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 10-20, 2022
11 days, 10 nights including the Naadam Festival, Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu, the Gobi, Desert, and Terejl National Park starting at $3880 per person, double occupancy, land only
4 nights in Ulaan Baatar at a 5 star hotel
Full day Naadam festival with tickets to the opening ceremonies
Ulaan Baatar city tour
2 nights in a ger camp
Tour of Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu, the Chinggis Khan Historial Musuem, and ruins of Turkish monuments
Round trip flight to/from Gobi Desert
Tour of Eagle's Canyon & visit to nomad family with camel ride (camel ride is optional)
3 nights in ger camps with full board
Tour of the Flaming Cliffs (Bayanzag) and the sand dunes at Moltsog Els
Tour of Tugrug Shiree, a famous dinosaur excavation site
Drive to Terelj National Park
1 night in local ger camp
Drive back to Ulaan Baatar with trip to Museum of Natural History
Full board throughout
Round trip airport transfers
Based on 11-15 travelers
$3880 per person, double occupancy
Based on 5-10 travelers
$4240 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: $850
Arrive in Ulaan Baatar
Upon arrival, meet with your guide and check in to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
The Naadam Festival
After breakfast head to the Central Stadium for the colorful opening ceremonies of the Naadam festival. Watch competitions of the 3 main sports: Mongolian wrestling, archery, and horse-back riding. There will also be processions of monks, athletes, local dress, historical re-enactments, music, and dancing. Complete your day with a city tour.
After breakfast, drive to Karakorum (6 hours)- the capital Chinggis Khan built in the 13th Century, which became the center of power for the Great Mongol Empire. Along the way, you'll stop to see another Naadam Festival event - the horse-racing competition- as Naadam is celebrated all over the country.
Tonight's accommodations are at a local ger camp where you can experience the traditional Mongolian nomadic lifestyle. Dinner at the ger camp.
After breakfast visit the Historical Museum of the Great Emperor Chinggis Khan, reviled in the West, but still known for created one of the greatest empires in the world that produced many other empires and dynasties. In Mongolia he is still worshipped today.
Explore Erdene-Zuu, an ancient city and monastery that once had 60 temples, but was vandalized by the Manchurians in the 18th century and further damaged by the Stalanist purges of the 1930s. Only 3 temples remain. From there head to ruins of 7th and 9th Century Turkish monuments before returning to your ger camp for dinner and overnight.
Return to Ulaan Baatar
After breakfast, return to Ulaan Baatar and visit the Fine Art Museum.
Fly to the Gobi Desert and visit the Eagle's Canyon, which has ice all year round, even in August. Visit a local nomadic family that breeds camels. You can even ride a camel, if you'd like.
Overnight in Ger Camp #1
Visit Bayanzag, or the Flaming Cliffs, which are known for the spectacular dinosaur fossils found there that are now exhibited all over the world, including the Museum of Natural History in Ulaan Baatar. While it is prohibited to take anything from the site (especially dinosaur bones), you can admire the beautiful desert mountain landscape. From there drive to the sand dunes at Moltsog Els before heading to Ger Camp #2 for an overnight.
Desert & Dinosaurs
Today, visit Tugrug Shiree, a famous dinosaur excavation site, to learn more about the history of the Gobi Desert and the excavations that take place here.
Return to Ger Camp #1.
Terelj National Park
Fly back to Ulaan Baatar and drive to Terelj National Park, stopping at a 13th Century complex that shows what life was like in Mongolia at the time of Genghis Khan. From there, take in the magnificent alpine scenery and enjoy hiking and rock climb activities.
Overnight in a ger camp.
Return to Ulaan Baatar and visit the Dinosaur Museum to see some of the fantastic fossils we learned about in the Gobi Desert. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time for shopping or any other activities.
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 often times 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 not listed on the itinerary