23 DAYS ●
Immerse Yourself 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 lovely people and get involved in local festivities.
This tour is also offered in reverse. Please enquire for further information.
Look out over the spectacular scenery of the Flaming Cliffs
Sleep in traditional Mongolian Yurts
Be inspired by the stunning landscape of this beautiful lake
Enjoy the revelry of the traditional Naadam Festival in Mongolia's capital
Our Mongolia and the Naadam Festival 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 overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways and Mongolian Airlines to Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. (D)
Ulaanbaatar is, perhaps surprisingly, a lively and bustling modern city. Explore Sukhbaatar Square, the Museum of Mongolian History and the Museum of Fine Art. Also, visit Gandan Monastery the largest and most important in Mongolia. (B,L,D)
Fly to Dalanzadgad which sits on the edge of the legendary and inhospitable Gobi Desert. Transfer to the ger camp near Gurvansaikhan National Park for two nights. You’ll spend two days immersed in natural beauty amongst jagged mountains and undulating sand dunes. Visit a local family to learn about their life in the desert. We also hike through the magni?cent Yolym Am Gorge. (B,L,D)
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 landscapes and, for those who are feeling adventurous, climb to the top for fantastic views. (B,L,D)
Continue exploring the magni?cent landscapes of the Gobi Desert before travelling to Bayanzag. Made up of peaks and canyons in a striking ?ery red and orange sandstone, the Flaming Cliffs are a spectacular sight. The area is especially important thanks to the vast number of dinosaur fossils that have been found – even the amateur eye can spot them as you wander through the canyon. (B,L,D)
Journey to the banks of the Ongii River and view the atmospheric ruins of two monasteries – Barlim Khiid and Khutagt Khiid, comprising Ongiin Khiid, formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia. (B,L,D)
Spend the day exploring around the foot of the imposing Mt Khogno Khan. Set in the beautiful surroundings of a Natural Reserve, discover the remains of 17th-century Uvgun Khiid Monastery whilst enjoying the resplendent nature and mountain vistas. (B,L,D)
Mongolia’s former capital Kharkhorin is located in a spot picked by Genghis Khan in 1220. However, 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 ?rst Buddhist monastery – which we will visit today. (B,L,D)
Drive to Tsenkher Jiguur and lounge in the volcanic hot springs, surrounded by alpine scenery. (B,L,D)
Enjoy the scenery of Great White Lake set amongst the extinct volcanoes of the Khangai mountain range. The extinct Khorgo Volcano sits watching over the lake – hike up to the crater for wonderful views, or walk along the lake shore. Later visit Zagaiin Monastery in the picturesque Tsetseling Town. (B,L,D)
Spend a little more time lingering in the spectacular Great White Lake before driving to Jargal Jiguur ger camp. (B,L,D)
The extraordinary Lake Khovsgol is known as the Blue Pearl of Mongolia, a vast body of water enveloped in dense pine forests and backed by soaring mountains. Spend two days surrounded by nature in this national park, enjoying the
incredible scenery. (B,L,D)
Travel through more delightful scenery to the city of M?ron and fly to Ulaanbaatar. View the Mongol costumes on display in Central Square. (B,L,D)
Spend two days enjoying the revelry of the traditional Naadam Festival. Dating from the times of Genghis Khan the ‘three manly games’ have locals taking part in Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery. There is also a wealth of pageantry and ceremony in a festival of raucous fun that you’ll see nowhere else in the world. (B,L,D)
Soak up the beautiful alpine scenery of the Terelj National Park. Visit Turtle Rock and take an easy hike up to the Aryabal Monastery, perched on the mountainside. Visit a local family to get a glimpse of their nomadic lifestyle. Spend the night in a gercamp. (B,L,D)
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar, visiting the Genghis Khan statue complex en route. (B,L,D)
Take in the views from Zaisan Memorial Hill, wander Buddha Park and visit a cashmere factory. Discover Bogd King Palace Museum. This evening sit down to a folklore performance. (B,L,D)
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Ulaanbaatar airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day. (B)
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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