Day 1: Arrival - UlaanbaatarThe capital of Mongolia was founded in 1639. Located in altitude of 1350 meters above sea level. The center of political, economic and cultural life of the country. The capital Ulaan Baatar has 1 000 000 inhabitants, 65 % of them being under 35 years old. After the custom formalities you will be met by your local driver and taken to your hotel.
Day 2: Ulaanbaatar City Sightseeing - Giant Genghis Monument Complex (B/L)(6-7 hr tour) Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Gandan monastery and the national Museum of Mongolia. Take a walk in the Sukhbaatar Square, welcome lunch. Drive for 1 hour to visit the Giant Genghis Monument Complex, the biggest landmark of Mongolia. Return to Ulaanbaatar in the evening, transfer back to the hotel.
Day 3: Ulaanbaatar to the Gobi Desert (B/L/D)(2 hr drive in the Gobi) Fly today to the Gobi Desert early in the morning. You will land at the small airport near the Ger (Tented) Camp. On arrival, transfer to the Gobi Camp after which you will drive to Yol Valley in the Gurvansaikhan National Park.
First, visit a small museum representing the Flora and Fauna of the National Park. Then you will have a walk in the valley while marvelling at the spectacular landscapes of the Gobi Mountains. Return back to the camp. Dinner and overnight in a traditional Mongolian dwelling - a Ger also known as a Yurt.
Day 4: Bayanzag (B/L/D)(1.5 hr drive) Drive to Bayanzag known as the Flaming Cliffs due to the red cliffs which were formed by the erosion of sand and rock over many thousands of years. It is also the site where the first dinosaur eggs were found in 1924 by Roy Chapman Andrews. Overnight at the Camp.
Day 5: Gobi Desert to Khustain Nuruu Nature Reserve (B/L/D)(1.5 + 1.5 hr drive) Fly back to the capital and then drive to the Khustain Nuruu Nature Reserve. The reserve is surrounded by mountains, thick pine forests and lush meadows which are home to the Przewalski endangered wild horse "Takhi" and other wildlife. Watch a documentary and visit the small museum. Overnight at a tented camp.
Day 6: Khustain Nuruu Nature Reserve to Kharkhorum (B/L/D)(4 hr drive) Drive to the ancient capital Kharkhorum. The ruins of ancient capital of the Mongolian Great Empire Kharakhorum is at the crossroads of the Silk Road. Visit the Erdene-Zuu Monastery, the first Buddhist lamasery centre dating back to the 16th century with its 108 stupas. Overnight at a tented Camp .
Day 7: Kharkhorum to Ulaan Baatar (B/L/D)(5-6 hr drive) Travel back to the capital. On arrival, have a city tour which will include the Bogd Khaan Palace which is a series of beautiful traditional buildings in which the last religious king of Mongolia resided and Zaisan Hill located in the south of the city from which you can see the whole of Ulaan Baatar. Overnight in Ulaanbaatar .
Day 8: Departure - UlaanbaatarYou will be transferred to the airport for your onward departure flight.
** Per Person rates in USD
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Term & Conditions
Rates are applicable to minimum of 2 persons, unless specified. Valid to ALL Markets.
Validity Period: 10 May - 15 October 2014
Rates are not applicable on 06 - 18 July because of the Naadam festival.
Rates are still subject to change. Subject to availability at the time of booking.
Other terms and conditions apply.
Mongolia is a landlocked country in Central Asia. It is bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south, east and west. Ulaanbaatar, the capital and also the largest city, is home to about 45% of the population. Mongolia's political system is a parliamentary republic.
The area of what is now Mongolia has been ruled by various nomadic empires, including the Xiongnu, the Xianbei, the Rouran, the Gokturks, and others. In 1206, Genghis Khan founded the Mongol Empire, and his grandson Kublai Khan conquered China to establish the Yuan Dynasty. After the collapse of the Yuan, the Mongols retreated to Mongolia and resumed their earlier pattern of factional conflict and occasional raids on the Chinese borderlands. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Mongolia came under the influence of Tibetan Buddhism. At the end of the 17th century, all of Mongolia had been incorporated into the area ruled by the Manchu's Qing Dynasty. During the collapse of the Qing Dynasty the Mongols established Temporary Government of Khalkha in 30 November 1911. On 29 December 1911 Mongolia declared independence from the Qing Dynasty and this National Liberation Revolution ended the Manchu's rule that lasted 220 years (153 years after the collapse of the Zunghar Khanate).
