Central Mongolian highlights and Irkutsk
This tour allows you to visit the central Mongolian attractions such as Terelj National Park, Elsen Tasarkhai – the isolated sand, Karakorum city ruins, and the Khustai Nature Reserve. also the Baikal lake in Russia, in less than two weeks’ time.
Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
Best dates: From middle of May – middle of September
Total driving distance: xxxx km
Price from: USD xxxx
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Day 1. Arrival
Upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar, your preferred language speaking guide will warmly welcome you, and transfer you to the Terelj National Park 80 km southeast of Ulaanbaatar for the overnight rest. According to the schedule of arrival, lunch and dinner at a local restaurant, also half day city tour is available.
Day 2. Terelj, 13 century, Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, spend the day touring the area and enjoying the magnificent alpine scenery. Visit to local nomadic herder’s family, and top attractions including 13th Century Park, the Turtle rock, and Aryabal temple are the highlights of this day. Lunch and dinner and overnight stay is at ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 3. Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, the traveling party drive back to UB. Today is dedicated for sightseeingthe top attractions of Ulaanbaatar, including Gandan Monastery, Zaisan hill, Chinggis square, and Bogd Khaan palace museum. A cultural folk concert is also the highlight of the day. After dinner at a local restaurant, depart by train to Russia, heading Irkutsk.
Day 4.Train coach
The program of this day alters according to the train you take. By express train, you arrive in Irkutsk this day, thus please skip this and jump to the next day’s program.
By regional regulartrain, the 4th day of travel is spent in a comfortable sleeping coach where you can look at the authentic Mongolian and Russian rather humblecountryside.
On the second day of your railway travel, you arrive in Irkutsk around noon, andyou will be picked up by the guide. Then have city tour around Irkutsk. Dinner is at a local restaurant around 18:00.After this go to your hotel (Marriott), and have rest, enjoy your free time.
After breakfast at the hotel, you have a whole day trip including Circum-Baikal Railway where you will have a meal in the train coach. Then dinner is at a local restaurantin Irkutsk. After that, the party goes to Listvianka village to explore the sights and settle to hotel there, and have overnight rest.
Today is dedicated for Listvianka trip, following the breakfast. You will visit Talsy museum and Baikal museum to get to know more about the culture, and have lunch in local restaurant. After dinner, a climb to the Chersky Peak is available to you. At 18:00 have dinner at a local restaurant, and then go back to the hotel for overnight rest.
Have breakfast, after this go to Olhon Island. On the way to Olhon have lunch in the local restaurant. Arrive inthe Island,settle in hotel (Baikal View Hotel). Have free time and rest.
Have breakfast in hotel, enjoy a short free time and retreat back to Irkutsk, have lunch in local restaurant. Arrive in Irkutsk and have city tour. Visit churches, monuments, etc. then have dinner in a local restaurant and go to the airport for international departure.
Just before midnight you arrive in Ulaanbaatar.
Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel, and proceed check-in.
Day 10. Karakorum
After breakfast, drive to Karakorum, the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene Zuu Monastery, which was once one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, but heavily damaged in the 1930s. Tour the monastery grounds and visit several temples with excellent examples of Buddhist iconography dating from the 16th century. Visit the symbolic ruins of Karakorum. In the evening try Mongolian style archery game. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 11.Hustai Nature Reserve
Breakfast in the camp and drive to Hustai Nature Reserve, and arrive around lunchtime. After having a lunch in the camp, explore the Hustai Nature Reserve by watching a short documentary on the Mongolian “takhi” wild horses and looking at the last true wild Takhi/Przewalski horse inthe field. Then drive back to Ulaanbaatar. After having a dinner, rest overnight at your hotel. (B/L/D)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel, and then transfer to your international departure point. Before the time you leave, shop at local cashmere and goods stores. (B)
The price is based on *** hotel rate.
Upgrade to **** and ***** hotels are possible at your request.
Price for children aged 2-12 get discounted.
