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Luxury Impressions of Mongolia

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A refined and well-paced journey to the Gobi and the nomadic heartlands of Mongolia, areas of diverse landscapes and unique culture. Fly to South Gobi following the footsteps of Roy Chapman Andrews to watch sunsets at the singing sand dunes and at the Flaming Cliffs, rich in dinosaur fossils, watch the wildlife on a safari in the Hustai National Park and relax at Terelj, surrounded by magnificent sceneries. Enjoy al-fresco dining under the clear Mongolian skies and stay at the best lodges and ger camps in the country. 

Tour Departures:

May - Sep

Duration:

7 Days

Group Size:

1-12 Pax

Highlights

Ulaanbaatar - National History Museum - Tumen Ekh Ensemble - Gobi Desert - Yol Am Valley - Moltsog Els Dunes - Khavsgait Petroglyphs - Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs - Al-Fresco Dining in Gobi Desert - Camel Ride - Hustai National Park - Wildlife Safari - Terelj National Park - Cooking Class - Aryabal Temple - Chinggis Statue

Fitness Level

- MODERATE: This tour involves short walks and optional activities such as camel riding, with a relaxed travel pace

Meeting point

You will be met by your guide and driver upon your arrival at the Ulaanbaatar airport, just email us the flight details. Don't worry if you haven't booked your flights yet, you can email those to us later.

Transport

On the dust of the desert and mud of the steppe, modern Land Cruiser or similar SUV provides comfort and safety for your trip. These 4x4 vehicles are specifically designed and tuned for the rough off-roading that's inevitable when traveling in the wilds of Mongolia. They are fast and powerful, with ample space for two, and your courteous chauffeur not only has 2 decades of off-road driving experience, but is also a skilled mechanic.

Guide

At Tour Mongolia we believe that a good guide is essential to the enjoyment of any trip. Your guide will be English speaking and hand picked by us to suit your itinerary and requirements. Each guide is personally briefed on all elements of the trip. You will be sent guide details in the confirmation document prior to your tour.

Accommodation

During your journey you will be staying at two of the top ger lodges in the country as well as at the best two hotels. Cottages at the lodges provide views across the open steppe and desert, with hand crafted traditional furnishings and top end en-suite amenities. Facilities at the 5 star hotels include Jacuzzis, in-door pools, cinemas and characterful restaurants.

ROUTE MAP

ITINERARY

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
DAY 4
DAY 5
DAY 6
DAY 7

ARRIVE ULAANBAATAR – GANDAN MONASTERY – TUMEN EKH
Your guide and driver will meet you in the arrivals hall at Ulaanbaatar Chinggis Khan Airport. Transfer to the hotel and check into your room. The plan for today is quite flexible, as arrival times will influence things, and you may want some downtime to relax. You may also need to sort out exchanging money and other practical things. If you arrive early, there will be a morning visit to the Gandan Monastery – enter the temples, including that of the Migjid Janraisig with its huge golden Buddha statue. In the old temple complex listen to the chanting ceremonies which happen mid-morning. If you arrive around noon, we suggest meeting your guide in the hotel reception at 14:30 for a leisurely walk across the impressive Sukhbaatar Square to visit the National History Museum with its well-laid out informative displays showcasing the country’s fascinating past. Afterwards, walk south towards the city’s main park, and enjoy an intimate performance of music and dance by the Tumen Ekh ensemble at a small theater. A welcome dinner at one of our favorite Mongolian restaurants rounds off your first day in Mongolia.

Travel details: 45min/12km to Airport to Hotel; Short drives around town
Accommodation: Deluxe Room; Shangri-La Hotel
Meals included: Dinner

SOUTH GOBI – YOL AM (VULTURE VALLEY)
Today you fly to the Gobi Desert. Usually, Dalanzadgad flights depart very early, around 6 am, so you will have packed breakfast prepared earlier in the hotel. Your guide will pick you up from the hotel around 4:45 and will fly with you. After landing, drive to Yol Am – we always advise an early visit to avoid other people, to maximize the chance of seeing wildlife before the heat of the day comes, and for the best light for photography.

Park up at the head of the valley and keep a lookout for birds of prey and ibex on top of the rocky outcrops above you as you wander down into the gorge. The walk here typically lasts around 1-2 hours depending on distance ventured and one’s individual pace. As you walk further down the valley the steep rock faces close in and the stream that crisscrosses the path disappears under sheets of ice – there may not be much ice in the summer months but there should be some. After you have explored the area, continue driving through the rocky tracks – look out for herds of white-tailed gazelles and demoiselle or white-naped cranes. Stop at Khavtsgait to explore the petroglyphs. Walk up a rocky outcrop and search the surrounding rocks for ancient engravings that dot the area. You will be surprised by how many there are one can spend a good half an hour exploring and discovering. From this vantage point, there is a fantastic view over the surrounding plains.

Then continue to your eco-lodge located near the Gurvansaikhan Gobi National Park and after dinner, enjoy an evening of stargazing.

