Mongolia and the Naadam Festival in Reverse

To most Mongolia is a place of mystery as remote as they come. This tour is a journey of discovery through the land of Genghis Khan, traversing the endless plains to explore sites of immeasurable natural beauty. Meet the lovely people and get involved in local festivities.

tour duration 23 Days from
tour price On Request
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Ulaanbaatar (8N) - Moron (1N) - Lake Khovsgol (2N) - Jargal Jiguur (1N) - Great White Lake (1N) - Tsenkher Jighuur Hot Springs (1N) - Kharkhorin (1N) - Mt Khogno Khan (1N) - Ongii (1N) - Bayanzag (1N) - Khongoryn Els (1N) - Yolyn Am (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Enjoy the revelry of the traditional Naadam Festival
Be inspired by the stunning landscape of Lake Khovsgol
Lounge in the volcanic hot springs of Tshenkher Jiguur
Explore the surroundings of imposing Mount Khongo Khan
Look out over the spectacular scenery of the Flaming Cliffs
Sleep in traditional Mongolian Yurts

Days 1-2 UK to Ulaanbaatar
Flight overnight to Ulaanbaatar for a seven night stay.
Days 1-2 UK to Ulaanbaatar
Day 3 Ulaanbaatar
Visit Sukhbaatar Square where a statue stands of Damdin Sughbaatar, who led the Mongolian Revolution. Next visit the National Museum of Mongolian History. Later, see the Museum of Natural History, which features exhibitions of Mongolia's geography, flora and fauna and dinosaur fossils.
Day 4 Ulaanbaatar
This morning visit the 19th-century-built Gandan Monastery, the largest and most significant monastery in the Mongolia. Later, visit the local markets, Zaisan Memorial Hill and Buddha's Park. This evening enjoy a folklore performance.
Day 5 Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park
Drive to Terelj National Park. Explore Turtle Rock and hike to Aryabal Monastery. Visit a local nomadic family and learn about how they prepare dairy products. This afternoon return to Ulaanbaatar.
Days 6-8 Ulaanbaatar
Fly to Moron. Visit Murun Local History Museum, Central Square and a local Buddhist temple.
Day 9 Ulaanbaatar to Moron
Fly to Moron. Visit Murun Local History Museum, Central Square and a local Buddhist temple.
Days 10-11 Moron to Lake Khovsgol
Travel to Lake Khovsgol, known as the 'dark blue pearl'. Surrounded by forests and meadows, your two nights here are free to enjoy the amazing scenery.
Day 12 Lake Khovsgol to Jargal Jiguur
After lunch, drive to Jargal Jiguur for an overnight stay.
Day 13 Jargal Jiguur to Great White Lake
Travel onwards to serene Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur (Great White Lake) in the Khangai Mountains. Hike to Khorgo Volcano situated 900m above the lake.
Day 13 Jargal Jiguur to Great White Lake
Day 14 Great White Lake to Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs
Continue to Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs and enjoy some free time to relax in the hot springs and take in the surrounding scenery.
Day 15 Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs to Kharkhorin
Drive to the ancient capital of Kharkhorin, situated on the Orkhon River. Later you will visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the first Buddhist-built monastery in Mongolia.
Day 16 Kharkhorin to Mt. Khogno Khan
Continue to Mt. Khogno Khan. Explore the remains of the Uvgun Khiid Monastery located at the foot of the mountain.
Day 17 Mt. Khogno Khan to Ongii
Travel onwards to the banks of the Ongii River, viewing the ruins of the famed monastic complex Ongiin Khiid.
Day 18 Ongii to Bayanzag
Drive to Bayanzag, also known as 'Flaming Cliffs'. Visit the Gobi dinosaurs cemetery and trace the footsteps of palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews.
Day 18 Ongii to Bayanzag
Day 19 Bayanzag to Khongoryn Els
Travel to Khongoryn Els, the location of Mongolia's largest sand dunes, also known as the 'singing sand dunes'.
Days 20-21 Khongoryn Els to Yolyn Am
Travel to the edge of the Gobi Desert to Yolyn Am, a gorge in the Gobi National Park for a two night stay. Marvel at the scenery, including mountains and vast sand dunes.
Day 22 Yolym Am to Ulaanbaatar
Travel to Dalanzadgad airport and fly back to Ulaanbaatar for the final night of your journey. This evening enjoy a traditional Mongolian performance, which includes the renowned a€?throat singinga€?.
Day 23 Return to UK
Fly to the UK arrive home the same day or early the following morning
Day 23 Return to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

A visa is not required for stays under 30 days.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Mongolia is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
all meals
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for EU and UK passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with an extensive period of time and who wish to visit the main sights of Mongolia and experience the famous Naadam Festival. This tour incorporates four wheel drive travel for a majority of the tour which offers an authentic travel experience in Mongolia. This tour is active and includes longer periods of walking and more outdoor activity.

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