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Best of Mongolia Tour
10 days / 09 nights

Price:

from $1,660

Tour code:

ATM-30

Destination:

Ulaanbaatar - Mongol Nomadic - Wild Horse Park - Karakorum & Erdenezuu monastery - Ongi -  Gobi Desert; Bayanzag - Khongor sand dunes - Yol valley - Terelj National Park - Genghis Khan Statue Complex  ...

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In Brief

 

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.
The tour takes 10 days to cover central and southern part of Mongolia and visit the most popular travel destinations including the most interesting national parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Karakorum and Gobi Desert; distinctive landscapes of towering sand dunes, wide open steppes, iced Georges, Rocky Mountains, red cliffs, stunning sunsets, sunrises and much more!
Relaxing in wild nature and explore Mongolian culture, history and nomadic life style... camel riding, climbing to sand dunes, hiking and feel free driving through the wilderness are the main activities.



Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia
Day 02: Mongol Nomadic - Hustai National Park trip (Wild Horse Park)
Day 03: Kharakorum & Erdenezuu Buddhist Monastery
Day 04: Ongi River valley, Middle Gobi
Day 05: Ongi steppe - Bayanzag (Flaming cliffs), Gobi
Day 06: Khongor sand dunes, the biggest sand dunes in Gobi
Day 07: Dungenee Canyon & Yol valley in Gobi
Day 08: Flight to Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park trip
Day 09: Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – Classic Highlight in UB city trip
Day 10: Departure


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In Detail

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of 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: No meals on this day.


Day 02: Mongol Nomadic Camp - Hustai National Park trip (Wild Horse Park)
This morning your memorable tour starts! At 09.00am, you will meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby, and then head to the Hustai National Park.
On the way, we will visit Mongol Nomadic tourist 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 towards to the national park. The park is home of last wild horses in their natural environment in the world, known as Perzevalski horse (takhi). The National park has over 450 species of vascular plants, 200 of which are medicinal.
We will visit a small Ger museum about the national park, wild horses and how they was reintroduced into the wild some years ago now for European zoos.
In the evening, we will take short drive to see for wild horse Takhi in their natural habitat. Evening or morning time is the best way to see these wild horses. There is great opportunity to take photo for these endangered horses. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, marmot, eagle and more wild animals. Besides of the wild animals you can find here beautiful sceneries of the Mongolian nature that features mountain and steppe.
Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities: To learn Mongolian nomadic lifestyle and to see last wild horses in their natural habitat.

Day 03: Kharakorum & Erdenezuu Buddhist Monastery
In the morning, we will drive to Kharkhorin - is a small village and one of the country's major tourist destinations and historically known as Karakorum city.
Lunch will be at Ger camp near the Elsen tasarkhai, which is surrounded by sand hills with willow trees, streams and bushes, and appear as a small desert in the center of the country
Arrival in the village, we will visit museum of Karakorum, the symbolic ruins of ancient city.
Karakoram was once the capital of the Mongolia Empire, which was the largest contiguous empire in the World history, consisted of much of Asia and parts of Eastern Europe. In 1220, Karakorum was founded by Genghis Khan in the Orkhon valley, at the crossroads of the Silk Road. The city flourished with wealth and culture, especially as artists and intellectuals were brought over from Europe to enhance the Eurasian capital.
Also we will visit to the magnificent and the oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdene Zuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. The monastery is still active, and there are temple museums and buildings where monks live and pray. Here you can see interesting listen to monk chanting Buddhist sutras.
Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities: To explore sightseeing, visit Museum and Buddhist Monastery.

Day 04: Ongi River valley, Middle Gobi
After breakfast, our trip continue to the ruined monastery of Ongi Temple lies on the banks of the Ongi River and it’s the half way point between the two major travel destinations-the Southern 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.
Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities: Walking to explore the temple ruins and river valley. Sauna and massage services are available in the camp.

Day 05: Ongi steppe - Bayanzag (Flaming cliffs), Gobi
Today, we will travel through the huge open landscape called Ongi steppe, which is over 80km wide steppe in the Gobi zone and come to around lunch time at Ger camp, it’s located near the Bayanzag.
In the afternoon, you have a free time to be your own until dinner time. There are available to watch a documentary about Gobi, try Mongolian archery to shoot at a target or just enjoy walking around the camp.
After dinner, we will take little drive to see rich a sexual threes and red cliffs as flaming at Bayanzag - is a famous area for the first discovery of dinosaur eggs, bones and complete dinosaur skeletons in the world paleontological history which is 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. If you are really lucky, it’s possible to find an egg and bones of dinosaurs from here. White fossilized bones and eggs are still found nowadays by paleontologists, local herdsmen and travelers.
Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities: Feel free driving through endless open steppe, hiking at Bayanzag and finding egg and bones of dinosaurs around Bayanzag. Also, there is you can try Mongolian archery, shoot at a target in the camp.

Day 06: Khongor sand dunes, the biggest sand dunes in Gobi
Take a drive west to the extraordinary sand dunes of Khongor. This is the biggest sand dunes and one of the most scenic areas of Gobi. The dunes rise abruptly from the plain, in some places reaching a height of 300 meters, and extend over an area between 2-12 km in width and 180 km in length.
In the afternoon, after lunch time, we will take some personal refreshment in Ger camp. In the early evening, we will visit local camel herder family in their Ger, explore their unique nomadic lifestyle. Its chance to try drinking Hormog (fermented Mongolian camel milk).
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. The two-humped camels are very comfortable to ride, as they walk slowly and gently and we will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. Our camel man will take us to the biggest sand-dune.
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 amazing sunshine panorama of sand 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”.
Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities: Visit camel herder family in their Ger and camel trail to the largest sand dune in Gobi.

