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GRAND MONGOLIAN EXPEDITION (GME7)
8 days/ 7 nights
We are proud to launch a BRAND NEW Grand Mongolian Expedition tour!
Absolutely unique tour exploring Mongolia and the Gobi Desert, bringing you in close contact with century old traditions, breath-taking nature and the friendly people of Mongolia. We offer over 1550 km of authentic expedition-type touring into the south of Mongolia in chauffeur driven comfortable 1st class 4WD jeeps, each vehicle taking max 3 people. The accommodation in Ulaanbaatar is offered in a comfortable hotel and during the expedition, in traditional Mongolian Ger camps.
This is an ultimate once in a lifetime adventure!
DAY 1 SATURDAY: ULAANBAATAR
Today you arrive in Ulaanbaatar and are transferred to the Hotel Bayangol. Ulaanbaatar is a large city of pulsating commerce, noisy traffic and buzzing urban life and in between islands of serenity – quiet monastery courtyards and public squares with calming fountains. During the afternoon sightseeing tour, we see Genghis Khan Square at the heart of the city and the surrounding buildings: Parliament House, State Opera & Ballet Theatre, Cultural Palace and the House of City Council. Moreover, we visit the National Museum of Mongolian History, which features Mongolian history from pre-historic time to present days, and the Gandan Monastery; the largest functioning Buddhist Monastery in Mongolia.
Day 2 SUNDAY: ULAANBAATAR - KHAKHORIN
Through beautiful landscapes of steppe, river valleys and rolling hills we drive westwards to Kharkhorin (375 km), the ancient Capital of the Great Mongolian Empire. The city founded in the Valley of the Orkhon river in 1220 was the capital city of the Great Mongolian Empire until Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, moved the capital to Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty. Nearby Erdenezuu Monastery is the oldest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia and was founded on the ruins of ancient Kharkhorin in 1586. We visit the monastery’s magnificent exhibits, which include an extraordinary collection of Buddhist paintings, special costumes for religious dances and superb Buddhist iconography in true Mongolian and Tibetan style. Overnight at Urguu Ger Camp (standard). Lunch and dinner at the Ger Camp. Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3 MONDAY: KHAKHORIN-MIDDLE GOBI (ONGI MONASTERY)
We leave Kharkhorin and continue south to the Ongi Monastery (250 km), located in Saihan-Ovoo in the Middle Gobi land. En route, we enjoy a traditional Mongolian BBQ lunch with a Nomadic family. We visit the ruins of the Ongi Monastery, which was founded in 1660 and consisted of two temple complexes on the North and South of the River Ongi. At its heyday, Ongi Monastery housed around 30 temples, four large Buddhist universities and over 1000 monks at a time. Overnight at the Ongiin Nuuts Ger Camp (standard). Dinner at the Ger Camp. Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 4 TUESDAY: GOBI DESERT (BAYANZAG)
Today we continue into the Gobi Desert to explore the Bayanzag Cliffs (250 km). In the early afternoon we arrive at the ancient red rock creation, Bayanzag, formed 60-70 million years ago. The striking red Bayanzag Cliffs contains vast amounts of dinosaur fossils, eggs and bones and are neighboured by Saxual tree forests. We will trek around the surrounding areas. Overnight at the Goviin Naran Ger Camp (superior). Lunch and dinner at the Ger Camp. Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 5 WEDNESDAY: GOBI DESERT (GOBI GURVAN SAIKHAN)
Today we explore the majestic Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park (90 km), the largest national park in Mongolia stretching 380 km from east to west and 80 km from north to south. We visit the incredible Yol Valley, an unusual narrow canyon of a river flowing through the Zuun Saikhan Mountains to admire the scenery of a frozen river in the middle of the hot desert Gobi. We visit the local Fauna and Flora Museum and enjoy a picnic lunch. Return to the Goviin Naran Ger Camp. Dinner at the Ger Camp. Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch-Picnic, Dinner.
Day 6 THURSDAY: MIDDLE GOBI (BAGA GAZRIIN CHULUU)
We drive north to Middle Gobi province. (400 km) Driving through the endless green grassland, we enjoy the stunning natural scenery. En route, we meet the nomads on the steppe with their hordes of sheep, cattle or horses and we enjoy a picnic lunch. In the late afternoon, we reach our Ger Camp at Baga Gazriin Chuluu. Overnight in the Erdene Ukhaa Ger Camp (standard). Dinner at the Ger Camp. Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch-Picnic, Dinner.
Day 7 FRIDAY: MIDDLE GOBI - ULAANBAATAR
We continue our scenic drive to the north through the Baga Garziin Chuluu Basalt and Granite Mountains (200 km). We reach Ulaanbaatar at noon and check-in at Hotel Bayangol. The late afternoon offers an optional guided shopping tour to cashmere and antique shops and to the Central Department Store. In the Evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner at Restaurant “Modern Nomads” with traditional Mongolian cuisine. Overnight in the Bayangol Hotel. Meal Included: Breakfast, Dinner.
Day 8 SATURDAY: ULAANBAATAR DEPARTURE
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Meal Included: Breakfast.
Grand Mongolian Expedition is available all year round on enquiry basis.
Please get in touch with our Destination Managers and they will put together a perfect holiday for you.
Please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour
The tour is suitable for guests in normal physical condition
We use live currency update, price may slightly fluctuate daily
IntoRussia Ltd reserves the right to change hotels to similar ones of the same standard and change the
order of excursions
If you are a group and want to add extra days or excursions, or you are looking for more independence,
contact our Destination Experts for a tailor-made package
Included in price:
• 2 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotel
• 5 overnights at traditional Mongolian Ger camps (single and double occupancy, private and shared facilities)
• 7 x buffet or set menu breakfast
• 5 x lunch (2 x 4-course lunch with tea, 2 x picnic lunch with tea, 1 x BBQ lunch with Nomadic family)
• 6 x dinner including farewell dinner (3-course dinners with coffee/tea)
• Personalized welcome package
• Entrances to National Museum of Mongolian History, Gandan Monastery, Erdenuzuu Monastery, Ruins of Ongi Monastery, Fauna and Flora
Museum and all national parks
• Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours
• Service of 1st class coaches or 1st class minivan in Ulaanbaatar, service of 1st class 4WD jeeps (Toyota land cruisers) throughout the expedition
outside Ulaanbaatar, max 3 persons in each jeep
• Portage at hotel
• Mongolian Visa application service
• International flights
• Travel insurance
• Mongolian Visa processing