Beautiful Mongolia Tour 11 – Day Discovery

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Day1

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and city tour

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to 4* hotel. Take a city tour to Gandan Monastery where you will see huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival and visit National Museum of Mongolian History, where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present. Excursion to Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)

Day2

Terelj National Park and visit Chinggis Khaan statue

After breakfast, drive to Giant Chinggis Khaan statue. The statues in total is 40m high and see as far sighted Chinggis Khaan holds a golden whip in his right hand. Tour to Terelj National park. The Terelj National Park incorporates parts of Khentii Mountain Range. You’ll explore the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones; some of them look quite similar to turtles and horse riding. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day3

See Takhi, the Asian wild horse

Early morning drive to Hustai National Park and see Takhi, the Asian wild horse. If you have a chance, see wolf, argali sheep and deer. Enjoy small hiking and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Visit Takhi’s small museum and overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day4

Ugii Lake

After breakfast, drive to Ugii Lake (altitude 1387 m; surface area-25 sq. km). When you visit the lake, you will have an opportunity to take a boat tour and do some birding. We will visit a local horsemen family where you have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions. Dinner is real authentic Mongolian barbecue, prepared in the traditional style with hot stones. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day5

 

Erdenezuu and Karakorum

After breakfast at the tourist camp, drive to Karakorum, the symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. On the way, you will see Khusuu Tsaidam, a Turkic inscribed monument of the Turkic State (6th – 8th Centuries A.D). Visit Erdene-Zuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Then visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls. Overnight in tourist camp by Orkhon River. (B+L+D)

 

Day6

Ongi Temple

After the breakfast, we will drive to Ongi Temple ruins which had about thousand lamas. It is a ruin of big monastery Bari Yonzon Hamba on the bank of river. On the way we will enjoy the vast steppe of the country. Traditional games and overnight in the tourist camp.(B+L+D)

 

Day7

 Bayanzag, the land of the Dinosaurs

Today we will drive to Bayanzag, (known as a Flaming Cliffs where the first nest of dinosaur eggs found in 1922) a site famous for the remains of dinosaurs which lived here 60 million years ago. You can walk around where dinosaurs once roamed and see saksaul trees and other classic desert vegetation. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

 

Day8

Mongolian largest sand dunes and camel ride

After breakfast, you will be driven to Khongor sand dunes. These are Mongolia’s largest sand dunes, reaching height of 300 meters in some areas. You will be riding on camel to explore the Khongor sand dunes. The two-humped Bactrian camels are very comfortable to ride as they walk slowly and gently, and you will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. Our camel man will lead you safely through the sand dunes. Plus, you will have an opportunity to visit a camel herdsman’s family to explore their way of life, their culture and traditions. The sand dunes change color with each hour of the day, from yellow to silver to rose-colored at (dawn/ sundown). (B+L+D)

 

Day9

Eagle valley

Today’s destination is Yolyn Am, or ‘Eagle Valley’. Take a trip to Yol Am and Dungene valley – a wonderfully picturesque place with ice in summer, and surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons. Enjoy small hiking and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Visit Gobi museum. These areas are situated in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park that encompasses the “Three Beauties” peaks and the most easterly points of the Altai Mountains. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

 

Day10

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar and city tour options

After breakfast you will have a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Visit Bogd Khan Palace, which is a series of beautiful traditional buildings, where the last religious King of Mongolia resided. You may choose an optional city tour where you will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops before enjoying an evening concert of National Folklore. Overnight at the hotel. (B+L+D)

 

Day11

 Departure from Mongolia

After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (B)

 

 

Group size: 4 to 12 people

Tour cost:Starting US$ 2125

Schedule 2014:June 02-12, June 15-25, June 30-July 10, July 12-22, July 28-Aug 07, Aug 11-21, Aug 25-Sep 04, Sep 08-18
July 05-17* (US$ 2415 ) includes Naadam festival

Highlights:

Terelj National Park, Chinggis Khaan statue, Karakorum, Eagle Valley, Khongor sand dune, Bayanzag the Flamming Cliffs, Asian wild horse, camel herdsman’s family, horse and camel ride, Mongolian barbecue, Folk music concert

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