19 DAYS ●
Immerse Yourself Tour
Delve into the rich culture and spectacular landscapes of Mongolia. Ride the Trans-Mongolian Railway from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, experience nomadic hospitality, cross endless steppes and stay in Ger camps in the Gobi.
Journey 28 hours across dramatically changing landscape
Gaze upon the legendary Gobi Desert
Embrace Mongolia's nomadic
lifestyle in traditional ger camps
Search for Przewalski horses (takhi), an endangered species of wild horse
Our Trans Mongolian Journey 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 with Cathay Pacific Airways to Beijing, China's capital for a three night stay. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs, and visit a local family to gain an insight into Chinese culture and local customs. This evening, enjoy a traditional dinner of Peking Duck. (B,L,D)
This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Visit a jade factory and savour an afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace. (B,L,D)
Board the Trans-Mongolian Express for a journey of 28 hours across a dramatically changing landscape from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar. (B)
Your train arrives into Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, this afternoon. The remainder of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. (D)
Over the next two days, explore Ulaanbaatar. Visit Gandan Monastery, the largest and most important monastery in Mongolia. There are around 150 monks in residence. Continue on to Ulaanbaatar's central square, Sukhbaatar, which covers the spot where Mongolia's independence was declared in 1921. Next, stroll through the Museum of Mongolian History and the Museum of Fine Art to discover Mongolia's history and culture. Discover Bogd King Palace Museum one of the first museums in Mongolia, built in 1924 and was formally the winter residence of the last Bogd Khaan of Mongolia. (B,L,D)
Fly to Dalanzadgad on the edge of the legendary Gobi Desert. Transfer to your Ger camp near Gurvansaikhan National Park for an overnight stay. This afternoon explore the Yol Valley, hiking and soaking up the spectacular views. (B,L,D)
Explore Mongolia's largest sand dunes, Khongoryn Els, which are 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. Stay overnight in a Ger camp. (B,L,D)
Continue to Bayanzag, made up of peaks and canyons in striking red and orange sandstone. 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. Visit a nomadic family who breed camels and experience the local hospitality; you can also take a short camel ride. (B,L,D)
Visit the ruins of the once great monastery of Ongii and see the restored temple nearby during a walking tour. (B,L,D)
Drive to Kharkhorin, the capital of the 13th century Mongol Empire. Explore Erdene- Zuu Monastery built on its foundation. (B,L,D)
Arrive at Tsenkher Jiguur and relax in the natural hot springs. Take light hikes through the surrounding forest. The next day is at leisure. (B,L,D)
Head to Lake Ugii, where you will spend the night on the shores of the lake. Step out of your Ger for stunning vistas and bird spotting. (B,L,D)
Travel deep into the Hustain Nuruu National Park to search for Przewalski horses (takhi), an endangered species of wild horse that call Mongolia's steppes home. Spend the night in a nearby Ger camp. (B,L,D)
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. This afternoon is free for you to relax or do some last minute shopping for souvenirs. This evening enjoy a colourful Mongolian folklore concert and sit down to a farewell dinner. (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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