23 DAYS ●
Discover the rarely visited land of Genghis Khan, with its endless plains and breath-taking landscapes, and drive through the Gobi desert to the amazing Naadam Festival.
Look out over the spectacular scenery of the Flaming Cliffs
Sleep in traditional Mongolian Yurts
Be inspired by the stunning landscape of this beautiful lake
Enjoy the revelry of the traditional Naadam Festival in Mongolia's capital
Our Mongolia and the Naadam Festival itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
This morning visit the 19th-century built Gandan Monastery and the Sukhbaatar Square. Continue to explore the Museum of Mongolian History and gain an insight in the culture of Mongolia. Later visit the Choijin Lama Temple Museum, a Buddhist monastery in central Ulaanbaatar.
Please note that both the museums we visit today will charge extra fees (approximately US$10 or ￡7) for using a camera in their exhibits. (B,L,D)
This morning fly to Dalanzadgad, located on the edge of the Gobi Desert. Upon arrival transfer to the Ger Camp near Gurvansaikhan (Three Beauty) National Park for a two night stay. This afternoon, visit a Mongolian nomadic family where you can experience their unique way of life. Return to your Ger Camp for the evening. (B,L,D)
Today you will explore the magnificent national park, viewing the incredible sharp mountains and vast sand dunes. You will also have the opportunity to view the stunning scenery of the famed Eagle's Gorge or Yolyn Am, which is the native name.
The Gobi Desert is home to many of Mongolia’s renowned landscapes and consists of the largest sand dunes within Mongolia, located at Khongoryn Els. Today travel by 4WD to Khongoryn Els, and visit these remarkable sand dunes, offering spectacular desert landscapes. Explore this desert countryside on a camel’s back and for the more adventurous, the climb to the top offers spectacular scenery. Upon arrival in Khongoryn Els check into your Ger Camp for an overnight stay.
This morning, continue exploring the magnificent landscapes of the Gobi Desert before enjoying lunch. Afterwards travel by 4WD to Bayanzag, more commonly known as the ‘Flaming Cliffs’. Your overnight stay here will be in a Ger Camp near the Flaming Cliffs.
Spend the day travelling onwards to the banks of the Ongii River, viewing the ruins of two famed monasteries, the Barlim Khiid to the north and the Khutagt Khiid to the south. Combined they form the complex known as Ongiin Khiid. Enjoy some time walking around the area before proceeding to your Ger Camp.
This morning depart Ongii and drive to Mt. Khogno Khan, where you will explore the remains of the 17th-century monastery, the Uvgun Khiids, located at the foot of the mountain. Enjoy some time to explore the monastery and its surrounds before proceeding to your Ger Camp, located near the Mongol Sand Dune.
Drive to the ancient capital of Kharkhorin, situated on the Orkhon River. Upon arrival, proceed to your Ger Camp where you will check-in for an overnight stay. Later explore Erdene-Zuu Monastery.
Enjoy the morning free at leisure to relax at your Ger Camp. After lunch drive to Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs and stay overnight in a Ger Camp. Here you will have time free at your leisure, to relax in the hot springs and take in the surrounding scenery.
Today enjoy the stunning backdrop as you drive a distance of almost 360km west towards the serene Great White Lake (Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur). Upon arrival, check into your Ger Camp for an overnight stay. The camp is located within one of the most beautiful areas of the famous Great White Lake and Khorgo Volcano.
This morning enjoy a walk around the shores of the lake, which is home to a diverse variety of wildlife and countless birds. You will have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery of this beautiful lake. After lunch we drive to Jargal Jiguur, known as ‘home of the yaks’, due to many local families seen herding yaks. Upon arrival check into your Ger Camp and enjoy time at your leisure.
Early this morning depart Jargal Jiguur and travel through M?ron to Lake Khovsgol. Upon arrival check into our Ger Camp and stay for the next two nights. The Ger Camp is located on the eastern shore of the lake. This northern tip of Mongolia is perhaps the most picturesque in all of the country, with tall forests, lush meadows and sparkling lakes. There is a variety of activities on offer at Lake Khovsgol, and over the next two days you will have the choice of how you would like to spend your time here.
Today our National Escort will accompany the group on a walk around the lake’s shore and assist you in organising some of the suggested activities on offer. These include horse riding into the nearby mountains (at your own expense), renting a speedboat to explore the lake (at your own expense), or take a relaxing walk viewing the beautiful wild flowers that carpet the picturesque valley, witnessing the sharp mountains towering over the lake further north and just simply taking in the magnificent scenery.
This morning drive to M?ron airport to board your flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival you will be transferred to our hotel, where we will stay for the next three nights. This evening the Naadam festivities begin as you view the Naadam Mongol costumes on display within Central Square.
