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Mongolia Golden Circle Discovery - 15 Days Tour

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Mongolia Golden Circle Discovery - 15 Days Tour
15 days / 14 nights

Price:

from $2,570

Tour code:

ATM-35

Destination:

Ulaanbaatar-Flight to Gobi -Yolyn Am - Khongor sand dunes - Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs) Ongi Temple ruins - Karakorum - Tsetserleg - Taikhar Rock -Khorgo extinct volcano & Terkh White Lake N.P - Jargalant hot spring - Khuvsgul Lake - Genghis Khan’s statue complex -Terelj N.P 

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In Brief

     Mongolia, the ancient realm of Genghis Khan, has emerged from the shadow of Communism and is now open to the world. 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 15 days to cover the most popular travel destinations including Gobi desert- ancient home land of Dinosaurs, UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Karakorum - ruins and museum of ancient Mongolian capital, Terkh white lake, Khorgo extinct volcano and Tsetserleg-tourist loved town, The clearest & beautiful Khovsgul Lake (136 km long, 36 km wide 262 meters deep) and visit to the most interesting National Parks and much more!.
       Relaxing in wild nature and explore Mongolian nomadic life style... hiking, horseback and camel riding, climbing to sand dunes, soft hiking and feel free driving through the wilderness are the main activities.

 

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Day 02: Flight to Gobi Desert – Yol Valley (Vulture’s valley)
Day 03: Khongor sand dunes, the biggest sand dune in Gobi Desert
Day 04: Bayanzag (flaming cliffs)
Day 05: Ongi, Middle Gobi
Day 06: Karakorum & Erdenezuu Buddhist Monastery
Day 07: Tsetserleg - Taikhar rock
Day 08: Khorgo extinct volcano - Terkh White Lake National Park
Day 09: Murun, Northern Mongolia
Day 10: Khovsgol Lake National Park
Day 11: Full day at Khovsgol Lake
Day 12: Flight to Ulaanbaatar
Day 13: Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex - Terelj National Park
Day 14: Ulaanbaatar city tour
Day 15: Departure


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In Detail

Detailed Itinerary:

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: Flight to Gobi Desert - Yol Valley (Vulture’s valley)

In the morning, you will be transferred to the city airport for morning flight to Dalanzadgad, which is a town in Gobi.
Today we will visit Yol valley (Eagle or Vulture’s valley) - is situated in “Three beauties of Gobi” Mt. National Park. Yol valley was 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 meters’ thick ice almost all year around, except late summer.
We will explore the valley and 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.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 03: Khongor sand dunes, the biggest sand dune in Gobi Desert

On this day, our trip will continue driving west to the extraordinary sand dunes of Khongor. This is 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. Upon we arrive, we will have lunch and relax at cozy Ger camp until Gobi hot temperature decrease.
In the evening, we will visit camel herder family in their Ger, and explore their unique nomadic lifestyle. Its chance to try drinking Hormog (fermented Mongolian camel milk). Then we will ride a camel.
The Khongor 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.
Afterwards, we will hike and climb up to the Singing Dune, one of the highest dunes. From the top of the sand dunes, the view of the desert is awesome 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”. The Khongoryn River flows along the sand dunes and gives birth to oases.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 04: Bayanzag (flaming cliffs)

After breakfast, we will drive to the Bayanzag which is a famous for the first discovery of fossilized dinosaurs. Also, this area is well known for red tall hillocks formed as a result of wind and water erosion which look like fire in the middle of the desert from distance.
When we arrive at Ger camp, we will watch interesting video about how Roy Chapman Andrews and American expedition discovered the first dinosaur eggs from Bayanzag and transferred dinosaur skeletons on the camel back through Gobi Desert. Their findings proved to the world that dinosaurs laid eggs. Then we will take 5min drive to the Flaming cliffs and wander on the red hillocks. We will find bones of dinosaurs around Bayanzag. White fossilized bones are still found nowadays. Return back ger camp and overnight.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 05: Ongi, Middle 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, which is near to the ruined monastery of Ongi Temple. This small mountainous area along the Ongi River makes a good resting place to break a trip between the two major destinations.
Ongi temple was established in 1660 and once composed of 30 temples, 4 big Buddhism universities. It was destroyed by the communist purges of the 1930s and is being restored by a number of monks. Nowadays that one temple serves as a museum.
When you reach Ger camp, you will have lunch and explore ruins of the monastery. The views of the ruins, river, Ger camps and the surrounding area are very impressive, you can see from any of the nearby hills.
If you want, you can have pleasant massage and sauna at the camp. Rest of the day is yours to relax on your own.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 06: Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Buddhist Monastery

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 listen to interesting monk chanting Buddhist sutras. Return to ger camp and have dinner.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 07: Tsetserleg town – Taikhar, Khangai

Today our tour will continue towards to Taikar Rock, which is a massive granite rock located on the banks of the Tamir River surrounding flat country. It’s covered with 150 writings in many different languages and dating back from many different periods.
On the way, we will visit Tsetserleg town, which is the capital of Arkhangai province with population of around 20,000. Tsetserleg means garden and the city ringed by scenic mountains, the streets are tree-lined and a lovely little temple overlooks the town.
In the evening, we will enjoy visiting the local nomad family to experience firsthand how people live in the country side and 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. There is we can taste Airag, which is made horse fermented milk.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 08: Khorgo extinct volcano & Terkh White Lake National Park

