MONGOLIAN PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

MONGOLIA PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

TOUR INFORMATION: 

  • Tour dates for 2014:     July 19-31 - Fully Booked!, August 02-14; Limited seats available,
                                            August 17-29
    ; available!

                                                (possible to choose own dates for private tour!)

  • Length of the trip:         13 days / 12 nights 
  • Tour grade:                     Suitable for Most Travellers
  • Small group size and price based on per person:

                                                 2-3 pax         2820 USD
                                                 4-5 pax         2540 USD
                                                 6-10 pax       2280 USD

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Brief Itinerary:

Day 01:  Arrive in Ulaanbaatar – city tour
Day 02:  Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex - Terelj National Park
Day 03:  Baga gazriin chuluu
Day 04:  Tsagaan suvarga
Day 05:  Wonder of Gobi - Yol Valley (Vulture’s Mouth)
Day 06:  Khongor Sand Dunes, South Gobi
Day 07:  Free relaxing, Camel Riding at the Khongor Sand Dunes
Day 08:  Home of ancient Dinosaurs – Bayanzag (Flaming cliffs) in South Gobi

Day 09:  Drive to Central Mongolia - Ongiin Khiid, Middle Gobi.
Day 10:  Mongolian Ancient Capital Kharkhorin
Day 11:  Elsen tasarkhai sand dunes – Khustain nuruu Natural Reserve (Wild horse Takhi)
Day 12:  Khustain nuruu Natural Reserve –Ulaanbaatar /City tour/
Day 13:  Departure from Ulaanbaatar

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1Arrive in Ulaanbaatar – half day city tour
After some personal refreshment, start guided city tour-arranged photo shoot at the Gandan Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery—one of the few to survive the Stalinist purges during the 1930s. Listen to the horns calling lamas and monks to temple, and capture the monks’ daily rituals while visiting the adjoining Megjid Janraisig and Temples. After explore the monastery we will visit the National Museum to get an overview of Mongolia’s history and culture. Examine exhibits on nomadic life, including Stone and Bronze Age artifacts, traditional costumes, and sacred relics. Welcome lunch at "Modern Nomads" restaurant, which is one of the best restaurants in the city.  Overnight accommodations at the hotel. (L)

Day 2:  Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex - Terelj National Park
Today we will drive towards Terelj National Park. It's one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. On the way we will see “Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex”. Famous statue of Genghis Khan is the largest in the world and 40m high from surface. The statue reflects his courage and power of Genghis Khan. It holds a golden whip on his right hand riding a horse. The monument has a viewing platform. Visitors will be able to walk to the head of the horse through chest and back of the horse. Visitors can capture panoramic view around the complex.. Short drive to Terelj National Park.  You will explore the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones; some of them look quite similar to turtles. (B, L, D)

Day 3:  Baga gazriin chuluu
After breakfast in tourist camp, our trip will start to Baga Gazriin Chuluu, is rocky Small Mountain and beautiful landscape which is consist with many shaped specific granite rocky mountain and with mineral spring in the bottom land. There you can hike and horse riding.
(B, L, D)

Day 4:  Tsagaan suvarga
Travel to Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa), a remarkable sand dune in the formation of a White Stupa and view 3,000–5,000-year-old rock hieroglyphs. Stay overnight in ger camp.
(B, L, D)

Day 5:  Wonder of Gobi - Yol Valley (Vulture’s Mouth)
Relaxing breakfast, drive towards Yolyn Am. We will visit Gurvan Saikhan Mountain National Park in South Gobi. At its entrance we will visit a small museum of Natural History to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the National Park as well as with some dinosaur bones and eggs found in the Province. We will drive another 10 km to the parking area and a pleasant hike thru the Yolyn Am (Lammergeier Valley) will take us to a gorge with ice that exists for most of the year. This valley is famous for its breathtaking beauty and astonishing scenery - the thick ice in the middle of the Gobi. Overnight stay in Ger camp in Gurvan Saikhan National Park.
(B, L, D)

Day 6:  Khongor Sand Dunes, South Gobi
Today we will drive west to the extraordinary sand dunes of Khongoryn Els. This is one of the most scenic areas of the Province In the evening, we will climb up to the Singing Dune, one of the highest dunes, to see the breathtaking view of the surrounding area and slide back on a plastic bag if you have one handy. The moving sand in the wind or when walked on gives out a definite note and makes a noise similar to an airplane passing by, that's why this particular part of the dunes is called "Singing" or "Sounding" would be more precise. Overnight stay in a Ger camp near the dunes.
(B, L, D)

