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Grand Mongolian Expedition
8 Days

ITINERARY

8 days / 7 nights

Tour Overview:
Explore Mongolia, the land of Genghis Khan on this 8-day adventure. Start in Ulaanbaatar with its contrasting buzzing urban life and quiet monastery courtyards. Learn about Mongolia’s history with a visit to the National Museum. Travel to Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of the Great Mongolian Empire. Gaze in wonder at the magnificent scenery as you travel in the Gobi Desert. Enjoy Mongolian hospitality with overnights in traditional Ger camps and enjoy a traditional Mongolian BBQ lunch with a nomadic family.

DAY 1 (SATURDAY): ARRIVAL ULAANBAATAR

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to Hotel Bayangol****, check-in, Ulaanbaatar is a large city of pulsating commerce, noisytraffic and buzzing urban life and in between islands ofserenity – quiet monastery courtyards and public squares withcalming fountains. During the afternoon sightseeing tour wesee Genghis Khan Square at the heart of the city and thesurrounding buildings: Parliament House, State Opera &BalletTheatre, Cultural Palace and the House of City Council.Moreover, we visit the National Museum of Mongolian History,which features Mongolian history from pre-historic time topresent days and the Gandan Monastery, the largest functioning Buddhist monastery in Mongolia.


DAY 2 (SUNAY): ULAANBAATAR – KHARKHORIN

Through beautiful landscapes of steppe, river valleys and rolling hills we drive westwards to Kharkhorin (375 km),the ancient capital of the Great Mongolian Empire. The city founded in the valley of the Orkhon River in 1220 wasthe capital of the Great Mongolian Empire until Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, moved the capital toBeijing during the Yuan Dynasty. Nearby Erdenezuu Monastery is the oldest surviving Buddhist monastery inMongolia and was founded on the ruins of ancient Kharkhorin in 1586. We visit the monastery’s magnificentexhibits, which include an extraordinary collection of Buddhist paintings, special costumes for religious dances andsuperb Buddhist iconography in true Mongolian and Tibetan style. Check-in at atKharkhoriinAnar Ger Camp(standard). Lunch and dinner at the Ger Camp


DAY 3 (MONDAY): KHARKHORIN-MIDDLE GOBI (ONGI MONASTERY)

We leave Kharkhorin and continue south to the Ongi Monastery (250 km), located in Saihan-Ovoo in the MiddleGobi land. En route, we enjoy a traditional Mongolian BBQ lunch with a nomadic family. We visit the ruins of theOngi Monastery, which was founded in 1660 and consisted of two temple complexes on the North and South of theRiverOngi. At its heyday, Ongi Monastery housed around 30 temples, four large Buddhist universities and over1000 monks at a time. Check-in at the OngiinNuuts Ger Camp (standard). Dinner at the Ger Camp


DAY 4 (TUESDAY): GOBI DESERT (BAYANZAG )

Today we continue into the Gobi Desert to explore the Bayanzag Cliffs (250 km). In the early afternoon we arriveatthe ancient red rock creation, Bayanzag, formed 60-70 million years ago. The striking red Bayanzag Cliffs containsvast amounts of dinosaur fossils, eggs and bones and are neighboured by Saxaul tree forests. We will trek aroundthe surrounding areas. Check-in at the GoviinNaran Ger Camp (superior) Lunch and dinner at the Ger Camp,


DAY 5 (WEDNESDAY): GOBI DESERT (YOL VALLEY)

Today we explore the majestic Gobi GurvanSaikhan National Park (100 km), the largest national park in Mongoliastretching 380 km from east to west and 80 km from north to south. We visit the incredible Yol Valley, anunusualnarrow canyon of a river flowing through the ZuunSaikhan Mountains to admire the scenery of a frozen river in themiddle of the hot Gobi desert. We visit the local Fauna and Flora Museum and enjoy a picnic lunch. Return to theGoviinNaran Ger Camp. Dinner at the Ger Camp


DAY 6 (THURSDAY): MIDDLE GOBI (BAGA GAZRIIN CHULUU)

We drive north to Middle Gobi province (400 km). Driving through the endless green grassland, we enjoy thestunning natural scenery. En route, we meet the nomads on the steppe with their hordes of sheep, cattle or horsesand we enjoy a picnic lunch. In the late afternoon, we reach our Ger Camp at BagaGazriinChuluu. Check-in at theErdeneUkhaa Ger Camp (standard). Dinner at the Ger Camp


DAY 7 (FRIDAY): MIDDLE GOBI – ULAANBAATAR

We continue our scenic drive to the north through the BagaGarziinChuluu Basalt and Granite Mountains (200km). We reach Ulaanbaatar at noon and check-in at Hotel Bayangol****. The afternoon offers an optional guidedshopping tour to cashmere and antique shops and to the Central Department Store. In the evening, we enjoy afarewell dinner at Restaurant “Modern Nomads’ with traditional Mongolian cuisine.


