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Discover Mongolia (National Geographic Journey)

14 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar
Enjoy a morning city tour including visits to the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace, and Zaisan Hill. Later, take a tour of the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs and learn about the dinosaurs of the Gobi desert from a docent. (Breakfast)

Day 3 Ulaanbaatar/Khustai National Park
Travel to Khustai National Park – home of Mongolia's wild horses. Here, meet with park staff and learn about the wild horse reintroduction project. Keep an eye out for Takhi horses in their natural habitat. (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Day 4 Khustai National Park/Kharkhorin
Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia. Visit the Erdene Zhu Monastery, the nation's first centre of Lama Buddhism, and meet with a head monk for an in-depth lesson in Buddhism. Later, visit Karakorum Museum. (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Day 5 Kharkhorin/Tsenkher
Arrive at Tsenkher Hot Springs in the afternoon. Visit the springs for a relaxing soak in their healing powers. (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Day 6 Tsenkher/Orkhon Valley
Drive to Orkhon and enjoy a hiking excursion to the Tuvkhun Monastery, established in the 1650s by Zanabazar, one of Mongolia’s most respected religious leaders. The monastery’s wooden buildings are integrated with a natural system of caves perched near a hilltop, from which you can take in beautiful views of the Orkhon Valley and surrounding pine forests. (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Day 7 Orkhon Valley
Visit a local family's horse and yak breeding farm. Learn about their daily life and how they make cheese and butter. Sample some of their products, including yak cream and yogurt, and watch their famed horse riding and herding techniques. After, enjoy a hike to a waterfall before returning to the ger camp for a traditional Mongolian barbecue prepared over hot stones. (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Day 8 Orkhon Valley/Ongiin Hiid
Drive into the Gobi, one of the world's great deserts which covers much of the southern part of Mongolia. Here we visit the ruins of the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries. (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Day 9 Ongiin Hiid/Bayanzag
Explore the Flaming Cliffs paleontology site, world-renowned for the vast amount of dinosaur bones and eggs found here. (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Day 10 Bayanzag/Khongoryn Els
Drive to Khongoryn Els and explore more of the Gobi desert. Hike through Mongolia's largest dunes, often called the "Singing Sands". (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Day 11 Khongoryn Els
Enjoy a visit with a nomadic camel-herding family, gaining insight into their very different way of life. Try your hand at some of the daily farming chores and opt for a camel ride. Take part in an archery lesson and demonstration with the family. (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Day 12 Khongoryn Els/Yolyn Am
Drive through the beautiful gorges of the imposing Altai Mountain Chain in Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, passing through the green valleys of Yolyn Am and Dungeness Am. Stop to hike along the way and keep an eye out for wild Argali sheep, ibex, desert gazelles, and golden eagles. Later, pay a visit to the park museum where you can admire a collection of dinosaur bones. (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Day 13 Yolyn Am/Ulaanbaatar
Catch a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. This evening enjoy a folklore show and farewell dinner. (Breakfast | Dinner)

Day 14 Ulaanbaatar
Depart at any time. (Breakfast)
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All This Included
Discover one of Asia's most under-explored regions on a two-week adventure through Mongolia. Walk through the remote and mysterious Erdene Zhu monastery with a Lama Buddhist monk; visit the dramatic Flaming Cliffs, a world-renowned paleontology site famous for its amount of dinosaur eggs and bones; and drop by the home of a welcoming camel-herding family for an afternoon you'll always remember. Embrace your inner nomad in this timeless place.
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Dinosaur Museum Visit, Ulaanbaatar National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Erdene Zhu Buddhist Monastery Visit, Kharkhorin National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Yak Family Farm Experience, Orkhon Valley National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Nomadic family Experience, Khongoryn Els Recharge: Tsenkher Hot Springs Visit, Tsenkher
  • Arrival transfer
  • Ulaanbaatar city tour
  • Visit Khustai National Park
  • Visit the archaeological museum
  • Soak in hot springs
  • Hike to Tuvkhun Monastery
  • Orkhon waterfall hike
  • Visit Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries
  • Flaming Cliffs excursion
  • Gobi desert excursion and dune hike
  • Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park excursion
  • Folklore show with dinner
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Hotels (3 nts), Ger camps (10 nts).
  • 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners.
  • Transportation: Private vehicles, 4x4, walking, hiking, plane.
Accommodations
Hotels (3 nights)
Ger camps (10 nights)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 14, avg 12
  • Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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