In the morning, we will continue trip to Khorgo, Terkh National Park is amazingly beautiful scenery of mountains, cliffs, rapid rivers, lakes, extinct volcanoes and fantastic caves green forests and pastures, where the long-haired yaks and horse thrive.
After seeing extinct Khorgo volcano crater we will have dinner in shore of Terkh white lake’s tourist Ger camp. Terkh White Terkh Lake is a mesmerizing beautiful lake with crystal clear fresh water. This lake was created as a result of basaltic blockage of Terkh River following the eruption of Khorgo volcano and some other volcanoes about 8000 years ago. Hiking, horse riding, mountain climbing, fishing and swimming are all good here.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 09: Moron, Northern Mongolia

Today we will head towards to Khuvsgul Lake, which is known as the Switzerland of Mongolia and second the clearest lake in Central Asia. On this day, we will travel through beautiful Mountain passes, cross rivers, vast grasslands and lastly, arrive in Murun, the small town of Khovsgol province with population of 35000. We will have dinner and relax at local hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 10
: Khovsgol Lake National Park

After relaxing breakfast, we will continue our trip to Khovsgol Lake, known as “The Dark Blue Pearl”. Lake Khovsgol is the Mongolia’s largest and second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia and 1% of all the fresh water in the world. While we driving towards the Khovsgol Lake, we will see hundreds of grazing livestock and wild life of northern region of Mongolia. On the way, we will visit Khatgal village and explore the village’s life, market and main port of the lake.
After lunch and check-in at the Ger camp, we will explore the Khovsgol Lake National Park. Relaxing free time offers us the opportunity to explore the surroundings, hiking in the surrounding hills, swimming in the lake and enjoy the natural beauty of the region. The Lake water is crystal clear blue, so that you can see bottom of lake when you are sailing and this lake is surrounded by deep forest and magnificent mountains.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 11: Full day at Khovsgol Lake

Khovsgol province is home to the southernmost indigenous reindeer herding people (Tsaatan) in the world. This day tour is not complete without a visiting to reindeer herders family. In the morning, we will saddle our horses and ride to meet a reindeer herder family. Depending on your experience, an appropriate horse will be selected for you. We will meet reindeer herders and explore their life style, custom and sacraments.
Reindeer herders practice shamanism and live in teepees. They are the last reindeer herders who survived for thousands of years inhabiting the remotest subarctic taiga, moving between 5 and 10 times a year.
In the afternoon is free time for you to be on your own. There is great opportunity to hiking, kayaking or just enjoy at wild nature to take photos. Also, you can ride motor-boat around the lake.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 12: Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

Today we will return to Ulaanbaatar city, capital of Mongolia. On the way to local airport, we will visit Uushig ancient Deer Stone Monument as another wonder of the Khuvsgul region. This is most clearly depicted deer stones left behind by bronze-age men. A deer, an arch, a shield, a horse, a knife, the moon, the sun and a mirror figured belt were engraved on the stones.
Upon arrival in UB and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is flexible for your will, have a rest or take a walk near the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 13: Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex - Terelj National Park

Today, we will depart for Terelj National Park. This is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia which is by its natural beauty, forested alpine mountains and interesting rock formations (Massive woolsack weather conditions) very well known.
On the way 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. You are now definitely in Genghis Khan’s country!
From here, we will take a short drive to the Ger camp in Terelj National Park for lunch and stay overnight.
In the afternoon, we will explore the national park and see Turtle Rock - interesting rock formation looking like a turtle. Also, 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.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 14: Ulaanbaatar city tour.

In the morning at 9am, we will return to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival at Ulaanbaatar city, 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.
Next 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.
After lunch, visit “Gandan” Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery including the Mongolian Buddhist University. The highlight of visiting to Gandan is 26-meter-high majestic gilded indoor statue of Megjid Janraisig.
Afterwards, free for your choice. You can be transferred to the hotel for rest and refreshment or go shopping for souvenirs and local products, your guide will be ready to serve you for that. Suggested shopping places are State department store, famous “Gobi” cashmere factory store and “Naran Tuul” Black market.
In the evening, 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.
Dinner is at “Bd’s Mongolian Barbeque” international chain restaurant.
Accommodation: Hotel4*. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 15: 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

Tour Date, Price:

           Dates for 2017         
       Price from                Inquire this tour          
June 10 -June 24 Fully booked!

June 29 - July 14
16 days, included Naadam Festival 2017

US$2,890
July 22 -August 05 Fully booked!
August 13 -August 27 US$2,570
Small Group & Big Experience: 4-8 people

    Possible to customize and choose own dates
                            for private tour!
Availability: June 01 - September 30

 


What’s included in the Price?

  • English speaking tour guide at all times,
  • 14 nights’ accommodation based on double/twin occupancy;
  •      -  Good 4* hotel in the city – 3nights, 
  •      -  Local hotel in Murun town – 1night,
  •      -  Ger camps in countryside trip – 10 nights on twin share, 
  • All the meals as listed in the itinerary: Breakfast - 14, Lunch - 13, Dinner –12,
  • All transfer & transports + experienced drivers,
  • 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, 
  • Horse riding at Khovsgol Lake – 1hour,
  • 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
  • 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 $300 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 2016, 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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