Travel details: Flight 1.5hrs; 1hr/50km to Yol Am; 1hr/40km to the lodge
Accommodation: En-Suite Ger – Three Camel Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

BAYANZAG FLAMING CLIFFS
After a leisurely breakfast, drive a short distance into the Moltsog Els sand dunes where you’ll explore on foot. You will also have the opportunity to visit a local camel herding family. Enter their ger and enjoy local nomadic hospitality and sample homemade delicacies. In the afternoon head out to the Flaming Cliffs to admire the orange glow at dusk. It was here in 1923 that Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews and his exploration team from the American Museum of Natural History found the first nest of dinosaur eggs. Enjoy an exploratory walk around the spectacular sandstone formations. We advise spending up to an hour and a half strolling around this paleontological wonder – both atop the cliffs and down on the valley floor. Afterwards, return to your lodge for dinner and enjoy your night in the Gobi.

Travel details: 1h/50km to Moltsog Els; 1h/45km to Bayanzag
Accommodation: En-Suite Ger – Three Camel Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK – WILD ‘TAKHI’ HORSES – HIKING
Return to the capital by air before the journey west to Hustai. On the way, you will stop briefly at horse racing fields west of the city and have lunch. Then it’s onto Hustai – drive in on a safari to see the Takhi horses, herds of deer and other wildlife. You may want to combine the trip with a walk in the park to get closer to the animals for better photography – your wildlife guide will be on hand to assist. Drive to your resort in time for dinner and settle into your luxury cottage for the night.

Travel details: Flight 1.5hrs; 2hrs/110km to Hustai; 2hr/90km to resort
Accommodation: Deluxe Cottage; HS Khaan Resort
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

TERELJ NATIONAL PARK- ARYABAL TEMPLE
After breakfast journey east to Terelj National Park, stopping quickly en route at the sacred Turtle Rock and the nearby Aryabal Meditation Temple set on a hill. The National Park yields some great scenery which makes it a very popular weekend getaway for both locals and tourists alike. However, you will now pass through the main valley to get away from the ger camps and settle into the Terelj Hotel, which is the best hotel in Mongolia. In the afternoon you can be active or relaxed as you wish – you can ride a horse, visit a nomadic family living across the river, hike in the nearby hills or simply enjoy the hotel facilities, which include spa treatments, an indoor pool, private cinema and excellent, secluded restaurants.

Travel details: 3hrs/170km to Terelj
Accommodation: Deluxe Room – Terelj Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

CHINGGIS STATUE – GYROCOPTER FLIGHT – ULAANBAATAR
After breakfast set of for the remarkable Chinggis Statue complex near Erdene. Cross the Tuul river (or rather, drive through it), hills and valleys and soon you will see the impressive statue on the horizon. Once you arrive, take a guided tour of the statue museum, then climb up inside until you reach the exterior staircase which runs up the mane of the horse to a viewpoint overlooking the Tuul River, Terelj & the hills of Khan Khentii – Chinggis’ homeland. Then visit the nearby Gyrocopter pad and take a 10-minute flight over the Chinggis Statue and Khan Khentii hills and enjoy panoramic views from above Mongolia. Upon landing back on the ground it’s back to Ulaanbaatar, arrive on time for a farewell dinner in one of the capital’s best restaurants and settle in your hotel room for the night.

Travel details: 2h/50km to Chinggis Statue; 1.5h/55km to Ulaanbaatar
Accommodation: Deluxe Room; Shangri-La Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

AIRPORT TRANSFER; DEPART
Your driver will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and transfer you to the airport on time for your flight back home.

Travel details: 45min/12km Hotel – Airport
Accommodation:
Meals included: Breakfast

COSTINGS

Cost Per Person: 1 Pax $990 €850
  2 Pax $615 €530
  3-4 Pax $495 €425
  5-8 Pax $450 €385
  9+ Pax $420 €360
Single Supplement: 1 Pax $45 €40

Included:

Surface transportation - Road taxes - Accommodation as specified - Local Guide - Sightseeing and activities as specified - Museum & park entrance fees - Meals as specified

Excluded:

International flights - Tips - Laundry - Bar bills - Items of a personal nature - Visas - Photography/filming charges at e.g. museums and monasteries

NOTES:

Private tour: This is a private tour, and you can book it on any day of your choice.

Occupancy: you can stay in a single, twin or double room/ger/tent (where applicable). Single occupancy may not be possible during the Naadam festival (July 5th -15th) at ger camps. At community-based camps and ger homestays, single occupancy is subject to availability. Single and twin/double occupancy at ger camps require an extra supplement as shown in the above table.

Discounts*: Our clients can take an opportunity to get following discount options:

  • Early bird discount of 10% is applicable for bookings made 6 months in advance.
  • Children up to 2 years old travel free, 3-8 years old get 40% off and 9-12 years old get 20% off. Age as on the last day of the tour.

*Discounts are not cumulative, only one discount is available per client/group.

Travel arrangements: We are happy to book your international or domestic flight/train tickets or accommodation in Ulaanbaatar at discount prices, please contact us for availability.

More information: info@tourmongolia.com