best of mongolia

Best of Mongolia

Featuring:
Ulaanbaatar, Hustai National Park, Karakorum, Ongi River Valley, Bayanzag, Khongor, Terelj National Park

Starting From $2,835.00 Land Only

Duration 10 Days

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Charming Travel Destinations, Travel Agencies & Bureaus, El Monte, CA

The best trip is to experience the traditional culture and live like a local. During the trip, you will stay in the camp like local people. When you reach Ger camp, you will have lunch and explore ruins of the monastery. The views of the ruins, river, Ger camps and the surrounding area are very impressive, you can see from any of the nearby hills. If you want, you can have pleasant massage and sauna at the camp.  Travel to Mongolia and enjoy a Best of Mongolia Tour today!

This Tour Package Includes:

  • Domestic air transportation
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals per itinerary
  • All transfers
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Tour Highlights:

  • Mongol Nomadic Ger camp
  • Hustai National Park
  • Karakorum
  • Ongi Temple
  • Ongi River Valley
  • Flaming Cliffs
  • Sand dunes of Khongor
  • Singing Dune
  • Yol valley
  • Dungenee Canyon
  • Genghis Khan Statue Complex
  • Sukhbaatar square
  • Museum of Mongolian National History

Package Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees, passport fees, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal purchases
  • Meals/admission not in itinerary
  • Optional Tours (If applicable)

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Meals: B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

