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Treasures of Mongolia - 13 Days Tour

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Treasures of Mongolia - 13 Days Tour
13 days / 12 nights

Price:

from $1950

Tour code:

ATM-33

Destination:

Ulaanbaatar- Baga gazriin chuluu - Tsagaan suvarga -Yolyn Am (Eagle’s valley - Khongor sand dunes - Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs) - Ongi Temple ruins 
- Ancient Capital Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery -Ugii Lake - Khustain Nuruu N.P - Genghis Khan’s State Complex - Terelj N.P

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In Brief

Meet one of the last nomadic cultures on earth, where a traditional way of life endures as it did a millennium ago. Just three million people inhabit a country the size of Western Europe, half of them still living in portable felt tents called Ger and moving seasonally with their animals.

The tour takes 13 days to cover the most popular travel destinations including Gobi desert- ancient home land of Dinosaurs, Khongor - towering sand dunes with green meadows; known as the "singing sands", Bayanzag- flaming cliffs in Southern Mongolia and UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Karakorum - ruins and museum of ancient Mongolian capital, The oldest and most famous Erdene-Zuu monastery - Mongolian Buddhist culture, visit to the most interesting National Parks in Central Mongolia and much more!.
Relaxing in wild nature and explore nomadic life style... driving, walking, horse and camel riding, climbing to sand dunes are the main activities.


Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Day 02: Ulaanbaatar- Baga gazriin chuluu, Middle Gobi
Day 03: Tsagaan suvarga /White Stuppa/ 
Day 04: Gobi Gurvan Saikan Mountain National Park & Yolyn Am (Eagle’s valley
Day 05: Khongor sand dunes, South Gobi
Day 06: Free relaxing at Khongor sand dunes, South Gobi
Day 07: Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs)
Day 08: Ongi River & temple ruins
Day 09: Ancient Capital Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery
Day 10: Ugii Lake - Hustai National Park (Wild horse Park)
Day 11: Terelj National Park
Day 12: Gengis Khan’s State Complex - Ulaanbaatar half day city tour
Day 13: Departure

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In Detail

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – half day city tour
Upon arrival at the Ulaanbaatar airport, you'll be met your guide and transferred to the hotel.
In afternoon, we will start guided city tour and visit “Gandan” Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery. Listen to the horns calling lamas and monks to temple, and capture the monks’ daily rituals while visiting the adjoining Megjid Janraisig and Temples. The temple houses features a 26-meter-high majestic gilded statue of Migjid Janraisig.
After explore the Monastery, we will visit Genghis Khan’s square and the National Museum to get an overview of Mongolia’s history and culture. Examine on nomadic life, including Stone and Bronze Age artifacts, traditional costumes, and sacred relics. Stay overnight at the Hotel. (D)
Day 02: Ulaanbaatar- Baga gazriin chuluu National Park, Middle Gobi
After breakfast in hotel, our trip will start to Baga Gazriin Chuluu N.P, 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. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp (B, L, D)
Day 03:  Tsagaan suvarga /White Stuppa/
Today we will drive towards to Tsagaan Suvarga. It is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from cliff are 30 meters high and 100 meters wide. Over 10 million years the wind has created this amazing structure. Also the area is excellent site for taking photography of the beautiful panoramic views. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 04: Gobi Gurvan Saikhan M.t National Park, visit Eagle’s Valley
Yolyn Am (Eagle’s valley) is a deep and narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan (Three beauties of the Gobi) Mountain National Park. The area, as part of the Gobi Desert, sees little precipitation. However, Yolyn Am is notable for a deep ice field; it remains frozen for most of the year, except late summer. There is a small natural museum at the entrance of the National park which exhibits a collection of dinosaur eggs, bones, stuffed birds and snow leopard. This place is also very rich by the rare plants.You may be lucky enough to spot wild sheep and goat, grazing high on the cliff walls. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp near the sand dunes. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Khongor sand dunes
Today we will drive west to the Khongor sand dunes, one of the most scenic areas of Gobi. It takes over 4-5 hours to reach at the tourist Ger camp near the sand dunes. The dunes rise abruptly from the plain, in some places reaching a height of 200 meters, and extend over an area between 2-20 km in width and 180 km in length. There is a small river called Khongoryn Gol, with dark green banks full of flowers along the side of the dunes. When it is windy some of the dunes give a strange sound like the engines of an aero plane, for which they are named the “singing dunes”. In the evening, we will climb up to the Singing Dune, one of the highest dunes, opportunity to see the breathtaking view of the surrounding area and sunshine panorama of sand dunes. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 06: Free relaxing day, visit camel herder family & camel trail
Today we will relax and enjoy in wild nature. Visit to camel breeder family and experience the nomadic lifestyle. You will be riding on camel to explore this magnificent place on camel back (Over two 1-3 hours). The camel 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. After lunch, free time and personal discovery for your interest. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp. (B, L, D)