DAY 8 (SATURDAY): ULAANBAATAR DEPARTURE

Breakfast. Transfer to airport


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
May 01 - May 08 4235 4570
May 08 - May 15 4235 4570
May 15 - May 22 4235 4570
May 22 - May 29 4235 4570
May 29 - Jun 05 4235 4570
Jun 05 - Jun 12 4235 4570
Jun 12 - Jun 19 4235 4570
Jun 19 - Jun 26 4235 4570
Jun 26 - Jul 03 4235 4570
Jul 03 - Jul 10 4235 4570
Jul 17 - Jul 24 4235 4570
Jul 24 - Jul 31 4235 4570
Jul 31 - Aug 07 4235 4570
Aug 07 - Aug 14 4235 4570
Aug 14 - Aug 21 4235 4570
Aug 21 - Aug 28 4235 4570
Aug 28 - Sep 04 4235 4570
Sep 04 - Sep 11 4235 4570
Sep 11 - Sep 18 4235 4570
Sep 18 - Sep 25 4235 4570
Sep 25 - Oct 02 4235 4570
Oct 02 - Oct 09 4235 4570
Oct 09 - Oct 16 4235 4570
Oct 16 - Oct 23 4235 4570
Oct 23 - Oct 30 4235 4570
2022
Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
May 07 - May 14 4235 4570
May 14 - May 21 4235 4570
May 21 - May 28 4235 4570
May 28 - Jun 04 4235 4570
Jun 04 - Jun 11 4235 4570
Jun 11 - Jun 18 4235 4570
Jun 18 - Jun 25 4235 4570
Jun 25 - Jul 02 4235 4570
Jul 02 - Jul 09 4235 4570
Jul 16 - Jul 23 4235 4570
Jul 23 - Jul 30 4235 4570
Jul 30 - Aug 06 4235 4570
Aug 06 - Aug 13 4235 4570
Aug 13 - Aug 20 4235 4570
Aug 20 - Aug 27 4235 4570
Aug 27 - Sep 03 4235 4570
Sep 03 - Sep 10 4235 4570
Sep 10 - Sep 17 4235 4570
Sep 17 - Sep 24 4235 4570
Sep 24 - Oct 01 4235 4570
Oct 01 - Oct 08 4235 4570
Oct 08 - Oct 15 4235 4570
Oct 15 - Oct 22 4235 4570
Oct 22 - Oct 29 4235 4570
Black Out Period Jul 10 / 15, 2021
Jul 10 / 15, 2022
* Please contact SITA for the cost for travel during this period.
* Minimum 2 passengers
* It is possible to depart on this program on any day as a Private Tour. Please check for the price.
* Single travelling alone price is available upon request.
* Supplements may apply for special events and holidays.
* The accommodation will be provided in the below hotel or similar in case the priority hotel is unable to accommodate the booking.

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INCLUSIONS

Including:

  • 2 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotel
  • 5 overnights at traditional Mongolian Ger Camps, single and double occupancy, 3 overnights at standard Ger Camps with shared facilities, 2 overnights a superior Ger Camp with private facilities
  • 7 x buffet or set menu breakfast
  • 5 x lunch (2 x 4-course lunch with tea, 2 x picnic lunch with tea, 1 x BBQ lunch with nomadic family)
  • 6 x dinner including fare-well dinner (3-course dinners with coffee/tea)
  • Personalized welcome package
  • Entrances to National Museum of Mongolian History, Gandan Monastery, Erdenezuu Monastery, Ruins of Ongi Monastery, Fauna and Flora Museum and all national parks
  • Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of 1st class coach or 1st class minivan in Ulaanbaatar and 1st class 4WD jeeps (Toyota land cruisers) throughout the expedition outside Ulaanbaatar, max 3 persons in each jeep
  • Portage at hotel
  • Arrival and departure transfers

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