Infants travel free, with their own equipment.
Package price includes:
Package price includes:
- Airport or train station transfers in Ulaanbaatar
- Accommodation: Hotel***, ger camp*
- Your preferred language speaking guide
- Chaffeured transport during the tour
- Entrance fees to National Parks and protected areas
- Tickets to museums and art performances
- Meals as mentioned in itinerary
- Two bottles of 0,5 liter drinking water per day
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
Package price excludes:
- Visa application fee
- International airfare or train tickets
- Travel insurance
- Single room supplement
- Hotel extras (phone calls, laundry, minibar,. etc)
- Personal toiletries
- Gratuity to local guides and drivers
- Optional excursions unless stated in the itinerary
How to get a visa?
If you are a citizen of one of the 46 countries that has been granted “visa-free access” to Mongolia, or 41 countries covered in a 30 day visa-free visit regime until 31st December 2015, you do not need to present a visa when entering Mongolia for tourism purposes. With exception of those, visitors are required to have a valid visa issued by Mongolian diplomatic missions or honorary consuls abroad. The following materials are required to obtain a visa under grounds of tourism:
- Passport, valid for at least six months from the end of intended period of stay in Mongolia
- One passport size photo
- Completed and signed Visa Application Form for Tourists
- Invitation from Mongolia (Either an invitation of the receiving entity, or an official request of the sending country and the organization).
- Transit visa processing requires visa for next destination, and copy of onward tickets.
How to get to Mongolia?
By airways: Providing you with comfort flights, Mongolian national flag carrier MIAT – Mongolian airlines operate scheduled and chartered flights to Ulaanbaatar from Berlin, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka and Beijing. The Chinggis Khaan international airport, conveniently located 18 km southwest of the capital, hosts following carriers apart from MIAT:
- Hunnu Air
- Aeroflot Air
- Korean Air
- Turkish Airlines
We will always be happy to help arrange your international flights to Mongolia. By railways: If your holiday duration and plan allows, another great way to get to Mongolia is via trans-Mongolian train. This is possible either from Moscow or Beijing. The journey takes 4 nights and 5 days from Moscow, and 1 night and 2 days from Beijing. It is a magical journey which takes you from the heart of buzzing downtowns of metropolises into nomadic Mongolia, past the Great Wall of China through the Gobi desert, or Russian countryside villages through the Baikal Lake. Also trains to border cities run every day, as the cities of Ulaan-Ude (Russia) and Erlian (China) are both popular get-away destinations for locals, for a little cultural sightseeing and a bit of shopping. You can let us handle your international railway tickets, to make your travel plan even smoother.
What to bring? What to wear?
Yes, you would want to pack a few additional things to make your travel more comfortable.
- Your personal toiletries
- Summer hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Earplugs to use when camping in the countryside
- Small headlamp or a flashlight
- Portable battery charger for your phone, tablet, camera etc.,
Small first aid bag including following:
- Small adhesive bands
- Blister plasters
- Medicine to treat occasional diarrhea
- Lip balm
- Wet tissue
- Mosquito repellent cream
- Sleeping bag or sleeping sack
- Mosquito net
- After sun cream when possible
- Trekking shoes
- Weatherproof jacket
- Wool hat, gloves, scarf
- Spare pairs of socks and underwear
- Bathing or swimming suit
- Other casual clothing
Foreign currency can be exchanged at . commercial banks and Mongolian national currency “Tugrug” are in notes of 1, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000. The US dollar is preferred currency. Credit cards are also accepted at major hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. UB and major cities have ATMs.
Mongolian nationwide electricity output is 220V/50HZ in a European style plug. Most likely all the wall sockets will feature 2 widely spaced round pins. But no worries if your device is different, because universal plug converter is commonly found at relatively cheap price here in Mongolia.
Mongolians have several national holidays and celebrations, and when we talk about celebrating holidays, we mean to do it nationwide. Believe us, celebrations take festive forms in most cases, and some certain are