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Mongolia Luxury Tour: Beyond the Gobi Desert

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Mongolia Luxury Tour: Beyond the Gobi Desert
11 days / 10 nights

Tour code:

ATM-51

Destination:

Ulaanbaatar - Gobi Desert - Terelj National Park - Genghis Khan's statue Complex - 13th century theme park- Mongol Nomadic -  Hustai National Park.

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In Brief

Tour overview
This private luxury Mongolia tour features the historic, cultural and natural highlights of Mongolia.

      Mongolia is truly one of the world’s last undiscovered travel destinations and the safest country to visit. It is a land where you can experience wide-open spaces, cobalt blue skies, forests, deserts, crystal clear rivers and lakes, and the traditional hospitality of the nomads.
      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 trip starts from Ulaanbaatar - a capital city of contrast where modern life comfortably blends with Mongolian traditional lifestyle.
      Gobi Desert is one of main highlights of this trip. Gobi Desert, the habitat of the rarest animals and a unique natural landscape. The area is often imagined as a lifeless desert like in many other parts of the world. In reality, most part of the Gobi Desert is a land of steppes, sands, mountains, rich with wildlife and also, it is a home of two humped camels.
      Tour continues to explore the most visited and interesting national parks; Hustai National Park for world last wild horses Takhi, known as Przewalski's horse, Terelj National Park – beautiful scenery, interesting rock formations, Meditation temple & Turtle rock, Genghis Khan’s State Complex – the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world.
      Relaxing in wild nature and explore Mongolian culture, history and nomadic life style... camel riding, hiking and feel free driving through the wilderness are the main activities of this trip with comfort.


Brief Itinerary:

Day 01:  Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia
Day 02:  Sightseeing tour in the Nomads’ city
Day 03:  Flight to Gobi Desert – Moltsog sand dunes – Bayanzag
Day 04:  Relaxing in Gobi and explore Petroglyph of Havtsgait Rock
Day 05:  Yol valley in Three Beauties of Gobi Mt. National Park
Day 06:  Fly back to Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park
Day 07:  Genghis Khan’s statue complex – 13th century theme park
Day 08:  Bogd Khan Mt. National Park & Manzushir
Day 09:  Mongol Nomadic – Hustai National Park (Wild Horse Park)
Day 10:  Ulaanbaatar & Half day city tour
Day 11:  Departure

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In Detail

Detailed Itinerary:


Day 01: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia

Welcome to Mongolia! Your private guide and driver will be waiting for you on arrival hall in the city airport. Your guide will be holding a welcome signage with our company logo with your names.
A brief introduction to the city will be given on your comfortable private drive to the hotel. After check-in, you'll have the remainder of the day to rest and freshen up.
Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Ulaanbaatar 5*. Meals: None 
Activities: Welcome to Mongolia. Be picked up and transfer to hotel, free day at leisure to prepare for the trip.


Day 02: Sightseeing tour in the Nomads’ city 

In the morning, at 9am tour guide will pick you up at your hotel.
Today, we explore the city, 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 Temples, we will see 26-meter-high majestic gilded statue of Migjid Janraisig.
Next, visit Sukhbaatar square and Parliament House displayed with Great Khans memorial statue. The square lies at the heart of the city surrounded by theaters, government buildings.
Continue to visit National Museum of Mongolia for to get an overview of Mongolia’s history and culture including nomadic life, traditional costumes of ethnic groups, sacred religious relics, and Stone & Bronze Age artifacts.
After lunch at “Modern Nomads” restaurant served with national food, we will visit Zanabazar Fine Art Museum. The museum displays collections of world’s and Mongolian famous artists, including many original works of Zanabazar, who was Mongolian religious leader and artist in 17th century.
Afterwards, we will go to see “Wonders of Mongolia” folklore show by famous Tumen-Ekh ensemble - is one of the most successful folk-art groups to share traditional Mongolian music with the world, having traveled to over 40 countries. End of the performance, transfer to the hotel. 
Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel 5*. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch. 
Activities: Full-day private city tour. Evening “Wonder of Mongolia” performance by Tumen-Ekh ensemble.


Day 03: Flight to Gobi Desert – Moltsog sand dunes – Bayanzag (Flaming cliffs)

In early morning, you will be transferred to the city airport for morning flight to Gobi Desert (~1.5 hours). When your flight arrives at Gobi local airport your Gobi tour begins with a warm greeting from our local guide who will accompany you for the next four days.
We will drive to camel herder family near the Moltsog Els, which is one of the few regions of the Gobi covered by sand dunes. These magnificent sand dunes are surrounded by hills with willow trees, streams and bushes.
Visit in their Ger, explore their unique nomadic lifestyle. The sand dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. We will discover this magnificent place on camel back. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. It is a gentle, calm and extraordinary patient animal. Two humps support you from both sides and easy pace will comfort you so much.
After lunch at “Mongol Gobi” Ger camp, we will visit the flaming, red cliffs at Bayanzag - is a famous for the first discovery of dinosaur eggs, bones and complete dinosaur skeletons which is first discovered by Roy Chapman Andrews, American expedition in the 1920. 
Also, this area well known for red tall rocks formed as a result of wind and water erosion which look like fire in the middle of the desert from distance, especially in the evening sunshine. As scientists defined it was an inland sea bottom some 200 million years ago. 
Afterwards, we will drive to Three Camel Lodge - awarded the prestige of being one of the top 50 eco-lodges in the world. 
Accommodation: Three Camel Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 
Total distance: Flight takes 1.5hrs and 150km driving for ~3.5hrs. 
Activities: Explore world famous Gobi Desert, visit camel herder nomadic family and camel trail.


