8D Nadam Festival and The Gobi Desert of Mongolia | Date 05 July 2021

Destinations
Ulaanbaatar - Ulaanbaatar
Mode of Travel
Accomodation
Luxury Hotel & En-Suite Ger Camps
Meals Included
Full board
Itinerary (PDF)

Itinerary

Naadam is one of the Mongolian traditional annual festivals that have been celebrated in Mongolia over millennia. The festival have become the cultural sanctity of nomads on the great steppe, keeps tradition and customs alive from ancient times.

Day 1 : Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Moscow   (Welcome Lunch)

After the custom formalities at the airport/railway station you will be met by your local driver and taken to the centrally located hotel. Welcome lunch and introduction speech by guide.


Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar


Day 2 : Ulaanbaatar     (B/L/D)

Meet with your tour guide at the breakfast and group briefing. Start the Ulaanbaatar city tour leisurely with visits to the most principal sites of Ulaanbaatar including the Gandan monastery – a home to the 26m gilded statue of Megjid Janraisag, and the National Museum of Mongolia. Have welcome lunch at a Mongolian restaurant. Visit to Choijin Lama temple museum – Mongolian historical fine art museum. Free time at your leisure before we head for the traditional folk concert at 17.00hrs and an evening stroll at the Main Square viewing Giant Genghis monument and parliament building on the way to your hotel.


Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar


Day 3 : Ulaanbaatar – South Gobi (by Flight)    (B/L/D)

Take the morning flight to the South Gobi, and on arrival drive to the beautiful Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Park for 1hr. Visit the national park museum that informs guests about the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National park, its’ flora and fauna as well as dinosaur remains. Then take a walking to the beautiful narrow gorge called Yoliin Amwith occasional views of rare wildlife. Check into ger camp and lunch.  
In the afternoon drive to the Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs – it’s the place where American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews found dinosaur eggs for the 1sttime. We will visit the Bayanzag by foot or car. Enjoy the wilderness and unique nature formations. Explore around for dinosaur remains and walking in the saxaul forest. You can even find real dinosaur bones and eggs yourself! Visit a nomadic family to see their lifestyle, and learn to cook a Mongolian dish (have it for dinner) Watch the inspiring Gobi sunset over the Flaming Cliffs in the evening. Transfer to Ger camp, dinner and rest.


Accommodation in an en-suite Ger camp


Day 4 : South Gobi  (B/L/D)

After early breakfast we take a drive to the Khongor sand dunes – Mongolia’s largest and most beautiful sand dunes that stretch over 200km in the arid Gobi Desert. The drive to the dunes at Khongor takes some 3hours, passing through vast desert adlands that span out into the furthest distances, where remote mountains line the horizon. Wine walk along with small bonfire.

Lone Gers and nomads on camelback hang suspended in the mirages, whilst the desert floor is strewn with a range of colourful rocks and unusual minerals. This is the Gobi at its stark best – there are many opportunities to stop and take photographs of the landscapes and people. Arrive and have lunch. Then visit the sand dunes, climbing and photo opportunities and enjoy 2hr short camel ride at the sand dunes. Return to the Ger camp in the early evening, dinner and rest.

Accommodation in an en-suite Ger camp.


Day 5 : Gobi Desert - Ulaanbaatar (by Flight) - Tereli (B/L/D)

Breakfast, then drive to the small Gobi Desert airport and take the flight to Ulaanbaatar (08.50-10.20hrs). Upon arrival transfer directly to the Terelj national park with a stop at the Giant Genghis monument – an impressive 46m statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, indeed the largest equestrian statue on earth. Afterwards, transfer to a deluxe Ger camp in Terelj National Park and have lunch. We take a short horse riding tour to visit the Turtle Rock and the Temple of Meditation in Terelj. Enjoy dinner and watch Mongolian classic movie “Tod Magnai” which is about a horse and horseman, how they train horses for the race and Naadam festival and their love for their horses. You’ll also get some understanding about Mongolian pure hospitality and their nomadic traditions.


Accommodation in an en-suite Ger camp


Day 6 : Tereli – Ulaanbaatar – NAADAM  (B/L/D)

This morning, we’ll drive to the Khuin Doloon Hudag, where the Nadaam festival horse racing takes place via Ulaanbaatar. Watch 3-year old horse races and visit a horse trainer’s tent for some Airag (mare’s fermented milk) and some good chats about Mongolian horse culture and nomadic lifestyle. Transfer to Ulaanbaatarin the late afternoon, check in at the hotel. Free time for leisure, and prepare for the Naadam festivals next day.

Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar


Day 7 : NAADAM FESTIVAL Opening ceremony (B/L/Farewell Dinner)

After breakfast transfer to the Central Stadium to take part in the Great Naadam Festival opening ceremonies, followed by wrestling, archery and ankle bone shooting competitions.

Naadam is celebrated nationwide in Mongolia and is a public holiday. There will be plenty of activities around the stadium like ankle bone shooting, photographing beautifully dressed locals etc. Naadam-goers and competitors from far and near wear their best traditional costumes and head out to Naadam – all happy.

In the later afternoon, visit to Bogd Khan’s palace museum and enjoy farewell dinner with folklore concert performance.


Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar


Day 8: Depart Ulaanbaatar   (B)

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Airport transfers are provided to connect with your flight back home.

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