The country came under Soviet influence, resulting in the proclamation of the Mongolian People's Republic as a Soviet satellite state in 1924. After the breakdown of communist regimes in Europe in late 1989, Mongolia saw its own democratic revolution in early 1990; it led to a multi-party system, a new constitution of 1992, and transition to a market economy.
The capital and the largest city of Mongolia. An independent municipality, the city is not part of any province, and its population as of 2008 is over one million. Located in north central Mongolia, the city lies at an elevation of about 1,310 metres (4,300 ft) in a valley on the Tuul River. It is the cultural, industrial, and financial heart of the country. Fittingly, it is the centre of Mongolia's road network, and is connected by rail to both the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia and the Chinese railway system. The city was founded in 1639 as a movable (nomadic) Buddhist monastic centre.
Owing to its high elevation, its relatively high latitude, its location hundreds of kilometres from any coast, and the effects of the Siberian anticyclone, Ulaanbaatar is the coldest national capital in the world, with a monsoon-influenced, cold semi-arid climate that closely borders a subarctic climate. The city features brief, warm summers and long, bitterly cold and dry winters. The coldest January temperatures, usually at the time just before sunrise, are between - 36 degree Celsius and 40 degree Celsius with no wind, due to temperature inversion. Most of the annual precipitation of 216 millimetres (8.50 in) falls from June to September. Ulaanbaatar has an average annual temperature of 2.4 degree Celsius. Extreme temperatures in the city range from 49 degree Celsius to 38.6 degree Celsius. (Source: Wikipedia)
Q. What are the inclusions and exclusions of our packages?
This is an all-in package that includes accommodation in hotel and ger camps, private tours and transfers as mentioned in the itinerary, full board meals. Other tours, meals and optional activities such as horse riding, kayaking and fishing, etc. not mentioned in the itinerary are not included in the package. Visa fees, international flight tickets and tips are not included.
Q. Can I travel alone?
Yes, however there will be applicable surcharge if you will travel alone. Rates will vary due to each hotels have different single room surcharges. Rates will definitely become higher as transportation expense will be paid by one person only. We suggest that you travel with a partner or bring your friends so rates will be lower and you can get more discounts.
Q. When is the best time to travel?
The best time to visit Mongolia is during summer. This is from June to September.
Q. How much is the infant/child rate?
Normally, infant age will range from 0-2 y/o while child age will range from 2-9 y/o but varies depending on the hotel policy. In most packages, there are no infant fees but no meals will be provided. While child rate will range from 50% - 100% of total adult fare.
Q. How do I get my visa?
Diplomatic representatives and honorary counsels of Mongolia have the rights to issue foreign citizens Mongolian Visas. No official or private invitation is needed for a foreign citizen (except the citizens of Russia and China) applying for a Mongolian Visa, if the duration of the visitorsâ stay does not exceed one month.
Q. Can you create customized tours specifically for my requirements?
Yes. You may send us your preferred itinerary and other requirements so we can quote accordingly.
Q. Can I book my flight ticket through PlentyTours.com? Where can I get my flight ticket?
No, we do not process international air tickets unless a domestic flight is already included in the package. You may book your flight tickets directly to your preferred airline.
Q. What types of meals are included in the package?
Breakfast at the hotel is included in this package. Lunch and dinner are normally served in a local restaurant.
Q. Do I need to get travel insurance? Where can I get my travel insurance?
It is recommended to get travel insurance prior to your departure date. You may apply for your travel insurance with your local insurance provider.
Q. Are taxes & service fees and peak season surcharges already included in the package?
In most packages, taxes and service fees are included unless not stated. Peak season surcharges for hotel accommodation are not yet included in the package.
Q. Are there any tipping policies?
Estimated minimum tipping to driver is USD3 to 5 per day, to guide is USD5 to 8 per day, tipping in restaurant is around USD1 to 3, to the porters and ger camps staff is around USD1 to 3.
Q. How far in advance should I book?
It is advisable to book as early as possible once you are firm with your travel dates so you can avail of lower rates and hotel rooms are widely available.