Day 07: Drive to Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs)
After breakfast, we will drive to Bayanzag /Flaming Cliffs/ - first discovered by Roy Chapman Andrews, famous American explorer in the 1920, flaming cliffs of Bayanzag are an important site for both archeological and paleontological finds. Complete dinosaur skeletons, including One-horned dinosaur (protocertops) and Egg-thief (Oviraptor) and numerous eggs were excavated in ravines between the red flaming cliffs, which look like fire in the middle of the desert from distance. These magnificent red tall rocks formed as a result of wind and water erosion. White fossilized bones are still found nowadays. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 08:  Ongi River & temple ruins
The ruined monastery of Ongi Temple lies on the banks of the Ongiin River and it’s the half way point between the two major travel destinations-the South Gobi and Karakorum. It was destroyed by the communist purges of the 1930s and is being restored by a number of monks. It is an amazing site and stretches across the valley in the mountainous area around the river. The views of the ruins, river, ger camps and the surrounding area are very impressive, you can see from any of the nearby hills. Stay and overnight at tourist Ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 09: Ancient Capital Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery
After breakfast we will drive to Karakorum and Erdenezuu Monastery. We will visit museum of Karakorum and the symbolic ruins of ancient city, which was the capital city of the Great Mongol Empire founded in the 13th century by Genghis Khan. Also visit to the magnificent and oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdene Zuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. Here you can see interesting listen to monk chanting Buddhist sutras. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Ugii Lake - Hustai National Park (Wild horse Park)
Drive to Hustai National Park (Wild horse Park). On the way we will see Ugii Lake and have a lunch in tourist camp at shore of the lake. The lake is 7.9km long, 5km wide, home to many birds, fish species and the nomadic families, who are living around the area. The pure water lake, designated as a Ramsar Site of International Importance, is known for its fish and for birdlife. There are 14 kinds of fishes and 144 kinds of birds.

Arrive at Hustai N.P and visit the small Ger museum about wild horse and national park. In early evening, we will take short drive to see for wild horse Takhi - Przewalski Horse. There is great opportunity to take photo for these endangered horses. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, roe deer, eagle, and more animals and birds… Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp in National Park area. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Terelj National Park
Today we drive to Terelj National Park. It's one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. You can see the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones; some of them look quite similar to turtles.
There are we will see Turtle Rock and visit Ariyabal meditation temple, which is surrounded by scenic mountains with interesting rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. Also we will visit local nomadic family to experience firsthand how people live the country side, a lifestyle which has not changed for centuries. Here you can help the herders with their daily tasks to get an idea of how nomadic people alongside of their livestock. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp in the national park area. (B, L, D)

Day 12:  Genghis Khan’s State Complex - Ulaanbaatar half day city tour
After breakfast, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. On the way we will visit “Genghis Khan Statue Complex” which is currently the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world. There is a recreation area, restaurants, and souvenir shops occupy the base structure. From here, we use an elevator or walk to the head of the horse through chest and back neck of the horse, where we can have farseeing and good panorama view over the complex area.

After lunch at “Modern Nomads” restaurant in UB, we will take optional shopping tour for souvenirs and local products. Suggested shopping places are State department store, famous “Gobi” cashmere factory store and “Naran Tuul” Black market. 
In the early evening, we will attend as named “Wonders of Mongolian Art” folk art concert by “famous Timen-Ekh” ensemble.
Farewell dinner at “Bd’s Mongolian Barbeque” international chain restaurant. Stay overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)

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

(B-Breakfast, L- Lunch & D-Dinner)

Date, Price & FAQ

Tour Date, Price?:

           Dates for 2017         
       Price from                Inquire this tour          
June 20 - July 02 1950 US$
July 16 - July 28 1950 US$
August 20 - Sept 01 1950 US$
Sept 10 - Sept 22 1950 US$
Small Group & Big Experience:
Minimum 4 and maximum 8 travelers in a group!

