For those with limited time but still wanting to discover the main sights of Mongolia this itinerary begins in the capital, before exploring the incredible landscape of the Gobi Desert. Travelling in your own private vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide visit the magnificent ‘singing’ sand dunes at Khongoryn Els, travel to Karakorum, home of the country’s first Buddhist monastery, and spend nights in traditional Mongolia ger tents.
This is a tour that can be arranged all year round in a private vehicle with your own tour guide.
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar by air or rail and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy a city tour of Mongolia’s capital including the tranquil Zaisan Memorial, Gandan Monastery, Sukhbaatar Square and the Natural History Museum. (L)
The Gobi Desert stretches across most of southern Mongolia spanning six Mongolian provinces. A place of extremes and sparsely populated, the landscape is a complete contrast to the rolling forested hills of central Mongolia. Enjoy a tour of the picturesque granite rock formation of Baga Gazriin Chuluu and visit Sangiin Dalai Lake before travelling to the ruins of the 10th century temple, Khokh Burd Sum. Overnight at a ger camp. (B,L,D)
Depart the camp and head into the South Gobi Desert - for many the highlight of the Gobi. Enjoy a hike in Yoliin Am Valley, famous for its unusual scenery and where ice reaches several metres thick in winter. Overnight at a ger camp. (B,L,D)
Discover the largest and most impressive sand dunes in Mongolia, the ‘singing’ sand dunes of Khongoriin Els. Enjoy a relaxing walk in the area and be amazed by the sound of the wind whipping through the sand for miles around. Overnight at a ger camp. (B,L,D)
Travel north and witness the landscape become less hostile and more habitable. Stop at the red sandstone cliffs and canyons of Bayanzag, known as the Flaming Cliffs, where American palaeontologist, Roy Chapman Andrews discovered dinosaur fossils and bones and the first ever recorded dinosaur egg in 1922. Spend the night in a ger camp near Ongiin Khiid Monastery. (B,L,D)
Travel to Karakorum the ancient capital city of Mongolia, which was established around 1220, and was briefly Mongolia’s capital. On arrival visit Erdenezuu Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia and built on the ruins of Karakorum in 1586. View the well preserved works made by Mongolian artisans, painters, sculptors, embroiderers and craftsmen from the 17th to the19th centuries. Spend the night at a ger camp near the Orkhon River. (B,L,D)
Return to Ulaanbaatar and spend a relaxing afternoon exploring the capital at leisure. Perhaps visit the State Department Store to shop for traditional handicrafts before enjoying a traditional music performance by the Mongolian Folk Ensemble. (B,L)
Depart Ulaanbaatar by air or rail. (B)
8 day tour, from £1795 per person
(Single person supplement + £230)
- Sightseeing as specified (including entrance fees to mentioned sites)
- Mid-range hotel accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
- Ger camp accommodation whilst in the countryside
- All transfers and transport (in a bus in Ulaanbaatar and in Toyota Jeeps (or similar) outside of Ulaanbaatar)
- Local English-speaking guide throughout
- Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- International Flights (Please contact us for the best available prices)
- Mongolian Visa (Currently £100 through www.obtuk.com (Also can be obtained in person direct from the Embassy)
- From 2015 many nationalities will longer need a visa for Mongolia. Check with us for details.
- Travel Insurance
- Meals / Services other than those specified
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