Mongolia Naadam Festival

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MN14: 4 Days Ulaanbaatar Tour

Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour, experienced guide and driver
Accommodation: Nice and clean 4-star hotel

  • Best choice for a short trip of Mongolia.
  • Attend the grandest festival of the country – Naadam Festival!
  • Enjoy Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, archery, dance and more.
  • Cover the best attractions of Ulaanbaatar.

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Naadam Festival is the grandest festivals of Mongolia, held annually from July 11th to 13th as a part of the Mongolia National Day celebrations. Plus, the vast grassland is at its greenest time of the year, so it is really a good time to visit Mongolia. 

Don't hesitate any more. Just join us to have a great time with local herdsmen! 

Day 1: July 10: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Airport or Railway Station Pick-up

As the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar is the best place to go for the Naadam Festival. Upon your arrival at Ulaanbaatar Chinggis Khaan International Airport or Railway Station, our experienced guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you. You may have a stroll around to feel the happy atmosphere at every corner of the city. 

Accommodation: Ramada Ulaanbaatar City Center (4 stars)

Day 2: July 11: Attend Naadam Festival

If possible, dress yourself up in traditional Mongolian clothes after breakfast. Our guide will come to meet you and escort you to participate the Naadam Festival at the appointed time. 

During the festival, a lot of activities will be held, including wrestling, horse racing and archery, the three most favorite activities among Mongolian people. Wrestling is the favorite sport of Mongolian, which has its unique clothes, rules and methods. It is an untimed competition in which wrestlers are not allowed to hold opponents' legs, hit their faces, touch their eyes or ears or kick their abdomens. Wrestlers will lose if any part of their body above the knees touches the ground. Horse racing has no limitation on the participants, even children and women can participate in and the Mongols enjoy the feeling of "flying" on the horse back very much. The archery is divided into short-distance shooting, mounted shooting and long-distance shooting. Both men and women can participate in this competition. 

During the festival, you will also have a chance to taste delicious Mongolian food, watch traditional Mongolian dance, and enjoy their wonderful music.

When today’s Mongolia Naadam Festival tour ends, the guide will send you back to the hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Ramada Ulaanbaatar City Center (4 stars)

  • Horse Racing
    Horse Racing during the Naadam Festival
Day 3: July 12: Private Ulaanbaatar City Tour

Coming to Ulaanbaatar, how can you not visit its best attractions? Today, the guide will accompany you to explore some of its highlights. 

The first spot will be a Tibetan style Buddhism monastery, Gandan Monastery. Initially built in 1835, it has developed into the largest lamasery in Mongolia. The monastery worships a golden Buddha statue, which is one of the national treasures of Mongolia.

The second stop will be Sukhbaatar Square in the city center. At the center of the square, there is a statue of Sukhbaatar, who is a hero of Mongolia. The Parliament House is right behind the statue.

Next, the guide will lead you to National Museum of Mongolia. The exhibitions there present Mongolian history from prehistoric times to the present day, including Mongolia Stone Age ruins and rock carvings, traditional clothes of Mongolian and representative art works of the nomads.

Continue to Bogd Khaan Palace Museum. Built in 1903, it was once the winter palace for the last emperor of Mongolia. The palace houses rich collections, including clothes of the royal families, articles for their daily use, Tangka, Buddha statues and other religious items.

The last spot will be Zaisan Memorial Hill, which is located on a mountain to the south of Ulaanbaatar city. It was built to commemorate soldiers who sacrificed themselves for the country in the Second World War (1939 - 1945). Besides, it is a great place to overview the whole city. 

To conclude the day, a traditional show "Wonders of Mongolia" will be arranged for you, during which you will have a chance to enjoy the famous “throat singing”.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ramada Ulaanbaatar City Center (4 stars)

  • Bogd Khan Palace Museum
    Bogd Khan Palace Museum in Ulaanbaatar
Day 4: July 13: Departure from Ulaanbaatar
At the very end of this Mongolia tour, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and send you to the airport for your leaving flight. A nice journey home!

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Prices
Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jul 10 - Jul 13$909$749
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
  • Naadam Festival Opening Ceremony Ticket(s)- best seat(s).
  • Car entry permission to Naadam stadium and racing field.
  • All service Charge & Local Taxes.
What's Excluded
  • International and Domestic 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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  • Saw Ling Zaw from USAPosted on January 11, 2020
    The festival was really big. During this holiday, we learned a lot about nomadic culture. We also tried archery and other competitions, which were very interesting.

    Our accommodations were arranged in the hotel, we regret not being able to experience the yurts overnight. It rained a little at that time. The grassland was very wet, and the sky was clear and the air was fresher after the rain.
  • Irene Abigail from SingaporePosted on December 14, 2019
    Sorry for the late comment. We scheduled a traditional Naadam festival and a full day Ulaanbaatar city tour in July. We learned a lot about the culture of Mongolia through this flourishing festival… And we visited Gandan Monastery and knew the history of this nation. Quite a cost-effective 4-day Mongolia city tour!
  • Allison from FrancePosted on October 03, 2019
    We went to Mongolia in July. The Naadam festival was very lively! We watched a lot of live competitions. I enjoyed archery, which was divided into three types of shooting. Both men and women could participate in this competition. So exciting and interesting!
  • Ronald Wong from AustraliaPosted on August 30, 2019
    Comfortable tour vehicle and reasonable schedule! The actual route we went smoothly according to the planned. Our guide and driver were effective and flexible.
    In addition, they were also professional to introduce those activities held in Naadam Festival of Mongolia. We learnt a lot about local traditional customs! 100 point!
  • Henry Roth from the UKPosted on July 20, 2019
    We had exceptional experiences of various activities in Mongolian festival and the full day Ulaanbaatar city tour. National Museum was a good place to learn Mongolian history by visiting Stone Age ruins and rock carvings. The guide was fantastic offering wonderful service. Pleasant time!
  • Lisane Zambrano from the USPosted on July 12, 2019
    We specially booked this 4 days Mongolia trip for the traditional Naadam Festival. We watched many interesting activities like wrestling, horse racing and archery. I like horse racing most. There was no limitation on the participants, even children and women could participate in. It was exciting! We also tasted delicious Mongolian food, appreciated Mongolian dancing and enjoyed the local wonderful music. Fruitful experience!
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