    Possible to customize and choose own dates
                            for private tour!
Tour availability dates: June 01 - September 20

 


What’s included in the Price?

  • All transfers for arrival/departure 
  • English speaking guides at all times
  • Transportation - in the countryside trip by chauffeur driven 4WD Japanese Jeep
  • Hotels in Ulaanbaatar – 2 nights,  based on twin/double
  • Tourist Ger camps in countryside and nationals parks -10 nights, based on two persons sharing,
  • All Meals, listed in the itinerary: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner,
  • “Wonders of Mongolian Art” performance with Tumen-Ekh ensemble 
  • All entrance fees of museum, attractions, national parks and protected areas,
  • Camel riding fee (over 1-2 hours ) in Gobi,
  • Visa invitation letter if required,
  • Bottled water during the tour,
  • Road & toll fees,
  • Included all taxes.

What’s Not included in the Price?

  • International flights 
  • Mongolia visa fee
  • Travel insurance 
  • Daily personal expenses
  • Additional services,
  • Changes of arrival/ departure flights
  • Excess luggage charges - free luggage allowance is 15-20kg for internal flights 
  • Tips and gratuities for guides and drivers

 


AMICUS TRAVEL FAQ ...?

Q: When do I need to pay?
A: If your tour departs within 30 days full payment is required, otherwise a deposit of $200 per person will confirm your booking. But this amount is subject to change. It could possibly be higher, or lower depending on itinerary, trip category and duration. Your personal travel consultant will adjust the amount accordingly.
Initial documents will be emailed to you within 48 hours of confirming your booking.
Final & full payment must be made at least 30 days prior to your departure date.

Q: What are my payment options?
A: For your deposit, we accept Visa, MasterCard. For your tour balance we accept only Bank transfer or cash.

Q: What type of accommodation will we be staying in?
A: According to the Mongolian rating system, 2- 5 star hotels are approved to receive foreign guests. 
Our accommodations are carefully chosen, based on our research, our experience, and feedback from clients, to provide the best combination of high-quality accommodations, affordability, and convenient location.
We give clients the opportunity to stay in a wide range of accommodation, depending on tour from 3* to 5* hotels in Ulaanbaatar and best tourist Ger camps in countryside trip.

Q: What is tourist Ger Camp?
A: It’s most popular accommodation type for countryside trip in Mongolia that consists of 20-30 Gers (Mongolian traditional yurt), a restaurant and some entertainment facilities. Each Ger has 2 beds and furnished with a table, chairs and a wood-stove. Modern toilet and hot shower facilities is separate block. The restaurant mostly serves with Western and Mongolian meals. Most visitors prefer to stay in Ger, which provide an authentic taste of Mongolian culture and adventure, their most enjoyable experience in Mongolia. 

Q: What meal is included? What is the restaurant like?
A: We select restaurants based on our experiences, client satisfaction, location and cuisine. Normally we include three meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) each day during the whole trip.
In Ulaanbaatar, you can expect a good variety of quality restaurants with international foods. Breakfasts usually are served in western style at the hotel where you stay.
We mostly use following restaurants for lunch & dinner in the city trip: “Modern Nomads”, “bd’s Mongolia Barbeque”, “City Nomads”, “Mirrage” and hotel restaurants in Ulaanbaatar. Lunch & dinners are mostly served in Western food, and sometimes Mongolian food, or a combination.
Outside of the city, we generally eat breakfast and dinner in best tourist Ger camp in their region and some day of longer trip take a packed lunch. Your packed lunch will be carried in appropriate containers to prevent spillage or spoiling. Ger camps serve both Mongolian and international foods, and there will usually be a choice of main dish.

Q: I am a vegetarian; will you provide vegetarian meals for me?
A: Sure, we can always make the arrangement according to your requirements. So if you have any special requirements on your food, please let us know so that we can inform the restaurants beforehand to meet your needs.

Q: How about vehicles and road trips?
A: In 2015, roughly 15% of Mongolian 40600km road is paved and the rest is earth-roads. But, almost 35% of main tourist destinations roads are connected with paved roads. Most travel takes place on the earth-roads, which are gravel, dirt roads and sometimes muddy and bumpy.
On overland tours, we use comfortable, 4WD Korean, Russian, Japanese jeeps and vans. These vehicles are ideally suited on Mongolian countryside roads.
Our drivers are highly experienced; they know their way around the Mongolian countryside including many places which have no road sign and networked roads. They are true professionals.