Day 07: Dungenee Canyon & Yol valley in Gobi 
After breakfast, we will go ahead to 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. 
After lunch at local restaurant at Bayandalai village, we will drive through Dungenee Canyon and reach at the Yol valley. 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. Dinner and stay overnight at Ger camp. 
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities: Explore the national park and hiking through Yol valley – 3hours.


Day 08: Flight to Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park trip
Early this morning, transfer to the local airport for morning flight to Ulaanbaatar.
Upon arrival in the city, drive to Terelj National Park, this is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. There are we will 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. 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.
Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities: Enjoy hiking to Ariyabal meditation temple - sits at top of the mountain and take photos of wild flowers and natural beauties.

Day 09: Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – Classic Highlight in UB city trip
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 the city, we will start guided city tour and visit Genghis Khan’s square & Parliament House and National Museum of Mongolia 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.
Next, we will 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 that you will be transferred to the hotel for some refreshment in the hotel. If you want to go shopping for souvenirs and local products, your guide will be ready to serve you for that.
In the evening at 18.00, 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.
At 19.30, farewell dinner will be served at “Bd’s Mongolian Barbeque” international chain restaurant. Transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities: Visit Genghis Khan Statue Complex and explore main highlights in the city and attend at cultural show by famous Tumen-Ekh ensemble and enjoy having farewell dinner with wonderful trip memories.

10: 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.

Date, Price & FAQ

Tour Date, Price?:

Join in Small Group 2017
Price from Inquire this tour
Group-1: Jun 09 - Jun 18 Fully booked!

 

Group-2: Jun 16 - Jun 25
US$1,660

Group-3: Jul 02 - Jul 12. see this tour
Naadam Festival 2017 & All included 11 days

US$1,760
Group-4: Jul 10 - Jul 20. see this tour
Naadam Festival 2017 & All included 11 days
US$1,760
Group-5: Jul 28 - Aug 06 US$1,640
Group-6: Aug 04 - Aug 13
US$1,640
Group-7: Sep 01 - Sep 10

US$1,640

Small Group & Big Experience:
Minimum 4 and maximum 8 travelers in a group!

Possible to choose own dates for private tour!
Tour available dates: June 10 - September 20

What’s included in the Price?

  • English speaking tour guide at all times,
  • 9 nights’ accommodation;
  •      -  Good 4* hotel in the city – 2nights, based on double/twin. 
  •      -  Ger camps in countryside trip – 7 nights on twin share, 
  • All the meals as listed in the itinerary: Breakfast - 9, Lunch - 8, Dinner – 8,
  • All transfer & transports + experienced driver,
  • Internal flights: + included all tax, free luggage allowance is 15kg
  • 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
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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 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: Tourist Ger camp is traditional style accommodation with full service facilities, most commonly used in outside of the city. The Ger is a round structure of walls, poles and a peaked roof covered with canvas and felt, and tightened with ropes.
Tourist Ger camp - has consists with 20-30 Gers (Mongolian traditional dwelling), restaurant, and some entertainment facilities, western style toilet and hot water showers. Each Ger has 2 beds and furnished with a table, chairs and wood-stove. 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”, 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 2014, roughly 14% of Mongolian 40000km 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:

 

Yoshika & Yoko
We meant to write this little earlier but we wanted to take a few moments to express our deepest gratitude for making such a fantastic arrangements for our birthday trip to Mongolia.
          The entire program was excellent in a sense that it not only covered major attraction areas and activities but also included area that were not introduced in major Japanese guide book to Mongolia. So, we were very happy but what made this trip even more special was the guide, Boogii and the driver, Enkhbayar that you sent for us.  Boogii, from the beginning had very friendly and warm atmosphere and that moment we met her, we felt so safe.  She was very sincere and extremely dedicated. Always ensured that we feel comfortable with our stay including the preparation of food and making fire in ger until late at night and early in the morning.  She kindly gave us enough time to tell the history, culture, and life of Mongolian people even long after the tour/dinner time.  She also knew how to maneuver horses well and that before the horse guide informed us tips, she could quickly let us know all the useful information and that we could ride safe.  Enkhbayar, with his highly skilled driving skills and eyes to catch wild animals far in distance, gave us opportunities to be able to view these rare wild animals from very close positions.  In fact, there was a European filming crew that missed the filming opportunity of the wild horse but because we were with him, we could fine them very easily even though other drivers could not find and there were just us at deeper in the mountain.  Not only that, we’ve never met a driver in the past being so generous to share with us the stories in the way he did.  Both Enkhbayar, using his experience of being a herd man at once and Boogii by having experiencing the local life as she grew up, they shared a lots of wisdom and interesting stories and plays of herdsmen.  It was such a delight.  Both my sister and I have a tendency to take time to look one thing and that our day always ended late but they were very patient and willing to carter to our needs. We are extremely grateful to everything that they did for us. We bet they are your best people :)  
          Also, since you booked the ger at Dreamland camp, when they had Naadam Festival period, we could meet highly well-respected sumo wrestler, Mr.Dolgorsürengiin Dagvadorj, a.k.a Asashoryu.  He even invited us to his horse training area.  It was a huge honor for us and felt so lucky.  It has always been our dream to visit Mongolia, so we knew it will be wonderful but in every aspect, it couldn’t have been better if you didn’t make these arrangements for us. So, we truly thank you for all your excellent work!!  Kindest regards,Yoshiko & Yoko.
  Yoshiko & Yoko, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan. 2015 July

 
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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