  • Day 1: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Upon arrival at Ulaanbaatar International Airport, transfer to the hotel and check in. The remainder of the day will be at your own leisure to enjoy.
  • Day 2: Ulaanbaatar ~ Hustai National Park
    You will meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby, and then head to the Hustai National Park. On the way, we will visit Mongol Nomadic Ger camp for Mongolian nomads show which will be show you real Mongolian nomadic way of living and traditional custom and culture for the past period. The show demonstrates traditional living way of real Mongolian nomads and breeding and using of five kinds of livestock and movement from one place to another using ox, yak, camel and horse carts which are the carts. After lunch time, served by Mongolian food in the camp, we will drive to the Hustai National Park. This area is home to the Mongolian wild horse known as Perzevalski horse (takhi) with unique landscape that features mountain and steppe. Upon we arrive to the camp, we will check the Information Center about the national park and wild horse. The takhi and marmots are easy to see around 2-3hrs earlier than sunset, when they come down from mountains for water to stream. Therefore, in early evening, we will take short drive and hiking to see the horses in their natural habitat. Seeing these truly wild horses which numbered in the hundreds of thousands of years ago, will make you feel like you have traveled thousands of years back in time. There is great opportunity to take photo for these endangered horses. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, roe deer, eagle, and more animals and birds… (B, L, D)
  • Day 3: Hustai National Park ~ Karakorum
    After breakfast, we will drive to Karakorum and Erdenezuu Monastery. Lunch will be at the camp near Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes. Karakorum was not only the capital of the vast Mongolian Empire, but the epic center of trade along Silk Road. However, the Karakorum of today is a small settlement with little focus on tourism. Today there is a Karakorum museum does show off some of the artifacts they've recovered so far. Upon arrival in the village, we will visit museum of Karakorum and learn about beautiful ancient Karakorum. Then we will visit to the magnificent and the oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdene Zuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. Here you can see interesting listen to monk chanting Buddhist sutras. Return to Ger camp and have dinner. (B, L, D)
  • Day 4: Kharkhorin ~ Hustai
    In the morning, we will drive towards Ongi River and come to around lunch time at Ger camp, which is near to the ruined monastery of Ongi Temple. This small mountainous area along the Ongi River makes a good resting place to break a trip between the two major destinations. Ongi temple was established in 1660 and once composed of 30 temples, 4 big Buddhism universities. It was destroyed by the communist purges of the 1930s and is being restored by a number of monks. Nowadays that one temple serves as a museum. When you reach Ger camp, you will have lunch and explore ruins of the monastery. The views of the ruins, river, Ger camps and the surrounding area are very impressive, you can see from any of the nearby hills. If you want, you can have pleasant massage and sauna at the camp. Rest of the day is yours to relax on your own. (B, L, D)
  • Day 5: Ongi River Valley ~ Bayanzag
    After breakfast, we will drive to the Bayanzag which is a famous for the first discovery of fossilized dinosaurs. To reach the ger camp, we will travel through the huge open landscape called Ongi steppe, which is over 80km wide steppe in the Gobi zone. Bayanzag is also well known for red tall hillocks formed as a result of wind and water erosion which look like fire in the middle of the desert from distance. When we arrive at Ger camp, we will watch interesting video about how Roy Chapman Andrews and American expedition discovered the first dinosaur eggs from Bayanzag and transferred dinosaur skeletons on the camel back through Gobi Desert. Their findings proved to the world that dinosaurs laid eggs. Then we will take 5min drive to the Flaming cliffs and wander on the red hillocks. We will find bones of dinosaurs around Bayanzag. White fossilized bones are still found nowadays. Return back ger camp and overnight. (B, L, D)
  • Day 6: Bayanzag ~ Khongor
    On this day, our trip will continue driving west to the extraordinary sand dunes of Khongor. This is one of the most scenic areas of Gobi. The dunes rise abruptly from the plain, in some places reaching a height of 300 meters, and extend over an area between 2-12 km in width and 180 km in length. Upon we arrive, we will have lunch and relax at cozy Ger camp until Gobi hot temperature decrease. In the evening, we will visit camel herder family in their Ger, and explore their unique nomadic lifestyle. Its chance to try drinking Hormog (fermented Mongolian camel milk). Then we will ride a camel. The Khongor Sand Dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. We will discover this magnificent place on camel back. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. It is a gentle, calm and extraordinary patient animal. Afterwards, we will hike and climb up to the Singing Dune, one of the highest dunes. From the top of the sand dunes, the view of the desert is awesome and amazing sunshine panorama of sand dunes. When it is windy some of the dunes give a strange sound like the engines of an aero plane, for which they are named the “singing dunes”. The Khongoryn River flows along the sand dunes and gives birth to oases. (B, L, D)
  • Day 7: Khongor ~ Yol Valley
    After breakfast, we will go ahead to Yol valley (Eagle or Vulture valley) situated in “Three beauties of Gobi” Mt. National Park. This valley is originally established to conserve birdlife in the region. But it’s now more famous for its dramatic scenery in the middle of the Gobi Desert with a meter’s thick ice almost all year around, except late summer. After lunch at local restaurant at Bayandalai village, we will drive through Dungenee Canyon and reach at the Yol valley. There we will do hiking through grassy meadows, small streams, long and narrow valley with sheltered by high cliff walls, sunlight bouncing off amazing rocks, covered with wild flowers and Gobi plants. You may be lucky enough to spot wild sheep and goat, grazing high on the cliff walls. (B, L, D)
  • Day 8: Yol Valley ~ Terelj National Park
    Early this morning, transfer to the local airport for morning flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in the city, drive to Terelj National Park, this is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. In the afternoon, we will see Turtle Rock - interesting rock formation looking like a turtle and visit Ariyabal meditation temple - surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park. (B, L, D)
  • Day 9: Terelj National Park ~ Ulaanbaatar
    After breakfast, we will return to Ulaanbaatar. On the way visit “Genghis Khan Statue Complex” which is currently the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world. There is a recreation area, restaurants, and souvenir shops occupy the base structure. From here, you can ascend to the head of the horse using an elevator. There you have a good panoramic view over the complex area and the scenery beyond. You are now definitely in Chinghis Khaan’s country! Upon arrival at Ulaanbaatar city, we will have lunch. Afterwards, Sukhbaatar square which is lies at the heart of the city surrounded by important buildings such as government palace, banks and theaters and post office. There is an equestrian statue of Sukhbaatar and a massive Bronze statue of Genghis khan with his four warriors in front of Parliament House. Continue to visit Museum of Mongolian National History – the museum presents Mongolian history and culture from prehistoric times to the present day. Next, we will visit “Gandan” Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery including the Mongolian Buddhist University. The highlight of visiting to Gandan is 26-meter-high majestic gilded indoor statue of Megjid Janraisig. In the evening at 6pm, we will visit “Wonders of Mongolia” folklore show by famous Tumen-Ekh ensemble - is one of the most successful folk art groups to share traditional Mongolian music with the world, having traveled to over 40 countries. (B, L, D)
  • Day 10: Ulaanbaatar ~ Home
    Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home as your trip comes to an end. (B)
  • Grand Hill Hotel – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia*
    Dilav Khutagt Jamsranjav's street

    The Grand Hill Hotel opened in 2014 and features 198 spacious, elegant guest rooms with modern amenities and furniture. Our hotel is a right choice for both business and leisure travelers.

    It is located only 10 minutes from the central train station and 30 minutes from the International Airport. (May take longer when traffic jam occurs.) The hotel offers spectacular view of the Bogd Khan Mountain and city street views.

    We offer an attentive, personalized service and we are always available to offer any help to our guests.

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   12:00pm
    Website:                 http://www.premiumhotel.mn/

Arrival Land Availability

Prices are based on per person, double occupancy.  “Land Only” rates do not include international air tickets. Charming Travel Destinations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum 2 passengers to guarantee rate. All hotels are subject to availability. Hotels may be substituted with another or similar category. Prices and availability are subject to change at any time and prices are not guaranteed until we receive your final payment.  We reserve the right to modify the itinerary to ensure a smooth and safe trip.
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