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Ultimate Mongolian Adventure with the Nadaam FestivalMongolia

From £0 per person for 9 nights
From Ulaanbaatar to the Gobi desert and beyond, this holiday showcases Mongolia’s most exciting bits, culminating in its biggest festival.
Summary

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Get to grips with multi-faceted Mongolia – taking in its mountains, desert and nomadic camps, before finishing up at its biggest festival in Ulaanbaatar.


What makes this experience awesome:

  • Explore the vast landscapes of the Gobi Desert by camel
  • Stay in traditional ger camps, just like Mongolian nomads
  • Try your hand at Mongolian archery and cooking in beautiful Terelj National Park 
  • Spend time with a local family in a remote mountainside community
  • Enjoy a ‘khorkhog’ bonfire dinner under starry skies
  • Join the celebrations at Mongolia’s largest festival, the Nadaam Festival
  • Flexibility of your own private guide & vehicle


2020 PRICE AND AVAILABILITY GUIDE
Indicative prices for Classic hotels - see real-time pricing for specific date

Departure Date Typical Price (p/p)
in Twin room
Availability
03 July 2020£3950In Demand


 



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Touch down in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, and it’s time for the ultimate Mongolian adventure. After overnighting in the city, you’ll tackle the Gobi desert, hiking through vast national park and staying in a traditional Mongolian yurt. You’ll explore The Flaming Cliffs, where some of the world’s most exciting fossil discoveries have been uncovered, as well as traversing the landscape by Bactrian camel. Next, it’s time to make for the incredible wilderness of Terelj National Park, camping in a ger settlement set in a beautiful meadow, trying your hand at archery and Mongolian cooking, and savouring a night round the bonfire with a ‘khorkhog’ (a special dish cooked in a pot over the fire). 


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The following day, you’ll make for the remote region surrounding Lake Khuvsgul, to spend time with a local family, soak up the tranquil surroundings, and perhaps horse ride, hike or swim in the pristine countryside. Your final couple of days in the country are devoted to Ulaanbaatar: after seeing its ancient and modern treasures in two fantastic museums, you’ll spend a day at the Nadaam Festival, a state holiday celebrating the traditional Mongolian ‘three games of men’, archery, horse riding and wrestling.


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To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


For UK Government travel advice on this destination see: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


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To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


Day One: Welcome to Mongolia

Touch down in Ulaanbaatar, the spiritual and economic heart of Mongolia. The capital (whose name translates as ‘Red Hero’) changed its location 28 times before arriving here in 1778 and is now home to almost half the country’s population: Nowhere is Mongolia’s evolution more apparent than the suburbs you’ll drive through en route to your hotel, where nomadic tents jostle beside Western houses. Check in, before enjoying a welcome dinner.

We offer a variety of hotel classes to suit different budgets. You can choose the style that’s right for you. Select from Classic, Premium or Deluxe when booking, and click hotel name below for more details.

Overnight in Ulaanbaatar

Classic - Continental Hotel Ulaanbaatar

Premium - Blue Sky Hotel Ulaanbaatar

Deluxe - Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar

Meals included: Dinner

Day1


Day Two: Desert life

The great Gobi Desert is your destination today. Take a flight to Dalanzadgad, before journeying overland to your ger desert camp, an echo of the traditional nomadic villages at the heart of Mongolian culture. Set in an incredible landscape of hill-backed dunes, it borders the 16,800 square miles of Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park – and you’ll explore the landscape by travelling into the oasis-like Eagle Valley on foot. Look out for eagles and large bearded vultures in the skies, as well as the wild sheep and goats grazing on the high cliffs all around. Continue on to the Natural History Museum to find out more about the diverse array of wildlife in the park – from the snow leopard to the world’s only desert-dwelling bear, the Gobi bear. Then, along with your private guide, you’ll get the chance to indulge in traditional games of Shangai or ‘ankle bones’: played with polished sheep or goat bones, this fascinating national pastime is intrinsic to the country’s culture.

Overnight at the ger desert camp

Classic - Gobi Mirage Standard Ger

Premium - Gobi Nomad Lodge

Deluxe - Three Camel Lodge 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day2


Day Three: Khongor Sand Dune

Like Mongolia’s nomads of days gone past you will travel through the Altai Mountain range, to the home of the ‘singing’ sand dunes: Khongoryn Els. These sand dunes rise 2,600 ft from the desert floor creating a distinctive sound when the wine flies through. This afternoon we spend time with the dunes: hiking and camel riding alongside learning local customs with a nomadic family that live in these wilds. 