Day 04: Relaxing in Gobi and explore Petroglyph of Havtsgait Rock
 

Today we will continue to explore Gobi and excursion to Havtsgait Valley, site of ancient rock drawings left by early Gobi settlers for more than 15,000 years ago. Hundreds of petroglyphs adorn rocks scattered on the top of the mountain and you will be rewarded with this amazing view after your hike up to the hill. These ancient and beautiful works of art can be clearly seen as the sun hits the rocks from a certain angle. The scenes depicted in these petroglyphs shed light on the everyday lives of the people who lived in the Gobi thousands of years ago.
Return to the lodge for lunch. Rest of the day is free time is your own. 
Accommodation: Three Camel Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 
Total distance: 80km driving for ~2.5hrs. 
Activities: Continue to explore Gobi and excursion to Petroglyph of Havtsgait Rock.


Day 05: Yol valley in Three Beauties of Gobi Mt. National Park

After relaxing breakfast, at 10.30am drive to Gobi Nomad Lodge and check-in at the lodge and lunch. Explore around the lodge. 
In the afternoon, take a short drive to explore Yol valley (Eagle or Vulture valley) situated in “Three beauties of Gobi” Mt. National Park. This valley is originally established to conserve birdlife in the region. But it’s now more famous for its dramatic scenery in the middle of the Gobi Desert with a meter’s thick ice almost all year around, except late summer. 
There we will do hiking through grassy meadows, small streams, long and narrow valley with sheltered by high cliff walls, sunlight bouncing off amazing rocks, covered with wild flowers and Gobi plants. You may be lucky enough to spot wild sheep and goat, grazing high on the cliff walls. 
Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. 
Accommodation: Gobi Nomad Lodge. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Total distance: 120km, ~3hrs. 
Activities: Continue to explore Gobi, walking and hiking in Yol valley.


Day 06: Fly back to Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park

In the early morning, transfer to the local airport and fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival at the city airport, we will take 2.5 hrs drive to Terelj Lodge in Terelj National Park. The national Park is 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. On the way, stop at Ovoo – rock pile on the pass of high mountain; used in worship of religion.
In the afternoon, we will explore the national park and take little drive to see Turtle Rock - interesting rock formation looking like a turtle.
Continue to visit Ariyabal meditation temple - surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. The distance between the gate and the actual temple is about 1 km and it is only accessible by walking. To get to the top, you would cross the suspension bridge and climb up on 108 stairs, according to Buddhist prayer beads. This small hike is seen as a ritual to cleanse one’s sins. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park. We will arrive at Terelj Hotel on banks of Terelj River around 6pm.
Accommodation: Terelj Lodge. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 
Total distance: 100km, ~3hrs. 
Activities: Explore the most visited national park in Mongolia.


Day 07: Genghis Khan’s statue complex – 13th century theme park

After breakfast, take a short drive to 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, you can ascend to the head of the horse using an elevator. There you have a good panoramic view over the complex area and the scenery beyond. 
Drive towards to 13th century theme park. This theme park is built and established in real time micro kingdom of the 13th Century to make the real experiences for the tourists during their visit. Within this country, the rule of the law is strong and there is no television, electricity and phones are allowed for the real experience. 
• Upon arrival at entrance, visit Relay-station camp
• Visit and lunch at King Palace and wear Mongolian traditional costumes - it is the main attraction point of the theme park,
• Visit Shaman camp - you can see customs, ritual of worshiping of several kinds of Shaman clan.
• Visit herder’s camp – witness nomads’ lifestyle, great opportunity to ride a horse and a camel.
• Visit educational camp - opportunity to get know about the unique culture of the literacy, 
• Visit craftsmen camp - enjoy seeing the craftsmen art work such as horse hold utensils, women’s ornaments, jewelry, arms and tools etc.
Afterwards, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. 
Accommodation: Terelj Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Total distance: 200km, it takes ~ 3.5hrs drive. 
Activities: Today you will learn about Genghis Khaan and how Mongolians live in the 13th century during the Mongolia Empire.