Over the next three days you will be experiencing first-hand the annual Naadam Festival. The highlight of your journey begins here as the group mix with locals and nomads alike to witness the Opening Ceremony of the Naadam Festival, at Central Stadium. Here you can see featured events which include wrestling, horseracing and archery. You will have the chance to view the procession of the athletes, officials and monks, as the first round of competition in the wrestling tournament begins. Enjoy a Naadam Traditional Folk Gala performance, which includes the renowned ‘throat singing’.
A thrilling day unfolds as you will travel approximately 10km outside the city to view the cross-country horseracing; also known as the ‘tumnii ekh’ (leader of ten thousand), this certainly is sought amongst the younger competitors. You will participate along with the locals in cheering the athletes as they compete and enthral in the carnival-like atmosphere.
This morning travel approximately 2 hours (80km) to Terelj National Park, where upon arrival check into your Ger Camp for an overnight stay. Spend the afternoon exploring the area, enjoy the alpine scenery and view the Turtle Rock. From here, hike to Aryabal Monastery and later enjoy a visit with a local nomadic family and learn about their lifestyle including the preparation of dairy products.
This morning travel back to Ulaanbaatar, stopping en route to visit Genghis Khan Statue Complex. Continue to Ulaanbaatar where upon arrival you will check into your hotel for three nights.
This morning visit the Bogd King Palace Museum. Spend some time at Hunnu Mall and after lunch enjoy some free time to go shopping.
Today you will have a leisurely day in the city. Visit Zaisan Memorial Hill and have lunch. After lunch, enjoy a shopping trip to Gobi cashmere factory store and a State Department store. This evening enjoy a traditional folklore performance.
Rise early and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
Located a 5-minute drive from the city centre, the 4-star Chinggis Khaan Hotel enjoys a quiet location in a primary residential area. All en-suite rooms are spacious and feature remote lighting controls, a minibar, cable TV, and a tea/coffee maker. The hotel also features an indoor swimming pool, massage and sauna services, karaoke rooms and a variety of superb dining options. ...Read more
The Khan Bogd Ger Camp is situated close to the Eagle Valley among rocky outcrops and overlooking picturesque distant mountains. The traditional Mongolian gers all feature heating and communal bathrooms. Electricity is also available for periods throughout the day.
Gobi Erdene Ger Camp is located a short distance from the sand dunes of Khongoryn Els. Providing the best accommodation in Khongoryn Els, the camp comprises of 20 cosy gers, four luxury wooden houses and eight standard wooden houses. Facilities include a spacious communal dining room serving delicious Mongolian and European cuisine and electricity which is available for limited periods throughout the day....Read more
A clean and comfortable ger camp located where the Gobi and Hangai regions meet, Gobi Tour Ger Camp is an immaculate, modern ger camp deep in the fossil preserving site of Bayanzag.
From the camp, guests can walk into the area where it is believed the first dinosaur fossils were found. Other activities available include camel riding, archery, traditional Mongol games, and the chance to visit nomads."
The Secret of Ongi Ger Camp is situated next to the famous Ongi temple in Saikhan Ovoo sum, Dundgobi province. The camp has 45 cosy gers, accommodating up to 100 guests in the comfortable and relaxing traditional nomadic yurts. The camps superb restaurant offers tasty Mongolian and European flavours....Read more
Situated at the edge of the Mongol Els Dune Formations, Bayan Gobi Camp is a well-placed oasis for exploring the area around Khogno Khaan and Kharakorum. The layout and service is superb, and the duneside bar welcomes you for a sundowner drink. The Mongolian gers are well furnished, with shower and toilet facilities in a separate block. Meals are served in an excellent ger restaurant in the centre of the camp.
Munkh Tenger Ger Camp is located close to historic Karakorum. Accommodation consists of traditional Mongolian gers, all featuring heating and communal bathrooms. Electricity is also available for periods throughout the day.
The Maikhan Tolgoi Ger Camp is located on the shore of the Great White Lake and 7 km from Khorgo Extinct Volcano, providing traditional cosy gers for guests. The tourist camp also features a ger shaped restaurant serving delicious local cuisine. The camp receives mobile signal, allowing guests to call and connect to the internet....Read more
Jargal Jiguur tourist ger camp is located in the valley of Khunjil and Ider Rivers of Khuvsgul province. Jargal Jiguur tourist ger camp is on the main route to famous tourist destinations such as the ruins if the ancient Mongolian capital city Kharkhoru and the erupted volcanic mountain of Khorgo Park. The Mongolian gers provided feature cosy bedding, ensuring that all guests have a very comfortable, pleasant stay....Read more
Alagtsar tourist camp is located right on the shore of Khuvsgul Lake where the Alagtsar flows into the lake. The Mongolian gers are brightly painted with pine, and feature cosy bedding. A spacious restaurant is also provided serving excellent, fresh, local food.
Located in one of the most beautiful places of Mongolia, Juulchin Bayalag Ger Camp is surrounded by a spectacular view of mountains and forests, and feature comfortably set traditional gers. Guests are served Mongolian, Asian, and European cuisine at the camp with facilitated showers and restrooms also provided....Read more
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. 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 Tour would be more ideal.
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