MONGOLIA HIGHLIGHTS MUSLIM TOUR
The tour takes 7 days to cover one of the best travel destinations of Mongolia in shortest possible time with peace of mind and experiencing nomadic culture along with natural beauties, splendid sceneries of the desert and most interesting national parks.
Ulaanbaatar, modern life comfortably blends with Mongolian traditional lifestyle. Wide streets are flocked by modern cars, while horsemen and cattle are still common scene.
During the countryside trip we explore Mongolia Ancient capital Kharakorum, biggest Erdenezuu monastery, Mongolian top national parks and protected areas, natural beauties, Genghis Khan Statue Complex is currently the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world and visiting Kazakh family who has Muslim religion and minority of Sunni Muslims, constituting as much as 5% of the total population.
Choose Your Own dates! This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that you want to travel to Mongolia, we will manage everything.
Customizable! Do you want to travel longer or shorter or want to explore more? Please let us know, and we will design itinerary and cost again for you.
Day 01: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Day 02: Bayan Gobi sand dunes
Day 03: Kharkhorum & Erdenezuu Buddhist Monastery- Lake Ugii
Day 04: Hustai National Park (Wild horse Park)
Day 05: Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex - Terelj National Park trip
Day 06: Nalaikh – Ulaanbaatar & city tour
Day 07: Departure
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Day 01: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Whenever, your international flight lands in city airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Ulaanbaatar. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask from your hotel reception for recommendations.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: not included this day
Day 02: Bayan Gobi sand dunes
After breakfast drive to Bayan Gobi magnificent sand dunes - surrounded by hills with willow trees, streams and bushes, and appear as a small desert in the center of the country. This sand dune is 80km long and the widest part of the sand dune is 9-10 km. Also, the sand dune called as mini Gobi.
In the afternoon, we will visit camel herder family and 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 and can carry on without water for a month. 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.
Return to the Ger camp near the sand dunes for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 03: Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Buddhist Monastery – Lake Ugii
After breakfast, we will drive to Karakorum and Erdenezuu Monastery. Karakorum was not only the capital of the vast Mongolian Empire, but the epic center of trade along Silk Road. However, the Karakorum of today is a small settlement with little focus on tourism. Today there is a museum does show off some of the artefacts they've recovered so far,
Upon arrival in the village, we will visit museum of Karakorum and learn about beautiful ancient Karakorum. Then we will visit to the magnificent and the oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdenezuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. Here you can see interesting listen to monk chanting Buddhist sutras. Return to ger camp and have dinner.
After lunch at the Ger camp, we will take 1.5hrs drive to Ugii Lake - is located up 1337m from the ocean level and it is a pure water steppe lake, which is 7.9km long, 5km wide. The lake Ugii is a famous for its birdlife. Ogii lake has registered in the Ramsar Convention for being important breeding and staging area for a variety of waterfowl.
Check-in Ger camp on shore of the lake. In the late afternoon is free time for your own. There is you can travel by normal boat or motor boat and go for fishing in the lake. Fishing equipment is available from the camp. Or just walking and hiking around the lake.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 04: Hustai National Park (Wild Horse Park)
In the morning, 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
After lunch at Hustai Ger camp, we will visit the small Ger museum 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.
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…
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 05: Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex - Terelj National Park
This day we will head towards to “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. You are now definitely in Genghis Khan’s country!
After lunch at the statue complex, we will take short drive to Terelj National Park, which is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia The National Park is by its natural beauty, forested alpine mountains and interesting rock formations (Massive woolsack weather conditions) very well known.
Explore the national park and to see Turtle Rock - interesting rock formation looking like a turtle and visit Ariyabal meditation temple - surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park. Walking, hiking around the camp, explore nature beauties and take photos of colorful wild flowers.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 06: Ulaanbaatar Highlight city tour
In the morning at 9am, return to Ulaanbaatar. On the way, we will visit Nalaikh settlement to visit local Mosque and Kazakh family. Today in Mongolia, there is a significant minority of Sunni Muslims, constituting as much as 5% of the total population. Most of them are ethnic Kazaks who live primarily in the far western Mongolia and small Kazak community in and around Nalaikh, near Ulaanbaatar.
After lunch in the city, we will visit Sukhbaatar square which is lies at the heart of the city surrounded by important buildings such as government palace, banks and theaters and post office. There is an equestrian statue of Sukhbaatar and a massive Bronze statue of Genghis khan with his four warriors in front of Parliament House
Continue to visit Museum of Mongolian National History – the museum presents Mongolian history and culture from prehistoric times to the present day.
In the evening at 6pm, we will visit “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.
After dinner, you will be transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 07: Departure
You will be free at leisure in your hotel or wander around on your own until being escorted to the Chinggis Khaan International Airport for your departure flight home. Your driver will assist you with flight check-in and luggage, and see you off at the point of security check. Meals: Breakfast
Date, Price & FAQ
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|June 01 - September 30
|Tour price based on per person for 2 people.
| Possible to customize or choose your own travel dates!
What’s included in the Price?
- English speaking tour guide at all times,
- 6 nights’ accommodation;
- Good 4* hotel in the city – 2nights, based on double/twin.
- Ger camps in countryside trip – 4 nights on twin share,
- Muslim meal arrangements (Halal and vegetarian meals,) as listed in the itinerary:
- Breakfast - 6, Lunch - 5, Dinner –5,
- All transfer & transports by comfortable coaches or cars + experienced driver,
- All sightseeing and entrance fees are mentioned as program,
- Cultural performance by famous Tumen Ekh Ensemble,
- Camel riding in Gobi -1 hour,
- Complementary drink water during the tour,
- Visa invitation letter, if required
- All service charge, local and Gov’t tax
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
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 to 4 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
Reviews & Feedbacks:
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
"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