Day 08: Bogd Khan Mt. National Park & Manzushir

Today at 8.30am, we will take 2.5 hours’ drive to Manzushir Monastery – located in Bogd Khan Mt. National Park
- Quick visit to the monastery - was destroyed by communists in 1937, new temple is built and serves as a museum. 
- Explore around sightseeing – including large boiling kettle, religious images carved in the rock.
After lunch at Ger camp, we will depart for award-winning HS Khaan Resort Hotel, located on vast prairie surroundings and continuous boundless, extremely peaceful grasslands.
We will arrive at the resort around 4pm. Check in and explore around the resort. 
Accommodation: HS Khaan Hotel and Resort 
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch. Total distance: 120km, ~4hrs. 
Activities: Continue to explore Gobi, walking and hiking in Yol valley.


Day 09: Mongol Nomadic - Hustai National Park (Wild Horse Park)

After breakfast, at 9am take a little drive to Mongol Nomadic Ger camp for Mongolian nomads show which will be show you real Mongolian nomadic way of living and traditional custom and culture for the past period. The show demonstrates traditional living way of real Mongolian nomads and breeding and using of five kinds of livestock and movement from one place to another using ox, yak, camel and horse carts which are the carts. 
After lunch time, served by Mongolian food in the camp, we will drive to the Hustai National Park. This area is home to the Mongolian wild horse known as Perzevalski horse (takhi) with unique landscape that features mountain and steppe 
Upon we arrive to the camp, we will check the Information Center about the national park and wild horse. The takhi and marmots are easy to see around 2-3hrs earlier than sunset, when they come down from mountains for water to stream. Therefore, in early evening, we will take short drive and hiking to see the horses in their natural habitat. Seeing these truly wild horses which numbered in the hundreds of thousands of years ago, will make you feel like you have traveled thousands of years back in time. 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… Afterwards, return to the resort for overnight. 
Accommodation: HS Khaan Hotel and Resort.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner. Total distance: 120km, ~3hrs
Activities: Today you will experience how Mongolians live in nomadic way of life from ancient times to the present. Also, we will do excursion in the national park to see world last wild horses in their natural habitat.


Day 10: Ulaanbaatar & Half day city tour 

Morning is free for you. At 11.30am, return to the city. 
After lunch at local restaurant in the city, visit Bogd Khan Palace museum - the complex was a residence of 8th Bogd Javzandamba in 19th century, the head of Mongolian religion. The palace consists of seven Summer Prayer temples and the winter palace.
Next, visit we will visit Zaisan Memorial Hill is located in the south side of Ulaanbaatar City, right beside the Bogd Khan Mountain having a best view of the city and surrounding hills. 
If you would like go to shopping for souvenir or local products, your guide will be ready to serve for that.
After dinner at “Bd’s Mongolian BBQ” Grill Restaurant with buffet, transferred to the hotel. 
Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Ulaanbaatar. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 
Total distance: 45km, ~ 1.5hrs drive. 
Activities: Continue to explore the nomads’ city Ulaanbaatar.


Day 11: Departure from Ulaanbaatar

As your memorable trip comes to end, then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination or home. Meals: Breakfast.

Detailed full of itinerary available in pdf format by email on request! 

Date, Price & FAQ

Tour Date, Price?:

       Tour availability
   Price from            Inquire this tour       
      June 15 - September 10 5980 US$
  • Private tour price based on per person for 2 people.
  •  Possible to customize and choose your own travel dates 
  • There is a charge of 20% of the total tour for high season during Mongolian Naadam festival, if your trip will be between 5 July and 20 July.

 


What’s included in the Price?

  • English-speaking tour guide at all times.
  • Accommodations based deluxe double/twin room for 10 nights:
  • - Three nights in Ulaanbaatar at Shangri-La Hotel Ulaanbaatar, deluxe 5* hotel,
  • - Two nights in Gobi at Three Camel Lodge, Deluxe Ger with en-suite bathroom,
  • - One night in Gobi at Gobi Nomad Lodge, Deluxe Ger with en-suite bathroom,
  •  - Two nights in Terelj National Park at Terelj Lodge, Deluxe Ger with en-suite bathroom,
  •  - Two nights at HS Khaan Hotel and Resort, deluxe resort,
  • Meals as stated in the program: Breakfast – 10, Lunch – 9 and Dinner – 6,
  • Transportation
  • Comfortable and convenient transportation with 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep in Gobi trip and city around.
  • Airport/Hotel/Airport private transfers with sedan, 
  • Round domestic flights to/from Gobi + included all tax, free luggage allowance is 15kg
  • All sightseeing admission fees for the duration of the tour (as per the itinerary) as well as all local and governmental taxes.
  • All excursions and activities as outlined in your program itinerary.
  • Complementary drink water during the tour,

What’s Not included in the Price?

  • Visa to Mongolia (Get in advance),
  • International flights &Travels insurance 
  • Hotel early check-in and late check-out,
  • Tipping and other personal expenses
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excess luggage charges – 1.5$ per kg for internal flights,


AMICUS TRAVEL FAQ ...?

Q: When do I need to pay?
A: If your tour departs within 45 days full payment is required, otherwise a deposit of 20% 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: 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.

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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The best parts of the trip were meeting nomads in the countryside and seeing the natural beauty."

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