VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS

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
 

MONGOLIA
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

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Includes:

  • 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

PRICING

Based on 11-15 travelers

$3880 per person, double occupancy

Based on 5-10 travelers
$4240 per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: $850
 

ITINERARY

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Day One:

Arrive in Ulaan Baatar

Upon arrival, meet with your guide and check in to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day Two

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.

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Day Three

Karakorum

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.

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Day Four

Erdene-Zuu

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.

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Day Five

Return to Ulaan Baatar

After breakfast, return to Ulaan Baatar and visit the Fine Art Museum.

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Day Six

Gobi Desert

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

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Day Seven

Bayanzag

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.

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Day Eight

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.

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Day Nine

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.

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Day Ten

Ulaan Baatar

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.

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Day Eleven

Return Home

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.
 

INCLUSIONS
Accommodations
Full board

Transportation & flights throughout

Local English-speaking guide

Sightseeing and entry tickets as listed in the itinerary

EXCLUSIONS

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Gratuities for guides, drivers, waitstaff, bellhops, etc.

Services not listed on the itinerary

International Flights