Highlights of South Gobi - in a small group tour

8 Days, from AU $2,431

Gobi Desert

Experience the feeling of staying in traditional Ger houses, a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by Nomads. You will be in the middle of the nature surrounded by breath taking landscape. Explore the oldest Buddhist monastery of Mongolia and enjoy the unique experience to explore the Gobi desert by 4x4. 

This is a small group and cannot be customised. However, our Asia Experts can arrange pre and post trips according to your schedule and interest.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Ulaanbaatar

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and be met by your driver to bring you to the hotel. Ulaanbaatar is a large city of pulsating commerce, noisy traffic and buzzing urban life and in between islands of serenity – quiet monastery courtyards and public squares with calming fountains. During the afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour, with visits to Genghis Khan Square at the heart of the city and the surrounding buildings: Parliament House, State Opera & Ballet Theatre, Cultural Palace and the House of City Council. Moreover, we visit the National Museum of Mongolian History, which features Mongolian history from pre-historic time to present days, and the Gandan Monastery; the largest functioning Buddhist Monastery in Mongolia.

Day 2: Kharkhorin

Through beautiful landscapes of steppe, river valleys and rolling hills we drive westwards to Kharkhorin (375 km), the ancient Capital of the Great Mongolian Empire. The city was founded in the Valley of the Orkhon river in 1220 and was the capital city of the Great Mongolian Empire until Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, moved the capital to Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty. Nearby is the Erdenezuu Monastery, the oldest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia and was founded on the ruins of ancient Kharkhorin in 1586. We visit the monastery’s magnificent exhibits, which include an extraordinary collection of Buddhist paintings, special costumes for religious dances and superb Buddhist iconography in true Mongolian and Tibetan style.

Overnight at Urguu Ger Camp (standard). Lunch and dinner at the Ger Camp.

Day 3: Middle Gobi

We leave Kharkhorin and continue south to the Ongi Monastery (250 km), located in Saihan-Ovoo in the Middle Gobi land. En route, we enjoy a traditional Mongolian BBQ lunch with a Nomadic family. We visit the ruins of the Ongi Monastery, which was founded in 1660 and consisted of two temple complexes on the North and South of the River Ongi. At its heyday, Ongi Monastery housed around 30 temples, four large Buddhist universities and over 1000 monks at a time. Overnight at the Ongiin Nuuts Ger Camp (standard). Dinner at the Ger Camp.

Day 4: Gobi Desert

Today we continue into the Gobi Desert to explore the Bayanzag Cliffs (250 km). In the early afternoon we arrive at the ancient red rock creation, Bayanzag, formed 60-70 million years ago. The striking red Bayanzag Cliffs contains vast amounts of dinosaur fossils, eggs and bones and are neighboured by Saxual tree forests. We will trek around the surrounding areas. Overnight at the Goviin Naran Ger Camp (superior). Lunch and dinner at the Ger Camp.

Day 5: Gobi Gurvan Saikhan

Today we explore the majestic Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park (90 km), the largest national park in Mongolia stretching 380 km from east to west and 80 km from north to south. We visit the incredible Yol Valley, an unusual narrow canyon of a river flowing through the Zuun Saikhan Mountains to admire the scenery of a frozen river in the middle of the hot desert Gobi. We visit the local Fauna and Flora Museum and enjoy a picnic lunch. Return to the Goviin Naran Ger Camp. Dinner at the Ger Camp.

Day 6: Middle Gobi

We drive north to Middle Gobi province. (400 km) Driving through the endless green grassland, we enjoy the stunning natural scenery. En route, we meet the nomads on the steppe with their hordes of sheep, cattle or horses and we enjoy a picnic lunch. In the late afternoon, we reach our Ger Camp at Baga Gazriin Chuluu. Overnight in the Erdene Ukhaa Ger Camp (standard). Dinner at the Ger Camp.

Day 7: Ulaanbaatar

We continue our scenic drive to the north through the Baga Garziin Chuluu Basalt and Granite Mountains (200 km). We reach Ulaanbaatar at noon and check-in at Hotel. The late afternoon offers an optional guided shopping tour to cashmere and antique shops and to the Central Department Store. In the Evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner at Restaurant “Modern Nomads” with traditional Mongolian cuisine.

Day 8: Ulaanbaatar departure

Enjoy free time until departure. Your driver picks you up at the hotel and brings you to the airport for your onward flight.

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Standard:from AU $2,431

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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels or Ger Camp each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). 

Inclusions:
  • 2 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotel
  • 5 overnights at traditional Mongolian Ger camps (single and double occupancy, private and shared facilities)
  • 7 x buffet or set menu breakfast
  • 5 x lunch (2 x 4-course lunch with tea, 2 x picnic lunch with tea, 1 x BBQ lunch with Nomadic family)
  • 6 x dinner including farewell dinner (3-course dinners with coffee/tea) 
  • Personalized welcome package
  • Entrances to National Museum of Mongolian History,  Gandan Monastery, Erdenuzuu Monastery, Ruins of Ongi Monastery, Fauna and Flora Museum and all national parks   
  • Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours  
  • Service of 1st class coaches or 1st class minivan in Ulaanbaatar, service of 1st class 4WD jeeps (Toyota land cruisers) throughout the expedition outside Ulaanbaatar, max 3 persons in each jeep
  • Portage at hotel
  • Airport transfers
Notes:

Price 2019 from $2627.00

Price Dependent:

Availability of accommodation and season.

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"It was really good - the driver and guide were really nice and professional as well. Weather was great for us. There was a lot of driving on dirt roads which were not in good condition, but we have done 4wd trips and so wasn't too bad. Hotel was really good and Ger Camps pretty set up- one even had an ensuite. " — Mr and Mrs Taylor, Leederville, WA, August 2018

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