Tailor-made Tours & Small Group Travel to Mongolia

Naadam Festival Odysseys & Gobi Desert (10 days / 9 nights)

Region:
Southern part of Mongolia
Duration:
10 days / 9 nights
Dates:
July 4-13
Note:
You can arrange your own trip date (with best rate possible) as you request
Number of travelers:
Min - 2
Tour price: $1890 for per person
Single supplement: $450
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate.
We have a single man willing to share a room with another single man.

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This trip features magnificent Naadam festival and Gobi Desert. Explore the Bayanzag which is known as 'Flaming Cliffs' was named by Roy Chapman Andrews. Mongolia is an independent nation locked between Russia and the People's Republic of China in east-central Asia. A visit to this fascinating land will reveal a largely nomadic culture centered on agriculture and mining. Mongolia is dry, cool and the air is thin because of the country's high altitude in the mountains.
Naadam is the one and only Big Event in Mongolia –a lively national festival, held every year from the 11th – 13th July. Naadam means “three manly games”. Known as the world’s second-oldest Olympics, it celebrates what defined civilization in the Steppes eight centuries ago; archery, wrestling and horse riding.

  • Explore Flaming Cliffs Dinosaur Site
  • View the largest sand dunes in Mongolia at Khongoryn Els
  • Experience a camel ride with local nomads
  • Stay in local Ger camps
  • Explore Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park
  • Explore the capital Ulaanbaatar and the Gandan Monastery
  • Naadam Festival: Archery, Wrestling and Horse Racing

July 4 - Day 1 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

July 5 - Day 2 Cultural Tour of Ulaanbaatar

July 6 - Day 3 Fly to the Gobi Desert (1.2 hours) and then drive to Bayanzag

July 7- Day 4 Bayanzag to Hongor Sand dune

July 8 - Day 5 Khongor sand dunes

July 9 - Day 6 Drive to Yol Valley and Gurvan saikhan National Park

July 10 - Day 7 Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

July 11-12 Day 8-9 Naadam Festival

July 13 - Day 10 Depart Mongolia

Tour price: $1890 for per person
Single supplement: $450
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate.
We have a single man willing to share a room with another single man.
IncludedNot included
Private ger for every 2 people in Ger camp International airfare
All meals as listed in itineraryTravel insurance
All entrance feesBeverages
Sightseeing as per itineraryOptional activity cost
Accommodation in 4 stars hotel in Ulaanbaatar (twin standard room double occupancy)Excess baggage charge
Transportations by 4WD vehiclesSingle room supplement
English speaking guide (other language guide on request)Any additional things which are not mentioned above
Daily supply of bottled water, Domestic Flight
Cultural Show

July 4 ~ Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Upon arrival at Genghis Khan International Airport, you are met by our tour guide and transferred to the hotel in the city center.
Rest of the day is for rest and to recover jet lag and travel fatigue.

Overnight 4* hotel
Meals: Dinner

July 5 ~ Cultural Tour of Ulaanbaatar

Following breakfast, we set out to explore Ulaanbaatar-the capital city of Mongolia-the home to over a one third of the country's population where the traditional gers and Buddhist temples coexist with sky-kissing towers! Begin from the Gandan Monastery-Mongolia's most revered religious site-home to more than 100 Buddhist monks with beautiful chapels, courtyards and a giant 75-foot gold gilded Buddha statue.
Next, we stop in the Natural History Museum that showcases the spectacular fossils found in the Gobi desert. After lunch, we visit the National Museum of Mongolian History and culture that has rich collection of stone and Bronze Age artifacts, costumes, sacred relics and items related to the nomadic life such as hunting and fishing tools.
The balance of the day is open for you to stroll the streets of the city on your own.

Overnight 4* hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 6 ~ Fly to the Gobi Desert (1.2 hours) and then drive to Bayanzag

Drive to flaming cliffs known as Flaming Cliffs is located 20 kilometers away from Bulgan soum, a lot of Paleontological findings have been discovered here. The place is known as 'Flaming Cliffs' was named by Roy Chapman Andrews, an American explorer who had visited Mongolia in 1922 and over the course of two years he searched throughout the Mongolian Gobi Desert and found dinosaur fossils and dinosaur eggs about 10-15 cm. It was the first discovery of its scale and kind in the world that had been made at the time.