More read: Mongolia Travel FAQ


Testimonials

Reviews & Feedbacks:

 
Kathleen Cheng
Jamaa, thank you for a well thought out itinerary. It seemed as if you read our minds and knew what we were looking for to experience: culture and nature.
A well planned itinerary requires a good team to implement it and you have a great team to make our adventure memorable.
Khulgee is a very knowledgeable guide. He has a passion for history and it shows in his day to day interaction with us talking about his country. He is a great outdoorsman as well and he accompanied us on all our excursions. In addition, Khulgee is very adaptive and flexible. He knows when to adjust the itinerary to make the best out of the circumstance. He is calm and has a good sense of humour and things are always in order.
Bugi is an amazing driver. He is skillful and he is patient. He takes care of the vehicle, always the first to be at the vehicle and the last to leave it to ensure our ride is most comfortable even during off-road.
Overall, between you, Khulgee and Bugi, Amicus has given us a wonderful experience to cherish forever. I will highly recommend my friends who are interested in visiting Mongolia to go with Amicus.
To those who are reading this and thinking of visiting Mongolia, you will have a great time with Amicus.
Kathleen, Vancouver, BC, Canada 2015 August


Deangelo
"Hey Amicus crew! I had a great time traveling with you in the Gobi. The trip was fantastic. My one year stay in Mongolia wouldn’t have been perfect without this incredible journey. I’ll not forget meeting the nomad families, eating the Khuushur(drinking Mongolian vodka) and having a lot of for with you guys. Thank you Davaa, Ulzii, Jargalmaa, Eric, David, Erwan, Jeff, Micke, and Mr Cool!Mash ikh bayarlalaa (Thank you very much)"
Italy, Sep 04, 2014

 

June Dimalanta
“Quite some time passed since we spent a wonderful time in beautiful Mongolia. This tour was extremely well organized. The local guides were often inspirational, and good food and accommodation meant that everything worked smoothly....
USA, Aug 24, 2013

 

Banbas family
Hi Davaa, "I hope you are well. Our trip was fantastic. Thank you so much for your help.
I'd like to give you some feedback.
The guide in Beijing, Tristan, was fantastic. Helpful, well spoken and a lot of fun.
The guides in Mongolia were great too - especially Bogi in the Gobi.
As you might be aware, we had issues with our flights. We missed the connecting flight to Beijing from Shanghai due to a delay with our Sydney flight and we had our return flight from Xian to Beijing cancelled. Hence, we missed 2 nights at Wangfujing Hilton. I am putting a claim in with my travel insurance and need a letter from hotel confirming this happened and also confirming the cost of the two rooms for each of the nights missed. Could you please organize this for me?
Again, thanks for your help in organizing such a great trip.
Kind regards
Conn Banbas
Australia, July 29, 2014

 

Francine and Chris
“We had a wonderful adventure to the Gobi. Saw many animals, enjoyed our walk on the glacier, up the dunes, ride on camel & horse and staying in Gers. Wonderful weather,…….we cannot wait to return.”
Canada, Aug 04, 2014

 

Lewis
We had a fantastic time! I want to let you know that Tour Company were fantastic. Everything went off like clockwork. The guides, hotels, attractions, and itinerary in both Mongolia and China were fantastic. We had no problems what so ever. The guides were there at the airport or docks to meet us every time on time and their attention to detail was great. They all spoke English very well, had great personalities, were well versed in the history and customs of each area and made us feel welcome and safe. They were informed of our upcoming itinerary plans and discussed these with us as well. Flights within Asia also were great. No delays or cancellations. I would not hesitate to recommend or travel with this company in the future.
Australia, Jul 18, 2014

 

Burke & Amy Bradley
Thanks for your inquiry. What a great trip. I must say the accommodations---hotels and ger camps, the meals-- were much better than I had expected. The guides were wonderful and all instructions were carried out--no problems of any kind. Thanks again.
USA, July 16 2014

 

Cindy Edington
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful it was. The people at Amicus Travel were wonderful and accommodating. The tour guide, Bayara was very informative and caring, we were like his little chicks, with "Follow me" he lead us to some amazing places and sights.
Our driver was incredible, the way he drove through narrow, winding roads, I have to admit, I did brake sometimes. Thank you again!!
USA, July 09, 2014

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