Overnight at ger desert camp

Classic - Gobi Discovery Camp 

Premium - Buren Camp

Deluxe - Buren Cap Deluxe Ger

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day3


Day Four: Towards the Flaming Cliffs

After a relaxed breakfast drive, you’ll arrive at The Flaming Cliffs, a spectacular area filled with red cliffs formed by the erosion of sand and rock. Archaeologists have found numerous dinosaur fossils here, with many expeditions led by Roy Chapman Andrews – the inspiration for Indiana Jones. It was in this area that Chapman first proved that dinosaurs came from eggs and found the skeleton of the largest land mammal known to man, the hornless rhinoceros. You’ll have time to search for fossils yourself, before heading off through the desert by Bactrian camel to take in the stunning landscape and views.   

Overnight at the ger desert camp

Classic - Gobi Mirage Standard Ger

Premium - Gobi Nomad Lodge

Deluxe - Three Camel Lodge 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day4


Day Five: Return to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, you’ll return to Ulaanbaatar by plane, ready for your private car transfer to Terelj National Park. En route, you’ll stop off at the Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex, home to a gigantic, 131-foot, stainless steel statue of Genghis Khan which pays tribute to legendary 13th-century warrior. Walk up to the statue’s head for far-reaching views of the empty landscape. Onwards you’ll drive to Terelj National Park, known for its rock formations - brilliant to admire and even more impressive to climb for those who want to. 

Overnight at the Terejl Star Resort 

Classic - Terelj Star Resort

Premium - Anungoo

Deluxe - Terelj Hotel 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day5


Day Six: Nomadic Life

Enjoy breakfast, afterwards your heading up the Bayanzurkh Mountain to enjoy a view which demonstrates the combination of modern civilisation and nomadic lifestyle. Before driving onwards to serene Tuul Riverside Lodge, a sustainable ger camp set in a rolling meadow above the banks of the gentle Tuul River (the final part of your transfer is by boat along this sleepy waterway). Settle in, before trying your hand at one of the most famous Mongol skills – archery. 

Overnight at the Tuul Riverside Lodge

Classic, Premium, Deluxe - Tuul Riverside Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day6


Day Seven: At the lodge

Today we learn how to make the traditional Mongolian Dish, buuz. Afterwards, try your hand at putting up a traditional yurt before one of the trip’s undoubted highlights, a ‘khorkhog’ or Mongolian barbecue consisting of chunks of sheep meat cooked in a container that’s also filled with hot river rocks. Savour the peace of the evening around the bonfire, beneath unpolluted starry skies.

Overnight at Tuul Riverside Lodge

Classic, Premium, Deluxe - Tuul Riverside Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day7


Day Eight: Capital pursuits

It’s back to Ulaanbaatar by plane this morning, ready to tour the exquisite Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, once home to Mongolia’s eighth living Buddha and last king. Fortunately saved from Soviet destruction during the Stalinist repressions, the palace is now a fascinating museum, dotted with intricate temples, exotic stuffed animals and evocative paintings. Later, you’ll also visit the 976 Art Gallery, renowned for its excellent collections and exhibitions of contemporary Mongolian art. After we will combine these in the Deeltei Mongol Festival developed to promote traditional Mongolian Culture, through enthnic clothing possession and folk arts. 

Overnight in Ulaanbaatar

Classic - Continental Hotel Ulaanbaatar 

Premium - Blue Sky Hotel Ulaanbaatar

Deluxe - Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day8


Day Nine: The State Naadam Festival

It’s a national holiday in Mongolia today, as the country gears up for the Naadam Festival – a celebration of the Mongolian independence of 1921 that now has UNESCO-listed status. The biggest and most widely watched festival in Mongolia, it comprises of wrestling, horse racing and archery, the three traditional skills of young Mongolian men (though women have recently being allowed to take part in the archery and wrestling too). After lunch, you’ll be driven to Hui Doloon Khudag on the outskirts of the city so that you can watch the festival’s unique traditional horse-racing, where riders race over the planes complete with ornate costumes, watched by cheering crowds. Thought to date back to the Bronze Age, this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle will provide an incredible ending to your adventure. 

Overnight in Ulaanbaatar

Classic - Continental Hotel Ulaanbaatar 

Premium - Blue Sky Hotel Ulaanbaatar

Deluxe - Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day9


Day Ten: Home time

After an action-packed trip to Mongolia, your driver will take you back to the airport, ready for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day10


Meals included : 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Breakfast


Whats included:

  • Domestic flights within Mongolia
  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Private air-conditioned transport throughout tour
  • Return domestic flights between Istanbul and Cappadocia


What's not included:

  • International flights to/from experience:
    call 0208 251 0425 for AX specially negotiated flight rates
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


SUITABILITY FOR FAMILIES : Suitable for families with adult kids over the age of 18 years.


If you intend to travel solo, contact us on 0208 251 0425


GETTING THERE 

Return flights from London to Ulaanbaatar via Moscow take around 15 hours, and cost from £450. 

Experience start point: Ulaanbaatar (UBN)

End point: Ulaanbaatar (UBN)


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