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Mongolia and the Naadam Festival | 23 days | Go Beyond Group Tour | Please Call for Prices
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.
Group Tour includes:
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
Private itineraries can run on any day of the week. To book this tour, please call us on 0808 274 8594
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.
Begin this morning with a visit to the Museum of
Mongolian History and the Museum of Fine
Art to help put your journey in context. Also
discover the 19th Century Gandan Monastery,
the largest and most important in Mongolia,
home to over 150 monks and explore the Sukhbaatar Square.
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.
Fly to Dalanzadgad which sits on the edge of
the legendary and inhospitable Gobi Desert
and visit the local market and dinosaur
garden. Transfer to the ger camp near
Gurvansaikhan (Three Beauty) National Park.
Spend the next two days immersed in natural
beauty amongst jagged mountains, undulating
sand dunes and a valley that is snow-capped
for most of the year. Visit a local family to
learn about their life in the desert. We also
hike through the magnificent Yolyn Am Gorge,
commonly known as ‘Eagle’s Gorge’ to view
the stunning scenery.
Embark on a 4WD adventure to Khongoryn
Els and explore Mongolia’s largest sand
dunes, also known as the ‘Singing Sand
Dunes’. Enjoy the beauty of these stark
landscapes and for those who are feeling
adventurous, climb to the top for fantastic
views, which will be well worth it!
Continue exploring the magnificent landscapes of the Gobi Desert before travelling to Bayanzag. Made up of peaks and canyons in a striking fiery red and orange sandstone, the Flaming Cliffs are a spectacular sight. The area is especially important thanks to the vast number of dinosaur fossils that have been found – even the amateur eye can spot them as you wander through the canyon. Whilst here, visit the dinosaur cemetery.
Journey to the banks of the Ongii River and view the atmospheric ruins of two monasteries – Barlim Khiid and Khutagt Khiid, which form Ongiin Khiid, formerly one of the largest monastic complexes in Mongolia.
Spend the day exploring around the foot of the imposing Mt Khogno Khan. Set in the beautiful surroundings of a Natural Reserve, discover the remains of 17th Century Uvgun Khiid Monastery whilst enjoying the resplendent nature and mountain vistas.
Travel to Mongolia's former capital,
Kharkhorin, situated on the Orkhon River, a
spot handpicked by Ganghis Khan in 1220.
The city remained Mongolia’s political,
cultural and economic hub for only 40 years
before power was transferred to Khanbaliq –
now modern-day Beijing. After the collapse
of the Mongolian Empire, the city was
abandoned to the elements and destroyed by
roving soldiers until its remains were used
to build Erdene Zuu Khiid, Mongolia’s first
Buddhist monastery – which we visit today.
Enjoy the morning at leisure. After lunch,
proceed to the volcanic hot springs of
Tsenkher Jiguur. Surrounded by verdant
scenery, enjoy time relaxing in the hot springs.
Enjoy the scenery of Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur (Great White Lake), set amongst the extinct volcanoes of the Khangai mountain range. The extinct Khorgo Volcano sits watching over the lake – hike up to the crater for wonderful views, or walk along the lake shore where there are excellent opportunities for bird and wildlife spotting. Also visit Zayaiin Khuree Monastery in Tsetserleg Town.
Spend a little more time lingering in the spectacular panoramas of Great White Lake and enjoy a walk along the shores before driving to Jargal Jiguur ger camp. Here you can bathe in the hot springs. Enjoy a Mongolian
barbeque in the evening.
Journey to Lake Khovsgol, ‘the Blue Pearl of
Mongolia’, which is surrounded by dense pine
forests, lush meadows and soaring mountains.
Spend two days surrounded by nature in
this national park, enjoying the flora, fauna
and incredible scenery. Also visit a reindeer
Fly to Ulaanbaatar and enjoy some time at leisure.
Spend the next three days enjoying the revelry
of the traditional Naadam Festival. Starting on
Nadaam Eve, visit Hui Doloon Khudag (horse
racing field) and see the Mongol costumes on
display in Central Square.
Mix with the locals and nomads alike to
witness the opening ceremony of the Naadam
Festival, where featured events will include
wrestling, horseracing and archery. Also see
the procession of the athletes, officials and
monks. This is a festival like no other and no doubt, one of the main highlights of the trip!
Head to Terelj National Park and soak up the
beautiful alpine scenery, visiting the Genghis
Khan statue complex en route. Explore Turtle
Rock and take an easy hike up to the Aryabal
Monastery, perched on the mountainside. Also
visit a local family to get a glimpse of their
nomadic lifestyle. Spend the night in a ger
Return to Ulaanbaatar and visit the Bogd King
Palace Museum and Zaisan Memorial Hill.
After lunch, visit the Paleontological Museum
and pick up a souvenir at the Gobi cashmere
factory and Souvenir store. In the evening,
enjoy a traditional folklore performance and farwell dinner.
With the day at leisure, only breakfast will be
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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