Overnight in Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 7 ~ Bayanzag to Hongor Sand dune

After breakfast, take in the stunning scenery of the Gobi-Altai Mountain range as you transfer to the towering sand dunes of Khongoryn Els, home to the ‘Singing Sands’. These spectacular dunes got their name from the noise made by the shifting sand in the wind. Feel the breeze in your hair as you ride a camel across the dunes before returning to the ger camp. Isolated from the rest of the country, the Singing Sands are the best kept secret for thousand years in the history of Mongolia.

Overnight in Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 8 ~ Khongor sand dunes

Today we will have a full day exploring the sand dunes and rest after the long drive. The dunes seem to stretch on forever like a soft ribbon of sand draped over the desert. The shifting sand blown by the wind or someone makes sound so it is called Singing Sand Dunes. There is a beautiful green oasis known as Seruun bulag near the Khongor River. Return to the camp for lunch and enjoy feeling silence and a peaceful in the beautiful surroundings Gobi Deserts.

Overnight in Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 9 ~ Drive to Yol Valley and Gurvan saikhan National Park

In the morning, we drive to Yol Valley. Learn about the local wildlife in the Natural History Museum before taking a gentle hike through the valley to discover their habitats. This valley is nestled deep within the hills and is a safe haven to get away from the desert heat. Some areas of the valley are continually sheltered from the hot sun and house huge, blocks of ice that gradually melt away during the summer. It is very wide at the entrance and narrows gradually into a remarkable gorge. You will get to see wild animals such as ibex and wild sheep, and the vulture. You can go horseback or camel riding around the area and go trekking to the gorge.

Overnight in Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 10 ~ Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

Following breakfast, transfer back to the airport and fly to Ulaanbaatar. There is more to see if you are interested. Visit the Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum-residence of Bodg Jabzan Damba Hutagt VIII-Mongolia's last theocrat. Or take leisurely stroll in the town center. In the evening, enjoy the dinner and local folklore dance shows.

July 11-12 ~ Naadam Festival

During whole lovely day you enjoy watch Naadam festival or three manly sports such as wrestling, archery and horse racing. Visit opening ceremony of Naadam festival at the national stadium. And you will see archery, wrestling and horse racing during Naadam festival. Naadam festival is of the victory of the People’s Revolution. Naadam festival is celebrated every year at 11-13th July in Central stadium. Mongolia celebrates its independence and its rich cultural heritage with a festival of sports and revelry in Ulaanbaatar. The distinctly Mongolian feel and flair of the Naadam Festival make it a wonderful spectacle, a joyous time, and an intriguing cultural event. Colorful ceremonies and parading soldiers kick off the celebrations. The ancient game of wrestling follows, with men competing in many rounds of competition. Both men and women compete in the archery games, using the traditional Mongolian compound bow that terrorized Europe when Genghis Khan and his Golden Horde moved their empire west. The quintessentially Mongolian art of horse racing follows, where up to 800 horses compete, jockeyed by children so that the skill of the horse, and not the rider, is tested.

Overnight at 4* hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 13 ~ Depart Mongolia

Transfer to the airport for flight to next destination.

Tour price: $1890 for per person
Single supplement: $450
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate.
We have a single man willing to share a room with another single man.
IncludedNot included
Private ger for every 2 people in Ger camp International airfare
All meals as listed in itineraryTravel insurance
All entrance feesBeverages
Sightseeing as per itineraryOptional activity cost
Accommodation in 4 stars hotel in Ulaanbaatar (twin standard room double occupancy)Excess baggage charge
Transportations by 4WD vehiclesSingle room supplement
English speaking guide (other language guide on request)Any additional things which are not mentioned above
Daily supply of bottled water, Domestic Flight
Cultural Show

All airport transfers and sightseeing will be by private cars, SUVs and mini bus. The arrival and departure transfers will be by Sedan Cars which are usually Japanese made Toyota or Honda cars. Sightseeing within Ulaanbaatar will be by an air conditioned minibus. Outside Ulaanbaatar, we provide 4WD Land cruisers or SUVs. There will be 3 to 4 travelers seated in a 4WD vehicle.

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It is truly an experience, to be with the family. Very impressed with what the desert had to offer. The kids were always up for the adventures planned for us. We were always surrounded by nice people, good food and AMAZING scenery. Quite a family destination. From this experience makes us want to come back Mongolia, again and again and again.

Adam Singer family, USA

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