Tour of Bayanzag aka the Flaming Cliffs & dinosaur excavation areas
Tour of Khongor Sand Dunes with camel ride (optional, at your own risk)
Tour of Yoliin Am Gorge & Gurvan Saikhan National Park
Tour of Hustai National Park & excursion to see Przewalski wild horses aka Takhi horses
4 nights in ger camps in Hustai National Park & Karakorum
Tour of Karakorum, Erdene Zuu, and Orkhon River Valley
Day trip to local nomadic family
Tour of Erdenesiin Khuree gallery, Elsen Tasarkhai dunes, Mt. Khugnu Khan, Uvgun Monastery, & optional horseback or camel riding (at your own risk)
Drive to Ulaanbaatar with tour of Bogd Khan's Palace Museum
1 night at the Holiday Inn Ulaanbaatar or similar
English speaking guide throughout
Full board throughout
Round trip airport transfers throughout
Entrance fees as listed in the itinerary
$3898 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: $860
Arrive in Ulaan Baatar
Upon arrival, meet with your guide and check in to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
The Naadam Festival
Head to the Central Stadium for the colorful opening ceremonies of the Naadam festival. Watch Mongolian wrestling, archery, and Shagain Harvaa competitions. There will also be processions of monks, athletes, local dress, historical re-enactments, music, and dancing. Complete your day with a city tour, stopping by the Genghis Khan Monument and the Museum of Natural History.
Drive to Khui Doloon Hudag field for the horse racing competition, one of Mongolia's most popular sports. On the way back to Ulaanbaatar, visit the giant Genghis Khan statue and Terelj National Park.
Fly to the Gobi
Take a short flight to the South Gobi. Upon arrival, head to Bayanzag - the Flaming Cliffs to enjoy the spectacular rock formations. After lunch at your ger camp, head out to look for dinosaur remains and hike through a desert forest.
Khongor Sand Dunes
Head to the Khongor sand dunes, which stretch out over the arid Gobi to form some of the longest sand dunes int the country. Along the way, you'll see lone gers and nomad families still living as they have for hundreds of years. After visiting the sand dunes, visit a camel farm where you will have the chance to take an optional camel ride (at your own risk).
Yoliin Am Gorge & Gurvan Saikhan National Park
Drive to the Yoliin Am Gorge in Gurvan Saikhan National Park, where you'll hike and look for wildlife such as pika and many different bird species. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park before heading to your next ger camp.
Hustai National Park
Fly back to Ulaanbaatar, then drive to Hustai National Park, a beautiful and well-protected nature reserve. After arriving at the ger camp, head out to look for Takhi wild horses, also know as Przewalski Horses, one of the last remaining wild species of horses in the world.
Drive to Mongolia's ancient capital of Karakorum. Once there, visit the legendary Erdene Zuu monastery, the first monastery built in Mongolia that dates back to 1586. Visit the Turtle Rock and Phallic Stone before learning more about Karakorum at the Karakorum Museum. Afterward head to the UNESCO World Hertiage Site of the Orkhon River Valley, known as the place where Central Mongolia's nomadic pastoral traditions began.
Visiting a nomadic family
Take the chance to get to know the nomadic lifestyle that Mongolia is so famous for with a local family. Join them in tending to their livestock, milking, making dairy products, and making a traditional Mongolian lunch.
Elsen Tasarkhai and Mt. Khugnu Khan
Start the day with a visit to Erdenesiin Khuree, a new art gallery focused on traditional Mongolian calligraphy. From there, head to the Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes, locate in the middle of the steppe. Hike around Mt. Khugnu Khan and visit the ruins of the Uvgun Monastery. An optional horse back or camel riding tour will be available (at your own risk).
Return to Ulaanbaatar
Drive to Ulaanbaatar, stopping along the way to visit the Bogd Khaan's Palace Museum, which was the residence of the last king of Mongolia. The afternoon is free to explore Ulaanbaatar. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner and traditional folklore concert with the Tumen Ekh ensemble.
Return to Ulaanbaatar
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
OpTIONAL EXTENSION TO MURUN & LAKE HUVSUL
July 21-24, 2023
$1680 per person, double occupancy
$200 single supplement
Fly to Murun, the center of Huvsgul province. If the flight schedule allows, take a short tour of Murun. From there, visit the Uushig Dear Stones and drive to Lake Huvsgul through lush valleys and forests. After lunch at the ger camp, enjoy a walk around the shores of Lake Huvsgul. Dinner & overnight at the ger camp.
Breakfast at the ger camp. Enjoy today doing various activities and sightseeing along the lake, such as kayaking. Take a boat ride around the lake, then a horse ride (at your own risk) to Khyassa rock to see a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Have a picnic lunch at another scenic spot and return to the ger camp. Dinner and overnight at the ger camp.
Return to Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, drive back to Murun and fly to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Lunch will be provided, but dinner will be on your own.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
international Airfare available Upon Request
Please Be AWARE That ger accommodations are more basic than hotel accommodations, and MAY have separate bathroom/shower facilities.
Transportation & flights throughout
Local English-speaking guide
Sightseeing and entry tickets as listed in the itinerary
Gratuities for guides, drivers, waitstaff, bellhops, etc.
Services and activities not listed on the itinerary
Small Group Vaccination Requirements
Due to the increased potential for the spread of COVID-19 within a small group,
we require all travelers who sign up for our small group trips to be
fully vaccinated and boosted with the most recent booster.
We recommend getting your booster about one month before departure.