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MN04: 10 Days Ulaanbaatar - Eagle Valley - Gobi - Bayanzag - Karakorum - Hustai - Terelj - Ulaanbaatar

Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour, experienced guide and driver
Accommodation: Selected 4-star hotel & Ger Camps
Highlights:

  • Classic route to appreciate grassland scenery and experience nomadic culture!
  • Explore the past glory of Mongol Empire at Karakorum.
  • Observe world’s only wild horses at Hustai National Park.
  • Trace the footprints of dinosaurs at Flaming Cliffs!

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Airport or Railway Station Pick-up
Welcome to Ulaanbaatar, the capital and the largest city of Mongolia! Our locally based driver will wait for your arrival ahead of time at Chinggis Khaan International Airport or Ulaanbaatar Railway Station, holding a sign which can be easily recognized. After picking you up, the driver will then transfer you to the hotel by a clean and comfortable private car. There is no sightseeing arrangement during the rest of the day, so after finishing the check-in procedure, you may take a stroll around and have the first impression of the country by yourself. 

Accommodation: Ramada Ulaanbaatar City Center (4 stars)

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar - Eagle Valley
Our Mongolia tour will officially start today. After breakfast, the driver will send you to the airport and help you board the flight to Dalanzadgad Airport, where our local experienced bilingual guide will welcome you and later escort you to hike the Eagle Valley. Also called Yolyn Am, this narrow valley lined by rocky cliffs is covered by ice almost all around the year. Even though, animals like camels and eagles survive one generation after another. Tonight, we will book a ger nearby for you to stay in, meanwhile experience the life of local herdsmen. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Juulchin Khan Bogd Ger camp

  • Eagle Valley
    An encounter with camels and eagles in Eagle Valley
Day 3: Khongor Sand Dunes
Today, our guide will accompany you to move on to Khongor Sand Dunes by private car. It is also called the "Singing Sand" because dunes here can make sounds when the wind is blowing. The highest dune reaches up to 800 meters (2,600 feet). While traveling through the wild sand dunes, you will see the dunes' color and shape changing at different times of a day. If interested, climb to one of the peaks to admire the wonderful scene of “sea of sand dunes”. At the end of the day, also check in a ger for overnight stay. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Gobi Discovery Ger camp

Day 4: Gobi Desert - Bayanzag
The first escorted stop of today will be the home of local herdsmen. There, you can learn how they live their daily lives and take photos with camels raised by them. After that, take the private car to Bayanzag. It is also called Flaming Cliffs, because crimson precipices there make it exactly like a firing valley. It becomes widely known to the world due to the first discovery of dinosaur eggs as well as numerous dinosaur fossils lying under the cliffs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mongol Gobi Ger Camp

  • Mongolia Sand Dunes
    Sand Dunes in Mongolia
Day 5: Bayanzag - Ongi Monastery
Our tour today will be extended to Ongi Monastery. It used to be one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia gathering over 1,000 monks at its peak time. However, the architecture complex has been destroyed in 1937. In 2004, some monks built a small temple alongside with pillars and other materials collected from the ruins. Not far away, the flowing Ongi River adds some vitality to the debris. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: tourist Ger camp

Day 6: Ongi Monastery - Karakorum (Kharkhorin)
After breakfast, we will continue driving to Karakorum, also known as Kharkhorin, which used to be the capital of Mongolia. In middle 13th century, it was the center of the world when most parts of Asia and Europe was under its powerful influence. In late 1940s, lots of ruins of walls, palaces, streets and houses were found. In 2004, the ruins and its surrounding views were listed as the first UNESCO world culture heritage of Mongolia. 

Next, the guide will lead you to visit Erdene Zuu Monastery, the largest and first Buddhism monastery in Mongolia. There are 108 white pagodas built on its surrounding walls, with a distance of about 15 meters (16.5 yards) one from another. Besides, you will have a chance to appreciate lots of precious paintings, house decorations, embroidery, manuscripts and wooden books of the 15th - 17th century inside. Following, admire the historical relics in Museum of Karakorum. 

After that, you will be given some free time to wander around before being sent to the nearby ger. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: tourist Ger camp

  • Erdene Zuu Monastery
    Erdene Zuu Monastery, the oldest Buddhist monastery of Mongolia
Day 7: Karakorum - Hustai National Park
At the appointed time, we will leave for the first stop of today by car, Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dune, where you can see a unique but harmonious scene of trees scattering among the sand dunes with Tarna River flowing through. 

Then will come the highlight of today’s tour, Hustai National Park. It is home to wild takhi horses. Besides, birds, fish, amphibians, and lush trees make it quite different in this landlocked country. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hustai Ger Camp

Day 8: Hustai National Park - Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Today, the guide will accompany you to visit another famous national park in the country - Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Here, the lush grassland and thick woods are all primitive, with white gers scattered among and horses running freely. The guide will also lead you to visit the Ariyabal Meditation Temple and Turtle Rock resembling like a giant turtle there.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Terelj Lodge Ger camp

  • Terelj National Park
    Terelj National Park
Day 9: Gorkhi-Terelj National Park - Genghis Khans Statue Complex - Ulaanbaatar
According to the tour plan, we will make our way back to Ulaanbaatar today after breakfast by car. On the way, make a stop at Genghis Khan Statue Complex, where the world's largest Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue is set, with a height of 40 meters (130 feet). He is sitting on a horse with the golden whip in his hand, ready to go to the battle field anytime. There is an escalator leading you to the head of the horse, where you can overlook the great scenery of the surrounding grassland. 

After, continue driving towards Ulaanbaatar. Before sending you to the hotel in downtown, our guide will accompany you to a local market for you to buy some local specialties and souvenirs. In the evening, we will serve you a farewell dinner in a local restaurant, making a perfect conclusion to this Mongolia tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ramada Ulaanbaatar City Center (4 stars)

Day 10: Ulaanbaatar Airport See-off
According to your flight schedule, our guide will transfer you from the hotel to the airport on time and help you with the boarding formalities. We wish you a nice journey home and are looking forward to serve you again in other global destinations!  

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Prices

Christmas & 2023 special: Enjoy 12% off if you book before Dec. 25, 2022

Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • Economy class airfare of Ulaanbaatar - Dalanzadgad.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at hotels/ Ger camps.
  • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All service Charge & Local Taxes.
  • Two bottled mineral waters during the tour per day.
What's Excluded
  • International Flights.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Mongolia Visa Fee.
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