Day 7:  Free relaxing, Camel Riding at the Khongor Sand Dunes
We will stay at the Sand Dunes another day to discover this magnificent place on camelback. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. It is a gentle, calm and extraordinary patient animal and can carry on without water for a month. The Khongor Sand Dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. Bet, you never rode a Bactrian camel, riding a Bactrian camel is much more comfortable than the camel in Sahara, India or anywhere else. Its two humps support you from both sides and easy pace will comfort you so much, that you might fall asleep after a while. But don’t fall asleep, see the spectacular view of the surrounding area.
(B, L, D)

Day 8:  Home of ancient Dinosaurs – Bayanzag (Flaming cliffs) in South Gobi
In early 1920s an American expedition in search of ancient human remains led by Roy Chapman Andrews discovered accidentally dinosaur fossils and eggs at Bayanzag locally known as a place rich in saksaul trees. In the western world, this area is well known for the number of unearthed dinosaur remains as Flaming Cliffs penned by Andrews for the red tall rocks formed as a result of wind and water erosion. White fossilized bones are still found nowadays. Dinner and overnight at ger camp in homeland of dinosaurs.
(B, L, D)

Day 9:   Drive to Central Mongolia - Ongiin Khiid, Middle Gobi.
After breakfast depart north towards Central Mongolia, lunch on the way and in the early evening you will reach the ruins of the Ongi monastery in the mountainous area along the Ongi River. This place makes a good resting place to break a trip between the South Gobi and Karakorum. There is plenty of interesting ruins to explore. Stay overnight in a ger camp.
(B, L, D)

Day 10:   Mongolian Ancient Capital Kharkhorin
After breakfast, drive towards Kharhorin, the site of an ancient capital of 13th century Mongolian Empire. Visit to the Erdenezuu (meaning is Hundred Treasures) monastery which is the first Buddhist Monastery in Mongolia and it was built in 1586. Here you can see interesting listen to monk chanting Buddhist sutras. Stay overnight in a ger camp.
(B, L, D)

Day 11Elsen tasarkhai sand dunes – Khustain nuruu Natural Reserve (Wild horse Takhi)
Today we will start our trip to Khustain nuruu Natural Reserve (Wild horse Takhi. On the way, we will explore Elsen Tasarkhai sand dune, a unique area combining forest, Gobi sand dunes and rocky Mountains. In afternoon, arrive at “Khustai” ger camp in Khustain nuruu Natural Reserve. Stay and lunch in camp, we will visit museum, and watch the videos about national park's flora, fauna and wild horse. We will take short drive to see for wild horse Takhi. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, roe deer, eagle, and more animals and birds… Stay overnight at tourist ger camp.
(B, L, D)

Day 12:   Khustain nuruu Natural Reserve –Ulaanbaatar /half day city tour/
After breakfast, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar, transfer your hotel and some personal refreshment in the hotel. In late afternoon, we will visit Bogd Khan Palace museum. After explore the museum, we will go to shop for souvenirs and local products. 
In the evening we will attend amazing performance of Mongolian traditional music and dance.
  Farewell dinner at “Broadway” chain restaurant. (B, D)

Day 13: Departure
Free at leisure until transferring to Chinggis Khaan International Airport to take departure flight.
(B)

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TOUR FEATURES:

Your price includes: (Amicus Exclusive Values)

  • Guaranteed Small groups - Just 2 to 10 travelers
  • Amicus 5% Travel Credit upon your return to use towards your next Amicus Memorable Tour

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WHAT'S INCUDED IN THE PRICE:

English speaking guide and interpreting service,

  • Private vehicle with a driver and all transfers,
  • Hotels in Ulaanbaatar – 2 nights,  based on two persons sharing one room with twin/double beds,
  • Tourist Ger camps in countryside and nationals parks -10 nights, based on two persons sharing,
  • Economy class airfares with taxes: Ulaanbaatar/Dalanzadgad
  • All Meals, listed in the itinerary: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner,
  • Welcome lunch at “Modern Nomads” restaurant,
  • Farewell dinner at “Broadway” chain restaurant.
  • “Wonders of Mongolian Art” performance,
  • All entrance fees of museum, attractions, national parks and protected areas,
  • Camel riding fee at Khongor sand dunes (1-2 hours)
  • Permission for photographers in Gandan Monastery
  • Visa invitation letter if required,
  • Bottled water during the tour,
  • Road & toll fees,
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    WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

      Visa to Mongolia (tourists must obtain before traveling to Mongolia)
    • International flights to and from Mongolia
    • Daily personal expenses


     

     

     

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