15 DAYS ●
Go Beyond Tour
This tour is a journey of discovery through the land of Genghis Khan, traversing the endless plains to explore sites of immeasurable beauty. Meet the local people and get involved in the festivities.
Look out over the spectacular scenery of the Flaming Cliffs
Sleep in traditional Mongolian Yurts
Enjoy the revelry of the traditional Naadam Festival in Mongolia's capital
Our Mongolia and Naadam Highlights itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar. On arrival you will be met at Ulaanbaatar airport by your National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer 30 minutes to your hotel.
Please note that some Australian flight departures may depart the evening (July 5) before day 1 (July 6) of the tour.
Begin this morning with a visit to the Museum of Mongolian History and the Museum of Fine Art to help put your journey in context. Also discover the 19th Century Gandan Monastery, the largest and most important in Mongolia, home to over 150 monks and explore the Sukhbaatar Square.
Please note that both the museums we visit today will charge extra fees (approximately US$10) for using a camera in their exhibits.
Travel to a wrestling camp and learn about the rules of Mongolia wrestling and the various techniques and tricks. Later, visit an archery training camp, where you will observe Mongolian archers lining up their shots. Learn how precision and technique play a key role in successful archery and have a go at using the traditional bow and arrow yourself. Spend your first night in a traditional ger and learn to cook a Mongolian BBQ and share it with the wrestlers at dinner.
Head to Terelj National Park and soak up the beautiful alpine scenery, visiting the Genghis Khan statue complex en route. Explore Turtle Rock and take an easy hike up to the Aryabal Monastery, perched on the mountainside. Also visit a local family to get a glimpse of their nomadic lifestyle. Spend the night in a ger camp.
In the morning, drive to the horse racing field close to the Khustain National Park for the beginning of the Naadam Festival. After visiting Hui Doloon Khudag (Horse racing field) return to Ulaanbaatar city for Naadam Eve and visit Central Square where you can view the Naadam Mongol costumes on display. In the afternoon, visit the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan and enjoy free time to do some shopping search out local handicrafts like cashmere and felt products.
One of the special features you will encounter over the next 2 days is experiencing first-hand the annual Naadam Festival. The highlight of your journey begins as the group mix with locals and nomads alike to witness the Opening Ceremony of the Naadam Festival, at Central Stadium. Here you can see featured events that include wrestling, horseracing and archery. You will have the chance to view the procession of the athletes, officials and monks, as the first round of competition in the wrestling tournament begins.
A thrilling day unfolds as you to view the cross-country horseracing. Also known as ‘tumnii ekh’ (leader of ten thousand), this certainly is sought after amongst the younger competitors. Cheer along with the locals as the athletes compete and enthral in the carnival-like atmosphere. Continue onto the Khustain National Park, around 2 hours away where you’ll spend the night in a gert.
Travel to Mongolia's former capital, Kharkhorin, situated on the Orkhon River, a spot handpicked by Ganghis Khan in 1220. The city remained Mongolia’s political, cultural and economic hub for only 40 years before power was transferred to Khanbaliq – now modern-day Beijing. After the collapse of the Mongolian Empire, the city was abandoned to the elements and destroyed by roving soldiers until its remains were used to build Erdene Zuu Khiid, Mongolia’s first Buddhist monastery – which we visit today.
Journey to the banks of the Ongii River and view the atmospheric ruins of two monasteries – Barlim Khiid and Khutagt Khiid, which form Ongiin Khiid, formerly one of the largest monastic complexes in Mongolia.
Embark on a 4WD adventure to Khongoryn Els and explore Mongolia’s largest sand dunes, also known as the ‘Singing Sand Dunes’. Enjoy the beauty of these stark landscapes and for those who are feeling adventurous, climb to the top for fantastic views, which will be well worth it!
Transfer to the ger camp near Gurvansaikhan (Three Beauty) National Park. Spend the next two days immersed in natural beauty amongst jagged mountains, undulating sand dunes and a valley that is snow-capped for most of the year.
This morning, you will visit the Gobi Dinosaurs Cemetery and explore the surrounding landscape. You will have the opportunity to hike in the area and take in the awe-inspiring views before heading onwards to a ger camp for the night.
This morning, visit the Tsorjiin Khureenii Khiid Monastery en route back to Ulaanbaatar
Fly to Australia, arriving home the following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
All nationalities require a visa when travelling to Mongolia. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visas in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout cities in Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate.
Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
When travelling in Mongolia embrace the local cuisine where possible, as western and exclusively vegetarian options are often not available.
The combination of vast barren plains and nomadic lifestyle has created a unique culinary tradition in Mongolia, which you will have the opportunity to experience on your tour. Food in Mongolia tends to be simple as they have limited ingredients, such as mutton (used in a variety of ways), beef, chicken, potato, cucumber, tomato, onion, carrot and sheep’s milk. People on restricted or vegetarian diets can be catered for on a limited basis with foods such as noodles, rice and steamed vegetables.
Please ensure you specify dietary requirements at the time of booking. We suggest mentioning them to the National Escort/Local Guides on arrival. They will do their utmost to cater to any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or foods to avoid in the case of allergies.
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