Terelj National Park and Lake Baikal
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Day 1. Arrival
Upon your arrival, our tour guide and driver will warmly welcome you and then transfer to the city center for dinner. After dinner transfer to the hotel. (D)
Day 2. Ulaanbaatar/Irkutsk
Following buffet breakfast at the hotel, transfer to airport and take an international flight bound to Irkutsk. Upon arrival, our professional Mandarin Chinese speaking guide will warmly welcome you. Have lunch, then transfer to Olkhon island (approximately 250km which takes about four hours of drive). On the way, we will stop by Ust-Orda village where we visit the museum of Buriyats (布里亚特民族) ethnic group to learn more about Buriyats’ culture and tradition. Then will enjoy the folklore show of Buriyats. After the show, get on the ferry (1km ride) transfer to Olkhon island. We will change the vehicle, get to the hotel. Visit Shamanka rock, learn more about Shamanism. Overnight stay in the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 3. Olkhon island
After breakfast, visit to Cape Khoboy which is the most northern part of the Olkhon island. Take away lunch. In the evening, boat riding for an hour to enjoy the beautiful view of the Lake Baikal. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 4. Irkutsk
Following breakfast, check-out from the hotel. Then transfer to Irkutsk city. Lunch is on the way. Upon arrival to the city, explore city highlights such as Eastern Orthodox Church, Alexander square, 130th street, Angara river bank, 2nd war memorial square etc., Dinner in a city restaurant, overnight stay in the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 5. Irkutsk/Ulaanbaatar/Terelj National Park
In the afternoon take an international flight fly back to Ulaanbaatar. After having lunch in a local restaurant visit National museum, Sukhbaatar square, Art Centre of union of Mongolian Artists, and Gandan Monastery. Dinner is in a city restaurant and overnight stay in the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 6. Ulaanbaatar/Terelj National Park
Following breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Terelj National Park. On the way explore the Chinggis Khaan Statue – biggest equestrian statue in the world. Then in Terelj, try horse riding for about an hour, also visit local nomadic family to learn more about their distinct lifestyle. Then hiking to Aryabal temple of Tibetan Buddhist design will take about an hour in the fresh air. Also visit giant Turtle Rock, and other unique rock formations that are highlights of Terelj National Park. Local lunch and traditional “Khorkhog” lamb dinner included. Stay overnight at the ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 7. Ulaanbaatar City tour
After having breakfast at the camp, transfer to Ulaanbaatar city and explore the highlights, such as Bogd Khaan Winter Palace museum, Zaisan Memorial Hill and Buddha Park. Then in the evening, enjoy a traditional folk concert. Today special lunch in Mongolian Barbeque restaurant and city dinner included. Stay overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 8. Departure
Transfer to airport and depart to home country. (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 into Mongolian national currency “Tugrug”, which are in notes of 1, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000. Credit cards are accepted at all the hotels, restaurants, and tourist shops, with exception of small scale places. Ulaanbaatar and other cities and towns have “ATM” – automatic teller machines, where you can withdraw cash from your card.
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 used, and 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 following:
– New year’s eve — 31st Dec to 1st Jan
– Mongolian Lunar New Year — 3 days in January or February according to Lunar calendar
– International women`s day — 8th of March
– Children`s day — 1st of June
– Naadam Festival — 10-13th of July
– Birthday of Chinggis Khaan — National Pride day: 14th of November
– Independence day: 26th November
Like many modern societies, tipping is part of modern life in Mongolia. You can leave small amounts with meals, drinks and round off taxi fares. Tip concierges and bellboys for help with luggage, typically USD 1$ per bag. Tour guides and drivers are used to tips as well. However, giving small gift or present to nomadic families you have visited or stayed with, is preferable over tipping.